Head Sprint SF

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
Was looking at these for a long time and finally got a pair.
First, they look great and the build quality seems to be excellent. They feel light.
I wish they were offered in more color options.

the fit is great for a medium foot. Not loose (SCB), not too tight (FF2)
The sleeve design and functionality is perfect - this is how it’s supposed to be done - easy on and off.

wore them in the house and to the store and restaurant all day long and they are comfortable, light. It is 95F in TX today and no problem with the heat, very breathable.

don’t think they require any breaking in.
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Will play tomorrow and will report how they handle 200lbs if pure muscle and speed. ;)
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
Good to hear you are off to a good start. I've really enjoyed the Head shoes I've worn. I bought 3 pairs of one model. Unfortunately it was a few generations ago.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
Was looking at these for a long time and finally got a pair.
First, they look great and the build quality seems to be excellent. They feel light.
I wish they were offered in more color options.

the fit is great for a medium foot. Not loose (SCB), not too tight (FF2)
The sleeve design and functionality is perfect - this is how it’s supposed to be done - easy on and off.

wore them in the house and to the store and restaurant all day long and they are comfortable, light. It is 95F in TX today and no problem with the heat, very breathable.

don’t think they require any breaking in.
***************
Will play tomorrow and will report how they handle 200lbs if pure muscle and speed. ;)
So, the weather was awesome yesterday, 91F, "low" humidity (~40%) light wind so we got about 2 hours of, for me finally very high level tennis. (I have struggled with the knee issues since late 2018 and post meniscus surgery still not at a 100%; in fact, I'd say at 70%). But yesterday, we gave it a go (I am feeling it today) and it was great.

There was no Break in time for the Sprint SF. The fit is great, and continues to feel that way. I really like that they do not feel high or low to the ground, just right and (in)sole is sloped perfectly, the fit and feel reminds me of the 2019 Barricades but without that plastic (did not bother me) at the arch and LIGHTER.
As I described in another thread, the ASICS FF2 bothered me for a few reasons: 1) sz 11 was too loose, sz 10.5 was too snug and hard to put on; 2) the slope of the shoes (heel too low) was causing Achilles irritation; 3) the sole durability was not there, I'd wear through them in a month; 4) putting them on was sometimes annoying
So, I went back to Adidas and got me a 10.5 SCB and that solved most of the issues however, they are still a bit loose up front, they are on the heavier side, they do not come with a 6-month warranty -- I wore through 2 pairs in about 4 months (a hole in the sole but the rest looked pretty much "new")...

Back to Sprint SF:
- the fit is right for me and for those that miss 2019 Barricades, the fit is very similar
- The shoes ventilation is good. I'd never think of wearing black shoes at the peak hour (5pm is the hottest part of a day in the Texas summer) in the Summer, however, I did not feel issues at all
- the stability is great. I was able to move freely and comfortably and even slide (at least make that squeeking sound) a few times
- the sole seems to be durable and it grabbing nicely, but not sticking to the court
- big plus is how light they feel. My partner mentioned a few times that he has not seen me in a while change directions so fast and getting to some balls so fast

The shoes look great. They come with three pairs of laces: teal, pink/red, black.
Again, I wish head has offered more color choices, however, I hope the sales will increase and that will push them to offer more choices.
6-month sole warranty is a big plus for me. In 10+ years of Barricades, I have always relied on that program and there was no pair of them that I did not get a free replacement (even the ones I bought of e bay!!!). I was disappointed to see SCB eliminate that program.

Will keep you updated on durability as time goes by!
 

ae11

Rookie
Head Sprints are great shoes that have gone unnoticed. Same goes for Revolts if one is looking for more stability, durability, and comfort.
 

808

Semi-Pro
I recently got the Revolt Pro 3 (clay version), since I figure I need a bit more comfort than the Sprint Pro / Sprint SF potentially provide, and they are quite excellent. The fit is very confidence inspiring. I switched from Adidas Solecourt Boost, which always felt a bit vague / loose on court.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
I recently got the Revolt Pro 3 (clay version), since I figure I need a bit more comfort than the Sprint Pro / Sprint SF potentially provide, and they are quite excellent. The fit is very confidence inspiring. I switched from Adidas Solecourt Boost, which always felt a bit vague / loose on court.
Glad to hear that! I may try those next but really enjoying the SFs now!
 

