Tennis Warehouse Playtest: KSwiss Hypercourt Express 2

TW Staff

Administrator
Attention Talk Tennis Members:

We have a very limited number of KSwiss Hypercourt Express 2 shoes for a playtest. This playtest is for USA Talk Tennis members only.

Application period is now closed. Playtesters will be notified via email by June 19, 2020.

If you are selected, you must reply to our confirmation email and confirm that you are able to perform this playtest.

We select playtesters based on a number of factors, including past performance on playtests, user history and postings in topics similar to playtest category.

*** Your review is due by July 24th.***

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):
Current shoe:
How many hours did you play with the shoe?
Normal Size:
Playtesting Size:

Comments on shoe performance:
-comfort:
-fit:
-arch support:
-ventilation:
-stability/support:
-sole durability:
-toe durability:
-traction:
-weight:

General reaction/comments on overall performance:

We encourage a lively discussion on KSwiss shoes. We will remove extraneous posts, e.g., “email sent”.

Thanks,
TW Staff
 
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McLovin

Legend


I've been considering these shoes for a few months now (even asked about them in the last shoe podcast).
 
Huge fan of both the Ultrashot 1 and 2 which I also playtested for TW.

My friend actually won a pair of these via Instagram raffle and is very happy playing in this shoe so far. Hoping I can also try it out!
 

joah310

Professional
Never really tried KSwiss. Have definitely heard they were good though. Hopefully I can try them out!
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
In my very early foray into tennis I played with the K-Swiss old-school-original white-on-white rubber sole beauties. They were quite comfortable, stylish enough, and wore out very predictably. I loved wearing and playing in those shoes.
 

mogo

Semi-Pro
What would be a shoe to compare the hypercourt 2 to on the market? Looking at the TW playtester review, it's stable and light on court.
 
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Raizu

Rookie
Attention Talk Tennis Members:

We have a very limited number of KSwiss Hypercourt Express 2 shoes for a playtest. This playtest is for USA Talk Tennis members only.

Application period is now closed. Playtesters will be notified via email by June 22, 2020.

If you are selected, you must reply to our confirmation email and confirm that you are able to perform this playtest.

We select playtesters based on a number of factors, including past performance on playtests, user history and postings in topics similar to playtest category.

*** Your review is due by [check back if selected ]***

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):
Current shoe:
How many hours did you play with the shoe?
Normal Size:
Playtesting Size:

Comments on shoe performance:
-comfort:
-fit:
-arch support:
-ventilation:
-stability/support:
-sole durability:
-toe durability:
-traction:
-weight:

General reaction/comments on overall performance:

We encourage a lively discussion on KSwiss shoes. We will remove extraneous posts, e.g., “email sent”.

Thanks,
TW Staff
The Ultra Shot is the perfect replacement for the Barricade. The HYPERCOURT is a great shoe for comfort. Hopefully I get a shot at testing this shoe as I have become a huge fan of their shoes in the last 3 years
 

mogo

Semi-Pro
@Raizu Hoping to be able to playtest as well. From the review it kinda sounded like these hypercourts maybe a lighter cage in comparison. I liked the cage 2's. Was not a big fan of the 3 and have not tried the 4's yet.
 

Raizu

Rookie
I’m a big barricade fan for competing but a bit softer for teaching wouldn’t be a bad thing. I wonder how long they would last between teaching and playing
 

sanister

Professional
Already in the racquet playtest currently so I didn't apply so that fellow posters got a fair shot.Have been wondering about this shoe so will keep an eye out for the reviews.

What color are the playtest shoes going to be?
 

mogo

Semi-Pro
Just received the KSwiss Hypercourt Express 2!! Here are some pics of the shoes, I do like the aqua blue color fade in the shoe and the insole feels really cushioned. Interesting cosmetic, the front part has a rubber "DuraWrap flex" which is embossed on the front of each shoe by the big toe. I took a close up shot of it, nothing major but I noticed it as I haven't seen another shoe design like this in my experience. Will update more when I get some time on court. Good luck to all the other playtesters, looking forward to this shoe review.
 

djNEiGht

Legend
wow..those look nice. hope I get in on another play test. Will follow this thread

Any wide foot and fallen arched players testing this out?
 

McLovin

Legend
Just received the KSwiss Hypercourt Express 2!! Here are some pics of the shoes, I do like the aqua blue color fade in the shoe and the insole feels really cushioned. Interesting cosmetic, the front part has a rubber "DuraWrap flex" which is embossed on the front of each shoe by the big toe. I took a close up shot of it, nothing major but I noticed it as I haven't seen another shoe design like this in my experience. Will update more when I get some time on court. Good luck to all the other playtesters, looking forward to this shoe review.
Yes! I was hoping it would be this color way.
 

