Onix Outbreak Paddle Review

The Onix Outbreak is Onix’s most famous widebody pickleball paddle and ranks fourth on our list of the best Onix pickleball paddles. The Outbreak features a hardened graphite face and polypropylene core that provides strength without adding weight, thanks to Onix’s extreme technology.  The Onix Outbreak Pickleball Paddle weights 7.8–8.2 ounces and measures 8 1/8′′ in diameter. The Outbreak is one of Onix’s luxury widebody paddles thanks to its small paddle face. The Onix Outbreak has a 5′′ handle length, so it’s similar in size to the Onix Z5, but the hardened graphite paddle face adds much more “pop” as bullets fly off the paddle face.

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The Strength of Paddle

The Outbreak isn’t for the faint of heart; it has plenty of punch, a nice sweet spot, and is vulnerable to light dinks and precise placement. All of this is listed on Onix’s website. I assume that if I had been a more seasoned player, I would have been able to see how this paddle works on the court. You want to be in the sweet spot, and I’m not decent enough at it to do it on any shot.

The paddle was deadly consistent as I connected on both hard and soft shots. For the most part, I was able to produce a strong spin and felt secure in my shots. Ball control, finesse, and strength are also challenging for me. If your opponent returns the ball with blinding speed straight at your body, keeping the ball low is critical.

Here is what I have to say about the handle of the Paddle

Moreover, what about the handle, which is octagonal? To be honest, it felt a little big to me. I noticed that I was rotating the paddle in my hand a lot more than normal. I’m not sure if this is entirely due to the handle, my sweating, or just a nervous twitch, but I’m noting it because it happened to me. On the next paddle, I’ll see if it happens again.

In any case, the handle felt a little heavy to me. I am 6′ 1″ tall and have average-sized hands for someone of my stature. I’m not aware of a smaller diameter handle alternative for the Outbreak, and there’s nothing on their website to suggest otherwise. I’ll check it.

The Grip is Really Good

I think the conventional rounder handle will be a more convenient or familiar grip for me, and I’m hoping the other paddles will have as many advantages as the Outbreak of a round handle. A big handle makes me feel like I’m squeezing too tightly, which induces weakness in my forearm.

It’s a vital part of the paddle, so experiment with different diameters before you find one that looks perfect. If you’re not sure, pick the smallest one you can; you can always wrap the handle and make it bigger, so you won’t be able to shrink one that’s too tall.

Material of the Paddle

I was able to check that the paddle’s face material has as much response to ball movement as I had suspected. I may spin the hell out of the ball as long as it stays in, which allows for a tougher return. The paddle performed admirably under usual softer or dink returns, and when I reached the “sweet spot” in the middle of the paddle, it felt just right, like a smooth drive off the tee box. Ball control requires experience, and the Outbreak is more than capable if the driver is in command.

I became more comfortable with the paddle’s reaction as the game progressed. Now, 2 hours isn’t enough time for me to break in a paddle, so changing out every week for the next paddle will give me a quick idea of how paddles differ for my reviews.

Lightweight Paddle Helps Beginners

The stuff you look for as a newbie, in my experience, would be apparent from one paddle to the next. To me, the weight and ball reaction became very clear. I should point out that I do not believe it is a good idea to change paddles multiple times in a short period, especially two hours.

In any single game, you’ll spend more time practicing a new paddle, which I believe makes it difficult to grasp the mechanics of how that paddle plays. Give it some time; these aren’t inexpensive paddles, and they need to be thoroughly tested.

My mind is not yet prepared for what will become a weekly activity. At the end of a fairly consistent two hours, I was not only well exercised but also fatigued, especially in my legs. They aren’t used to the level of stamina needed, so it will take some time.

The Power and Strength of Paddle

To simplify, someone who believes Pickleball is not a healthy form of exercise should reconsider. Another thing I wanted to mention as part of the evaluation was how my right arm was doing. Was this paddle too big, and how much of a difference does an ounce in weight make when you’re swinging around for two hours? It may mean the difference between overswinging for more power or under swinging for insufficient power in Fullback. It’s the polar opposite of what you want to happen.

Shouldn’t a strong paddle swung harder cause the ball to roll faster? Real, but you’re messing up your elbow, and the point is to swing softer and let the ball do more work for you. If you’re not sure, go for the middleweight class before you have time to find out what sounds better on your own, according to all of my original testing.

That is most likely the case, which is why some of the try-before-you-buy services are worthwhile. My elbow felt sore, but I couldn’t tell if it was due to a lack of conditioning from not playing for four years. Normally, I’ll experience my exercise for 24-48 hours, which is ideal because that ensures those muscles were used and the sensation is healthy and not an accident.

My glutes sometimes hurt, which is the happiest thing in the world, but my elbow does not. On my RB racquets, I was on the fence about going lighter, and I expect the same to be so with the paddle I pick.

The Control Capability of the Paddle

However, when smashed, the paddle is incredibly silent. When you grasp how the paddle reacts when it makes contact with the ball, it’s clear that the technology built into the face provides excellent spin and control.

What I like about this whole paddle is that, unlike other paddles, it does not have a brittle reaction. What I’m referring to is the ball’s “brittleness” when it goes across the face of a paddle. Paddles that are hard and unforgiving have a powerful brittle response, meaning the ball leaves the paddle quickly and with a lot of energy, giving the player less control.

There is less leverage of what happens to the ball so it spends less time on the paddle. While the gap is just a few seconds, it is long enough to provide more spin and precision, or little or no spin and bounciness.

My thoughts about the Grip of Paddle

This paddle has excellent grip, a gentle response when necessary, and controllable returns, whether finesse or lack thereof. I’ve already played a few dozen games with this paddle, and my confidence in hitting the more difficult shots has improved.

The Core of the Paddle

Finally, the polypropylene core assisted me in defusing strong opponent play while also providing me with more leverage when playing dinks or spin shots around the name. These characteristics combine to make the Outbreak one of the most common paddles for players looking for a paddle with a large paddle face and a lot of strength.

Following are some of the standout features that I found appealing in the Onix Outbreak Paddle.

* The TexTreme technology on the Widebody 8 1/8′′ paddle face is hardened graphite.
* Without adding weight, the polypropylene core helps to generate strength and defuse opponent play.
* On-court, the paddle looks amazing, and there are three awesome paddle colours to choose from.
* The price is a little higher than the other Onix paddles, which is why it catches my eye.

Onix Outbreak Pickleball Paddle Infographic

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Conclusion

To sum it up, I can’t say anything about how well this paddle does. It has great control, a sensitive sweet spot, a solid build, plenty of power when needed, plenty of finesse when not, and it simply looks cool.

The style of the handle is the first thing that strikes me. I may have a better opinion if it were smaller in diameter. This rig’s handle was a bit too heavy for me, and I think it made me work harder than I wanted in the two hours I had to play.

I’m reserving the right to change my mind here because, yeah, I can, but more importantly because I don’t have anything in which to equate the handle. I’m still unsure on whether or not this is a good beginner paddle. I don’t want price to impede choosing the right paddle, and in a perfect world, I’d evaluate paddles based on their “playability” rather than their price.

In the end, I’d pick the paddle that works well for me and worry about the price later. There may be “too” much paddle. To put it another way, this paddle would need a veteran driver to get the most out of it. It doesn’t rule out the possibility of an inexperienced player using it, but I’d hate for first experiences to detract from the overall enjoyment of the Outbreak because the end-user didn’t know how to do it.

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