adidas brings back the Barricade V tennis shoe

If you are a longtime tennis player, like myself, when you hear the word “barricade” you instantly think of a very stable adidas tennis shoe…or is that just me?! Launching in the year 2000, adidas has created a legacy in the Barricade line of shoes for being one of the top tennis shoes for aggressive tennis players of all ages.

AWB5CBP-1My first run in with the Barricade line takes me back to my college tennis days. Back in 2001, our team was sponsored by adidas, and our shoe of choice (along with several other teams across the country) was the Barricade. The ideal shoe for a college team, our Barricades held up great with the 20-hour practice weeks and tournaments and matches every weekend — not to mention they were easy to move in, yet provided the ultimate support and stability.
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US Open 2013 Gear Check: Andy Murray

After winning Wimbledon for the first time this year, Andy Murray enters the US Open as the defending champion and is looking to get another Grand Slam title under his belt in 2013. Already into the round of 16, let’s see what gear he is using  that has got him this far into the tournament.

Andy Murray at the US Open -- Photo by Cynthia Lum

Andy Murray at the US Open — Photo by Cynthia Lum

His apparel: Andy is keeping his look sharp and simple on the court during the Open by wearing the adidas Barricade line. The Adipower Barricade Crew has a two-piece crew neck with contrast inserts, mesh along the upper back for increased ventilation and colorblocking with the Band of Power across the chest. This crew does a great job of keeping Murray cool despite the NYC summer sun and humidity. The Fall Barricade Woven Short in the 9.5″ length keeps this look simple and focuses on ventilation with the added mesh panels. To keep the sweat off his face and away from his grip, Andy uses adidas Large Wristbands. As far as shoes go, Andy is in the Barricade 7.0 to ensure stability, traction and support for all of his quick on-court movement.

His gear: Andy finds the perfect blend of feel and stability with his Head Youtek IG Radical Pro. This racquet gives him a lively, spin-friendly response from the baseline with a crisp controlled feel at the net. He has it strung up with the very popular ATP tour string, Luxilon ALU Power 16L, which gives him added controlled power and is a durable option. He uses Tourna Grip XL as his overgrip of choice to make sure he has a soft, yet absorbing grip throughout his matches. To carry all of his gear to the court, Andy uses his very own Head Murray MonsterCombi bag which is big enough to carry all of his racquets, apparel, and more.

Play with heart,

Michelle

Andy Murray’s 2013 Australian Open gear

Murray_AO_312We’ve seen Andy Murray take his game to new heights in the last half year. He’s reached the finals of three consecutive Grand Slams (winning one of them) and won an Olympic gold medal for his country. He’s making the case for being the second best player in the world behind Novak Djokovic. Let’s take a look at the gear that he was rocking during the recent Australian Open.

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Sneak peek: Andy Murray’s adidas spring 2013 apparel

Andy Murray wearing the adipower barricade Semi Fitted Crew. The entire line will be released in late December. (Image courtesy of adidas.)

If you tuned in to watch Andy Murray kick off his bid to win the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, you might have noticed that’s he not wearing the same apparel as he was at the recent Master Series event in Paris. He’s giving us a sneak peek at the spring 2013 adidas adipower barricade line. We’ll get to see the rest of the spring 2013 adidas line for men and women when it releases in late December.

adidas adipower barricade Semi Fitted Crew in Dark Onix/Vivid Yellow

In his first match against Tomas Berdych, Murray sported the Semi Fitted barricade Crew. There are two versions of the barricade crew for spring. The Semi Fitted version is what we’ll see Murray wear, and as its name suggests, Murray’s top will have a slimmer fit than the standard barricade crew. To further set apart the Semi Fitted Crew, Murray’s top sports a bolder graphic on the shoulders. If you’re a fan of adidas’ usual fit, check out the barricade Crew, which will have the same technologies but a different fit and tonal graphic on the shoulders.

Though Murray wore the white based top, there will also be a dark grey version as well with the same yellow accents. The adipower barricade group will be based on a white/Dark Onix (grey)/Vivid Yellow color story for spring 2013.

