Tennis Warehouse Playtest: KSwiss Hypercourt Express 2

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DeathStrike

Guest
These looks really cool - first thing I look at when buying tennis shoes :laughing:
 

appdach96

Rookie
Tennis experience/background:
4.5 mainly doubles player...can hang with singles but prefer doubles..I play at least 3 times a week, but shoot for 4-5 times a week. I played junior tennis, took 18 years off and then started back. Have been back playing almost 10 years now.

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
As mentioned above I mainly play doubles..that being said I do not chip and charge or serve & volley very often...I tend to stay on the baseline and then work my way in to the net to finish the point. I do enjoy being @ the net and trying to pick balls off as much as I can to help my partner. (Although @ 5'4" I can get lobbed easily :-D)

Current shoe:
I currently rotate shoes...my go to is the Nike Air Flare 2 or the Asics Court FF. I try to not play in the same shoe two days in a row unless I am doing a playtest.

How many hours did you play with the shoe?
Around 20-22 hours. This included doubles match play (mixed & ladies), singles hitting and multiple clinics.

Normal size:

7 (ladies)

Playtesting size:
7 (ladies)


Comments on Shoe Performance:

Comfort:

I noticed the minute I put this shoe on how comfortable it was. It required zero break-in. I have a somewhat wider upper foot so I loved the roomier toe box. I have had the original version but thought they were a wee bit too wide, these were perfect. Even though I have a wider toe box, I have a narrow heel...I did have to cinch up the laces to ensure no heel slippage. I normally use my own inserts & was surprised at how comfy the original KSwiss ones are. This is one of the best, most comfy shoes, especially right out of the box that I have tried in the past year.

Fit:

I have a medium foot and noticed that I did have to cinch the laces to ensure a snug overall fit. The good thing is that when the laces were cinched there was zero discomfort. The tightening of the laces also stopped any heel slippage.

Arch support:
I have medium/medium low arches..most shoes I have mild arch pain until broken in. I had zero arch pain with these shoes. This shoe is a keeper, and I will order another pair when needed.

Ventilation:
This past weekend while playing even @ 10 am, here in NC, it was HOT and HUMID! My feet did not get overly hot and it has decent ventilation, especially considering the Dura Wrap which provides such good support. My socks were wet but not soaked. I would give this an 8 out of 10 in this department.

Stability/support:
Hypercourt Express 2 has great lateral stability and provides adequate overall support. As mentioned above I did experience some heel slippage in but cinching the laces fixed that issue. The shoe does open up after some play but the ability to tighten the laces prevents any toe-jamming. I did end up preferring to wear a thicker sock with this shoe.

Sole durability:
After 20+ hours of play the soles have held up very well. There is some slight wear on the bottom, but I play mostly on artificial turf so it helps the longevity of the sole.

Toe durability:
I am a toe dragger, especially on my serve. Again since I play on the artificial grass, toes seem to last longer than when I played mostly on a hard court. Toe durabilty so far seems excellent, especially for a shoe that does not have a 6 month warranty.

Traction:
I tend to slide on the sand on the artificial grass courts, and a lot of times it isn't on purpose, lol! This has yet to happen with this shoe as the traction is very satisfactory. This shoe has the right amount traction as I felt good stopping and starting and in change of direction.

Weight:
This shoe was on the lighter side but still had a good plush feel. I feel fast on my feet and not flat footed as that can happen when I wear a heavier shoe. It has impressive cushioning for a lighter weight shoe.

General reaction/comments on overall performance:

1. I have not worn many K-Swiss shoes but was impressed with the overall look of this shoe. It was well made and looked good. This is definitely a premium shoe, not a take down version of a higher model...

2. The pink & teal/green colorway was easy to match with my clothes...I tend to like to match my shoes to the colors I am wearing, lol! This colorway is nice and not too bright.

3. I will definitely add this shoe to my match day rotation and when the time comes will order another pair. Super happy with this shoe! Many thanks to both Tennis Warehouse & K-Swiss for this awesome opportunity!
 

McLovin

Legend
KSwiss Hypercourt Express 2 Playtest Review



Tennis experience/background: 52 yr old 4.5 player. I've been playing since I was 9 yrs old, played D3 college tennis, and have coached high school tennis.

