Diadem ICON V2 XL Elongated Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle
As the elongated and more powerful shape in the updated Icon V2 line, the Diadem Icon V2 XL Carbon Fiber Paddle works to provide you with touch and vibration dampening, in addition to power. The unique "3XL" core sandwiches a proprietary vibration dampening material between two polypropylene honeycomb layers to offer exceptional touch, a precise feel, and an uncharacteristic amount of power out of the 13.7mm (0.539") thickness. Speaking of power, the 5.5" long handle arrives wrapped in a Comfort Max grip allows you to get plenty of swing speed on this middle weight 8.25 oz. paddle.
While the shape of the Icon V2 XL may make you think of power, the 11.03" by 7.23" Japanese carbon fiber hitting surface coated in an RP2 paint offers a distinctly controlled, precise, and spin-happy feel. This hitting surface is able to provide these attributes by allowing the ball to sit on the textured face for an extended period of time, compressing the ball for a soft feel and adding reliable spin to shots of all kinds. When you are feeling a little less precise on match day, the foam injected molded edge helps you keep off-center hits in play by expanding the sweet spot, while the replaceable bumper edge guard keeps your paddle's edge protected and fresh-looking while you play with reckless abandon.
Longer and more powerful than its Icon V2 counterpart, the Icon V2 XL Carbon Fiber Paddle from Diadem Pickleball may be a great choice for you if you need a little extra reach, touch, and feel with your powerful game.
Average Weight: 8.25 ounces
Weight Range: 7.9 – 8.4 ounces
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: 5.5"
Paddle Length: 16.53"
Paddle Width: 7.23"
Paddle Face: Carbon Fiber with RP2 Painted Coating
Core Material: 3XL Tri-Layer Core
Core Thickness: 13.7mm (0.539")
Edge Guard: Replaceable Bumper Edge Guard
Manufacturer: Diadem Pickleball
Made in China
A Big Change from Icon V1!
Apr 24, 2023
Just got this paddle as a Birthday gift; had used many Diadem products over the 2 years I've played the game (Warrior, Warrior Edge, Icon V1, VICE (just for fun!)); although only the first day on court, after about 9 games, I'd say it's got pretty much everything I'm looking for. The Warrior was just too heavy for me around the kitchen in fast exchanges. The Edge was faster, but lacked some of the power I had with the 19mm paddle, the Icon V1 was excellent, and I was really liking it - but my elbow unfortunately did Not! The Vice was just something to play with against my aggressive tennis friends - power is insane, but it's not my normal rec play paddle. The Icon V2 XL had great power, feel, solid from the back court, and nimble at the NVZ. Put away power when you need it - dinking touch without me having to adjust to the XL length (since I already had the Warrior paddled). Most importantly - no elbow issues either. Looking forward to more of this on court this week - so far I couldn't ask for more from a paddle. Congrats Diadem!
One of the best I've used
Apr 7, 2023
I've used a bunch of top-rated paddles over the last few years and this one is probably my favorite in terms of being an all-around paddle. I tried this one compared to the Selkirk Air Invikta and JOOLA Ben Johns Hyperion 16 and this one was definitely the best, in my opinion. The JOOLA was simply too soft. Some people will love that, but I felt like I wasn't getting as much power and it was almost too soft at the net. The Selkirk was killing me when I didn't hit the ball directly in the sweet spot (i.e. - my returns of serve were going way short too often). The Icon seems to have a good size sweet spot and more forgiveness on mishits. The only drawback is the handle length as I hit one handed backhands and it's clearly geared toward the two-handed. But if you can get past that it's a great blend of power, touch, and forgiveness.