Sanwei Echo and Parla review - 2023 new all wood table tennis blades

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Sanwei has released two new blades under their Trio series banner in 2023 and have graciously sent them to me for review. The Parla, a seven ply all wood blade, and the Echo, a five ply all wood blade.
Front printing of the Sanwei Echo table tennis showing it's name and technical details
Printing on the front of the Sanwei Parla table tennis blade showing the name and technical details


To start with, I asked Sanwei a few questions:
  1. Parla and Echo are part of the Trio series – Is there another blade coming within the Trio series?
    Yes, we had a plan but there is no specific target date for this to happen.
  2. Where does the Parla sit in Sanwei’s product line compared to the Fextra One?
    They serve two different markets. Though both are 7-ply all-wood blades, the Fextra One uses 3 Ayous plies of even thickness as its core. The Parla has a more conventional 7 ply structure with a single thick ply as its core.

    They have different playing characteristics. The Fextra One is more attacking while the Parla is more balanced.
  3. What research went into creating the Echo and the Parla and how long did it take?
    It took a few months for the R&D. The idea for the Echo and Parla came from a brainstorming meeting. We found we didn’t have suitable products for this market, so we started.
Testing setups
Sanwei Parla

FH: Sanwei Gear 38 degrees hardness
BH: DHS Hurricane 8-80 37 degrees hardness

Sanwei Echo
FH: Sanwei Gear 38 degrees hardness
BH: Sanwei Target National blue sponge 39 degrees hardness

First impressions
Packaging
Both blades arrived with simple, functional packaging comprising a thin black cardboard box with a clear plastic ‘window’ at the front to show the blade. Each box had a simple thin, black plastic frame to ‘house’ the blade so it wouldn’t go swimming around in the box.

You don’t get a premium feel with the packaging, but it’s not needed since the blades aren’t meant to serve the high end of the market.

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Build quality
The build quality of both blades more than makes up for the simple, humble packaging.

The printing on both blades is both high quality and sharp. I liked the colours of both blades a lot, particularly the vibrant blues around the handle of the Echo. The wood surface is even, nice and smooth all over both blades as well with no rough spots to the playing surface or the sides of the blade. Sanwei describes the Echo as having, “flawless wooden texture”, and I’m inclined to say they got it right! The lens on each blade also adds to the overall look to give a good impression of build quality and design.

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I got the shakehand flare handled version of the Parla and the Chinese penhold (cpen) version of the Echo.

It’s worth noting the Echo cpen blade didn’t come pre-sanded like I’ve experienced with some cpen blades from other manufacturers. It not a standard thing so that’s understandable. Anyway, penhold players always sand their blade down until they get the right amount of comfort and grip so having it pre-sanded is arguably only useful for reviewers... 😁

More about the blades
The Sanwei Echo
Technical details

Plies: 5 all wood (Limba | Ayous | Ayous core)
Thickness: 5.9mm
Handle: Chinese penhold
Handle width at widest point: 32.4mm / 3.24cm
Blade face size: 150x155mm
Weight: 74g

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I shifted to my punch blocking style of play and happily this blade performed very well compared to other 5 ply all wood blades like the Yasaka Sweden Extra, Stiga’s Arctic Wood, and Yinhe’s budget N10 and N11 blades. It also greatly improves on Sanwei’s training series blade, the CS (New Century). I was able to block shots where I wanted and with very high consistency.

There was lovely feedback throughout, giving me confidence about where the ball was being hit. Both are key elements when it comes to blocking for me since I want to move my opponent around the table by changing the angle and force of my returns.

When it came to looping, this blade had a wonderful ability to help deliver shots that would kick off the table once it bounced on the other side – delivering a surprising boost of speed, catapulting the ball off the table with extra force (Sanwei describes this type of speed as ‘second speed’), probably from the amount of spin I was able to generate from this setup.

During practice play, once I increased the speed of my strokes, I could feel the Sanwei Echo wasn’t lacking in the speed department unlike some blades with carbon layers like the Yinhe Y4 (rated as ALL+ by Yinhe, while the Echo is rated as ALL by Sanwei).