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
Singles: 4.5/5.0 All Court player. Try to play aggressive baseline & finish at the net, although my opponents keep getting younger, and I seem to be spending more time retrieving than attacking...​
Doubles: Classic serve & volley off both serves, aggressive returner that tries to get into the net as quickly as possible.​
Current shoe:
I tend to jump around in brands, and my current shoes are the Nike Zoom Cage 3s and asics Court FF2s​

How many hours did you play with the shoe?
Around 16 hours playing time (a mix of singles and doubles) and another 6-8 of drilling time. I also played on hard courts and clay.​

Normal Size: 10 1/2

Playtesting Size: 10 1/2

Comments on shoe performance:
  • Comfort: This is an extremely comfortable shoe. No break-in period required, no discomfort at any time while wearing them.
  • Fit: As mentioned by others, this is a wide-fit shoe, although I found the width to be more in the forefoot than the heel. For me, who wears ankle braces on both feet, I found the extra width to be just about perfect. I could cinch the laces up, and I never felt any discomfort. Other shoes I've worn (like my current Cages) can cut my circulation off if I tighten the laces much at all.
  • Arch support: I'd put these on the low side, although my braces (ASOs) have the straps under the arch, so they add a little extra support. If not for the braces, I might find them a tad low.
  • Ventilation: Most of my play was outside in upper 80s/lower 90s temps. And while I'm a heavy sweater, I didn't experience any more moisture in my socks than normal. I've had shoes where, after a match, my feet sound as if I'd walked through a pond. Also, my feet never felt overheated.
  • Stability/support: Tough to measure as I am wearing braces, but I never felt as if I was at risk of rolling over. My heel definitely felt 'locked in', and never as if I was going to come out of them.
  • Sole durability: Because 1/3 of my play was on clay, I really didn't get a good measure of durability. I used to burn through shoes in 2-3 months, but either manufacturers have gotten better at durability, or I've slowed down in my years...or both. Either way, these look like they could last me 6-8 months.
  • Toe durability: These seem to have very good toe durability. I'm a toe dragger, and even after 10-12 hours I'll see some wear. But so far, they're holding up fine.
  • Traction: The "semi herringbone" pattern seems to do well on clay. I had some good matches against @bleno567, and felt like I could slide nicely into shots. On hard courts, they felt just about perfect. Not too slippery, not too much grip. Unlike many juniors, I don't slide on hard courts. My joints just can't handle that...
  • Weight: I kinda forgot what it is like playing with a lighter shoe. My Nikes and Court FF 2s seem a bit clunky, and seeing an over 1 1/2oz difference in weight, I now know why. Definitely a plus that they can take some weight out, but still produce a durable, stable shoe.

General reaction/comments on overall performance:
I used KSwiss Si-18s back in college, and for years after I graduated, but for moved away after that line was discontinued. Lately I've been looking closer at their lineup, and was planning on giving the Hypercourt Supremes a go (after burning through my current set of shoes), and I may still give a pair a try to gauge fit, but right now the Hypercourt Express 2s are my new favorite shoes. I love everything about them: Fit, weight, stability, and most importantly, price. Sounds odd to say about a $105 shoe, but seeing the latest prices on comparable shoes from other manufacturers, I see no reason to spend more when everything I need is in this shoe.​
For those looking for a decent replacement to the fit of the older Nike Air Max Cage line, you should definitely give these a test run.​
As always, thanks to TW & KSwiss for the opportunity to try these shoes. I might have looked past them without it.​
 

PhxRacket

Professional
KSwiss Hypercourt Express 2 Playtest Review



Tennis experience/background: 52 yr old 4.5 player. I've been playing since I was 9 yrs old, played D3 college tennis, and have coached high school tennis.

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
Singles: 4.5/5.0 All Court player. Try to play aggressive baseline & finish at the net, although my opponents keep getting younger, and I seem to be spending more time retrieving than attacking...​
Doubles: Classic serve & volley off both serves, aggressive returner that tries to get into the net as quickly as possible.​
Current shoe:
I tend to jump around in brands, and my current shoes are the Nike Zoom Cage 3s and asics Court FF2s​

How many hours did you play with the shoe?
Around 16 hours playing time (a mix of singles and doubles) and another 6-8 of drilling time. I also played on hard courts and clay.​

