By Richard Pagliaro and Dr. David G. Sharnoff on February 15, 2011
Likes: Adidas has again created excellent equipment with the Barricade 6.0, which is worn by several pros including Andy Murray, Marcos Baghdatis, Ernests Gulbis, Viktor Troicki and Mikhail Youzhny. The shoe offers a good flex point, strong stability, gripping traction, durability and a long lineage of success. The TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) triple stripes in the forefoot offer lateral stability and the torsion system enhances the flex point. The Barricade 6.0 comes in three color palettes for men, four for women and four for juniors. (The junior Barricade retails for $90.)
Dislikes: Though adidas has tried to streamline the Barricade by shedding some of its weight, this is an overbuilt shoe that remains a bit too heavy for optimum comfort among recreational players. I’d like to see adidas incorporate a new, lighter material into the shoe aside from the standard EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) midsole, which tends to weigh the shoe down. Some wear testers felt it was a bit bulky.
Bottom Line: The Barricade remains the shoe equivalent of a special effects-laden film franchise that continues to crank out successful sequels at the box office. This year’s model scores winning marks on flex point, traction and durability. It is a solid shoe that will withstand the pounding on all surfaces and is particularly strong in preventing aggressive players from rolling over their ankles. However, its build demands that it be worn by a bigger, stronger player. Some lighter wear testers reported their feet felt dragged down by the heft of the shoe. Every ounce of additional weight at the foot can feel like an extra pound at your hip, creating more stress. If adidas can reduce the Barricade’s weight in future models, it could enhance comfort.
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