We are in the process of reviewing some exceptional pickleball paddles under $100 that will provide you with the control, spin, and power of equivalent paddles at a much higher price point.
Yes, I agree with many others and say that the Vatic Pro Prism Flash and Prism V7 Paddles are also some of the best pickleball paddles under $100.
Because they have all the same features that more expensive carbon paddles in this category that are over $200.
And even better, it’s not just a clone of other generic carbon paddles that every new unknown pickleball brand is selling from a stock paddle form factory in China.
Hybrid Goldilocks Paddle
This paddle is unique in that it is a hybird between gen 1 and gen 2 thermoformed paddles.
Without getting technical, the advantage of being a hybrid paddle is that it has more power than a gen 1 carbon paddle, but doesn’t have that extreme pop that some people have a difficult time adjusting to in some of the gen 2 paddles.
It’s a Goldilocks paddle.
Not too soft and not too hard. It’s just right. 🙂
Unibody Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle with Foam Injected Walls for Under $100!
Getting this paddle is a no-brainer if you are looking for a unibody designed Toray T700 raw carbon fiber paddle with foam edge walls and don’t like the feel of a fully thermoformed paddle.
Especially a no-brainer for under $100!
The Vatic Prism has really great feel for your soft game, yet plenty of power for drives, overheads and speed-ups.
I thought it may take a few games or more to adjust, but right from the start the paddle felt like an old friend.
My third shot drops were more precise, resets were easy to control, offensive dinking was noticeably easier from the start vs the more poppy thermoformed paddles.
My drives, overheads and speed-ups had plenty of power without needing to adjust to sailing balls out because of too much power.
Great spin of 1750 rpm which helps with diving 3rd shots, top spin drives, and deep slice returns.
I felt like my hands were much faster and I could sustain more firefights with eventual put-aways to win the point.
Paddle Shapes and Core Thickness
Vatic also gives you a choice of two shapes and core thickness:
Flash (hybrid flared shape) – low swing weight (117) for fast hands fire fights.
V7 (elongated) – higher swing weight, but more power and slightly more reach.
The Prism also comes in a 14mm and 16mm core thickness depending on your need for more power or control.
The elongated V7 only comes in 16mm.
Average weight of the Flash 16mm is 8.1 oz, V7 is 8.4 oz.
Out of the box, my Flash came in at 7.9 oz. I did add some lead weight strips along the throat up to the 9 and 3 o’clock positions to bring it up to 8.3 oz because I like my paddle to be a little heavier.
Tennis Elbow Prevention Grip
The grip has 2 polyurethane inserts to reduce shock and help prevent tennis elbow.
I also use this Tenex Elbow Shock Absorber which has been the only device that helped get rid of my pickleball elbow.
Vatic Pro Prism Review
When I found out about this paddle, I bought it immediately because I was afraid once the secret got out, they would run out of them pretty fast.
They are trying to keep up with demand and have been out of stock, but the paddle can be back ordered.
If you’re on the fence, just jump off and get your Vatic now while supplies last! 😉
Use code PICKLEBLISS for 10% off which brings down the price to $89!
Vatic Prism Flash – 14mm and 16mm hybrid shape
Vatic Prism V7 – 16mm elongated shape
$89 is less than the currently priced $99 original Ben Johns Franklin paddle from eons ago which doesn’t have anywhere near the quality and amount of features that the Prism has. Just sayin’.
Just FYI, I bought my Vatic Prism Flash with no discount or incentive from Vatic. They did not ask me to write this review either. I simply think it’s a great paddle, especially at this price.
I honestly was not expecting to like a $99 carbon paddle from yet another new pickleball paddle company.
However, my expectations were wrong.
When I first used The Rampage to warm up and then play my first game, I thought I would try it out for only a game or two.
But this paddle felt great!
It has an outstanding plush feel for control, a great amount of spin, and even at 7.8 ounces it has a decent amount of power.
I had some other players in my various rec groups test it out and they basically had the same thoughts about the paddle as I did.
“PREMIUM PADDLE WITHOUT THE PRICE TAG: The Rampage features the same technology found in pickleball equipment that costs over twice as much. You don’t need to break the bank to get an advanced pickleball paddle with all the latest features.”-Bison Paddles
What I didn’t like….Not Much!
The only thing I didn’t like about the Rampage model is the handle length. At 4.75″ It’s a little short for me, especially with a two-handed backhand. But that’s just a personal preference.
However, their other carbon model, The Summit, does have a longer handle at 5.5″ with an elongated shape at 16.5 inches tall.
The Bison Rampage is a great all-around paddle with plenty of control, spin, and power for beginners through advanced players, especially at this price point.
“Our mission at Bison Paddles is to provide reliable pickleball equipment without breaking the bank.“
Considering there are composite face paddles out there in the $100 range, the Rampage is a steal as a premium carbon fiber paddle at $99.
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