GTR0814

New User
Was looking at these for a long time and finally got a pair.
First, they look great and the build quality seems to be excellent. They feel light.
I wish they were offered in more color options.

the fit is great for a medium foot. Not loose (SCB), not too tight (FF2)
The sleeve design and functionality is perfect - this is how it’s supposed to be done - easy on and off.

wore them in the house and to the store and restaurant all day long and they are comfortable, light. It is 95F in TX today and no problem with the heat, very breathable.

don’t think they require any breaking in.
***************
Will play tomorrow and will report how they handle 200lbs if pure muscle and speed. ;)
I liked the look of them as well. Played with them for ~ 3 months. Thought they required a long break-in period but concluded they are just really stiff and do not breath at all. I think its why they created the vents in the bottom to try to get some air in them. I put them on the shelf and about 9 months later tried them on again to see how they worked and realilized again compared to my Asics they are hard as rocks, stiff and uncomfotable for long periods. I wanted to like them but just didn’t compare to Asics
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
I liked the look of them as well. Played with them for ~ 3 months. Thought they required a long break-in period but concluded they are just really stiff and do not breath at all. I think its why they created the vents in the bottom to try to get some air in them. I put them on the shelf and about 9 months later tried them on again to see how they worked and realilized again compared to my Asics they are hard as rocks, stiff and uncomfotable for long periods. I wanted to like them but just didn’t compare to Asics
ASICS are softer, I agree but also lower heel, heavier and (must be, cannot confirm now, but FF2 wore out In 5 weeks) Less durable and no 6-month warranty
I like a little stiffer but more durable and stable. No intention to use them as walking shoes
 

Return_Ace

Hall of Fame
I liked the look of them as well. Played with them for ~ 3 months. Thought they required a long break-in period but concluded they are just really stiff and do not breath at all. I think its why they created the vents in the bottom to try to get some air in them. I put them on the shelf and about 9 months later tried them on again to see how they worked and realilized again compared to my Asics they are hard as rocks, stiff and uncomfotable for long periods. I wanted to like them but just didn’t compare to Asics
ASICS are softer, I agree but also lower heel, heavier and (must be, cannot confirm now, but FF2 wore out In 5 weeks) Less durable and no 6-month warranty
I like a little stiffer but more durable and stable. No intention to use them as walking shoes
I couldn't get along with the fit of the Asics that I tried (Gel Res 7, Solution Speed FF, Court FF), all of them fit fine until the toe box, which seeemd like it ballooned out completely and was super roomy.

I agree with the lack of breathability, but I've managed to offset that a bit by wearing thinner socks. I think it's more to do with the Superfabric not being particularly breathable and why the Sprint 3.0s are full mesh instead (although in the new catalogue they had Sprint 3.0 SF's as another separate option).

Whilst I can't comment on the durability for the outsole (seems okay for now), I'm a little concerned with the durability on the toebox, the superfabric itself seems to be holding up fine, but not so much the part where the sole wraps up to meet the fabric; it's not caused me any issues yet, just that it seems to have little bits chipped out after only a few uses.
 

haqq777

Legend
@dr325i I know that you had a meniscus procedure done (me too btw last fall) and I also know you were using SCB earlier (my current shoe along with Babolat SFX3). How is the comfort for these Sprint SF? I have been placing a premium on comfort and cushioning these days and a little hesitant to get these since everyone I know said these run on the stiffer and 'harder ride' side. The problem with SCB I have is that they feel a bit clunky and cumbersome at times. I just like the comfort they provide and knee doesn't feel as 'raw' after a good hard session.

I was a big fan of first gen Head Sprint Pro btw. Ran them to the ground. If these Sprint SF are like those, I'm not sure what I'd do since these didn't have the cushioning and comfort but boy did I fly in them!

