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  1. The Big Kahuna

    Favorite socks?

    I am selective about my socks. I have tried them all. My top three would be (assuming they are available right now): 1) ELSO Double Sock System 2) Adidas Hydroshield 3) Solinco Heaven If you can get them, stock up.
  2. The Big Kahuna

    The gut/poly thread

    I have tested numerous hybrid set-ups over the years. You can use different polys in the crosses to make subtle differences in the feel or spin of a gut/poly hybrid just as you can with gut. At the end of the day - assuming money is no object - the best playing set-up remains VS Touch 16 in the...
  3. The Big Kahuna

    Adidas Barricade 2021

    BTW FAA and Time are NOT wearing a true SoleCourt Boost. They are custom Adidas shoes on the SCB platform with BOUNCE midsoles instead of the BOOST. Watch this video:
  4. The Big Kahuna

    Adidas Barricade 2021

    The big flaw in the Barricade 12 IMO is the elastic lacing system and the thin laces. You just cannot get the shoe to cinch down on your foot and wrap itself around it. As a result, while they are a stable shoe. they are a sloppy and unresponsive one. The cushioning is also an issue. Who would...
  5. The Big Kahuna

    Looking for lined tennis shorts

    LACOSTE makes a number of lined tennis shorts.
  6. The Big Kahuna

    Nike Court Air Zoom Vapor Pro 2021

    Did you watch this review of the ON Roger Pro? This is his actual shoe he is playing, not the fashion shoe first released (which is a joke).
  7. The Big Kahuna

    Diadora Speed Blushield 5 AG

    I hear what you are saying, but that is a lot of work to get the GR8s to play up to their standard - heel slippage, thin laces a hassle, painful front foot lacing, etc. I have found at least five shoes as stable and comfortable as the GR8s that do not have these issues. I feel that the Adidas...
  8. The Big Kahuna

    Hardcourt shoes for Flat Feet?

    Al;ways a good bet for flat feet is the Adidas Barricade. From the looks of this review, that should continue:
  9. The Big Kahuna

    Adidas Barricade 2021

    Foot Doctor Zach's Teardown is online now:
  10. The Big Kahuna

    When will we see some shoe inventory again?

    According to LOTTO customer service 7/21/21: "Lotto is not leaving the US market. Currently, like most other manufacturers, we are experiencing supply chain issues. We are expecting to see new inventory soon. Sorry for the inconvenience."
  11. The Big Kahuna

    No Lotto tennis shoes?

    According to LOTTO customer service 7/21/21: "Lotto is not leaving the US market. Currently, like most other manufacturers, we are experiencing supply chain issues. We are expecting to see new inventory soon. Sorry for the inconvenience."
  12. The Big Kahuna

    LOTTO Shoes Back in Stock?

    According to LOTTO customer service 7/21/21: "Lotto is not leaving the US market. Currently, like most other manufacturers, we are experiencing supply chain issues. We are expecting to see new inventory soon. Sorry for the inconvenience."
  13. The Big Kahuna

    Lotto Raptor 2021

    According to LOTTO customer service 7/21/21: "Lotto is not leaving the US market. Currently, like most other manufacturers, we are experiencing supply chain issues. We are expecting to see new inventory soon. Sorry for the inconvenience."
  14. The Big Kahuna

    Adidas Barricade 2021

    These are out NOW.
  15. The Big Kahuna

    When will TW get the new Barricade Hardcourt Tennis Shoes?

    Adidas has them on their website for sale now. When do you expect TW to have stock?
  16. The Big Kahuna

    Adidas Barricade 2021

    Any ideas when TW will get the new Barricade Hardcourt Tennis Shoes? Adidas has them on sale NOW!
  17. The Big Kahuna

    Adidas Barricade 2021

    There ARE three stripes on it, but you need to look closely. They used black stripes in the black and white background. Adidas also is going with a BOUNCE midsole it appears.
  18. The Big Kahuna

    LOTTO Shoes Back in Stock?

    Hey TW: What is the latest from LOTTO on their stance on returning to the US market? Is this move temporary?
  19. The Big Kahuna

    No Lotto tennis shoes?

    AMAZING shoe! Watch the review posted online by Foot Doctor Zach.
  20. The Big Kahuna

    When will we see some shoe inventory again?

    I saw that too. I also contacted a number of well-known tennis sites and they don't know when - if ever - they will ship again to the US. I tried calling LOTTO USA directly for answers, and they is nobody there.
  21. The Big Kahuna

    Lotto Raptor 2021

    If anyone else has found a decent deal on these shoes anywhere online, please post it here. Looks like they are running low now on sizes in Europe too.
  22. The Big Kahuna

    Lotto Raptor 2021

    I am a size 48 in the Adidas Solecourt Boost and a size 47 in the Lotto Raptor. For me, these run very true to size.
  23. The Big Kahuna

    Lotto Raptor 2021

    Wow! For me personally, that is the best part. The VIBRAM soles literally feel like I have a rubber coating on the bottoms of my barefoot. They are not a squeaky sole, I agree, but they have trends court feel IMO. You aren't getting that? Are they laced up well?
  24. The Big Kahuna

    Best shoes for minimizing wear and tear on knees/hips.

    For Blushieild 5's use the Diadora discount code: DIADBDAY20 to get 20% off. BUY Two pairs, free shipping and no tax.
  25. The Big Kahuna

    Hardcourt shoes for Flat Feet?

    The Adidas Solecourt Boost is a great shoe for everyone with foot and ankle issues. Check out the reviews on Youtube by Foot Doctor Zach.
  26. The Big Kahuna

    Hardcourt shoes for Flat Feet?

    What I have found from my doctor and my research is that wearing corrective insoles just because your feet are flat can do more harm than good. They alter your "natural" pronation and alignment - and that is not always beneficial. MY doctor says NOW they only recommend insoles if there is pain...
  27. The Big Kahuna

    Diadora Speed Blushield 5 AG

    I totally agree. The fit a lot of different kinds of feet and they would be in the Top 3 for all the major performance categories. The Adidas SCB might be a tab for stable, but the BS5 is right behind it. The Nike GP Turbo might be a tad more cushioned, but the BS5 is right behind it. The Nike...
  28. The Big Kahuna

    Diadora Speed Blushield 5 AG

    Like Butter.
  29. The Big Kahuna

    Diadora Speed Blushield 5 AG

    Odd you should mention the Asics GR8s. I thought the Diadora Blusheild 5s reminded me of the GR8s but with better cusioning and no heel slippage while being just as stable. The Diadora also do not have that foot crushing "Dynawrap" system in the laces that Asics does. For my foot, I much prefer...
  30. The Big Kahuna

    Diadora Speed Blushield 5 AG

    One shoe that bends like that is the LOTTO RAPTOR Hyperpulse 100. An excellent shoe with a bit lower to the ground and speedier feel the the Blushield 5 - which does not bend like your photo (it has far more resistance in the forefoot than what you are looking for). That said, it is the most...
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