Yonex SHT-304; sounds too good to be true?

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  1. Ripper

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    They seem to be the lightest tennis shoe out there (the new "R" version is, even lighter!). According to Yonex, they provide excellent comfort, plus excellent stability. I'm needing a new pair and, if all of this is true, this is the one! So, please comment.
     
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  2. Craig Sheppard

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    I had a pair of these a year or so ago. Believe it or don't, they are almost everything they say they are. They're great for wide feet for one--and are very light, very comfortable, and very stable. The biggest negative I could find is traction. On hard courts no problem, but their "modified herringbone" pattern just didn't cut it on Har-Tru for me. For hard courts though, I don't think I've found any "lightweight" shoe that's better (that's still being produced). All the tournaments around here seem to be on clay, so I moved onto the K-Swiss Defier RS instead, but if I were a predominantly hard player, I'd keep using them.

    Oh, one more thing...the arch is medium height in these--a bit higher than a lot of other brands.

    EDIT: And the silver color is *badass*... IMHO of course ;-)
     
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  3. goober

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    The main negatives IMO-

    -poor durability

    -traction ok not great. Definitely noticed a difference between 304s and BIIs
     
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    Thanks, Craig and Cooper. Maybe the new "R" version has better traction. Does anyone know from personal experience?
     
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  5. Bad Dog

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    I wear Nike Breathe Free II, Adidas Barricade IV, and Yonex 304. For hard courts, the Yonex 304 cushioning is the best, by far.
     
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    Oh, what the heck, I'm buying the non "R" silver ones.
     
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    I think you will love these shoes.
     
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    It's very cushy and soft. Wears down fast.
    My feet get hot after awhile but that's with all shoes.

    I'm using the non-R version. I'm going to buy the R version next.
     
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  9. onkystomper

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    I really liked the Yonex shoes i had 304's & 305's great shoes. Only changed as i got some barricades as a gift
     
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  10. l1235

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    304-r

    Just tried mine on. They run truer to size than Addidas (barricades must order a full size larger) are very light, comfortable (looks like a leather shoe) and very roomy in the toebox. It's raining but will post a hardcourt review soon.
     
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  11. Richie Rich

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    304 - i found them light, cushioned, made for wider feet (toe box is deep and wide), decent durability. i was disappointed in the traction as i slipped and skidded on hard courts a few times. not a bad shoe but didn't blow me away either.
     
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  12. Duzza

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    I'll be getting some (Blue or Yellow) next week for a lazy AUD$70!! Thanks Yonex outlet!
     
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  13. l1235

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    PERFECT 304-Rs

    Ordered a half size large and added gel orthos; large in toebox but no excessive movement; excellent traction on hardcourt; much lighter and less bulky than Barricades; best shoe I've ever owned (they look like a high quality leather shoe)
     
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