Babolat Propulse 3

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  1. iliketennis

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    Anyone try the new propulse out yet? Any feedback? How does it compare to some of the other shoes out on the market and how does it compare to previous propulses.
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    Biggest difference for me was the complete lack of break-in time. I hit for 15 minutes, and they felt like i'd been wearing them for years. Plus, they are so well ventalated, that it sucked stepping outside in them in the middle of winter. They have the same basic outsole as the titaniums, which last forever. Definite 10/10
     
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  3. protel

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    first, thanks for starting this thread.

    i was wondering if these shoes are suitable for people who have (slighty) wide feet?

    thanks again guys :)
     
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  4. njsigman

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    Got mine a couple of days ago and they are AWESOME. Babolat continues its excellence. I love the Propulse 2's and have them in Black, Blue and White. I love these new Propulse 3's. I have a wide foot and they accomdate very nicely. I wonder when the 2's will go on sale? :)
     
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  5. protel

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    Hi njsigman, Did you buy a half-size bigger?

    Thanks
     
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    anyone buy the white version? I would like to know if they would be a better choice than the red
     
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  7. njsigman

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    Hey protel, I purchased my normal size 12 as I did with the Propulse 2's and they fit great. Go with your normal size. If they don't fit, you can always exchange them for free through TW. :)
     
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  8. protel

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    Thanks for your info, I'm still unsure if I should get a normal size though because last night after I finished tennis my barricade 5 felt a bit tight (This is the first time that I felt there's no space in the toe box).

    I wish I lived in the US so I can return the item if they don't fit well.

    But anyway, thanks for your advice, much appreciated :)
     
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  9. iliketennis

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    How do they compare to the court ballistecs, specifically the 2.3, and barricades, specifically the 5? Traction? Comfort? For me I felt like the 2.3's were super comfy and flexed easily (the down side was that i felt like the front part came to an odd point that ended up pinching my forefoot) while the barricades were really "solid" feeling.
     
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  10. Hominator

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    Well, I normally wear a size 11 Nike tennis shoe, but I needed to order a size 12 Babolat Propulse 2 (in part because I have a wide foot). If the Propulse 3 is sized the same as the Propulse 2, I would recommend going at least a half size larger. Hope this helps.
     
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  11. protel

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    Hi Hominator, thanks for your comment.

    After I read some customer reviews on Propulse 2, most of them said the shoes run a half-size small. So there's a high chance now that I'd get a 10.5 instead of 10 (Just to be on the safe side)

    Since you mentioned you have a wide foot, and had to order a size larger, I was wondering how does the length feel? I assume there would be a noticeable amount of space left on the length.

    Thanks again
     
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  12. eugkim

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    I came close to getting them. I tried on 10.5s, but they were a tad too small. I'd get 11s, am a 10C dress shoe, 10.5 in Nike/Adidas/Asics.
     
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    Can someone compare them with Lunarlite Vapors? Will a size 11 Vapor fit the same as a size 11 Propulse 3?
     
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  14. Tennis_Monk

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    I am considering Babolat V- Pro all court OR Babolat Pro Pulse.

    Can anyone compare them?. Babolat Team All court 4 was the last Babolat shoe i used and i have mixed feedback on the shoe. It was very comfortable first few days and then lost its magic.

    Spent a ton of money on shoes (MiAddidas Barricades, Asics gel) this past year and trying to be selective this time. Only Asics Gel lived upto my expectations but i hate their color schemes. Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
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  15. protel

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    Ok guys, I've just bought the Propulse 3 (white), size 10.5 US.

    I'll compare the fit with my barricade 5 once I receive the shoes.

    Thanks all!
     
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  16. the wise wizard

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    anybody have live pics of the propulse 3 or v-pro?
     
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  17. Hominator

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    Length was fine - the shoe does really run a bit wide. They just run small, overall, IMO. Hope this helps.
     
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  18. protel

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    Cool, I should be getting mine in 2 days.

    Thanks heaps
     
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    Are the Propulse 3's a blister maker like my version 2's? On my Titaniums I had to get a half size larger and replace the stock insole with one of my Asics running shoe insoles. After that no more blisters. Overall the shoe has been the best performing court shoe I've ever worn, just not the most comfortable in long matches.

