Discussion in 'Shoes and Apparel' started by TW Staff, Sep 12, 2012.
Full written review and video now available:
Jason, can you or another tester comment on how the fit of the 308 compares to the Yonex 304F? I can't tell from photos what the major fit differences will be. Also, can anyone compare either of the Yonex shoes to the Asics Gel Resolution 4? The GR4 was a bit narrow in the toe for me. Thanks!
308s are more cushioned than the 304. The 308 has more stability for the ankles than the Asics but it also depends on your type of feet.
Thanks Boricua. That's very helpful. Do you recall if the 308 has any more room in the toebox than the GR4? I found the GR4 to be oddly pointy.
They have more room. I think the 308 will fit you considering your complaint with the GR4. Ive tried Asidas, Nike and Asics in recent years and the Yonex 307 and 308s are the best in terms of fit and overall quality.
That's great news. Thanks for your help!
Your welcome, hope they fit well.
That is a more favorable review in a few lines than I thought any of the play testers gave us. I have heard from people that use this shoe that Yonex shoes are the best.
I wonder if the same shoe had a Nike logo on it, if it would have scored higher?
308's are the best shoes I have ever put my feet in to play tennis.
Nice review. I play the 304s but have been interested in trying the 308s perhaps when I need a new pair.
It is good to know that the 308s still fit a wider foot and have decent toe box room. I have only slightly wider than average feet, but the Yonex are the most comfortable shoes I've found.
Strange that Jason didn't find the shoe light, given that it is listed as lighter in weight than the Vapor 9s.
Great shoe, very well made.
They run wide, which is great for my wide foot. (between D-2EE)
Could be. Nike has more fanboys than any other brand, at least in the US.
However, fit is still important and the TW testers don't seem to be fanboys. If you have a narrow foot like Chris, Nike will probably fit you better than Yonex (you need to try them on to tell). I prefer Yonex over Nike because they fit my slightly wider foot much better. I also find Yonex construction quality superior to Nike, but since I haven't worn Nike shoes in a long-time, I can't be sure that is still true. The Nike outsoles with warranties were more durable than the Yonex I've worn, but I really don't know how the traction compares.
In any case, Yonex is definitely an under-appreciated brand for players who like lightweight shoes with good cushioning, or players who need more toe-box width.
I wonder that too.
I don't think they're D at all, they're narrow to me, they may adapt to wider feet better, but definitely not D.
Have any of you guys played with Babolat SSX? I have them plus Asics Gel Solutions. The Gel solutions initially were too narrow and I could not play tennis in them, but I wore them to the gym and around town for a few weeks and now I love them. The SSX felt amazing out of the box, but now feel too clunky for me to want to buy another pair. I do appreciate the comfort though and they are my main shoes for hard court.
Anyway, I love how light the Solutions feel and was wondering if anyone could compare the yonex shoes to that. I also have a wider foot, so these shoes intrigue me.
I can give you a direct comparison. I have the Solutions and the 307 and 308. The Solution is pretty comfortable but in terms of ankle support the 308 is much superior. The 308 is very comfortable also and is wider than the Solutions. The 308 construction is outstanding, same quality as the Yonex rackets.
With the Solutions I get a light and comfortable shoe but with the Yonex I also get that, but feel much more secure in terms of not twisting an ankle, etc...
The 308 are so good that I think the Solutions will be used for going to the gym or just hanging out.
I have the red 308 and Ill get the black model later on as I like to have two pairs of tennis shoes. (I wanted the white model but my size ran out.)
On a side note, not long ago I tried a Nike and Adidas shoe and eventhough they are expensive they felt cheap. This, when compared with the quality construction of the Yonex shoe.
PP, the Yonex CC sole should merit your attention for play on Har-Tru...it is not the conventional herringbone pattern but a "pebbled" design that's OK if the dirt isn't saturated. A muddy Har-Tru court will be handled better with the HC version of the 308's.
Interesting points, thanks. I try and rotate my shoes so the Solutions are my main ones for Har tru and the SSX are on hardcourt. I only have 1 pair of each and I am still in massive sweating season so that can be tricky at times.
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