okay - so finally help me choose please :)

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  1. mxmx

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    Nice design work!

    My vote is the B7. Best shoe I've worn to date. 4.3 is also a nice shoe but the lacing system worries me.
     
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  3. mxmx

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    Thanks man :)

    I think of the above shoes, the vapor is probably the last one I will get on the list due to the bad durability factor.

    Whats wrong with the lacing system of the CB?
    My biggest concern with the B7, is the protection just above the tip (toe area - see black dot)...the B6 had a little more in that area. But my wear area is very borderline to where the B7 protection is at...so I am not sure how the B7 would react.

    Would you say the CB is far more comfortable than the B7?
     
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  4. LanEvo

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    Down to CB 4.3 or B7s.

    Coming from B6s, same situation as you.

    I would take the B7s, I own the 4.3s right now. They are not bad, softer and more cushioned than Barricades (I am comparing to 6s, since I know them the best) durability is less than the Barricades imo, they do not last quite as long, but I have not worn through the outsole and it has been 6 months already, it is close though. While the B6s took me about 7-8 months or so. And I switch off between shoes as well.

    Weight and movability-wise, I like the B6s, they feel lighter and do not feel as you are running around in a boot. And this is after break-in.

    Moving on, is the break-in and out of the box playing, yea the CB 4.3s win hands down here, they do not require any type of break-in imo, and play soft and great out of the box.

    So it is up to you, I prefer the Adidas though.
     
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  5. mxmx

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    I also by far prefer adidas through the years. I just found the B6 VERY uncomfortable (Where the shoes on the B6 bend, it would press down on my foot) - has the B7 improved in this department? It seems like softer uppers.

    Also something to consider: One can sole patch sole parts (shoo goo)...but one cannot really sole patch the top of the toe. So whilst the CB may be less durable on the sole, it may not be as big as a problem if the protection on top of the toe is better than the B7. My biggest problem area for wear and tear is just where i drew the black dot as well as the front tip of the shoe. I think the B7 is really borderline and may or may not be as good as the B6 when it comes to this - if the B7 had 3mm more rubber height, i would get them no question.
     
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    Hey, I would get that too, lol. From the to part with the two metal clips to pull the string through in the front right? Yea, they just had to put it right where you bend to turn. IDK, once mine broke in, I did not experience it anymore. But it did take me a good 1-2 months to break-in.
     
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  7. mxmx

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    My B6 shoes took at least half its lifetime to break in before the top part did not bend on my toe in a painful way anymore. Partially I may be to blame, as the shoes may have been slightly too large, thus possibly bending at the wrong place...I doubt though that the B7's will be as uncomfortable as the B6's...
    The B6's were more uncomfortable than the B5's though...

    I have only today to hear from you guys....getting the shoes tomorrow hopefully...
     
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    The Vapor 9s offer the best comfort, support, cushion, and lightness compared to the other shoes you listed. Only downside is durability so if that's your concern, skip this shoe otherwise, buy it.
     
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  9. mxmx

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    thank you...this shoe is last on my list and chances are great that I won't get these
     
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    I recommend the B7. It has the stability and durability of a barricade but with more comfort and flexibility than previous models. Great shoe...
     
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    By the way, are those B6's in the pic photoshopped? I'm pretty sure that color never hit the market
     
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    it's interesting because they're probably fake and also they are also the junior barricades..
     
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    my 4.3 are soo comfy, never tried the barricades so i cant compare
     
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    4.3 for comfort Barricade 7 for durability. Barricade 7 all the way
     
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  15. mxmx

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    Yes :) (for reasons I won't explain :p)
     
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    hehe.....I manipulated the pic for some strange undisclosed reasons....but yea...definitely not fake shoes...if they were, they're the best lasting fakes ive ever had :D
     
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    My problem is weighing it up and knowing the right balance.
    It is for certain the vapors will be a mistake on durability. But with the CB "a little" durability loss may be worth it for the sake of comfort...but if the B7's are 20% more comfortable than the B6's, they make more sense.

    Ps people: The TEAM versions of the barracades have come into play. Would really like some opinions on those. I have a few hours before I will be gone until next year so thanks in advance :)
     
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    It is good to know :)
    The B7 caught up to the CB in my decision...so its a very close race...when I try all the shoes on, I will take all the comments into consideration and hopefully choose the right shoe. Yes, sorry, I made a big deal of this thread, but it IS rather a lot of money for something like this...
     
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    Just a heads up you need to pay for the shipping of the new pair of shoes back to you($13 check), while Nike doesn't charge you anything.
     
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    Thanks man...buying locally though....so no shipping, and I doubt any guarantees either.
     
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    CB for comfort, but if you buying locally you get the luxury of trying them all on.
     
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  22. mxmx

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    Hi guys...

    just some feedback:

    So i ended up buying both pairs of adidas....the B7's as well as the green RG ones...forgot the model name...
    The green RG ones i will wear for leasure until my B7's are worn, and then the RG ones will replace my B7's. The RG shoes are comfortable and good value...no toe protection, but fine considering the price.

    I first tried on the CB4.3's....very comfortable...just a tad "warm" - felt like a comfortable thermal sock dipped in rubber. I then tried on the Vapors...most comfortable fit i've EVER had with shoes. I would consider these for leasure...as I almost believe its worth it if one can afford it. (and i dislike nike, but i cannot deny what they did with this shoe)
    However, due to durability issues by so many people, I did not want to risk spending so much to get them. Even though they had the best fit ever, the sole felt thin or as if the absorption hitting the court would not be as good, even though I believe it could simply be fixed using good sole inserts.

    The B7's instantly felt more comfortable than the B6's. Not as comfortable as either the nike shoes, but comfortable enough. Ended up buying them.
    After a few sessions on court, both my big toes had blisters from some movement - was quite painful in the beginning...went away after a couple of sessions as well as using some plaster etc. Shoes needed no break in time whatsoever.
    What dissapoints me the most though, is that the so called durable toe guard (according to some reviews) is not as durable as expected. In fact, its the first part where i could see wear...MUCH faster than on the B6's. Not convinced that it was due to playing more this time around either. I will need to take some steps soon, or these shoes will be worn out in less than 3 months in that area.

    Shoe goo the only option I can think of now...
     
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