Diadem Icon Graphite Pickleball PaddleThe Diadem Icon V1 Graphite Paddle is the perfect expression of technology, innovation, and what may very well be the future of pickleball. Being Diadem's first foray into pickleball paddle manufacturing, the Icon brings with it a new perspective on the research and technology comprising today's paddles. Firstly, it features a slimmer-than-average polymer honeycomb core, at just 12mm thick (0.47"). A thin core usually means greater power; but hang on. The honeycomb cells in the Icon's core are also smaller-than-average in diameter, at just 8mm across. This is what Diadem refers to as "honeycomb density," a term we really haven't heard much in pickleball paddle manufacturing circles, which translates to a denser core and solid feel.
Next, Diadem mates this unique core to a face material comprised of high-grade, Japanese-sourced carbon fiber for soft-yet-powerful performance from the baseline. In addition to some pretty eye-catching graphics covering the face ("Miami Vice?!"), Diadem applies a proprietary "Spin RP" polyurethane coating which leaves the face slightly tacky, or sticky, and translates to an ability to spin pickleballs easily using adhesion rather than rough texture.
Finally, the entire outer edge of Diadem Icon's edge is protected by a unique, replaceable, 3-piece edge guard tacked onto the outer edge of the paddle. It's flush-mounted so it doesn't overlap the face and maximizes the usable striking surface of the paddle. Click here to find your Icon Paddle Replaceable Edge Guard Kit.
The Icon Graphite Pickleball Paddle from Diadem is offered in two weights, with the light version coming in at 7.8 oz. and the midweight version coming in at 8.1 oz. on average. The grip is a comfort max grip with a small 4 1/8" circumference wrapping a 5 1/4” long handle. The paddle’s overall length is 16", offering a little extra reach and versatility.
With Diadem's first major entry into the pickleball paddle market, the Icon Graphite is definitely ready to help you take your pickleball game to the next level.
Actual grip sizes may vary up to 1/8".
Lightweight Model: Avg. 7.8 ounces (7.7 - 8.0 oz. range)
Midweight Model: Avg. 8.1 ounces (8.0 - 8.2 oz. range)
Grip Circumference: 4 1/8" (Small) Actual grip sizes may vary up to 1/8".
Grip Style: Comfort Max Grip
Grip Manufacturer: Diadem
Handle Length: 5 1/4"
Paddle Length: 16"
Paddle Width: 7 3/5"
Paddle Face: HMT Carbon Fiber w/Polyurethane Coating
Core Material: High-density Polymer Honeycomb
Core Thickness: 12mm (.47")
Edge Guard: Ultra sleek, non-overlapping, 3-piece replaceable guard
Manufacturer: Diadem Pickleball
Made in China
Jun 4, 2023
Awkward trim around paddle
Love the icon
May 7, 2023
Tried several thin paddles but the icon is the best value. So much spin and control at the NVZ.
Apr 19, 2023
So far playing with the Diadem Icon paddle had been good. Like the extra pop I was looking for. Still able to get nice touch with it too.
Better than new version, Icon V2
Apr 14, 2023
I've had this paddle, but the black one for a long time now. I really loved it. But I do have 3-4 paddles that I like to go back and forth with. This is one of them. I have over a dozen paddles in the closet somewhere. I bought the newer Icon V2 and I don't like it as much as this paddle. If you like this paddle you might want to stock up before these original versions disappear.
Apr 14, 2023
I have purchased this paddle multiple times. I want to have spares for future play. I absolutely love the skin and the way the ball pops and performs using this paddle. I also love the grip and the weight. My game has greatly improved because of the rubber surface And the control. I play in Florida, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. So many of my friends have tried this paddle and have asked me to get one for them. I’m happy to see the price decrease and will plan to order more. Thank you for this great Pickleball paddle. I am a big fan.