It’s definitely one of the perks of the job to be able to test product. Thanks to Tecnifibre SA and Babolat SA for providing the products for testing. Today I tested the following:
- Babolat Propulse Fury All Court (red) Shoes
- Tecnifibre T-Flash 315 DC (315 gram) racket
- Tecnifibre T-Fight 320 DC (320 gram) racket
- Tecnifibre Club Ball (low altitude)
I’m just going to jump straight into it:
Babolat Propulse Fury All Court (red) Shoes
This is my third pair of Propulse shoes I’ve tested. I’ve noticed that Babolat have slowly moved away from the straps which was a unique feature. This model of shoe has been Babolat’s flagship shoe and has definitely varied from the ProPulse 3 which was sleek yet stable to the BPM model which went more light weight losing some stability, in my opinion. This new model has taken the best from over the years and put it into one muscular animal which is built for the kill. Strong, sturdy, flexible and well cushioned. Time will tell how long these shoes will last but Babolat outsoles generally are pretty good.
Fit: The fit is regular, definetly an improvement from previous model. The shoe definitely required some wear in- after the first hour the shoe was super comfortable. This shoe was not keen on an inner sole. My heel was lifting out with my Sofsol Airr insert.
Upper: Flexible and breathable. No major faults here. The additional wear protection are well incorporated into the shoe sticking out like defined muscles on a lion. The areas look like they can handle heavy court conditions.
Midsole: The Kompressor Tech is great on the heel. The previous model felt quite hard on my forefoot but I did not feel this at all in the new Fury model.
Outsole: Tough to say after only playing one match however my Propulse shoes have always lasted well and I expect the same from these.
Other: The weight of these is slightly more than the previous model by a few grams offering better stability. In saying that I did not feel that the shoe was chunky and slow at all.
Babolat Propulse has shifted focus leaving the lightweight fight to the Jet model. The Propulse Fury will definitely take on the likes of the Barricade known for it’s durability in SA. For more on this product click here.