Best Beach Volleyball: Mikasa Vls300
Mikasa is one of the most popular beach volleyball brands. They are known for their high quality products and their good prices. Their main product line consists of two types of beach volleyball – beach ball and net.
Both are made from a soft rubber called PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene).
The first thing you notice when you pick up a Mikasa beach ball is its size. It’s not too big nor too small. The diameter is around 20 cm (8 inches) and it weighs about 5 grams (0.2 ounces).
That makes it slightly smaller than the standard beach volleyball net, which measures 25 cm (10 inches) in diameter and 10 grams (0.3 ounce).
A Mikasa beach ball is made out of a soft rubber. It doesn’t feel like it will break easily even if you hit it hard against something. You might think that the material would be easy to handle, but unfortunately it isn’t.
It feels rather slippery and squishy, making it difficult to control without some practice. To make matters worse, the surface of the ball has ridges or bumps along with grooves and indentations.
The colors are not as vibrant and “popping” as some of the other beach volleybal nets on the market. They’re more pastel-like, almost on the grayish side. Some people may prefer this look, but I like my volleybal nets to be very visible.
The color scheme isn’t bad though and is appropriate for beach-themed games like water polo or aqua rugby.
The shape of this ball is perfect. It’s not too pointy or round. If you’ve ever played with a standard volleyball, you’ll know what I mean.
While even the best volleybal nets come at slightly different sizes, this ball is very consistent with its shape and feels great when playing with it.
Mikasa beach volleybal nets are the only ones of their kind that come in packages of six (as far as I know). You get three yellow volleybal nets and three blue ones. This is great if you’re playing beach volleyball with a few friends or family members.
It also comes with an easy-to-carry mesh bag to keep your volleybal nets in.
Spalding King of the Beach Volleyball
Spalding volleybal nets are on the smaller side. They measure in at 21 cm (8 inches) in diameter and 4.5 grams (0.15 ounces).
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