Ektelon DPR Magnum Lite 170 Racquet
Comments: I just ordered my second of these. I am thrilled. I got the first one about 3 months ago and since then I have hit with a couple of friends' Toron racquets while developing my game with the DPR. IT IS THE EXACT SAME FRAME!! I have ordered upgraded strings with the second one and if it delivers like I know it will then I will quickly upgrade the strings on my first one. It is an absolute thrill to find such an amazing frame at such a tremendous bargain. This will be the first time in my life to have identical racquets as a primary and a backup. Thank you RbW!!
Comments: Having read all of the reviews, and favorable comparisons to the Toron, I was really intrigued by the price. I borrowed a friend's Toron and got a good feel for it. I loved it, so I decided to take the gamble and bought 2 of these. I had them restrung by RbW with Ektelon Premier Power 17 @ 31#, and I put Python grips on them as soon as I got them. (BTW, why does RbW no longer carry Python?) It took some getting used to, but after about 3 weeks I am very pleased with these racquets. Being somewhat of a racquet "junkie", I have several far more expensive, newer model racquets, but have not been entirely happy with them for one reason or another. I feel like I have found the perfect racquet for me for now, and I plan to continue to use the DPR Magnum Lite 170 exclusively for the foreseeable future. FYI: Amazon is still selling this racquet for $179.99.
Comments: This Ektelon racquet isn't to bad, considering it was only $51.00 using the package deal. Don't expect it to play as great as others might have mentioned, especially in the factory default condition. I did notice that it felt a little bit heavier / bulky then my GB-125 170 racquet and my arm was getting a more tired using it. I had to cut out the factory strings, since it played just so so and restrung it at the middle range of 36 lbs with Gearbox black mono 17g string. This seem to give it more pop and better/more control. It will make a good backup racquet for me, but it is not as good as the GB-125 racquets that I have been using the pass 7 years. For the average club player, it would be a good stick to have in their bag considering the low price.
Comments: After vacillating between the Toron ESP and the DPR Magnum Lite 170 for several days, I finally bought two DPR racquets (compared to affording only one Toron ESP). I had been playing with a 21 yr old Ektelon Strion until these arrived home in March '14. This racquet's dynamics matches extremely well with my style. I've been playing with the factory strings and my winning percentage has still improved dramatically over the last three/four months. Also the lighter weight has helped relieve pain on my wrist and shoulder without compromising power or feel. Going forward, I'm thinking of restringing with the Ektelon Premier Power 17g which I believe comes in the Toron ESP, and also replacing the grip with the Python.
Comments: My brother and I have been playing since college, about 19 years now. Both of us needed an upgrade so we took advantage of the demo program at RbW. What we both found was that a mid-level racquet was as good as one costing twice as much, if you upgrade the string. This racquet is now only 6.5 oz strung, but it hits the ball like a sledgehammer, with tons of control and lots of power. It plays as well as the 2 Toron racquets that I tried out during the demo period. My kill shots have almost doubled from my 15 year old racquet as well. Overall, I am very pleased that I went with a less expensive racquet with upgraded strings. This thing is amazing, plus the red string gives it a top end racquet look. I will buy this same combination again if something ever happens to this awesome stick. An accurate/powerful Toron style racquet with upgraded string for under $100, need I say anything more.
Comments: Tried this racquet to see if it could be a backup to my Toron ESP. I restrung it immediately with Ektelon Power Premier 18g and also put on an Ektelon Vision grip. While it does indeed hit well, it is not on par in the power department with the Toron ESP. It is slightly heavier in the head which helps give it some pop, but I definitely feel the Toron ESP out performs it in every aspect. That said, the Magnum Lite is a great buy and a solid stick for anyone thinking of purchasing it. As for me, another Toron ESP is on its way.
Comments: I have been playing over 45 years with about 25 years as a tournament player and have owned over 60 sticks. I currently have 8 frames in my arsenal. I have owned and played with many Ektelon frames in the 80s and 90s, but none for a long time. I currently play mostly Wilson. I hit a friend's Magnum and liked it better than the Toron and Toron Lite or any other current Ektelon sticks, so I got one for myself. It is essentially a Toron at less than half the price with cheap and stiff 16g synthetic gut strings, a cut-rate tether and lower quality grip. I can afford any racquet I want and can definitely say that this will be my new go-to racquet. The balance is the best of any of my sticks and I had zero adjustment period. Light and stiff, but with a dampened feel, I get all the power and precision I want. The first time on the court I/we won 7 of 8 doubles games against strong teams with much younger players. I added a Head Megasorb dampener and will replaces the tether with a thicker red one. I will play for a month or so on the stock strings to get a feel for what they can do, then switch to E-Force Platinum 18g at mid-level tension. This is by far the best mid-level racquet I have ever hit with and outperforms IMO, many costlier top tier frames.
Comments: I just got this a week ago after having demo'd 5 other Ektelon racquets (I've always been an Ektelon fan). My previous racquet was a Quad frame so the Teardrop shape took a little getting used to but after having spent several hours with this, I am completely amazed at how much more power and accuracy I have. The handle is a touch smaller than what I had before so it was twisting in my grip at first but with any new piece of equipment, you have make adjustments. I tried the Toron and while that is an amazing racquet (I wish I had $230 to spend on it), for less than half the cost, I got one that compares VERY favorably and that will definitely improve my game by leaps and bounds. Just an outstanding stick. Highly recommended.
Comments: Previously I was playing with O3 Red. I am not a power player, but broke the strings all the time exactly 10 o'clock location. I thought I was giving this racquet a try. Now I like this racquet so much, bought another one and this is going to be my stick. It has balanced power and control. It is very playable and don't need time to adjust at all. It is poor man's lobster.
Comments: Racquet has insane power!!! Extremely light and has a pretty durable frame. I swing hard on shots close to the walls and this racquet has held up to the abuse quite nicely. If you want the Toron style racquet without breaking the bank, this is a great option.