Racket review: Mantis 285
If you've got a classic, all-court game and sound strokes, the 285 will reward you
Our testers awarded the Mantis 285 best value racket in the 2015 intermediate racket reviews
Mantis has been around for a few years now and has consistently produced quality frames that players warm to. For those ont he lookout for a lightweight version of an advanced racket, the 285 is a solid option - and 'solid' was the word our testers kept coming back to after hitting with this dependable frame.
With some canny weight distribution, the drop in mass is more pronounced than the drop in power while still offering good feedback around the court.
The only real drawback was the lack of stability when missing the sweet spot. Long story short: if you've got a classic, all-court game and sound strokes, the 285 will reward you.
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Head size: 100 sq.in
Unstrung weight: 285g
String pattern: 16x19