Babolat Propulse 4 Orange/White/Black Men's Shoes Customer feedback
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Comments: I've worn adidas Barricades for years and still rotate the 7s and 8s. I purchased the Babolat because I've
heard great things about them and several of the pros at the club wear them, and of course I like the looks. When I first slipped
them on I was concerned that they were a bit snug in the toes but after walking around for about 20 minutes they loosened up. I
wore them for a match the next day with a pair of my Barricades on standby just in case. No need to switch though, they felt
great. Very stable and light and comfortable. I'm a 3.5 player that plays on hard court. I'm very quick on my feet and rely on my
shoes to be responsive. I'd highly recommend these shoes.
Comments: Having previously used the Propulse 3s, these are a step down. My feet were locked down with the 3s
even though they inlficted a few blisters upon my feet. The Propulse 4s, however, do not share the same lock down feedback.
They feel clunky and heavy and, frankly, cheaply made. The toebox of the shoe is rather large and and it is difficult to
consistently tie the shoes tight. There's just too much cushioning to feel like one with the shoe; and at the higher levels of the
game, this is vital.
Comments: I purchased this pair a week ago. They are cheaply built in comparison to the Propulse 3 and have less
lateral stability. It is still a decent shoe but once you had the pleasure of previous version of the Propulse it is just sad to see
Babolat cut corners on what used to be a great shoe.
Comments: I purchased a pair four weeks ago. Do not like the fit. They already have begun to wear on the outer
sole. And the lateral support is lacking.
Comments: Purchased 2 pairs and the eyelet broke through the leather with both. Very poor design on the eyelet
Needs to be reinforced. Each pair lasted less than 6 months.
Comments: Totally different shoe from the Propulse 2, which was one of the best shoes I've ever played with. I got
the 4s about a month ago and have already blown out the side of one of the shoes. Several of the eyelets have torn and the straps
are nothing like they were on the 2s. These also have a much longer break-in period than the 2s, which I didn't make it through
before they fell apart. I'm very disappointed with these shoes. It seems like they used cheaper materials. This may work for lower
level players but if you move hard at all expect to destroy these shoes long before you wear out the sole. I also don't think this is
covered by the 6-month guarantee so I'm out $90. I've had this experience with Nike shoes as well. It seems like high end tennis
shoes overall are getting worse. Bring back the Barricade 2s and the old Sampras Nikes!
Comments: These are honestly the best tennis shoes I've ever had. To make my position clear, I am a level 5-5.5
player and have tried a variety of shoes including plenty of Nikes and adidas, yet these are still the best I've ever had. I have pretty
fat feet hat are wide and have medium arches, so if you are like me and want something that has the best combination of feel and
comfort, with good quickness (though Nike has quicker shoes) and traction, go with these.
Comments: I think these are excellent shoes. The Propulse 2 were also excellent shoes, but the 3s were not nearly
as good. The Propulse 4 has a much better fit than the 3s, which gradually and continually stretched out in the toe box, so after a
while, I was sliding around inside them. The 4s are solid throughout the life of the shoe. I like the thinner strap compared to the
Propulse 2, because it doesn't put as much pressure on the top of my foot and seems to fit better. I also like that there are no
holes on the bottom of the shoe since I no longer have to play in wet socks if I happen to step into a puddle. The 2s seem a little
quicker around the court, and could be strapped in a little more solidly, but overall the 4s are just as good. I love the 6 month
guarantee, since I just got a new pair after 5 months.
Comments: I loved the 3s. The 4s feel heavier and the straps are more flimsy. If you were a fan of the 3s proceed
with caution. I myself have moved on to a lighter pair of KSwiss shoes which are nice but I miss the 3s.
Comments: I liked the straps better on the Propulse 2 model. The straps are very important for me, especially
locking in the heel. I think the sole tread is outstanding on the Propulse 4, but the straps are not as effective and feel flimsy.
Please pass this along to Babolat.
