Weaving through China’s vast topography and spanning over 20,000 kilometers long, the Great Wall stands as a symbol of pride and structure of protection. According to adidas’ footwear designers, they wanted to look beyond the watchtowers and take inspiration from the revered bamboo that surrounds the wall. The deep green color represents the lush countryside while the graphical elements on the upper are designed to reflect the strength and perseverance of bamboo shoots. Lastly, the lucky Chinese color of red is used throughout the shoe.
As for the shoe itself, the new Barricade 2015 could very well be the best one yet. A shoe line that’s normally been synonymous with long break-in periods and stiff materials, this latest version is ready to go right out of the box and is the softest, most comfortable Barricade of recent memory. While still possessing the stability and durability we’ve come to expect from the line, the 2015 version takes it to a whole new level when it comes to out of the box comfort and flexibility. (WATCH THE TW REVIEW HERE!)
Rafael Nadal uses Babolat RPM Blast to help unlock the power and spin in his game. Photo courtesy of Mike Frey
Babolat RPM Blast, Luxilon ALU Power, Solinco Tour Bite… these polyester tennis strings are popular on the pro tour because of their low-powered response that allows players to swing extremely fast and generate tons of spin. Also, their monofilament construction also offers excellent durability for frequent string breakers.
Let it be known that if you don’t have long, fast, more modern “low to high” strokes, then polyester strings may not be ideal for you. They are very low-powered and stiff which can cause arm problems in players that can’t generate a lot of their own power. A good rule of thumb to remember is that if you are able to break softer strings like synthetic gut or multifilament in 20 hours of less, then you’ll most like benefit from the unique properties that polyester strings provide.
With so many polyester tennis string options out there, you don’t have to break the bank to get great performance. Here is a list of some of our TW Staff’s favorite polyester strings that are available under $10 a set:
According to the adidas footwear designers, they wanted to capture elements of US currency with fine details on and within the shoe. Gold accents complement the filigree pattern on the upper for a look of grandeur. There are special logos on the heel and tongue as well as a clever finishing touch on the insole.