 

ae11

Rookie
@dr325i I know that you had a meniscus procedure done (me too btw last fall) and I also know you were using SCB earlier (my current shoe along with Babolat SFX3). How is the comfort for these Sprint SF? I have been placing a premium on comfort and cushioning these days and a little hesitant to get these since everyone I know said these run on the stiffer and 'harder ride' side. The problem with SCB I have is that they feel a bit clunky and cumbersome at times. I just like the comfort they provide and knee doesn't feel as 'raw' after a good hard session.

I was a big fan of first gen Head Sprint Pro btw. Ran them to the ground. If these Sprint SF are like those, I'm not sure what I'd do since these didn't have the cushioning and comfort but boy did I fly in them!

I really liked those first gen Sprint Pro (and Team) too. Very fast feeling and not as narrow as the future generations.
That hard plastic shank in the outsole cracked very easily though. Never failed to break them after a few hours.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
@dr325i I know that you had a meniscus procedure done (me too btw last fall) and I also know you were using SCB earlier (my current shoe along with Babolat SFX3). How is the comfort for these Sprint SF? I have been placing a premium on comfort and cushioning these days and a little hesitant to get these since everyone I know said these run on the stiffer and 'harder ride' side. The problem with SCB I have is that they feel a bit clunky and cumbersome at times. I just like the comfort they provide and knee doesn't feel as 'raw' after a good hard session.

I was a big fan of first gen Head Sprint Pro btw. Ran them to the ground. If these Sprint SF are like those, I'm not sure what I'd do since these didn't have the cushioning and comfort but boy did I fly in them!

I think that cushioning is adequate, they are stiffer than the SCB, but not much and not bothering me at all.
I really like the stability, and light weight of the SF.
I'd say that they stiffness and cushioning is on-par with the Barricade 2019, the fit is also very similar (but true size) and in a lighter package.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
Back in Dallas, 97F (36C).
Hit for two hours on HC and really like these shoes more and more.
It did take a few hours of break in, now they are a great fit for me.
I feel confident with the stability.
Still, they are breathing nicely, no issues with the heat.
No toe jams...
So far, the durability is great, I expect it will be on par with the barricades.

Excellent shoes for not too wide feet.
 

StasTs

New User
I've tried them last summer. Performance was incredible, I liked them a lot. But durability of the fabric at clay courts was under any standards. Images below shows what happened with them in less then 1 month of play ~3-4 times a week.

 
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Return_Ace

Hall of Fame
I've tried them last summer. Performance was incredible, I liked them a lot. But durability of the fabric at clay courts was under any standards. Images below shows what happened with them in less then 1 month of play ~3-4 times a week.
Can't see the pictures.

Played 3 Sets in them last week, don't have any faults with the grip or stability so far.

The next day the side of my foot was a bit sore (like it was a bit raw from some rubbing, but not blistering), but it's not really serious enough for me to not like the shoe.

A little bit worried about the toe box of the shoe (where the sole meets the fabric) as it's started to pick away after not too much use, I guess I apparently drag my toe in certain situations :unsure:.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
Can't see the pictures.

Played 3 Sets in them last week, don't have any faults with the grip or stability so far.

The next day the side of my foot was a bit sore (like it was a bit raw from some rubbing, but not blistering), but it's not really serious enough for me to not like the shoe.

A little bit worried about the toe box of the shoe (where the sole meets the fabric) as it's started to pick away after not too much use, I guess I apparently drag my toe in certain situations :unsure:.
I've used them for about 10 hours on Hard courts exclusively in very hot weather.
So far, I do not see any issues with the durability or heat.
Great performance, very stable and light.
Still, a little bit tight up front for my foot, but have loosen up a bit.
Also, shoe laces are a bit short - I am using all available lacing holes so that may be it...
 

Return_Ace

Hall of Fame
Replaced image links. Hopefully it works now. I didn't have any problems with performance of the shoes, only problem with durability.
Thanks, all good now! :)

I've had similar sorts of wear on different shoes (Adidas Barricade 7s?I think it was, the Novak's), but that was after significantly more time.

