Product Profile: Wilson Rush Pro
Release Date: January, 2013
Facts: Wilson’s research and development team helped integrate new technologies into the brand’s most highly-developed performance shoe. Wilson worked with focus groups in France, Germany, Spain and the United States, incorporating feedback from both wear-testers and pro players who spent hours playing in the shoes.
Wilson’s Dynamic Fit system translates to a lower-to-the-ground feel and added lateral stability thanks to a lower heel drop, which the brand says makes it easier “to land and stay on your forefoot, providing better stability and court feel.” An all-court Duralast outsole provides traction on all surfaces. Endofit, Wilson’s new full-construction inner sleeve, is designed to enhance the fit, feel, and comfort of the shoe. The midsole contains cushioning in the heel and enhances rebound in the forefoot.
Men’s sizes are 7-13 and 14; women’s sizes are 5.5-10 and 11. A men’s sample size 9 weighs 12.6 oz.; a women’s size 7.5 weighs in at 10.9 oz. The men’s model will be available in four colorways: Blue/white/silver and white/grey/gold will come out in January, with lime/black (pictured at top right) and black/orange versions of set for a March release. The women’s shoe will offered in blue/white/silver (pictured at right) and white/green. (Click on colorways for large, high-resolution images.) Wilson Tour players Anne Keothavong, Phillip Kohlschreiber and Feliciano Lopez are among the pros scheduled to wear this shoe in 2013. Wilson backs the Rush Pro with a six-month outsole durability guarantee.
Impressions: The shoe’s light weight, low-to-the-ground ride (it’s the closest-to-the-ground performance shoe Wilson makes), and gripping Duralast outsole make it a prime choice for the aggressive player. Fit and comfort should be enhanced by the new inner sleeve construction. A more aggressive cosmetic than recent Wilson entries complements the shoe’s advanced technical qualities.
In an effort to improve responsiveness, Wilson has built a “3D-injected TPU forefoot piece” into the shoe, which is added to aid acceleration. If you’re fast on your feet, make quick cuts, prefer your shoes to hug the ground for maneuverability, or crave traction for a variety of surfaces, Wilson’s new Rush Pro may well fit your feet and needs.
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