Quick Review: Lotto Ultra Raptor IV

The Lotto Ultra Raptor IV is one of the best performing and unappreciated shoes on the market.

The Lotto Ultra Raptor IV is one of the best performing and unappreciated shoes on the market.

The Spanish grinder and top 5 ATP pro David Ferrer has been a model of consistency for a number of years. Regardless of the draw, the conditions, the surface, he seems to always be there deep in tournaments. Like David, his shoe, the Lotto Ultra Raptor IV, has also been a model of consistency, as Lotto year after year produces one of the best performing shoes on the market. However, it goes almost unnoticed by most tennis players, even the enthusiasts!

We playtested the latest update to the Lotto Raptor line when it came out at the beginning of the year, and almost our entire team concluded it is one of their favorite shoes on the market. Currently, it’s the choice of four top 10 pros on the ATP and WTA tours. Recent Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli along with top 5 WTA pro Agneiska Radwanska are sporting the women’s version, while Spaniards Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro rock the men’s.

Top 5 ATP pro David Ferrer in his Lotto Ultra Raptor IV shoe.

Top 5 ATP pro David Ferrer in his Lotto Ultra Raptor IV shoe.

This shoe is about all-around performance and great court feel. Lotto’s ReactiveArch technology gives the outsole a slightly concave shape that allows it to flex in unison with the sole of your foot as it strikes the ground. It gives the shoe a very natural feel and it provides you a great sense of the court beneath your feet.

One thing a high performance tennis shoe has to have is stability, which was another standout feature of the Raptor Ultra IV. The upper is extremely supportive, yet not too stiff to diminish the comfort. It felt great on lateral cuts, as the 3-S side stability technology helps to lock in the forefoot. This was one of the highest-rated shoes (at least for me) when it came to foot support and stability.

Last but not least, the Raptor is backed by a six month outsole durability guarantee. So for those of you who are really hard on your shoes, you can get two pairs for the price of one, if you can bust through the outsole.

This is one of the best shoes on the market, and not enough people know about it or have tried it! Get a pair and see why we love it so far and consider it one of the best shoes of 2013 so far!

Thanks for reading,

AG

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