After one remarkable introduction ceremony dedicated to models of the new PR collection, it's time to dive in and reveal the true potential of these rackets.

Kuikma stands out for its late launches, coming after those of its competitors, which ensures maximum attention. The communications department skillfully distributed teasers across all social platforms, fueling constant enthusiasm for upcoming releases. Indeed, the clips broadcast a few days before the official launch played a crucial role in maintaining palpable excitement around the upcoming models.

Among the six new palas unveiled, divided into two ranges, today I will focus on one of the two designations which offers three different shapes: Kuikma PR Carbon.

Kuikma PR Carbon

Before analyzing the different models, let's first look at the naming. Using the name of the main material, such as “Carbon”, as a line name for racquets, departs from usual marketing practices which often favor suggestive or abstract names. This unconventional approach has several advantages, particularly in terms of simplicity, clarity and transparency regarding the composition and characteristics of the racket. In addition, this strategy can positively influence the marketing positioning, targeting and visual identity of the range, presenting it as innovative and attracting experienced players looking for distinctive technical characteristics. However, it can also lack originality and cause confusion among less experienced players.

The French company uses three distinct colors to differentiate its models and affixes the KUIKMA brand in stick letters under the entirely charcoal black sieve. The latter welcomes the centered silver gray logo, while the bridge and the contours of the frame adopt a different color depending on the shape of the racket:

  • Round (Power Control): purple / eggplant, symbolizing control and mastery.
  • Diamond (Power Carbon): raspberry red / burgundy, evoking power and precision.
  • Hybrid (Power Hybrid): monochrome charcoal gray, representing responsiveness and versatility.

Sober and warm, these shades reflect Kuikma's ambition to create a minimalist and contemporary atmosphere for this series. The PR Carbon range therefore includes three specific models. Although the technical characteristics are the same for each (with the exception of the unique drilling plan of the diamond version and slightly variable for the other two), their design and shape clearly differentiate them. These allow users to choose the model that best suits their needs and aesthetic preferences.

Embedded technologies

The technologies embedded in this new collection offer advanced features to improve player performance:

  1. Shock Block System: reducing up to 30% of vibrations upon impact, this exclusive system provides clear comfort and prevents injuries, certified by Testea Padel.
  2. Air Foam Frame: incorporating EVA foam to reinforce the frame, this technology aims to improve power transfer while maintaining the lightness of the racket.
  3. High Modulus Carbon: offering increased power, improved durability and essential lightness for optimal handling.
  4. Evolutive Hole Size: aimed at balancing control and power by offering an enlarged sweetspot and optimized weight distribution.
  5. Twin Carbon Tube: reinforcing the rigidity of the racket, increasing power while maintaining good vibration absorption for better comfort and tolerance.
  6. Rough Surface: promoting effective grip on the ball for more spin, better control and a more aggressive game.
  7. 12 K Carbon Fiber: light, stiff and resistant, this fiber offers a good compromise between control and power.
  8. Black Eva core: a dense rubber for increased responsiveness and impressive precision.

Shock Block System and Air Foam Frame technologies are designed to reduce vibration and increase power. The Evolutive Hole Size and Rough Surface improve control and spin, while the High Modulus Carbon and Twin Carbon Tube contribute to frame stiffness and stability.

“High Modulus” carbon, generally translated as “High modulus carbon” in French, offers additional rigidity at reduced weight, optimizing power transmission. In other words, the racket frame is made of highly rigid carbon which deforms little under impact, thus combining lightness and strength. This type of “high-end” carbon has optimal rigidity, approximately twice as high as standard modules. The fibers used by Kuikma represent the highest grade. They are superior to conventional fibers while being lighter, thanks to their superior tensile and compressive strength. This grade of carbon is rated for its torsional strength. The higher the modulus, the stiffer it is. In the field of sport, High Modulus is the highest grade that can be found (Formula 1, cycling, sailing and today padel). There is a higher grade (UHM – Ultra High Module), which is reserved for the space and military industry).

