light, durable shoe for 5.0 player: new balance 996v4 vs asics gel res 8

Tennis69

New User
5.0 agressive baseliner playing 5-7x on hard courts a week mostly singles. i move a lot on the court so looking for a hard court shoe that is most importantly durable, but also not overly heavy with some decent support. I don't need the lightest shoes.
i've been using a babolat shoe with 6 month warranty i believe the propulse. to me they're good shoes but im not in love either. any opinions on the nb 996v4 and the asics gel res 8? any other options? any cheaper, comparable options in the $60-$100?
 
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joah310

Professional
Head revolt pro. I used the 2.5 and it was pretty good. Sent in the warranty and the 3.0 I received are now sitting in the garage. If you do get these, I suggest ordering a size up.
 

Tennis69

New User
ended up getting the diadora blushield 2.0 fly for a steal. weighs 1.3oz less than my comparable babolat propulse. likely would've went with the new balance 996v4 if it wasn't more than 2x as much as what i paid for the diadora. the 996v4 is the lightest shoe with an outsole warranty; its 12oz in size 10 compared to 13.9 oz size 10 diadora, both have a 6 month warranty. I'm very curious about the support and durability of the 996v4 compared to heavier shoes like the asics gel res 8 and diadora. I hit mostly semiopen to open stance on both sides and end up sliding even on hard courts. Of course its nice to have the warranty but it'd be a nuisance if the shoes only last a few month and you have to send them in before getting a new pair.
 
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weelie

Semi-Pro
I used to have many pairs of Babolat SFX/SFX2 (inner width change between these two models, annoying!), the later models did not get as good reviews for durability, so I went with other makes. Nike Barricade Bounce were ok, but then model changed, and the replacing "courtjam" (or whatever( model was too large, so I never actually used the ones I have. Now playing with Gel Res 7, which have been GREAT, outer sole has lasted a long time! Anyway, I guess I need to soon be looking for a new pair again... hoping to score Asics at a good price... I guess I just need to be looking at the right time...
 
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5.0 agressive baseliner playing 5-7x on hard courts a week mostly singles. i move a lot on the court so looking for a hard court shoe that is most importantly durable, but also not overly heavy with some decent support. I don't need the lightest shoes.
i've been using a babolat shoe with 6 month warranty i believe the propulse. to me they're good shoes but im not in love either. any opinions on the nb 996v4 and the asics gel res 8? any other options? any cheaper, comparable options in the $60-$100?
Ive been using the wilson rushes. The have a slim feel and great support.

Wilson used to be king of real players shoes when they had the prostaffs, got crappy with the moonboots but now making a very good shoe again

$80 if you dont mind ugly colors, comes out to $40 a pair if you wear them out

 

Miki 1234

Rookie
Mizuno Wave Exceed Tour 3 if u have narrow feet take full size down
blue white ones look really good and people do notice them hehe.
No heel slippage on this model if you chose the right size.
 

mscream

Semi-Pro
Based on my personal experience, I would stay away from the 996v4, especially on your level. I ordered various sizes and width and in all of them I was sliding in the shoes because the upper lacks stability. Not great if you want to slide or turn quickly. And I have wide feet. Otherwise they are lightweight and comfortable. The GR8 I tried on as well and have a much more secure fit. The Solecourt Boost are a great option as well if they fit your feet.
 
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