The Best Squash Rackets Review

My goal is to make this the best squash rackets review page on the planet. How? I post more products than anyone else. Since Squash Source is not really a store (though I do link to stores) I'm able to post ALL the rackets I come across, regardless of where they're sold.

Head Squash Rackets Roundup [Updated]

Head squash rackets are quite popular and have been used by many pros including Laura Massaro, Joelle King, Nour El Tayeb, Jenny Duncalf, and Karim “The Dark Prince” Darwish. I’ve updated this page with the 2015/2016 models, which came out recently.


Head Squash Rackets

Head Cyano 110
Head Cyano 120
Head Cyano 135
Head Xenon 120 Slimbody
Head Xenon 135 Slimbody
Head Xenon 135
Head Xenon 145
Head Ignition 120
Head Ignition 135
Head Ignition 145
Head Spark Pro
Head Spark Elite
Head Spark Edge


Head Cyano 110

The Head Graphene XT Cyano 110 is new for 2015. It’s a teardrop-style racket. Jenny Duncalf, Nour El Tayeb and Line Hansen used the prior version, the Head Graphene Cyano 115. Looks like Dunlop have taken 5 grams out of the head for this season — will keep an eye out for whether it remains popular.

Head Graphene XT Cyano 110

Prior versions:
Head Graphene Cyano 115
Head YouTek Cyano2 115
Head YouTek Cyano 115
Head 115 CT
Head Microgel 110

As best I can tell, these rackets are all the same frame shape, so I have put them together.


Head Cyano 120

Head Graphene XT Cyano 120. Just released in 2015 — haven’t posted it yet.

Head Graphene XT Cyano 120


Head Cyano 135

The Head Graphene XT Cyano 135, another teardrop joint that came out in 2015. Joelle King has been spotted using this already.

Head Graphene XT Cyano 135

Previous versions:
Head Graphene Cyano 135
Head YouTek Anion2 135
Head YouTek Anion 135
Head 135 CT


Head Xenon 120 Slimbody

New for 2015, the Head Graphene XT Xenon 120 Slimbody. Even balance.

Head Graphene XT Xenon 120 Slimbody


Head Xenon 135 Slimbody

Another new one for 2015, this one’s called the Head Graphene XT Xenon 135 Slimbody. Even balance.

Head Graphene XT Xenon 135 Slimbody


Head Xenon 135

Head-heavy, control racket. Current version: Head Graphene Xenon 135. Karim Darwish and Jenny Duncalf have used this. Laura Massaro has been using the prior model, the Head YouTek Xenon 2 135.

Head Graphene Xenon 135 Squash Racket

Prior versions:
Head YouTek Xenon2 135
Head YouTek Xenon 135
Head Xenon 135 CT


Head Xenon 145

The Head Graphene Xenon 145. Same head size as the Head Xenon 135, but heavier:

Head Graphene Xenon 145

Prior models:
Head YouTek Argon2 145


Head Ignition 120

New for 2015, the Head Ignition 120. These Ignition models are a mid-range price point.

Head Ignition 120


Head Ignition 135

Also new for 2015, the Head Ignition 135. Haven’t posted it yet.

Head Ignition 135


Head Ignition 145

The Head Ignition 145, the heaviest of the Ignition series.

Head Ignition 145

Prior model:
Head Cyano 145


Head Spark Pro

The Head Spark Pro is 170 grams. New for 2015. Inexpensive, at $50. Haven’t posted it just yet.

Head Spark Pro


Head Spark Elite

The Head Spark Elite is inexpensive but heavy, at 190 grams.

head-spark-elite

Prior model:
Head AFT Cyber


Head Spark Edge

The Head Spark Edge. Super heavy, super cheap.

Head Spark Edge

Previous models:
Head Nano Ti Spector 2.0

Dunlop Squash Rackets [Updated]

Dunlop squash rackets are probably the most popular in the world. They’re the official squash rackets of the PSA World Tour, and the Dunlop squash brand is used by many of the top pros on the men’s and women’s tours. They’re also used by tons of regular club players, including myself.

Here are the current Dunlop frames for the 2015 – 2016 season. Some of these are new for this season, and others came out last season but are still part of the Dunlop lineup.


