Cheetah Predion E16 AF/CF Edgeless Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle



Behold…a control paddle that delivers explosive power when unleashed.

The Cheetah® Predion E16 AF/CF edgeless carbon fiber pickleball paddle is for the player seeking precise control, paddle stability, formidable power, weight balance, a softer feel, extended reach, crazy spin and guaranteed durability.

47 in stock (can be backordered)

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Formidable Power

With its 16mm thick core, the Predion E16 AF/CF maintains the stability you need for control. But when you need a powerful overhead slam or drive from the baseline, the Predion E16 AF/CF delivers.

Our aramid fiber core uses eighth inch wide hexagonal, structural chambers. This allows for 64 structural chambers per square inch. Polypropylene cores use quarter inch wide hexagonal, structural chambers, allowing for only 16 chambers per square inch.

This more compact chamber arrangement quadruples density and results in a more solid and responsive core, which can deliver more of your energy back to the pickleball. And because aramid fiber weighs less than polypropylene, the additional structure doesn’t add any weight.

Top View: Aramid Fiber Hexagonal Structural Chambers (64/Square Inch)
Top View: Polypropylene Hexagonal Structural Chambers (16/Square Inch)
Side View: Aramid Fiber Structural Chambers (8/Inch)
Side View: Polypropylene Structural Chambers (4/Inch)



The Predion E16 AF/CF doesn’t use a plastic edgeguard that’s glued to the core to keep the paddle together.

Instead, a thermoforming process is used to fuse the aramid fiber core to the carbon fiber facing (AF/CF).

The edges are reinforced with a quarter inch continuous chamber of solid, carbon fiber, creating a perimeter weighting system.

This perimeter weighting increases the moment of inertia, which is a measure of the paddle’s resistance to having its speed of rotation about an axis altered by the application of a turning force.

This allows the paddle to resist twisting and increases the sweet spot with less energy being lost on off center hits.

Swing-Friendly Balance

The balance point of the Predion E16 AF/CF is just one inch from the geometric center of the length of the paddle, giving the paddle almost perfect balance.

Due to the minimal head heaviness, the paddle feels very comfortable in your hand and is easy to swing. This reduced swing weight allows you to be more nimble with the paddle, a vital component for high speed volleys around the net.

Usually, lower swing weight paddles sacrifice power because of the lower “plow through” weight. But the because the Predion E16 AF/CF uses a more responsive aramid fiber core, power from speed and pop is maximized.

Precise Control

With its 3K woven carbon fiber facing, the Predion E16 AF/CF is very much a control paddle, allowing you to drop shots into the kitchen and effectively compete in soft dink battles.

And because carbon fiber is more stiff than other materials, it provides a low deflection rate and allows you to place your shots with tactical precision.

Extended Reach

At 16.5 inches long, the elongated Predion E16 AF/CF allows you to reach shots you couldn’t reach before and attack lob attempts with powerful overhead slams.

And as speed increases the farther away you get from the axis of an arc, the elongated Predion E16 AF/CF gives you longer arc strikes, further increasing power.

Even backhands from the baseline can be performed with an effortless flick of the wrist.

Guaranteed Durability

The Predion E16 AF/CF uses an aramid fiber honeycomb structure for its core.

Aramid fiber is used in airplane and boat hulls, where high strength to weight ratios are crucial. It’s also used to make Kevlar, the fabric used in bulletproof vests.

The aramid fiber honeycomb structure core of the Predion 16 AF/CF is extremely tough and won’t breakdown like typical polypropylene cores.

Aramid also develops a stronger interfacial bond to the carbon fiber facing than polypropylene, thus eliminating delamination problems that cause “dead spots” on the paddle.

Crazy Spin

Spin shots are created with the swing path of the paddle and the relative angle of the paddle face to deliver directional forces on the ball.

The 5.5 inch long handle and 4 inch grip circumference of the Predion E16 AF/CF allows you to roll your wrist and easily manipulate the paddle face, creating the spin you desire.

And the gritty surface and carbon fiber facing makes your spins shots even more effective.

No Sacrifices

Other manufacturers often use a polypropylene honeycomb core and sacrifice power for a quieter paddle. The end result is a paddle that goes “thud”. It’s the sound of your energy being absorbed by the paddle and not being fully transferred to the ball.

We chose otherwise for this paddle. The aramid fiber honeycomb core of the Predion E16 AF/CF maximizes your power. The soft “ping” you hear is the sound of your energy being more fully transferred to the ball. It’s the sound of victory!

We think you’ll appreciate the audible feedback you’ll receive, knowing that your energy is not wasted when you hit the pickleball. It let’s you know how well you hit your shot and gauge it’s effectiveness.

Direct to Consumer Savings

Cheetah® pickleball doesn’t sell to retailers and doesn’t have to set higher prices in order to guarantee a 40% profit margin for them.

We only sell direct to you.

This also gives you the advantage of dealing directly with the manufacturer, in case return issues arise.


When you buy a Cheetah® Predion E16 AF/CF, you’ll receive 3 FREE strips of Cheetah® Edge Protective Tape. We recommend you place one on the top of your paddle to prevent any scratches or chips that can occur when you scrape your paddle on an outdoor surface. If you only play indoors on a wood floor, there’s no need for the tape.

We’ll also include a FREE pair of Jorestech Protective Eyeware. These glasses are ANSI Z87+ Certified and provide UV (UVA and UVB radiation) protection. Plus, they have yellow tinted lenses that block blue light. And as you may know, blue light, with its shorter wavelength, scatters easier than other colors and makes focusing on objects difficult. Removing blue light improves sharpness, enhances contrast, improves depth perception and even reduces eye fatigue.

You’ll also receive 3 Cheetah® M45 pickleballs.

The Cheetah® M45 pickleball provides one-piece performance with a mid-compression feel. The M45 is a one-piece, mid-compression pickleball, designed to perform on outdoor surfaces and in outdoor conditions.

It meets all USA Pickleball requirements and is approved for tournament play.

The Cheetah® M45 uses a rotation molding process that achieves seamless and even wall thickness. The M45s play fast, fly straight and have predictable bounces off the court and hits off your paddle.

They perform as well as the other tournament-style pickleballs but have an improved feel and are more comfortable to play with.

Get the Predion E16 AF/CF

The Cheetah® Predion E16 AF/CF is USA Pickleball Approved and ready for tournament play. Try it for 30 days. If you aren’t completely satisfied, you can return it for a 100% refund, as long as the paddle is in playable condition without any scratches or chips. All Cheetah pickleball paddles are also covered by a limited lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.


Additional information

Power Rating


Control Rating




Paddle Length


Paddle Width



16mm, Thick (.562" to .625")

Grip Length


Grip Circumference



Aramid Fiber


Carbon Fiber


7.8 oz., Middleweight (7.3 to 8.4 oz.)

Edge Guard



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