Saturday, 28 May 2016

Rule the courts with these tennis shoes

The Yonex Power Cushion Eclipsion, Babolat Jet All Court and Mizuno Wave Exceed Tour are just some of the latest, most advanced models of tennis shoe promising stability, comfort and performance to champions of the court.

Here’s a look at five of the hottest new tennis shoes for players looking to rule the court this season.

Yonex Power Cushion Eclipsion, all-round suitor

The Yonex Power Cushion Eclipsion is the Japanese brand’s latest model, succeeding the legendary SHT series. Offering speed and performance, this shoe will suit the widest range of people, from players with neutral gaits to those with wider feet. This shoe gives wearers a great feeling of stability. Those with unstable ankles will feel well supported. Shock absorption through the heel was proven effective in tests. This shoe of choice for Stanislas Wawrinka weighs 398g and has an all-terrain chassis.

Babolat Jet All Court, lightweight design

Thanks to the MatrYX trademark upper woven from Kevlar and polyamide fibers, the Babolat Jet stands out from the crowd with a comfortable and particularly lightweight design.

This French-made shoe weighs just 360g and is designed for speed, precision and agility, making it a great choice for competition players. The only downside is shock absorption, which left some room for improvement in practical tests. This shoe is best suited to players with lighter builds.
The Japanese brand’s tennis shoe combines comfort, speed and stability. The snug, comfy fit is ideal for players with neutral gaits or slimmer feet. Only those with wider feet could feel bothered by the front end of shoe’s design.

No real weak points were found in practical tests, whether for the upper or the sole, but shock resistance in the heel could be better.

Lotto Stratosphere Speed, for slim feet

The new shoe of French player Paul-Henri Mathieu scored highly on stability. This too is a great shoe for players with unstable ankles. It has a comfortable fit, with no pressure points for wearers with relatively slim feet. Others could find the fit a little oppressive, especially around the instep. This shoe could have scored better on shock resistance, speed and weight (425g).

Asics Gel Resolution 6, for heavier players

Stability is the strong point of this new Asics tennis shoe, which keeps the foot quite close to the ground and has an excellent sole structure providing good support without restricting freedom of movement. Players can launch into Gael Monfils-style sliding skids while seriously limiting the risk of going over on their ankle. Shock absorption in the heel is effective, limiting potential damage from repetitive impacts.

However, the shoe’s above-average weight (408g) and energy return from the forefoot give it a little more sluggish feel than other models.
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