Faris

Professional
Mine arrived earlier today. I am already ready to head out to the court right now..





Reppin T Dubs with them socks today too, lol!

Thank @TW Staff absolutely love them..fit is perfect for me and comfort is second to none..

I plan on taking notes and writing an indepth review as soon as I get some good mileage on these starting today as I have a tough match today. Pretty stoked about these, never had tried K-Swiss before. Seems very high premium type material and build quality..colorway is amazing and GF has already said twice how great these look..
 

mogo

Semi-Pro
Mine arrived earlier today. I am already ready to head out to the court right now..





Reppin T Dubs with them socks today too, lol!

Thank @TW Staff absolutely love them..fit is perfect for me and comfort is second to none..

I plan on taking notes and writing an indepth review as soon as I get some good mileage on these. Pretty stoked about these, never had tried K-Swiss before. Seems very high premium type material and build quality..colorway is amazing and GF has already said twice how great these look..
Love the socks!!
 

mogo

Semi-Pro
Took the Hypercourt E2 out for an easy hit and serves. Nothing magicaI, I wanted to feel out the shoes and break them in a bit. I don't usually tie a shoe tight the first time just to see how my foot feels inside. First thing that stood out is that these are a wider shoe than I am normally accustomed to. When going out wide, I could feel the the sides not give and get stuck and they felt a little clunky to me. Could be that I am not used to the wideness of the outsole. I felt like my feet were too narrow for the shoe as I played more in them. I think if you have a wide foot this will be a shoe you will like immediately. I did like the cushion insole and breathability of the shoe. I will definitely be tightening the laces to secure my foot into the shoe next outing. It was only the first day but wanted to give some feedback to see if other playtesters are experiencing the same issues. I may try to double sock if I can't get the laces where I want but should know more later this week.
 

McLovin

Legend
First thing that stood out is that these are a wider shoe than I am normally accustomed to.
This echos the TW review that Michelle, Brittany, and another lady (sorry, forgot her name) did. They all commented on how the shoe had a wide fit.

Hopefully this will work out perfectly for me & my ankle braces (if UPS ever delivers them...).
 

Faris

Professional
+1 on wider fit..Not as roomier in toebox as say the Solecourt Boost, but very similar to Babolat SFX3 (TW had fantastic sales on those a lil while back) which was my last pair I wore before these..If you have feet on wider side, this is a very good option.

I had a great time on court yesterday, I lost in straights but that was just because my opponent was too good..Shoes felt good on court, didn't seem slow or clunky to me but could also be because I was coming off the SFX3 which aren't necessarily very fast feeling.. I didn't feel my feet sliding inside the shoe. Was super comfortable on lateral movement, no issues with forward and backward movement. Shoe had a good grip where it didn't grab the ground too hard and had just the right give. Tread seems to be able to take a beating (but its only been one outing so lets see). So far pretty positive feedback from me..
 

appdach96

Rookie
Got my shoes and played a couple of hours in them...very plush and cushioning - feels supportive but I did have to cinch up my laces before and during play. A little wider than what I’m used to but overall very comfy. More to come!
 

McLovin

Legend
Just want to echo what everyone else has said to this point: very comfortable, and most definitely on the wide side. However, for me that's a good thing.

Played 2 sets today on clay, and they were extremely comfortable. Good support (although I am wearing ankle braces), heels felt locked in, no rubbing anywhere, and my feet never felt as if they were falling asleep (which happens in my Zoom Cage 3s). So far, I'm loving these things. Can't wait to get them on a hard court.
 

PhxRacket

Hall of Fame
It is my humble opinion that KSwiss are slept on. Their lineup is small, professional endorsements are beginning and if you get a junior into them, they are usually sold. I have been recommending both Ultrashot 2s and Hypercourt Supremes to the high school players I work with and, once they get beyond the stigma of “who wears these?,” they are pretty happy with them.
 

McLovin

Legend
Played over 2 hours of 4.5/5.0 doubles this afternoon. We went inside as it was too hot out for many (hottest day of the year so far in NoVA), so it was good to get some hard court usage out of these shoes. I'm still amazed at how comfortable they feel overall. I did feel my forefoot shift a little on a hard scramble for a drop shot, but really I need to tie them a little tighter. I've become used to not really tying my shoes much w/ the bootie-construction type shoe (e.g., Zoom Cage, Court FF 2) that I forget sometimes these are not that type of shoe.

Still, overall, loving these things. Unfortunately, my first time out was on clay, and now they are grey/grey-blue as there's a ton of clay dust on them. Maybe I should give them a little rinse w/ the hose...

