Racket of the line “KING COBRA”, brand VIBOR-A, brand already with enough tradition in the padel, in its version 1K BLACK 2020. Composed of a tubular structure in 6K carbon, 1K carbon faces and a black eva soft gum core. It has a diamond shape. It has a smooth surface and glossy finish.
When you pick it up for the first time, you get the feel of a sturdy, imposing racket with finishing quality. The swing is clearly tending to the head.
By placing the overgrips, you will be able to slightly optimise the swing towards the handle. If you fail to place more than 1 overgrip the option also falls for putting the included weights to lower the paddle balance. On the contrary if you still want to add more power, put the weights included at the top of the racket at the spot indicated on the protector. This is a very viable option for when you like a lot of all the other features of a paddle, less the swing.
At stake is a racket with a medium touch, slightly softer than its predecessor. The sweet spot remains a plus point in the shape of King Cobra, one of the most generous sweet spots found in diamond format. In terms of power, it’s all there, after getting used to handling, you’ll be able to extract fantastic power with this racket. There’s an average exit.
IN THE NET:
In the net trays and volleys come out quite aggressively, “poison” and depth naturally. Handling will never be the best in these formats, yet above average sweet spot will help counterbalance this point. When it comes time to smashar, with a correct technique, you will feel great pleasure in this blow, and with the correct technique, to draw by 3, by 4 or bring the ball back quite easily (for experienced players).
BACK OF THE COURT:
Control in the back of the court is reasonable, not compromising, for experienced players. It will always be a technical racket and this is noticeable in the handling of the racket. The average output helps in the more complicated balls, as well as the sweet spot, which is quite interesting for the format. Lobs, as long as the sweet spot is reached, they come out with a lot of depth.
The weight tested was 366gr.
The surface is smooth with glossy finish.
In sound terms it is a racket that has a medium-high sound and with a medium-high timbre.
The safety cord is simple and not adjustable, one of the few points that disappoints in this racket, as we were waiting for the tradiconal vibor-a system of comfortable fit.
In terms of durability, it seems to be a very solid racket. Well cared for, it can last a long time with good performance.
- Sweet spot above average for format
- Excellent power
In conclusion, the ever-awaited new edition of VIBOR-A’s top-of-the-range racket remains a racket of unquestionable quality. It serves mainly left-wing players.
It has an average hardness bump. The sweet spot is very positive for the format. In the defensive phase the control is reasonable, because the handlingability although reduced, is acceptable and the sweet spot, and average output help. Those who are starting will feel the natural difficulty of a very technical racket, however for experienced players and accustomed to the format, there will be no problem.
In the network, you will have all the power of this top of the range of the vibor-a at your disposal, and the volleys and trays come out with great aggressiveness and depth. It is achieved, effortlessly (for experienced players), draw by 3, for 4 and bring the ball back.
The visual part is more sober and in our opinion better than the previous version. The BLACK image with the 1K carbon mesh, and the typical image of the snake leave no one indifferent.
After a few sets, it can weigh on the elbow, given the inherent stiffness and high balance, as such it is recommended a good physical preparation.
KING COBRA is back, and it continues to impress.