Xamsa PNT 115 (former CNT 140) Squash Racquet

Xamsa PNT 115 Squash Racquet
 
C$100.00
Racquets come pre-strung at 27-28 lb. The tension cannot be adjusted for factory strings.
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This is the most durable racquet of all the models we offer.

It's only 5 grams heavier than PNT 110  but because of high density carbon fiber in the head of the racquet, it can withstand the contacts with the wall for much longer period of time. In terms of playability, it's not much different from PNT 110 and in fact, many A level players were not able to tell the difference so easily.

We certainly recommend PNT 115 to those of you who tend to hit the wall every now and then but still want to have a high performance racquet.

Some players prefer bridged rackets while others rather a teardrop shape. It's a matter of personal preference. There are many arguments defending both types of rackets.

Typically though, lightweight teardrop rackets are considered best suited for an attacking style of play while bridged rackets are more popular among players seeking increased control or finesse.

Since there are many ways to measure the weight of a squash racket, we have specified the most commonly used standards.

This model is 5 grams heavier than PNT 110 generating even more power.

  • Weight: 115 grams (frame only), 140 grams (frame and grommets), 160 grams (frame, grommets, strings and grip)

  • Balance: Neutral

  • Strings: Xamsa PM18, 18 gauge. Xamsa PM18 is constructed using a thousand microfilaments as a center core then wrapped in braided fibers. The rough surface and resistance gives good control of the ball, and the elastic coating provides extra power.

  • Tension: 26-27lb

Because of our tendency towards lightweight rackets, we made the frames quite stiff using first grade carbon fiber for added durability. We tried to achieve a perfect blend of power and agility with no traces of vibration. With a net frame weight of only 115 grams, the power and control will surprise most players. Give it a try with no risk involved  as we have an unconditional 30-day money back guarantee on Xamsa rackets. We have provided demos to our local representatives. Please feel free to drop by and test the rackets for yourself!

Check out the video review made by Pierre from Squash Source

Check out Xamsa Racquet Comparisons review by Tim (co-founder of Xamsa Squash)

Brand:
Xamsa
Frame Weight:
160 grams
Balance:
365mm
Power:
90%
Control:
80%
Typical Playing Level:
  • Advanced
Recommended For:
  • All-round players
  • Singles players
  • Players seeking more CONTROL
  • Players seeking more POWER
  • Players on a BUDGET
Materials/Technology:
  • Graphite
I’ve been using the Xamsa CNT 140 since early 2015. I switched from Black Knight because my local shop frequently switched their model offering and by the time I got used to a racket I would be forced to switch to a new model. I wanted a consistent model at an affordable price, and Xamsa was the answer. I chose the CNT 140 because was already used to the head shape and the frame weight. The stock strings (heavy) and grip (thin) leave something to be desired, but thankfully you can customize the racket before shipping. These rackets are incredibly durable; it took me approximately 8 months of heavy play (3-4 games a week at a high level in addition to training sessions) to break one. I went through 4 or 5 sets of strings (UltraNick 17) and at least 12 grips (Karakal) before this racket would break.

Xamsa is my new go-to racket and I hope to be using them for years to come.
My teammate bought the VBO 135 and told me about it. When he said that he paid $100 for it I was immediately skeptical. Normally good rackets cost almost double that. So, after watching him use the racquet for a few sessions I asked to try it. I liked it immediately. I borrowed it for a few games and practices and liked it much better than my Head racquets that I was using for almost a year. Since I couldn't keep borowing my temmates racquet I decided to try out the demo program.

I got the CNT 135 and 140 through the demo program so I could try out every racquet xamse has to offer. I after playing with the two demo racquets I chose to keep the CNT 135. It is a little lighter than the CNT 140 but feels a little heavier than the VBO 135.

I would definetly recommend these racquets to beginners to advanced players alike.

I played in a tournament a few weeks ago and since I started paying attention to Xamsa racquets I noticed couple of the level 1 and 2 players in the tournament were using Xamsa racquets as well.

