Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Wilson Rush Pro 3.0 Shoes

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
My playtest shoes’ outsoles are finally worn out exposing the midsole in the toe area. It is really a nice & comfortable for being one of the top tennis shoes in the market. Though it isn’t as durable as the Asics Gel Resolution, the Rush Pro 3.0 is much more comfortable.
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
Just got another pair since my play test shoes were worn out. I also got the NB 996V3, which is also nice, but it feels firmer and my heels were slipping. The Rush Pro V3 feels so much more secure. Wilson did an awesome job with the RPV3. Just wish the outsoles would last a bit longer, but that is a minor complaint. I don’t think any outsoles could last under freshly re-surfaced hardcourts.
 

PierreMBK

New User
Hi, I've just ordered ma second pair too. I found this shoe very comfortable, quite lite and breathable. I just had some toe jamming issues but it's ok.
I didn't find other shoes that suit me as well as this shoe in this moment.

Concerning the traction I find it a bit too much sticky, particularly on my hard court surface. I would have preferred an outsole less sticky and a bit more durable.

I also ordered a clay court version for this summer to play on slippery clay courts and some "sandy" Padel courts also. I didn't try it yet but I would give my first impressions if some of you are interested.
 

loosegroove

Hall of Fame
Hi, I've just ordered ma second pair too. I found this shoe very comfortable, quite lite and breathable. I just had some toe jamming issues but it's ok.
I didn't find other shoes that suit me as well as this shoe in this moment.

Concerning the traction I find it a bit too much sticky, particularly on my hard court surface. I would have preferred an outsole less sticky and a bit more durable.
This pretty much sums up my playtest. Except the toe jamming was a deal breaker for me.
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
My review after having the shoes for approximately 1 week. Regardless of how any negative might come across in written word, I WOULD BUY THESE SHOES!

Tennis experience/background: I'm 47 years old and a strong 4.0 player. I play mostly doubles as that is really the only option for league play in Central Ohio. I prefer singles so I can run around more and be active. I've been a long-time sufferer of plantar fasciitis and even had release surgery last year. After the surgery I also had a setback when a neuroma was discovered. In a nutshell, my feet are sensitive and shoe selection or comfort is important to me.


Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley): I’m an all-court player who much younger people describe as quick even though I feel slow at times. I can serve and volley and I can play the baseline too. In singles, I wait and then attack but in doubles I attack quickly to the net.


Current shoe: My current shoe is the Adidas Barricade Club. I chose the shoe after visiting a very large tennis specialty store and trying on probably 10 pairs of shoes of a variety of brands. I’m not a brand conscious consumer. I buy what is comfortable and I wanted a shoe with a smaller toe drop. I really like the Adidas Barricade Club!


How many hours did you play with the shoe? I’ve played seven hours in the Wilson Rush 3.0 shoe. Two hours were playing basketball on an indoor wooden floor and five hours were on an indoor hardcourt tennis court.


Normal Size: My normal size shoe in Nike and Adidas tennis shoes is 9 ½ and my running shoes by New Balance are also 9 ½.


Playtesting Size: 9 ½ is the playtesting size. It fits true to size and looks very similar in shape to the Adidas Barricade Club. Other than a little bulkier toe sole area, they look very similar all the way around.

Comments on shoe performance:


-comfort: This shoe is very comfortable right outside of the box. I’m very sensitive to the bottom of my feet and the wrong shoes can have me hobbling around the day after wearing them. These were great all day. In fact, I put them on when I received them and proceeded to wear them for all activities in life for the next four days. This is unusual for me for two ways. First, wearing the same shoes for too many hours regardless of style and comfort can cause a pain flare up for me. These did not! Second, I usually only wear tennis shoes for tennis, basketball shoes for basketball, running shoes for running, and walking shoes for walking and standing. I do not walk barefoot very often because I my foot issues. These shoes are every bit as comfortable as my Nike Hyperdunk basketball shoes and my Nike Kyrie Irving shoes as well and those are two very comfortable shoes!


-arch support: I wear a custom orthotic and have for years. They fit great in these shoes which is another reason why I would make these my tennis shoes. The standard insoles were not glued in and slid out easily. This made it very simple to slide in my orthotic insoles and the width of the shoe is such that they’re not forcing the shoe into some weird shape. Being able to slide orthotic insoles into the shoes is very important to me.


-stability/support: I’ve had no issue with stability or support. I read reviews of the 2.5 so I wanted to put these to the test. I played basketball in a two-hour weekly game where I knew I’d be running aggressively up and down the court against 20-year-olds. The support and stability are great and equal to basketball shoes. I prefer to wear a high-top shoe while playing basketball but I took a chance and they held up fine. In my five hours of tennis, I’ve had no issues with slippage, twisting, or any weird steps.


