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  1. Orion

    New Adidas Barricade 2023

    Digging the redesign. I didn't dislike the Adidas on the inside of the shoe as much as others, although it was absolutely pointless. Looking at the updated shoe makes you wonder how hard it would have been to release this. Guessing the designers of the current model were instructed to go...
  2. Orion

    Adidas Barricade 2021

    Never noticed the tongue messages. Another dub for Father Time. :confused: I wear a mix of Adidas socks. The thin and thicker styles that ***** sells but can be grabbed from Marshalls or TJ Maxx on the regular. Been keeping shoes in my bag, they've replaced Ubersonic 4 as my goto shoes. Once...
  3. Orion

    $25 USD...for socks?

    Welp. Stopped by the Alpharetta store to grab Diadora B.Icon's. Noticed a pair of socks. Grabbed em spur of the moment. Shoes were on sale for $105. Total was $140. Damn...that's alotta tax. Rushed shoes in the trunk, wifey was waiting in the car and I've been catching sharp barbs for my...
  4. Orion

    New Balance Coco CG1

    Can't help but think this is NB's shot at trying to catch Agassi Air Tech Challenge 2 lightning in a bottle.
  5. Orion

    Thoughts On Most Overall Comfortable Shoes…

    Bought a pair of the maligned Diadora B.Icon from the Alpharetta store Friday. I have't been able to take them off. The Blueshield felt a little heavy in hand. It's been YEARS since I've had or tried on a pair of Diadora. I'm looking forward to playing in them. Just wearing around they...
  6. Orion

    $25 USD...for socks?

    Crazy trend started with Nike Elite basketball socks and bled over into other sports...other companies followed. The fit of my shoe dictates the sock. I prefer a thiner sock in Ubersonics and a thicker sock in Barricades. I used to prefer a thicker sock when I was younger but I blister wearing...
  7. Orion

    Adidas Barricade 2021

    Originally ordered an 11.5 and after break in the shoe is too roomy. Just got the electric blue in an 11 and it's a much better fit. Bunions make me err on the size up and find a sock to compensate. The flex of the material and normal sized your box provides enough room. They're noisy, but not...
  8. Orion

    Adidas Barricade 2021

    Got a singles match in and pretty satisfied with the feel overall. Only thing I find a bit bothersome is the design of the Achilles tab. I feel like it needs a slope to it. It feels oversized given the low cut off the shoe. My foot doesn't slip but seems to defeat the design of the cushion...
  9. Orion

    Adidas Barricade 2021

    Tokyo - white/salmon
  10. Orion

    Adidas Barricade 2021

    2 week with the Barricade Iniitial impression - Unique construction, Adidas wants to position the shoe against the Vapor Cage. I'm big fan of the VC, especially the go to if I'm feeling foot/leg fatigued. The upper is mesh with a plastic guess for protection and to...
  11. Orion

    Adidas Barricade 2021

    I got same size as U4. I find the toebox is slightly wider and more comfortable..better fit or me to wear with insoles. The forefoot cushioning feels better. Haven't played in them yet but they feel comparable to the Vapor Cage just as bit lighter.
  12. Orion

    Adidas Barricade 2021

    The Toyko colorway is live on Adidas. Just ordered and was able to apply 30% Icon reward. Wierd because they wouldn't allow me to apply to black Ubersonic 4 when they stopped. :unsure: Nice that a Barricade shares price point with U4. Big ups to Adidas! As much as I want to try the Nike NXT...
  13. Orion

    Gravity Pro old stock

    I never saw $130. I saw $189 a few months leading up to the new Pj. Was waiting for a further drop. Oh well:rolleyes:
  14. Orion

    Gravity Pro old stock

    With the 2021 update being only cosmetic, what have retailers done with old stock? I remember seeing them down to $189 before the 2021 released and disappeared a few weeks before the 2021 dropped They're impossible to find anywhere. I understand it wouldn't make sense to sell alongside the...
  15. Orion

    Congratulations in advance Stefanos . Well deserved .