On track

During my tests, I was impressed by the offensive power of the Kuikma Power Carbon. Indeed, with a name that combines “Power” and “Carbon”, we cannot expect subtlety. It delivers explosive force and exceptional responsiveness for smashes and shoulder shots. The volleys spring with disconcerting vivacity, promoting formidable precision and allowing surgical placement of the ball. The pleasure of playing aggressively with this racket is real, as it seems to offer an endless reserve of acceleration. However, it is crucial to emphasize that its optimal performance is only achieved when the ball is hit in the sweet spot, which is relatively small. Execution of defensive shots was also carried out with confidence, with the diamond shape not proving troublesome during phases of play under pressure. I was able to get out of tricky situations and restart the game effectively, although it wasn't as easy as with less dense rubber or more elastic rubbers.

The version Control presents itself as a variation of the Power Carbon, adopting a round shape for increased maneuverability. The balance shifted toward the handle provides surprising agility, at the expense of slightly reduced power due to a centered sweet spot. If the raw power is slightly sacrificed, the defense is considerably improved, the maneuverability of the racket becoming exceptional in this phase of play. Equipped with the widest point dulce of the three models, the Control tolerates off-center hits more than the Power version. Despite a relatively high weight for a round shape, it provides enhanced stability and undeniable offensive capacity.

The version Hybrid, a true apotheosis, ingeniously combines the strengths of the two previous models to offer a racket without compromise. Its teardrop shape gives it undeniable versatility, combining power, maneuverability and optimal weight distribution. A slightly leading balance provides total control of the ball, while maintaining a pronounced offensive character. The feeling of ease and the reserve of power only amplify this feeling of explosiveness. Surprising maneuverability and a remarkable sweet spot complete this model, which represents the quintessence and the perfect blend of the two versions previously tested.

In short

To summarize, I had the opportunity to test three complementary palas, each offering its own characteristics. This new collection marks a major turning point for the brand, because by merging the proven technologies of the LS and MS ranges and adapting specific innovations, it offers players a high-end product with unrivaled value for money on the market. Compared to LS and MS Pro models, these rackets have slightly less power, but significantly greater maneuverability.

The handle, ideally sized in length and thickness, is decorated with a padded and embroidered Kuikma wrist strap that I particularly appreciate. In addition to the distinct colors and drilling patterns specific to each model, the PR Carbon Power stands out with its unique relief pattern, composed of arched lines. This difference is subtle and 3D prints on these models should not have a significant impact on spin. The simple design is enhanced with a striking logo. Important point: these rackets are not featherweight. If lightness is your priority, you will have to adjust your expectations.


The Power version stands out for its explosive power, due to its head balance and a specific drilling pattern reinforcing rigidity. My extensive testing confirms that the Power Carbon is “harder” than other models, despite similar technologies. It will be perfect for aggressive and technical players looking for an ultra-responsive and precise pala. The other two versions favor channeled power, with an adjusted balance for better playability. Remember that all rackets include dense Black Eva rubber and a 12K carbon fiber coating.

The Control and Hybrid references therefore require time to adapt to fully exploit their potential. For players looking for balance customization, a box of 5 3g weights, designed to seamlessly integrate with the frame and neck inserts, is available for sale.

Combining power and maneuverability, these rackets are ideal for players looking for maximum performance without breaking the bank. Thanks to the integration of cutting-edge technologies and months of extensive testing, Kuikma offers a complete and high-performance collection at the incredible price of 130 euros. If these references prove too rigid for your style of play, the new Metal series may suit you (test to come). With less dense rubber and fiberglass on its faces, it seems better suited to intermediate and advanced players.

A huge thank you to Baptiste Savary, Sales Director France, for sending us a preview of the rackets and for his availability to answer my many questions.

Be ready ! I have a complete file on PR Metal rackets in store for you in the coming weeks. Expect to experience revolutionary technology offering unparalleled comfort and ball release.

Stéphane Penso

Fan of padel, Stéphane has become the official tester of the planet padel in Europe. Everything goes through his expert hands. Thanks to his extensive experience in the snowshoeing world, he is able to scan your gear from head to toe!