On the bottom, Murray’s choice of shorts gets a bit of a makeover. Though the fabric remains the traditional woven polyester, the length is now longer. Rather than an 8″ inseam, the short moves to a 9.5″ inseam and will simply be called the barricade 9.5″ Short. It will be available in Dark Onix and white.

Murray is also wearing a new color of the adidas barricade 7.0 on his feet in a black/Vivid Yellow color.

It’s always a bit bittersweet to see another tennis season end, but to ease the pain, adidas has given us a little bit of a peek into what’s in store for us come spring 2013.

Happy Hitting!
Tiffani, TW

adidas barricades on sale!

Now is your opportunity to own one of the best tennis shoes around at a great price. We currently have multiple colorways available of the adidas barricade, in men’s and women’s styles, at a great discounted price!

The barricade line has long been a favorite among elite tennis players. They are known for their durability and stability, matched by no other shoe on the market. These shoes will last longer and provide more support than any other tennis shoe you’ve ever tried. In case they don’t hold up to the beating, they feature a 6-Month Durability Guarantee as well.

Another great feature is their miCoach compatibility, which allows you to track your movements on court and see if you’re getting better and faster. All you have to do is place the lightweight miCoach Speed Cell in your shoe, and it will collect all your statistics related to speed, acceleration, and distance covered.

Check out these great colorways offered right now on TennisWarehouse.com for great sale prices…

 

This super sharp-looking colorway is available in almost every size. It’s discounted from $140 down to $99.95!! Check it out!

 

 

This clean-looking version is the one currently being worn by Novak Djokovic. Offered in almost every size at under $100!

 

 

This great-looking women’s version is available in all sizes at only $89.95!

 

 

 

Clean-looking and versatile, this 6.0 London women’s version would look great with any outfit. It’s a steal at only $69!  (These are NOT miCoach compatible)

 

Thanks for reading!

AG

ATP – Which gear reigned supreme at this year’s Open?

Novak Djokovic has been dominant in this year's Open with his Head YOUTEK IG Speed 18x20 racquet.

What a great 2012 US Open thus far! Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, the two finalists for this evening’s match, have been playing incredible tennis throughout the tournament. Novak has only dropped one set, and has shown his unique ability to shot-make from every position on the court time and time again. Murray has faced some major adversity, being down a set and 1-5 in the quarterfinals to Marin Cilic and down a set again in the semis to the red-hot Tomas Berdych in crazy windy conditions, but each time he stepped up to the plate and delivered with some dominating performances to close out the matches.

Today, I want to feature some of the gear that these great champions are sporting. With so many racquet and apparel companies fighting for dominance, which ones reigned supreme at this year’s US Open?

Andy Murray's been resilient all tournament in his adidas apparel and with his Head YOUTEK IG Radical Pro racquet.

When it comes to racquets, Head absolutely dominated, with both finalists and three of the four semifinalist using their frames. Novak Djokovic‘s hard-hitting game is complimented by his Head YOUTEK IG Speed 18×20 racquet. It’s a ball-striker’s racquet with its forgiving 100 square inch headsize, light swingweight, and super solid feel. Andy Murray‘s YOUTEK IG Radical Pro helps him utilize his creativity and supreme touch all over the court. It’s known for it’s excellent stability and soft feel, along with it’s super spin friendly 16×19 string pattern. The third Head racquet being featured in this year’s semifinals was Tomas Berdych‘s YOUTEK IG Instinct. The Instinct is a player’s frame with some unique specs, it features a strung weight of only 10.9 ounces and a high stiffness rating of 69. This provides the user with a super maneuverable racquet and a crisp, solid feel from all areas of the court.

While Head was dominant on the racquet side of things, the shoes and apparel battle was a little tougher to declare a winner in. With both players rocking their gear in the finals (with Murray head-to-toe and Djokovic in just the shoes), I have to give the edge to adidas in the clothing battle. Murray has been wearing the adidas Men’s Autumn adipower Barricade Crew and the Men’s Autumn adipower Barricade Bermuda short. Both Novak and Andy are sporting the barricade 7.0 men’s shoe.  The barricade shoe line has been a favorite for recreational and elite tennis players for years because of their unmatched durability, stability, and support, and as you can see it still is a popular choice on the tour today.