I tried both the Sanwei Gear Hyper and the Sanwei Target National on this blade and found greater consistency in making shots with the Gear Hyper. Looping felt great and simple with that combination where I had a greater margin for error and didn’t need a perfect stroke angle each time.


Sanwei Parla
Technical details

Plies: 7 ply all wood (Limba | Ayous | Ayous | Ayous core)
Thickness: 6.0mm (Sanwei rates this as 5.9mm +-0.2)
Handle: Shakehand Flared handle
Handle width at widest point: 34.9mm / 3.49cm
Blade face size: 150x155mm
Weight: 89g

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This blade performed above expectations for me – I handed it to several intermediate-level players, they all adapted very quickly to it and made their shots confidently. I did a few video recordings of a few players making use of it and they all liked the feel of it. Even advanced beginners used to slower equipment (like the Sanwei CS paired with Yinhe Mercury II rubbers on both sides) were able to use my setup with some ease. Usually, the speed jump would understandably trip them up but not with the Parla paired with the Sanwei Gear Hyper.

Blocking with this blade was naturally faster than the Echo and, pleasantly, I was able to retain a strong level of control throughout. Forehand shots came out with power when I started speeding up my strokes and I retained a good feeling for the ball throughout.

The Parla is an offensive 7 ply all wood blade and works great for the modern, offensive, two wing game. Sanwei rates it’s speed at a modest ALL+ range but it feels capable of higher speeds in the OFF- range while maintaining control. Given that Sanwei has marketed this blade as having the ‘ultimate in control in the Trio series’, this is a good thing!


Conclusion
Of the two blades, I felt the Sanwei Parla was a better fit for me thanks to its stronger offensive capabilities. Blocks were sent back crisp and fast without ever feeling like I was struggling to control the blade.

On the other hand, I had an easier time doing blocks with the Sanwei Echo, possibly because of the slightly slower speed compared to the Parla. I felt like all I needed to do was stick my hand out at the right angle and the return would bounce back safely.

It’s worth noting again that other players I lent the Parla to adjusted very quickly to it and commented on how nice it felt to use it. With a lot of new setups, there’s typically a short adjustment time (admittedly, generally the higher the playing level, the shorter this adjustment time would be). With the Parla, players of varying levels were able to adapt to it quickly.

Both blades are well worth considering in their price range and competes well with more expensive blades.
 
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Thank you for your kindness reviews.

Looking forward for the review of Sanwei 75 inner ALC blade.

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Thank you for your kindness reviews.

Looking forward for the review of Sanwei 75 inner ALC blade.

Best regards,
Thanks. The 75 inner fiber isn't a current priority for me but I could change my mind 😉. My next plan is to do a play test of the blades in the hyperbudget range and I still have a video project to complete around how to guide for assembling a table tennis bat
 
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Excellent review! Could you also measure the frequencies of these blades?
It may be something I explore adding to my reviews - I don't usually dive into that kind of technical aspect since I focus on different things about blades but it sounds useful to report on :) Thank you for the feedback
 
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Just curious - are Sanwei blades good? like composition, durability and playability? If so, can anyone give specific examples for both outer and inner carbon sanwei has in their arsenal list.
Thanks
Sanwei blades don't have the nice finish of higher end blades but a $20 Fextra 7 plays better than me than any other blade I've tried so far. That includes a two Nittaku blades, a Yasaka Sweden Extra, and a Donic Appelgren. I've only tried all-wood blades. Here are the carbon blades I know about (from expensive to cheap in each category).

Outer Carbon:
Sanwei Froster PBO
Sanwei 75 Pro
Sanwei 75
Sanwei CC

Inner:
Sanwei Paramid
Sanwei 75 Inner
Sanwei F3 Pro
 
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Just curious - are Sanwei blades good? like composition, durability and playability? If so, can anyone give specific examples for both outer and inner carbon sanwei has in their arsenal list.
Thanks
Those that have sent to me thus far (The Echo, Parla, and the Froster PBO) have certainly ranked very highly in build quality. I do reference in my Froster PBO review that my first unit had some product flaws with loose carbon fibres and that my second unit was perfect. Even Sanwei's budget CS (New Century) training-class blade has a much better build quality than many other blades in that space - for example, it's better than the Yinhe N series and Palio's CAT and KA blades. I've also tried other blades like the Yinhe Y13, Yinhe 970XX-K, Yinhe M201, DHS 301, Stiga Artic Wood, Yasaka Sweden Extra and my personal one, the DHS Fang Bo B2X - those Sanwei blades I've reviewed compare very favourably.

