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Killerspin JET400 Table Tennis Paddle - Multi-Colour - Ideal Ping Pong Paddle For Intermediate Players with Memory Book
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- Ideal for intermediate players transitioning to advanced-level play
- ITTF approved, 1.8mm high-tension Nitrx-4Z rubber
- 6.4mm medium thickness blade with flared handle for feel and control
- Ratings out of 10: Speed 7.0, Spin 9.0, Control 8.0
- Comes with a 30-day warranty
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The Killerspin JET400 Smash N1
The Killerspin JET400 Smash N1 table tennis racket brings the level of play up a notch with ITTF-approved competition rubbers and a premium wood blade for competitive play. For intermediate to advanced-level players with solid skills, the JET400 Smash N1 is the pick. This premium paddle is engineered for the player looking to utilize all aspects of an all-around, dynamic play style. It allows for a more well-rounded yet aggressive game needed to conquer stiff competition.
Constructed with five layers of premium wood, the blade of the JET400 Smash N1 is strong yet flexible, allowing for a control-oriented game and/or a moderately aggressive attack game. The blade makes the JET400 Smash N1 one of Killerspin's most balanced paddles.
|Made For||Balanced game - prefer control||Balanced game||Balanced game - prefer power||Moderately aggressive attack||Aggressive Attack|
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The Killerspin JET400 table tennis racket brings the level of play up a notch with ITTF-approved competition rubbers and a premium wood blade for competitive play. For intermediate to advanced-level players with solid skills, the Jet 400 is the pick. The lightweight 5-ply blade equipped with two high-tension Nitrx-4Z rubbers support spin techniques and allows for a more powerful attack. The Killerspin JET400 features an ergonomic flared handle for superior grip and stability during play. The JET400 is engineered for the player looking to utilize all aspects of an all-around, dynamic play style. It allows for a more well-rounded yet aggressive game needed to conquer stiff competition. The product comes with a 30-day limited warranty.
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Killerspin was built to bring youth and innovation to one of the world's most beautiful sports: table tennis. The Chicago-based company produces premium-quality table tennis equipment, sports apparel and media. Killerspin was created to serve the table tennis player, while providing U.S. homes and offices aesthetically pleasing table tennis gear for head-turning style and competition-level play.
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A friend of mine bought the Jet 200, and I had a chance to do a side by side comparison with the 200 and 400 paddles. There is virtually no difference between the two paddles, and I'm not certain where the extra $20 goes for the 400. The paddle rubber seems identical, but the foam padding is a different color. I'm assuming the padding is a slightly different material which is where the slightly different speed/control/spin ratings factor in. He still beats me at a 3/2 game ratio even with the 200 so it's obvious that the extra $20 did not buy me any extra skill unfortunately.
One small caveat to the super-tacky Killerspin rubber:
So yea, you can spin the ball pretty easily now, but your paddle now reacts to your opponents spin that much greater. Be prepared to allow some adjustment time to get used to having to be more precise in responding to oncoming spin.
The rubber will get dusty after a day or two of play and will not have the 'tack' it once had when you first removed it from the packaging. If you're picky, this can be remedied by rubbing some water on the rubber surfaces and patting it down with a lint free cloth of some sort.
As far as the "poor quality" reports go, I'm not sure I can relate to such experiences. The paddle is of solid construction and the glue is good. I suppose experiences may vary depending on either how hard you play and how well you take care of your equipment. I've had a few run-ins with the paddle grazing, skidding, and bonking the table and the only evidence of it are small marks on the sticker covering the outer rim - no "rubber missing" or evidence of glue failing. Unless you're using your new paddle as a hammer or you're throwing the thing across the room in a fit of nerd-rage, I'm confident this paddle will last a while.
I'm giving it a 5 because I'm impressed with the quality and I'm happy with the purchase overall.
I purchased this Killerspin because of the high speed/spin/control ratings, the review ratings, and the relatively inexpensive price tag in order to improve my game over the cheap rackets we were using, and here is what I found.
The following comments are based on my experience. Keep in mind they are in regard to my personal play style and I hope that you are able to use the review to accurately gauge how you can use the racket: I have had this racket for two to three months.
1) This racket has a ton SPIN on it. It takes getting used to for the person using it, as well as the opponent. With very little movement, there is a great amount of spin placed on it. I find I can get many more points off of a well spun/placed serve, and can throw people off with the exaggerated spin in different directions while in play. (I use a lot of spin in my normal play, so I can control spin pretty well).
2) This racket has a ton of SPEED on it. So much speed that I have to re-learn how to slam it with my forehand. My backhand slam still works pretty well, but I can't keep it on the table with my forehand anymore. Prior to using this racket, I could return a slam from my opponent by stationary blocking, but now when they slam it, if I do that, it bounces back over the table completely. You would need to pull the paddle back as you blocked to try to reduce the return bounce, unless you can control the slam back, or change the angle of return appropriately.
3) The CONTROL on this racket is okay, but not great. Because of my difficulty with the speed, particularly when slamming, my control of the ball has shot down. I will require a lot more practice to gain the necessary control.
My opponents: I play a two to three times a week for about 30-60 minutes. Prior to using Killerspin, my opponents often beat me overall, though sometimes I would win the majority of games. After using this racket, and getting some practice, and allowing my opponents to get used to it, I am hard to beat (they are at an intermediate level as well).
You should know that I do not feel like I am any better at the game (in fact I feel as though I've lost skill). Adapting to this racket is difficult, and since I've lost so much control I don't slam as much. Without a doubt, though, it gives the ability to go from intermediate to pro if you can master the speed and control with the racket. The spin is very good, and I've enjoyed using it so far. I need a lot more practice in order to master it, but it's a very good racket.
As a potential alternative, my friends bought an intermediate Stiga (I think the Supreme). I enjoyed using that one as well. It has less spin potential, and a lot less speed, but the control gain is very nice, in my opinion. I do not know which I prefer.
I hope this helps!
Spins get insane due to the traction of the surface material. The spring off the surface foam is also unexpectedly strong. It'll take a few hours to dial back your swing because the ball will explode from this paddle and entirely miss the other side of the table.
In terms of whether it's worth it to pay this kind of money for a paddle, there are a couple ways to look at it.
1. How much time do you think you'll play ping pong? In a month, will you play 3 hours? You'll own this paddle for many months, so you're going to get many, many hours of use out of this investment. But, I'll tell you, delivering a whomping on the office bigshot the very first game played was an experience well worth the cost of this paddle.
2. My co-worker bought the Jet 200. Seems to be very similar specification at a reduced price. You might consider that if cost is a concern.