Make sure to tune in at 4 pm EST tonight for the men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Both guys have been playing unbelievably well, showing resiliency under pressure and incredible shotmaking throughout the tournament. They have clearly been the two best players in the draw thus far. I’m going to give the slight edge to Novak in this one, toughing it out in a close 4 set battle.

Andy G.

Put your best f̶o̶o̶t̶ (junior tennis shoe) forward

When it comes to junior shoes, a question that often comes up is sizing. At Tennis Warehouse, the shoes are on the men’s sizing scale. For example, we offer a size 7 in junior shoes as well as a size 7 in men’s. Minor sizing discrepancies between brands aside, these shoes should fit the same on your feet.

With the sizing question out of the way, let’s dive into what’s out there. Within our junior shoe lineup, there are shoes designed to meet the needs a range of players from the competitors who are out on court several hours a week to those players who are just getting started with a lesson or playing once a week.

The Asics Gel Resolution 3 is available in two colors. Andy Roddick's Babolat Propulse 3 is available in a junior version.

The heavy hitters

The adidas Barricade 6.0 xJ and Nike Air Court Ballistec 3.3 — are two of the biggest names and easy choices. They’re modeled after what some of the pros are wearing. The Babolat Propulse 3 is gaining favor with plenty of adults and graces the feet of Andy Roddick. The junior version sports a striking red cosmetic, and the foot strap technology to lock in the feet. Juniors can also now sport Asics shoes with the Gel Resolution 3, the first junior Asics model. The popular Gel Cushioning system is found in this one, and there’s plenty of support too as well as two color options.

Five good buys

The adidas Barricade Team is available in several colors for juniors.

1. The adidas Barricade Team xJ has similar looks to the Barricade xJ 6.0 but is missing some of the more technical features. It is still going to offer solid performance and comfort, though, and the bonus is players have more than one color option. The Team version is $44.95 vs. $74.95 for a full price adidas Barricade xJ 6.0.

The junior version of Rafa's Air Court Ballistec 3.3

2. The Nike Air Max Court Ballistec 3.3 gets another mention. This top notch shoe is now on sale, marked down from its original $80 price. It has the visible Max Air in the heel and a durable cage-like structure on the upper to please the hardest of competitors. It’s now $64.95.

A great all-around shoe, the T22 is available in multiple colors.

3. Prince’s T22 is a favorite model among adults and is offered for juniors at a great price and with a few color options. The T22 is a great all-around shoe, blending comfort, durability and stability. This shoe performs beyond its $49.95 price tag.

Wilson Trance Impact shoes are on sale for juniors.

4. The Wilson Trance Impacts are built for heavy play and are at a killer price right now. This shoe has lots of cushioning and doesn’t skimp on durability features with a hefty toe guard. Go for the black/yellow shoe for an aggressive look or for the white/black/red one for a more traditional tennis color option. The white based shoe costs $29.95, while the black/yellow is a steal at $24.95.

This discontinued color of the adidas Barricade xJ 6.0 is on sale.

5. The adidas Barricade xJ 6.0 white/blue is on sale now as well. This is the top-of-the-line junior tennis shoe in the adidas lineup. This is an older color, allowing you to take advantage of the lower price. While juniors may be limited to one color at this price, they do get the fully loaded Barricade xJ 6.0. That package includes a lot: durable adiWEAR 6 outsole, functioning support claws, adiTUFF protection on the upper, signature adiPRENE cushioning and Torsion System stability. Get this one at $64.95, $10 cheaper than the new colors.

Check out the entire Junior Shoe page for more options and check out the customer feedback, too. Be sure to visit often to check for new markdowns as well.

