Be as flexible as a blade of grass with the Gel Blade 6. This badminton trainer from Asics is made using pliable materials that allow the foot to move naturally, making the player more agile on the court.
The seamless upper provides a smooth interior that prevents chafing. It also has ventilation features for a more comfortable in-shoe experience.
The bottom of the shoe offers traction in various directions for surefootedness. As for the cushioning unit, it is built to deliver excellent shock absorption despite its low-profile construction.
The Gel Blade 6 employs two types of rubbers. The first is the NC rubber compound which has more natural rubber in it, allowing it to be sticky on indoor court floors. The second is the Asics High Abrasion Rubber or AHAR, which is engineered to withstand the abrasion from in-court action.
The outsole uses a tread pattern that promotes multi-directional traction to support players as they move swiftly around the court. The forefoot has a pivot point that assists wearers to quickly turn when needed. The outsole rises up front, protecting the toes against abrasion and bumps.
If a smoother heel-to-toe transition is desired, check out the Mizuno Thunder Blade. This badminton trainer has the Dynamotion Groove that also enhances side-to-side stability.
Badminton players need a cushioning unit that will allow them to move back and forth in a quick manner without dulling the momentum. The Asics Gel Blade 6 is equipped with several responsive materials that will enable them to be sprightly.
The SpEVA foam is lightweight and has a quick recovery property that transforms shock from impact into energy for take-off. Asics’ proprietary Gel technology is found under the heel. This element reduced the impact felt during heel landing.
Inside this badminton trainer is an EVA foam sockliner. This layer not only amplifies underfoot comfort but also ensures the foot doesn’t slide inside the trainer.
The midsole has a 10-mm drop, which means that the heel is situated a little higher compared to the forefoot. This construction allows the forefoot to be more flexible to support forward and sideward steps. As for the elevated heel, the additional cushioning helps with shock absorption when the user takes a step back.
For comfort and maximum foothold, the Gel Blade 6 employs a seamless upper. This no-sew construction promotes comfort by reducing friction inside the shoe. It prevents chafing and irritation of the foot.
Perforations are present on the vamp. They help aerate the interior to keep the foot fresh during long periods of play. The tongue is covered in a mesh fabric which also helps with the upper’s breathability.
Snugness at the midfoot can be customized using the traditional lacing system. The plush tongue and collar assist with the secure foothold provided by the upper.