|04-25-2013, 10:15 PM||#81|
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: San Francisco
Wilson Rush Pro Review
Here's my review for the new wilson rush pro's:
Tennis experience/background: Played tennis for about 8 years, only the latter 3 or 4 competitively. Played singles and doubles for my high school tennis team freshman year- junior year. Now just play the occasional tournament but mostly hitting for fun and to get a good workout. Now on to the nitty-gritty.
I would describe myself as a 4.0 (4.5 on a good day) baseliner, working on coming in more on dictating play and being aggressive, coming to the net to close off points when necessary. I currently play with the Lotto Raptor 3's and the air max cage 2's and I played about 25-30 hours in this shoe. When i first got these in the mail, i have to say the aesthetics of the shoe were great. Very nice clean looking shoe, looking a little bit like the barricade 6's. The break-in period (which for me, took about 3-4 times out to the court, plus walking in them) was fairly painful on my arches, similar to the break-in for the CB 3.3, but not as long. Once broken in though, my concerns subsided.
For comfort, i would give it a 6.5/10, reason being, on quick stops i would often jam my toe into the front of the shoe. I wrapped my foot pretty well though, and when not jamming, it felt like a more comfortable breathe cage ii.
Arch support, i give it a 8/10. After break-in, it supported my arches pretty well, not great, but at least there was no burning sensation like in the break-in (was a little worried about it staying this way for the whole playtest.)
Stability/support, i give it 8/10. When moving laterally it was no nonsense, it did what it was supposed to and did it well. My ankle felt secure and locked in, thankfully i have never had any ankle issues in the first place.
Ventilation, i give it a 5.5/10. Here was my main gripe with this shoe. When playing in anything over 60 degrees, after about 30 minutes, my feet would get hot and start to sweat. When this happened, it felt a little like my foot was going to roll over (felt kinda sloshy, like when you're wearing wet socks.) This was fixed by tightening the laces more than usual, making it a bit uncomfortable.
Sole/toe durability is where this shoe signed for me. I give it a 9/10. Obviously if you play in a shoe for a month, there are going to be some signs of wear, which is why i knocked off a point. But, it was so minimal, i could easily see these shoes lasting me another 4-5 months, which would be excellent since i can wear out barricades in 2 (I toe drag a little too much )
Traction, i give it an 8/10. It never really felt super grippy too me, but i never was worried about slipping and falling. Pretty good.
Weight, another big plus, i give it a 9.5/10. For the durability, this shoe is the lightest feeling shoe i have ever worn. Props to wilson for achieving ultimate durability, while being light enough that you don't notice it while you play.
Overall, i would give this shoe a 7/10. It's a shoe that i would definitely get while on sale, but i wouldn't pay $120 for it because of the jamming and ventilation. But overall, good shoe, great job wilson! and special thanks to TW for picking me to do this playtest, much appreciated!
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|04-26-2013, 08:04 AM||#82|
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Join Date: May 2007
Wilson Rush Pro Shoe Playtest
I am a teaching pro and high school coach that plays at a 4.5-5.0 level. I’ve been playing for over 25 years. I’m a former All-State high school player, and Div 3 college player.
Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
I’m an all court player, but I’ve primarily been drilling/practicing at the baseline.
Prince Rebel 2 (playing) Prince T24 (teaching)
How many hours did you play with the shoe?
18 hours of play, over 20 hours of coaching
Comments on shoe performance:
I found the shoe to be very comfortable. The soft insole was very easy on my feet, but not so cushy that it hindered my speed. I’d say it’s a nice blend of the Babolat SFX (cushion) and the Prince Rebel 2 (Speed).
Arch support: 8/10
The arch was a little far back for my particular foot shape, but not so much that the shoe was uncomfortable. If the arch was a few more millimeters towards the toe, it would have been perfect. I’m fortunate to have a foot shape that is pretty neutral, which a medium arch, so I can wear most shoes comfortably.
I found myself sliding slightly in the shoes, both laterally and towards the toe (including a few toe jams early in the test). After some break-in and really tightening up the laces, toe jamming wasn’t a problem. The shoes do give a bit on lateral cuts, but not so much to worry about rolling over.
