Wilson Tour Ikon Men's Shoe Review
- No break-in
- Durability guarantee
- Mediocre stability
- Outsole wears quickly
With the Tour Ikon, Wilson aims to deliver support and comfort to competitive players. Wilson hits the mark in the comfort category, as our testers found the shoes to be extremely comfortable and cushioned without any break-in required. Where Wilson ran into some trouble was in the stability and durability areas. Although our TW players felt safe in the shoe, overall stability was not to the level they expected. The sole on the Wilson Tour Ikon wore out faster than expected, with one tester putting a hole in the outsole within 15 hours. On the upside, the Tour Ikon does have a durability guarantee. Overall, the playtesters found the Tour Ikon to be a comfortable, lightweight shoe, but felt Wilson needs to beef up the shoe's stability and durability.
Comfort - Score: 4.6
With the Reactive Gel inserts and DST built into the midsole, the Wilson Tour Ikon is high on comfort and cushioning. Chris found impressive comfort from the very first wear. He said, "They required practically no break-in period, and the uppers offered good flex right out of the box. The cushioning system felt very plush. I sat a little higher up in the shoes than I like due to the plush cushioning, but the trade-off was an extremely comfortable ride. I also liked the padding around the ankle collar. This was a shoe I could wear on court all day and find comfortable."
Comfort and cushioning were the first things Jason noticed. He said, "There was no need for a break-in because the uppers were plenty soft. Even the area around the ankle collar was nice and plush. I will say that the one downside of so much cushioning was the ride wasn't as responsive. I felt like I was sitting more on top of the cushioning than in it."
Giving Wilson the top prize in this department was Spencer. He said, "If there's one category I enjoy with Wilson shoes, it's the comfort. The Tour Ikon offered plush comfort from the first lace up. There was no break-in time needed. They fit my feet well, with no pinching or poking, while providing plenty of cushioning underfoot."
Ventilation - Score: 3.7
The breathability and ventilation of the Tour Ikons had a little room for improvement, but the playtesters agreed it was more than adequate. Jason said, "This was an area that didn't really affect me one way or the other. I didn't really notice the heat, so the ventilation must've been pretty good."
Finding breathability to be satisfactory despite not having the best ventilation was Chris. He said, "The ventilation was decent in this shoe. My feet never overheated, and the level of sweat I had was normal. However, they were not especially cool, just average in terms of breathability."
Spencer agreed, adding, "Though there is room for improvement with the breathability, I had no issues with heat or ventilation. There are limited perforations, and the mesh had a a tight weave, but again, I wasn't too affected."
Arch Support - Score: 3.8
The arch support passed the test despite a little discomfort. Everything felt as it should for Spencer. He said, "The height felt medium and was properly placed. I liked the support and my feet agreed by not noticing any discrepancies."
Needing a bit of a break-in period for complete comfort was Jason. He said, "The first few times out I could really feel the arch, and my arches did get sore. But after a while the arches wore down and I didn't notice them as much. "
Chris found the arch support to be ok. He said, "I would have liked more support from the shank, and I did feel some strain on the occasional quick sprint, but it was minimal. The height felt good and fit my medium to high arched feet well."
Foot Support/Stability - Score: 3.4
The Wilson Tour Ikon lacked stability, despite the support being comfortable and cushioned. Spencer felt there was some good support, but was a bit wary of the stability. He said, "The soft, cushiony midsole seemed to have some give when planting laterally, inducing the feeling of rollover. Though I didn't actually roll my ankle, I didn't experience the rock solid feel I expect from a top-of-the-line tennis shoe."
Chris didn't find the shoes especially stable, but said, "They held in there, and I enjoyed a safe ride throughout the test. The uppers and the cushioning system both feel very soft and plush, so the shoe rolled about some under my feet. I think if Wilson firmed up the EVA in the midsole on the lateral side and kept the medial side as soft as it is now, it would encourage the shoe to roll inwards more and would feel much more stable. As is, the midsole collapses at the lateral edge and allows the shoe to roll outwards too much. I found the fit to be supportive and the shoes to wrap my feet well, I just would have preferred the chassis to be more stable."
