Discussion in 'Shoes and Apparel' started by Applesauceman, May 23, 2013.
Same size for me in both the 7s and 8s.
I stayed with my normal size. I have a little bit of a wider foot so the 7s were a little snug thru the middle but fine in length. The 8s fit me like a glove, I just love them. My favorite barricades since the originals (loved that shoe!). These feel like a more stable and lighter version of the 6s, the 7s were just too clunky for me.
I think these seem really wide. Also, the inside ankle part seems to be gouging a bit, which is a problem with Adidas shoes. The source is not the eyelet this time, it is just the shoe is really stiff there.
Yeah I had the ankle gouging the first few times out but after about 4 hours I don't have that anymore.
So anybody have the same "toe-jamming" experience as in the review?
Those black ones looking great
Tried them on. Inside ankle hurt pretty bad. The shoe is wider but feels less flexible.
Maybe different broken in
Nice, airy, and comfy. Especially for today's hot humid Texas weather.
Do they seem more comfortable than the 7s?
New 8.0...played 3 sets in them this morning.
A few observations:
1) Quite stiff and plasticky compared to V9, GR4, GR5
2) Half-size larger than shoes listed above and Gel Solution Speed
3) The toe box and heel is wider than shoes listed above
4) I felt the upper digging into my ankle on the medial side by the top eyelet
5) The shoes definitely softened up after 3 sets (thankfully)
6) I can tell the 8.0 is nearly indestructible
7) Nice shoes. Love the color and styling.
Edit: These are my first Barricades...I tried the 7.0 last year but returned them because they were too clunky (I'm spoiled by V9). I'm digging the 8.0, so far....
The blue ones look ridiculously good
Yeah the blues ones do look sweet.
The power band and its coloration adds yet another unwanted stripe to the mark with three stripes.
the blue and black 8.0s are so freaking nice looking.
the blue especially, probably one of the nicest tennis shoes ever.
nah. thats actually what makes the shoe for me. very nice touch.
I'm usually an Asics and New Balance fan but this new Barricades look good... 7s were nice but were a little too heavy.
Might look to these sooner or later.
I can understand if some think it's a little too busy, but the contrast of the red band looks good to me
I wore my 8's for the first time today. They feel like typical Barricades with a bit more room in the toe box versus the 6 and 7's. If you don't lace them tightly enough, your foot tends to slide forward. Tighten the laces.
Wider. I think I could have gone down a half-size.
I agree with Bud. I went a half size smaller than my regular size...could have almost gone a full size smaller than the V9.
That's interesting to hear as I'm the opposite. I wear the same size, a 12, in all Adidas including the B8 and B7. I wear an 11.5 in Nikes. The B8 do seem a little wider in the forefoot though(not in a bad way), similar to the B5s.
Basically, the moral of the story is to try before you buy as everyone's feet are a different shape.
^^^^Truth- unless otherwise stated by folks @TW, try these things on at your local shop. All the opinions stated have validity.
I've stayed the same from the B6 to it's current incarnation.
NJ1, nice to see a bimmer fan on here. Is that an e60 m5 SMG in your avatar?
Yes sir, good eye you have there. Loved it but long gone now though, replaced with an E92 M3 mainly due my other half hating the SMGIII and me wanting something a little lighter for occasional track use.
I don't doubt it...there's lots to love about 10 cylinders. I know the m3 is a blast, too.
My last one was a 2010 335i with a Dinan tune making about 420 lbs of torque. Very fun daily driver.
Current car is a 2013 135is with the DCT tranny. Small but really sporty and tossable. It's still stock...so far
Cant wait to see the new m2 and m4
Sorry for the hijack...I'm done.
What's a better choice, a B8 or Djokovic B7 Red?
Can't go wrong with either. Change isn't like B6-B7 where the latter was a far better shoe. The 8 is more of tweak, bit better breathability and a small touch wider. B7 Djokos will be more rare. I really like both my 7s and 8s and am not sure yet which I prefer, so I'd pick purely on what you like the look of.
If 8 is wider I would probably go for 7 then, don't need shoes for very wide feet and they might even cause problems then...
Also, the Djoker Red ones could do great for clay, dirtying them up won't be so good, even if they might still need cleaning, other would look like they were worn on a construction site.
my best shoes ever were cage 2's and barricade 2s. am i gaining something by going to barricade 7/8s?
speaking of german..miss my manual cayman s tremendously
went from the 335is DCT to a GTI 6MT. Could not stand the DCT stuff...
335is though was a fine machine.
Tuned GTI is a lot of fun...
