Light (Unsupportive) Shoes OR Heavy (Supportive) Shoes

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Would you rather have Lighter (less supportive) or Heavier (more supportive) shoes??

  1. Heavier, more stable

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    42.9%
  2. Lighter, less stable

    9 vote(s)
    32.1%
  3. I have shoes that suit every aspect

    4 vote(s)
    14.3%
  4. In between

    3 vote(s)
    10.7%
  1. jkang909

    jkang909 Rookie

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    Some shoes are relatively lighter than other shoes, however they are generally less supportive toward the ankles.
    On the other hand, some shoes are relatively heavier with more stability towards the ankles.

    IMO, the weight will change foot speed but it will also help the foot stability.

    What are your opinions? Which kind of shoe would you rather have and which specific model do you like most?
     
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  2. JT_2eighty

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    I've done both, and think I prefer the heavier shoe option.

    I used the Babolat Team court IV which weigh around 13 oz, but not good with ankle support, as well as the NB 900s which were almost as light. With both I needed to wear Ace ankle sleeves for added ankle support which worked well, but sort of felt uncomfortable around my foot.

    However, now I have a pair of Barricade Vs that are only a few ounces heavier and I don't feel the need for that added ankle sleeve on my foot. Although I did like the "slipper-like" feel of the lighter two shoes, they were too flimsy in the toe and midfoot areas. The barricades seem to employ a nice mix of leather, mesh, and rubber all in the right spots. I don't feel any slower on court either.
     
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  3. Meaghan

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    i like barricades and courtbalistic 2.3 both heavyweight supportive shoes.

    ive opted tho for nike vapor tour, really light and feel just as stable. I like them cos i feel more on my toes than on my heels in the others and as i like to move forward these are the shoes for me.

    Very cheap now and i see and feel very little difference in the new version of the vapors.
     
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  4. hescobal

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    I want to have a light shoe(< 14 Oz), but it reduces durability. Tried Babolat all court IV, Kswiss Speedster, and Wilson Pro Staff Open. They lasted me about a month on average

    I've worn CB 1.3s and 2.3s(which I currently have) and they are pretty heavy and hurt my feet for a couple days. I definitely feel slower, but they last me around 4 months.

    I've rolled my ankle in both shoes, but it wasn't the shoe, just poor foot work and getting tired playing hours of tennis

    I'm currently about to try a middle of the road shoe, the asics Gel Challenger 8

    So, as of now, currently undecided
     
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  5. Gasolina

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    Depends. If you're heavy (like me) you would absolutely need a heavy stable shoe. Or else you won't be playing much at all.
     
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  6. USERNAME

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    Im rocking vapors right now and they feel much less supportive when compared to cb 2.3 and 3.3, but with the vapors I do find myself having a tad more explosiveness which helps my 1st step. That little bit of extra speed really does make a difference. I am actually gonna try the asics gel res 3, they seem light enough and have some interesting support features. Travis Rettenmaier was wearing them last I saw and I thought they looked pretty sweet.
     
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  7. jkang909

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    I think the barricades are the forte of the heavier shoes and the Nike vapors are the forteof the lighter shoes, but what is a shoe that is in between?
     
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  8. hescobal

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    tried out my Asics Challenger 8s today, so far so good.

    My babolat all court IVs weighed 11oz(size 10), nike CB 2.3s were 15.5oz (size 9.5), and the asics are 13.5oz(size 9.5)

    The asiscs have a good weight to them and are more stable than the babolats. They feel like a good blend for me

    Nike Vapors sound nice, but for me, the asics are the same weight and come with an outsole warranty and lower in price.
     
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  9. Nextman916

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    FACT: lighter less supportive shoes will help you develop better balance.
     
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