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A Review of the Salming 2017/2018 Indoor Court Shoe Lineup

Salming has a terrific selection of high performance indoor court shoes that are perfect for squash. Salming is very active in sponsoring Professional Squash Association (PSA) players and marketing their brand in association with the PSA itself. As such they are very visible in the squash market. Most of their models are also quite eye catching and flashy so they are hard to miss. Salming’s real strength I believe in their line is providing very light, very comfortable, high performance indoor court shoes. There are 4 series of shoes from Salming: the Kobra, the Viper, the Race and the Adder. Each model has its own strength and those strengths will help determine what the right Salming shoe is for you.

Salming Kobra

Salming Kobra Royal/Yellow Indoor Court ShoesThe Kobra series are Salming’s top of the line shoe in both price point and technology. They provide excellent lateral support, excellent cushioning, and are very light and breath well.

Here is what Salming has to say about the Kobra:

“The Salming Kobra is a fast paced unique combination of lightweight, cushioning and stability. Together with all the unique Salming technologies, Kobra is wrapped up into one agile shoe.

A new Wrap Around System Design (WAS Design)
In order to facilitate agility and stability but still maintain the lightweight characteristics, we have designed the midsole rear end with higher side walls that wrap around the heel area. In combination with the LMS Plus 8° and the new fully integrated ExoSkeleton construction, it ensures an excellent stability and perfect fit.”

The lateral support provided by the Kobra is exceptional. I have found that the LMS+ system in combination with the ExoSkeleton that is incorporated in to the WAS Design really does keep your foot firmly planted in the shoe. This in turn helps keep you firmly planted to the court.

The cushioning system of the Kobra is designed to both provide comfort but also help with performance. Under the heel of the foot the Kobra has cushioning foam which is designed to absorb shock. As squash has a lot of lunging and longer strides most people will strike heel first. The cushioning foam system from Salming does an excellent job of absorbing that shock. In the mid to forefoot area of the shoes Salming has used a rebound foam system. The rebound foam will absorb shock of course but it also transfer energy back in to the foot to add more spring to your movement. It’s a smart design that really is there to provide comfort and aid in performance.

The Kobra are very light and breath extremely well. Salming is a real innovator in the indoor court shoe market in this aspect of the shoe. The shoes are so light and breath so well due to the use of mesh in the upper of the shoe. The mesh is what makes the shoe extremely light weight and also what allows it to breath so well. To provide the necessary stability to the shoe Salming has designed the Wrap Around System Design (WAS Design) in the Kobra. The WAS Design is the Exoskeleton system that comes up between the 2 layers of mesh from under the foot and integrates in to the loop the laces pass through. The Exoskeleton provides excellent strength to the shoe without adding very much weight. Where the Kobra is unique in the Salming line is that the Exoskeleton goes up in to the loop that the laces pass through which really allows the shoe to wrap around the foot.

To view the Salming Kobra in our online store click the “View Salming Kobra” button below.

View the Salming Kobra in our online store

Salming Viper

Salming Viper 4 Yellow/Orange Men's Indoor Court ShoesThe Salming Viper are all about performance. While they have a good cushioning system under your heel they are lower to the court than the Kobra in the mid to forefoot area. They keep you really connected to the court which really helps with movement. As with the Kobra the Viper feature a lot of mesh to keep the shoe light and to help it breath. Strength is provided by the Exoskeleton technology.

Here is what Salming has to say about the Viper:

“The Salming Viper is a fast paced agile shoe with a low profile and excellent stability characteristics. It incorporates the very best of Salming Indoor shoe technologies and then some. If you’re a fan of the Salming Race model you will find the Viper lower and with less cushioning in the fore-foot area, enabling a more close-to-the court feel plus a lighter and more breathable upper.

The construction has its origin in the Salming Running shoe product range, where it has been very well received with its three layer system where the unique Salming ExoSkeleton™ keeps the foot in the right position during lateral movements and high performance activities. Agile, fast paced with a low profile – The Viper.”

Once again lateral support in the Viper is excellent. The provide a wide base under the forefoot area and feature Salming LMS and LMS+ systems to really keep you foot planted on the court and help prevent ankle roll. Being such a low profile shoe helps with lateral support as well.

The Viper are a very comfortable shoe to wear. The cushioning under the heel is the same as in the other Salming models, a cushioning foam. The upper is quite soft as well while still providing the strength and stability needed by way of the Exoskeleton system. As they are lower to the court in the forefoot area you will feel the court more and there is less cushioning there compared to the Kobra or Race. They are designed this way intentionally. They are for the player looking for performance and not as worried about maximum cushioning.

To view the Salming Viper in our online store click the “View Salming Viper” button below.

View the Salming Viper in our online store

Salming Race X

Salming Race X Indoor Court Shoes endorsed by Ramy AshourThe Salming Race X are the latest in the Race series and are the shoes endorsed by Ramy Ashour. The Race X are a good performing pair of indoor court shoes but their claim to fame is comfort. They are a very soft pair of indoor court shoes and feature excellent cushioning in the heel area of the shoe and in the forefoot area.

Here is what Salming has to say about the Race X:

“The Race X is an updated version of the Salming race model powered with a new Exoskeleton™ design that is integrated with the lacing construction. The shoe’s upper is made from the same durable lightweight polyester fabric featured on the race providing virtually zero “break-in” time.”

If you play a lot and are looking to protect your feet from the wear and tear of the hard movements we squash players have to make on court then you should definitely take a look at the Race X. The cushioning foam under the heel of the foot and the rebound foam under the forefoot provide an ultra comfortable ride. The upper of the shoe is incredibly comfortable too and Salming’s claim of requiring virtually zero break-in time is accurate. You can take them out of the box, lace them up and go play!

While designed for comfort, the Race X do also perform well on court. They are used at all levels of the sport including many top level professional squash players. The LMS system provides good lateral support. The Exoskeleton system keeps the foot in place in the shoe even though the upper is incredibly soft and comfortable.

To view the Salming Race X in our online store click the “View Salming Race X” button below.

View the Salming Race X in our online store

Salming Adder

Salming Adder Black/Green Men's Indoor Court ShoesLast up in the line-up this year is the Salming Adder. The Adder are Salming’s more value priced offering. While they do not feature all of Salming’s top technologies they are still a very good pair of indoor court shoes that provide excellent performance on court.

Here is what Salming has to say about the Adder

“The Salming Adder is greatly inspired by the success Salming Viper in many aspects. Salming Adder provides the lowest profile (height from ground surface to your foot sole) of all Salming indoor shoes. This enables a great feel for the ground and great stability characteristics. The material in the midsole is a lightweight EVA compound and in the heel impact zone there’s a C35 compound designed to reduce impact forces.”

The Adder as noted by Salming are the lowest profile shoe they make. They are very low to the court which from a pure performance perspective is a real plus. While they do have Salming’s cushioning foam in the heel overall the player is lower to the court and there is less cushioning provided. The upper is a little more firm than the Kobra, Viper or Race. For the player that likes a very low to the court shoe and likes a shoe that is a little firmer than the other Salming models the Adder is good shoe to take a look at.

To view the Salming Adder in our online store click the “View Salming Adder” button below.

View the Salming Adder Indoor Court shoes in our online store

 

 

So that is the new lineup for the 2017/2018 season. Salming has incredible indoor court shoes that are designed with squash in mind. Their different models all provide some different strengths and there should be a model in their lineup that will work for the vast majority of squash players!

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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.

Salming Viper 2 Squash Shoes

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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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