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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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A review of the Asics Gel-Blast 5 Squash Shoes

Asics Gel Blast 5 Yellow Lightning Black The Asics Gel-Blast series of shoes have been our best selling pair of squash shoes for years. They sell well because of how good of shoe they are for squash. Their performance characteristics are excellent and they are incredibly comfortable. Let’s take a look at some of the key technologies Asics has incorporated in to the the Asics Gel-Blast 5 and see how they benefit the squash player.

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Qatar Classic 2013 – Nick Matthew and the Hi-Tec Infinity Flare

Edit – Please read comments below as it appears that Nick may not have been wearing the Infinity Flare but an older model that was altered to have the same colour scheme.

Nick Matthew and Mohamed Elshorbaby at the Qatar Classic 2013

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The Qatar Classic 2013 Championship just finished and what a tournament it was. There were a number of unexpected upsets. Daryl Selby took out James Willstrop, Borja Golan elminated Gregory Gaultier and Mohamed Elshorbagy beat Karim Darwish. That left us with a Nick Matthew vs Mohamed Elshorbaby final. What a final it was. A massive battle between two tremendous players. Shorbagy came through and won his first World Series event with a hard fought 5-game victory.

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Salming Squash Shoes now available at Control the ‘T’ Sports

Contact: Jeff Warren
Phone: 1-877-370-4661
Email: jeff@controlthet.com


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Control the ‘T’ Sports is very pleased to now be carrying Salming’s line of shoes for squash. We are carrying the very light Salming Race R1 and the terrific Salming X-Factor 3 models. The Salming Race R1 are a terrific choice for the player looking for a light weight show with good cushioning and exceptional performance.  The Salming X-Factor 3 are an extremely durable shoe packed with all of the technological advancements that Salming has to offer.  Continue reading

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Another Review of the Hi-Tec Infinity Flare Squash Shoes

I am lucky enough to know the Canadian #1 under 19 player Cameron Seth.  Cameron is off to University but is from my hometown and grew up playing out of my home club. Cam just recently switched to using the Hi-Tec Infinity Flare Squash shoes.  I asked if he would be kind enough to provide his opinion on them after he had a chance to use them for a while.  Knowing Cam and the work he does on the court and the level he plays at his opinion of them is pretty valuable. Here is what he wrote:

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Review of the Hi-Tec V-Lite Infinity Flare Squash Shoes

Hi-Tec V-Lite Infinity Flare Squash Shoes as used by Nick Matthew

The new shoes of Nick Matthew are in stock as we announced earlier.  There has been a great deal of interest in them and one my customers was nice enough to provide some feedback on them.  The feedback very much supports the marketing of the technology behind the shoes which was nice to see.  In particular that the offset lacing holds the foot in place better than traditional lacing.  I hope this review is helpful for those of you considering purchasing these great shoes.  If you do want to purchase a pair please click here.

Review of the Hi-Tec Infinity Flare Squash Shoes

“So here is my review so far…..

Shoe fits same as Gel Blast 4…….The offset lacing running down the bone to the big toe seems to hold my foot a bit better in the shoe though. As a result, there was no backward/forward or left/right movement of my foot in the shoe whatsoever.

So if you have a customer coming out of Gel Blast 4’s, I would advise they get the same size.

……..The extra material on the outside of the shoe (from the laces being offset), also seemed very supportive (I tend to put a lot of pressure on this part of the shoe)

The shoe is very stable with great grip…….My court footwork needs work, but I am very quick..…As a result I end up lunging an awful lot, and I felt extremely comfortable moving aggressively around the court.

They don’t have the Rhino skin like the Gel Blast, and with all my lunging I have a lot of toe drag….I have burned through the big toe joint part on all of my squash shoes, so we will see how these shoes stand up to the punishment.

So, I really like these shoes, and am glad I decided to try something different and get them.

Thanks very much for getting them to me so quickly.”


Please note this model of the Infinity Flare is discontinued.  We do have the latest, improved model in stock. If you are interested in a pair click on the “View in store” link below.

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Asics Gel-Blast 4 Green Indoor Court Shoes

Buy the Asics Gel-Blast 4 Green Indoor Courts shoes from Control the 'T' SportsThey look great, feel great, and perform great!  The new colour of the Asics Gel-Blast 4 has been selling tremendously for us. Why?  It is simple, not only does the new colour look really incredible more importantly the shoes themselves are just tremendous.

The support they provide is second to none for squash. Squash is a very demanding game on your shoes and feet. We are constantly changing directions and need our shoes to perform well under these conditions.  The Asics Gel-Blast 4 excel at this.  They are by the best I have ever used for this.  They instill confidence in the player that they can plant their foot hard to stop and change direction and not have to worry about their shoes not being to handle the directional change.

Not only do they perform well they do so while providing excellent comfort.  The Asics Gel Blast series is noted for fitting like a glove and the 4 is no different.  The Gel system almost molds the shoe to your foot while providing excellent cushioning in the both fore and rear of the shoe.

The Asics Gel-Blast 4 have several improvements over there predecessors.  The addition of AHAR rubber around the toe-box really helps improve durability in this high wear area. The mesh upper greatly improves breathability of the shoe.

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Product Announcement – Hi-Tec S701 Indoor Court Shoes

What do Amr Shabana, James Willstrop and David Palmer have in common?  The Hi-Tec S701 Indoor Court Shoes. We have just received our initial shipment and have sizes 7-12 and 13 in stock. Be one of the first squash players to use these great shoes and pickup a pair. The Hi-Tec S701 Indoor Court Shoes can be found at our online store.

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