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January 6, 2010

Review: Nike McEnroe Air Trainer 1

IMG00014-20091204-1505.jpgIf you've been reading What's All The Racquet for very long, you've probably noticed I'm in love with Nike Air Trainers - specifically the old ones I (and McEnroe) used to wear but also the new versions (See old posts here and here). Well, I finally bought a pair of the new Nike McEnroe Air Trainer 1's.

What can I say...I love them. I wear them nearly constantly.

Design-wise, they don't have the velcro strap of old, but that's ok. I actually think these are more stylish than the old ones. For the nostalgic among us, you can see below the details paying homage to Johnny Mac - from the inside of both tongues to the ranting McEnroe stick figure on the outside of the heel. Also, Nike throws in two additional pairs of laces - gray and green. That gives you the ability to choose your color and customize the shoes as you'd like. Seems like a small thing, but it adds an aspect of personalization that builds the emotional tie you have with the shoes.

I've both worked out in them and played tennis in them. Despite being VERY light and comfortable, they provide plenty of arch-support, and the mid-top holds in your ankle quite well. You can make cuts and change direction with confidence - a big deal for me as I have very weak ankles. With the larger panel design, the sole will be best on hard courts - I would imagine these being pretty slippery on clay or grass although I've not played on these surfaces.

Bottom line, the Nike McEnroe Air Trainers have exceeded my hopes, strongly recommend them.

Other Nike Air Trainers

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July 3, 2009

Tommy Haas wearing Nike shoes for Wimbledon, not K-Swiss

b_09_haas_06_getty_i_walton.jpgTommy Haas is supposed to be head-to-toe K-Swiss but looks like he's laced up his old sponsor, Nike, for Wimbledon. Haas isn't the first pro to switch up shoe brands for a given occasion, but I'm sure K-Swissisn't too happy.

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July 1, 2009

More on the New Nike Trainer 1

athletic-02.jpgMore on the new version of the classic Nike Air Trainer in WWD today. Looks like they're calling it the Trainer 1.

Some of the new specs for the mid-top versions (men's and women's) which are coming out this month:


  • 11.5-ounce men's and women's mid-top style features a

  • flexible, patent-pending DiamondFLX outsole

  • new lacing system

  • inner Dynamic Fit sleeve for forefoot lockdown

  • Max Air heel

  • $90 retail


High-top and low-top versions are scheduled to come out later in the year, as well as limited editions with special colorways and materials.

via WWD

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September 18, 2008

Babolat's New XS Racquets Hit the (Sweet) Spot

babolat.jpgBabolat, a leading manufacturer of tennis products, announces the introduction of a new range of high performance tennis racquets-the XS line-featuring Babolat's new Xtra Sweetspot technology.

To meet the needs of intermediate players, Babolat engineered the new XS line of lightweight and maneuverable racquets for optimal playability. The Babolat XS 102 and Babolat XS 105 are enhanced with Babolat's Xtra Sweetspot technology featuring an exclusive grommet design that significantly increases the sweet spot while providing a dampening affect and a longer contact time between the ball and string.

Babolat Xtra Sweetspot Technology
Babolat's exclusive Xtra Sweetspot technology employs a high-tech Pebax® material known for its lightweight, flexible, and resilient properties. The Pebax® grommets are positioned on each side of the XS racquet head to substantially enlarge the sweet spot. This combination provides for greater tolerance and power.

Folco Canonico, Babolat Senior Product Manager - Racquets explained the benefits saying, "Babolat's new grommet design gives you a visible advantage over other mid-plus racquets because you get the benefit of a larger sweet spot without having to enlarge the racquet head. So if you're a strong junior player or skilled intermediate, you can have the extra power with greater maneuverability and control without having to go to an oversize. You'll produce more forgiving shots with increased power."

Babolat XS 102 Racquet specifications:
Accessibility and tolerance for intermediate and strong
recreational players; lightweight, high-performance racquet

Head size: 102 sq. in.
Weight (unstrung): 9.3 oz.
Length: 27 in.
Composition: 100% High Modulus Graphite
Stiffness: RA: 68
Balance (unstrung): 345 mm
Stringing pattern: 16 x 20
Recommended strings: Addiction (comfort)
Technology: Xtra Sweetspot

Babolat XS 105 Racquet specifications:
Tolerance and all-around performance for intermediate,
recreational players and juniors; versatile, powerful racquet

Head size: 105 sq. in.
Weight (unstrung): 9.3 oz.
Length: 27 in.
Composition: 100% High Modulus Graphite
Stiffness: RA: 68
Balance (unstrung): 345 mm
Stringing pattern: 16 x 20
Recommended strings: Addiction (comfort)
Technology: Xtra Sweetspot

The new XS racquets will be priced at $119.00 (sold unstrung) and available in pro and tennis specialty stores starting in September 2008.

