Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Babolat SFX3 Shoes

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  1. TW Staff

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    Attention Talk Tennis Members:

    We will be sending out a very limited number of the soon to be released Babolat SFX3 shoes for a playtest on the message board. Playtesters will be responsible for wearing the shoes for the given time and writing a thorough review. Playtesters who are picked will be notified via email. This playtest is open to both men and women in the USA only.

    ****Application period is now closed. Selected participants will receive an email by Thursday, July 12th.****

    We select playtesters based on a number of factors, including past performance on playtests, user history, posting in topics similar to playtest, etc. Due to the very limited number of samples, we will not be able satisfy the large majority of requests. It is absolutely essential that everyone who receives a pair of shoes posts a review.

    ***This playtest is FREE of charge. Your review is due by (please check back in a week)***

    If you do not post a review or if your review is clearly lacking effort, you will be excluded from future playtests.

    Please use the following to write your review:

    Tennis experience/background:
    Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
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    How many hours did you play with the shoe?
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    Comments on shoe performance:
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    -arch support:
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    -ventilation:
    -sole durability:
    -toe durability:
    -traction:
    -weight:
    General reaction/comments on overall performance:

    As always, we ask that this thread to be used only for questions, discussion and playtest reviews. Extraneous comments such as "email sent!" will be deleted.

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    Thank you to everyone who applied for this playtest. We have sent out emails to those who have been selected. If you were selected, congrats and make sure to follow the instructions on the email. If you weren't chosen, please note we are have more opportunities coming up as we already have multiple playtests scheduled in the next few months.

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  3. mhkeuns

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    Thank you. The shoes arrived today. Love the looks and all-mesh design. Will put them to the test first thing tomorrow morning.

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  5. Faris

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    those look pretty dope! Congrats! How is the fit? Are they heavy like Barricades or light like the Ubersonics? SFX2 was wide toe box and great option for those with wider feet. I hope they keep it that way. My biggest concern would be the colorway. This will get dirty super quick!
     
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    I just put them on to get the feel and found that they run larger than the indicated size. I also have wide feet, and the SFX3 was really comfortable. The cushioning and comfort seems to be the main focus. The all mesh design feels light and breathable. To me, the SFX3 feels lighter than the AGR7 and Adidas Boost tennis shoes I have been wearing. I actually love the color scheme. I only play on the hardcourts, and my shoes usually wear out before they get too dirty to wear, so I like to see more whites in my shoes. Excited!
     
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  7. markwillplay

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    I have both the original and the 2. Sounds like these are right up my alley. Can't wait to try them.
     
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    Sounds awesome! Good luck to u! Can you compare to Babolat Propulse Fury by any chance? ty again!
     
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  9. mhkeuns

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    Sorry. I am not too familiar with Babolat shoes, honestly. This is my first go with their shoes and am pleasantly surprised. Usually I went with companies known for making shoes, like the Nike, K-Swiss, Adidas, New Balance, and Asics. I’m excited to be trying something that I have not before.

    Of course there are both pros and cons, but my biggest concern in buying a pair of tennis shoes is the comfort. The SFX3 has a plenty of comfort, along with the real light feel. I love the fact that it isn’t so low to the ground. Those type of shoes really hurt my feet after the match. I don’t think it’s as supportive in the ankle and the back of the heel area because the material felt not as rigid and supportive as the Asics Gel Resolution 7, but it was only during a light rallying. I would have to put these shoes through a match and see how it does.

    Really loving thr all mesh design. Really helps my feet stay cool.

    Will be writing the initial impression review after this weekend.
     
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  10. WildVolley

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    I am also play-testing these shoes. They definitely feel light. The upper is soft and has generous width through the forefoot. I've put 2 hours of court time (doing drills) on them so far and found they needed no break-in. I had a little heel slip at the beginning until I locked down the lacing. However, the heel area is well padded and I had no friction issues.
     
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    Thnks a lot gentlemen I really look forward to your reviews!!
     
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