Gearbox GBX 16mm Raw Carbon Fiber Paddle
The GBX paddle from Gearbox Pickleball eschews their SST technology in favor of a more traditional construction, mating a Toray T700 raw carbon fiber face to a 16mm (0.63") thick polymer honeycomb core to produce a control- and spin-oriented paddle that many of today's top pickleball players demand. Power, to the degree the GBX summons it, comes from the 5.5" long molded handle, 16.5" overall length, and hefty 8.5 oz. weight creating leverage and swing weight to drive and smash when opportunities arise. Delivering precise control is foremost where the GBX shines, however. It's thick, it's soft, and the rough carbon fiber face with "Hyperspin Technology" can spin a ball on your cut serves and slice returns as well as just about any other paddle on the market. Hyperspin, produced by a laser-engraved mold, means the face itself is textured rather than Gearbox applying a textured coating on top of the face. This ensures the texture lasts longer than the coatings used by other manufacturers.
The Gearbox GBX paddle sets itself apart from other 16mm thick poly core paddles by using a high-density honeycomb. The cells are just 7mm in diameter, which translates to more cells, a denser core, and an incredibly solid feel pretty much from edge to edge. This thick-and-dense core design creates a heavier 8.5 oz. overall weight, controlled in your palm via a 4.0" circumference handle which arrives wrapped in Gearbox's popular smooth black grip.
If you are an avid pickleball player who is looking to dominate matches and win more tournaments, then put serious consideration into the feature-packed GBX 16mm Honeycomb Paddle from Gearbox Pickleball. This paddle leverages multiple control elements, then balances them out with enough power elements, to create a truly fantastic elongated all-court pickleball paddle.
Actual grip sizes may vary up to 1/8"
Gearbox paddles are excluded from our 30 day Paddle Test Drive.
Reviews of the GBX Carbon Fiber Paddle by Pickleball Central Staff:
"With the GBX Gearbox, got serious about the honeycomb core paddle. With a unidirectional raw carbon face, you get a soft feel and great spin. The 16mm (0.63") core also helps with your control. However, it is the Gearbox added features that make the paddle very stable. They've used extra carbon fiber, a very strong material, to reinforce the handle and throat of the paddle, as well as the corners. This added carbon fiber in the structure will pay off in durability, for sure. For fans of Gearbox products who are looking for a more traditional feel to their paddle, the GBX is a hit."
John, Sales (4.0 Player)
Average Weight: 8.5 ounces
Weight Range: 8.3 - 8.7 ounces
Grip Circumference: 4" (Small) Actual grip sizes may vary up to 1/8".
Grip Style: Gearbox Smooth Black Wrap
Grip Manufacturer: Gearbox
Handle Length: 5 1/2"
Paddle Length: 16 1/2"
Paddle Width: 7 3/8"
Paddle Face: Toray T-700 Unidirectional Carbon Fiber
Core Material: High-Density 7mm Polypropylene Honeycomb
Core Thickness: 16mm (0.63")
Edge Guard: 1/8" overlapping paddle face
Manufacturer: Gearbox Pickleball
Made in China
Nov 27, 2023
This paddle feels light in hand and gives good control face after getting used to switching from my GX6. This GBX embedded carbon I like for doubles play because it is softer at the sweet spot than my power GX6, which I use and is ideal for strong driving in singles. The GBX is my first try at carbon after 7 years of using G11 and GX6, other than a brief use of friends carbon. I believe this paddle will perform as well as any other carbon paddle I have tried for control play and including Selkirk, CRBN. and Joola so far.
Jun 6, 2023
Love this paddle. the moment I started playing with it I knew it was the paddle for me. Fits my playing style. Can play soft and use power when I need it.
Gearbox GBX paddle
May 17, 2023
Excellent paddle with pop spin and softness. I highly recommend Paul Caruso 5.05 DUPR