Hopefully I don't wear out these as quickly, I rather like them and am contemplating getting a second pair.
 

Just In

Rookie
A little off topic but what's everyone's impression of Sprint Pro 3.0? Also, anyone know when new colors these models will release?

Thanks!
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
A little off topic but what's everyone's impression of Sprint Pro 3.0? Also, anyone know when new colors these models will release?

Thanks!
I am hoping for more colors too, however, first the sales need to go up...especially on this side of the pond.
I still continue to be impressed by the Sprint SF and have not put my other shoes on since I tried these on.
I can also say that, now after about a month of abuse, these shoes durability is also great! At this point, the Barricades/SCB sole would start showing signs of wear and asics FF would pretty much lose the traction. The SF is not showing any signs of wear on the soles...
 

ae11

Rookie
did you get to try sprint pro 2.0 or 2.5 too? it should be very similar except for the upper material.
 

herculesxt

New User
They look like Batman shoes that Harley Quinn messed around with:)
So i had to get one, my Yonex needed replacement. Very stable shoes, i don't consider them lightweight, they are not heavy shoes, but they aren't the lightest shoes either.
Love the look, the stability, the cushioning is good, they aren´t soft shoes, but my joints like them so i´m happy with them.
All around they are at least as good as any offers out there.
 

tegg96

Semi-Pro
i didn’t even know that’s possible on clay [emoji38]
i still have some of those unused.
The clay courts in Australia are known as En-Tout-Cas. They have a much more abrasive surface than the French clay. They are made from compressed red clay which is quite course, then on that firm base is a layer of fine loose gravel which enables great sliding but becomes very abrasive.
It wears out strings in racquet much faster also as the grit gets between the strings.
 
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dr325i

G.O.A.T.
The clay courts in Australia are known as En-Tout-Cas. They have a much more abrasive surface than the French clay. They are made from compressed red clay which is quite course, then on that firm base is a layer of fine loose gravel which enables great sliding but becomes very abrasive.
It wears out strings in racquet much faster also as the grit gets between the strings.
Amazing! I usually switch shoes waaaay before getting to that point, however, I mainly play on HC and need better traction.
How long it took you to get to that point?
 

Return_Ace

Hall of Fame
As was mentioned in the now deleted Catalogue, Head have released the Sprint 3.0 SF:


Seems like they've only put the SuperFabric on the Forefoot and have left the back as the mesh from the standard Sprint 3.0.

I'm personally still really liking the fit from the current Sprint SF, a lot better than the Ubersonic 2's I've also been trying to break in.

Stability atm I'm finding sort of hit or miss, on some days I have no issues whatsoever, but the session on Saturday I was sometimes finding traction to be an issue on certain push-offs and it felt unstable during one instance.

Durability wise, the sole seems to be holding up, however I'm a bit concerned around the toe area as I've already chipped away at the top area where the sole is bonded to the SuperFabric.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
Update: So, after about 1.5 months of heavy use (6 times per week on hot HC), the sole is losing grip and is getting worn out. That is pretty much in-line with the Barricades I've used for many years....
I have been impressed by these -- fit (narrow to medium foot), comfort (on court is great), light weight (and great speed), great stability, and good durability. 6-month warranty is appropriate for these.
Will be getting another pair! (even though I have 4 brand new SCB in my closet)
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
loved them so much that I have ordered a new pair, this time +0.5 size...
These come with a 6-month sole warranty, so, I should get two pairs out of it...

Putting my new SCBx2 up for sale...
 

Return_Ace

Hall of Fame
loved them so much that I have ordered a new pair, this time +0.5 size...
These come with a 6-month sole warranty, so, I should get two pairs out of it...

Putting my new SCBx2 up for sale...
Can I ask why you went for the SF's over trying the new 3.0's and or 3.0 SF's?

Aside from maybe price and buying something you already know.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
Can I ask why you went for the SF's over trying the new 3.0's and or 3.0 SF's?