Jason was a little less sure of his footing. He said, "Even though I would cinch up my laces as tightly as I could, I would still find my feet sliding around in the shoes when I planted and changed direction. I even noticed some slight heel slippage. However, I never did get the feeling that the shoe was going to allow me to roll over."
Overall Sole Durability - Score: 3.5
The Wilson Tour Ikon's Duralast Supreme outsole comes with a six-month guarantee, but our testers found it a bit below average on durability. Chris said, "I wore a hole through the outsole under the big toe of my right foot at about the 15-hour mark. I tend to be somewhat tough on shoes, and that is the high wear area for me, so I was not surprised to see wear there. However, I expected this shoe to last the full test considering it is guaranteed."
Spencer playtested with more hesitance. He said, "I didn't find the outsole to wear prematurely, but because of concerns of a rollover I didn't put the stress I might normally put on the soles when moving laterally."
Jason noticed that the outsole wore out slightly faster than he was used to. He said, "I'm no Chris Edwards when it comes to tearing through an outsole, but I managed to do some noticeable damage in about 12 hours of hitting. There was significant balding around the medial forefoot. On the plus side, the Tour Ikon does come with a durability guarantee."
Toe Durability - Score: 4.5
Our only toe dragger found the toe guard to be up to the challenge. Chris said, "The shoes feature a good bumper guard. It proved to hold up very well during the test. The toe of my left shoe took the most abuse, but it held up for the duration of the test."
Traction - Score: 4.0
Traction was great and allowed our playtesters to have quick feet and move aggressively. Enjoying the traction was Spencer. He said, "The traction was good for me. I could rely on the herringbone outsole for efficient stop-and-starts, and I experienced no unexpected slips or slides. The traction and the weight allowed me to move well around the court."
The traction impressed Jason. He said, "I thought the Duralast Supreme material did an excellent job providing traction on the TW court. There were only a couple times that the shoe gave slightly when I tried to stop. For the most part I felt very confident in my movement with these shoes on."
Chris found a solid level of grip from these shoes, saying, "Even after I had worn out the tread pattern the shoes continued to grip the court to an acceptable level. When making an aggressive lateral cut I was able to plant with confidence, knowing the shoe would provide the grip I needed."
Weight - Score: 4.1
Weight was a non-issue for the playtesters. Chris found he never had to think about the weight of the shoes. He said, "I found I could quickly forget about the shoes and focus on my tennis -- a good sign the shoes were doing their job."
Spencer felt light on his feet. He said, "I really enjoyed the fleet-of-foot feel I got from the Tour Ikon. The traction and the the lightweight feel allowed me to move rather well around the court, which I find necessary for the type of game I play."
Jason agreed, saying, "I typically prefer a lighter weight shoe, but I didn't have any issues with the weight of the Tour Ikon. I thought the weight was distributed well throughout the shoe so it didn't feel as heavy as a scale would indicate."
Overall - Score: 3.9
Spencer - "The comfort and the lightweight feel."
Chris - "I liked the comfort and the no break-in flex of the uppers. I also liked the traction I found in these shoes."
Jason - "The overall comfort stood out the most for me. "
Spencer - "The stability felt a bit iffy, making it a tough sell at $120."
Chris - "I would have liked the outsoles to last longer, and I was not very excited by the cosmetic of my white/black pair. They were the best Wilson shoes I've worn in a long time, but not up to the performance of a $120 shoe."
Jason - "The durability was a bit lacking and the foot support was not quite as supportive as I would've liked. "
Comparing the Tour Ikons to other shoes they've worn, our testers said:
Spencer - "With comfort and cushioning, it reminds me a bit of the Prince T20 or Fila Torneo."
Chris - "This was by far the best shoe from Wilson in a long time. The cushioning system reminded me of the feel I found in the Tour Vision, but this shoe outperformed that one in every other way."
Jason - "It felt and performed somewhat like the Head Prestige Pro shoe, but with the comfort/cushioning level of a New Balance 900."
Playtester Foot Types:
Spencer - Medium width / Medium arch
Chris - Narrow width / Medium arch
Jason - Wide width / Low arch
Review date: May 2012. If you found this review interesting or have further questions or comments please contact us.
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