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Selected new padel racket models for 2021

Those looking for the latest in padel will find this compilation useful. Here we present some of the new models we think are most interesting at the moment. 

How often are new models released?

Once a year, big brands release new versions of their bestsellers as well as new models. Additional news is common during the new year. There are sometimes brand new models and sometimes limited editions of existing models.

Most manufacturers’ base models receive some type of update every year, but some brands choose to keep the same model for two or more years.

Read our racket guide if you need help choosing a padel racket.

Best New Releases 2021

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Cartri Volcano 2 2021

Shape: Round
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

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Cartri Volcano 2 2021
Unique design
Innovative materials
Good for power and control

Volcano is one of the more interesting padel models so far in 2021 thanks to its unique look and balanced playing characteristics. In both the face and the filling of the racket, different materials are used. Kevlar and 6K carbon fiber comprise the frame, and two types of foam make up the core.

Volcano has a medium balance and can be used both defensively and offensively. Consider this model if you want to stand out from the crowd.

Bullpadel Vertex 3 2021

Shape: Diamond
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Bullpadel Vertex 03 2021
Good for power
Hesacore standard
Adjustable weight

Vertex is most famous for its use by top player Maxi Sánchez. In this year’s model, an aerodynamic frame improves swing speed and response.

With its diamond shape, the racket is top-heavy. This year, the core consists of Multi EVA, which benefits both hard and soft shots. In addition to the 12K carbon fiber hitting surface, Vibradrive dampens vibrations with its silicone material that runs along the grip.

Weights can be attached to the frame guard and under the handle for those who wish to increase power or control. 

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StarVie Raptor 2021

Shape: Round
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

StarVie Raptor 2021
Handmade in Spain
Good for both power and control
3D surface

This bestseller has a strong character. It delivers a distinctive sound and combines power and control for a variety of players.

The racket is round with a medium to high balance point, which sets it apart from the typical round control rackets. The core is made out of EVA Soft, which has a lower density, while the surface layer has two layers of carbon fiber to increase rigidity. The Raptor Core in the rack neck stabilizes and improves balance. There is a rough pattern on the hitting surface that helps generate spin.

If you are interested in a racket that works in all parts of the game, take a closer look at Raptor.

Tips when buying a new padel racket model

Upgrade existing racket

Changes between different year models can be small or large. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Before upgrading your existing racket, you should read about the changes first. If there are only small changes, an update may not be justified, and if there are major changes, it can affect the gaming experience greatly.

While it’s always nice to have the latest model of a racket but do your homework before you make the purchase.

Don’t buy based on hype

A racket should not be bought just because it’s hyped up. The fact that many people buy the racket does not mean that it will suit you. Always start from your own needs and playing style. 


When new models are released, old models are usually discounted. In some cases, the differences between the year models are minimal. Keeping your eyes open will allow you to make some nice deals.


News about new products is usually released once a year, usually at the turn of the year. Furthermore, more launches in the form of new models and limited editions are common. Sometimes the changes are small, so consider whether upgrading your racket is warranted. When buying a brand new model, make sure that the racket fits your game level and playing style, rather than just going by the hype.

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