Diadora models, which best cushioning?

Spin Diesel

Hall of Fame
Hi there,
I‘m having a hard time getting an overview of those Diadora models. Which is the model with best cushioning?
My last shoe is their speed blushield5 clay and altough I hate that they run really hot, I loved their cushioning and also that it works for a while. Before that I had Babolat Jet Mach III and I liked the cushioning in the beginning but it didn‘t work so well very long.
Any other shoe I should check out?
 

d-quik

Hall of Fame
Hi there,
I‘m having a hard time getting an overview of those Diadora models. Which is the model with best cushioning?
My last shoe is their speed blushield5 clay and altough I hate that they run really hot, I loved their cushioning and also that it works for a while. Before that I had Babolat Jet Mach III and I liked the cushioning in the beginning but it didn‘t work so well very long.
Any other shoe I should check out?
Best would be Torneo, the successor to the heavy, insulated but oh so comfy BluShield 5
 

dreamP

New User
Yep +1 on Torneo. Feels like wearing a monster truck tires. Heavy when wearing them first time. But let them break in and it's gonna be like running on clouds.
 

Spin Diesel

Hall of Fame
Best would be Torneo, the successor to the heavy, insulated but oh so comfy BluShield 5
Torneo for sure - I personally love them
Yep +1 on Torneo. Feels like wearing a monster truck tires. Heavy when wearing them first time. But let them break in and it's gonna be like running on clouds.
Thanks a lot! Did anyone of you were the speed blushield 5 as well - so are the Torneo‘s similar in cushioning? Do they feel a little less like insulated winter shoes maybe?
 

d-quik

Hall of Fame
Thanks a lot! Did anyone of you were the speed blushield 5 as well - so are the Torneo‘s similar in cushioning? Do they feel a little less like insulated winter shoes maybe?
I personally am not sensitive to cushioning so I couldn't tell you but I think florida and @curtstead (who will recommend the wave Enforce Tour which has a more bouncy/dynamic cushioning system as opposed to a muted one if he chooses to say anything) said before that the BS5 was better? Not sure. It's all here but I am not sure which page though https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/diadora-blushield-torneo-official-thread.719081/

The torneos succeeded the BS5 line so it is as similar as you can get without being the same

If you want SOFT cushioning I think you should go for the ct-rally, or LAV if you don't mind paying a bit more (I can never find LAVs for a good price) but that heel is so soft that it actually visibly compresses, not in a way that hinder stability though. Also soft are the SpeedServe Energized which are way more affordable. Make sure to get the 2023 colorways because the 2022 version was comically wide.

Raptors are also pricey but have a more dynamic cushioning system like the Wave Enforce Tour.

If you have a narrow foot you can also go with the GP Turbo or B.Icon.

If you don't need God tier stability you can try the SFX3 (great value).

I also hear good things about the Propulse Fury 3 but have never tried.

I have not heard much about the Finales either.

The Propulse Rage (if you can find it) had good cushioning too.

Lastly, another option are maximalist outdoor basketball shoes which are more heavily discounted than maximalist tennis shoes. Easier to find and they have to have better cushioning by virtue of being bball shoes. You run the risk of them running higher off the ground though.
 
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jimmy8

Legend
Did you try the blushield5 or the Torneo as well?

How do they compare to the Diadoras - is the cushioning similar or a little better or worse? How about the durability of that cushioned feeling?
I tried the blushield 5 and I think the icon had better cushioning.

The CT rally have better cushioning than diadora.

I'm not sure about durability. I haven't worn down any of these shoes yet.
 

Spin Diesel

Hall of Fame
I personally am not sensitive to cushioning so I couldn't tell you but I think florida and @curtstead (who will recommend the wave Enforce Tour which has a more bouncy/dynamic cushioning system as opposed to a muted one if he chooses to say anything) said before that the BS5 was better? Not sure. It's all here but I am not sure which page though https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/diadora-blushield-torneo-official-thread.719081/

The torneos succeeded the BS5 line so it is as similar as you can get without being the same

If you want SOFT cushioning I think you should go for the ct-rally, or LAV if you don't mind paying a bit more (I can never find LAVs for a good price) but that heel is so soft that it actually visibly compresses, not in a way that hinder stability though. Also soft are the SpeedServe Energized which are way more affordable. Make sure to get the 2023 colorways because the 2022 version was comically wide.

