Head Speed Pro Mens shoes...

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  1. todd03blown

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    Any one have a pair of these new shoes? I see TW has only one review at this time. Can anyone else share any info on these?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    bump to the top....I see tennis magazine rated these the highest out of all the shoes they tested in this months magazine.
     
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    Anyone have any feedback on these?
     
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    didnt try them but they come with waranty and pair of flip flops
     
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  5. brownbearfalling

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    I don't have any experience with the Speed pro shoe but the I have walked around in the Head Prestige shoe. Right out of the box I have to say that the Prestige shoe is very comfortable and has cushion in the right places. How ever the front of the shoe is too narrow for my foot.

    I think they are worth a try. If not only for the sake of reviewing them.
     
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    BUMP - very curious too - I tired radical and prestige shoes and they were way too narrow (baricades V fit me well though).

    THese new ones look like they are wider.
     
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    Yet another bump. Very curious after the great Tennis Magazine write-up. And TW now has a special on these kicks if you buy a racquet.

    Anyone?? Anything?
     
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    Head Speed Pro shoes – versus Barricade 5 and 6



    I have been happy with the Adidas Barricade V – so now I am looking for something similar – but hopefully with even better cushioning in the heel, and especially the forefoot. I also read the article in Tennis magazine, and was impressed with the concept that Head Speed Pro shoes could turn out to have so much head-to-toe cushioning.

    So I called up Tennis Warehouse yesterday to find out more. I spoke with Shawn – who actually happens to be one of the playtesters for the TW review of the Head Speed Pro shoes.

    N.B. – I greatly appreciate that Shawn took the time to answer my inquiry. His knowledge and willingness to enlighten demonstrate the advantage of Tennis Warehouse – where even the people who answer the phone are highly enthusiastic tennis players just like us – fanatics about tennis shoes and other equipment.

    The Head Speed Pro shoe review by TW is coming out in a few weeks. In the meantime, here are a few details of what I found out over the phone from Shawn, as playtester at Tennis Warehouse:

    1. The Head Speed Pro shoes appear to have a very high level of cushioning – possibly even more cushioning than the Barricade 5 and 6 – in the heel and especially the forefoot.

    2. Like the Barricade 5, the Head Speed Pro shoes may be a bit heavier than the Barricade 6. However, the Head Speed Pro shoes are more breathable than the Barricade 5. So again, the similarity in weight (to B 5) would seem to be explained by Head Speed Pro shoes’ better cushioning.

    3. The forefoot width may be roughly similar to the Barricade 5, and possibly the Barricade 6.

    4. The overall structural support of Head Speed Pro shoes may turn out to be roughly equivalent to the Barricade 5 and 6.

    5. Even though the Head Speed Pro shoes may have great cushioning, Shawn seemed to prefer the lacing system of the Barricades.

    Bottom line: My sense is that the Head Speed Pro shoes may be for those who are looking for tremendous cushioning in the heel and forefoot – to protect knees and other joints against hard pounding on hard courts. There are many other expensive tennis shoes by other brands that claim to be “low to the ground.” As many of us know by now, “low to the ground” may often be a secret code for terrible cushioning. But from what I gathered in my conversation with Shawn, the Head Speed Pro shoes may be a welcome exception. Aesthetically, the Head Speed Pro shoes look sleek and classic. It seems that Head may be putting maximum effort to turn out a superior new product. But only time will tell how it holds up, and it comes with a six-month warranty.
     
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  9. JGads

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    Bad Dog,

    Thanks a million for sharing such an elaborate response. Huge help. Looking forward to the TW review.
     
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    Bad Dog - Thanks for sharing!! Good news in my book. I need to buy my second you tek racquet and what better time than the month of May so I can get these shoes for $25!!
     
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    I wonder if these shoes are like the Head C-Tech shoes that I had a few years back. They were the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn, tennis or otherwise. I had a few pairs and then they discontinued and went away. The new Head Speed shoe looks a lot like the old C-Tech shoe I had. I probably have a couple more months in my Vapor Vs, but I will definitely be trying the Head Speed.
     