    I got action on Tsitsipas to win. Would love to see a 5 setter.
  16. Orion

    Adidas Ubersonic 4 Thread

    I had the black delivered today from Adidas. They ddn't have the black& red. The U4 had risen to to of my rotation with GZr8 and Vapor Cage. Depends on how my feet feel, but the U4 offer the right mix of speed, breathability, and comfort.
  17. Orion

    Throw wheels for Playmate Volley

    I'm in Nashville. Have yet to make a decision. Where did you find the wheels? How much?
  18. Orion

    New Asics Court FF 2

    These are "down the line" winners!! I'll be stalking for them.
  19. Orion

    How does the Nike warranty process work?

    Keep in mind that aside from the wear warranty on select shoes there is an implied 1 year workmanship warranty. I had a pair of Vapor Cage bust at the sides. Nike had me work with the retailer to return. Got a credit for the price of the shoes from the retailer.
  20. Orion

    Loudest shoe in terms of squeaking on court?

    Asics GR8 has my vote for loudest ever!
  21. Orion

    How many of us use an insert?

    Been using VKTRY carbon fiber insoles in Asics GR8. Improved the fell and fit a little.
  22. Orion

    Insoles suggestion?

    I splurged and bought VKTRY insoles. They're insanely nxpensive only bought after I found a $70 off code. Full carbon fiber bottom. Only shoe I can fit them in are GR8. They've elevated GR8 to top of shoe rotation. Plan on buying another Ubersonic 4 a half size up. VKTRY makes two products...
  23. Orion

    Can anybody (please) compare any new frames to the Head T.I. Radical OS

    I would say give the Gravity Pro a try. Even though not OS and can tend to feel a bit muted with some string setups, it's worth a try. Grew up on the Radical OS frames and still miss the OS power and flex. Recently played a few matches with a POG and despite the heft muscle memory with an OS...
  24. Orion

    Gravity Pro customizations?

    I played with the stock grip until it wore down. I replaced one frame with the Head Ultimate and the other with a Head Leather. I am prefer the frame with the leather grip. 7g difference in the frames. Played with the modded frame today, noticed the difference in playability. Thinking of adding...
  25. Orion

    Gravity Pro customizations?

    In playing with the z pro now and getting ready to mod one frame up to POG weight. Played a match with POG from 3005/2005 last week and have been sneaking time with it. It's just pure from the baseline off both wings. Gravity Pro scales at 347g, POG is at 353g. Thinking of adding 3g of tungsten...
  26. Orion

    Nike Vapor Pro 2021 First Impression

    Sounds like what I had mine defect warrantied for. Soles were smoothing out. Had weather permitted in think I would have got the sole warranty. Sounds like the upper may have been a design flaw which necessitated the use of Flyweave or whatever Nike calls it.
  27. Orion

    Nike Vapor Pro 2021 First Impression

    I echo this assessment. The Vapor Cage feels heavy in hand but plays lighter than it's weight. It changes direction fast and I find it springy when moving on drop shots. I don't have foot fatigue after practice or match play. My current rotation is Gel Res 8, Ubersonic 4 and Cable Cage.
  28. Orion

    Nike Vapor Pro 2021 First Impression

    I wonder how long the Vapor Cages will be in production. I sent a 10 month old pair into another retailer to warranty with Nike as a defect. The outer fabric separated from the lateral shank at the forefoot. Can't see this happening with the Flywire. Based on emails received looks like they...
  29. Orion

    Nike Vapor Pro 2021 First Impression

    Ordered from TW over the weekend and received yesterday. I posted a review on store site that hasn't posted. As a Vapor Cage fan I was torn between the NXT Vapor and the Vapor Pro. The scathing reviews of the NXT swayed me to the Pro. The Upper: My first impression pulling out the box was WTF...
  30. Orion

    How do the new Vapor React NXT compare to the Vapor Cage 4?

    I think the Cage 4 is underrated. Doesn't play as heavy as it feels in hand. I'm curious about the NXT just pulled the trigger on the Vapor Pro. Not impressed.