Gearbox CX14H Carbon Fiber Power Paddle
"Innovative to the Core"
The Gearbox CX14H Ultimate Power Pickleball Paddle combines a maneuverable shape with the stability of a 14mm (0.55") thick core to delicately balance control and power attributes, resulting in a fantastic all-court paddle. The CX14H Ultimate Power features a traditional pickleball paddle shape, at 8.0" wide by 15-5/8" long, but that's pretty much where "traditional" ends. This paddle caters to players who appreciate the stability and control of a thick core, but are looking to layer on some power in their game. In this case, the upgrade comes in the form of Gearbox re-engineering their Solid Span Technology (SST) graphite core to absorb impact vibrations, dampen the "knock" of pickleball against paddle face, and deliver an impressive degree of effortless power. SST design also virtually eliminates dead spots, enhances durability and longevity, and allows Gearbox to create paddles with very tight tolerances on weight and balance point.
Weighing in at 8.5 oz. (but feeling far lighter due to the perfect balance), featuring a handle length of 5-5/8", and offering two grip circumference options, this edgeless and highly maneuverable pickleball paddle pulls double duty as a defensive blocking and resetting tool, as well as a powerful offensive weapon. Enhancing performance is Gearbox's next-generation Hyper-Bite 2.0 Spin Technology, which combines elements from the core and face, to the urethane and textured top-coats to grip and impart spin on pickleballs like you never thought possible.
Finally, new Power Band Technology and a magnified sweet spot mean the CX14H Ultimate Power paddle resists twisting as a result of off-center hits, while maintaining performance and forgiveness. Leverage this paddles thick-core touch to your dinks back, keep them low, then summon instant power to put away winning shots.
The CX14H Maneuverable Carbon Core Paddle offers a balance of maneuverability and stability, backed up by a clear performance upgrade over similarly-shaped thick-core paddles.
Actual grip sizes may vary up to 1/8"
Gearbox paddles are excluded from our 30 day Paddle Test Drive.
USA Pickleball Approved
Average Weight: 8.5 ounces
Weight Range: 8.4 - 8.6 ounces
Grip Circumference: 3 5/8" (Small), 3 15/16" (Small) Actual grip sizes may vary up to 1/8"
Grip Style: Gearbox Smooth Wrap
Grip Manufacturer: Gearbox
Handle Length: 5 5/8"
Paddle Length: 15 5/8"
Paddle Width: 8"
Paddle Face: 3K Woven Carbon Fiber
Core Material: T-700 Carbon Fiber SST Core
Core Thickness: 14mm (0.55")
Edge Guard: Edgeless
Manufacturer: Gearbox Pickleball
Made in China
Dec 8, 2023
I like the paddle feel it is heavier than my last gearbox. It took awhile to get used to the feel but love playing with it now.
Apr 19, 2023
Gearbox CX14 Ultimate Power vs Original Gearbox CX14
Apr 3, 2023
I had the previous version of the CX-14. Overall, the new (Ultimate) version is a better paddle for me. I'll write this assuming you already know about Gearbox paddles in general and the CX14 in particular (lots of good reviews available for it). This review is coming from the perspective of someone who liked the original CX14. Pros * I agree with Gearbox's claim that the sweet spot is bigger * The paddle is 1/2 ounce heavier but the big difference is that weight is in the head improving the sweet spot and increasing the swing weight which is where the power comes from (Gearbox will also say there is a design change involving a trampoline effect) * My original CX14 did not have the gritty surface (they do now) and this one does * Overall the paddle is definitely more powerful and I am able to generate more power and spin with less effort than the original CX14 Cons * It is heavier and the swing weight is greater. I have suffered from tennis elbow in the past and Gearbox paddles absorb shock well. That being said with improper technique this paddle is more likely to exacerbate tennis elbow versus the original CX14 so the original will still have it's place for some people * Hand speed at the net is a bit slower * Not sure why $250 versus $200 except people like me will pay it. For me the upgrade was worth it especially for serves and ground strokes and mid-court volleys. I also like it for drop shots. The touch is still very good and a true power paddle user might still consider this a control paddle.
Gear Box CX14H Ultimate Power Paddle
Mar 21, 2023
I love my old Gearbox CX14 Paddle(Red) but when the new CX14H Ultimate Power paddle came out I felt I needed a bit more power to my game and this new paddle delivers it all. My old Gearbox CX14(Red) I had to put lead tape on the edge to give me more weight to generate more power. The newly designed CX14H Ultimate Power is my new go to paddle. I'll have to keep the old CX14(Red) as a back up paddle. Very happy with this purchase!
Mar 19, 2023
Like the paddle however found it too heavy near the non volley zone
A newbie that absolutely loves this paddle.
Mar 9, 2023
I started playing pickleball last year and was using an inexpensive Champion Sports Rhino Apex Pickleball Paddle (fiberglass) paddle that I bought on Amazon. It was a good paddle to start learning with. Then a friend let me use his Head Extreme Tour Lite (graphite) paddle. Wow, that made a big difference in my serve and my game improved greatly. Then I looked into Gearhead paddles and found the CX14H and thought about buying it. I waited a bit and they just came out with an upgraded version the CX14H Ultimate power (Carbon Fiber). I made the investment for several reasons and I am so over the top happy that I ordered this paddle. What I really like about it: 1. It really increased my hitting power. I am a senior female in pretty good shape, but I was lacking the power to make fast hits. This paddle givers me so much more power - I immediately felt a difference and one of the main reasons I love this paddle. 2. The sweet spot is pretty much the whole paddle. I don’t always hit right in the center, but with this paddle, even if I hit outside the center, I still get in a great, solid hit! 3. The grip is fantastic. I got the smallest grip 3-5/8”. I was having trouble really holding my paddle solidly because both the Champion and Head paddle were too large for my hands. I love this Grearhead grip because I can really wrap my fingers around it without having to hold really tight. It is super comfortable to hold, but has also really helped with my hits and direction. 4. It has a really great texture. I am not at the point that I can spin the ball very often, but I think the texture will eventually make me a better player. 5. No edge which I really think makes a difference if you do hit on the edge of the paddle. And it looks so nice too! 6. I love the black handle and the overall look of the paddle is really nice. I didn’t want something too flashy. I love the simple, unique graphics. It was an expensive paddle, but as a dedicated beginner who plays 4-7 days a week it was totally worth the money. I absolutely love this paddle and worth every penny!!! I was glad that Pickleball Central has a 30-day return policy in case I didn’t like the paddle. I won’t be sending it back, but there is always that option if you use it and don’t like it. I think you will love it! Since I live in Oregon I received the paddle in 2-days. I was so happy to get it that quickly!!!