Durability is hard to comment too much yet as I don't plan on purposely accidentally hitting the blade on the table :D to test that out. What I can say is that I did my reviews and tests over a couple of months and they still look and play great.

YogiBear has reviewed the Paramid inner carbon blade and it looks great from what I've read! I've had really good feedback for the Sanwei Fextra setups I've done too - my customers really like how they feel and play in their hands.

I know this is a mishmash of information so I hope it's helpful in some little way!
 
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Sanwei blades don't have the nice finish of higher end blades but a $20 Fextra 7 plays better than me than any other blade I've tried so far. That includes a two Nittaku blades, a Yasaka Sweden Extra, and a Donic Appelgren. I've only tried all-wood blades. Here are the carbon blades I know about (from expensive to cheap in each category).

Outer Carbon:
Sanwei Froster PBO
Sanwei 75 Pro
Sanwei 75
Sanwei CC

Inner:
Sanwei Paramid
Sanwei 75 Inner
Sanwei F3 Pro
I do have a Fextra 7, main use is to test rubber for allwood scenarion. I am using it as it is cheap and if it splinter - I'm at pece with it. Lol
 
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Those that have sent to me thus far (The Echo, Parla, and the Froster PBO) have certainly ranked very highly in build quality. I do reference in my Froster PBO review that my first unit had some product flaws with loose carbon fibres and that my second unit was perfect. Even Sanwei's budget CS (New Century) training-class blade has a much better build quality than many other blades in that space - for example, it's better than the Yinhe N series and Palio's CAT and KA blades. I've also tried other blades like the Yinhe Y13, Yinhe 970XX-K, Yinhe M201, DHS 301, Stiga Artic Wood, Yasaka Sweden Extra and my personal one, the DHS Fang Bo B2X - those Sanwei blades I've reviewed compare very favourably.

Durability is hard to comment too much yet as I don't plan on purposely accidentally hitting the blade on the table :D to test that out. What I can say is that I did my reviews and tests over a couple of months and they still look and play great.

YogiBear has reviewed the Paramid inner carbon blade and it looks great from what I've read! I've had really good feedback for the Sanwei Fextra setups I've done too - my customers really like how they feel and play in their hands.

I know this is a mishmash of information so I hope it's helpful in some little way!
Have you tried Yinhe Pro 01 and 05 yet?
Asking as I am eywing those 2 in comparison for Sanwei Inner 75 and 75 (outer).

Saw you tried DHS H301, personally I like the feeling of it. Can a Sanwei Paramid be compared to it? Will look for Yogibear review as well.
 
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Have you tried Yinhe Pro 01 and 05 yet?
Asking as I am eywing those 2 in comparison for Sanwei Inner 75 and 75 (outer).

Saw you tried DHS H301, personally I like the feeling of it. Can a Sanwei Paramid be compared to it? Will look for Yogibear review as well.
I'm also looking for the comparison of Sanwei 75 inner and DHS H301.

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Have you tried Yinhe Pro 01 and 05 yet?
Asking as I am eywing those 2 in comparison for Sanwei Inner 75 and 75 (outer).

Saw you tried DHS H301, personally I like the feeling of it. Can a Sanwei Paramid be compared to it? Will look for Yogibear review as well.
Been VERY tempted to try out the Yinhe Pro 01 and 05 - I'm focusing my attention on other blades at the moment though. I'm not yet at a stage where I can buy loads of blades and try them all out so I have to choose my niche. The current plan is to trial a range of hyper budget blades, purely because I think it would be fun content (and I'm personally curious).
 
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I wouldn't mind trying them out. Are there any times in particular you're about?
I would say Saturday mornings would be best - I'm quite tied up with other things this September but October is a possibility. I'm also occasionally around on Wednesday/ Thursday evenings but there's usually already many playing there so I tend to only go by to engage with the community and my friends there. Most times, they're happy to let me cut the queue and have 5-15 minutes to have a knock ;) (It possibly helps that I chair that community... :D)
 
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