Adidas Solematch Bounce
Adidas Solematch Bounce
I would like to begin this playtest by first of all thanking @TW Staff for giving me this opportunity to playtest. This is my first shoe review here and I hope I am able to do a good job and get as thorough with details and pictures as possible.
I’m a 6'2”, 175 lbs and athletic build. Have been playing all sorts of sports all my life. Currently play at 4.0 level but I can hang with most 4.5 and give them a tough time. I play maybe once or twice a week. Would love to play more but graduate school keeps me very busy. For reference and a little background on footwear, I was playing in Adidas Solecourt Boost before this playtest but I have played with almost every mainstream shoe (Vapors, Barricades, Solution Speeds etc).
Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
I will describe my style as an aggressive baseliner who likes finishing points from the baseline. I have a big serve and big forehand. I do love playing doubles as well and I'm good at the net too. I wear my shoes out quick on outdoor courts because I drag feet on serves and I move a lot on court. My friends sometimes describe my game as scrappy for a tall build guy.
I am wearing Adidas Solecourt Boost these days and I will try to give a few comparisons with Solematch Bounce in this playtest. As mentioned above, I have played with nearly every popular shoe from the current major brands available in US.
How many hours did you play with the shoe?
Twenty hours total on outdoor hard. This includes singles and doubles play along with a few warm ups and drills.
Comments on Shoe Performance:
The Solematch Bounce were a little stiff out of the box compared to Solecourt Boost. That said, they did not require breaking-in. They were flexible and comfortable enough right out of the box.
From a fit perspective, they offer a similarly roomier toe box as the Solecourt Boost so this is a great shoe for people whose feet are on the wider side. The Solematch Bounce I received also opened up a bit more for me after a little use but nothing of concern. I mean the midfoot area and toebox didnt open up so much where I felt like my feet were floating everywhere but just a little bit. I had no comfort issues moving laterally or front and back. Did not experience any heel slippage.
The lacing system was a concern for me from a comfort point of view as it felt stiff and it would poke into the upper part of the foot at times when my moving. That got better with time but still not 100% gone. Overall, the shoe isn't as cushy and spongy feeling as the Solecourt Boost, but it is still a very comfortably cushioned shoe.
I have medium arches and I can adapt easily to most shoes. The Solematch Bounce shoes have medium arches and worked well for me. I had no pain in arches at any time and also no pain or feeling of pressure either.
For me, the lateral support along with stability were great for me in all sorts of movements. Heels were deep and snug enough inside the shoe to stop slippage and provide ample stability to the ankle. I did not experience any toe jamming. Even with the shoes opening up a bit, I did not experience any floating about feeling of the foot in the toebox. Very similar stability and support, I would say, compared to the Solecourt Boost given the similarity in fit and shape.
Ventilation was excellent. The light plastic mesh upper gave way for lots of air entering the shoe and my feet never once felt any trouble staying cool even in hot and humid conditions. I mostly play outdoors and can instantly tell how my feet are feeling. This shoe is definitely a winner in the ventilation department.
I have twenty hours of play on this shoe and the wear so far is minimal. The Adiwear sole are doing their job and are sturdy and strong. The sole felt very sticky and squeaked for the first few hours but the squeaking is gone now. As someone who drags toes a lot, my shoes start showing signs of wear in ball/toe area after I have logged this many hours on them. This one definitely is doing better than others.
As I mentioned above, I drag my toe on serves and wear my shoes out. For this pair, the toe durability was excellent. It does feel a little firmer under the tow area but tread remains good. Definitely on par with legendry Barricade sole durability I have seen in the past.
Traction as mentioned above was very sticky at first and then became normal after a few hours of play. I was able control my movement forward /back and laterally with confidence. I was able to do everything: stop/start, shuffle, move forward, backward, move sideways (left/right), and do abrupt changes in direction without hesitance. As mentioned above, the squeaking sound stopped after a few hours but traction was great right up till the twenty hour mark. The tread is showing minimal signs of wear at this point so this shoe will last a while at least as far as tread wear is concerned.
Definitely a lighter shoe coming in at 13.15 oz. That is much lighter than current Solecourt Boost or Barricades of yore. I want to say it feels as light as Vapors or Ubersonics when on feet. Anyway, this kind of weight is ideal for those looking for a good mix of speed, stability and cushioning.
General reaction/comments on overall performance:
Here are a few of my general comments on the shoe:
1. I am not impressed by the quality of this shoe at all. The shoe was in stark contrast to the Solecourt Boost in terms of quality, the latter being obviously the flagship shoe and thus manifesting top notch quality product. For this Solematch Bounce, I see glue everywhere on the tread joining the upper part of the shoe, and all around as well. If I strtch or flex shoe by hand it starts to come apart to the point that I am sure I can tear it off. There are glue marks and dots all around as well. The white cushioning and upper tread has visible gap which looks as if it will come apart any minute. The overall build quality seems subpar. After 20 hours, I am not seeing any tearing or ripping apart so that's a good sign. But still. Not exactly a glaring testimonial for Solematch Bounce line.
Following are some pictures:
2. The colorway works for me and is fantastic in person I think. The orange isn't blaring in your face and the black with orange has a subtle funkiness to it which I like. Goes with any kit.
And finally for conclusion, I would like to thank Tennis Warehouse @TW Staff again, along with Adidas, for giving me this opportunity to playtest this shoe. It was a great fun playtest and I hope to be a part of many more. If anyone wants to know anything in specific, please feel free to ask away!