Normal Size: 10 1/2

Playtesting Size: 10 1/2

Comments on shoe performance:
  • Comfort: This is an extremely comfortable shoe. No break-in period required, no discomfort at any time while wearing them.
  • Fit: As mentioned by others, this is a wide-fit shoe, although I found the width to be more in the forefoot than the heel. For me, who wears ankle braces on both feet, I found the extra width to be just about perfect. I could cinch the laces up, and I never felt any discomfort. Other shoes I've worn (like my current Cages) can cut my circulation off if I tighten the laces much at all.
  • Arch support: I'd put these on the low side, although my braces (ASOs) have the straps under the arch, so they add a little extra support. If not for the braces, I might find them a tad low.
  • Ventilation: Most of my play was outside in upper 80s/lower 90s temps. And while I'm a heavy sweater, I didn't experience any more moisture in my socks than normal. I've had shoes where, after a match, my feet sound as if I'd walked through a pond. Also, my feet never felt overheated.
  • Stability/support: Tough to measure as I am wearing braces, but I never felt as if I was at risk of rolling over. My heel definitely felt 'locked in', and never as if I was going to come out of them.
  • Sole durability: Because 1/3 of my play was on clay, I really didn't get a good measure of durability. I used to burn through shoes in 2-3 months, but either manufacturers have gotten better at durability, or I've slowed down in my years...or both. Either way, these look like they could last me 6-8 months.
  • Toe durability: These seem to have very good toe durability. I'm a toe dragger, and even after 10-12 hours I'll see some wear. But so far, they're holding up fine.
  • Traction: The "semi herringbone" pattern seems to do well on clay. I had some good matches against @bleno567, and felt like I could slide nicely into shots. On hard courts, they felt just about perfect. Not too slippery, not too much grip. Unlike many juniors, I don't slide on hard courts. My joints just can't handle that...
  • Weight: I kinda forgot what it is like playing with a lighter shoe. My Nikes and Court FF 2s seem a bit clunky, and seeing an over 1 1/2oz difference in weight, I now know why. Definitely a plus that they can take some weight out, but still produce a durable, stable shoe.

General reaction/comments on overall performance:
I used KSwiss Si-18s back in college, and for years after I graduated, but for moved away after that line was discontinued. Lately I've been looking closer at their lineup, and was planning on giving the Hypercourt Supremes a go (after burning through my current set of shoes), and I may still give a pair a try to gauge fit, but right now the Hypercourt Express 2s are my new favorite shoes. I love everything about them: Fit, weight, stability, and most importantly, price. Sounds odd to say about a $105 shoe, but seeing the latest prices on comparable shoes from other manufacturers, I see no reason to spend more when everything I need is in this shoe.​
For those looking for a decent replacement to the fit of the older Nike Air Max Cage line, you should definitely give these a test run.​
As always, thanks to TW & KSwiss for the opportunity to try these shoes. I might have looked past them without it.​
Give the HS a test run. They are an “upgraded” HE.
 

brettatk

Semi-Pro
Tennis experience/background: Playing tennis since I was 10 years old. Took a substantial break later in life. I'm now a high 4.0 player who mostly plays doubles. I play about 2-3 times a week if I'm lucky. Was coming back from an injury so I didn't get as much playtest time in as I would have liked but enough to get a favorable opinion of these shoes.

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): I've always felt more comfortable from the baseline but will come in when I need to.

Current shoe: Adidas Barricade Classic Wide 4E

How many hours did you play with the shoe? Around 18 hours

Normal Size: 10.5 US

Playtesting Size: 10.5 US

Comments on shoe performance:

-comfort:
Felt good the moment I put it in. Didn't seem to need any break in.

-fit: I have issues with an arthritic big toe. Because of that I wear a wide 4E shoe that has a large toe box. Was extremely pleased to discover that the toe box is very generous in this shoe. I never had any discomfort while wearing the shoe. I do feel the shoe runs a tad larger than other 10.5 sizes I've worn in other brands.

-arch support: Arch support seems to be adequate but I'd put it on the lower side.

-ventilation: The shoe is very well ventilated. I played two matches this past weekend where the heat index was over 100 degrees. Feet didn't feel overheated at all.

-stability/support: Seems like a very stable shoe. Was a little heel slippage but not wanting to wear a thicker sock, I cinched the laces tighter and that seemed to work just fine. I was impressed with the lateral stability it offered.