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    It looks to me like the Prestige Pro, Radical Pro and Speed Pro all share the exact same sole. You might want to look at the reviews of those shoes too.
     
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  13. BagelMe

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    Got these shoes for 25 bucks with the second Prestige mid I ordered :)
     
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  14. todd03blown

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    I got the same deal on my Prestige MP. I like these shoes so far, as I have used nothing but barriacades for the last 3 years.
     
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    I got these with my Prestige MP order for $25. Have not worn them during play yet but they seem very comfortable. Only fault I see with them is that the laces do not seem to be long enough.
     
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    Good point; the other Head tennis shoes also have positive reviews.
     
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    Head Speed Pro v. Adidas Barricade



    Coincidentally; I have been wearing several pairs of Barricade V the past couple of years. I just started rotating a new Barricade 5 with a new Head Speed Pro. It will be interesting to see how they compare over the next 20 to 50 hours of tennis.

    So far, the Head Speed Pro is very comfortable, with decent forefoot cushioning – the CXG seems to be absorbing shock, which it was designed to do. The Speed Pro is lighter than the Barricade V, as expected. Both are decent choices for wide feet.

    For more important tennis sessions, I am slightly favoring the Head Speed Pro over the Barricade V, since the Head shoes are lighter and well-ventilated. (Of course, the BVI, which I have not worn, is also claimed by Adidas to be lighter and more ventilated than the BV).
     
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    I wore my new head shoes last night for about 3hrs and boy do they feel good!! I like them a lot better than my V's. they have great grip on HC's and they feel soooo good on your feet.

    Kudo's to Head for a great shoe!!
     
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    I know this is an older thread, but based on everyone's comments in this and other threads, I just picked up a pair of Head Speed Pro's from TW.

    I've been using Kswiss Ultrascendors with Spenco Total Support insoles for more seasons than I can remember. I was looking for something with more comfort/cushioning without giving up the roomier fit that Kswiss typically uses in their lasts (the leather in Ultrascendors stretch a bit too). I'm a D width based on those shoe-store gauges but have wide toes, a relatively high-volume foot, and a narrow heel.

    The Kswiss Big Shot was on my short list but after reading about traction problems in the TW review, I looked elsewhere. I've tried Asics Gel Resolution 2's and Addidas Barricades (forgot which version) in the store, but those lasts are just too narrow in the toebox/forefoot for me. New Balance uses a roomier last that fits me (love their running shoes) but I wanted to go with an edgier look. And Nikes look too edgy for me (I think Nikes sometimes look like bowling shoes :)).

    So I went with a pair of black Speed Pro's and was happy to find they're roomy enough without causing any heel lift. I don't know if its the insoles, the outsoles, or both but the ride is very cushioned without feeling like I'm losing any speed. The forefoot is also more cushioned compared to the Ultrascendors which helps me stay on my toes. Traction is excellent on hardcourts and only time will tell how well they wear (the durability guarantee is nice).

    On the down side, I greatly prefer the Kswiss lacing system and laces because its much easier to get them tight. The Speed Pro's laces are short, just barely long enough to get any leverage.

    Overall, I'm pleased so far based on using them for 3 matches. Fits me well, good functionality, and looks cool (goes with either white or black socks!). Just don't try to play in the free flip-flops ... they don't offer much support) :wink:
     
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  20. jelichek

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    Let me ask you this, retrograde, how do they fit in the ankle area? Snug? Doe the "V" notch come up high on the ankle or low? Any digging in back there. I have some achilles issues and am very sensitive as to where the shoe hits the ankle/achilles. Thanks!
     
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  21. Kal-El 34

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    I gave these shoes a shot and was actually surprised by how comfortable they are.

    they seem to fit pretty true to size. there is a slight break in period to get them going, but once broken in they are very comfortable

    the cushion in the heel is AMAZING. I have had heel issues in the past, and these shoes have the best cushion in the heel area of ANY shoe I have ever worn. Big ups to Head in that area

    The weight of the shoe is fine. A little heavy, but not terrible.