Happy Hitting!
Tiffani

Matchy-matchy For Your Match

We’ve all stood in our closet wondering what to wear. There are days where outfits that looked good last week don’t look quite as good this week. If I’m in a rush, I just need a few go to outfits that I know will work! Here are some quick matchy-match outfits that will look fabulous and perform on the court!

adidas is all in! Fresh Pink is the theme of this outfit featured below. The ForMotion technology allows for a better fit while in motion making the Barricade Polo extremely comfortable during tough matches. The back features a mesh panel helping you keep cool. Pairing that up with the Barricade Skort lets you move freely on the court. The pop of Intense Green gives it an electrifying look! For a head-to-toe look add on the Barricade adilibria shoe (read TW shoe review here). All together, this outfit is for the ultimate competitor ready to conquer her opponents! Note: both items come in multiple colors – adidas Spring Barricade Group.

adidas is all in!

adidas is all in!

Nothing can look more clean than white! The outfit featured below is great on a hot sunny day or when going to tennis clubs with “all white” dress codes. Asics’ Tennis Tank features a sporty look with a halter leading to a racer back. The built-in shelf bra keeps you supported during rigorous movements. Pair that up with the Tennis Skort and you have an alluring outfit! For the complete outfit, lace up the Gel Resolution 3 shoe. (watch TW shoe review video here.) Our female playtesters rated this highly in all categories. Note: if you happen to be a Lakers fan, or just a fan of purple and yellow, the group also comes in those colors – Asics Spring Group.

Fresh and clean with Asics

Fresh and clean with Asics

There are times where you want to have the style of the women on tour. This outfit is the look of Maria Sharapova. The Nike Maria Statement Woven Dress features bonded seams providing excellent comfort. The racer back gives it a sporty look and a high impact built-in shelf bra keeps you secured. The shade of Chlorine Blue with Copa and Bronze gives this dress a radiant look! If you want a little more coverage/place to hold tennis balls, match it with the Seamless Compression Short. For a full-on Nike look, step into the Lunar Speed 3 shoe. Its lightweight Flywire construction keeps you supported during lateral movements and feeling fast on the court.

Nike Maria Outfit

Nike Maria Outfit

Peace Sign,
Kana

Color Your Feet

When it comes to women and tennis shoes, there is sometimes a lack of color and style in the tennis industry. The excitement we have in, let’s say, high heels doesn’t transfer over to the design of tennis shoes. There’s so much more hype on next season’s men’s shoes than women’s. It’s been known that men have more passion when it comes to sneakers, but women have an overall shoe addiction. So why has the excitement stopped when it comes to women’s tennis shoes?

With the launch of new women’s shoes, white and grey shoes sell the best. In theory, it’s a style that will match any tennis outfit. Personally, I wish my feet could step into something colorful! For those who want a stylish and exciting look, the following shoes will not only bring pizazz to your tennis wardrobe, but also offer comfort and stability for the high performance wear!

With spring here and summer along the way, Nike adds violet to its Zoom Breathe 2K10 line. With the colorful the cage, you get the support needed in aggressive movement as well as a style that Nike executed beautifully.

Nike Zoom Breathe 2K10

Nike Zoom Breathe 2K10

Another Nike shoe that I loved to play in was the Air Max Mirabella III. The green apple and vibrant blue version is from last season so it’s now on sale. This is for the player with a medium width foot looking for a full package of comfort, support, and of course a joyful pop of color! (Click here for TW’s review.)

Nike Air Max Mirabella II

Nike Air Max Mirabella III

adidas joins the season’s trend of pastels with its Fresh Pink Barricade adilibria. The tonal design gives it an added texture. If the pink seems too feminine, players can find a bolder look with the purple metallic version or tone it down to a white with intense green stripes. Barricades have a reputation for being one of the best high performance shoes out there, and they live up to it! (Click here for TW’s review.)

adidas Barricade adilibria

adidas Barricade adilibria

Asics designed a shoe with a Flexion Fit upper in a cage-like design. The bold black with hot pink underlay makes the Gel Resolution 3 a shoe for the aggressive player who wants to match her game with her look. Our site says we currently do no have them in stock, but we’ll be getting another shipment in two months. This shoe is too good not to mention its stability and comfort. (Click here for video review.)

Asics Gel Resolution 3

Asics Gel Resolution 3

If you want a more subtle transition into the color world, there are plenty of white shoes that offer hints of color. Make sure to check our website to find a shoe that will fit your style, or you may find yourself stepping into something different!

Peace Sign,
Kana