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

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 quadraform/teardrop hybrid frame design, this Hall of Fame-worthy racquet 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 Racquet is the ultimate racquetball racquet at an unbeatable price. 

All racquets come factory strung with a wrist cord installed. Click the Specs tab for more details.

Unstrung Weight: 170g*
Strung Weight: 187g
Strung Balance: 4 pts Head-Heavy
Strung Swingweight: 155 kg x cm² (medium dynamic inertia = power & control)
Factory String: Gearbox Mono Premium 18 Black
Factory Grip: Gearbox Smooth Wrap Grip
Cover: Not included by manufacturer
String Pattern:
14 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: N/A
One Piece
Shared Holes: 6H,7H,1T,2T,4T
Head Size: 106 sq. in.
Head Shape: Quadraform
Racquet Length: 22 in.
Composition: High Modulus Graphite

*Unstrung weight is part of the name given to this racquet by the manufacturer; all other specs are measured by Racquetball Warehouse USRSA Master Racquet Technicians on a Babolat Racquet Diagnostic Center machine. String never weighs more than 25 grams, so if there is more than a 25 gram variance between Unstrung Weight and Strung Weight then the manufacturer most likely measured the Unstrung Weight of the raw graphite frame (i.e. without grip, grommets, or paint). In addition, due to the porous nature of graphite material, manufacturers approve of a +/- 10 gram variance during the manufacturing process.

Comments: I bought this racquet over a year ago and I love it so much I just bought a second one as a backup.  It is durable even though wall beater guards don't cover the entire top of the raquet.  It allows for incredible power and placement.  The swing weight is light, which gives more power.  I can't say enough good things about this racquet.
From: WA, Yakima, WA, 12/16
Skill-level: (not disclosed)
String type and tension: Factory 

Comments: I am an old #$%&.67.i played league the other night.i hit a down the line forehand and broke a new ball.the only racquet with the same power is the $270 eforce.But the gearbox has control and the eforce has none.
From: Ron, Denton, TX, USA, 10/16
Skill-level: B
String type and tension: Standard 

Comments: After playing with many different racquets and having more than my share of broken frames, I tried this one.  Seeing the price I didn't expect much.  Boy was I wrong.  For some of us, I'm sure we could play with a frying pan and it wouldn't matter but this racquet is certainly worth writing about.  Simple design, great power and awesome control.  No fancy gimmicks, paint jobs or stupid power boosters.  More often than not, more expensive doesn't mean better and this racquets proof of it.  
From: Rob, Wall, NJ, USA, 09/16
Skill-level: Open
String type and tension: Factory 

Comments: Had it for about a month now. Terrific. Feels so light even for a 170 but hits with power. Good wrist action and feel. 
From: Bruce, Stuart, FL, USA, 09/16
Skill-level: b-
String type and tension: stock 

Comments: This racquet is awesome! Extremely durable. Great weight. Plenty of power. Excellent control. Nothing fancy just great engineering. No gimmicks. I tried all other brands of racquets. I started playing with E-force but they were to delicate. This racquet is a beast. I'm embarrassed to say this but, one day I had a childlike tantrum on the court. I was soo frustrated. The only way to relieve the stress was to smash and break the racquet on the wall. I stormed over to the wall. Pulled my arm back and hit the wall with so much force my wrist hurt :[ The racquet survived with just a mark. That was years ago. Hasn't happened since. Whether you're a beginner or a top open player. Buy this racquet.
From: Todd, Birmingham, AL, USA, 08/16
Skill-level: Open
String type and tension: Kevlar and gb mono prem. 

Comments: Bought this racquet without knowing much about it, other than the reviews here. Have always played Head but i'm tired of cracked frames. This racquet has very good construction and aesthetics, I love the matte black frame. Plenty of power but even better accuracy.  I can already tell it has improved my accuracy from the first game. No shoulder, elbow, or wrist pain whatsoever, and that's with a fully torn bicep tendon less than a year ago. I'm tempted to buy another one for a backup but I don't know that I'll need one. Give this stick a try, you won't be disappointed. And of course you can't go wrong with the awesome service and support from!
From: Brandon, Rogers, AR, USA, 06/16
Skill-level: B
String type and tension: Factory 

Comments: I just played in a tournament.I wanted to be in b doubles or 65 b.Neither made.So I was put in a doubles with a guy I had never even met.Also I had only played 3 league games with this racquet before the tournament.I also have the ektelon white 170.The gearbox is considerably more powerful.We had no chance of winning, but we did win the last match in a tiebreaker.I never used drive z to the forehand before.With this racquet it was a really potent serve that enabled us to win.I highly recommend this racquet.
From: Ron, Denton, OH, 05/16
Skill-level: 65 b
String type and tension: factory 

Comments: Never have been interested in Gearbox other than some cool commercials (i.e.. Gearbox "B")the specs on all the racquets appear to be insanely head heavy, which doesn't suit my game or arm for that matter. This racquet is close to balanced and just has a feel of solid quality about it. I'm hitting with more accuracy and power since switching and great maneuverability also. Please don't stop making a near even balanced racquet -it's an awesome tool for the ones of us who want the sweet spot of power and control with a dash of touch.
From: Matt, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, 01/16
Skill-level: B-
String type and tension: Factory 

Comments: Bought his racquet after losing to Anthony Hererra and his partner in a tournament; Anthony was using the GB250 so I had to get it.  Great power and control from the first outing made me a Gearbox fan for life!  I highly recommend purchasing this racquet if you want more power, control and want to elevate your game. I recently upgrade to the Beltran 170T; however, I feel very comfortable knowing that the GB250 is in my bag as a backup!
From: Damion, Greeley, CO, USA, 01/16
Skill-level: Open/Elite 

Comments: Awesome! I love this racquet as all the comments here are accurate. Started playing GB about 2 years ago and will never buy another brand. This was meant to be a backup to my current 165T but thinking it will become my primary. Great value!
From: Dave, CO, USA, 01/16
Skill-level: B+ 

Comments: I love the racket.  I have only one complaint. the black plastic on top of the racket. In time the plastic has not stayed flush with the frame.  the protruding plastic has sharp bends on it.  I have scratched myself on more than one occasion during a miss swing. I am now looking for the same type of racket without the plastic
From: Manny, Chicago, IL, USA, 12/15
Skill-level: medium
String type and tension: 30 

Comments: Just bought two of these. Had played with them when they first came out years ago and then graduated to the successive GB iterations. I was going to get this years Beltran 165T, but didn't feel like shelling out $450 for two. Bought these and couldn't be happier. Forgot how well they hit . . . my mechanics have improved over the years and these hit even better than before. Great racquets at a great price. I look forward to using these for 2016 season. Also got the new Legend Ally Yellow/Black bag and love it!!
From: Jason, 08/15
Skill-level: Elite
String type and tension: Factory - Will use Power Premier 18g when time for restringing 

Comments: I bought this racquet, it's simple and beautiful and it has an unbelievable power and control, you can't go wrong. I highly recommend it RbW made it possible, thanks!
From: Andres, Mexico, 06/15
Skill-level: B+
String type and tension: Factory 

Comments: Great racquet. Compared to the other brand I used I have much more control and the power is unbelievable 
From: Holman C., Ridgefield Park, NJ, USA, 06/15 

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 the black/blue teardrop version you are referring to. They have different specs and play differently. Feel free to email us at 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