    Just wanted to know if I have to replace the insole right off the bat, thanks.

    -Jon
     
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  20. eliza

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    OK I am going to post my question here, instead of starting another thread. I love the Red propulse, but they are only for MEN :(
    For women choices are less "colored"......
    Thus: do you think I could play in a men'shoe or am I risking injury?
     
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  21. MomentumGT

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    You can play in a mens shoe. Maybe get a size or 2 smaller. The Propulse tends to run a little narrower so it should be okay for a woman to wear.

    -Jon
     
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  22. eliza

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    Yesss? Is the difference a marketing thing, only? All right, I have to get them, I will post how they feel....:)
     
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  23. MomentumGT

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    When I used to work at a sporting goods store during college from what the shoe reps told me was that womens shoes tended to be narrower that mens shoes and made typically with softer colors. This was back in the late 90's-early 2000's so things might have changed. As long as the shoe fits I just don't see where a mens shoe could hurt a woman foot wearing them while playing.

    -Jon
     
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  24. tennisnoob3

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    they're 2 oz heavier....
     
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  25. JT_2eighty

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    Arch support maybe? If you have high arches, just get a good insole if the fit of the factory insole doesn't feel supportive enough. And this is my advice to both men and women. Plus the custom insole will take up more space inside if the shoe is too wide for you.

    Otherwise, I imagine you will be turning heads in those, I'm not a fan of red shoes for guys/myself, but red shoes always look great on women, IMO.
     
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  26. JT_2eighty

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    How do the 3's compare to the 2's? Seems in many ways just a few updates, but the 2's still a great shoe?? I'm eyeing the prices on 2's all over the place, hoping for a price drop...

    I've about worn thru my Babolat Team AC 4's, and I really was impressed with the Michelin outsole durability. It lasted longer than my last pair of CC Genius outsole, and the Michelin had amazing traction even in the final month... the toe had worn through but the rest of the grip was still squeaking on court. Babolat has won me over from Adidas with these outsoles. I'm just not into bright colors, so the all-white P2's are what I'm looking at next, unless the 3's are THAT much better??
     
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  27. tennisnoob3

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    if their racquet pricing suggests anything...expect a price drop of $5-10
     
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    I see no reason why you couldn't wear men's shoes eliza! Just find your size and try them out! I believe the ratio is 2 sizes smaller for women, and it depends on the shoe. My lady friend who wears a size 9 womens was able to comfortably wear my size 7 running shoes from when I was 10! LOL! :)

    -Fuji
     
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    I agree. PROPULSE always has been horrible in the area of blisters - I have one on my right big toe that hasn't gone away in 18 months it was so bad from these shoes!

    Has anyone compared the PROPULSE 3 to the Nike CB 3.3?

    I am loving the 3.3s.
     
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  31. your name

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    Do these run half a size small like the Propulse 2 Titanium?
     
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  32. grass_hopper

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    the version 3 does run true to size, no need to get half size larger, the propulse 3 are also wider toe box so they fit better to medium size feet.
     
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  33. athiker

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    I just received my Propulse 2s that I bought b/c they were on sale, they are supposed to be durable and my feet run wide. I've been using the Barricade V and NB 804s in size 11. The Propulse 2 White are easily a 1/2 size too short!

    How many pairs of these has TW sold that they don't know this?!?!

    Its nice they have free return shipping but annoying nonetheless.
     
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  34. MurrayisBEAST

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    I tried these shoes on at a local tennis club and imo they were surprisingly uncomfortable :(
     
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    Yea, I've used both BV and NB 803, and with Babolat (Propulse 2 as well as All Team court 4), I had to go up 1/2 size. Their desc on ATC4 was accurate to size up .5, and I'm not sure how they missed that on the PP2, since I've used both in a size 12 and both fit the same... perhaps that there is a little more "room" in the toebox on the PP2, but the "length" is definitely the same as the ATC4 (i.e. short).

    And when it comes to best shoe for me, the PP2 is way better than anything else I've used. Period. The footbelt thing seems odd on paper, but wow does it translate to a perfect fit; the adjustable heel is a thing of beauty. Already bought a backup of the on sale PP2's, as my experience with the other Babolat shoe and Michelin sole is extreme durability, better than Barricade. PP2 is a solid 2 oz lighter than Barricade with better grip and similar lateral support.
     
