The Babolat Pure Aero and Babolat Pure Aero VS are tennis rackets that are aimed at intermediate to advanced players.
At first glance, both tennis rackets may look very similar but they are actually very different to play with.
The Babolat Pure Aero is the more popular of the two rackets as it has been endorsed by Rafael Nadal for many years.
However, the Babolat Pure Aero VS may see some more sales now that it is the tennis racket of choice for Carlos Alcaraz.
Difference Between the Babolat Pure Aero and the Pure Aero VS
For this racket comparison, we will be using the 2023 Version of the Babolat Pure Aero and the 2019 Version of the Babolat Pure Aero VS (The 2023 version of the Pure Aero VS is due to be released in January 2023).
Racket Specs – Babolat Pure Aero vs Pure Aero VS
|Racket Specs:||Babolat Pure Aero||Babolat Pure Aero VS|
|Strung Weight:||318g (11.2oz)||320g (11.3oz)|
|Balance:||4 pts HL||6 pts HL|
|Beam Width:||23mm / 26mm / 23mm||21mm / 23mm / 22mm|
|Racket Colours:||Yellow and Black||Yellow and Black|
|String Pattern:||16 x 19||16 x 20|
|Grip Type:||Babolat Syntec Pro||Babolat Syntec Pro|
Head Size and Racket Length
The Babolat Pure Aero has a bigger head size (100in) when compared with the Babolat Pure Aero VS (98in) and therefore the Pure Aero will have a slightly bigger sweet spot.
However, both of these tennis rackets have a racket length of 27 inches which is pretty standard nowadays.
Strung Weight and Swing Weight
Both tennis rackets have very similar strung weights with the Pure Aero VS being only two grams heavier than the Pure Aero.
In terms of swing weight, the Pure Aero VS (321g) is slightly lighter than the Pure Aero (322g) but the difference is very small.
Both tennis rackets have a head light balance with the Pure Aero VS having a 6 pts Head Light balance and the Pure Aero having a 4 pts Head Light balance.
The Pure Aero VS is definitely the more maneuverable of the two tennis rackets but not by much.
The Pure Aero (65) has a lower stiffness rating when compared with the Pure Aero VS (67) but you are not going to feel much of a difference in terms of arm friendliness.
As you would expect from the more control-focused Pure Aero VS, it has a thinner beam width than the Pure Aero.
Both the Pure Aero and the Pure Aero VS are low to medium powered tennis rackets so you will need to have good technique and be able to hit with a full swing if you want to get the most out of these tennis rackets.
The Pure Aero has a 16 x 19 string pattern while the Pure Aero VS has a 16 x 20 string pattern.
The extra cross string on the Pure Aero VS helps to add a bit more control to your shots.
If you want to learn more about the pros and cons of the different string pattern options, check out our article on tennis racket string patterns.
Both of these tennis rackets look good and have very similar designs so it’s unlikely it will be a deciding factor when choosing between the two rackets.
Both the Pure Aero and Pure Aero VS are better suited to players who are either strong intermediate or advanced tennis players as both rackets are relatively heavy and require good technique in order to get the most out of them.