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Bela LT V2.5

Wilson Bela LT V2.5

8.5

Based on 3 Expert Reviews

Best Suited For
Intermediate players seeking versatility
Pros
  • Versatile
  • Maneuverable
  • Great spin
Cons
  • White shows marks easily
  • Wrist strap isn't for small wrists
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Scorecard

Power
The amount of force imprinted on a ball from the racket
8.0
Control
The amount of precision in placement that a padel racket allows a player to exert on a ball.

9.0
Sweet spot
The zone of the racket face where the highest percent of force is applied to the ball.

9.0
Maneuverability
How easy a racket is to maneuver. Inversely correlated to racket weight and balance.

8.7
Soft
Touch refers to the hardness or softness of the racket.

Hard
Smooth
The application of a rough surface on a padel racket's face in order to assist the player in generating spin on their shots.

Rough

Specifications

Suggested Price

€270

Weight (g)
355
Shape
Teardrop
Surface
Carbon fiber
Core
Medium-Soft EVA
Released
2024

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Intermediate players seeking versatility
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Score
Overall
8.5
Power
8.0
Control
9.0
Sweet Spot
9.0
Maneuverability
8.7
Overall
7.6
Power
8.3
Control
8.0
Sweet Spot
8.0
Maneuverability
7.3
Overall
8.1
Power
8.3
Control
8.0
Sweet Spot
8.0
Maneuverability
8.6
Overall
8.4
Power
8.2
Control
8.0
Sweet Spot
9.0
Maneuverability
8.6
Overall
7.9
Power
8.1
Control
8.0
Sweet Spot
7.0
Maneuverability
8.5
Overall
8.1
Power
8.0
Control
8.0
Sweet Spot
8.0
Maneuverability
8.3

How Does the Wilson Bela LT V2.5 perform?

Fernando Belasteguin

Many new entrants to padel have only joined the sport when Fernando Belasteguin was on his way out. He was that old partner of 19 year old Arturo Coello…the guy with the smooth movements and the flat bandejas. But Bela is padel legend.
He is a father of the sport who has lived at the top for decades with the likes of Juan Martín Díaz and Miguel Lamperti…but one firm step above.
And in 2024, after 30 years of professional play, the best padel player in the world is…retiring.
A few more stats for the curious:
- He has played in 286 finals, winning 230 of them
- He has been ranked number 1 for 16 years
- This month (May 2024), he is turning 45 and ranked number 18

Wilson x Bela

Wilson and Bela have collaborated for years on the Bela line - a line of 5 rackets:
- Bela Pro: hardest and heaviest at 370g with a hard core
- Bela Elite: 5g lighter and softer than the Bela Pro
- Bela LT (light): 15g lighter than and softer than the Bela Pro (this model)
- Bela Team (not present in 2024): slightly lighter than the Elite
- Bela Junior: small, lightweight, kids version

2024’s Bela LT V2.5

The Bela LT is a lightweight versatile racket designed for players seeking comfort, control without losing much power. It delivers on this mission way more than I expected.

Specifications

Let’s cover the specifications first. It is a teardrop weighing 355g (test model weighed 360g) with a soft core and carbon fiber surface. It is designed to balance at 26 cm, and my test model balanced at 25.8cm. The handle is ~12cm and leads to a signature Bela double winged bridge that continues to a 3D textured surface.

At the back of the court

My first few tests of this racket were on the right side, and I can see some reviewers calling this a “right-side player racket”, but I think that would imply that because it weighs less than the monster Bela Pro, it’s a pushover.
In the back of the court, it does really shine though. It comforts you with its big sweet spot, easy maneuverability, and ability to generate easy bajadas when you ask it.

At the net

The thing about this racket, is it somehow does volleys as well as corners. While at the net, I felt it was as fast as it was powerful. I never arrived late, yet, I also felt comfortable in blocks. Volleys are surprisingly good with it.

Aerials

Bandejas were way better than expected. The sweet spot is big. The spin is strong. And the weight in the head helps you with depth. Bandejas are my favorite shot in padel, and bandejas are my favorite shot with this racket. It feels like you can do them while talking to your friends over coffee.

Smashes

While I was surprised all around the court when playing with this racket, in smashes, I was surprised the most. It has an accessible power that provided me more than I needed to accelerate my swing speed and smash the ball…and with the relaxation of knowing that I had time for intelligent shot selection.

In conclusion

At no point while playing with this racket did I think, “this is what a light racket plays like”. I felt fast and agile. Yes. And then when I had an opportunity to smash, I brought the ball back to my side of the court with ease.
In many ways, I think the LT, or “light” monicker diminishes this racket more than it helps it. In fact, I think padel would be better if more players played with white Wilsons than red Wilsons.
I suggest we take this racket in isolation for what it is, which is a super versatile racket that works for more players than it doesn’t. This is not something I’d say about many rackets. The fact that my biggest problem with it is the padded wrist strap says a lot.
I’m very happy I was able to try this racket because, like the Bela Pro, I truly enjoyed it more than I expected. As someone who hates light rackets, I loved this racket. It’s not light and papery or uncomfortable like most light rackets I’ve tried.

Our test of the Wilson Bela LT V2.5

Expert Reviews of the Wilson Bela LT V2.5

9.0
Timo (Padel.FYI)

A wonderfully versatile racket - I'm convinced nearly every player would be happy with this racket. Much more similar to the Bela Pro than I expected based on the specs. I felt like I had 90% of anything any padel racket could deliver me with this in my hand. Note: the tested model was 362g and 25.8cm balance.

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7.9
Fabio Ferro

"Wilson's best racket of 2024". It offers a little bit of everything to intermediate and up players - extremely complete. Crazy good spin, very easy to generate spin with. A more aggressive version of last year's Bela LT, 15g lighter than the Bela Pro.

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8.6
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Bela LT V2.5

Intermediate players seeking versatility
8.5

rating based on 3 expert reviews

Hardness
Medium
Core
Medium-Soft EVA
Shape
Teardrop
Release Year
April 1, 2024
Surface
Carbon fiber
MSRP
270