Reputation of the Barricade II?

Discussion in 'Shoes and Apparel' started by BLAST, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. BLAST

    BLAST New User

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    I'm in the market for some shoes that will last and are quite comfortable. I've been searching the forum and it seems like the Barricade II seems to be very popular of the Barricade series and many claim it to be the best. Can anyone tell me why this is? And can anyone compare it to the Barricade III or IV?
     
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  2. robertg06

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    Barricades are immensely comfortable but are quite narrow. I have some Nike Air Max thingies the same as Nadal. They're very nice :)
     
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  3. TheRed

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    The barricade II's are popular because they are comfortable, stable, and quite durable. I'd say they are slightly narrow, but not extremely. I have 2E feet and they fit fine, except for the little toe. The only downside is the cushioning. It's shot after about 2 months while the outsole still looks pretty good.
     
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  4. spdskr

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    I've gone through two pairs of Barricade II in the past year. Comfortable shoes that fit like a glove. Nice support and great traction. I had a problem with the lace eyelets popping off the second pair, which required super glue to keep them attached. Outsoles are very durable. About 4 months of playing 3x per week seemed to be the lifespan of mine. Only downside for me is poor ventilation, and they are not the most comfortable shoes for casual wearing.
     
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  5. BLAST

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    Hey thanks for the input guys.
    Does it fit true to the barricade series. I wear a size 10.5 for the Barricade 3 and 4.
     
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  6. jrod

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    Yes, fit is true. I find the Barricade II's represent the best value of the entire series and the best fitting. The IV's and beyond don't hold the top of the heel as well as the II's. I go through 4-5 pairs per year playing ~5x a week, primarily hard court. Outsoles go first for me. Always looking for a comparably competetive shoe with more cushioning but inevitably I come back to the II's.
     
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  7. BLAST

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    How is it compared to say the most recent model--the BV?
     
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  8. rasajadad

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    The II is lighter than the V. Also, the II requires no break-in.
     
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  9. BLAST

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    which one would you say is more durable?
     
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  10. goober

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    I usually replace the insole after 4 months (I rotate 4 different shoes though). This takes care of the cushioning problem. The outersoles are very durable. I got a bunch when they were going on close out at the introduction of barricade III for about $49. Now they cost more than I remember even before the close out prices.
     
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