Ektelon EXO3 Attack Lite 165 Racquet
Ektelon EXO3 Attack Lite 165 Racquet
$179.99
+ Demo Racquet


Ektelon has beefed up their new line of racquets, making them more durable than last years models.  All of their frames for the upcoming season use a new graphite bonding process to improve the frame's integrity.  The use of lighter weight materials for the cosmetics helped to compensate for the heavier resin used in order to keep the racquets at the same weight as the previous years.  New to this year's line of racquets is the Ektelon EXO3 Attack Lite; weighing in at 165 grams unstrung. This lightweight version of the Attack is perfect for those players who want lightweight power. With a much more head heavy balance than is typical with Ektelon, this racquet has huge power potential for the intermediate to advanced player.

Head Size: 106 sq. in. / 684 sq. cm.
Length: 22 inches / 56 cm
Unstrung Weight: 165g / 5.8oz
Strung Weight: 184.4g / 6.5oz
Balance: 11.875in. 7 pts Head Heavy
Swingweight: 144
Factory String: Ektelon Premier Power 17
Composition: Graphite
Grip Type: Ektelon Max Tack Wrap
String Pattern:
16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 5H,8H,10H
One Piece
Shared Holes: 7H,11H
String Tension: 30-38 pounds

Comments: This is an update to the first comment on this racquet. So after sending the racquet to RbW who dropped the ball several times, it took Ektelon 4 months to replace the racquet. It took many phone calls and emails. The racquet I received was much different than the original even though they were supposedly identical. Upon weighing the racquet, I found the strung weight to be about 15 to 20 grams heavier than the 170 Head racquet I currently use. This new Attack light is one of the worst racquets I have ever used. I would not recommend it to anyone. It is great for power but is terrible for everything else.
From: Tom, Goodyear, AZ, USA, 02/14
Skill-level: B
String type and tension: Factory 

Comments: This racquet delivers phenomenal power. The combination of the light racquet and head weight make it explosive through the swing.  My only concern with this racquet is its durability. I have been playing for almost 30 years. In that time I have broken 4 racquets. Most were well used and well worn with racquet to wall as well as racquet to racquet impacts before they gave out.  This new Ektelon EXO3 Attack Lite 165 broke after 20 to 30 hours of play without any contact with objects except the ball and occasionally my knee. Very disappointed. I hope this isn't typical and I hope RbW and Ektelon make it right.
From: Tom M., Goodyear, AZ, USA, 07/13
Skill-level:C-B
String type and tension: Factory

Comments: As a former paddleball player this racquet hits very well; it has help me adjust to this new game which I enjoy very much. We play one wall racquetball; it's fast, just the front court no sides. A great game, real big in NY.
From: Willie, Old Bridge, NJ, USA, 07/13
Skill-level: A in paddleball
String type and tension: factory

Comments: Great racquet for those looking for something lighter than a 170g. Good power for what feels like a more evenly balanced racquet than any other Ektelon I've used, and I have 6 different Ektelon models, O3 white, Speedport, Attack, Ignite, Toron, Attack Lite. Grip is a little sketchy when using the O3 glove however.
From: Brent, Tucson, AZ, USA, 09/11
Skill-level:A/B
String type and tension: Zyex @ 36

Comments: I have played with each generation of the Attack and this is by far the best one. The blend of light weight frame and head heavy balance is great. Even backhands above the shoulder could be hit with above average speed and power. After demo'ing all the latest, this racquet offer the best control around with no slippage from the wrap grip. Time will tell if this racquet is indeed more durable. I'm ordering one right now; more to follow.
From:  E, MD, USA, 09/11
Skill-level: A
String type and tension: Factory

Comments: Best racquet I've ever hit with, PERIOD! Have played with GB250 165, e-Force NXT Gen 170, and even just demoed the new PK 175 & 165 as well as the new GB 1.0 frames. This racquet has them all beat! Feels very quick and fluid during swing, and hits the ball a ton! As with all Ektelon frames, control is excellent. Didn't think I would like this racquet being it is 6-7 pts head heavy, but it felt perfect in my hands right from the get go. I had tried the Attack last year and it just didn't feel right to me. This Atatck Lite 165 version is much different and all for the better IMO. I am hoping that the durability issues have been resolved . . . if so, this racquet is definitely a winner in my book and one that I plan on using for the upcoming season. Don't know if I am crazy about the wrap grip, but I'll try it for now (can always switch to the vision grip later).
From: JH, USA, 07/11
Skill-level: A
String type and tension: Factory