Surprised to find that after 5 one hour sessions of teaching my wife to play, the black face on one of the two paddles we've been using is starting, at the top of the paddle, to peel away from the paddle. I will glue it in place, likely with Locktite. These are good looking , well made paddles and, hopefully, this is an aberration, but the manufacturer should take a hard look at the adhesive being used in the production process. Otherwise I'd have given 5 stars.
Just got them. Unwrapped them and they stink to high heaven of some awful industrial shrink wrap smell. I am letting them "air out" before I use them but my God 5 days later and they still smell like something between "dissect a frog in class today smell" and the stench I used to get back in my younger days when the "GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS" revue at the strip club started cranking up.
The smell was so strong we couldn’t use it. Would not recommend this item as it will stink-up the whole room. Update 5/6/19: after posting my review I received a full refund. Smell was due to warehouse issues.
Pro: Really nice paddles with great control and overall nice quality.
Con and the reason for only giving three stars: After only a few days of owning the paddles, one paddle handle broke off. We are not rough on our things and this happened while playing normally. I now fear that the other paddles might break also, which really defeats the otherwise compelling value proposition and conceived quality.