Outdoor Ping Pong Paddle Review:

Playing outdoor table tennis can be fun, but you will need the right equipment so that it will last. Sure, you will have to purchase an outdoor ping pong table, but don’t forget about the paddles. Most ping pong paddles meant for indoor conditions simply will not last when exposed to the elements outdoors. Companies like Kettler and Cornilleau have both designed high end outdoor ping pong paddles. Kettler offers up their Halo paddles, Cornilleau has the Tacteo and Nexeo models, and Stiga has the Stiga Flow.

The Cornilleau Tacteo 30 are weatherproof paddles that are manufactured to be durable and long lasting in all conditions. We were able to compare them to the Kettler Halo paddles. The first obvious difference is the actual hitting surface on the racquets. The Kettler has the soft, smooth rubber while the Cornilleau has more of an old school feel to it. We found that hitting with the Kettler gave us more spin. When playing outdoors, you have to give up something and I would say control is one thing. You don’t get those pristine indoor conditions to work with.

The handles on both paddles were really comfortable with ergonomic grips. I have fairly small hands and noticed that the handles felt small to me. If you have large hands, gripping the outdoor paddle could be an issue. Otherwise, they are weighted properly and easy to swing with.

The Kettler Halo 5.0 paddles feature a high impact resin (K2) – so you get weather resistance and durability. The synthetic rubber blade let me hit with accuracy and control. My topspin forehand got in a groove with the new paddle and I think I prefer this to the Cornilleau Tacteo.  I like the air channel core to the Kettler paddle. We have found that some rain water gets in there when left out, but it drains out when you hold up the racquet.

The Cornilleau Nexeo X90 has a new carbon fiber blade and features spongebacked smooth rubber. It’s completely weather resistant and the comfortable grip on the handle makes playing with it easy. At over $50/paddle, they are expensive and might be beyond the budget of most. The Cornilleau Nexeo X70 is slightly cheaper and worth a look too. You get many of the same features found on the Nexeo X90, just no carbon fiber blade.

Stiga offers the Stiga Flow for about $25/each. In head to reviews, both the Kettler and Cornilleau paddles receive higher marks and we couldn’t agree more.


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