My Review on HEAD new tennis shoes!

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  1. votin123

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    Ok so I bought them on Sunday of this week. I bought Radical Pro. It actually isn't that bad.
    It has great support and ventilation is actually better than the previous prestige. The Durability, from what i see if you play tennis like almost 4 out of 7 days of the week, you might worn them within 4 months or so. It fit right out the box, comfortable , you could just jump up and down with out feeling the vibration from your feet. It has the Flex Zone that give you no break-in require on the top of the shoe. So far the only thing i dislike about the shoe is the lace, it was too short to hold on to your feet. I actually do recommend these shoe to everyone.
     
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  2. jelichek

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    Yeah. A good shoe with great cushioning. Super comfy on a hard court. That stuff that Head put in heel really works. Not too sure what this guy means about the laces. They lace up good and tight for me.
     
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  3. votin123

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    The lace was too short to tie.
     
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  4. marosmith

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    From my experience with Prince shoes being demolished in 6 months, I question the durability of racket companies making shoes now, for better or worse.
     
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  5. fabulousfab

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    Comfy OK. But they don't last long: i bought mine 3 weeks ago, played 10 to 11 hours and there are already 2 holes! one on the medial side of the upper and one through the outsole (under the forefoot).
    I will definitely not rebuy these shoes!
     
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  6. scraps234

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    so will any pros endorse??
     
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  7. TomballJV

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    doesn't the shoe come with a durability warrranty? just get new ones
     
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  8. athiker

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    How would you describe the toe box room and general width?
     
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  9. zapvor

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    i am tempted to try these or the fila alfas....
     
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  10. hcb0804

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    I have worn both the Head Radical Pro and the Fila Alfa...........forget about the Fila's-they have no support or stability and made my knees hurt while I was playing in them. Never had that happen before.:shock:
     
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  11. zapvor

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    oh really. i heard good things from people who tried them.
     
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  12. hcb0804

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    Trust me go for the Head shoes. The Alfa's feel soft and confortable, but are too soft, upper and midsole, hence the no stability or support.
     
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  13. zapvor

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    i will have to try them out and see. thanks
     
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  14. Bad Dog

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    It is extremely important to recognize that great soft cushioning – in the heel, and especially the forefoot – is completely different from a not-great lack of lateral support/structure. So from your brief description, it sounds like if Fila had surrounded its soft, well cushioned midsole with better lateral support/structure, it could have been an ideal combination. :)
     
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  15. Bad Dog

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    Zapvor – If you think they deserve a test drive, then I might have to try them out as well. I trust your judgment.
     
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  16. Bad Dog

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    I have also heard great things about both the great soft cushioning and the lateral support of Head tennis shoes (especially Speed Pro). So I'm considering them as replacements for my worn out pairs of Barricade V.
     
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  17. hcb0804

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    Precisely what I am praising the Head Radical Pros for: They have the soft well cushioned midsole in combination with an upper with lateral support and stability.
     
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  18. *Val*

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    What's the difference between soft cushioning and firmer cushioning? I mean the Barricades have firm cushioning, but doesn't this make it more resilient, and more supportive, and just because the substance is firm, that doesn't mean it doesn't absorb the 'shock' - barricades have massive heels.
     
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    I just ordered a pair of the the Radical Pros for $25 with my new Head frame. I've always been an Adidas guy so I'm looking forward to trying these out. I'm not optimistic though, I have wide feet so its hard to find decent shoes the don't hurt or aren't too tight for me.
     
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  20. athiker

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    Width comments anyone?...especially vs. the Barricade V? Thx
     
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    heh cool. let me know what you think.
     
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  22. Bad Dog

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    Always consider whether there is enough forefoot cushioning


    You raise some interesting issues.

    In any shoe, the heels are easy to cushion – as you pointed out, they are relatively large. :) So the real test of good cushioning is in the forefoot. In my new pair of Barricade V (less than 20 hours), the forefoot cushioning is significant – and relatively – soft. But by around 40 hours on hard courts, the forefoot cushioning starts to lose its resilience – and begins to feel firm/low to the ground – which is when the hard court pounding shockwaves significantly increase on the joints.

    One concept of resilience is a material’s relative ability to repeatedly absorb and dissipate shock, then return to its neutral state. Firmer cushioning is not necessarily better or more resilient. For example, with running shoes it may be easier to talk about how some softer types of cushioning may be significantly more resilient than firmer (and often cheaper) cushioning.
     
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  23. Bad Dog

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    This is good to hear. Two questions:

    1. Specifically, is the forefoot cushioning (in your Head shoe) great at absorbing shocks from hard courts?

    2. Does the forefoot area (in your Head shoe) fit reasonably wide?
     
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  24. Bad Dog

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    Will do. Let’s try to assume that Sup2Dresq will be as friendly toward Head shoe wearers as he is toward those who wear Nike. :)
     
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  25. hcb0804

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    Yes to both questions.
     
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  26. Rockitdog

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    Among the Head shoes that are involved in the $25 promo, does anyone know which would be considered the widest width ones? I have wide feet so most shoes kill me and its extremely hard to find good shoes for me.
     
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  27. *Val*

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    I understand better now, which is why I see you often emphasise forefoot cushioning in your posts. I take it you're quite partial to the Adiprene+ cushioning then?