Comments: The Propulse 2 was one of my all-time favorite shoes, as the straps really allowed one to customize the
heel fit and arch support. The straps on the PP4, in comparison, are not as effective and feel more flimsy, requiring more effort to
reach similar levels of custom support. I will say, for a durability shoe, this is the lightest and fastest feeling 6-month durability
shoe I have tried, and while less durable than the Barricade or Ballistec line, it is not cumbersome or heavy. It compares with the
weight and feel of the middle weight shoes that don't come with durability guarantees. Overall, a decent value for the money, and
would be a top shoe if they went back to the substantial straps that the PP2s had.
Comments: I bought this shoe because my son is a high school varsity player and wears out shoes very quickly.
Also primarily because of the 6 month warranty. I sent them directly to the Babolat returns address with my receipt proof of
purchase and I never got a replacement.
Comments: Nice shoes, just a few (expected) gripes. Well, as with most prior iterations of the Propulse, they are
somewhat lacking in comfort. Also, they can be sluggish -- not nearly as quick as the Vapors. There's a lengthy break-in time too.
Still, they're reliable shoes given their stability, support, and durability. It's firm fitting and has decent cushioning, plus the
cosmetics are awesome.
Comments: This shoe is all right, but it's a little uncomfortable. Plus for a person who plays a lot, the shoe has a
small hole in it after 3 months, so I would recommend this shoe to someone who doesn't play a whole lot. I'm thinking about
upgrading to Nike.
Comments: I am typically a Nike user. Vapor, Ballistec, Cage. I tried this shoe out today. While it is a sturdy shoe, I
find that this strap system is basically a gimmick, and a pain in the neck to boot. Makes putting on the shoe twice as
cumbersome. And the material/quality of the straps is not good. I would recommend to anyone that falls in love with this shoe,
to cut the straps off. Aside from that, it is a very solid feeling shoe. Low profile, plenty of room as well for people with wide feet.
I wont be switching brands any time soon.
Comments: I have been wearing the Propulse line since the 2nd version. I like this model with the exception of the
strapping system. I like to really tighten down the straps to lock in my foot without having to tie my shoes to a point of cutting
off circulation to my feet. The straps on this version are too narrow and flimsy. They do not allow me to lock down the shoe like
the Propulse 3 version allowed.
Comments: I found these shoes to be very clunky and slow. They had almost no pop, and it felt like dragging
around a weight on the court.
Comments: What I liked about this racquet is it's adaptability. It will cater to beginners just learning the right
strokes, but it can be a weapon to power hitters like me. I adjusted my strokes and combined my usual fast swing with more
topspin and the results are deep, penetrating and unreturnable winners. No modification required.
Comments: I love reading reviews on TW webpage! People are so diverse and have so many different views and
likes/dislikes! In my opinion, these are the most comfortable Babolat shoes ever made. I have had many different pairs including
the Propulse 2,3 and 4. These fit my feet the best and the durability with all Babolat shoes are the best on the market!
Comments: Loose in the heels, even with the strap. The ventilation isn't too good, but I'm happy with everything
Comments: These shoes feel extremely loose in the heels and the ride is higher than I prefer. Because of this, I am
aware of my footwear while I play. The Nike Courtballistec 4.3 and the Nike Vapor 9 (probably the two most outstanding
performance shoes on the market) fit like gloves and feel superb, and, as a result, I am never consciously of these shoes while I
Comments: Excellent shoe! I had to go up a half shoe size from the Propulse 3s though, as they are thinner through
the toe box. After doing that, I feel these are the best shoes I have ever worn. I feel comfortable and explosive on the court. No
idea about the durability right now, but the feel is excellent.
Comments: These shoe are narrow in my opinion. I play highschool tennis and after a long day at the district
tournament (which i won) my feet were killing me. These shoes are more durable than the Propulse 3s, but I thought the 3s were a
Comments: This was an impulse buy for me as I never researched the specs or even read any of the reviews prior.
