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Review of the Salming Viper 2.0 Shoes

About three weeksSalming Viper Gecko Green Squash Shoes ago I picked up a pair of the Salming Viper 2.0 squash shoes and I feel like I am wearing nothing on my feet but with all the good results I expected. They are very light shoes with a lower cut on the ankle, less cushioning on the forefoot for a better closer-to-the-court feel, and increased breathability on the top. Also, you can tell Salming concentrated on lateral support when designing these shoes as there are some technologies and features that work towards that. I feel quicker and more comfortable when I wear them on court which is really nice as shoes are one of the most important squash gear.

It is easier to move on court with the Vipers due to all the different technologies it includes. I will list them, what they do, and how I feel they impacted my movement and comfort on court:

Roll Bar

Roll Bar

The roll bar is located on the inner side of the outer sole of the shoe. Here, the shoe features an increased radius which facilitates toe push off as well as rolling the foot inwards.

This is great for squash since maximized toe push off saves time when starting your movement towards the ball. The roll bar in the vipers will help you launch quicker from a standing position. I noticed that this, with the reduced weight of the shoe, helped me get to shots faster than with my previous shoes. I was able to concentrate more on my balance and footwork once I already reached the ball, since I had more time to do it.

T.G.S 62/75 (Torsion Guide System)

Salming has designed the distance from the heel to the ball of the foot (62% of the shoe) with extra stability, which ends at a 75 degree angle. In front of the 75 degree line the shoe features extra flexibility to help emulate the natural lateral and forwards movements of the foot. This technology takes all of the gait cycle’s phases into play.TGS Viper

I believe this is what makes me feel like I am wearing nothing on my feet when I play. Providing more stability on the heel and a more natural movement at the front, every step I took felt very comfortable and light. If you have the chance to look at one of these shoes in person, try bending the front of it and notice how easy it is to do it; a good thing since it doesn’t restrict your foot’s natural movement at all.

3 Layer Construction

The first layer of the top of the shoe adds breathability and comfort, the second one is the ‘exoskeleton’ which adds stability on lateral movements as it keeps the foot in place, and the third one surrounds the first two adding durability to the shoe.3 Layer Viper

From this I just have to say that breathability is really good. I noticed after playing that my feet were cooler than with my previous shoes which is always a nice thing. Also, the extra lateral support is a great bonus as well as you want your feet to stay in place when applying lateral pressure on them.

LMS (Lateral Movement Stabilizer)

A dual torsion unit that supports the foot during fast and irregular lateral movements.

There are two parts of the LMS in the shoe. One is at the middle of the sole on the inner part of the foot, and the other one is at the outer edge of the shoe from the middle to the front of the foot. I noticed the shoes helped me keep my balance whenever I had to attack shots on the middle of the court, i.e. I had to move sideways from the ‘T’ to the side wall. They provided great support as I lunged for the shot, as well as when I needed to quickly come back to the ‘T’. Furthermore, they prevent the foot from rolling on its side which is great since it provides extra protection against ankle injuries.LMS + LMS

The Salming Viper 2.0 shoes are excellent for speed, comfort, and lateral stability/support. I have used these for not too long and I already love them. Noticing improved speed and stability on court, I would highly recommend these shoes to any type of player.

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The Salming Viper 2.0 are now in stock

Salming Viper Gecko Green Squash ShoesThe new Salming Viper 2.0 have arrived at Control the ‘T’ Sports! There are 2 new colours. A gecko green colour scheme and a white colour scheme. The 2.0 version features the same technologies at the original Viper version but have been made slightly stronger on the medial side to protect better against the foot drag on the medial side. The original technologies that have made this shoe such a great performing squash shoe are Rollbar, XR110 Rubber, T.G.S. 62/75,  3 Layer Construction, LMS+, ErgoHeelCup, and RunLite. The feature Salming cushioning foam in the rearfoot to help absorb shock. Unlike the Race series they not have the rebound foam in the forefoot area. They are designed to keep the player closer and more connected to the court which helps performance. Continue reading

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We are proud to now be sponsoring Samantha Cornett

It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce that we are now sponsoring Sam Cornett for her court footwear. Sam plays in ASICS. Sam is an incredible squash player and is also a real ambassador for the game. We at Control the ‘T’ Sports are very proud to be associated with such an outstanding individual.

Jessica DiMauro, Sam’s personal coach, former junior women’s national coach, and high performance player had this to say about Sam:

“Sam Cornett is driven, talented and professional. A fierce but fair competitor, Sam will let nothing stand in the way of her goals. Not only one of the best women’s squash players to come out of Canada, she is also highly-regarded as one of the nicest and more promising players on the women’s pro tour. We are lucky to have Sam representing Canada as she is a great ambassador for squash here at home and around the world.”

Samantha Cornett Gold MedalThe opportunity to sponsor Sam came from a chance meeting at the National Squash Academy. I was there to watch an event as was Sam. I introduced myself and brought up the subject of sponsoring her for her footwear. I knew she played in ASICS and I also knew some other shoe companies had looked at sponsoring her. As a retailer, rather than a manufacturer we have a fairly unique opportunity of being able to work with the player to find the correct shoe for them and are not limited by brand. Court shoes are critical in squash, as they are in any sport where movement is important and finding the pair of shoes that best suit the player is imperative. For Sam finding the correct pair meant sticking with what she was already playing in, a pair of ASICS.

Sam’s current stop on the WSA tour is the Granite Open in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Granite Open is a WSA Silver 25 event and as of writing this Sam has just made it through the qualifying draw. Best of luck in the main draw Sam!

To check out our selection of ASICS shoes please click here. We also carry Sam’s signature racquet from Black Knight which you can check out here.

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Court Shoe Cushioning 101

In dealing with the rigorously physical demands of squash, a shoe must carry a few important qualities be considered suitable for the game.  They must be lightweight, supportive, durable and comfortable enough to allow its wearer to perform to the best of their abilities.  From the standpoint of player safety and performance, it is beneficial for a shoe to allow the players foot to be as close to the court as possible. This is the case since it facilitates quick and aggressive lateral movements while lowering the likelihood of rolling an ankle.

On a quick comparison of a running shoe to a squash shoe, you would notice that on average running shoes, which are designed exclusively for forward motion, have thicker soles than court shoes.  I have to admit, when I first made this observation, questions immediately arose in my mind regarding the quality of the cushioning you’d receive from an indoor court shoe.  Especially since they are designed to have a very thin sole and carry no extra material keeping them as lightweight as possible.  After burning through a few different pairs of kicks, I’ve come to appreciate the research and engineering which has gone into incorporating adequate cushioning in areas of the foot that need it most. Let’s compare and contrast some of the techniques and materials companies utilized by two of our more popular shoe makers to ensure a properly cushioned court shoe.
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A review of the Salming Viper Squash Shoes

As I have mentioned here many times in the past I love receiving new squash gear. So as you can imagine I was very excited when the new Salming shoes arrived this month. There are a couple of new colour options of the Race R1 2.0, there is the Race R2 2.0 which we did not carry previously and also the Race R9 Mid. Also in the order was the completely new Salming Viper.
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Amr Shabana and the Salming Race R1 2.0 Squash Shoes

I learned just before the Tournament of Champions that Salming had signed Amr Shabana. My contact was not sure if he would be playing with them at the tournament as he had just signed and indeed he did not. He did however play with the Salming Race R1 2.0 at the Case Swedish Open 2014 in his first round match.

Amr Shabana hoisting the trophy after winning the 2014 Tournament of Champions

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