Tennis shoes for any budget!

Men's Tennis Shoes: Save vs Splurge

For this week’s installment of Save vs Spurge I take a look at some of the best shoes to wear on the court for any tennis player’s wallet. For those who don’t want to break the bank, the adidas Bercuda 3 would be the perfect fit coming in at $49.95.  With its stylish looks, this shoe features adiPRENE+ technology for responsive feel and has adidas’ signature stability claws in the forefoot. For those looking for a high performance shoe, check out the adidas Barricade 8 for $114.95 (and our review). This sleek black/green colorway has plenty of stability and support for even the most aggressive player. While the Barricade 8 has an adiWEAR 6 outsole for high durability, it also comes with a six-month outsole durability guarantee for extra protection.

Check back next week for another save vs splurge!

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Brittany, TW

Tennis racquet bags for any budget!

Tennis Bags: Save vs Splurge

This week’s installment is the true definition of save vs splurge as we dive into the world of tennis bags. For those who want to indulge, the Wilson Black Leather 6 pack will meet all of your needs and then some. The luxurious full grain leather bag features a racquet compartment that holds up to six racquets, several accessory compartments and an adjustable/removable leather shoulder strap with luggage tag. My second pick is for savvy shoppers who are wanting a similar look at an affordable price. The Head Original Series Combi 6 pack includes Climate Control Technology to protect your racquets from extreme temperatures as well accessory compartments and two padded shoulder straps. The bag comes with a $69.95 price tag.

Stay tuned for another save vs splurge blog next week on shoes!

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Brittany

7 Tennis Tees That Make A Statement!

Whether you are playing a practice match or have a tough drilling session, wearing something that represents you as a player is very important.  I have put together my top 7 picks of both men’s and women’s t-shirts that will have heads turning on the court.

Men's Statement Tees

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Multifilament Tennis String for every budget

Multifilaments: Save vs Splurge

Welcome to another edition of save vs splurge!  This week I am comparing two multifilament strings. For my splurge of the week, I chose Tecnifibre NRG2 16g at $16. It offers a combination of comfort, feel and all around playability that is nearly impossible to beat.  For the budget-friendly consumers out there, my save this week is Tourna Quasi Gut 16g. For almost half the price you can get the remarkably comfortable feel and high performance that comes with a polyurethane impregnated multifilament. While we cannot promise that any two strings will play and age exactly the same, we think the price to value ratio of Quasi Gut makes it a reasonable alternative to more expensive multifilaments like NRG2.

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Brittany

Tennis Ventures at the BNP Paribas Open

TW Playtester Chris feeding for the Hit the Prizes game

TW Playtester Chris feeding for the Hit the TW Prizes Game

What is better than going on a vacation?  Playing tennis and watching world class tennis while on vacation! And Tennis Ventures does just that!  Not only does Tennis Ventures cover the Grand Slams, but they also have an amazing vacation package here at the BNP Paribas Open. For 2014, the vacation includes a doubles clinic with the Bryan Brothers, a tennis camp with Lindsay Davenport and John Leach, box seat and luxury suite tickets to the BNP Paribas Open, a special demo session with the Tennis Warehouse Playtesters, and much more.
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The 2014 Desert Showdown

Stadium Court at La Quinta Resort

Stadium Court at La Quinta Resort

The Desert Showdown (formerly the Desert Smash) was a happening place to be this year. Like last year, I was able to attend the event and was entertained from the moment I got there until the moment I left. This year’s event came with a new name along with several other notable changes. The first was that the event expanded into two days to include both golf and tennis events. Will Ferrell was the host this year to keep everyone and anyone entertained throughout the event. The tennis event featured a pro am tournament in the morning (with the participants receiving a goody bag from Tennis Warehouse!) and then an exhibition in the afternoon at the beautiful La Quinta Resort.
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BOS Photography

BOS Photgraphy at the BNP Paribas Open

BOS Photgraphy at the BNP Paribas Open

Every year at the BNP Paribas Open, a group of tennis photograph enthusiasts come together to form an elite squad. Ball on String photography better known as BOS consists of only three members including Jason, Chris, and senior staff member, Daniel. This year I was able to infiltrate the secret club and interview each of the members with the hopes of one day becoming BOS.

