Racket Box Review: A Monthly Tennis Equipment Service

Racket Box

Racket Box

Earlier this month I received a Racket Box in the post for me to review for my blog. I immediately posted a photo of the goodies inside the box on my Instagram profile (along with a cheeky flash of my legs, which haven’t seen the light of day for quite a few months now!) Since then I have had a chance to try out some of the items in the box, and I wanted to let you know how I got on, and my thoughts on these subscription tennis boxes.

First up, let me list the contents of the racket box that I received:

  • Two tubes of Robin Söderling tennis balls
  • A pack of three white Wilson overgrip
  • A bright yellow Karakal grip
  • A pair of white Asics tech running ankle socks
  • Luxilon Savage Black racket strings
  • A Wilson emoji vibration dampener

Now, I would estimate that the contents of the box, if you were to buy them individually, would cost just under £40 (about  €45), whereas if you sign up for a monthly racket box it costs £29.95 (and a bi-monthly box costs £14.95 per month). Hence, you are certainly saving money by signing up, but is it still worth it?

I have so far tried the Wilson overgrip, the vibration dampener, the tennis balls and the socks. These are obviously all good quality products: I liked the feel of the smooth overgrips; the socks provided great cushioning; the balls, though super stylish, were a bit too hard for my liking; I was pleased to find out via Instagram that Dan Evans has the same emoji dampener 😉

Signing up for a monthly (or bi-monthly) tennis box is certainly an investment that is best suited to regular tennis players. I like the fact that there is an option to receive boxes every two months rather than every month, as monthly boxes might lead to too many products for some players. Those of us that train and play regularly know how useful it is to regularly stock up on tennis balls, strings and overgrips and we are always on the look out for new tennis gadgets and equipment to try out. And by investing in a racket box you are going to be exposed to lots of different tennis products that you might not otherwise have heard of or have access to. The producer of Racket Box also tells me that there may be the possibility in the future to request particular items, such as tennis balls, as this is something you might not want to constantly change.

Have you ever signed up for a tennis box? Let me know your thoughts on these boxes in the comments below.

 

A Look Inside My Tennis Bag

If there is one thing that I am especially terrible at, it is cleaning out my handbags. Much like the drawers in my house, they are full of things I really should have already thrown away. If you delve inside any of the bags stored in my wardrobe you are likely to find most, if not all, of the following:

  • A number of scrunched up receipts
  • An old lip balm
  • At least one hard boiled sweet (probably stuck to the lining of the bag)
  • A couple of tampons
  • Coins (usually pennies from my last trip to the UK)
  • A USB key
  • About 5 or 6 biros, none of which work…

I am a bit better when it comes to my tennis bags, probably because they are new and I have only really used them to go back and forth to tennis or workouts. In fact I am quite proud of the contents of my Idawen tennis bags. So what’s inside my tennis bag?

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So nothing really surprising, except perhaps the tripod. I’m not sure how easy it is to find tripods for iPhones where you are, but I asked in quite a few shops in Italy and couldn’t find what I needed. So in the end I improvised and created my own by combining a standard cheap camera tripod with the head of a selfie stick, e voilà!

So tell me, what’s inside your tennis bag?

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Overgrip for Undergrip

The first time I threw my racket across the court whilst trying to hit a forehand I thought it was a one-off. I thought it was just the hot weather, my sweaty palms, an old overgrip that needed replacing. I laughed it off and waited for the people around me to do the same, but I was instead met with an embarrassed silence. I hurriedly picked up my racket and carried on training, trying my best to keep control of the racket for the rest of the hour.
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