Retiring my adidas B5s, looking for opinions on options

HitItHarder

Semi-Pro
Unfortunately I have worn out my last pair of Barricade 5s, and it is time for a new pair of shoes. I have read the reviews of the Barricade 6, and I am a bit worried about the toe box fit issues some people seem to be having. I can't say the possibility of black toe nails excites me.

I have played with B5s for the last 2 years and been quite happy with the shoes. I have never had a problem and they last me around 8 months before I wear holes at the toe and balls of my feet. Honestly, I would just keep buying them if it was a long term option.

My biggest two issues with any shoe is (1) lateral stability and ankle support when making cuts side to side, and (2) comfort (I have a medium width foot and medium to low arches).

I have looked at the Asic Gel Resolutions and the Nike Courtballistecs reviews and both seem like good options from the comfort stand point. But I am unsure if they (or even the B6s for that matter) provide the same lateral support as the B5s.

Can anyone compare the three shoes (B6, Asics, and Nikes) from the standpoint of the laterial support and ankle support? Weight, price, and durability aren't really my main concern. It is more along the lines of keeping my ankles and feet healthy. And if there is a better option than either of these 3, I am open to suggestions.

Thanks. . . HIH
 

JoelDali

Talk Tennis Guru
Order a pair of the CB 2.3 white/lime that are on sale...have them delivered, try them on see how they fit. If they suck, send them back, no loss.

For $89 they're a super deal and the closest to the B5 I think.
 

TheRed

Hall of Fame
I don't find the 2.3's lateral support as good as the BV's. Toe box is more narrow as well. I use the 2.3's now and think they're good but just not as good as the BV's. Cushioning in the Nikes are better though. The toe box issue has improved though with the 2.3's. they do stretch out. Frankly, the B6's fit my foot better. Love asics running shoes but have yet to try out the resolutions.
 
I switched from the B5 to the B6 about five months ago. I am presently back in a B5 as I sent the B6's back for warranty replacement.

I found the fit on the B6 to be a little more snug than the B5 which was nice because my feet are slightly narrow. As far as the toe box and lateral support go, I didn't have any issues. I felt the shoe had good support and have had no issues with the toe box.

My one complaint with the B6 is breathability. I found my feet getting rather hot in the B6. Other than that, the B6 is a great shoe. I will hopefully be getting my replacement pair in a few weeks. Once I am through the soles of the current pair of B5s, I will switch back.
 

hcb0804

Hall of Fame
Unfortunately I have worn out my last pair of Barricade 5s, and it is time for a new pair of shoes. I have read the reviews of the Barricade 6, and I am a bit worried about the toe box fit issues some people seem to be having. I can't say the possibility of black toe nails excites me.

I have played with B5s for the last 2 years and been quite happy with the shoes. I have never had a problem and they last me around 8 months before I wear holes at the toe and balls of my feet. Honestly, I would just keep buying them if it was a long term option.

My biggest two issues with any shoe is (1) lateral stability and ankle support when making cuts side to side, and (2) comfort (I have a medium width foot and medium to low arches).

I have looked at the Asic Gel Resolutions and the Nike Courtballistecs reviews and both seem like good options from the comfort stand point. But I am unsure if they (or even the B6s for that matter) provide the same lateral support as the B5s.

Can anyone compare the three shoes (B6, Asics, and Nikes) from the standpoint of the laterial support and ankle support? Weight, price, and durability aren't really my main concern. It is more along the lines of keeping my ankles and feet healthy. And if there is a better option than either of these 3, I am open to suggestions.

Thanks. . . HIH
You can still find B5 around, it just takes some looking. If you like those best, some places online have a few, Big Box stores, my local tennis shops still have them, eB@y. Look around you might get lucky
 

brownbearfalling

Hall of Fame
Resolution 2's are a pretty good deal for $75. I have read that asics are very comfortable and very will cushioned. I am also looking to try them soon but still wearing a pair of cb 1.3's. The 1.3's don't live up to the b5's at all.

