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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Mizuno Wave Fang VS 7KM-27009 (Shoe)-review

Just bought this pair at a sale.

Surprisingly, this shoe is a unisex shoe.

The gum sole comes in one piece; the forefoot and heel. There is a large ventilation mesh in the middle of the sole. The shoe fitting is cut slightly narrow, the ankle is a low cut.

 This shoe model was released in 2013, a badminton specific model.

Technology: Mizuno Wave, AP+, XG Rubber, Mild Cushion, Mizuno Intercool, Mizuno Green Grade, Wide fit

First impression: Comes in two colors, red/black/gold and red/black/pink (Mid cut).

Fit: The shoe fits well enough, there is some break-in period needed. Size fits slightly tight and not suitable for people with wide feet, even though Mizuno advertised it for wide fit. Felt very snug when wearing it, support is good but upon wearing the shoe sits low on the ground and the grip of the sole is very sticky.

Game time: Although the shoe felt low/sticky, this shoe felt feather light when performing footwork (split step) to hit a shot (landing with the racquet foot). This shoe have excellent ventilation as there are 3 mesh like structure to allow air flow, one at the midsole, two at both sides on the upper and three at the toe area. The shoe felt a bit sticky to the ground and not as bouncy. However, owing to how low the shoe sits on the ground, mobility is not a problem. On the one hand, on the downside, I felt the cushioning is not as good as the Yonex SHB65s power cushion shoes. On the other hand, the shoe is very light weight. 

Pros: Great looks, excellent ventilation, light weight and sticky soles. Unisex shoes, which explains why it is tight for men's feet.

Cons: Adequate cushioning, lack of bounciness and very snug fit requiring long break-in period.

Fit: 7/10
Ventilation: 10/10
Feel: 9/10
Cushioning: 7/10
Durability: 8/10
Movement/: 7/10
Grip: 10/10

Friday, January 3, 2014

Yonex shoe review-SHB65X

Yonex released the 3rd generation SHB65 model, the SHB65X. 

This model comes in 2 colors, Red/Black and Red/White. 

The model below is the Red/Black color.
This shoe is the successor to SHB65FT.
The gum sole is one split into two halves, the forefoot and heel.

A replacement of SHB65FT, this shoe model was released in 2013.

Technology: Ergo Shape, Round Sole, 3-layer Power cushion, very cool mesh, hexagrip sole, Hyper msLITE, Power cushion Insole CF, outsole structure

First impression: This shoe is replacement for Yonex badminton shoe SHB65FT. Comes in two colors, red/black and red/white. The shoe sits slightly higher up the ground and felt like a Mid-cut shoe. The shoe comes without extra shoe strings, unlike the freebies thrown in in SHB65FT and SHB65CF.

Fit: The shoe fits well enough, feels like no break-in period is needed. Size fits as indicated, not too tight and not too loose. The shoes sit slightly higher up the ground than SHB65FT. Felt very comfortable wearing it, support is very good but upon wearing the shoe looked and felt a bit bulky/chunky.

Game time: Although the shoe felt bulky, this shoe felt bouncy when performing footwork (split step) to hit a shot (landing with the racquet foot). Lunging is easy and so is vertical jump. Somehow, felt the ventilation is not as good as SHB65FT; there are fewer mesh like structure to allow air flow, even though it has the very cool mesh. The shoe surprisingly does not feel heavy during game and the 3-layer power cushion thingy perhaps works well as advertised.

Pros: Great looks, excellent cushioning, comfortable fit and bounciness.

Cons: Like most Yonex soles, easily builds up dusts and the sole may not be as durable. Also less ventilation compared to its predecessor. 

Fit: 9/10
Ventilation: 8/10
Feel: 9/10
Cushioning: 10/10
Durability: 8/10
Movement/: 9/10
Grip: 9/10