If “speed” is in the shoe’s title, then it best be lightweight and fast.
Which certainly have been the hallmarks of the Asics Speed Solution franchise. But what has made the shoe so attractive to aggressive movers over the years is how capably it still provides enough support and shock absorption for high-level play. It’s a delicate balancing act for shoes that emphasize explosive quickness, and the Speed Solution has consistently pulled it off.
While this latest marks the fifth overall edition of the shoe, it’s the second installment with FlyteFoam cushioning. It was adopted from the company’s running category and provides maximum cushioning with minimum weight. It has been enhanced with an elastomer compound to make it bouncier and promote even quicker transitions.
Some of the other improvements to the Speed Solution FF 2 include:
—The Flexion Fit upper has been reconfigured to increase flexibility and prevent bunching around the toe box, a drawback in the previous model.
—Dynawrap, which was introduced in the current GEL-Resolution 8, is a lacing system that pairs two independent straps that pull where pressure is applied during movement to keep the foot centered and provide an almost custom-like feel.
—The Twisstruss system returns and is extended further in the shoe to increase stability during cutting movements.
—The high-abrasion rubber outsole has been updated with a multi-directional tread pattern. This is done to increase the grip or the give depending on which direction you’re moving. There’s also a clay court model with a tread pattern specifically designed to play on the dirt.
The Asics Speed Solution FF 2 sells for $125 and is currently available at tennis specialty retailers. Check back in the coming weeks for in-depth reviews.