ASICS Solution Speed FF 2 tennis shoes review
Leading tennis shoe brand ASICS offers three shoes in its tennis line, the Solution Speed being the lightest in the line for attacking players who like to use the entire court. The Speed FF 2 Solution has been updated for 2021 with a focus on new technologies designed to improve player speed from baseline. When the new shoes arrived at the Tennishead office we were eager to try them on and here are the results.
Founded on the principles of “Kaizen”, ASICS is a world leader in tennis shoes and relies on research and technology to guide its products. “Kaizen” literally means continuous improvement, which is why the brand will often update existing shoes to try and take advantage of the small improvements that can be the difference between winning and losing in professional tennis. We’ve always admired the fact that the shoe you see Novak Djokovic wearing to win Grand Slam tournaments is exactly the same as the shoe you can buy for yourself.
This second version of the Solution Speed FF has benefited from a number of technological improvements as well as new funky color schemes.
The toe has received a new traction system to help improve your ability to run forward to chase those annoying falls. A split outsole separates the front and back of the sole to improve flexibility in lateral movements and reduce the weight of the shoe. The foam in the heel of the shoe, called Flytefoam, has been updated specifically for tennis shoes to provide even more cushioning exactly where a tennis player needs it.
But would the shoe live up to those claims when we send our testers out into the field to try it out?
Watch our testers try the ASICS Speed FF 2 solution
The game test
Testing shoes right out of the box can be a very personal experience, which is why we always have several different testers to receive a variety of feedback based on their opinion. We make sure they try the shoe on in whatever situation they would face on the tennis court, from taking the shoe straight from the box, trying it on and then finishing it off with a competitive game.
Our Tennishead game testers for ASICS Solution Speed FF 2 review were:
Will: considers himself a “punch-back” style of play and has been playing tennis for 16 years
Sue: A player who considers herself a “grassroots fan” has been playing tennis for 30 years.
- Initial feedback on the first sight of the shoe out of the box
Will was the first to try on his new shoes and he said, “I thought of WOW when I first opened the box. Very bright as you can see. I wouldn’t miss you in the field for sure, but for me I probably wouldn’t choose them in the trade, but if you want to stand out, they are there.
Sue then took out her shoes. “I was pleasantly surprised by the color, an unusual color, a little muted but I like having a little bit of color on my feet and I think they go really well with the socks so I really like them.”
- When you try the shoe for the first time
Will, after putting on his shoes for the first time, said: “I immediately realized how much they support me. They are tight in the right places. I can really feel the stability between my ankles and where it really matters, but with that I get the sponge and the softness of the soul which is good.
Sue then tried hers on and said, “The fit is absolutely perfect. I don’t have any area inside the shoe where my feet are uncomfortable at all and also underneath they are quite nice and supported and a bit soft and padded so they are soft under the foot.
Will and Sue then warmed up before tennis. Will said: “It was good to run with them. They felt really light. I didn’t feel like they were weighing me down too much. I tried to change direction and things like that and they were really supportive and gentle on me. “
Sue said, “The shoes were light. They felt like they had a lot of stability, especially on the outside side, and they felt like they had a good rebound. “
- Hitting groundstrokes and volleys
Will then walked over to the baseline to start hitting balls, “These shoes felt really good during the action. They were soft underfoot, quite light and I feel like I was doing it. could definitely play with it.
Sue commented, “To be honest I didn’t notice they were on my feet which I think is an amazing thing for a pair you literally just put on. They feel very light, very stable. I quickly felt on the court. Really nice.”
- Did you feel the improved toe traction system?
We asked Will about the increased grip in the toe, but he said, “I didn’t feel that as such, no. If I had known this before, I might have searched a bit more, but I couldn’t find it. “
Sue also said: “I don’t think I moved into the net at all so I don’t think I noticed that to be honest.”
- Does split sole technology help flexibility and a lighter shoe?
Will commented, “I think I could definitely feel it. The flexibility of the shoe was very good. The lateral movement was very good. I could really push my toes back and the heel pad allowed me to absorb the impact so it was really good.
Sue said, “Definitely they feel very light and they feel manageable actually. It doesn’t make it feel like it’s stiff underfoot because of it so they feel good.
- Did you like the extra foam in the heel that seems to provide better cushioning?
Asked about it, Will said, “I could definitely feel the heel thickness a bit more as I already have ASICS shoes at the moment and the heel was a bit thinner than that so I could really feel the heel. difference here. . Gave me a little more support as I move forward and backward.
Sue said, “Yeah, they feel really good cushioned underfoot.”
- These shoes are £ 130 / $ 130 / € 150, is that a fair price?
Sue said: “For a high end shoe that they are, I think it’s a comparable price and I would pay it without a doubt.”
On this point, Will commented: “£ 130 is fair, I would say it. As Sue said, the shoes are top of the line with this new technology. I think they are definitely worth it compared to other shoes on the market.
- After you’ve tied the laces, how do you feel about the material that will stay put?
Will specifically noticed this and said, “Yeah, I’ve had issues with ASICS laces being a little too thin before. These are a little thicker, a little more robust. I think these are better quality materials which will hopefully keep them in shape and not tear like some of the other competitors.
In conclusion then ..
Our testers seem to be impressed with the fit and comfort of these shoes right out of the box, which can be a hard feeling to achieve with new shoes.
The Speed 2 Solution definitely gains in lightness, flexibility and support with most but not all of the new technologies having an impact. The color scheme of the men’s shoe may not be to everyone’s taste, but as always ASICS offers a variety of colors.
With the shoe seemingly offering decent value for money, there’s nothing stopping you from trying a pair for yourself, if you think the Solution Speed FF will suit your playing style.
Buy these shoes …
Visit ASICS.com to purchase a pair of the new ASICS Solution Speed FF 2