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  1. stapletonj

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    Interested in your all's opinions on which shoes offer the most "cushioning".

    Everything else is irrelevant. Cost, color, durability, I dont care....

    Background: I have been playing with Asis Gel Resolutions for a couple years now. They seem to be helping, but if there were a better cushioned shoe out there, my play would improve. 6'6", torn meniscus, hard courts are all that is available to play on where I live.

    Many thanks in advance!
     
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  2. eidolonshinobi

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    Gel Resolutions are really comfy. But recently been wearing Yonex 308 and they are even more comfy!
     
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  3. Lukhas

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    Nike Vapor 9. No shoe even comes close to it in terms of confort. **** poor durability, but you play in cotton for as long as it lasts.
     
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  4. ricki

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    dont listen this, nikes lunarlon or zoom foam deforms in time and cushioning is not good for heavier player. Im big and 'fat' and best for me were asics gr3 and im now switching to prince t22's
     
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    Courtballistecs are very cushioned.
     
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    Lunarlon is a foam, but Zoom is an air pouch (similar to Air Max but lower profile).
     
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  7. edwincen

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    I've tried most of top liners of nike, asics even bridgestone shoes but in my experience Yonex SHT 308 has the best cushion with the stability.
    It really helps my long go plantar fasciitis.
     
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  8. Lukhas

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    That's just you. A quick search on this forum (especially the Vapr 9 thread and iD thread) and a look at the playtests is enough to realize how this shoe is praised for its performances and comfort.

    I'm not buying it because of the **** poor durability despite the fact I mostly play on clay, but if I could afford it, I would play in those. Despite not being tall or heavy (75kgs for 5'9), I have a disproportionate body mass, more in the legs and tights, thin torso and arms, and flat foots at such extend I wear orthopaedic insoles in every shoe. Vapor is the most comfy shoe I had the chance to wear. If durability isn't an issue, I definitely recommend those.

    Solution Speeds also have good comfort. As the Feather 2 CC. As the Yonex308. But Vapor is the most comfortable out of these. And it's the least durable too.
     
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  9. ricki

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    comfort does not necessarily mean cushion! ha has damaged meniscus, and he is over 190cm so he needs great cushion and sorry, but asics speed and nike vapor are "speed" shoes, it wont cusion enough for him. They may be comfortable but not in a moment when he lands on his heel on concrete court.
     
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  10. Lukhas

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    In what way a thicker outsole gives more comfort? Because the shoe rides higher and is bulkier doesn't mean it is more comfortable either. Never said the Vapors lasted long either.
     
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  11. imajica77

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    I have had a torn meniscus in the past. Plus now have had both knees replaced. The Yonex shoes have the best cushioning out there. People claiming Nike and such have never tried Yonex. I have tried them all. Yonex is the way to go.
     
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  12. edwincen

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    I'm sure you won't regret it mate.
    I'm used to be a nike addict, but after trying Yonex ,i have more reason to choose comfort than style because i want to play longer in my life.
     
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  13. stapletonj

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    may need to give these 308s a ride
     
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  14. fuzz nation

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    I would also consider adding a decent insert/orthodic to a shoe that provides a decent fit and feel. I'm sampling a pair of Gel Resolution 4's right now after using several sets of Gel Games in recent years. Although the GR's are of a more substantial construction and also seem to include more cushioning under my heels, I'm not getting any significant benefit from having more "stuff" between my foot and the court.

    The Gel Games I've used have more of a low-profile design that I compare with a soccer shoe and they don't have an especially stout heel counter that might be associated with better stability. It turns out though, that the Gel Games are a very good fit for me. They wear evenly across the soles, give me good ankle alignment, and also give me better feel of the court surface under my feet. Although they're lighter and leaner, I'm more sure-footed with these than with the Gel Resolutions.

    Not saying that the Gel Game would be better or worse for anyone else, but my experience with shoes has been interesting. I've found much better comfort with what seems to be a less "cushioned" shoe.
     
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  15. Carolina Racquet

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    Another vote here for the Yonex 308s. The only shoes I wear are 308's and 307's since my battle with plantar fasciitis a few years ago. My only complaint is lack of ventilation in the summer and some of the colorways, especially their clay versions.
     
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    As said, a gel orthodic (costs little, like 20 bucks) and keep the shoes new. Don't wear packed down shoes.
     
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  17. JRstriker12

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    Prince T-22's are very cushy. Also they are great if you have a wide foot.
     
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  18. NJ1

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    Court Ballistecs are a little more cushioned than Gel Resolutions, but from what I've heard, the Yonex are the cushiest on the market (have not tried them as I like a little more feel and feedback from a tennis shoe).
     
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  19. The Meat

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    I wouldn't say the CB's offer more cushioning, in the heel it's well cushioned but the forefoot area is really lacking imo. I've also heard that Yonex has pretty good cushioning, it's something I need to try out this summer.
     