I am very happy with my purchase and how quickly it was shipped to me. My next racquet will definitely be a Xamsa one.
For the last several months, I've been playing squash with the Xamsa VBO and CNT 140 racquets exclusively. I initially found out about Xamsa from the squash subreddit (http://www.reddit.com/r/squash) and given the price point, I figured these racquets would be well worth trying out. For me, I'm a casual club player, making it to the courts about 3 days a week or so and have been experimenting with a number of bats for the last couple years.

The VBO is a neutral balanced 135 gram (frame and grommet weight, 155 grams with strings and grip) teardrop shaped racquet made of carbon fiber. With a price point of just CDN$100, it's a bargain in comparison to others in its class. For me, this racquet offers excellent power, and the balance is phenomenal, which certainly aids in better ball control than some others I've played with (feels quite a bit lighter than it is as well). I've noticed that typically with teardrop shape racquets, you often times trade power for control, but I feel the VBO does a great job delivering both.

The CNT 140 is a neutral balanced bridged racquet; this one weighing in at 140 grams with the frame and grommets (160 grams with strings and grip) and is my favorite between the two. The CNT 140 is noticeably heavier than the VBO, but for me, I find I get significantly more control over the ball while only giving up a small amount of power.

Both racquets by default come pre-strung with Xamsa branded strings and their own grips, both of which work decently, but I'm not particularly fond of either. Then again, at this price point, you're not going to go wrong with them. All of the Xamsa racquets also come with a vibration dampening system, and I've noticed very little (if any) vibration on my shots. Typically I chalk these sorts of dampening systems as being a bit of a gimmick, but I can't help but believe they work in this case.

One service I'm a huge fan of (and one I've used on my most recent CNT-140 purchase) is the ability to have the racquet restrung in your choice of brand and gauge of string. For me, having the CNT-140 shipped to my door for CAD$125 with 17 gauge Technifibre 305 strings was an absolute bargain. They also allow you to customize your grip options as well for another small up-charge (I personally use Karakal PU Supergrips on all of mine, which is an available choice).

Another thing about Xamsa as a company is they spend part of the profits to help promote squash across Canada which I think is fantastic. It'd be great to see this become a catalyst for improving awareness of the sport across North America.

Pros:

* Cost - You're simply not going to find a better racquet for the price point anywhere in North America

* Excellent Control

* Excellent Power

* Very little (if any) vibration

* Portions of the profits go to promote squash in Canada

* Excellent customer service

Cons:

* Strings are just "ok" and while they do the job fine, I prefer Technifibre 305 strings

* Grips offer very little padding and they are a bit thinner and slightly less grippy than some others on the market

* Xamsa being a relatively new company has limited distribution, and as such, shipping times to the US are a bit longer than buying domestically (which you'd expect).


As I mentioned above, you're simply not going to find a better racquet anywhere for the money. Period. In fact, I prefer my Xamsa racquets to others costing nearly twice as much, and they've become my go-to brand. I'd expect nothing less than them getting even better as the company grows.

You can also see this review and the comments on:
http://www.reddit.com/r/squash/comments/2uj2ok/my_xamsa_reviews/
This racquet is very, very similar to the Harrow Vibe (which itself is a clone of the old Dunlop Icy Melt), and I love it.

It's a bit heavier than the Vibe, but only marginally...not enough that I really notice...and it is a VERY durable racquet.

Good feel, good balance, and very well made. I highly recommend this racquet.
This has been my experience with the Xamsa Racquet CNT 140 that I bought earlier this year.

1. The racquet is very balanced with regard to weight. I find this gives me the proper balance during play for power drives and control for making good shots.
2. Talking about feeling your racquet, I really like the feel of the CNT 140. It is almost like an extension of my arms during play such that I can get into a grove while playing the high intensity attacking game. Only a few gives me that feel.
3. Best of all, the performance of the CNT 140 does not necessarily mean paying a premium. I find I played better with the CNT 140 than some very expensive racquets I have had in time past. Excellent racquet for an excellent price!
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