For me, I stocked up on B5's so I'm sticking with them. I have other shoes like the cb 1.3 and soon asics resolution for practice days, but for matches I am entrusting my B5's and Nike vapors.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
b5s are still available around...
If you had no black toe nails with the 5's, most likely you will not with the 6's. I feel that the 6's are superior over the 5's in (almost) every aspect. I bought the same size as the 5's, at first they felt a bit tight, now, they feel like Adidas made them just for me...
The one thing that I am not sure about is the durability. Seems that the sole on the 6's wears out quicker...
 

Totai

Professional
Try the Prince Rebels currently on sale at TW. The Rebel was a huge upgrade for me from the CB 2.3 and CB 1.3, and for almost half the price too.
 

kimguroo

Legend
Try the Prince Rebels currently on sale at TW. The Rebel was a huge upgrade for me from the CB 2.3 and CB 1.3, and for almost half the price too.
how about durability?
I had some prince shoes. it was comfortable but only lasted 8 weeks vs full three months of cb1.3 or 2.3.
 

Totai

Professional
how about durability?
I had some prince shoes. it was comfortable but only lasted 8 weeks vs full three months of cb1.3 or 2.3.
I have had mine for a month and a half now, and I play about 8-10 hours a week. They are holding up great, on par with the CB 1.3 I would say
 

GTI

New User
We have same kind of mission HIH.

I'm also former BV user and seeking same stability/support but little more cushioning.

I'v also had GR2s which were cushioned but not stable enough for me. Only few days ago had short test (at shop) with wilson tour visions - found them comfortable but not stable enough.

Since then I'v been reading customer feedbacks of prince T22 and rebel. Most of them says T22 has good cushioning and due to wider fit has also some stability. I'm wondering if somebody can do direct comparison between T22s and BVs?

And I understood that Rebel is little ligter but comfortable, but I'm not sure if it is even as stable as T22..?

I can't demo prince shoes, maybe you can or already did?

GTI
 

Bud

Bionic Poster
Resolution 2's are a pretty good deal for $75. I have read that asics are very comfortable and very will cushioned. I am also looking to try them soon but still wearing a pair of cb 1.3's. The 1.3's don't live up to the b5's at all.

For me, I stocked up on B5's so I'm sticking with them. I have other shoes like the cb 1.3 and soon asics resolution for practice days, but for matches I am entrusting my B5's and Nike vapors.
I just sent a new pair back to TW, as I didn't like the fit and felt they were not as stable as the Barricades. I also did not like the shiny plastic material covering the entire side of each shoe.

Thanks for all the comments. I guess I will give the B6s a try and see how it goes.
You may want to order them at least a half-size larger. My last pair were 10.5 and I just bought a new pair that are 11's. The 11's seem to fit much better out of the box.

I've never worn an 11 size show in any style, previously. The B6's run very small.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Just a note concerning the Asics shoes.

I've used some Adidas sneaks (not Barricades) and I think that they worked well on my feet which are somewhat flat and also rather narrow. When I became interested in Asics shoes and read about them here and also on the TW review/feedback pages, I realized that their Gel Game 2's might be a smarter option for me to try compared with the Gel Resolutions.

According to descriptions and reviews, the Gel Game 2's were better for a more narrow foot and the Gel Resolutions had a wider fit. Tried the Gel Game 2's, loved 'em, and I'm actually getting ready to order my third pair.

Just an observation - if the Gel Resolutions are any wider than the Gel Game 2's, they wouldn't be too good for me. While the Resolutions have earned some great feedback and a loyal following, they may not be ideal for every foot type. (sorry for mastering the obvious, but...)
 

HitItHarder

Semi-Pro
You may want to order them at least a half-size larger. My last pair were 10.5 and I just bought a new pair that are 11's. The 11's seem to fit much better out of the box.

I've never worn an 11 size show in any style, previously. The B6's run very small.
Thanks for the size suggestion, Bud. I had wondered about this since I noticed in the TW review some mentioned that the B6 seemed to run a little small. Anyone else have an issue with needing to go up half a size going from the B5 to the B6?
 

hcb0804

Hall of Fame
Thanks for the size suggestion, Bud. I had wondered about this since I noticed in the TW review some mentioned that the B6 seemed to run a little small. Anyone else have an issue with needing to go up half a size going from the B5 to the B6?
absolutely, B4 and B5 I wore a size 11, gotta have 11.5 in B6
I also wore 11.5 in B2
 
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