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  36. JT_2eighty

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    If the 2's are indication, they'll need a solid break-in period, and after that you have a comfy ride. Of course, all our feet are different, so it's not for everyone.

    For those who've used both 2 & 3... how do the break-in periods compare?
     
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  37. abeldm

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    I found these shoes to run much closer to my actual normal shoe size... In the Propulse 2's i ordered a half size larger, I did the same for the 3's only to have to send them back and exchange for my normal 9.5 size.
    I actually think I like the fit of the 2's more than the new 3's. 3's are a great shoe... but IMO the 2 feels more solid.
     
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  38. MethodTennis

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    PP2 [​IMG] these were the stuff, never had any because they were womans but still nice. Do you think i would look a bit "gay" if i got a pair?

    replace *s with hitnrun

    also new womans ones are also nicer imo grr, the red ones are too much of a staement :L
     
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  39. MurrayisBEAST

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    I have had the 2's and they only took about a couple days to break in.
     
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    Just shipped mine back. I have pretty wide thick feet and the fit did feel good except for the obvious shortness. Not a ton of arch support but I've come to expect that I have to change the insoles from most shoes these days. Would've been nice to have the shoes for the weekend. Breaking in doesn't bother me as long as its a good shoe and lasts well.
     
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  41. Hominator

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    I put Spenco Total Support insoles in my PP2s and they make the shoe so much more supportive.
     
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    BTW guys I tried on the PP3 in store today. From a long time owner of the PP2, the PP3 without a doubt DEFINITELY fits LARGER and true to size. I wore a 10.5 in the 2 and I would never size higher than 10 (Actual size) in the 3. The stringer commented how Babolat seems to have realized their slightly larger european size was confusing people in this market, I couldn't agree more.


    Side note: The plastic molding they shaved off the forefoot is definitely welcome, feels very nike breathe II-esque however it does seem that the mesh will give/stretch out a bit over time more than the previous versions.
     
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  43. athiker

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I typically used Superfeet Orange but may give these a try. The Orange are very supportive but not much cushion and not cheap.

    A bit confused by the bolded part. How does the 3 fit smaller and more true to size when the 2 already fit smaller than most shoes? Are you just talking about width maybe or toebox width?
     
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  44. Nextman916

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    oops typo, edited/bolded for correctness.
     
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  45. athiker

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    Ahh, gotcha...thanks...good to know.

    I wish I'd seen this thread before my first order. Have had them boxed up for days for return but didn't actually get to the post office till today to return the first pair so won't have them for the first 2 matches of the spring USTA season this week. First match is on Har-Tru clay...not the best for worn out shoes. May have to dig deep in the closet for some older Prince's that I never cared much for that may have some tread left.
     
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  46. protel

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    Like I previously mentioned, I bought 1/2 size bigger and have been using them for 2 weeks now.

    Since most of the time I play during night times, the length fits well, not too much space left. The only thing that bothers me is the size of the toe box, very spacious for me. As for the width, I think it's a tad wider than barricade 5.

    No break-in required.

    Low arch support.

    Overall, I still prefer barricade 5 because it gives me a lot of support. These shoes are a bit soft.
     
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    Just sent in a pair of 2's - and sadly - they sent me the 3's. Ugh.... terrible color/look.

    I saw the boards here about "how long it takes" on warranty replacement. I sent last Monday at 11am, and the new pair were on my front porch the following Monday at 11am.

    8 days, including shipping.

    So now I'm trying to find somewhere to swap for a pair of Black 2's for these Disco Modules..... Babolat should include a heavy gold chain with the purchase of the red ones.....They'd go perfect together......

    By the way; I get 2 to 2 1/2 months from Babolat soles before they're completely gone through into the inside. I 'll get 5 months from a Prince T22.
     
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  48. JT_2eighty

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    ^^ how do the T22 compare as far as stability, traction, comfort? I really like the grip of the PP2, and the heel support is unlike any other shoe to date for me.
     
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  49. iliketennis

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    How are the Propulse's holding up?
     
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    How do the PP2's compare to the prince T22? Did u have to go up in size on the PP2?
     
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