After only a few minutes on the court, these shoes felt amazingly comfortable, yet stable. They felt snug yet just enough width
and toe room for easy flexing. The shoe is loaded with tennis technology that actually makes you feel quicker as well. Despite
the horrible cosmetics (in my opinion), this shoe pass my Goldie Locks test.
Comments: These shoes are good, for me, they are a big improvement over the Propulse 3. They are stiffer and
thinner in the toe box. The upper is not as soft, which is good because that was one of the things that made me crazy about the
Propulse 3. These are comfortable right out of the box and become more comfortable as you break them in. I've got about 12
hours of match play in them and they are holding up well. The straps feel a little flimsy but they still work. I've played on clay and
hard courts and they handle well on both.
Comments: So an update to my 2/13 comments, after giving them about a month of solid play my feet are hating
life. I loved the older Propulse, great fit right out of the box and the footbelt system was great for locking your foot in. The new
4's have been noticeably narrowed in the toe box and are causing serious pain in my toes, even other people who saw them on me
commented on how narrow they looked. If you have narrow feet these might work for you but if you have a wider toe beware. So
the search is on for a new shoe.
Comments: I play highschool tennis and I have had these since the day they came out. I'll tell you now I will not be
getting these again. They are already torn up and worn on the bottom. They dont fit as well as the Propulse 3, and I've had
nothing but problems from these shoes. The next shoe I'm going to get will be the Nike Zoom Vapor.
Comments: Premium cosmetics. Snug fit and excellent support. Improved outsoles from previous version. Outsole
treading patten looks and feels like patent certified. Better uppers, less elasticity resulting in more of a glove-like feel. Thicker
insoles for better cushioning. Best Propulse so far. Clearly, Babolat has spent some time in their labs to create a new iteration that
simply looks, feels, and plays like no other.
Comments: I got these shoes in the mail yesterday and tried them out for my 4.0 practice. I played 2 sets of
doubles and 2 of singles. The shoes felt good right out of the box and slightly lighter/faster compared to my Barricades. Although
they felt good, I am worried about the durability. I am hard on shoes which is why I wanted to try something new since the
Barricade 7s do not last as long as the 6s. These new shoes showed some serious signs of wear on the soles after only one use. I
will be surprised if they last 2 months, but I'll give them a shot and see what happens.
Comments: I really like these shoes! Compared to the propulse 3 (P3) that I still have, I noticed that the shoe felt a
bit more comfortable out of the box with a some more cushioning underneath the forefoot. There's also more cushioning/fabric
on top of the forefoot which prevented the blistering that I get on top of my fourth toe with the P3's (circumvented with some
preventative taping). I'm an advanced player and as primarily a defensive baseliner, I found the shoes offered the same incredible
lateral and forward/backward stability as the P3's but with more grip and less sliding/slippage on plexicushion hard court. I felt
like I could turn on a dime without slipping or rolling an ankle. The shoe had no problem accommodating my EE wide feet as well
as my ankle braces after a short 15 min break-in period. Length-wise was the same as the P3s. My only criticism is that the velcro
strap on top of the foot is thinner and shorter compared to the previous model and I was only able to attaches half an inch of
velcro onto itself. I was afraid it would break or become loose during play but it never did. I can't yet judge the durability of these
shoes but I have a feeling the outsole is like a sports tire and wears quickly but has excellent traction. I normally play 2hrs of
singles 3-4 times a week and would definitely buy them again if they can last me 3 months.
Comments: So I just got these yesterday from Babolat as a replacement for a pair of Propulse 3's that I wore out in
than 3 months. Initial reactions is that they feel considerably stiffer and narrower in the toe box than the preveious model. Unlike
3's, these are going to require a break in period. Also the velcro straps on the foot belt system feel lighter weight, time will tell if
Comments: These are great shoes. There was no break-in period required. These shoes are little bit stiffer than the
Propulse 3, but they provide more support and are just as comfortable. I felt very light on my feet and explosive on the court. I am
very happy with the purchase.
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