-sole durability: Soles seem to have held up very well during this playtest, especially for such a lightweight shoe.

-toe durability: Not being a toe dragger, I didn't see any wear on the toe area. Seems to be very well protected in that area for those who might drag.

-traction: Great gription on the court. Felt I could change directions with ease any time I needed to regardless of my speed.

-weight: I didn't weigh my previous shoes, but these felt and played a lot lighter.

General reaction/comments on overall performance:

It's been a long time since I've worn a K-Swiss shoe and I was very impressed. I've been looking to switch to another shoe but have always been limited due to the toe box being small in most brands. I was also very pleased with the aesthetics of these shoes. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a lighter playing shoe with a wide toe box that has overall great support. I'd perhaps try a 1/2 size down next time to see how they feel.

I probably would have never tried this shoe so I am grateful that TW selected me for this playtest. Thank you!
 
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jason n

Rookie
Tennis experience/background: I played as a child just for fun from 8-12 years old then didn’t really take a real interest until I picked up a racquet about 12 years ago. Since then I’ve been playing about 2-3 hours a week. I’d say I’m a 4.0, if I was in shape and ran more probably a 4.5.

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): Mainly baseline game, I like the net but for some reason I don’t get there like I should. Flat forehand and ohbh.

Current shoe: Adidas barricade 7 (Novak Pro)

How many hours did you play with the shoe? 14-16

Normal Size: 8.5

Playtesting Size: 8.5

Comments on shoe performance:
-comfort: I thought it was very comfortable with no break-in needed. Good cushioning and the material felt like a nice quality.

-fit: This was a problem with this shoe. The toe box was a little to roomy. I did jamb my toe a few times and i could feel my forefoot sliding around a little. It also didn’t conform to my foot like the Barricade did.

-arch support: I’d say this was probably a medium height arch support so it worked out fine for me.

-ventilation: Pretty good ventilation as I played in over 90 degree weather. There was only one day that my feet felt really hot but I also had black socks on.

-stability/support: Ankle support seemed fine but I’m not really and ankle roller. Stability was good, felt close to the ground but just a little to roomy in the toe box.

-sole durability: I’ve have not noticed any wear so far.

-toe durability: My only gripe is that the area where the sole meets the upper in the big toe area, the groves don’t seem as deep as the rest of the sole and makes me think it might wear faster because it doesn’t seem as thick.

-traction: I thought traction was very good. Definitely as good as the barricade maybe slightly better. Also got caught in the rain and was surprised how well they did traction wise.

-weight: They felt maneuverable and not heavy.

General reaction/comments on overall performance: From first try on I noticed the extra room in the toe box and it did indeed hamper some play knowing that I might jamb my toe. I wonder if I went a half size down that it might be a better fit. In general this was a very nice shoe. It was good all around, comfort, traction, looks, price, and feel on the court. The build and materials used all seem good quality. The colorway was nice. This is a shoe I would buy but would like to try a half size down before I commit to a purchase.

Thanks TW!
 

TAB90

New User
Tennis experience/background: 3.5 NTRP, should be moving up to 4.0 after this year (well, pre-COVID).
Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): All court game. Baseliner, but likes to come to the net when I get my chances. Play both singles and doubles.
Current shoe: Adidas adipower barricade 7.0 & adidas SCB
How many hours did you play with the shoe? 20 hrs
Normal Size: 6.5/7
Playtesting Size: 6.5

Comments on shoe performance: Was very impressed with these shoes, first time wearing K Swiss. Reminded me of the Adidas Barricade women's shoe. Similar weight and support. Some might think the shoes is clunky/on the heavier side. I prefer a mid-weight shoe anyways.

-comfort: They were a little stiff out of the box, but still comfortable. Took me about 2-3 hours before I felt that they were broken in. The insole was super comfy, a nice plush feeling.

-fit: The fit was a little big and wide, more so in the toe box for me. I wore two pairs of shoes and that helped solve the problem. Someone looking for a wider shoe might try these out. I could probably have gone a half size down.

-arch support: No problems with arch support. I have a medium arch.

-ventilation: Good ventilation especially with wearing two pairs of socks. Wasn't sure how this would be with the rubber outside (DuraWrap Flex) on top of the mesh. But was very impressed.

