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:
adidas continues their celebration of the 15 year anniversary of the release of the first Barricade with the third installment of their Limited Edition 2015 Wall Pack. This version pays tribute to Wall Street, the financial hub within Manhattan and New York City!
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.
Boost has been around for a few years in other adidas performance shoes. Runners as well as basketball, soccer and baseball players have taken a liking to its benefits. First, it provides more energy return than a traditional EVA foam midsole, injecting more energy back up into your foot and making each step and change of direction quicker and more explosive. Second, the cushioning performs much more consistently, both over time and in different weather conditions. The underfoot support will last a lot longer, and no matter whether it’s in the heat of summer or the cold of winter, the cushioning and energy return remains the same. A traditional EVA midsole may get harder in the cold or mushy and less responsive in the heat.
At the start of 2015, adidas released their fastest and most modern feeling Barricade yet with the Barricade 2015. No longer do they weigh a pound and need two weeks to break in. This latest version merges the signature support, stability and durability we’ve come to expect from the Barricade line with a faster, lower to the ground feel and virtually no break-in time required. Furthermore, the release of the Limited Edition Wall Pack Collection has showcased the new look and how well the design takes color.
The Barricade Boost is adidas’ first application of this innovative technology to the game of tennis. Boost energy capsules have been inserted into the heel of the shoe to help protect against harsh landings and inject more energy back up into your foot. This helps fight fatigue and make each step quicker and more explosive.
We playtested the Barricade Boost for 4-6 weeks, and while we thought the Barricade 2015 was a huge improvement over previous versions, Boost takes the comfort and cushioning to new heights.
If you’re a player that places a priority on cushioning, stability and durability, it won’t get much better than this. The Barricade Boost retains the unmatched support and durability that we’ve come to expect from the Barricade line, but comfort and quickness has been taken to a whole new level.
Available now! Get your pair at Tennis Warehouse!