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Thread: Adidas badminton shoes
04-21-2013, 01:32 PM #103
04-21-2013, 02:29 PM #104
Tomorrow I'll finally be able to get my fitting ones from the post office. After sending in the first (too small pair) I got one two sizes bigger - which (surprisingly!) doesn't fit. Moving around in them only doing a few quick one-step movements around the apartment is a definite sign, methinks.....
While the first dealer (handball-markt.de) is still haggling (apparently, the were actually able to misunderstand my mail which was very clear about what I wanted), I ordered this pair from a different one - they were actually cheaper, but the dealer was harder to find. DHL did the usual though and completely skipped the step where they leave a freaking card to notify me, luckily I stumbled across the tracking link and found out I could've gotten them on Friday already...
First impressions after tomorrows session! They better be worth all the trouble!
04-21-2013, 09:03 PM #105
What about these? Model name is Adidas Feather Team (G60602). Perhaps they're an older version of the "Feather". Cheap too at ~60USD.
04-22-2013, 03:52 AM #106
Last edited by demolidor; 04-22-2013 at 04:00 AM.
04-22-2013, 05:39 AM #107
Marketed as Volleyball shoe afaik. And yeah, 'team' shoes are the mid-range as opposed to 'elite' (BT Feather = Feather Elite).
04-22-2013, 07:25 AM #108
Does that mean the Opticourt Ligra are an even lower end model? They're priced cheaper than the Team models.
04-22-2013, 07:38 AM #109
Perhaps - although tbh I don't think there's much distinction between the different mid-class models. The opticourts look to be a tad higher, which might not be so great for badminton (unless you're used to the likes of SHB200, SC5/6, etc)
04-23-2013, 06:56 AM #110
04-23-2013, 07:04 AM #111
Had a first session in my BT feathers yesterday. Not bad. A bit unusual is the rather stiff toe area, but I can't say they were too much of a hindrance (usually, a new shoe will throw off my footwork quite a bit).
Very comfy, at least in comparison to my flat 9000ACE. A bit lower around the heel area, so I'll need some time to adapt to that.
All in all, my first impression is that this is a great shoe - it'll require a slightly different kind of movement than a rather flat shoe like the SH-9000ACE or even the SHB-F1M, but I think given time I can be just as quick in these. Jumping is certainly much more comfortable than in the 9000ACE, which help with quick reactions but feel like you're bare footed on jumps.
Despite their very solid and kinda hard look, the upper shoe is actually quite comfy. The toe area is just a bit too flat as I was rubbing my toes against the top, which can get quite painful after a while, but I'm optimistic I can adapt here as well.
Seeing how the new shoes look very very similar, they should be just as good. Looking forward to more thorough testing of these and the demo day on Saturday
04-23-2013, 07:07 AM #112
04-23-2013, 07:09 AM #113
04-23-2013, 07:25 AM #114
Prior to the Feather, the 9000 was definitely my favorite singles shoe. It's stable, flat, has a flexible sole...the only downside is that you sacrifice cushioning for that flatness. It's still better than the SHB86 was for me, but it's not the best shoe for jumping a lot imop. For jumping I prefer a thicker cushioning and just slightly stiffer sole. The F1M was pretty nice for doubles as it has a different type of cushioning and isn't as flat and flexible.
The comparison between the 9000ACE and BT Feather is not fair as I haven't adapted to the BT Feather. I changed back after 2 doubles yesterday, and instantly had that "Ahhh. This feels natural." reaction when putting on my 9000s...still, the Feather is definitely one of the better shoes I've had so far, despite not having adapted to it (instantly beats the SHB85, 86, 200, 101Ltd, and isn't that far from the 92 and F1M). I put them on again to run around a little and do some jumping exercises, after which I played 2 games of singles in them. By that point I was too exhausted to run properly anyway, but didn't feel the same clumsiness and wooden feel I experienced with the SHB86.
The soles are a bit slippery though, I'll have to see whether that's a general thing or if they just need some breaking in.
I think in the long run it'll depend on both the discipline and what shape I'm in - the 9000 is harder on your body, so if you have a slight niggling in your knee/ankle/hip...the Feather is gonna be more comfy. The only problem where the 9000 is actually better for is achilles problems as it's flatter and more stable and higher cut around the heel.
Last edited by j4ckie; 04-23-2013 at 07:28 AM.
04-26-2013, 04:37 AM #115
Have anyone tried the adidas essense 10 ? or can guild me to any reviews ?
I'm also looking for Adizero BD Feather (the older versions).
Any adidas badminton fans that had tried both ?
04-26-2013, 06:17 AM #116
How sure are you that the pair of feather that you have (Handball) is the same as the BT Feather from Adidas? Surely Adidas made some adjustments to the shoe for badminton?
Can you tell me which size you're wearing for the 9000 and the BT Feather? I want to order a pair of BT Feather online, but I don't want to make a mistake and order the wrong size and pay a restocking fee to do an exchange. I think if you can give me those important information, I could make a reasonably good guess as to what size for the BT Feather will adequately fit my feet.
04-26-2013, 06:24 AM #117
Also mentioned on page 6 by me this BT Feather/Feather Elite in the Olympic red colourway was listed as Badminton shoe on the Adidas website ...
But indoor shoes are multipurpose anyway so for a Handball store to market it as Handball shoe in a big Handball market as Germany is only logical
The bottom sole pattern of these new "official" BT Feather is exactly the same as the ones j4ckie has bought but the midsole and upper look different as mentioned here: http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...13#post2040013
The weight has stayed roughly the same iirc ... So no it is not the same shoe but a continuation on the original
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04-26-2013, 06:31 AM #118
() I just realized you might not have seen his pic posted here http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...28#post2062928
Last edited by demolidor; 04-26-2013 at 06:36 AM.
04-26-2013, 09:50 AM #119
Always go by the UK/manufacturer size. I use 45.5 EUR Victor (=29.5cm, 11,5UK) and 46 2/3 Adidas (=11,5UK). Although they are a bit roomy in some situations....I might have spoken too soon, actually. Yesterday's and Tuesday's singles matches were absolute nightmares, and in part due to the shoes. Had no trouble in doubles, though. Timing is still a little bit off (which is notice much more in singles as I'm not a particularly quick mover but have a very big range which I use well in doubles, having to move less as a result, but can't use so much in singles as I have to cover a whole lot more court.)
Cushioning still feels kinda 'cloudy' (or spongy). Hope I get used to it, as it really is a good shoe and I'd like to use it. Should also be easier on the joints than the 9000ACE.
Aditough is apparently not so tuff, after all First layer scraped off already (the shiny looking plastic seems to be all about looks rather than actual toughness).
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