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    For the most part, support (arch support, heel stabilization, etc) is much more important than cushioning. Insole cushioning typically does not last very long at all -- a few weeks or a couple of months at best. Good support should last much longer than this. Have you considered a good orthotic insert for your shoes? For me, the CustomFit insoles from Dr Scholl's work better than others that I've tried -- even better than SuperFeet Orange (or Green).

    Talk to a foot specialist about support & cushioning. If you still feel that you really need cushioning more than support you might try the Air Monarch shoes from Nike. They are a x-trainer but work very well for tennis. These shoes typically sell for $50 to $65 but seem to have much better cushioning than tennis shoes that sell for much more.
     
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  22. 3fees

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    ordered a pair of yonex 308 SHT today...
     
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  23. imajica77

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    Support is important in shoes. But when every step can cause pain from a meniscus tear you need to have cushioning. Less cushion means more jarring of the knee. That is not good. You need something soft for landings. Try the 308's.
     
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    I've checked out several reviews of the Yonex 308's. If the reviews are to be believed, these shoes appear to have an impressive blend of support, stability, cushioning and comfort. How do the 307's and the other Power Cushion offerings from Yonex compare to the 308's?

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  25. Fintft

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    I second that and I'd take them over Vapors (due to durability and support) and especially over Barricades. Just don't trust Asics enough.
     
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    I've only tried the 308s and I really like em about as much as the Gel Resolution series. Definitely lighter, more comfortable, but there are breathing issues as it's getting pretty humid where I am.

    What's not to trust about asics? By far the BEST cushioning and ventilation out of all the shoes you've named. The support though is not as high as barricades or CB, but it was made to be speed oriented. Plus as 6 month warranty on a speed oriented shoe...it's been a golden ride for me.
     
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    I prefer to use running shoes for tennis to protect my knees. I switched from tennis shoes to running shoes 10 years ago after some issues with knee tendinitis. The cheapest running shoes, regardless of brand or model, are generally designed with superior cushioning than the most expensive tennis shoes!

    I also have an unconventional philosophy to ankle roll protection. I feel like I'm less prone to ankle rolls with running shoes than with tennis shoes. Tennis shoes tend to have more rigid construction and sharper edge. Once you start to roll over the edge, your ankle is toast. But when I wear running shoes, which have a softer construction with no discrete edge, there is no point of no return like there is with a tennis shoe, so I'm less likely to roll my ankle. In 10 years of wearing running shoes for tennis, I've never had an ankle injury. This was after a period with several severe ankle sprains, all when wearing tennis shoes.
     
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  28. Dave M

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    that's interesting traveljam, ow do you find them for sideways movement?
     
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    If you guys are wearing Vapors, add the Powerstep Protech orthotic insole which offers additional cushioning and support then add a pair of Nike Elite basketball socks and you will have a very fast, cushioning, and supportive shoe.

    I didn't like old SHT 306 even though people had mentioned it being a really solid shoe. Has anyone tried that model and can compare against the new 308s?
     
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    Say, if there are really knee problems, why not having orthopaedic insoles? It can help the knees greatly. IMO, using running shoes is just delaying the problem.
     
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    The first time I tried it, I had the same concern as you. But once I started wearing running shoes for tennis, I actually found it safer and more natural to change directions side-to-side.

    Tennis shoes are built with a wider base with firmer edge - in theory, they are supposed to give you better ankle support. But my personal finding is that tennis shoes actually make me more likely to roll my ankle. With tennis shoes, there's always an inherent risk that I'll inadvertently catch that firm edge the wrong way and roll past the point of no return -- the times it's happened to me were usually when I was fatigued after playing for a couple of hours.

    But with running shoes, the softer edge feels more natural on side-to-side changes of direction, more like a soft, cushioned extension of my foot. There is not really an edge to worry about catching (it's more of a continuum), and I've never rolled my ankle in the years since I started wearing running shoes instead.
     
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  32. grolson1993

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    Lotto Raptors are your friend. I'm also 6' 7", and not to skinny :) really reccomend them. Either the 3's (if you can still find em, or the 4's. Can't go wrong!
     
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    as I've posted in a similar thread:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=432829&page=3

    I've tried these shoes at my local shop:
    Babolat Propulse 4
    Babolat V Pro
    Babolat SFX
    Asics Gel Res 5
    Nike CourtBallistic 4.3
    Nike Vapor 9

    By a huge margin, the SFX is the most cushioned of the above, more heel cushion then the rest but a country mile more forefoot cushion, it's not even close. If you want lightweight, low to the ground... ie speed shoes, then the SFX are not any of that. But if you want the most cushioning compared to those listed above, they're in a completely different class of cushioning.

    Unfor my shop doesn't carry the Yonex, I'd def be interested in finding the most cushioned shoes possible, all other factors are less important to me.
     
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    Agree 100%. Havent found any better cushioned shoes than the SFXs.
     
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  38. lobman

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    Prince T9 Roadster has been a nice cushioned shoe for me. Just started wearing the Ascis Gel Resolution and it's early but Inthink will be keepers too.
     
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