Aside from maybe price and buying something you already know.
I did not see 3.0 SF in the US. I think TW mentioned it will come in early 21?
I really liked the SF and at $99 I could not pass...
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
I did not see 3.0 SF in the US. I think TW mentioned it will come in early 21?
I really liked the SF and at $99 I could not pass...
Got the 3.0 SF today. They are outstanding. Wore them all day around the house and store and did not even realize they were in...
Amazing job. These should outsell anything out there
 

Return_Ace

Hall of Fame
Got the 3.0 SF today. They are outstanding. Wore them all day around the house and store and did not even realize they were in...
Amazing job. These should outsell anything out there
Good to know, is the fit any different to the standard SF?

Just need to wait for them to get a nicer colour imo... grey is pretty bleh :cautious:
 

JGads

Legend
Got the 3.0 SF today. They are outstanding. Wore them all day around the house and store and did not even realize they were in...
Amazing job. These should outsell anything out there
Also curious about the fit here - narrow, I assume?
 

JGads

Legend
These are Sprint Pro 3.0 SF, grayish/black/neon. They are less narrow than the Original Sprint SF.
We’re talking this one, yeah? TW says they run short so I was wondering if one orders a full size up if the fit would be more accommodating for a wider than average foot. I see a guy at my club walking around in these constantly even when he’s not playing so would assume they must be pretty comfy. For me the Asics Speed 2 was my gold standard in fit.

https://www.tenniswarehouse-europe....low_Mens_Shoes/descpageMSHEAD-HMSSFBY-EN.html
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
We’re talking this one, yeah? TW says they run short so I was wondering if one orders a full size up if the fit would be more accommodating for a wider than average foot. I see a guy at my club walking around in these constantly even when he’s not playing so would assume they must be pretty comfy. For me the Asics Speed 2 was my gold standard in fit.

https://www.tenniswarehouse-europe....low_Mens_Shoes/descpageMSHEAD-HMSSFBY-EN.html
My standard size is 11, I got 11.5
I also got the HC version, not clay.
I wore them around the house all day yesterday and felt great. very light too.
I have been using Sprint SF last few months and have a few pairs of those to go through...
 

Return_Ace

Hall of Fame
I'm starting to notice what Head had to compromise on with regards to maintaining the Speed/Stability/Comfort trifecta, which in this case is the latter.

It's nowhere near an uncomfortable shoe, and I have no issues with comfort with "normal" playing, i.e. rallying and typical matchplay points, however there are a few occasions where just on sudden stop starts where I really plant my foot down, that I notice my heel is a bit sore.

Still also have the issue with the front of the toe box not being particularly durable, but I've not worn through anything significant yet (just taken the rubber on the top away), seems like the Superfabric wraps quite far in, which is good.

That said, neither of these issues at the moment would stop me from purchasing another pair though.
 

Return_Ace

Hall of Fame
Got a pair of Sprint 3.0's today (non-SF).

Head were really nice and offered them as replacements when I emailed them about the excessive wear I was seeing at the toe cap.

I just wanted to know whether or not the wear on the toe cap was in line with their expectations, and whether I'd be better off with another shoe in their range.

They said the 3.0's have more of a toe cap, so should be better at holding up to toe drag.

Just tried them on, i agree that the fit is different to SF's, maybe a little narrower, but also more flexible out of the box.

They also feel more comfortable out of the box compared to the SF's, at least around the ankle since there's actual cushioning and not just the SuperFabric.

Some potential initial concerns about ankle stability because it doesn't lock in as high compared to the SF's.

Currently not able to hit over here due to the lockdown, but I'll try and provide an update when I can get back on court.
 

babar

Professional
So, I just got a pair of the Head Sprint SFs.
Love the look and peak of bright colors from the outsole.
Laces give a good pop of color if I want also, but I've opted for the back laces for now.

I have worn Vapor 9.5s and still have a few pairs in carbon freeze for future use.
I got a good deal on these and felt intrigued by the reviews and comments here.

