Here comes the new Tecnifibre Carboflex X-Top 125. This is launching in 2022 and replacing the Carboflex Airshaft 125. The Carboflex 125 is Tecnifibre’s flagship model and I’m guessing their top seller across their whole range, so you can expect to see this racket everywhere soon.
Release year: 2022
Price: US $240
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Racket Specs chart
Advertised weight (unstrung): 125 grams
For reference, the other rackets in the new X-Top range are:
Notes on the Carboflex X-Top 125
Tons of top pros will use this racket. Mohamed Elshorbagy was using it already at the Qatar Classic 2022:
Tecnifibre did a photo shoot at the Pyramids with some of their top players. Here’s Greg Marche:
And of course we need one for Mohamed El Shorbagy:
Hania El Hammamy at the British Open:
Reviews of the X-Top 125
Here’s a video from Paul at PDH Sports:
Paul says the Carboflex 125 is the best-selling squash racket on the market. He says the X-Top does not have a top plastic bumper strip. Instead, Tecnifibre have built Kevlar fibre reinforcement into the top of the frame itself, and then coated that with Teflon so that it glides better off the wall. Damn! It sounds like they’ve put a lot of thought into this model.
Here’s a comment from Jon Sharpe, ‘The String Doctor”:
I love every detail of this racket. The quality is insane. Check out the small details, the 3D logo, the polished Teflon/Kevlar head and of course the signature of the great man, @moelshorbagy
Here’s a review from Rob at Squash Gear Reviews:
He likes the design. He explains that Tecnifibre made the X-Top without a plastic bumper strip because in prior models of the Carboflex 125, Mohamed El Shorbagy would reportedly cut off the bumper strips of his racket in order to make them more head light. Technifibre leaned into that idea and decided to remove the bumper strip for the whole range.
Photos of the Carboflex X-Top Range
Here’s a promotional photo from Tecnifibre at the Pyramids:
Over on Reddit someone posted photos of all three of the new X-Top models. They will be the X-Top 125, X-Top 125 NS, and X-Top 130.
My Thoughts on the Tecnifibre Carboflex X-Top 125
So far I’ve only seen photos of this racket, never tried it myself. The cosmetics look great in my opinion. I like the white color scheme.
I like how Tecnifibre continue to innovate in small but important ways every time they release an updated racket.
Tecnifibre are not the first company to remove the bumper strip. Eye Rackets did this years ago, replacing the bumper strip with plastic “eyelets” in each grommet. But still, Tecnifibre have made something new here.
From the photos it appears the new X-Top models still have a grommet strip, it’s just been recessed a bit, below the level of the carbon X-Top bumper. I have a hunch this will be easier to string than the eyelets, while still removing some of the mass from the frame. Smart idea, in my opinion.
I look forward to hitting with this racket.
Thanks Andrew for the tip!