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Comments: I commented in December and March and this is my sixth month wearing these shoes. I usually don't
get 6 months of tennis out of a shoe without at least the mid soles breaking down. These have exceeded Adidas Barricade IIs
which I thought impossible and there is still decent outsole left and good traction also -- but they are close to being done. Good
From: S.M., 5/13
Comments: I was the 12/12 poster for these shoes. I now have a couple of months playing in them. I have no
complaints whatsoever. I would agree with the most recent poster -- about equivalent to the Barricade with much better fit for a
wide forefoot person like myself. No heat issues, good even wear. Similar fit to the K Swiss Defier RS but a little narrower in the
heel which is good for me as it keeps the heel in. A little less squishy that the KS sole-wise. As good a shoe as I have had.
From: S.M., 2/13
Comments: This is the second one I got from HEAD. They are so good. The comfort is the best when you are
playing. I recommend 100%.
From: Julio, 1/13
Comments: Really good shoe. I've worn barricades for the past 5+ years and have switched to these. They feel a
little higher in the heel but just as stable. A little bit of a break-in period, but a great fit for a wide foot. I swapped out the insoles
and it is an extremely comfortable shoe. Also, it has runner's lace-locks to keep your heel secure. I didn't have a problem with
heat or ventilation - no better or worse than barricades.
From: J.D., 1/13
Comments: I've had these shoes for a couple of weeks and played a few matches in them. It's the winter indoor
season here but I don't find the shoes to be abnormally hot at all. They seem just fine. They have a wide forefoot and a narrow,
slightly elevated heel (like many Adidas) which is exactly what I need. These and KSwiss generally fit me well but I find the lateral
heel support of these to be superior and snugger. They are medium weight and provide good support and cushioning. Good
grip. Overall, a very good shoe fit and feel wise for me, too soon to tell wear wise.
From: Anon, 12/12
Comments: You absolutely cannot breathe in these shoes. Ventilation is horrible. I tested just by
walking in them for a day and my feet were sweating. I didn't even step on the court!
From: EC, 5/12
Comments: I have wide feet and had toe bleeding with worn-in Nike Ballistec 4.1. With the herringbone
version of the Prestige Pro II, I wore them for one day off court, and played today- no problems with toes. Nike Ballistec
4.1 is more comfortable and perhaps stable but for my feet, only for light practice. Prestige Pro II don't have
indestructible feel of the adidas Barricade 5's but a fine/great shoe for my feet.
From: Manolis, 4/12
Comments: I purchased this shoe based on the high reviews for comfort. Aside from the added
cushioning in the heels, there was little comfort to be found in this shoe, especially in the forefoot which was very
harsh and plastic feeling. Also, the outsole durability is terrible, even the Lunar Vapor shoes are more durable than this
one. While it does have good stability,
I felt the outsole material to be too 'boxy' and brick-like. There was a very clunky feel on the court. It was not worth
even sending back to get replacements, in my opinion.
From: James, 4/12
Comments: These are definitely one of the heavier tennis shoes on the market. Besides the
weight they felt good on my feet so I gave them a try. After two matches, the circular "head
radical contact" tore off the bottom of the shoe. Also, the breathability was fairly poor and
we are not even into Summer temps. I returned these shoes due to lack of durability and the
From: Danny, 3/12
Comments: Great shoe for players with wide, flat feet, but the major downside is the durability of the
tops of my shoes still look brand new, but the soles are too worn to play - and I have only been playing in them once a
week for 5
months. I felt a little sluggish on the court with these shoes - and they seem heavy.
From: Eric, 12/11
Comments: Great shoe from the start. Great traction and stability. The rubber is definitely geared toward
playing on a damp court was easy without sliding. Comfort is also great but the insert does lose its cushion after a
I play at least 2 singles matches a week and the toes have gone smooth after 3 months and have just started to break
rubber. I can also add that the rubber compound is still very tacky even after going smooth. When compared to my last
shoes when they went smooth I'd have no traction at all. Overall, still a great shoe. I don't mind getting great traction
sacrificing durability. The 6 month replacement helps with that anyway.
From: Scott, 12/11
Comments: This is an awesome shoe in every category. I think it is better than the adidas Barricade. One
the durability is poor. I am a 4.5 player that plays on them 2 times a week and I still cant get them to last 6 months.
From: Anon, 12/11
Comments: Head has to increase the durability of the sole on these shoes! They are an absolute winner
From: Jeff, 10/11
Comments: I play exclusively on fast hard courts and am very quick on my feet. I can resoundingly agree
general claims made by the various players below. This shoe gets a 9 or 10 (on a 1-10 scale) in looks, comfort, and
would be my go-to shoe for the next several years if I didn't completely blow through the bottom of both shoes in less
months. The lack of quality on the outsole is almost inexplicable. Head engineers, if you are reading this: use better
in the shoe and you have a winner.
From: Damon, 10/11
Comments: These shoes were really comfortable. I switched to these from the new adidas Barricade's
way too narrow for my feet). The durability isn't that great, but it's not as bad as stated in the other comments at least
in my case!
These are well worth a try.
From: Sergio, 10/11
Comments: Sadly, this shoe wears out very fast. The top of my shoe looks brand new and the sole has a
hole at the
toe. Too bad because the shoe is the best I have ever worn. I have tried a lot of brands.
From: Bo, 8/11
Comments: Great comfort and support but very poor durability! Completely fell apart in less than three
play roughly 6 hours a week).
From: Matt, 8/11
Comments: I have the same comments as the others as far as excellent comfort with absolutely no
grooves in the sole near the toe and heel wear down literally after the first time playing. Within 2 to 3 weeks, they are
slick. By the
4th week the soles are falling apart, and I only play about 3 times a week!
From: Russ, 8/11
Comments: The positives of this shoe were great support, allowed me to play fearlessly, and there is no
period. A couple negatives were that I wore through toe in 2 weeks and wore through sole in 3 weeks. I play around
30+ hrs a
week. The verdict is I will buy them again, but will have to pick up my feet more.
From: Ian, 7/11
Comments: This is a very comfortable shoe but I'm disappointed with the durability. I play 3 times a
week and after
2 months the sole is coming apart.
From: Mark Leonard. 6/11
Comments: Great style, very comfortable. The downside to these shoes is durability! This is supposed to
be a 6
month shoe. Less than 3 weeks the outsole is already showing in the toe area. I have been wearing the Prince T22
shoes and they
are awesome for durability. They are usually ready for replacement in 5-6 months. I just got tired of the Prince styling,
hasn't changed much lately and thought the more stylish Head shoes would be a nice change. I guess you can't have it
From: Bob. 5/11
Comments: These aren't for anyone with a narrow heel but durability seems okay. I had an
issue with foot movement inside of the shoe.
From: David, Orlando, FL, USA. 5/11
Comments: This shoe is pretty comfortable and has support. The downfall is durability.
I've had mine for 2 weeks and I'm already starting to wear through them.
From: Jordan, IL, USA. 4/11
Comments: One of the best shoe's I've ever tried. The last edition had a few flaws and now they came
out with this
shoe with style and comfort. Last model would rip on top when hitting a slice. This came reinforced to avoid this
problem. All in
all a great shoe.
From: Juan, San Diego, CA, USA, 03/11