    They do come packaged with a 6 month warranty and a servicable pair of black and orange sandals. the warranty will be necessary as the shoes, in my experience with 2 pair so far, do not hold up very well.

    my other gripe with the shoe is the circle they put in the bottom of the shoe. I don't get it. I've noticed on hard court that it slips a bit, and when the inside of the shoe wears down I can noticeably feel that circular part of the shoe and it is not that comfortable.

    that being said... i think head is making big strides in their shoes. The radical was a pretty good shoe, and the speed is a small step up. I've seen pics of their new lines coming out and I think they have made some big improvements (except for that darn circle)

    hope this helps guys :)
     
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  22. Kal-El 34

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    there is not a very big v notch on these shoes. hits a normal area on the ankle, and there is no digging back there. I am very picky about how my shoe fits around the ankle area. If you are looking for comfortable, good support in the ankle these are a good shoe. And like I said above, the cushioning in the heel is amazing
     
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    Personally, I have had no problems with fit in the ankle area. My left ankle is on the narrow side so I often have heel lift issues, but not with the Speeds. That said, I can wear the Thorlo roll-top socks (they have thick material at the top of the ankle/cuff area) and not experience any friction/rubbing fit issues. None in the achilles tendon area either.

    When it comes to these kinds of fit issues, the best thing to do is just try a pair. If your local store doesn't have any, TW has an excellent return & free return shipping policy.

    Good luck, I'm still liking my Speed Pro's very much.
     
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    I'm looking to get a new pair of shoes and was thinking of getting a pair of Head shoes since I've read a lot of good things about them. Between the Prestige pro II, Speed Pro, and Radical Pro II, which shoe would anyone recommend I get.

    I was looking at either the Radical or Speed pro since they look to have better ventilation over the Prestige's.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
     
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    I have the rad pro II and they are superb in all departments particularly lateral movement, they are up there with the best. The downside to these shoes is their weight, they are heavy, mine weigh in at 19oz size 10's. So as you can expect from a tall guy, moving backwards its not my forte in these shoes but they excel in stability, forward and lateral movement.
     
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  26. PigPen

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    Has anyone tried the speed pro lite?
     
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  27. Meaghan

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    That's what I'm thinking.....has anyone actually weighed their shoes, I'd be interested in the comparison seen as tw says they're a few of ounces lighter.
     
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    Thanks for the help Meaghan. I'm surprised that they weigh so much since TW has a size 10.5 in the radical pro II weighing 16.6 oz. Is the forefoot very narrow is or is more medium fitting? My Adidas CC Genius II feel too narrow and are giving me blisters on my little toe.

    Jason told me that the review for the Speed Pro Lite should be up within a week.
     
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    I was surprised too. I got them off the bay in uk, maybe they were discounted because they were weighty stock. They are a medium fit, the forefoot is fine, compared to courtballistic 2.3. Imo head make the best shoes, they are so well made, I think they realized the weight issue and made the lite. Problem is like the new speeds they are low to the ground, the rads and old speeds, like barricade V feel like they sit up.
     
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  30. zapvor

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    i agree with this. the comfort and cushioning is really good. the downside is the weight
     
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  31. Cygnas

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    I ended up getting the Head Radical Pro's and love them. The stability, traction, cushioning, and even ventilation are great. The only problem I had with them was the break in period took me about 3-4 days of hitting. Once they got broken in though they are the most comfortable tennis shoe I have worn. I also agree with you about the weight. They feel much heavier than the TW listed 16 ounce (I wear 11.5 so they will be heavier) however I do not notice the extra weight at all when running. I think with the great traction I actually feel faster on court. It's too early to tell if they durability will last but I play about an hour and a half 4-5 days a week so with a 6 month warranty I'm not that worried. Played with them for about 8 hours so far and they still look new.

    Thanks again for the recommendation Meaghan.
     
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