Facts: New for 2013, the Big Shot Light is billed as K-Swiss’ “lightest performance tennis shoe ever,” and it lives up to its name. A men’s size 9 sample we weighed came in at 11.7 oz. (A women's size 7 weighs 9.8 oz.) It carries the name and some characteristics of K-Swiss’ flagship tennis shoe, the Big Shot, including the same Aosta 7.0 rubber compound outsole and DragGuard on the tip of the toe, which offers added protection and durability for players who grind away on hard courts.
The Big Shot Light is available in many color combinations: white/black/blue, black/blue/charcoal, and white/black/fiery red for men; white/silver and white/magenta/silver for women. Men’s sizes are 6.5-13, 14, and 15; women’s sizes are 5-10, 11, and 12. The Big Shot Light is scheduled for release on KSwiss.com and in retail stores on February 1, 2013.
Impressions: The Big Shot Light costs $35 less than the K-Swiss Big Shot II, while offering similar features in a streamlined shoe that doesn’t feel flimsy. You'll be able to stay light on your feet without lightening your wallet. While the Big Shot II is geared toward aggressive power players—Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey, and the Bryan brothers wear it on tour—the Big Shot Light is best suited for smaller players who value maneuverability and traction. The shoe offers many of the Big Shot II’s assets, including that distinctive cosmetic, without the bulk. It doesn’t have quite the same extensive cushioning of its namesake—the firm interlocking heel fibers that bolster the Big Shot II’s cushioning are omitted—nor does it come with the same six-month outsole wear guarantee, but its weight and cost should hit the sweet spot for recreational players.
How does the Big Shot Light perform on court? TENNIS.com wear-testers and our shoe expert, Dr. David Sharnoff, are play-testing the shoe now, and we will post the full review in the coming weeks—so stay tuned.
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