Wilson updates their flagship, high-performance tennis shoe for 2019 with the Rush Pro 3.0. It is a daunting task to try and improve one of the most well-rounded tennis shoes on the market. Players will find that the 3.0 version sits slightly higher than its predecessor in order to account for additional cushioning and support. Wilson has added new technologies, such as Sensifeel 2.0 and 4D Support Chassis, to keep this shoe adaptive, responsive and stabile on court. Having extensively worn the 2.5, I was curious to see what new and improved adjustments Wilson could make.
The most glaring change for me was on the scale. Wilson managed to cut nearly an ounce off the Rush Pro 3.0 (Rush Pro 3.0: 14.1 oz, Rush Pro 2.5: 14.9 oz), making the shoe faster and a touch more dynamic. The upper has been upgraded with Sensifeel 2.0, and features a lightweight mesh in contrast to the 2.5 with no noticeable loss in stability or comfort. The mesh upper also enhances the shoes breathability and initial fit.
Cushioning and Support
Wilson revamped the cushioning and moved the Rush Pro to DF2 (9mm heel-to-toe drop) on the 3.0 from the DF1 (6mm heel-to-toe drop) on the 2.5. Though the heel-to-toe drop has increased ever so slightly, the R-DST+ provides a substantial upgrade in comfort and shock absorption without making one disconnected from the court surface.
I am proud to report that a huge strength from the Rush Pro 2.5 has carried over in the 3.0. My favorite aspect of the Rush Pro is the feel inside the shoe. The Endofit inner-sock construction helps steer the foot without strangling it, and it doesn’t make the shoe feel substantially hotter like several sock-liner systems on the market. Wilson improved the stability around the foot with their new 4D Support Chassis, which is designed to limit supination and twisting during quick changes of direction.
Outsole and Insole Durability
The phenomenally comfortable and moisture-reducing Ortholite insole returns in the 3.0. In a market where most insoles are paper-thin, Ortholite stands out and has a more substantial feel to it. As far as the Duralast outsole goes, Wilson keeps the 6-month warranty in place for the Rush Pro 3.0, and they beefed up the material on the medial side. Toe draggers can rejoice as the Rush Pro 3.0 should handle scrapes and abrasions from hard courts better than its predecessor.
Wilson certainly had a tough task of improving the ever-popular Rush Pro 2.5, but the end result is a worthy update. The Rush Pro 3.0 is one of the best new performance tennis shoes in 2019 and Wilson has succeeded where many others have faltered. They made the 3.0 faster, more comfortable, and more stable to boot. Players will truly enjoy the versatility and comfort of these shoes great for the tennis court or the gym.
About the Reviewer: Sam Jones currently works at Tennis Express on the Content Marketing team. He previously played at Southwestern University, taught tennis for 10+ years and earned his USRSA Master Racquet Technician Certification in 2011. He is an active NTRP 5.0 League and Tournament player.