 

PhxRacket

Hall of Fame
Played over 2 hours of 4.5/5.0 doubles this afternoon. We went inside as it was too hot out for many (hottest day of the year so far in NoVA), so it was good to get some hard court usage out of these shoes. I'm still amazed at how comfortable they feel overall. I did feel my forefoot shift a little on a hard scramble for a drop shot, but really I need to tie them a little tighter. I've become used to not really tying my shoes much w/ the bootie-construction type shoe (e.g., Zoom Cage, Court FF 2) that I forget sometimes these are not that type of shoe.

Still, overall, loving these things. Unfortunately, my first time out was on clay, and now they are grey/grey-blue as there's a ton of clay dust on them. Maybe I should give them a little rinse w/ the hose...

If you are looking for a bootie-type fit, look at the Hypercourt Supremes. All that is good from the Express plus a more secure fit, better lateral stability and improved sole durability.
 

McLovin

Legend
If you are looking for a bootie-type fit, look at the Hypercourt Supremes. All that is good from the Express plus a more secure fit, better lateral stability and improved sole durability.
I've been considering them ever since they were released, but as I've said many times now, I wear ankle braces on both feet, and getting into the bootie-type shoe is a huge PITA w/ the braces (Don't know if you listened to the TW podcast on shoes, but I was the one who asked about the Supremes & ankle braces). They constantly bunch up on the sides, and I essentially end up putting my shoes on 2-3 times.

1st world problem, I know, but when you get up in age, things like bending over to put on shoes can really be cumbersome...

How are the Supremes as far as insertion goes? Are they really tight (like Zoom Cage), or is there a little give in the tongue?
 

PhxRacket

Hall of Fame
I've been considering them ever since they were released, but as I've said many times now, I wear ankle braces on both feet, and getting into the bootie-type shoe is a huge PITA w/ the braces (Don't know if you listened to the TW podcast on shoes, but I was the one who asked about the Supremes & ankle braces). They constantly bunch up on the sides, and I essentially end up putting my shoes on 2-3 times.

1st world problem, I know, but when you get up in age, things like bending over to put on shoes can really be cumbersome...

How are the Supremes as far as insertion goes? Are they really tight (like Zoom Cage), or is there a little give in the tongue?
There is quite a lot of give when putting the shoe on, but when laced up they are snug. I don’t wear ankle braces so I don’t know how that piece of equipment will interact with the Supremes. If you have a tennis store near you, take the braces and give me a whirl at the shop. I won’t buy any shoe besides the Supreme for the time being.
 

mogo

Semi-Pro
Just an update, after about 4 hrs from my last post on court. These are definitely a half size bigger for me. Unless you wear braces or ankle supports I would suggest going down a half size smaller. I have not tried double socks, but tomorrow I will try that option. I feel like my feet slide a little bit more than I would like. This is just for comparison, but I feel more snug in my Adidas Stycon shoes and they don't have the boa system. Another shoe I have been using are the Uber 2 shoes and they are way more narrow and snug. All that being said the Hypercourt E2's are still comfortable and have a solid outtersole. Just can't get the secure feeling right now. Hopefully the double socks workout, if not maybe an ankle support.......lol jk. o_O
 

Faris

Professional
Have put about 18 hours so far on outdoor hard courts and will be putting in my final review very soon now..The shoes did stretch out a lil bit after first few sessions but have stayed that way since. Wear is what you'd normally expect at this point and the shoe continues to be amazingly comfortable for me..
 

Faris

Professional
Faris's Playtest: Hypercourt Express 2

I would like to begin this playtest by first of all thanking @TW Staff for giving me this opportunity to playtest. I hope I am able to do a good job and provide an in-depth review of the Hypercourt Express 2.

Some pictures below, followed by the review.






(these TW Fitsock socks are fantastic btw)

Tennis experience/background:
I’m 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 finished grad school this year and new work is keeping me very busy.

As for my shoe history, I have a very diverse tennis shoe background and have played with almost every mainstream shoe of every brand out there.

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
I will describe my style as an aggressive baseliner who likes finishing off 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 the court. My friends sometimes describe my game as scrappy for a tall guy.

Current shoe:
Current shoe of choice is Adidas Solecourt Boost. As mentioned above, I have played with most popular shoe from the current major brands available in US (except for maybe K-Swiss). Was coincidentally just discussing my old Lottos in another thread as well.

How many hours did you play with the shoe?
Approximately 20 hours total on outdoor hard. This includes singles and doubles play along with a few warm ups and drills.

