HEAD’s Radical Turns 25 Years Old: Limited Editions Galore…and SuperFab

HEAD’s Radical Turns 25 Years Old: Limited Editions Galore…and SuperFab

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the HEAD Radical tennis racquet, HEAD has a few releases for the die hard tennis fan and collectors. Andre Agassi carried the banner for the Radical series from 1993 to his retirement in 2006, and no iteration of the racquet is more iconic than the “Bumble Bee” from 1993. Don’t forget about the Sprint SF!!!!!!

The HEAD Radical OS LTD has simplistic yellow and black color scheme that is tame by today’s standards. The frame’s oversize 107 head is also a call back to an era when manufacturers made heavy players racquets in the OS category. You still see oversize racquets today, but mostly of the ultra light and powerful variety for players with more compact swings. At around 12 ounces strung, I dare say the Radical OS LTD is on the short list of the most stable frames ever made. The 18×19 string pattern plays pretty open on the oversize head, so spin is fairly easy to generate.

May the FForce be with You: Asics Solution Speed FF Shoe Review

May the FForce be with You: Asics Solution Speed FF Shoe Review

The Solution Speed FF is one of the lightest tennis shoes on the market at 12.9 ounces (size 11). It’s lighter than industry mainstays like the Nike Vapor X, and Adidas Ubersonic 3.0. For reference, the ever popular Asics Gel Resolution 7 weighs about 14.5 ounces (size 11). The lighter weight is due to the FlyteFoam midsole and minimalistic upper, which provides solid cushioning with an emphasis on energy return. Also assisting in the weight reduction is the Twistruss outsole, which feels a step faster, but offers good protection for your feet. Asics really trimmed the fat on the FF’s in an effort to increase speed and explosiveness.

uberSonic Boom: Shoedown

uberSonic Boom: Shoedown

On court, the improvement in ventilation is pronounced. The shoes do a better job of protecting your feet with a fabric that breaths more naturally than the older, double-layer mesh. The mid-sole combines with the outsole to provide a cushioned ride while still feeling close to the court surface. The tread has changed slightly from the previous version as it flexes and supports well during dynamic movements like sliding or sprinting for drop shots.The full-length polyurethane mid-sole has some good bounce and energy return with a more plush feel than in the 2.0. After a couple of sets in the heat, the shoes showed a remarkable improvement over the 2.0 because they hadn’t absorbed a lot of sweat. Later the same afternoon, the shoes were dried out and ready for the next session on court.