The Wilson Tour BLX paddle has a basalt fiber weave facing material. No other pickleball paddle uses basalt in it's facing. We at PickleballCentral.com believe basalt fiber weave is very similar to graphite in weight and performance and therefore classify the Tour as a graphite paddle.
Wilson has long been making tennis rackets for decades and is able to transfer some of it's cutting edge technology into its emerging pickleball brand. The basalt fiber weave is one example of advanced technology, but the way the paddle is decorated is unlike any other pickleball manufacturer. We believe Wilson is using a special coating on the woven paddle face that is extraordinarily strong and wear resistant. The paddle faces on all the Wilson paddles have a metallic sheen to them. The Tour BLX is a very polished beautiful pickleball paddle.
There's serious high quality feel to the paddle that is unique from other paddles.
Many parts of the paddle are traditional. It has a black edge guard, honeycomb interior that appears to be a high density, small cell size Nomex, and a grip with cushion and perforation for moisture control.
Here's a transcript of the video: Hi, my name is Ben Porter from Wilson Sporting Goods. I’m the Global Product Manager for Pickleball. Today I’m going to talk to you about the Tour BLX Paddle. So on this paddle we have a basalt fiber weaved into the paddle for effortless power. The core is a PowerComb technology. There is a shock-stop dampening system for protection of the paddle. The grip is a Cushion-Aire grip, which gives you the ultimate feel and comfort. It weighs 8.8 ounces, so it’s gonna be for a player that can really swing into that ball. It gives you a lot of power, and this is available at PickleballCentral. We hope you enjoy the paddle.
Here's a transcript of the video: Hi, David Johnson from Pickleball Central here.
We're going to talk a little bit and do a demo on the top-of-the-line Wilson Tour BLX. Probably the most expensive paddle we have in stock at this point in time. It has some unique characteristics. They have a basalt fiber in it. We just wanted to saw one in half and be able to take a look at exactly what's in one of the top-of-the-line paddles. So here goes.
So there you are. It has a traditional honeycomb, probably a Nomex type material about an eighth-inch cell so it's a small cell, gives it lots of support and you have the very thin basalt fiber interweaved into the face of the paddle. So if you have any questions about the tour BLX, there you go.