Solinco Whiteout 305 (18x20)

It was just around this time last year when Solinco released two brand-new racquet lines. Known for its polyester strings, the manufacturer introduced the Blackout and Whiteout franchises to further its objective of becoming a complete tennis equipment company. Over the summer, extended length versions of those racquets arrived to expand the playability possibilities of each frame. Now, continuing its goal of suiting the needs of discerning players, come two new members of the Whiteout family.

For the uninitiated, the Whiteout is a 98 square-inch frame with a thin, constant and medium-firm beam designed for control and feel. It’s meant for players with faster swing speeds who can generate much of their own power. The first offerings housed a fairly spread 16x19 string pattern that provided a wide spin window and good pop. However, Solinco recognizes there’s a segment of players who prefer a frame with added precision that produces a more penetrating ball flight.

That’s the basis behind the new Whiteout 305 (18x20) and Whiteout 305 XTD (18x20). The tighter string pattern raises the level of command and has a lower launch angle. It’s generally not as adept at producing spin, but more capable of driving shots through the court.

The XTD model is particularly interesting, as having extra length in an 18x20 frame is something of a unicorn in the market. At 27.5 inches, it provides extra reach and leverage on shots such as serves and two-handed backhands for added power and plow through. The downside is the longer dimensions and additional swingweight generally make it trickier to maneuver.

Solinco Whiteout 305 XTD (18x20)

Solinco Whiteout 305 XTD (18x20)


Just like the earlier Whiteout releases, the 18x20 racquets will share the same core technologies:

  • Weight Control Module—interchangeable base plates of 5 or 10 grams to modify the weight of the frame.
  • 40T Carbon Fiber—high modulus carbon fiber material placed at 3 and 9 o’clock to increase the sweet spot, stability, and power of the racquet.
  • Liquid Crystal Technology—liquid crystal fibers incorporated into the racquet handle that reduce vibration and improve the feel and play of the racquet.
  • Foam Core Technology—PU density foam in the head of the racquet to reduce vibration and enhance the feel on impact.

As with the other Whiteouts, the racquets are priced at $220. They will be available online and at retailers starting March 24. Check back in the coming weeks for more detailed reviews.