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Metalbone or Adipower: Which Adidas power racket to buy?

Updated May 28, 2024

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As one of the largest producers of padel rackets, Adidas has 2 top of the line sub-brands: Metalbone and Adipower.

While they share some some features, there are many differences to be aware of to make sure you find the racket that suits you best.

First, let's break down the two lines' top power rackets. Today, we will talk about the diamond-shaped, or "Oversized diamond" rackets, specifically the Metalbone 3.2, Metalbone HRD 3.2, Adipower, and Adipower Multiweight.

We will not be talking about the Metalbone CTRL 3.2, the Adipower Multiweight CTRL, or the Metalbone Carbon.

Metalbone 3.2

The standard Metalbone is one of our top picks for intermediate power players. It has a slightly above medium balance and a medium touch that makes it a playable form of a diamond racket. It is relatively comfortable power racket.

This racket, of course, also has the Metalbone weight and balance customization, which allows you to reduce the weight by ~12g and increase the balance by ~0.5cm.

Metalbone HRD 3.2

The Metalbone HRD has Adidas's High Memory core, which makes the touch medium hard and tends to increase the balance slightly. Its harder touch will generate more power and control, while reducing the size of the sweet spot, which is located above the center of the racket face.

Adipower 3.2

The Adipower is in every way a more technical racket than the Metalbone.

It is harder, has a higher balance, and has more spin. It is slower, but more powerful. Its sweet spot is smaller and higher than the Metalbone HRD's. We recommend this racket for truly strong, power-oriented player who are also considering rackets like the Head Delta Pro, Extreme Pro.

Adipower Multiweight

The Adipower Multiweight is a small modification of the Adipower that includes 9 grams of weights that are positioned around the side of the racket face. The positioning of these weights means that they contribute more to the racket's balance, therefore you'll be able to achieve a balance change of roughly 1 centimeter, or double what the Metalbone offers.

Who should buy which?

For intermediate attackers seeking a medium touch, we recommend the Metalbone 3.2.

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For advanced attackers seeking a medium-hard touch, we recommend the Metalbone HRD 3.2.

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For advanced attackers seeking help with spin, we recommend the Adipower 3.2.

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For advanced attackers who want versatility (balance customization), we recommend the Adipower Multiweight.

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