Killerspin Jet 800 Review

Killerspin Jet 800
Killerspin Jet 800

Overview

The Killerspin Jet 800 is Killerspin’s most high-end pre-assembled paddle. It comes complete with lots of really great features in addition to using top-quality materials. The paddles has Killerspin’s famous Nitrx-4z rubber that is capable of generating highly controlled heavy spin but yet does not leave you open to being super vulnerable to returning spin. The paddle also offers a blade with 2 carbon layers in addition to 5 wood layers for a total of 7 layers to make the blade give an extremely fast bounce and remain very lightweight.

Specifications

  • ITTF approved, 2.0mm high tension Nitrx-4Z rubber
  • Ratings out of 10: Speed 9.5, Spin 9.0, Control 8.0
  • Comes with a 30-day warranty
  • 7-ply wood blade + 2 carbon layers for increased power and competition-level performance
  • Lightest, most powerful JET-Series rackets with stylish wooden side tape

The Blade

The highlight of the Killerspin Jet 800 paddle is the quality of the blade. The paddle’s 2 layers of carbon composite material that are integrated into the 7 layer wood layers provide that extra pop off the paddle that aggressive players will love. It’s important to note that this could be a potential downside for beginner or intermediate players that are not comfortable with the high rate of speed that the ball has coming off this paddle. It can definitely take some getting used to, but more skilled players will definitely enjoy the increased speed and power of this blade. Not only does the carbon technology add to the offensive power of this paddle, it also allows for easier returning of aggressive shots. The carbon has more flex for defensive blocking shots and therefore can absorb slams and other hard-hitting shots easier than other rackets. It seems counter-intuitive but in-practice you will actually notice that, for a skilled player, this paddle can actually perform better defensively and offensively.

Overall Look and Feel

The Killerspin Jet 800 is lightweight but still has a nice aggressive feel to it. The paddle weighs only 1.8 ounces which is very lightweight for a high-end aggressive paddle. However, it doesn’t feel cheaply made or weak in your hand, it has a nice high-quality feel to it. The handle is slightly flared and is very comfortable to hold. This is also due to the fact that the paddle is nearly perfectly balanced. While other aggressive rackets tend to be weighted towards the handle and have a lot more heft to them, the Jet 800 has a nice even balance and due to the carbon infused blade it feels very lightweight. You can tell that this is a precision made racket because it feels that the density of the paddle and racket head were dialed in to be precisely the same weight and give you that nice balance.

Conclusion

The Killerspin Jet 800 is a high-quality racket that offers a ton of speed and spin for players that want a top-of-the-line pre-assembled racket. The paddle is ITTF approved and so you can play with it in tournament play. It’s extremely lightweight for a paddle of this quality and offers a really good balance between the head and handle that you will definitely notice. Once you pick up the Jet 800 you will most certainly never want to put it back down. It’s that good.

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