Normal size:
9.5

Playtesting size:
9.5

Comments on Shoe Performance:​

Comfort:
Top notch. Did not require any breaking in and they were very comfortable right out of the box. I loved the roomier toe box where my fingers and toes weren't bunched up pushing on the sides of the shoe.

The shoe opened a bit more for me after putting in a couple of sessions but remained comfy enough where feet were relaxed without too much wiggling going on inside. I did have to tighten up my laces but only once and then I cinched them up every time, no issues. The whole plastic/rubber Durawrap Flex upper is soft enough to keep foot comfy and strong enough to maintain shape of the shoe. Absolutley no comfort issues moving front to back or side to side. Insole felt great as well. Definitely one of the most comfortable shoe I have tried in recent times.

Fit:
Fit was perfect for my feet which are medium probably on a little wider side if I'm being absolutely picky about it. The lacing was on point locking foot movement on top too giving entire foot a snug yet comfortable feel. Shoe loosened up a bit more after a couple of seasions but not enough to make my feet slide around. Felt a little bit of heel slippage in the beginning but after tightening up shoelaces, it completely went away.

Arch support:
I have medium arches and I can adapt easily to most shoes. These Hypercourt Express 2 shoes worked well for and I had no pain in arches at any time. I also had no pain or feeling of pressure either.

Ventilation:
Good although it didn't get too hot when I played so I couldn't test it to great extent. At first it looked like the Durawrap Flex material on top would not be very breathable but didn't feel like my feet were hot and it never felt like they were not gettting air in thanks to the mesh underneath. Ventilation is definitely better than Solecourt Boost which can sometimes make feet suffocate.

Stability/support:
Hypercourt Express 2 were great in lateral stability and provide ample overall support. Except for the heel slippage incident in the very beginning that I mentioned, I felt heels were deep enough inside the shoe to stop slippage and if you cinch up laces, the little bit of heel lift goes away. Even though shoe definitely opened up a bit more after usage, I experienced zero toe-jamming or feet movement inside toe box (I mostly wore Thorlos too for this playtest). In the end I felt feet were secure and ample support was there. Stability and support felt on par with Solecourt Boost to me which is rating it very high.

Sole durability:
After roughly 20 hours of playing in these I don't see too much wear and tear happening although the tread, compared to Solecourt Boost, has worn more and you can see certain areas in bottom wearing out more than other areas. The shoe made squeaking noise initially in first few hours of play but that is gone now. Overall not Barricade like durability or even Solecourt Boost, but pretty decent I would say for its tier level.

Toe durability:
I drag my toe on serves and wear my shoes out quite fast on outdoor hard courts. Toe durability seems excellent for this pair. Tread so far hasn't shown terrible signs of wear. It feels a little firmer under the toe area for me but nothing of concern.

Traction:
Very decent. The shoe was sticky at first and made the squeaking noise, but then became a bit silent after a couple of hitting sessions. Shoe had the right amount of give and take. Side stepping, split steps, lateral movement and front back running felt good and I felt sure footed. Felt no hesitance in stop/start and in abrupt changes of direction too. No traction issues on hard courts for me.

Weight:
Definitely a lighter shoe as compared to Solecourt Boost. Didnt measure on my kitchen scale but felt ligter on feet. Feels fast on feet and not clunky. For a shoe this light, I was impressed by the combo of speed, stability and cushioning it offered.

General reaction/comments on overall performance:

Here are a few of my general comments on the shoe:

1. Very impressed by the quality of this shoe. Having never worn K Swiss I was used to other major brands. I did not see any glue marks, or rubber splittings or any factory blemishes etc. The shoes felt premium.

2. This colorway is gorgeous. Have gotten several compliments already. Goes well with both black and white socks. I am glad it was thia because I really dirty up whites.

3. To those looking into buying a new tennis shoe, this one is on the light side, feels fast, and is a well cushioned shoe. It is stable and has decent enough durability. If you are in the market for those traits, I say do it. Definitely worth it.

Thank you once again @TW Staff Tennis Warehouse & K-Swiss for giving me this opportunity to playtest this shoe. Appreciate it.
 

haqq777

Legend
Faris's Playtest: Hypercourt Express 2

I would like to begin this playtest by first of all thanking @TW Staff for giving me this opportunity to playtest. I hope I am able to do a good job and provide an in-depth review of the Hypercourt Express 2.

Some pictures below, followed by the review.






(these TW Fitsock socks are fantastic btw)

Tennis experience/background:
I’m 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 finished grad school this year and new work is keeping me very busy.

As for my shoe history, I have a very diverse tennis shoe background and have played with almost every mainstream shoe of every brand out there.

