VANGUARD Power Air Epic Paddle

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AirDynamic open throat design, traditional shape, edgeless, with a maximally textured face for unparalleled spin. Beloved Epic shape with 8" wide face.

Midweight/Medium Grip

Selkirk VANGUARD Power Air Epic Pickleball Paddle

Promoted by Selkirk as "The Ultimate Power & Spin Paddle," the VANGUARD Power Air Epic adds new technology to one of their most popular traditionally-shaped paddles (it truly is "EPIC"). The Power Air series introduces a number of innovative features from Selkirk's Labs program that pickleball players have anticipated hitting broader market for some time. An aerodynamic opening in the throat aids in maneuverability and swing speed, while an edgeless design provides maximum hitting area. The throat flexes, resulting in increased dwell time of the ball on the face, and added power. The ProSpin+ NextGen Texture applied to the surface grabs pickleballs and imparts maximum spin. Next, the face is comprised of two layers of Fiberflex fiberglass (adapted from their AMPED series), and two layers of Quantum+ carbon fiber, providing the best in both power- and control-oriented materials. Finally, injected beneath that edgeless perimeter is a FlexFoam material which enhances durability of the edge, while spreading out the sweet spot and resisting torqueing of the paddle in your hand should you strike a ball off-center.

The VANGUARD Power Air Epic measures 15-3/4" long, and 8" wide enabling consistent all court play. The polymer core is 1/2" (0.5") thick, and the weight range is 7.7 – 8.1 ounces, with a weight average of 7.9 oz., and features a slightly longer handle than other models at 5-1/4" long.

Please note, because this is a truly edgeless paddle it will chip if struck against the court surface. We recommend applying one to two layers of electrical tape or branded edge guard tape to the edges of this paddle for protection against damage.

The VANGUARD Power Air Epic from Selkirk Pickleball takes the latest technology from Selkirk, and offers players of higher skill levels a paddle with all of the technology and spin capability we've ever seen from Selkirk in one package.

Actual grip sizes may vary up to 1/8".

Reviews of the VANGUARD Power Air Epic Paddle by Pickleball Central Staff:

"It was fun to see the work that was done by Selkirk Labs turn into a product that is available to all. The Vanguard Power Air Epic was a surprising paddle on first hit. The power was the first thing that jumped (pun intended) off the paddle. The feel of the paddle was familiar in the balance, shape and sweet spot location of the Epic line. But the way way the ball felt on drives was new for a Selkirk paddle. More than AMPED, but not quite as powerful as the Labs 002.

Then, when I worked my way to the net, I found the paddle was very consistent on dinks. I also found that with the texture of the paddle I could attack more balls as I was able to shape the shot with top spin to keep it in.

If someone sees the name Vanguard and is looking for a similar feel to the VANGUARD 2.0 series, they will be in for a shock. This paddle is not designed to be a soft, hyper-control paddle. This is truly a power paddle that has the added bonuses of consistency and spin.

If you're searching for a paddle which performs well in all the same ways, but is a bit more approachable to players in terms of skill and price point, I encourage you to try the
SLK Omega Max by Selkirk."
John, Sales Team (4.0 Player)


Selkirk VANGUARD Power Air Epic Paddle Technical Specifications
Weight Average: 7.9 ounces
Weight Range: 7.7 - 8.1 ounces
Grip Circumference: 4 1/4" (Medium) Actual grip sizes may vary up to 1/8"
Grip Style: Selkirk Geo Grip
Grip Manufacturer: Selkirk Sport
Handle Length: 5 1/4"
Paddle Length: 15 3/4"
Paddle Width: 8"
Paddle Face: Hybrid Blend of Fiberglass and Carbon Fiber
Core Material: Polymer Honeycomb
Core Thickness: 1/2" (0.5")
Edge Guard: Edgeless DuraEdge
Manufacturer: Selkirk Sport
Assembled in USA