Dunlop Squash Rackets

Dunlop Evolution 120
Dunlop Evolution 130
Dunlop Revelation 125
Dunlop Revelation 135
Dunlop Pro GTS 130
Dunlop Pro GTS 140
Dunlop Ultimate
Dunlop Elite
Dunlop Pro
Dunlop Pro Lite
Dunlop Evolution HD
Dunlop Rush
Dunlop Apex Synergy
Dunlop Apex Infinity
Dunlop Hotmelt Pro
>> More


Dunlop Evolution 120

The current model is the Dunlop Force Evolution 120, released in 2015. Similar shape to the Evolution 130, but lighter in the head. 120 grams.

dunlop-force-evolution-120

Prior versions:
Dunlop Biomimetic Evolution 120 [2013]
Dunlop Biomimetic Evolution 120 [2012]
Dunlop Aerogel 4D Evolution F120


Dunlop Evolution 130

The latest model is the Dunlop Force Evolution 130, released in 2015. Has sort of a hybrid shape, with the strings extending down through the throat, but not all the way. 130 grams.

dunlop-force-evolution-130

Prior versions:
Dunlop Biomimetic Evolution 130 [2013]
Dunlop Biomimetic Evolution 130 [2012]
Dunlop Aerogel 4D Evolution 120


Dunlop Revelation 125

The Dunlop Force Revelation 125 is new for 2015. It’s 125 grams, obvi. Dunlop branching out more into the teardrop shape with this one and the Revelation 135.

Dunlop Force Revelation 125

Prior version:
Dunlop Biomimetic Revelation 125


Dunlop Revelation 135

The Dunlop Force Revelation 135 is new for 2015. Similar head shape to the Revelation 125, but a little more weight in the head, and also a fan stringing pattern. More power than the 125.

Dunlop Force Revelation 135

Prior version:
Dunlop Biomimetic Revelation 135


Dunlop Pro GTS 130

The Dunlop Biomimetic Pro GTS 130 has a small head shape, like the Pro GTS 140, but 10 grams taken out of the head, which makes this 130 grams. A very control-oriented rakcet (and a longtime personal favorite of mine).


Dunlop Pro GTS 130

Prior versions:
Dunlop Biomimetic Pro GTX 130
Dunlop Aerogel 4D Pro GTX


Dunlop Pro GTS 140

The Dunlop Biomimetic Pro GTS 140 came out in 2013. Conventional head shape, but a smaller head size than the Ultimate / Elite. Borja Golan used to play with this guy. 140 grams. See also the similar Pro GTS 130.


Dunlop Biomimetic Pro GTS 140 Squash Racket

Prior versions:
Dunlop Biomimetic Pro GTX 140


Dunlop Ultimate

The Dunlop Biomimetic Ultimate GTS frame was released in 2014. Conventional shape, large head size, good control. 130 grams.


Dunlop Biomimetic Ultimate GTS

Prior versions:
Dunlop Biomimetic Ultimate [2013]
Dunlop Biomimetic Ultimate [2012]
Dunlop Aerogel 4D Ultimate
Dunlop Aerogel Ultimate


Dunlop Elite

2014’s Dunlop Biomimetic Elite GTS is similar shape to the Ultimate, but fewer strings (and therefore a bit more power). 135 grams.


Dunlop Biomimetic Elite GTS

Prior versions:
Dunlop Biomimetic Elite [2013]
Dunlop Biomimetic Elite [2012]
Dunlop Aerogel 4D Elite


Dunlop Biomimetic Pro

The Dunlop Biomimetic Pro came out in 2014. Looks like the same mold as the Pro GTS 130 but 5 more grams of weight in the head…and $40 cheaper. 135 grams total.

dunlop-biomimetic-pro


Dunlop Pro Lite

Teardrop shape on this Dunlop Pro Lite. This cosmetic came out in 2014. 140 grams.


Dunlop Biomimetic Pro Lite

Prior versions:
Dunlop Biomimetic Pro Lite [2012]


Dunlop Evolution HD

The Dunlop Evolution HD is marketed towards hardball doubles players. Similar shape to the other Evolution rackets, but 10 grams of extra weight in the head, coming to 140 grams. New this year.


