VANGUARD FAQ

  • What is the VANGUARD? The VANGUARD is our latest paddle that has been in R&D for over two years. It uses our QUARDCARBON technology with two layers of specialized carbon fiber weave. The VANGUARD delivers the speed and consistency you need to take your Pickleball game to another level.
  • What makes the VANGUARD different from the AMPED? The VANGUARD uses our new, innovative QuadCarbon technology that was over two years in R&D. This new technology takes players' performance to another level by adding speed and consistency to your game. AMPED users will love the new VANGUARD Hybrid’s feel and improved performance. The VANGUARD will come in our most popular shapes, S2, Epic, and Invikta. VANGUARD also has a new, improved grip that is more tacky.
  • Is the VANGUARD core different than the AMPED core? The VANGUARD Hybrid uses the same, proven X5 thick core as the AMPED. The VANGUARD Power uses our new X6 streamlined core, which makes it our thinnest paddle.
  • I use an AMPED. Will I like the VANGUARD? Yes, it is very easy to upgrade from the AMPED to the VANGUARD Hybrid. You should see an immediate improvement in speed & consistency without having to spend a lot of time getting used to the Hybrid. If you purchase the VANGUARD at selkirk.com and it does not improve your game within 30 days, you can return it for a full refund.
  • I’m a beginner through intermediate player. Is the VANGUARD for me? Yes! We recommend the VANGUARD Hybrid for beginner to pro players. The extra consistency and easy speed is what you need to take your game to another level.
  • What shapes are available? Our three most popular shapes are available, Epic, S2, and Invikta. The VANGUARD Maxima and Omni will be available in the fall of 2020 (4-6 months). Learn ore about our shapes here, selkirk.com/pages/shapes.
  • I received my VANGUARD and it plays differently than my other paddles, do you need to break in the paddle or is this how it will play? All paddles will take 7-8 games to break in. However, the VANGUARD does have a different feel and play compared to the AMPED.
  • Why does the VANGUARD’s face have minor graphic imperfections? For the VANGUARD to achieve the level of performance we wanted, we used a natural carbon fiber weave. With the performance QuadCarbon technology, there is the possibility of a few minor graphic imperfections on the face. These minor imperfections do not affect the performance in any way. We tested other carbon fiber weaves without these minor face imperfections. But, their level of performance was inferior to our QuadCarbon technology. We choose to use the technology with the highest level of performance because we believe that is what our customers primarily care about.
  • Will the VANGUARD be available with other grip options? Yes. In place of the 4.25” GeoGrip, you can select our 4” Thin grip, 4.25” Contour grip, and 4.5” Double GeoGrip.
  • Will the VANGUARD GeoGrip be sold separately? The VANGUARD GeoGrip will be available for sale separately in the fall of 2020.
  • Will there be more colors released in the future? There may be new colors in the future, but we do not currently have any plans for new colors.
  • What is the difference between the VANGUARD Hybrid and VANGUARD Power? The Hybrid has a balance power and control. where as the power version focuses more on power. The Power version is only recommended for skilled players because of its extra power and slightly smaller sweetspot. The Hybrid uses our X5 thick core, where as the Power uses our streamlined X6 core. The VANGUARD Power is only available in a Midweight design. If you are looking for a paddle with significantly more powerful than the AMPED, the VANGUARD Power may be for you. If you are a control or all-around player, the VANGUARD Hybrid is recommended for you.
  • When is the Power version coming out? The end of summer 2020. Hybrid is launching June 30th.
  • What is the VANGUARD warranty? The VANGUARD comes with our limited lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.
  • What is your return policy? when purchased on selkirk.com, there is a 30-day return policy. If it doesn’t improve your game after 30 days, you may return it for a full refund.
  • Why is the price $200? The pricing reflects two years of R&D, higher-grade materials and newly developed manufacturing processes. We believe the VANGUARD will improve player's performance and help them win more games than any of our other paddles.
  • How do I clean my VANGUARD paddle? Use any standard window cleaner (e.g. Windex).
  • Can I use my gift cards for my VANGUARD order? Yes.
  • Can I demo a VANGUARD paddle before I purchase it? Our website does not have a demo program, but we have a hassle free 30-day return policy when you purchase from selkirk.com. If the paddle doesn’t improve your game in 30-days, send it back for a full refund. If you are local, our pro-shop in Hayden, Idaho has a demo program; limit of one demo VANGUARD per customer.
  • I want to order my paddle through you guys on Amazon. When will it be available for purchase? By the end of July, the VANGUARD will be available on Amazon.