-stability/support: I had no problems with stability. I felt very supported in these shoes. No problems with movement, toe-jamming or slipping. Shoes felt low to the ground, which I like.

-sole durability: Has held up pretty well so far.

-toe durability:
Showing a little wear on one of my shoes, due to dragging my foot on my serve. But still holding up pretty well.

-traction: Good traction. Maybe a little sticky to begin with. But after a couple of hours that went away. Traction still holding up well after 20 hours.

-weight: Medium weight. Definitely not the lightest shoe. But I like a little more weight on my shoes, so these felt good.

General reaction/comments on overall performance: I really enjoyed these shoes. Would definitely recommend. I found them to feel similar to past adidas barricade women's shoes. These will be in my regular rotation of shoes now. And will probably buy some in the future.

Thank you to Tennis Warehouse and K Swiss for the opportunity.
 

TW Staff

Administrator
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For those of you who haven't turned in your reviews, they are due tomorrow! For the playtesters who have already submitted, thank you for your participation in the review!

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mogo

Semi-Pro
KSwiss Hypercourt Express 2 Official Review

Tennis experience/background: 5.0 NTRP/ 9 UTR:
Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): Singles mostly : Baseliner/Counterpuncher
Current shoe: Adidas Stycon and Nike 9.5 vapor.
How many hours did you play with the shoe: 30 plus hours
Normal Size: 10
Playtesting Size: 10

Comments on shoe performance:

-comfort: 8/10 Comfort was great the first 2 weeks, as I played more and more the width became a hinderance as the left side started to dig into the side of my left foot. I hope it is just a chance incident. I tend to push hard for out wide shots, and I started to notice that the outside rubber of the sole started to dig into my foot as it went past the side. After using 2 pairs of socks to double the cushion, it was a better fix and did help the outside pinch I was feeling. Overall, I felt the shoe was very well cushioned and the insole had a lot of comfort. It did not feel flat or lose the bounce after 30 plus hours of use. I don’t feel any fatigue with this shoe after play either.
This is the side part that was pinching but after using 2 pairs of socks the issue did go away.

-fit: 8/10 Half a size too big for me. I wear 10 and feel that I would have better results with a 9.5. But if you wear extra ankle supports or like to wear double socks then this is a perfect shoe for you. The size 10 works great with 2 socks, which is not as bad as I am getting used to the feel.

-arch support: 10/10 I do not have arch issues, so for me the arch support was great. I didn’t notice any issues during play.

-ventilation: 10/10 I wore single socks and the shoe played great in 100-degree temperature. I would even say that while I tested 2 socks in the shoes, I did not have any issues with the ventilation. Really great job in this area KSwiss!!

-stability/support: 8/10 I had an issue with support and my foot sliding. I think this could be due to the width and size being a half size too big. Again, double socking helped tremendously and after that I had no further issues. Overall, I felt secure in the shoe after the change and could play without any thoughts of my foot sliding.

-sole durability: 9/10 Sole felt a little clunky for the first 4 to 6 hours. It looks new after hours of play and hot Texas conditions, a plus for me. After 16 hours I did start to feel pain from the inside of the shoe, more from the outside sole. After double socking the issue has gone away and helped cushion the outside when I go wide for a ball. The sole still is in great condition. It has loosened up and I can slide when needed.

-toe durability: 10/10 I am not a toe dragger so for me I had no issues. But the shoes do have extra durability and are built to sustain toe dragging.

-traction: 9/10 Traction was good. Now that they have been broken in more, I can slide which is a great plus for me. I feel that I can push off hard and maintain balance in a defensive position on court. There was never any sticking or jamming on court.

-weight: 9/10 I am used to a heavy shoe and this shoe was mid-level in weight for me. No issues on court getting to drop shots or stopping.

General reaction/comments on overall performance: Color, ventilation, and sole durability were high marks. The wideness and side pain from the outside sole were concerns, but I manage to fix them with 2 pairs of socks. If you wear ankle supports this shoe will be great. But if you are looking for a tight shoe, then I recommend going a half size down. I think that this shoe does a lot of great things that other higher priced shoes don’t in the cushion and ventilation area. I have never used KSwiss before, but I can say they have made a good impression after about a month of use. They are very cushioned and easy on the body after play, and for the price point you can go wrong.
I appreciate the opportunity to be on this playtest and thank KSwiss and TW!!
 

etd

Rookie
Tennis experience/background:
I would describe myself as a 4.0 Weekend Warrior who is a stronger doubles player than singles player. I play in tennis club house leagues and go to drill classes.