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Feliciano Lopez’s Practice Gear

Feliciano Lopez practicing

Feliciano Lopez practicing

A couple days ago we were at a Wilson photo/video shoot, filming some footage for a commercial and behind the scenes spot with some of Wilson’s top athletes including Victoria Azarenka, Grigor Dimitrov, and Milos Raonic.  While we were waiting, I spotted Feliciano Lopez getting a practice session in on a side court before his turn in the spotlight.

I snuck over to watch and found Lopez in head to toe Wilson: apparel, footwear and racquet.  His Core Logo “W” Court Tech T-shirt and Solana Colorblock 10″ Shorts had a casual comfortable look and the all white ensemble is perfect for keeping cool in the desert sun.  On his feet, he was sporting the Wilson Rush Pro’s (check out our review of the shoe).  Lastly, his racquet of choice, the Wilson Juice 100, is perfect for those seeking power and spin.

Keep checking back for more coverage of the players at the BNP Paribas Open.

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Brittany

Tennis jackets to fit any budget

Tennis Jackets: Save vs Splurge

 

It’s time for a little shopping! Should I save or splurge? Inspired by the rainy weather today here in San luis Obispo, I wanted to get a jacket. My save today is the Asics Fall Racquet Jacket in green jade and is a bargain at $54. This lightweight jacket features all the technologies you need as well as some stylish details. It features a full-zip entry and elastic binding at the cuffs and hem along with a tonal screen print and rushing on the back.  For my second pick, the adidas Stella McCartney Spring Jacket in fresh aqua is a perfect splurge item. This lightweight jacket is perfect to throw on after a match and is stylish enough to keep on once you step off the courts.The exaggerated collar make quite a statement on both the front and back.

With each of these Save Vs. Splurge blogs, I’ll first feature a “save” since everyone loves a good deal, myself included, and I am always on the hunt to find the best price. And the second will be a “splurge,” which I think is necessary at times to purchase an item that is top of the line or just released. The products will range from apparel to shoes to bags to accessories. Keep checking back in with us for another edition of Save vs Splurge!

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Brittany

Quick review: Nike Women’s Lunar Ballistec tennis shoes

NWLBPK-1The much anticipated launch of the Nike Lunar Ballistec is here!  As a brand new shoe offering from Nike, this shoe combines the durability and support of a Nike Air Max Courtballistec (available for men) with the comfort and light weight of the  Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour.  The shoe will have some professional backing and will be worn on court by Victoria Azarenka.

Michelle and Brittany were lucky enough to get to playtest this shoe for a couple weeks, and they both unanimously agreed this is one of their favorite shoes to play in.  Some of the standout features included comfort, durability (and a six-month guarantee!), weight and cosmetics.  Here is some of their feedback:

Brittany on Comfort: “This shoe has some of the best comfort I have ever experienced. The cushioning was perfect throughout the shoe. It was very plush feeling especially under the heel.”

Michelle on Durability: “The typical balding under my big toe isn’t happening yet; yes, the sole has smoothed, but nothing that looks like the sole will become too slippery to move confidently in. These are holding up really well, which is great since I’m loving these shoes!”

Brittany on Weight: “It is one of the lightest shoes I have ever playtested (even lighter than the Vapor 9 Tour). While it feels light and quick on the court, it definitely does not feel flimsy. Nike did a great job of combining light weight, support and durability. ”

Michelle on Cosmetics: “Honestly, the fact that I was able to playtest the flouro pink colorway adds to my love of this shoe. So I love the color – every time I wore these I got comments about how bright and fun they look!”

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The two playtesters agreed that there was one small negative, the shoe wasn’t as ventilated as they would have liked.  Although, neither found that to be an issue as they continue to wear the shoes both on and off court.

Please visit the Tennis Warehouse website for more information as well as a full written review.

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Brittany