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.
Volkl has once again updated their bread and butter frame, the V1 Classic! When this racquet was released 20 years ago, its combination of forgiving sweet spot, mobility and dampened response was an immediate hit. Check out our full review of this redesigned classic frame.
For the 2018 season, K-Swiss has five primary tennis shoes of differing purposes. They are the Knitshot, Ultrashot, Hypercourt Express, Big Shot Light 3, and Court Smash. We took an in-depth look at each to break down their differences.
Fans of the original SFX will be pleased to hear that the 3 returns to the basics of what made the first version so popular. It’s wide-foot friendly, and offers maximum comfort. In addition to this, Babolat has implemented new technologies to offer superior support and breathability.
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.