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Racket Review: Mantis Pro 295

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Originally published on: 09/04/13 00:00

This British brand has been around for long enough now to have built a reputation as a producer of quality kit and the Pro 295 is another attractive offering from Mantis.

With a relatively cheap price tag of £130 (compared to other frames on test) you might not expect such a good result but if you get the chance to try this you'll be pleasantly surprised. Nicely balanced, powerful enough and with excellent feel.

VALUE FOR MONEY

We wouldn't advocate buying a tennis racket purely based on price – there are many elements to a frame that need to suit the individual player – but if cost is an issue and you're still insistent on finding a product of a high quality then we'd urge you to try this one for size. While many of the rackets on test fall into the £160-plus category, the Pro 295, which was launched late last year, is a snip at just £130. As well as a friendly price tag, this is nicely balanced, boasts really nice feel out of the sweetspot and looks fantastic. It's the first of Mantis' frames to move away from the traditional red, white and black to a cool, matt black finish. Looks the business.

Specs — Mantis Pro 295

RRP: £130
Head size: 98 sq.in
Unstrung Weight: 295g
Length: 27 inches
String Pattern: 16×19
Balance: 32cm
Beam: 21mm

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