The venting on the sides of the foot were nice. However, the toe area is usually the hottest area of my feet. The shoes weren’t ovens, but there isn’t much venting in the toe area. I think I would have been uncomfortable playing in these during the summer.
I play on fairly slick/fast courts during the winter/early spring, and I’m fairly light on my feet, so the shoes didn’t wear much. The outsoles still look nice.
I’m not a toe dragger...at all. The toes of the shoe are still pristine.
Playing on a fast/slick court, I need both traction for taking off, as well as the ability to slide while transitioning from hitting to recovery. These shoes had a nice blend of traction/slide. I would say they slide less than the Rebel 2, but are a little harder than the Gel Res 4.
Coming from the T24, these shoes were plenty light. I didn’t notice a huge difference in comparision to my Rebels (not to say there isn’t one...I just couldn’t feel it while playing).
General reaction/comments on overall performance:
I think this shoe is a pretty solid performer. Aesthetically, it’s one of the better Wilson shoes. In terms of on court performance, I feel pretty locked-in and fast in it. The cushion of the insole is a nice touch.
The only “weird” thing I encountered with this shoes was the occasional “catching” of the material on the inside of the middle of the foot. Sometimes, when the shoe would flex, the outer mesh would get caught on the inner mesh, and create a “click/pop” sound and give a tactile sensation of bumping a ball with the inside of the foot. One a number of occasions, this happened, and I would look down expecting to see a ball rolling away from me on the court. It’s nothing that would keep me from recommending the shoe, but it was distracting.
Prince Rebel 95
PTR Certified Pro / USRSA Certified MRT
Last edited by themitchmann : 04-26-2013 at 08:06 AM.
|04-26-2013, 06:59 PM||#83|
Join Date: Aug 2009
Wilson Rush Pro Playtest
Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):I am a 4.5 player and play USTA leagues and tournaments. I mainly play singles, but do occasionally play doubles. I primarily play from the baseline with aggressive topspin groundstroke’s and solid defense. I use a two-handed backhand and use a semi-western grip. My movement is critical to my game so I always try to purchase quality shoes with good stability.
Current shoe: I have been wearing a pair of Adidas Barricade 7’s.
How many hours did you play with the shoe?16 hrs
Comments on shoe performance:
Comfort: I did have some trouble breaking in the shoe, but that isn’t necessarily uncommon for me. I had some pain in the right shoe around the outsides of the widest part of my foot. However, after wearing the shoes around the house and on the court they did break in. I couldn’t lace the right shoe as tight as I usually do, but with the glove like fit of the shoes I didn’t feel that it compromised the stability. After, the break in period I did find the shoes to be very comfortable
Arch support: The arch support was just fine. I have a hard time commenting on this subject because I think I have a pretty standard arch and have never had problems with shoes in that department.
Stability/support: The stability was great. The elastic glove in the shoe really forms to your foot and I had no movement inside the shoe what so ever. I was very confident to chase every ball down without fear of jamming my toes or twisting an ankle. There isn’t tons of flexibility in the shoe which I felt added to the solid feeling. However, I did like the fact that is was more flexible than the Barricades or the Court Ballistics.
Ventilation: The sides on the shoe and tongue allow for some ventilation, but the toe area isn’t great for ventilation with all the rubber added for durability.
Sole durability: I’m not super hard on shoes, but the 16 hours I was on court didn’t put a dent in the shoes. I played on a slick indoor hardcourt so that probably played a part, but I imagine the durability on these shoes would be fantastic. The shoes have thick rubber in all the right places and I think it would be a great shoe for players with durability concerns.
Toe durability: Again, this shoe has extra rubber in all the right spots to extend durability.
Traction: The traction on the shoes was excellent. They allowed you to stop when you wanted to, but also allowed some give if you wanted to slide a bit. The indoor courts I have been playing on are fairly smooth and slick so the shoes were perfect for the surface.
