Reebok Bonzer II vs. Original Bonzer

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  1. 007

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    I really liked the original bonzer in terms of comfort + fit + cushioning. Durability was pretty good too. Has anyone bought the new Bonzer II and liked it/disliked it ..... and why? Also....is the sizing the same?

    I have a narrow heel, medium instep and fairly wide forefoot.

    Thanks.
     
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  2. kreative

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    i've heard they're totally different w/ many who liked the original not liking the II. haven't worn them myself thou.
     
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  3. BreakPoint

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    Yes, I'd also like to know if the Bonzer II's are as stiff and hard to break in as the Bonzer I's or are they softer? How does the feel between the two differ? They appear to have the exact same soles so is it safe to assume sole durability is the same?
     
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  4. BreakPoint

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    Hasn't anyone worn the Reebok Bonzer II's and can comment? BTW, I found the insole insert in the original Bonzers to have a slippery surface so that my socks tend to slide too much over them. Do the Bonzer II's have this same insole? (It's white satiny fabric with a drawing of a foot and the letters "DMX i" on it)
     
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  5. FuriousYellow

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    Hi Breakpoint,

    I have the Bonzer IIs. I wouldn't call them "out of the box" comfort, but they didn't require that long to break in. Maybe a day or two of wearing them around. Now, they are very comfortable.

    I can't compare them to the original Bonzers, as my previous shoe was the Prince Scream QT Low. That was a very comfortable "out of the box" soft, comfort shoe, but fell apart pretty quickly. The leather on the Bonzers seems thicker and is definitely not as supple. The sole seems very durable. I play/practice about 4-5 hours a week and haven't noticed much wear in the soles after 6 weeks. I only play on hard courts.

    The review on TW says the Bonzers' toe box is roomy, but I found it to be a little snug even before I replaced the insoles with my orthotics. I have fairly wide forefoot and narrow heel and flat feet. Even so, I still find the shoe comfortable. The insole wasn't like what you described. They were black and had more of a felt-like material covering them.

    Overall, I like the shoe and would buy another pair if I couldn't find something I liked better, especially at $40/pr.
     
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  6. BreakPoint

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    Thanks for the comments, FuriousYellow!

    How would you compare the cushioning and support of the Bonzer II's as compared to the Prince Scream QT's?

    I find the cushioning and soles of the Original Bonzers to be kind of on the hard side, especially compared to most Prince shoes which tend to have very soft cushioning (like walking on clouds).

    (BTW, the Original Bonzers also took a very long time to break in.)

    Thanks
     
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  7. FuriousYellow

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    Yes, I would definitely say the cushioning of the Bonzer II is firmer than the Screams. It also feels a thicker as well. The cushioning on the Screams was very soft, but felt flat after about two months. In terms of comfort, I find the Bonzer IIs to be just as comfortable as my Screams were despite my earlier comments about the snugness in the toe box. If I were to buy another pair, I might try going up a 1/2 size.
     
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  8. sinoslav

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    I never wore the Bonzers, but I've got a pair of Bonzer IIs that I've worn maybe eight times. I tried a bunch of shoes on -- NB 1001 and 820, a bunch of Wilson models, the Nike Resolves, the 360 DMX-- and I thought that the Bonzer IIs fit better than any of these. I have slightly wide forefeet and maybe slightly narrow heels. After wearing them to play, my gripes are:

    1) The Bonzer IIs feel loose in the heel, I get a glovelike fit in front but they're loose in the back.

    2) You sit rather high in the Bonzer IIs. This is comfy but I don't think the lateral stability is great.

    Since then, I've also bought a pair of Nike Breathe Free IIs. These Nikes win big time over the Bonzer IIs in terms of both glove-like fit and lateral stability due to how low your feet sit in them. I still alternate between the two shoes, but the Nike's are for the big game days.
     
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  9. BreakPoint

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    Any more comments on the Reebok Bonzer II's?
     
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  10. tennisphotog

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    Bonzer II's painful to wear

    I had to return two pairs of Bonzer II's, so much discomfort. A very narrow shoe, tops dig into your ankles. Lots of foot pain. Not really apparent in small doses, but play four sets and you will not be walking properly the next day.
     
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  11. BreakPoint

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    Will TW (or wherever you bought them) take back shoes even after you've worn them on the court?
     
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  12. tennisphotog

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    BONZER II

    I believe you will have to ask them that, but let me say, that TW seems to want happy customers. Customer service has always been very good at TW.
     
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  13. raftermania

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    Hey, it may be b/c of my foot shape. But my heel was not firmly held by the shoe... too much movement, so I gave the shoes to a friend :p

    I got Nike Air Resolve, wow, best fit/comfort ever!
     
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