Sneak Peek: adidas Barricade 8+ Shanghai

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adidas pays homage to the upcoming Asian ATP Tour swing with a special cosmetic in their flagship shoe with the adidas Shanghai Barricade 8+! The Solar Gold underlay shimmers through the dark Kurim upper, accented by the Solar Blue signature adidas 3-stripe logo on the lateral side. The shoelaces and the outsole even glisten when the light hits them. It’s finished off by a special logo on the tongue that reads “China” in Chinese characters.

It looks fantastic, but how does it perform? The softer Kurim upper of the 8+ offers improved comfort and flexibility over the previous version (the Barricade 8) after a brief break-in period. The signature Barricade midfoot stability claws and Band of Power in the heel lock in the foot for exceptional support. There’s simply no better tennis shoe than the Barricade for stability and durability.

The new adidas Barricade 8+ Shanghai launches Friday, September 12th! Be sure to get your pair from TennisWarehouse.com!

Andy G

Wilson and Roger Federer unveil the new Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph racquet!

It's finally here...The Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph!

It’s finally here…The Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph!  (Click to enlarge)

Anyone watching tennis this year has been wondering what the heck is going on with Roger Federer’s new racquet. What’s under that blacked out frame he’s been playing with on tour? What are the specs? What’s it going to look like? Well, after years in the making, the highly anticipated Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph has finally been revealed!

The most notable evolution in Roger’s new racquet of choice is the switch from a 90 to 97 square inch head size, providing a larger sweetspot for more power and forgiveness. This allows him to swing big at the ball with less chance of mishitting off the frame.

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A look inside the adidas Village in Portland

The adidas Village in Portland, OR

The adidas Village in Portland, OR, with the design inspired by the five Olympic rings.  The two buildings in the bottom left of the photo actually used to be a hospital!

During my recent trip up to the Pacific Northwest to compete in a couple of Open tournaments, I was able to stop by the adidas US headquarters in Portland, OR. I was fortunate enough to have been given a tour of the “village” (which was actually converted from an old hospital) along with a behind the scene look at the AIT (adidas Innovation Team). After hours of learning about product, company philosophy and their direction moving forward, there were a couple of things worth noting that jumped out to me.

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