Milos Raonic to New Balance!

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Babolast, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Babolast

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    He just signed a HUGE deal with New Balance.

    Welcome to the tennis market NB.
     
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  2. Seth

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    This pleases me.
     
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  3. Ronaldo

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    First NB tennis endorsement deal AFAIK. Read NB signed Nick Swisher and Jose Bautista, couple of no-names.
     
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  4. jepriy

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    Yay!!! i love NB!!!
     
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  5. cluckcluck

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    NB for shoes or apparel or both? He ditched Lacoste and Nike. I wonder what's up with Nike these days....
     
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  6. Babolast

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    A shoes and clothing contract.

    A big signing for NB.
     
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  7. cluckcluck

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    Thanks for the info. I personally like the NB shoes quite a bit. Very comfortable.
     
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  8. TheCanadian

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    Since when is NB in the tennis market? They make excellent running shoes but I didn't know about their tennis shoes. This puts them on the radar in a big way. Smart move from NB.
     
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  9. Ronaldo

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    Wait till he cksout NB tennis gear.
     
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  10. thejackal

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    swisher and bautista are alright

    If I recall NB had a long history of NOT paying athletes to endorse them. Guess this is a change of philosophy for them.
     
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    well done Milos

    great match.
     
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  12. JGads

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    How is Bautista a no-name? Biggest home run hitter in baseball is not a no-name... Is NB a Canadian company, by chance?

    Anyway, huge signing by New Balance. Can't believe Nike wouldn't have scooped up this dude.

    LOVE NB getting into the tennis scene. Maybe this means more great shoe options for us wide-footers out there down the road. Was a big fan of the 851s as a pure speed shoe.
     
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  13. PBODY99

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    No, based in the USA with some local production of shoes.
     
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    I knew it! A few days ago on his Twitter he posted a pic in a NB jacket but then deleted it. Then I noticed Lacoste had dropped his name..Can't wait to see his stuff
     
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    See him playi doubles with Melzer late Sunday evening Dec 30 for the great unveiling of the NB gear...Brisbane...see the usual stream sites.
     
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  16. kimguroo

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    Founders set their rule (not endorse athletes) but seems like the person from Nike changes the rule and start to endorse people.
    Since they are private company no one knows they will benefit from it or not but seems like their revenues went up. Probably at the same time, they might pay more to endorsed players. Actually I like the idea (not endorse athletics) especially they are somewhat well known company.

    Nike might need to pay more and more to fed and rafa until their contracts expires so nike might not have much money to spend.

    Their shoes were assembled in US factories but materials are imported.

    I might not surprised that NB will raise prices because of endorsements.
     
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    If they're going to clothe him, I hope they have something better than what Lacoste had him wearing, he looked like a total dork.
     
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    Really? "you can put a dress on a pig, it's still a pig"
     
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    Good for Raonic.

    When he's hoisting the trophy at Wimby in the next few yrs...
     
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    NB makes about 20-25% of the shoes in the USA currently......European supply mainly comes from the UK plant they have. China and Veitnam the main supply points overall - Current CEO came from Gillette and it seems to have a more aggressive position on sponsorship.
     
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  21. vsbabolat

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    Tennis shoes are made in China. I also have NB water proof walking shoes and those are made in China too. Only a few of the top running shoes are Made in USA/Assembled in USA.
     
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    NB only makes the older models (the greyish motion-controlled running/walking shoes and a few others) in the US. Used to sell them and the rep told me it's because it's a lot cheaper to modernize equipment and train/retrain workers abroad than in the US. The newer shoes are a lot more complex and are harder to make. Most of the machinery in the US factories are post WWII vintage and can't make the newer stuff
     
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    Wow, this is a huge change for NB. Their shoes have always been fantastic, but I thought as a company they were committed to NOT doing endorsements.

    Realistically, their shoes are probably much better for Milos since they'll absorb more impact shock from his 6'5 frame, return more energy, and probably give his ankes better support.

    I've used NB and Asics tennis shoes for years and think they're the very best choices out there.
     
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    He's still wearing Lacoste at his practice session in Brisbane today.
     
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  26. Ronaldo

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    Shirley the deal must be shoes only, eh?
     
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    For people like me with high arches NB are the best
     
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    I'm sorry but NB tennis shoes are very ugly for the most part.
     
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    Agreed, generally people who wear NB are over 50
     
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  30. leroy_sunset

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    I wear NB gear on the court (shorts, a few shirts). Good stuff. As for the court shoes, they don't look very sturdy or durable. I tend to bust through the sides of shoes in the toebox before I wear through the sole.
     
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  31. jepriy

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    It's Jan 1st. How come Milos is still wearing LaCoste?

    [​IMG]
     
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  32. Ronaldo

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    Shirley it's the shoes
     
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    First Stan, now Milos. Lacoste really doesn't care to have their team stick around...
     
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  34. hcb0804

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    You have a problem with individuals who are over 50??
     
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  35. hcb0804

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    Surely, you can't be serious?

    I am serious.
    And don't call me Shirley.
     
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    Will milos will wear their shoe too, along with their clothing line?
     
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    i thought the whole point of NB was not to sign anyone.........
     
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    Nike and adidas have most of the youth but their shoes are not the best. Fed has his modified and wears shoes totally different then the ones for sale. What does that tell you. Nike and adidas are good shoes but NB are far more comfortable. The best marketed is not always the best product. I started wearing NB last year for the first time for tennis and am very very impressed.
     
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  42. mctennis

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    I've never had good luck with the NB shoes. They seemed to break down rather fast on the inside area. I got foot pain with them when they broke down. This usually happened within 6 weeks to two months of buying them. I only play probably two times a week. Not a good life span IMO.
     
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    rocking that new balance gear now
     
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    The nicest outfit of 2013 so far
     
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  45. Sinner

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    The kicks look rather Ballistec 3.3-esque.
     
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  46. jepriy

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    The shirt looks really nice...I like the fit and cut of it too...

    Kinda reminds me of the Nike from 2010
     
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  47. niktub

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    +1 very Nike-ish or even better...
    Nice one Milos
     
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    Shoes don't look half bad. Wonder what the price point will be.
     
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  49. mpournaras

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    Tennis dot com did an article on these shoes in early December, but I cannot find it in their gear section. Their site is horrible. They need to take a page from TW ;)

    But I think they slide in at 110 or 115 for a pair. WITH 6 month durability too. I just hope the toe box isn't a mansion like all the other New Balance shoes
     
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  50. Ronaldo

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    Huge toebox heavenly compared to Barricades and Nikes pressing the toe tops. Only 6 mos now?
     
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