Nike Claybreaker vs traditional herringbone

brianchow777

New User
Anyone have any feedback on the clay breaker sole on the newer Nike shoes. Anything different than the traditional clay herringbone patterns we have become accustomed to?
 

Rosstour

G.O.A.T.
Anyone have any feedback on the clay breaker sole on the newer Nike shoes. Anything different than the traditional clay herringbone patterns we have become accustomed to?

I didn't know this was a thing so I looked it up. Very interesting. Looks like they have widened the pattern in two places that see a lot of twisting motions. Probably helps "get out of the corner" faster
 
I play exclusively on clay and have pairs of Speed ff 3 clay, ubersonic 4 clay, and VP2 clay. I have had the most slips with my VP2 clay. But. Compared to the AC version, they are night and day better. I took out a pair of AC's on clay and they were pretty much unplayable.
 
I play exclusively on clay and have pairs of Speed ff 3 clay, ubersonic 4 clay, and VP2 clay. I have had the most slips with my VP2 clay. But. Compared to the AC version, they are night and day better. I took out a pair of AC's on clay and they were pretty much unplayable.
Thanks for your insight mate. How did you find the VP2 claybreaker sole compared with the 'regular' clay outsole on say a Vapor X?
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
The new ones are not as good as the 9/10 or the clay cages.

The outsole is softer and the herring edges are more rounded.

Adidas has the best clay sole especially for wet clay, Nikes clog too easily. Nikes are ok on dry indoor clay.

J
 

Honza

Semi-Pro
The new ones are not as good as the 9/10 or the clay cages.

The outsole is softer and the herring edges are more rounded.

Adidas has the best clay sole especially for wet clay, Nikes clog too easily. Nikes are ok on dry indoor clay.

J


Depends what you wanna do. If you dont want to slide much, Yonex is the best.
 

LiamMiguel

Semi-Pro
I own a pair of VP2s in the claybreaker outsole, as well as a pair of Babolat Propulse Fury's in a clay outsole. I think the Babolat's outsole has more grip, by a noticeable amount. As someone already said, the claybreaker outsole is a little more rounded so it can't cut into the clay as much as other brands can. I've heard great things about Asics clay shoes so you should stay IMO.

Edit: Granted, pros still use the VP2 in the clay outsole, so it is still very useable on clay (for the right price of course).
 
Thanks for your insight mate. How did you find the VP2 claybreaker sole compared with the 'regular' clay outsole on say a Vapor X?
I never owned a pair of those. Honestly, i had a lot of trouble with the vapor until the vapor pro 2. Those plastic pieces on the outside plus the inward tilt never felt right. Don't mind the vp2 at all but on match day, I gravitate toward the adidas most of the time.
 
I personally find the vp2 clays to grip almost any time of service. It is especially best brand new, and compared to a traditional herringbone I just took out the other day, these where better at push off. It has a consistent grip on uneven grounds which makes it better in my opinion. I just slide more for some reason in traditional but, overtime I will say the uppers tighter herringbone is the first to wear down on the tread, but is crucial to its grip. It definitely takes some grip away but overall I like this tread for push off. Yes you can slide but the push off reliability is the part that I look for in tread and find these better in.
 
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