Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour Shoe Review
The Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour is the shoe choice of Roger Federer, and for good reason: these shoes are all about speed and explosive on-court response. The newest generation is more breathable and lightweight than previous models, enabling high-speed sprints at the first step and making sure you can chase down every shot to send it screaming back.
Thanks to the lightweight nature of these shoes (13.7 ounces for a size 10), you're able to change directions on court with ease. The low-profile shape of these shoes also helps make high-speed direction changes possible, while decreasing the likelihood that you will roll an ankle. The herringbone tread makes is great on hard courts, giving you added traction for those high speed maneuvers.
Despite not having a six-month out-sole warranty from Nike, these shoes are remarkably durable. The Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 features XDR Rubber in the out-sole, which is what helps keep your shoes from wearing too quickly. If they're good enough for the fancy footwork of the tour’s top players, they should be durable enough for you.
These shoes are packed with features that help to make them some of the most comfortable shoes on the market. The adaptive fit upper makes the shoe conform to your foot when full laced for a snug fit. With a snug fitting shoe, you want it to be breathable so your feet don't get too sweaty, which is made possible thanks to the mesh upper and perforations on the toe. NikeZoom in the mid-sole further adds to the comfort with a responsive cushioning that won't slow you down.
They may not be the most durable shoes on the market, but they are among some of the most comfortable. It's no surprise that Roger Federer rocks these shoes on the court. If you have wide feet, you may want to consider going up a size as these shoes run on the narrow side.
|About the Reviewer: Alex Meyers is a graduate of the Professional Tennis Management Program at Ferris State University in Michigan. He is also a USPTA Professional, PTR Junior, High Performance and Adult Instructor as well as a USRSA Master Racquet Technician. He has also strung for the Italian Fed Cup Team.|