-ventilation: Currently I been experiencing swampy feet. Yes! It is as gross as it sounds. These shoes are well ventilated though and you can see through the blue colorway that I’m playtesting these shoes absorb and move the moisture to the outside of the shoe. It does turn the blue into a wetter, darker shade that I’m not super fond of but that’s the price I pay. I’d probably prefer the black shoe for this reason but the blue does give me some extra fashion flare on the court.


-sole durability: I’ve not had these shoes long enough to determine how long they’ll last but with a 6-month warranty and a $99 price, how could you go wrong? From the looks and initial quality, they’ll survive as long as any shoe.


-toe durability: I’m not a toe dragger but there is added sole for toe draggers.


-traction: The traction is very good on both wooden courts and tennis courts. If I had a complaint, it is that they squeal when I shuffle or approach the net on the tennis court the way basketball shoes squeal on a wood court. I noticed this while playing and found it a little annoying. My Adidas Barricade Club shoes do not do this. The traction is great but the squealing is not. Maybe that speaks to the traction and durability?


-weight: These shoes felt like very comfortable walking shoes but with tennis performance. The weight isn’t too heavy but they’re not light like my running shoes.

General reaction/comments on overall performance: I’d buy these shoes! I’d recommend these shoes! I sincerely hope Wilson continues to make this shoe! It was the first Wilson shoe I’d ever worn and I’m satisfied with their comfort, quality, fit, and performance.
I wanted to revisit this review. During the winter I complained about the squeaking or squealing of these shoes. I failed to recognize it’s because the soles grip the hard court surface better than any shoe I’ve ever owned. I’m still wearing them and I’ll get 2-3 months more out of them as my sole shoe I’ve worn for tennis since I’ve received them. The tread is wearing down but I’ve not gotten to a warranty replacement stage and the time expired long ago. That’s great! New Balance and Nike have never been as comfortable or long lasting for me and that’s why I wanted to revisit this review.

They did get very dirty because I wore them on the hat-tru but I washed them and they cam out of the machine looking new again. (White vinegar - never bleach)

Above the toe box tore but it’s just an upper level of fabric and my toes are secure still in the shoe.

My puppy chewed the laces but they were long enough it didn’t matter.

This is a great shoe and I will be replacing them with another pair when they finally die later in the fall.
 

jim e

Legend
^^^nice comments. I feel the same. Those shoes are very durable. Still have not worn through, still very comfortable. I just washed them in machine, came out nice, still fit like they were custom made. Before they wear out, I am now just wearing them around and not for tennis, as I got my use of tennis from them, and they are still very comfortable, and I thought before I wear a hole through them I can wear them around after tennis. A very well made comfortable and durable shoe. There is nothing to dislike about them.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
^^^ agree with both of you fine gents on all the points except on durability. Durability isn’t bad. Maybe a little better than Nike Cages which I wear through in less than 2 months. Not on par with Barricades though.
 

jim e

Legend
^^^A lot of my hitting is on a rubberized court surface and that really prolongs the wearing of tennis shoes.When I hit outside the hard court is more rough.
 

Mitcheson

New User
Im on the search for a cushioned shoe that helps with minor shin splints. Yes I know stretching and rest solves it but its still a battle to find a shoe with the cushioning and lateral stability. So if you play testers could at least put that in that would be helpful
I had a previous version of Wilson Rush and loved the fit and support but found the cushioning very disappointing and inadequate, especially for my osteoarthritic knee.

The TW shoe reviews for some reason do not rate cushioning specifically which I consider to be EXTREMELY IMPORTANT for hardcourts and older players, even though I am skinny and light. They specifically rate everything else such as comfort, ventillation, support, durability, stability, traction. I know cushioning could be covered vaguely as one of many factors affecting comfort but it really is separate and too important not to have a rating of it's own.
 

SteveI

Legend
I had a previous version of Wilson Rush and loved the fit and support but found the cushioning very disappointing and inadequate, especially for my osteoarthritic knee.

The TW shoe reviews for some reason do not rate cushioning specifically which I consider to be EXTREMELY IMPORTANT for hardcourts and older players, even though I am skinny and light. They specifically rate everything else such as comfort, ventillation, support, durability, stability, traction. I know cushioning could be covered vaguely as one of many factors affecting comfort but it really is separate and too important not to have a rating of it's own.
I agree... :)
 
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