Weight: The weight felt similar to my Barricades. They are definitely not a super light shoe, but with all the extra rubber for durability that can’t be expected. I am used to this type of weight in shoes so it felt good to me.
General reaction/comments on overall performance: I really liked the Wilson Rush Pro’s. They felt similar to the Barricades in many aspects, but the glove fit offered greater stability and good comfort. The Rush Pro’s also offered better flexibility than the other shoes in this class which I really liked. I also appreciated the way the shoes look. I received quite a few compliments and inquire about the shoes when I was on the court. Some of the color ways they offer today are just too loud so this design was welcomed. One thing I noticed after receiving the shoes is that there was some glue left on the seams from manufacturing in a few places. I may have not noticed this if I wasn’t reviewing the shoes, but it did look a little cheap so I thought I would point it out. If someone saw that when trying on the shoe at the store they might think that it’s a low quality shoe which isn’t the case. All in all, I will continue to wear these shoes and would definitely consider a pair in the future.
Thanks TW for the opportunity to try these shoes!
Please excuse my punctuation and grammar.
|04-28-2013, 09:45 AM||#84|
Join Date: Jul 2008
A couple days late with this, so I apologize. I wanted to play it outside to test the ventilation both indoors and out. This is the first weekend without snow on the ground since November, so I didn't get a chance until now.
Tennis experience/background: Current D2 College Player. 5.0 NTRP on a good day.
Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): Offensive baseline play. Move opponents around, dictating with groundstrokes and looking for the first chance to attack a short ball.
Current shoe: Asics Gel Resolution 4
How many hours did you play with the shoe? 30
Comments on shoe performance:
-comfort: Really plush cushioning and material throughout the shoe. The upper fit my foot very well--a reason why I enjoyed this test so much--but I do see how people with a wider foot could experience some fit issues. I did not need a break-in, but it did take a couple of wears before I really felt comfortable in the shoes. 9/10
-arch support: Supportive. Just like the rest of the shoe. My arch was supported nicely on aggressive lateral cuts and forward sprints. I have a medium-flat arch, and experienced no discomfort. 10/10 (for my foot)
-stability/support: Wow. This is where the shoe shines brightest. It has stability comparable to an Adidas Barricade or CourtBallistec from Nike. It's been awhile since I played a tank of a shoe like this since I usually choose lighter options like Vapors or Resolutions, but this makes me rethink my choices. It was like I couldn't roll my ankle over if I tried, and issue I've had before with my Asics. 10/10
-ventilation: The only area where this shoe might slouch. My feet, when playing inside, were not warm, but my socks were a bit more damp than usual as compared to my Asics or Vapors. When playing outside, I could feel a bit of the breeze through the vents, but my feet got fairly warm. It's a bit strange, but I believe that it may be due to the lack of forefoot venting. Nothing terrible, but not the best aspect here. 7/10
-sole durability: No issues here. Lots of thick rubber on the outsole, and it holds up well too. 30 hours in, and they're still going strong, whereas my other shoes would be showing the midsole already. The rubber is smooth, but nowhere near the midsole. 10/10
-toe durability: I don't drag my toes that much, so I can't give an adequate comment here, but I don't see much wear in the toe area. The rubber and synthetic material of the upper would protect the shoe well from wear. 9/10
-traction: I'd say it's just right for what I like. Enough give from the tread to slide a little bit, but not enough that I feel like I could slip and fall when I have to sprint back the other direction for a ball. It's not like a Barricade where I feel like I'm glued to the gritty hard courts we have on campus, but I know I'm not going to slip. 9/10
-weight: It's heavier than my usual choices, but it's not overly heavy. Before it molded to my foot after a couple of wears, it felt a little bulky, but now, especially after logging plenty of time on court, they feel great. Not super light, but light enough. A good weight for the support it gives. 8/10
General reaction/comments on overall performance: I am pleasantly surprised by the latest performance shoe offering from Wilson. This is one of the best things they've put out in quite awhile now, and I can't be more pleased. A wonderful package of support, comfort, and durability that will satisfy even the most serious players. Well done Wilson. A big thanks to Wilson and TW for allowing me to playtest also!