I normally wear a 9.5 in almost all shoes, so I got a this pair in 9.5 also.
The front of these shoes feels real tight compared to the Vapors. Almost like the new Vapor 10s, which I don't b/c they just feel too tight up front.
Any experience with the Sprint SFs opening up a bit with some use in the toe box?
I even took the laces out and am wearing them around the house to see if they break in some, but my toes feel numb after just a couple of hours of wear.
I'm debating trying them during a match tonight, but might take a pair of Vapors out also in case I need to change them out.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
So, I just got a pair of the Head Sprint SFs.
Love the look and peak of bright colors from the outsole.
Laces give a good pop of color if I want also, but I've opted for the back laces for now.

I have worn Vapor 9.5s and still have a few pairs in carbon freeze for future use.
I got a good deal on these and felt intrigued by the reviews and comments here.

I normally wear a 9.5 in almost all shoes, so I got a this pair in 9.5 also.
The front of these shoes feels real tight compared to the Vapors. Almost like the new Vapor 10s, which I don't b/c they just feel too tight up front.
Any experience with the Sprint SFs opening up a bit with some use in the toe box?
I even took the laces out and am wearing them around the house to see if they break in some, but my toes feel numb after just a couple of hours of wear.
I'm debating trying them during a match tonight, but might take a pair of Vapors out also in case I need to change them out.
As I pointed out above, I wore Adidas Barricade size 11, SCB 10.5 (US).
I received the first pair of SF size 11 and they were tight. Softened up a bit but to the end were “tight”.
next 6 pairs I ordered all in 11.5 and they fit perfectly!
 

Matto

New User
So, I just got a pair of the Head Sprint SFs.
Love the look and peak of bright colors from the outsole.
Laces give a good pop of color if I want also, but I've opted for the back laces for now.

I have worn Vapor 9.5s and still have a few pairs in carbon freeze for future use.
I got a good deal on these and felt intrigued by the reviews and comments here.

I normally wear a 9.5 in almost all shoes, so I got a this pair in 9.5 also.
The front of these shoes feels real tight compared to the Vapors. Almost like the new Vapor 10s, which I don't b/c they just feel too tight up front.
Any experience with the Sprint SFs opening up a bit with some use in the toe box?
I even took the laces out and am wearing them around the house to see if they break in some, but my toes feel numb after just a couple of hours of wear.
I'm debating trying them during a match tonight, but might take a pair of Vapors out also in case I need to change them out.
These are just about my favorite show. In regards to size. I had these in a 10 which is what I normally wear. I just sent these back because of the six month guarantee. They held up really well for the whole 6 months. I am expecting a new pair when the new version is released sometime in March.

I will admit at the start. They had a very distinctive odd feeling that I was unsure of. However they did open. After a couple weeks I found that I needed to use a runners knot to keep my heel secure. For me, once these issues were ironed out I was satisfied.
 

Return_Ace

Hall of Fame
After a couple weeks I found that I needed to use a runners knot to keep my heel secure. For me, once these issues were ironed out I was satisfied.
At no point did my heel feel unsecure, but at the same time, it's the only shoe where I've pushed off and left the shoe behind :oops:

I also didn't think the durability was quite up there with Barricades etc. even though they're marketed for Speed/Durability, although i guess that could be more referring to upper durability as opposed to outsole.
 
So, I just got a pair of the Head Sprint SFs.
Love the look and peak of bright colors from the outsole.
Laces give a good pop of color if I want also, but I've opted for the back laces for now.

I have worn Vapor 9.5s and still have a few pairs in carbon freeze for future use.
I got a good deal on these and felt intrigued by the reviews and comments here.

I normally wear a 9.5 in almost all shoes, so I got a this pair in 9.5 also.
The front of these shoes feels real tight compared to the Vapors. Almost like the new Vapor 10s, which I don't b/c they just feel too tight up front.
Any experience with the Sprint SFs opening up a bit with some use in the toe box?
I even took the laces out and am wearing them around the house to see if they break in some, but my toes feel numb after just a couple of hours of wear.
I'm debating trying them during a match tonight, but might take a pair of Vapors out also in case I need to change them out.
Do you know if they are still manufacturing these shoes? Seems like everywhere I look it is sold out?
 
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