Our verdict and review for the Adidas Metalbone HRD 3.1 after testing the racket is that it is an awesome racket for the offensive player who is at an intermediate – advanced level. This racket also has a hybrid form of drop shape and diamond shape which gives you more defensive qualities.
Adidas new padel rackets are not only really aesthetically pleasing, they also have a really good quality. The price level is neither the lowest nor the highest compared to competitors.
We have tested the racket!
Mikael at Elitepadel has tested the Adidas Metalbone HRD 3.1. In this video you can see us testing and reviewing the racket.
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Our opinion after testing the Adidas Metalbone HRD 3.1:
Content of the review
Adidas Metalbone HRD 3.1 characteristics
Below we review the Adidas Metalbone HRD 3.1 and the racket’s features. In addition to the features, the racket is aesthetically beautiful with fine lines and nice coloring.
|Weight||345 – 360 g|
The racket frame is extra durable thanks to its carbon fibre material and the hitting surface has been made extra stiff thanks to the use of aluminium reinforced carbon fibre.
The balance point has been placed high, so it can provide extra power for fast hard balls and also provide a good support for smashing the balls. This high balance point becomes more powerful when combined with a wider sweetspot higher up on the racket.
Oversized diamond shape to provide the model with a wider sweetspot, which has been placed high up along with its balance point. These features help make this racquet more powerful and effective in offensive play.
Hard or soft?
Just as the name suggests, it is a hard racket. Among other things, with the reinforcement that has been made of carbon fiber on the frame and parts that are often extra vulnerable during padel play. This makes the racket both stiffer and more durable.
In addition, it is hard thanks to the aluminium and carbon fibre hitting surface material, and this model has been made even stronger with the support of the Spin Blade Octagonal. The latter provides a grooved pattern, as it is made up of octagons.
Unlike other Metalbone models, this one has also been equipped with the hard core Eva High Memory.
What level of player is the Adidas Metalbone HRD 3.1 suitable for?
In order for the player to make use of the racket’s powerful features, it is required that the player has worked up good playing technique, as an advanced level player.
Is the racket best suited for offensive or defensive play?
This racket will provide a lot of power in offensive play. If you get good hits into the sweet spot of the racket, there are not many limits to what you can’t achieve in your strokes. For those who sometimes want to trick their opponents by turning the balls, they can rejoice in the fact that they are well supported by the roughened surface.
Information about the Adidas brand
For many years Adidas has been well known in the market and there are probably not many who have missed anything from their various collections over the years.
They have both clothing and equipment for many sports and now also for the sport of padel. The collection of padel rackets even for the next year has at least one model that may be suitable for a player. There are models for all game types and player levels.
The models included in the Metalbone series have various factors in common. Octagonal Structure is a reinforcement that has been placed at the neck and top of the racket, so these parts get extra protection. It also makes the models stiffer in character and more stable in play.
Structural Reinforcement is another type of reinforcement for the racket and this has been placed on the parts that are extra fragile during the padel game. Smart Holes Curve is a drilling technique used on all Metalbone, so players get more power in their strokes.
Read more about the Adidas padel racket and our other reviews.
Compare racket with other models
|Adidas rackets||Shape||Balance||Game type||Player level||Weight|
|Adidas Adipower CTRL 3.1||Round||Medium||Defensive||Advanced||360-375 g
|Adidas Adipower Light 3.1||Round||Medium||Defensive||Intermediate||345-360 g
|Adidas Adipower CTRL Lite 3.1||Round||Medium||Defensive||Junior||360-375 g
|Adidas Adipower Woman Lite 3.1||Round||Medium||Defensive||Intermediate||345-360 g
|Adidas Adipower 3.1||Round||Medium||Defensive||Advanced||360-375 g
|Adidas Adipower Greenpadel||Round||Medium||Defensive||Intermediate||360-375 g
|Adidas Adipower Junior 3.1||Round||Medium||Defensive||Intermediate - Advanced||310-330 g
|Adidas Metalbone 3.1||Diamond||High||Offensive||Advanced||345-360 g
|Adidas Metalbone HRD 3.1||Diamond||High||Offensive||Advanced||345-360 g
|Adidas Metalbone CTRL 3.1||Round||Medium||Defensive||Advanced||345-360 g
|Adidas Metalbone Greenpadel||Diamond||High||Offensive||Advanced||360-375 g
|Adidas Adipower Lite 3.1||Diamond||High||Allround||Intermediate - Advanced||360-275 g
|Adidas Metalbone Woman Lite 3.1||Diamond||High||Offensive||Beginner - Advanced||345-360 g
|Adidas Metalbone Youth 3.1||Diamond||High||Offensive||Junior||330-345 g
|Adidas Green Padel||Round||Medium||Control||Beginner – Intermediate||365 g|
|Adidas Essnova Carbon 3.1||Diamond||High||Offensive||Intermediate||360-375 g
|Adidas Essnova Carbon CTRL 3.1||Round||Medium||Defensive||Intermediate||360-375 g
|Adidas RX20 Light||Drop||Medium||Allround||Beginner - Intermediate||345-360 g|
|Adidas RX30||Round||Medium||Defensive||Beginner - Intermediate||360-375 g|
|Adidas RX200 Light||Round||Medium||Defensive||Beginner - Intermediate||345-360 g|
|Adidas RX100||Round||Low||Defensive||Beginner - Intermediate||360-275 g|
|Click here to read about all Adidas padel rackets.|
Benefits of Adidas Metalbone HRD 3.1
For padel players who have worked up strong playing technique and like an aggressive game, they will feel many benefits with the Metalbone 3.1. This racket provides the player with a lot of power, thanks to the sweetspot that is placed high along with the balance point.
However, it is important that the ball is not hit outside the sweetspot. Therefore, it is also a clear advantage that the model has been made a little wider in this area, so the sweetspot could also be made a little larger.
The hitting surface is made extra hard by a material combination of aluminium and carbon fibre and that it has been further reinforced by a grooved pattern of octagonal carbon fibre threads.
It is possible to make some minor changes to your playing style using the weight and balance system, which is located at the neck of the racket. As the weight of the racket is lower, it feels lighter when you swing it in the air and it also feels easier to hold in your hand.
This racket has strong advantages in offensive play, but not so many advantages in defensive play. When getting further back on the court, the player needs to use more of their own power to ensure the ball reaches as far as it is meant to.
A strong model from Adidas, but also requires the player to have enough knowledge of the technique game to be able to use it.
Our review for Adidas Metalbone HRD 3.1
Mikael Rohana from Elitepadel has tested the Adidas Metalbone HRD 3.1 and gives the following review and rating:
“I had the opportunity to test the Adidas Metalbone 3.1 HRD together with the other rackets in the Metalbone series and what I experienced with this model was that the difference was quite small compared to the Adidas Metalbone 3.1. The difference, in addition to the design, is the core of the racket which on this model is a bit harder and then should be another notch up in speed compared to the Metalbone 3.1.“