I like many sports outside of tennis. I have played baseball, fast pitch softball, slow pitch softball, and basketball. I coached youth basketball for 4 years. I am also a road cyclist.

Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
All court player in singles. Serve and volley / chip and charge in doubles. I do enjoy coming to the net. I have an eastern forehand and a 1-handed backhand.

Current shoe:
Due to my basketball background, I favor mid to high top basketball shoes for tennis. I have wide feet and wear thick Thorlo socks. I will stock up on shoes that I know fit me well, even if it means storing some of them in the closet for a period of time. And I do occasionally mix in a low top tennis shoe.
My current shoe at my main tennis location is the Prince Viper 6 Mid. I also rotate in a couple of pairs of discontinued Adidas ¾ High Top basketball shoes.
In my 2nd tennis location where I visit family and play about once a month on a soft rubber backed indoor court, I use a Nike Zoom Breathe 2K10. See, I do use low tops sometimes.

How many hours did you play with the shoe?
8 hours on outdoor hard courts. This was the only shoe I used for the past month. So, I also spent a lot of extra time using this shoe for long walks after work and for any errands I had to run.

Normal size:
11 or 11.5.

Playtesting size:
11. I actually requested an 11.5 as I wasn’t sure how wide this shoe would be. However, I was sent an 11 instead. Size 11 ended up working out well.

Comments on Shoe Performance:

Comfort:

Comfort was excellent for me. And no break in time was required for these shoes.
As for the cushioning, it didn’t feel lively like some other cushioning systems you would find in basketball shoes, but it was effective. The stock OrthoLite insole was very nice for an OEM insole.

Fit:
The fit was great for my wide feet. The lacing was comfortable yet also was good at locking down the foot when tightened. I did not have any problems with heel slippage due to the good lacing and the liner material at the back of the heel which had a little extra friction.

Arch support:
I have medium arches. Although the arch support was less than I typically like, I did not have any discomfort.

Ventilation:
Ventilation was good, although I didn’t play in any 90+ degree conditions. My feet never felt hot even though I always wear thick Thorlo socks.

Stability/support:
Stability and support were excellent for a low top tennis shoe. As mentioned before, the lacing system and heel liner material did a very good job of holding my feet – no heel slippage or foot movement up front. This shoe has a substantial plastic mid foot shank which contributed to stability during quick changes in direction. And the DuraWrap upper helped with support up front.

Sole durability:
The sole has held up well so far. I wear out soles on the outer, lateral edge of the heels, and that area of the shoe still looks in good shape.

Toe durability:
I do not drag my toes so I can’t comment on this part

Traction:
Traction was very good. There was some stickiness at first, but once the sole broke in a little bit, everything worked fine, whether it was running back and forth, moving side to side, or abruptly changing direction.

Weight:
Even though this is a low top, it didn’t feel particularly light. It felt more like a medium weight low top to me, but this was worth it for the stability. I am used to playing with heavier mid to high top basketball shoes anyway.

General reaction/comments on overall performance:

This is a great tennis shoe! It does however work best for people with wide feet.

I also received complimentary comments on the color from some other tennis players.

The build quality of the shoe was great as well.

Thank you very much to Tennis Warehouse and K Swiss for letting me be part of this playtest. Nice job K Swiss!
 

Isca

Rookie
Current shoe:
Current shoe of choice is Adidas Solecourt Boost.
I'd love to hear more about how they compare to the Solecourt Boost, please, particularly in terms of mid/forefoot width and toe space!
 
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Faris

Professional
I'd love to hear more about how they compare to the Solecourt Boost, please, particularly in terms of mid/forefoot width and toe space!
Width for both shoes is very comparable.. Both are extremely comfortable for people with feet on the wider side. I feel solecourt boost toebox remains wide all the way from forefoot till midfoot area (giving it a more bulkier and wider look) whereas Hypercourt Express 2 tapers a bit, but either way both have a lot of room in toebox and good amount of toespace.. hope that helps.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
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.
comparing to your favorite Solecourt boost, how is the cushioning on this Kswiss ? better energy return, Better cushioning ? about the same ?
 
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