Nakata on 8/27/2018
What can I say about this blade? It´s very, very underrated. Maybe people are so addicted to famous brands such Butterfly, Donic and others that don´t even bother trying unknown blades like Palio Energy 03. This blade gives so much control all the time. Serving, receiving, opening topspins, blocking, counter looping... Everything is much easier to do with this blade. But... why? I believe its construction is the reason. Instead of usual 2 carbon layers this blade has 4 carbon layers, and they are very thin layers. I think this is what people used to call "soft carbon". This results in a nice touch (mild, not crisp), almost like you have with 1-ply hinoki blades, with big dwell time. And... does not vibrates at all. Two excellent features: long dwell time and zero vibration. With all this softness you can receive serves easily and block topspins perfectly. However... it has many gears. When looping hard, carbon fibers show up giving a sharp sound and adding power, but still maintaining medium soft touch. It´s very different from hard carbon blades like Primorac Carbon or Schlager. These are beasts of speed but way harder to control. PE03 is not that fast but it does not need to be since the right playing style for this blade is allround attacker. The amount of benefits you get from this blade, considering its low cost, is unbeatable.
blackbird74 on 9/3/2015
Quite fast composite blade with four soft carbon layers for quite a lot of speed, but still allowing good control.
It has good control for position and pace,. especially for short and medium games. It lacks a bit at longer distance as it is not that fast. More of a control attack blade.
Overall: Recommended for control attacking players who require good control in a medium-fast blade.
My review scores:
Speed: 8.9; Control: 9.2
Stiffness: Stiff; Hardness: Medium hard
Consistency: Always identical
WS1 on 10/13/2018
I am using palio CJ8000 42 degree on my forehand and 40 degree on my backhand. I have used quite few premade rackets and also stiga all around classic (Kokutaku Blutenkirsche 868 rubber) ; nitaku violin(Butterfly S River rubber) , sanwei f extra (sanwei target rubbers ) blades. Comparing to above-mentioned, this blade has better feeling, speed and spin. The serve and loops are speedy and spinny. Control is good too, however the pushes are quite sensitive and fast! Overall relative to its price it is a great blade!
Ksaige on 12/18/2017
There's so much to say about this blade, especially for its low cost. I have tried a very large variety of blades ranging from $5-50 and this is the one I've settled with on my search for what produces the best results. It has impressive speed and feel of the ball while weighing a little less than average. I can do any type of loop with great control and flick short balls and serves with ease. I also occasionally chop to mix up my shots and this does it well. Its handle is also more comfortable to me than most others, it's more round rather than oval and fills my hand well. I almost want to keep this blade a secret for being so good at just $10-15 if ordered from China.
markwen 2 months ago
pretty much agree with blackbird74. the blade has enough speed. no problem with hitting. i used a tsp short pimple as FH, and it performs nicely. no vibration. more control than yasaka ma lin carbon. the slim handle feels great, good for backhand looping. considering the price, it's quite a steal.