The Wilson Blade 98 V8 is revealed and the chameleon design seems to be appeal to the crowds judging by the feedback.
The Wilson Blade 98 V8 is launched on Sep 1st and can be bought both in the US Open design and the new Chameleon design. The specs remind me of the V7 version with the addition of some new technologies to improve the stability of the frame despite the maneuverable swing weight of 320.
The vlog is also dealing with some of the older generations of Blades and how the series has evolved until V8.
For 2021 Wilson keeps the revolutionary layup technology that was originally used in the Blade v7 under the name FeelFlex. It’s now called FortyFive and, in addition to increasing stability, it helps the racket bend in ways that complement the modern game. Wilson also introduces Direct Connect Technology which fuses the butt cap directly to the carbon fiber portion of the handle for added stability.
|Head Size: 98 in² / 632.26 cm²|
|Length: 27in / 68.58cm|
|Strung Weight: 11.3oz / 320g|
|Balance: 12.85in / 32.64cm / 5 pts HL|
|Beam Width: 21mm / 21mm / 21mm|
|Composition: Braided Graphite|
|String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses|
The Chameleon design (a color-shifter) is the flashy option, while the US Open design, predominantly black and based on a New York map, is the more sober, safe option. It seems like most people are excited about the chameleon paint, which remains me of the Angell Custom Octane. It’s a head-turner for sure and I’m sure we will see plenty of them around the courts once the racquets are released.
Have you hit with the Wilson Blade 98 V8? What are your thoughts? Please share them below with other tennis nerds.