Dunlop Evolution HD


Dunlop Rush

The Dunlop Biomimetic Rush Doubles is another racket for the doubles market. This one’s a conventional head shape, and is a teeny bit heavy at 145 grams.

dunlop-biomimetic-rush-doubles


Dunlop Apex Synergy

Current model is the Dunlop Apex Synergy. New for 2015. Good value for money on this guy ($99). 120 grams.

Dunlop Apex Synergy

Previous models:
Dunlop Apex Tour


Dunlop Apex Infinity

The Dunlop Apex Infinity is another good value, this time in a teardrop shape, new for 2015. Quite light: 110 grams.

dunlop-apex-infinity
Prior Versions:
Dunlop Apex Lite
Dunlop Apex 110


Dunlop Fusion 90

Starting to get into the part of the range where the rackets get less expensive, but heavier. The Dunlop Fusion 90 is 150 grams.

Dunlop Fusion 90

Coming soon:
Dunlop Fusion 150

Prior versions:
Dunlop Predator 60


Dunlop Fusion 70

The Dunlop Fusion 70 is another inexpensive-but-a-bit-heavy guy. 155 grams.

Dunlop Fusion 70

Coming soon:
Dunlop Fusion 155

Prior versions:
Dunlop Predator 40
Dunlop Pulse G 50


Dunlop Blaze 50

The Dunlop Blaze 50 is pretty heavy at 170 grams, but cheap. Dropped in 2014.


Dunlop Blaze 50

Coming soon:
Dunlop Blaze Inferno


Dunlop Blaze 30

The Dunlop Blaze 30 is very heavy at 175 grams, but very cheap. New for 2014.

dunlop-blaze-30

Coming soon:
Dunlop Blaze Tour


Dunlop Blaze 10

Dunlop Blaze 10. Caveman style: 180 grams. 2014.


dunlop-blaze-10

Coming soon:
Dunlop Blaze Pro


Dunlop Biotec Xtreme Ti

Even among the cavemen, there were lighter cavemen and heavier cavemen. 220 grams. The Dunlop Biotec Xtreme Ti came out in 2014.


dunlop-biotec-xtreme-ti

Coming soon:
Dunlop Force Lite Ti


Dunlop Hotmelt Pro

The Dunlop Hotmelt Pro is a classic frame that all the cool kids used to play with. Well anyway, I played with it. Dunlop re-released it recently. 140 grams.

Dunlop Hotmelt Pro


Dunlop Biotec Junior Pro

The Dunlop Biotec Junior Pro. I guess this is their kids racket. 155 grams and 22 inches long.

dunlop-biotec-junior-pro

Head Graphene XT Cyano 135 Squash Racket

Here is the Head Graphene XT Cyano 135, which is just coming out in 2015:

Head Graphene XT Cyano 135
Image via head.com

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Advertised Specs

Weight: Medium (135 grams)
Balance: Head-Light
Head Size: Large (500 sq cm)
String Pattern: 12 x 17

Racket Notes

Part of the Head squash rackets range. Looks very similar to the 2013 Head Graphene Cyano 135, but with updated cosmetics.

Spotted

Joelle King was playing with this at the 2015 British Open:

joelle-king-2015
Photo by Steve Cubbins

If you’ve tried this racket, please leave a review in the comments! Thanks.

Dunlop Squash Rackets 2015 [Video Reviews]

I recently reviewed a few of the new Dunlop squash rackets 2015 – 2016 models. You can check out the video reviews below. Thanks to Tom from Dunlop for sending me these demos to try out!

This video covers the Dunlop Force Evolution 120 and Dunlop Force Evolution 130:

And this video covers the Dunlop Force Revelation 125 and the Dunlop Force Revelation 135, plus a recap of all 4 new rackets:

Eye X.Lite 120 Power [Video Review]

Here’s the Eye X.Lite 120 Power:

eye-x-lite-120-power

It’s the same head shape as the Eye X.Lite 120 Control (Shabana’s racket), but it has fewer strings, 12×17 instead of 14×18.

Here’s my video review of this racket:

Basically the less-dense string pattern is supposed to give you a bit more grip on the ball, and the strings are supposed to have more rebound to them, but in all honesty I had a hard time getting good feel on this racket. I preferred the Eye X.Lite 120 Control.