Wilson Tour Ikon Women's Shoe Review
- No break-in comfort
- Plush cushioning
- Mediocre stability
The Wilson Tour Ikon provides comfort and support from the first step. Our playtesters loved the cushioning and found the out-of-the-box comfort lasted the length of playtest. Issues, though, arose with the high-riding feel of the shoes. The height of the shoes off the ground made our playtesters feel unstable and unsure of their movement, and the testers didn't get to test out the traction as well as they would have liked because of some hesitation. The Tour Ikon was impressive in the durability department and is backed by a six-month durability guarantee. Our playtesters didn't mind the weight and could move without feeling weighed down, though they thought the weight was slightly more noticeable due to the overall bulky feel of the shoe. In the end, the Wilson Tour Ikon found its niche as a comfortable shoe that provides plush cushioning and lasting durability.
Comfort - Score: 4.7
With ReactiveGel and DST Foam, the Tour Ikon soothed our testers' feet. For Siobhan, the cushioning was the most enjoyable characteristic of this shoe. She said, "This shoe felt great right out of the box with good cushioning and padding, both within the shoe and around the ankle collar. It was comfortable to move in, even after long training periods, and with no break-in period, who could ask for more?!"
Karly agreed, saying, "My favorite thing about these shoes was the cushioning. Right out of the box the Tour Ikons were extremely comfortable shoes. I found myself wearing them around a lot longer than I normally would after hitting. They were extremely soft, well padded and had lots of cushioning - now I'd say that's a good recipe for a very comfortable shoe."
Ventilation - Score: 3.7
Featuring a combination of synthetic leather and mesh, the Tour Ikon's ventilation features were sufficient to keep our playtesters' feet feeling fresh during play. Karly found the ventilation adequate on the Tour Ikons, saying, "After looking at the shoe I wasn't expecting much ventilation (if any at all) because of all the padding and the fairly dense upper. But I think they did an OK job keeping my feet ventilated. There were times when my feet felt a little heated, though it wasn't enough to bother me or make me want to change socks."
Siobhan liked how her feet felt in these shoes. She said, "Ventilation was fine. To be honest, I didn't really notice it that much, which is always a good thing. Breathability was definitely adequate, and while my feet weren't necessarily cool, they never overheated."
Arch Support - Score: 3.9
Though the arch support sits lower than medium in the Tour Ikon, our testers had no issues. Finding the arch support average but supportive was Karly. She said, "They definitely weren't the highest of arches, but they also didn't cause any issues for me. My feet never ached while playing in them, and that's really all I could ask for from an insole."
Siobhan liked the comfort provided over the period of a match, saying, "Again, I have nothing to complain about. The support wasn't the best I've ever felt (it's always nice to feel the arch there a little bit more), but if I'm judging it by comfort over the period of a match, this shoe was more than adequate."
Foot Support/Stability - Score: 2.9
The plush cushioning helped contribute to a higher ride in the Tour Ikon, and our playtesters felt a little unstable and unwilling to move as aggressively as they would have liked. Karly didn't find the stability to be up to standard. She said, "Stable would probably be one of the last words to come to mind when describing these shoes. I felt too high off the ground to feel any kind of stability. These shoes didn't give me much confidence to move aggressively, and I became very hesitant when changing directions. Unfortunately, most of the time I was focusing on trying not to roll an ankle rather than making my shots."
Agreeing with Karly, Siobhan said, "I didn't like the feeling of being higher off the ground than I'm used to. I associate a low ride with speed-friendly shoes that encourage aggressive movements. I felt OK moving in them, but I wouldn't take the same movement risks that I normally would. With normal movement, doubles or rallying, everything was great, but I just didn't feel like these shoes were conducive to really aggressive footwork or direction changes."
Overall Sole Durability - Score: 4.0
The Tour Ikon's durability was impressive. Siobhan thought the shoes had minimal wear and smoothing after the playtest. She said, "They have good durability. I put in a lot of hours on these shoes, and at the end of the playtest they were still in good condition. A tiny bit of wear on the edge of the toe, which is where I usually see it, but nothing more than minimal."
Karly liked the durability but noticed a little bit of balding. She said, "I noticed a little bit of wear after a few hours of play, but I definitely thought they offered better than average durability. Most of the damage was toward the toe, and from the balls of my feet down to the heel the shoes still look new. It was probably the drastic slant of the upper part of the sole that kept me on my toes while playing and caused that wear."
Toe Durability - Score: 4.4
The toes also held up well during the playtest. Karly thought that the shoes provided excellent coverage around the toes. She said, "I was really impressed with how the toe bumper still looks brand new. I don't think I have to worry about causing any wear to the toe box because of the very protective material on the upper."
Traction - Score: 4.0
Traction on this shoe got the short straw, as the playtesters were too nervous to really test it out. Siobhan enjoyed the traction of the Tour Ikon when she was rallying. She said, "The traction was actually good, although I think that because of the issue I had with stability I wasn't able to push it as much as I would have liked, and I wasn't really able to see how good the traction was. But on that note, the moving I did do was without slippage or sliding."
Karly was also hesitant. She offered, "I'd say the shoe had decent traction. I was able to get a nice grip on the court and never came close to sliding. However, because of the lack of foot support I was too afraid of rolling an ankle to really put the traction to the full test."
Weight - Score: 3.5
The Tour Ikon's weight was acceptable, but our testers felt it could have benefited from being a couple of grams lighter. Karly thought the shoe played slightly heavier than its actual weight, saying, "The high-off-the-ground feel might've contributed to it, but I thought these shoes slowed me down a little more than other shoes that are in the same weight category. I also thought that the extra padding made the shoe feel bulky and clunky, two words that I generally try to avoid when picking out a speedy shoe."
Siobhan also found the shoe to be a little heavier than she liked. She said, "It was a little heavier, but it wasn't too heavy. I've definitely played in heavier, but it wasn't as light as I personally like. It's not that I was necessarily slower, I just felt like the design and the weight didn't translate to really fast movements."
Overall - Score: 3.7
Karly - "The cushioning made it hard for me to take these shoes off! With all its padding, I wasn't sure if I was wearing shoes or pillows on my feet."
Siobhan - "They were comfortable and offered good durability."
Karly -"The stability needed improvement. I was afraid to make any quick lateral movements due to the high-off-the-ground feel and the low support around my ankles."
Siobhan - "I didn't feel comfortable moving aggressively and changing directions due to the elevation off the ground, and the shoes felt a little bulky and heavy, which added to the problem."
Comparing the Tour Ikon to other shoes they've worn, our testers said:
Karly - "The cushioning reminded me of the Barricade 7s. Both shoes provided a great amount of padding, making them very comfortable shoes to wear on the court."
Siobhan - "The weight and bulkiness reminded me of the Babolat Propulse 3, although they are definitely more comfort oriented and a little less streamlined."
Playtester Foot Types:
Karly - Medium width / Medium-low arch
Siobhan - Medium width / High arch
Review date: May 2012. If you found this review interesting or have further questions or comments please contact us.
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