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.

You down with XTC? Yeah You Know Me: Tecnifibre XTC T-Fight 305 Review

You down with XTC? Yeah You Know Me: Tecnifibre XTC T-Fight 305 Review

It’s hard to imagine, but Tecnifibre’s T-Fight line has been around for a decade now. This year,  the line features brand new styling courtesy of Tecnifibre’s new partner: Lacoste. The updated series looks stellar and sophisticated with its French flag color pallet, while innovative Xtreme Touch Construction (XTC), a mix of graphite, alloy, and polyester fibers, increases frame stability, yet allows better flexibility and ball feel. Tour players Jeremy Chardy, Daniil Medvedev, and Aljaz Bedene upgraded to the new T-Fight XTC 305 this summer, and are racking up the wins.

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.

Wilson Rush Pro 2.5 = High Performance Tennis Shoe

Wilson Rush Pro 2.5 = High Performance Tennis Shoe

I didn’t break the shoes in at all before I stepped on the court because I wanted to test how they felt straight out of the box. I was impressed by how soft the upper felt when slipping the shoes on, and how the sock liner guided my foot, but didn’t constrict it. Throughout the match, I didn’t feel any hotspots or have any blister issues. The foot bed offered strong support and cushioning, but I still felt connected to the court with a low-to-the-ground feel.