Gearbox Original GB 250 170 Racquet XS (3 15/16)
$129.95
+ Demo Racquet


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It's back, and ONLY at Racquetball Warehouse! The best-selling and most popular racquet Gearbox has ever produced has made its triumphant return to racquetball. With a 100% High Modulus Graphite Construction and Gearbox's Quadra/Tear Drop Hybrid Frame Design, the Hall of Fame-worthy GB 250 170 combines the best in power, control, durability, and maneuverability. This racquet has been fine tuned in every way including the head and frame design, fiber orientation, frame torsion and swing profile to elevate your game. The Gearbox Original GB 250 is the Ultimate racquetball racquet, and at $129.99 is an unbeatable price for an unbeatable racquet. 

Head Size: 106 sq. in.
Length: 22 in.
Unstrung Weight: 170g
Strung Weight: 194g
Strung Balance: 2 pts Head Heavy
Strung Swingweight: 143
Factory String: Gearbox Mono Premium 18 Black @ 33 lbs
Composition: High Modulus Graphite
Grip Type: Gearbox Smooth Wrap
String Pattern:
14 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: N/A
One Piece
Shared Holes: 6H,7H,1T,2T,4T
String Tension: 25-35 lbs

Comments: (8/14 update) This is a follow up to an initial July 2014 review. I've played about 40 hours on the new GB250 after getting it less than a month ago.  It hasn't broken yet.  I'm pretty happy about that.  Power and control are as good as the Ektelons (varied, near top of line) or Harrow Connect.  Serves are currently better than the past few years, but I have been working on that, so I can't positively credit the racquet.  I do like the all black racquet.  I have added string savers (a tennis thing) in the sweet spot.  It slows string wear considerably.  I would buy another GB250. My review is similar to most.   I broke four or five Narrow Connects.  I asked around for a durable racquet recommendation and heard about this racquet.  I did the demo this week and bought one after six hours of play.  Good power.  Good touch.  Now if the frame just won't break while hitting the ball.
From: Marc M., Tulsa, OK, 07/14
Skill-level: A-/B+
String type and tension: Factory 

Comments: I bought this racquet and have been playing with it for about a month ... I love it.  Besides the stealth look, it feels great, provides plenty of power, and handles front court touch shots amazingly well.  It took me about two weeks to really fall in love with it, but it plays like a $200 racquet (whatever that means).  I didn't need a racquet, but I've been wanting to try GB and this deal was too good to pass up.  My primary racquet has been the Harrow Soverign, which I purchased last summer and is a great racquet ... Now I've got to decide which to use.  Tough call, they're both great racquets.  If you hit with 170s, you can't go wrong with either one of these, I prefer both of these to any of the Ektelon or Head racquets that I have played with (no experience with E-Force or ProKennex).
From: Brian, Akron, OH, USA, 05/14
Skill-level: B+
String type and tension: Ektelon Premier Power 17 @29# 

Comments: I did a demo of this raquet this past week.  It felt amazing in my hand and made a huge difference in my touch shots.  it is worth the money.  It has the perfect with no vibrations whatsoever.
From: Adib, Raleigh, NC, USA, 05/14
Skill-level: Beginner 

Comments: Bought this racquet used from a friend. It has been very good to me. My shoulder pain has disappeared since this became my primary racquet. Power is good, control is decent. Has taken quite a beating and keeps on ticking. And I should add, the guy I bought it from seems to regret the sale a bit, as his luck/success with other racquets hasn't been as good.
From: Jeremy, Stevens Point, WI, USA
Skill-level: B
String type and tension: 17 gauge @ 34 lbs. 

Comments: This is a great racquet! Solid power and great control. I'm coming from e-force, which has more power, but not as much control. To me the trade off is well worth it, especially considering the price! I went with the factory strings, which are solid, although the tension is a bit high for my preference.  
From: Rick, VA, USA, 04/14
Skill-level: A-/A+
String type and tension: Factory 

Comments: Purchased this racquet without knowing very much about it. I read some reviews and took a chance. The chance was well worth it. Its a solid racquet with decent power and feel. It definitely took my game to a higher level. I would highly recommend this to the average player who wants to step it up a notch. 
From: Andy, Canada, 04/14
Skill-level: B 

Comments: Wondering if this racquet is the same as the 250T that is black with blue lettering on it ? 
From: Gary, Raynham, MA, USA, 02/14
Skill-level: B
[Gary, This racquet is the original quadraform GB250 that came before black/blue teardrop version you are referring to.  They have different specs and play differently. Feel free to email us at info@racquetballwarehouse.com with any questions. - RbW Staff]

Comments: Coming from a Head intelligence I.165 to this racquet..what a difference! Great amount of power, much more then my head racquet. The feel, the control, the 0 vibration..this racquet feels like pure quality I'm glad I bought it. Gearbox really did it right on this racquet. My head racquet was great so this is saying allot.
From: Chris, IL, USA, 12/13
Skill-level: B
String type and tension: Stock 17 gauge black 

Comments: This racquet is basic, uncluttered, pure and simple without gimmicks, gadgets or marketing hype.  No rings, tubes, chambers, cores, ports, inserts, internal strings, etc.  Just a solid racquet with exceptional feel, maneuverability, and power.  The raw graphite frame is attractive and durable, the grip is comfortable, the balance point is not to head light or head heavy, and it is very "arm" friendly.  This is definitely one racquet that can bring your game to the next level and be played with for many years to come.  Thank you Gearbox for bringing this "classic" unsophisticated racquet back. 
From: Don, Minneapolis, MN, USA, 12/13
Skill-level: B
String type and tension: Factory 

Comments: Great racquet!!  I got a lot of power, a lot of control, and looks great!!  Can't get a better deal :)
From: Pedro A., San Antonio, TX, USA, 12/13
Skill-level: B