Yonex might be known for tennis racquets, but they also are making head-way in the tennis shoe market. The Power Cushion Eclipsion 2 tennis shoe is a perfect example of the brand’s ability to utilize great technologies in tennis shoes. This shoe gets updated with Power Cushion+, AgilityBolt and Power Graphite Sheet to improve the shock absorption as well as stability when you play. Pros, Stan Wawrinka and Anastasija Sevastova, trust this shoe to give them the best response they need for high level competition.
Cushioning & Stability
Cushioning and stability are two great features with this shoe. When I first put my foot inside, I could tell that this shoe was made for my feet to stay comfortable. The cushioning is very plush throughout allowing me to stay relaxed while I moved around the court. There is added cushioning near the pinky toe and outside foot area which bothered me at first. After about an hour of play though, my feet got use to the added cushioning making it feel great. I found this padding to be very helpful when I moved side to side because it enabled my feet to stay more balanced and stable. ToughBrid Light technology in the midsole allowed my feet to feel supported and stable no matter which way I moved. Whether I was sliding into a drop shot, defending on the backhand side or attacking with my forehand, I never felt like my feet were off balanced.
Breathability & Fit
Since this shoe has so much cushioning, it is very hard for your feet to breathe. The Double Russel Mesh in the forefoot is lightweight, but does not provide a significant difference on the breathability side. If you sweat a lot or play in hot temperatures, I would recommend wearing sweat-wicking performance socks that can keep moisture off of your feet so you don’t feel uncomfortable when you move.
Similar to the previous version there is a little bit of a fitting issue in the beginning. I found the cushioning on the outer side of my feet to be in pain when I put on the shoe. However, after they were worn in some my feet started to feel very comfortable and I no longer had to worry about that outside foot pain. My feet never felt like they were scrunched up in the shoe thanks to the normal overall length/width, but the heavier weight is pretty significant and you feel it after a couple of hours of play.
I didn’t find the durability of this shoe to be super long lasting. I am tough on my shoes normally and wear through my tennis shoes pretty quickly. The Endurance Rubber II does a good job providing traction and support for the first couple days of play. The Durable Skin in the forefoot provides awesome protection for toe-draggers as well. However, I saw a significant difference in the outsole within the first 5-6 times I wore this shoe. For me, the outsole started to feel slippery as I continued to play. The slick outsole is great for sliding, but not for traction. I’d recommend players wearing this shoe only for match play or tournament play since the outsole will wear down after a couple days of play.
Yonex has really stepped up their shoe game and are showing improvements with their footwear. These shoes will give players a great blend of stability, cushioning and shock absorption but they will need a short break-in period. You will find this shoe in many different colors so you can match almost any of your tennis clothes. Players that want an awesome cushioned tennis shoe with stability and cushioning should try on the Yonex Power Cushion Eclipsion 2 shoes.
About the Reviewer: Chris Virk-Brown currently works at Tennis Express on the Content Marketing team. He previously played at Neumann University and coached at the collegiate level for 3 years. He is an active USTA League and Tournament player.