Back to shoes, absolutely love my B7's. However, I bought the B8's and they are definitely more comfy out of the box. They are wider/roomier, so, I have to tie them really tight. Stability is still top notch. They are a tad cooler than the 7's. Definitely lighter and that is the biggest advantage.
If you think GTIs are fun, wait till they finally bring in the Sciroccos to the American market. We've been missing out on the real VW powerhouse coupe for 5 years already.
Nice, the 1-chassis plus 3L tt and DCT make a great combo and it doesn't really need anymore power. I bet it's great fun on the track. I was a pure stick shift guy growing up, but since living in Los Angeles I made the switch to dual clutch and have never looked back. I've never driven a Cayman but have heard great things, while I grew up driving warm VWs and still have a soft spot for them.
I'm very much looking forward to the F80 too, it seems they are working hard on lowering the weight and 3,300 has been rumored which would be great.
To try and veer back on topic, I have to say that having tried many brands and styles of shoes (Asics, Wilson, Nike, Adidas, New Balance) I keep coming back to the Barricade. It's the best shoe for me as I find them comfortable, stable and way tougher (sole and upper) than any other shoe.
LOL..Careful what you say...you could lose your man card for making a statement like that!
I thought they did and took them away...
I do not care for a 2-dr any more, though (after my e92).
OK, spent 2 hours playing a match at Shinjuku, Tokyo last night. About 90F, 100% humidity, terrible conditions. Occassional drizzle.
The B8's performed great! Did not feel hot at all. Excellent stability and traction. Was a bit concerned about possible slipping because of wider/looser design, however, the file-like inside design works!
Any feed back about the toe guard with pics now that a few here have had them for some week are most welcomed.
I tear through the toes and uppers of shoes (hole in GR5 drag guard after 2 hours) and these seem great after about 10 hours so far, very similar to the 7.
Ha indeed, I don't know who I'm trying to kid!
Am I right in understanding you teared your GR5s and not the B8s?
Are you a toe dragger?
Yes and yes. Only Barricades can last for me, though surprisingly the Wilson Rush Pros last the second longest.
im a toe dragger and ive already worn through the toe guard and has opened a tear on the b8's
I´ve just completed my first week playing exclusively with the B8´s and WOW, such a wonderful shoe. It will be sad to see my Vapor´s 9 collecting dust, but there´s no reason to get back to those. I just hope my blue B8´s arrive soon
NJ1, ishiun - thanks for the feedback.
I think the toe guard is just as good as the 7s but they don't seem to wrapp around as far back on the inside of the shoe as on the 7s. Personally this is the area I wear through the quickest as I'm on my toes all the time on GreenSet Acrylic courts.
After how many hours? Could you please post pics? I drag somehwat but it doesn't sound as high of a drag as yours, the part of the upper that really needs to be tough on my shoes is the Drag Guard area on the medial side.
I would get 50 hours out of B7s before a hole came under the big toe, that's almost double the time I get from CourtBallistec 3.3/4.3s.
I'd like to see pics as well. I'm scepticle about the durability on these
i got them around 6/28 and i play around 5-7 hrs during the weekdays and around 3 hrs in the weekend with some exceptions cuz of rain and stuff. i think i wore through the toe guard 2 weeks ago ill do my best to get the pics up soon
Any pics anyone?
So do people still prefer 7 vs 8?
I just dug out a version V out of my storage, to use it on clay over the flimsier NIKE CBs 4.3. and I don't know which Barricades to buy next time, 7 or 8?
Having worn through 3 pairs of B7s and with about 5 weeks with my B8s I'd say they're very similar. B8s a touch wider and breathe better. Better styling too. Similar stability, toughness seems similar but too early to say for sure. Can't go wrong with either, but B7s for $69 or $79 are hard to beat.
I could post pics of the 8s but it's only been 12 hours so not much point as the only noticeable wear is on the upper drag guards which are well sized and a good thickness. What I will say is the toe on the 8s is doing a lot better than the 3.3s or 4.3s I've worn after the same 12 hours.
I'm not so worried about the toes but the lack of lateral support from the NIKE CBs 4.3 on clay. From that point of view I prefer Barricades V (the only ones I got). Can you tell a difference between 7 and 8 from that point of view? I know you said similar stability, yet still....What I'm getting at is that I end up tightening my shoelaces too much on the CBs 4.3 b/c of that lack of stability/support on clay, hope that's not the case with Barricades 8? Otherwise I'll stay with 7.
No worries bud, happy to help. The B8s have a far stiffer upper "exoskeleton" than the 4.3s so the foot is held in place better (so long as you synch the laces) than on the 4.3s. Additionally, I wear the same size 12 in both the 8s and 7s but at first the 8s will feel different and roomier, but once on court they feel almost identical to the 7s to me.
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