We had the chance to test two of the most popular palas at the start of the year: the Nox AT10 Genius Arena and the Nox ML10 Bahia. Comparative.
La Nox AT10 Genius Arena, And the Nox ML10 Bahia, are two of the most successful palas among players. We therefore decided to cross-test these two palas, used respectively by Agustin Tapia a pair Miguel Lamperti on the World Padel Tour !
At first glance, similar characteristics
These two palas of the Luxury range are in water drop shape, integrate a HR3 foam, as well as 12K carbon on the sides. They are equipped with AVS anti-vibrators and a very comfortable padded wrist strap.
Stéphane Penso, who was able to test the two palas separately (test AT 10 Arena by Penso HERE, ML10 Bahia test by Penso LA) , moreover found them quite similar qualities : a great sweet spot, good handling, versatility… But then what makes these two palas different?
If you take a closer look at these two palas, you will notice that although they are both teardrop shaped, their molds are not the same. The one of the AT 10 Genius Arena, which has a solid area just above the neck, seems to provide more rigidity.
This is the first thing we felt when we grabbed the two palas in turn: the ML10 Bahia is a little softer while the AT10 Genius Arena is more compact. So we felt more consistency when striking with Agustin Tapia's pala, but more comfort with Miguel Lamperti's !
A difference in terms of touch
The AT10 Genius Arena paint is matte, and covered with a rough sandy surface, while that of the ML10 Bahia is glossy, with a 3D design. This difference is felt in terms of touch and ball exit. We felt that Miguel Lamperti's pala allowed us toprint more ball speed effortlessly. On the other hand, Agustin Tapia's racket gave us more precision.
Two palas that fall into the same category
As a result of their shape and the materials that compose them, these two palas are part of the category of versatile high-end palas. They offer a blend of power and control that made us feel comfortable in all situations. Both have a large sweet-spot, which provides good tolerance for the hit.
The real difference is in the stiffness. The AT10 Genius Arena struck us as stiffer, more powerful on dry hits, more compact and more precise. On the other hand, we found the ML10 Bahia to be more flexible, more comfortable, and equipped with a good greater ball output. According to U.S, Miguel Lamperti's pala is a little easier to play, While that of Agustin Tapia could be a little more efficient, provided you have sufficient technique!
In conclusion, these are two palas without real fault, which allow everything to be done well, and which will appeal to many players! The choice of one or the other will be made according to the sensations you are looking for: more comfort and ball output and it is the ML10 Bahia that should please you the most, more consistency and precision and the AT10 Genius Arena should be right for you!
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