The Sprint Pro 2.0 is Head’s lightest shoe to date. And with a nearly zero drop from heel to toe, it’s designed to hug the court for maximum responsiveness. In other words, it’s built for speed.
Much like many competing shoes with such intentions, the Sprint Pro forgoes some roominess for a snugger, streamlined fit. The one-piece vamp and tongue construction, along with the impressive wrapping lacing system combined for a locked-in feel. I have a narrow foot with a somewhat high arch, and the shoe agreed with my dimensions. There’s a little more room for a medium-width foot, but probably not much more for players who prefer a wide cut.
The anti-stretch TPU skin in the upper provided an impressive level of support, although it did feel a little unyielding, even after repeated use. This did give the shoe a sturdier, solid feel during aggressive movement, but it’s not as flexible as some other options in the category.
To bolster its cushioning, stability and propulsion the shoe features Head’s TRI-NRG technology: (N)eutralizing shock-absorbing EVA in the heel; (R)igid EVA frame around the heel and midfoot; (G)enerates explosive movement with high rebound EVA in the forefoot. The shoe did an admirable job of soaking up court impact, and I felt confident in and out of cuts. However, much like the upper, it was courtesy of a firm hand; there wasn’t a high level of plushness to the ride.
The 3D anti-torsion midfoot shank visible in the outsole, is ventilated, as is the lightweight EVA sockliner—dubbed Head Cooling System—which lent to good breathability. The hybrid Hybrasion+ outsole has special durability zones for hard court play, and open tread areas for better grip on clay. I tried the shoe on both surfaces and found it capable in either situation—good stickiness on the hard court, and sure footing on the clay. It also has a 6-month warranty, which is somewhat unusual for a lightweight model.
Overall, this update packs lots of features and support in a trim package. They’re hard-wearing shoes, not the cushy type you want to keep on for long after a match. But for on-court performance in a light, responsive, dependable shoe, the Sprint Pro 2.0 is more than up to speed.