Raptors are also pricey but have a more dynamic cushioning system like the Wave Enforce Tour.

If you have a narrow foot you can also go with the GP Turbo or B.Icon.

If you don't need God tier stability you can try the SFX3 (great value).

I also hear good things about the Propulse Fury 3 but have never tried.

I have not heard much about the Finales either.

The Propulse Rage (if you can find it) had good cushioning too.

Lastly, another option are maximalist outdoor basketball shoes which are more heavily discounted than maximalist tennis shoes. Easier to find and they have to have better cushioning by virtue of being bball shoes. You run the risk of them running higher off the ground though.
Thanks a lot for the detailed answer - I really appreciate it! :)
I'd rather not go with Babolats again - I really liked the cushioning of my Jet Mach IIIs but it didn't work well for long. Also the upper was stable in the beginning but after a few weeks it wasn't anymore no matter how hard I tried to tie them. That's also why I'm asking mainly about Diadora, because my Blueshield5s worked very well for longer than most shoes I tried before. Though I will definitely check out those Mizunos as well. Would have been interested in the New Balance as well, unfortunately I just found out that they don't offer clay versions. I'll keep em in mind, if I need new hard court ones though.
 

Spin Diesel

Hall of Fame
I tried the blushield 5 and I think the icon had better cushioning.

The CT rally have better cushioning than diadora.

I'm not sure about durability. I haven't worn down any of these shoes yet.
Thanks for the info - unfortunately I just found out that they don't offer clay versions of the CT Rally. I'll keep em in mind, if I need new hard court ones though.
 

FloridaAG

Hall of Fame
Thanks a lot! Did anyone of you were the speed blushield 5 as well - so are the Torneo‘s similar in cushioning? Do they feel a little less like insulated winter shoes maybe?
I wore the BS5 also. Cushioning is slightly bouncier and better in the Torneos for me although very similar
Out of the box comfort better in the BS5 but the uppers stretched more quickly and they were less durable than the Torneos

My top shoe of choice since they were released
 

Spin Diesel

Hall of Fame
So I tried on the Diadora Torneo & B.Icon, as well as the Lotto Raptor and Mizuno Wave Enforce Tour and the Torneos still feel the best cushioned ones, so I'll go with these. Pretty similar to my old Blushield 5s - upper is a bit more comfortable and softer but on the downside I'm also a bit less locked in.
 

d-quik

Hall of Fame
So I tried on the Diadora Torneo & B.Icon, as well as the Lotto Raptor and Mizuno Wave Enforce Tour and the Torneos still feel the best cushioned ones, so I'll go with these. Pretty similar to my old Blushield 5s - upper is a bit more comfortable and softer but on the downside I'm also a bit less locked in.
Did you get these in all those in the same US sizing? If so, can you order those four based on toebox (not overall) width? I am curious where the Mizunos lay. Thank you!
 

curtstead

Professional
I personally am not sensitive to cushioning so I couldn't tell you but I think florida and @curtstead (who will recommend the wave Enforce Tour which has a more bouncy/dynamic cushioning system as opposed to a muted one if he chooses to say anything) said before that the BS5 was better? Not sure. It's all here but I am not sure which page though https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/diadora-blushield-torneo-official-thread.719081/

Yep, I still stand by that, and yes I would recommend the Enforce Tours because they slap!!!
 

Spin Diesel

Hall of Fame
Did you get these in all those in the same US sizing? If so, can you order those four based on toebox (not overall) width? I am curious where the Mizunos lay. Thank you!
Hey, I got them all in the same EU sizing but I guess that should be the same.
I‘m not sure what you mean with „order based on toebox“ - do you mean rank them based on their width in the toebox?
 

Spin Diesel

Hall of Fame
I have only slightly wide feet, so I didn‘t focus on that specifically while trying them. I‘d say the B.Icons are widest, then Torneos and then both Lotto and Mizuno pretty similar. But none felt particularly narrow in the toebox and overall.
 
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netlets

Professional
The Torneo’s and Fly both have Blushield cushioning - with the Fly 4s having the booty construction and are not quite as long. I just switched to the Fly 4s after wearing the Torneo’s for the last year and a half due to a better fit. The B-icons are lighter and not as stable and do not have the Blushield tech but are a fast match shoe.
 
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