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STIGA Evolution Table Tennis Racket Review: Best for Spin

This ping pong paddle is an all-around bat that allows you to experience the high-level spin found in tournament-grade rackets without breaking the bank.

STIGA Evolution Table Tennis Racket

STIGA Evolution Table Tennis Racket

I loved the SDT technology used on the handle and the blade to minimize vibration when hitting the ball.

  • Brand: STIGA
  • Product number: ‎T1281
  • Materials: Rubber & wood

Evaluation

The paddle is a good mid-range buy as it falls between a beginner racket and an intermediate one. It delivers great spin and speed, which are critical for players transitioning to more advanced play.

Pros

  • Excellent spin
  • High speed
  • High-quality construction

Cons

  • Rubber loses stickiness quickly
4.4/5
Overall
Features
4.5
Durability
4.25
Ease of use
4.5
Value for money
4.5

The details

STIGA, a well-known Swedish company, has made a name in the sports industry. It focuses on table tennis gear and the Evolution Performance-Level table tennis racket is a stellar production. It beats the popular Supreme paddle models in speed, spin, and control.

Features

The STIGA Evolution Performance-Level Table Tennis Racket is ITTF-approved which means all its features level up to tournament-grade ping pong paddle. The blade has a decent weight for players learning the defensive playstyle.

It’s lighter than STIGA’s Pro Carbon, making it easy to develop speed after every stroke. I also loved that the company uses advanced Crystal Technology on the rubbers. This means the bonds between the rubber fibers are stronger than regular rubber hence bound to last longer.  

There’s a two-millimeter layer of sponge under the rubber, too, that allows you to hit the ball hard without sacrificing control.

Durability

STIGA goes all out on this paddle. First, it uses a six-ply extra light balsa wood to make the blade. Balsa wood gives the blade a soft feel, providing tremendous control and touch when making low-impact strokes.

These properties are desirable for players who like varying the pace or using defensive playstyles. What’s more, it uses a new technology in the Shock Dispersion Tube to reduce vibration.

The technology involves the integration of a high-tech composite rod in the blade and handle to allow energy and vibration to be transferred out of the handle upon contact with the ball. The result is reduced vibration and improved speed and control.

Ease of use

I found this paddle pretty easy to use for a player who is developing the defensive playstyle.

The Balsa wood is pretty lightweight, making it easy to swing when striking the ball and the 2.0 mm sponge under the rubber allowed me to hit the ball hair without losing control.

Value for money

The paddle is reasonably priced. In fact the unique construction and the integration of unique technologies are a bonus.

In addition, this STIGA ping pong paddle doesn’t slack on performance as it has impressive ratings of 96, 94, and 90 for speed, spin, and control respectively.

Final verdict

The STIGA Pro Carbon Table Tennis Racket is a solid buy for those looking for a powerful paddle for competitive play. It’s also an excellent option for defense-oriented players who want to upskill.

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