Shoe options for speed and joint protection

Discussion in 'Shoes and Apparel' started by Nitro, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. Nitro

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    Hi all,

    I'm looking for a new pair of shoes to replace my Babolat V-Pros. I was a long-time Adidas Barricade user – loved the outsole durability and the lateral support – but the development of some chronic joint problems has left me wondering whether the heavy, stability-oriented barricade-type shoe really is the most conducive to health and performance. The recent trend in the running shoe industry towards minimalist, light-weight designs has a substantial amount of scientific literature associated with it, much of which points to stability shoes as promoting poor biomechanics in athletics that ultimately result in injury. It seems to me that such logic should be equally applicable to tennis but I'd be interested to hear other opinions.

    Philosophic questions aside, I am also looking for a shoe for myself. I'm a hard court player with a pretty dynamic running game. My priority is not finding an ultralight shoe but rather a compromise – something that is light enough while providing good support in the outsole, heal and upper. For reference, I've tried on:

    Adidas Barricade 7- love the fit/last but not the weight
    Nike Courtballistec- love the weight and stability, but the oddly wide midfoot of the outsole doesn't work with my gait
    Asics Solution- awesomely light, but they seem to provide little support in the heal or forefoot
    Asics Resolution- Good balance of weight/stability but poor fit for my arches

    I'd be really interested to hear opinions about the Adi Feather 2 since I didn't get to try them out. They seem perfect for my needs if they have the same last as the Barricades. Any thoughts?
     
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  2. Sumo

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    Looking at the description on TW, the weight of the barricades and ballistecs is almost identical.

    I've got the feather 2s myself and love them.
     
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  3. Nitro

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    Interesting, I stand corrected. The question(s) still stand though. Have you tried the barricade? Do they have a similar last/fit as the feather?
     
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