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Selkirk SLK Halo Max and XL Pickleball Paddle Review

by Pickleball Superstore April 25, 2023

selkirk slk halo pickleball paddle review

SELKIRK SLK HALO PICKLEBALL PADDLE REVIEW

- Overall: the SLK Halo paddles are pretty standard carbon faced paddles.  The Control paddles were easy to play with, so no real learning curve as it felt good and was quite impressive when it came to resets and the dink game.  The Power paddles loose a little of the control but add more pop - which is noticeable and exactly as the names indicate.  For $140, I'd recommend these paddles for beginner and intermediate players.  Players looking for max power or max spin, should spend a bit more and upgrade to more notable paddles with those features.  One last thing, I personally did not like the faux leather grip - especially on a hot day.  I'd immediately overgrip the paddle but that's my preference.

- Durability: Selkirk paddles tend to excel when it comes to durability.  They offer a 1-year warranty and rarely do we hear about customers breaking the neck of their paddles like JOOLA and ONIX.  We don't see any issues regarding durability of the SLK Halo paddles - other than maybe the grit diminishing over time.

- Performance: the Control paddles felt great at the net and in the transition zone.  Not as much power or spin as some of the other carbon faced paddles like the CRBN or GRUVN or JOOLA paddles.  The Power model offered more umph which was great, but you don't lose control like you can with other "power" branded paddles.

- Spin: the spin on these paddles is good, not great.  Not as much spin as some of the competitor paddles in this carbon category, however for the price, the SLK Halo paddles are a solid choice for many players.  Honestly, most players are not able to take advantage of the spin potential that the higher end paddles provide.

Power: the Control model plays relatively soft...it's for Control.  Personally, the paddle felt great on resets and dinking.  For someone looking for more pop, the Power model is for you.  Again, the SLK Halo pickleball paddles are not the top of the top when it comes to power, however for most players, there is enough to have fun on the pickleball courts.

- Control: similar, but opposite to what was written for Power, the Control model is great for control.  The Power model adds more pop, thus a bit harder to control on resets and certain types of dinks at the net.

- Sweet Spot: the sweet spot of the Max is larger than that of the XL models.  Both models played well in the Control and Power versions and normal sweet spot locations were present.  Not many miss-hits, however if the ball hits close to the edge or neck of these paddles, you'll receive similar results as many other paddles.

 SLK HALO CONTROL PICKLEBALL PADDLES

The Selkirk Halo line of pickleball paddles with T700 Raw Carbon is the paddle of choice for beginner to Pro level Pickleball players alike, who are looking for optimal spin and control in their paddle.  This is the paddle model played by pickleball professional Paris Todd.

The Halo is available in our 16mm Control Core or 13mm Power Core to give you your choice of performance while also giving you maximum spin in both models.

Edgesentry
Low-profile, lightweight, durable edge guard for a well-balanced, solid paddle

T700 Raw Carbon Fiber
Developed to dominate the game, T700 Raw Carbon Fiber featuring Raw Spin Technology provides control and ultimate spin

SLK Faux Leather Grip
Created for a confident hold, the cushioned SLK faux leather grip is stable and ultra-comfortable with a classy look on the court

Shapes
  • Max: Maximum surface shape for increased sweetspot for balanced players
  • XL: Elongated shape for a longer handle, increased spin for power players

SLK HALO CONTROL MAX SPECS

  • Weight Range: 7.6 - 8.2 oz.
  • Length: Max - 16" 
  • Width: Max - 7.85" 
  • Face: T700 Raw Carbon Fiber
  • Grip Circumference: 4.35"
  • Grip: SLK Faux Leather Grip
  • Handle Length: Max - 4.85" 
  • Core: Rev-Core Control Polymer Core

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SLK HALO CONTROL XL SPECS

  • Weight Range: 7.6 - 8.2 oz.
  • Length: XL - 16.4"
  • Width: XL - 7.4"
  • Face: T700 Raw Carbon Fiber
  • Grip Circumference: 4.35"
  • Grip: SLK Faux Leather Grip
  • Handle Length: XL - 5.75"
  • Core: Rev-Core Control Polymer Core

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SLK HALO POWER MAX SPECS

  • Weight Range: 7.5 - 8.0 oz.
  • Length: Max - 16"
  • Width: Max - 7.85"
  • Face: T700 Raw Carbon Fiber
  • Grip Circumference: 4.0"
  • Grip: SLK Faux Leather Grip
  • Handle Length: Max - 4.85"
  • Core: Rev-Core Power Polymer Core

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SLK HALO POWER XL SPECS

  • Weight Range: 7.5 - 8.0 oz.
  • Length: XL - 16.4"
  • Width: XL - 7.4"
  • Face: T700 Raw Carbon Fiber
  • Grip Circumference: 4.0"
  • Grip: SLK Faux Leather Grip
  • Handle Length: XL - 5.75"
  • Core: Rev-Core Power Polymer Core

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