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
I will describe my style as an aggressive baseliner who likes finishing off 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 the court. My friends sometimes describe my game as scrappy for a tall guy.

Current shoe:
Current shoe of choice is Adidas Solecourt Boost. As mentioned above, I have played with most popular shoe from the current major brands available in US (except for maybe K-Swiss). Was coincidentally just discussing my old Lottos in another thread as well.

How many hours did you play with the shoe?
Approximately 20 hours total on outdoor hard. This includes singles and doubles play along with a few warm ups and drills.

Normal size:
9.5

Playtesting size:
9.5

Comments on Shoe Performance:​

Comfort:
Top notch. Did not require any breaking in and they were very comfortable right out of the box. I loved the roomier toe box where my fingers and toes weren't bunched up pushing on the sides of the shoe.

The shoe opened a bit more for me after putting in a couple of sessions but remained comfy enough where feet were relaxed without too much wiggling going on inside. I did have to tighten up my laces but only once and then I cinched them up every time, no issues. The whole plastic/rubber Durawrap Flex upper is soft enough to keep foot comfy and strong enough to maintain shape of the shoe. Absolutley no comfort issues moving front to back or side to side. Insole felt great as well. Definitely one of the most comfortable shoe I have tried in recent times.

Fit:
Fit was perfect for my feet which are medium probably on a little wider side if I'm being absolutely picky about it. The lacing was on point locking foot movement on top too giving entire foot a snug yet comfortable feel. Shoe loosened up a bit more after a couple of seasions but not enough to make my feet slide around. Felt a little bit of heel slippage in the beginning but after tightening up shoelaces, it completely went away.

Arch support:
I have medium arches and I can adapt easily to most shoes. These Hypercourt Express 2 shoes worked well for and I had no pain in arches at any time. I also had no pain or feeling of pressure either.

Ventilation:
Good although it didn't get too hot when I played so I couldn't test it to great extent. At first it looked like the Durawrap Flex material on top would not be very breathable but didn't feel like my feet were hot and it never felt like they were not gettting air in thanks to the mesh underneath. Ventilation is definitely better than Solecourt Boost which can sometimes make feet suffocate.

Stability/support:
Hypercourt Express 2 were great in lateral stability and provide ample overall support. Except for the heel slippage incident in the very beginning that I mentioned, I felt heels were deep enough inside the shoe to stop slippage and if you cinch up laces, the little bit of heel lift goes away. Even though shoe definitely opened up a bit more after usage, I experienced zero toe-jamming or feet movement inside toe box (I mostly wore Thorlos too for this playtest). In the end I felt feet were secure and ample support was there. Stability and support felt on par with Solecourt Boost to me which is rating it very high.

Sole durability:
After roughly 20 hours of playing in these I don't see too much wear and tear happening although the tread, compared to Solecourt Boost, has worn more and you can see certain areas in bottom wearing out more than other areas. The shoe made squeaking noise initially in first few hours of play but that is gone now. Overall not Barricade like durability or even Solecourt Boost, but pretty decent I would say for its tier level.

Toe durability:
I drag my toe on serves and wear my shoes out quite fast on outdoor hard courts. Toe durability seems excellent for this pair. Tread so far hasn't shown terrible signs of wear. It feels a little firmer under the toe area for me but nothing of concern.

Traction:
Very decent. The shoe was sticky at first and made the squeaking noise, but then became a bit silent after a couple of hitting sessions. Shoe had the right amount of give and take. Side stepping, split steps, lateral movement and front back running felt good and I felt sure footed. Felt no hesitance in stop/start and in abrupt changes of direction too. No traction issues on hard courts for me.

Weight:
Definitely a lighter shoe as compared to Solecourt Boost. Didnt measure on my kitchen scale but felt ligter on feet. Feels fast on feet and not clunky. For a shoe this light, I was impressed by the combo of speed, stability and cushioning it offered.

General reaction/comments on overall performance:

Here are a few of my general comments on the shoe:

1. Very impressed by the quality of this shoe. Having never worn K Swiss I was used to other major brands. I did not see any glue marks, or rubber splittings or any factory blemishes etc. The shoes felt premium.

2. This colorway is gorgeous. Have gotten several compliments already. Goes well with both black and white socks. I am glad it was thia because I really dirty up whites.

3. To those looking into buying a new tennis shoe, this one is on the light side, feels fast, and is a well cushioned shoe. It is stable and has decent enough durability. If you are in the market for those traits, I say do it. Definitely worth it.

Thank you once again @TW Staff Tennis Warehouse & K-Swiss for giving me this opportunity to playtest this shoe. Appreciate it.
Excellent. Great job, nicely detailed review (y)
 
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