If you’re using the first-generation Wilson Clash 108, there are a few areas I’d encourage you to consider to determine whether an upgrade is worth the money.
Revised Frame Construction
From a performance standpoint, the most significant change to the Wilson Clash 108 v2 is the updated frame construction at the top of the racquet’s head, i.e., the tip of the hoop.
With this change, Wilson aims to help the frame deliver added consistency while improving the size of the sweet spot. On the court, I found the racquet’s response to be mildly better, which does lend itself to a more consistent feel and, in turn, control.
This change alone wouldn’t fully convince me to upgrade, but I would describe it as an improvement over the original. As a result, you’ll need to consider the following two factors along with the condition of your current frame.
Refreshed Paint Job
Wilson revises the Clash 108 with a red velvet paint job, which I think is a marked improvement over the original.
The change doesn’t impact performance, but if you appreciate the new style, there’s nothing wrong with that factoring into your decision to upgrade. If this is a compelling reason for you to upgrade, I’m confident you still appreciate the performance of the new frame, which hasn’t changed drastically.
Environmentally Friendly Materials
Finally, Wilson continues their effort to reduce its environmental footprint with the Clash 108 v2 by introducing an Agiplast plant-based bumper guard, grommets, and butt cap.
Although small changes in the grand scheme of things, these can begin to add up for a company that continues their focus in this area, so I hope they continue down this path.
The importance of environmental causes will vary from one person to the next, so you’ll need to weigh this factor accordingly. Thinking long term, I appreciate Wilson’s effort in this regard, and although it wouldn’t win me over exclusively, it’s a bonus that would weigh into my decision as a whole.
Suppose you own the Wilson Clash 108 v1, enjoyed the racquet, have seen your skills improve over the past few years, and you’re intrigued by the latest generation of the racquet.
In that case, I’d encourage you to consider whether upgrading to the 108 v2 or moving to another model in the Clash family is the right move. Another natural progression would be to upgrade to the Wilson Clash 100 v2, which may better align with your growth.
Recency of Purchase
If you ordered the original Wilson Clash 108 within the past year, I’d encourage you to keep using your current frame. Although the second generation comes with some improvements, I don’t think it’s worth you upgrading purely from a cost standpoint.
It can be frustrating to purchase an item to see a new version roll out shortly after, but the first generation is still an excellent frame that you’ll enjoy. My recommendation would be to enjoy the racquet and then consider upgrading next time around.
Most racquet manufacturers follow a 2-3 year release schedule for new versions of their racquets, so you might as well get more use out of your current frame.
Of course, if you have the extra cash and you like the sound of what’s changed, then there’s certainly nothing wrong with taking the plunge – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.