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August 6, 2008

Olympics Nike Apparel for Federer and Nadal

Here's a peek at the Olympics threads for Federer and Nadal, from Tennis Served Fresh
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July 15, 2008

Nike McEnroe Air Trainers Finally Available for Sale

Thumbnail image for air-zoom-tennis-trainer-101.jpgWe've been waiting for the new Nike re-issue of McEnroe Air Trainers (here and here), and now the wait is over!

You can get them today at Tennis Warehouse for $80

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June 23, 2008

Federer & Serena Push Fashion Boundaries at Wimbledon

fed ser wim.jpgIf you have read this blog for any period of time, you know I appreciate the classic looks in tennis. I'm not a fan of the sleeveless shirts or the graphics that are better suited on a low-rider than a tennis shirt. And that's not to say I don't like fashion forward tennis apparel either.

But we need to talk about the outfits Roger Federer and Serena Williams wore today to kick off Wimbledon. Let's start with Federer.

ser wim.jpgHe's the #1 player in the world, probably the best of all time. I appreciate he respects the tradition of Wimbledon. But does that mean he needs to look like Bill Tilden and Mr. Rogers' love child? The sweater makes him look like a prep schooler, not to mention its silly looking with the modern look of his regular apparel and headband.

His bag? Besides looking like a women's bag, its great...

On to Serena...

I like the look. And I like the coat. And I like both on her. But I just don't like the street clothes look on the tennis court. I didn't like her dominatrix boots, denim skirt and leather top a few years ago at the US Open. The same way I didn't like it when Agassi wore Levi's as warm up pants and denim shorts. I think where the line is for me is that you can be fashion forward all you want, but ultimately it needs to be within the tennis apparel family somehow.

My $.02

Photo via Daily Racquet

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June 10, 2008

Lacoste Stealth Collection Taking its Cues from Nike

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air-zoom-tennis-trainer-101.jpgI used to work in the footwear business. I understand that most shoe companies copy each other to one degree or another...there's only so much you can do with leather, rubber and mesh. So I wasn't surprised when I saw the Lacoste Stealth Collection at SneakerFiles and saw what to me looks a lot like the Nike Air Trainers that are set to be reissued this year. The Lacoste's likely don't have the tech, and are more fashion that function. And the colors aren't entirely the same, but they sure do look like they're from the same family.

Am I the only one seeing the resemblance? Let me know what you think.

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June 6, 2008

Nike - The real winner of the men's French Open final

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Nike, not to be outdone by its chief rival adidas, is outfitting the two men's finalists for the French Open. Both world #1 Roger Federer and world #2 Rafael Nadal are head-to-toe Nike guys.

Both companies are getting value for their sponsorship dollar this weekend for sure.

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May 23, 2008

Sharapova's French Open Dress from Nike

nike-dress-paris08.jpgIt wouldn't be a grand slam without the Nike/Sharapova fashion show. Here's her new dress - its very nice, clean lines, classic. We like it a lot. Looks like Sharapova was on a bender the night before this photo was taken, but we're not complaining...

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From Womens Tennis Blog

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May 22, 2008

Retro Nike Air Tech Challenge II Set for June

nike-air-tech-challenge-2-clay-blue.jpgIf you liked the new/old Nike Air Trainers I posted about recently, you'll love these - Nike Air Tech Challenge II Limited Edition in White / Tart - Clay Blue - Granite. They're expected to release in June.

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From SneakerFiles

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May 21, 2008

Nike Air Zoom Tennis Trainer - McEnroe redux

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I am sooooo getting these.

I wore the originals back in the 80's, they looked a little different and weren't the most durable, but they were super comfortable and I loved the look. The next gen of these came out in 2004 and retailed for $110. These will be at $80 (nice) and it has Johnny Mac's face embroider on the tongue.

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The original is below:
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From SneakerFiles.com

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May 20, 2008

Another Nike Classic Variation - Sweet Perforated White/Black

nike-sweet-classic-perforated-wht-blk-4.jpgLight, lets your foot breath, and a clean look. Very nice.

From SneakerFiles.com

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May 19, 2008

Nike Sportswear (NSW) Tshirt

NSWt-shirt.jpgCool Hunting clued us in on this cool Nike t-shirt. It is double layered--Nike's high tech Dri-Fit is used on the inside to wick away sweat and odor and 100% organic cotton on the outside. The logo is "soft-hand inks" that will become softer and more comfortable with each washing. And it has a new cut provides a modified more comfortable fit. Good fit, cool materials, better technology...what could be better?

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