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300Gkid
06-03-2007, 06:23 PM
Ok, i can get either of these shoes for a pretty good price. I am looking for a decently lightweight shoe, good cushioning (for instance NB 780's did not have enough) and i predominantley play of hard courts.


Which would u suggest?

TheSnowMan
06-03-2007, 10:15 PM
Stay away from the Vapor 3s, imo, they are terrible.

300Gkid
06-04-2007, 12:59 PM
lol ok does anyone have any thoughts on the Barricade III?

goober
06-04-2007, 01:11 PM
lol ok does anyone have any thoughts on the Barricade III?

BIIIs are cushioned and very stable, but they are not lightweight. I would definitely get them over the Vapor 3 though.

Pr0DiGy
06-04-2007, 01:45 PM
They're both pretty different shoes.

On one hand you've got the Barricade III, which is a tank of a shoe. Heavy side, lots of cushioning, lots of stability, all that.

On the other hand, you've got the Vapor III, which is a ghost of a shoe. Lighter side, minimal cushioning and all that.

However, Vapor III's are pretty bad for what they're designed for: a speed shoe

While the Barricade does exactly what it's designed for: a beefy hardcourt shoe for the serious player.

300Gkid
06-04-2007, 02:27 PM
lol ok im not sure i'd like lugging all of that around the court, for instance i did not like the Prince Viper 2 lows AT ALL

goober
06-04-2007, 02:38 PM
lol ok im not sure i'd like lugging all of that around the court, for instance i did not like the Prince Viper 2 lows AT ALL

BIIIs are lighter than the Viper IIs probably by an ounce. If that is not enough difference for you, you could buy an aftermarket insole for the Vapors and beef up the the cushioning which was its biggest problem. Probably easier though to get a different shoe altogether :D

LarougeNY
06-04-2007, 03:49 PM
Vapor IIIs are good shoes. Gave me soo many blisters, but that's because I have wide feet and I like narrow shoes :( Now I just use them for casual use, the Vapor IVs are FAR FAR superior in every aspect I can think of.

300Gkid
06-04-2007, 04:54 PM
lol yea i am tryin to save money and stay under 80 bucks but it is more difficult than i thought. I have a pretty narrow foot (fit a New balance D ok) and am looking for a decently light, well cushioned shoe. was gonna go for the Yonex 304's but heard they were too wide :(

LarougeNY
06-04-2007, 05:20 PM
Nike makes the narrowest shoes I've worn, and New Balance the widest.

stormholloway
06-04-2007, 07:00 PM
Vapor III and IV aren't that different in my opinion. The III is like a stripped down version of the IV, without the added lateral support and heel cushioning.