    The barricades have quite firm cushioning but for me they feel more comfortable on a hard surface than say my running shoes (I have some quite squishy asics runners, spEVA 5.5 midsole), as the footbed feels firm, but when running on hard court, you don't really feel anything else, so it's comfortable. Whereas with something squishier I sometimes feel a little more exposed to the ground.

    I also have a pair of Salomon runners (I run trails) which has a firmer footbed than my Asics (triple density EVA), and I find them more comfortable. I'm actually light framed 160lb 6', I guess how much cushioning you need and how long it lasts depends on your weight and style of play.

    I'm quite interested in shoe cushioning because it's pretty important for my bad back :D

    How does cushioning material hold up over time if not being used frequently?
     
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  28. Bad Dog

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    Thank you; your confirmation helped me decide to buy a pair of the Head Speed Pro –apparently very similar to the shoes you have – according to Tennis magazine.


    I know what you mean. As indicated above, it appears that the Head shoes are relatively wide in the forefoot. That's one of the reasons I just bought a pair from Tennis Warehouse and waiting for them to arrive.
     
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  29. Bad Dog

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    As usual, you raise several considerations worth further contemplation. I'll consult the Oracle at Delphi, and eventually get back to you. :)
     
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  30. Bad Dog

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    My Speed Pros should arrive from Tennis Warehouse in a couple of days, and I'll try to compare them to the Barricade V – since I've been reasonably satisfied with several pairs of the latter.
     
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  31. Smurf

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    The Head radical shoe is pretty good the toe drag durability is great, I drag my foot a lot because of lazy footwork unfortunately.
    I added Dr. Scholls arch support and damn its like walking on a cloud, very comfy. The shoes have lasted me longer than most people who have these shoes on TT. I have had them about 2 months and I havnt gotten down to the foam yet, but the grip is definitely gone on parts of the outsole. Overall its and affordable shoe that is quality made; thats something that is hard to come by these days.
     
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    I tried out my Head Radical Pro shoes last night and was pleased to find that even with my wide feet, they fit great! Loving them. Not a bad pick-up for $25.
     
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  33. TennezSport

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    Fyi.....

    The Head Radical Pro was voted second best shoe last year in Tennis Mag, only behind Asics Gel Revolution. The last in the shoe is the same as the Barricades but with much better heel cushioning. Goodyear rubber protects the toe area also.

    The Head Speed Pro was voted the best new shoe of 2010 in the March Tennis mag. Both shoes come with a 6mo warranty, so you get one replacement if you wear them out before 6mo. All around great shoes.

    Cheers, TennezSport :cool:
     
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    Thanks for the response. I see in another thread that you have been rotating w/ the BVs but seem to give a slight edge to the Heads.

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=323337&highlight=head+speed+pro

    It sounds like the forefoot/toe box area is at least as wide as the Barricades from what I've read. I think the Speed Pros will be my next shoe. The Barricades have been just okay for me. The are structurally solid but I could use a bit more cushioning for my mostly hard court play and a touch more forefoot width wouldn't hurt either.

    I'd like to try some Nike's b/c in the past I've liked their air cushioning in other type shoes, but they seem to be going narrower each year now in tennis shoes. I see the new Nike Court Ballistec 2.2s in wide but they don't seem to come with the 6 month warranty like the 2.3s do even though they both have the XDR outsoles. I guess the extra $35 for the 2.3s is for the warranty! The Head Speed Pro has the warranty too, they are $25 more. Since I had to use it w/ my BVs I think that's a must for me.
     
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  35. 737Capt

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    The laces on mine are too short also. Have you come up with a replacement?
     
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  36. Bad Dog

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    Yes, all your observations are correct. The Head Speed Pro seems at least as wide as the Barricade V. So far, with less than 10 hours, the heel and especially forefoot cushioning on the Head Speed Pro would appear to be excellent, and noticeably better than Barricade V. Of course I would prefer to reserve final judgment until I have at least 20 to 50 hours of hard court time.

    I like the Barricade V, and have worn several pairs (and I've received Barricade V under the six-month warranty). But now that I own both Barricade V, and Head Speed Pro – both new – I prefer the hours I spent in the Speed Pro – more breathable, more maneuverable, better forefoot cushioning.

    With a durability guarantee, so far the Head Speed Pro still seems to be one of the best deals in tennis. We will see how it holds up long-term.
     
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  37. zapvor

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    if only the styling was better!!!i am tempted to pick up a pair though....
     
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  38. Bad Dog

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    I know you're kidding Zapvor – because your original positive comment was the reason I considered them in the first place. :) Luckily the Speed Pro may actually be this year’s best looking white tennis shoe (since Nike Breathe Free II and Adidas Barricade 5 may no longer be available). At least the Nike 2.3 Wimbledon is almost as good looking.

    By the way – I have a top new multifilament string for you that even Tennis Warehouse has not yet received – please remind me to give it to you the next time we hit. Hopefully soon.
     
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  39. JT_2eighty

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    Bump... how goes the Head shoes to those that used/are still using them? (either the Speed, Prestige, and/or Radical)...

    Comparisons to Barricades and other more popular contenders?

    Thx
     
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