adidas tennis shoes have long been favorites among elite tennis players, including Andy Murray and Jo Wilfried Tsonga. This year, adidas has reinvented it famous Barricade shoe and launched the second edition of its lightweight Feather shoe. Read on to find out how each stacks up on the court.
The Barricade shoe line has a legendary reputation in tennis circles for its durability, traction and support. The seventh generation features enhanced comfort and a lighter design.
We found the Barricade 7 significantly more comfortable and easier to break in than previous versions, thanks to the upper’s single-layer construction. adiPRENE is placed throughout the shoe to absorb shock and maximize the transfer of energy to the court, making it both comfortable and fast.
Despite the improvements in comfort and weight, the Barricade still retains its trademark features. With built-in stability claws, it does a great job of grabbing the court on sharp cuts, and it provides enough protection to prevent ankle sprains. After extensive use, the sole showed only slight wear, thanks to the durability of the adiWEAR 6 outsole, which also provides tremendous traction. The sole is eligible for adidas’s fantastic six-month outsole warranty program.
Overall, the Barricade 7 is a great option for any hard court player, in particular if you rely on power and quick changes of direction.
adiZero Feather 2.0
The Feather 2.0 is adidas’s lightweight approach to tennis shoes, closely mirroring their shoe offerings for basketball. The Feather 2.0 is more than three ounces lighter than the Barricade, due to its SPRINTWEB and SPRINTFRAME construction, similar to the adiZero Crazy Light 2. But although the Feather 2.0 is light, its clever use of modern materials offers excellent support.
When first putting on the Feather 2.0, we definitely noticed the weight difference and overall comfort. The shoes required minimal break-in, and felt comfortable for extended sessions on the court. The lightweight design made it easy to quickly accelerate and change direction.
We did notice slightly less stability compared to the Barricade, but this should only concern players who like a totally locked-in feel. The sole of the shoe offers fairly good traction; however, it did wear slightly faster than the Barricade, since it does not include adiWEAR 6 technology.
adidas is changing the tennis shoe market with a lightweight model that provides solid support. The adiZero Feather 2.0 is perfect for any player who relies on speed and agility to win points.
For more information on the two shoes, visit adidas.com.