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Bring in the storm when you hit the court with the Thunder Blade. This pair of Mizuno badminton shoes is built to be as powerful as a rumbling thunder and as fast as a lightning strike.
The upper is lightweight and breathable but still provides a proper foothold. The cushioning unit is bouncy for shock absorption. The underside is made of grippy rubber. The combination of these technologies allows for quick, multi-directional movements and fast recovery.
Traction. The underside of the Thunder Blade is made of gum rubber. This compound is non-marking. It is also sticky on indoor court floors, allowing users to move from one position to another swiftly without slipping. The mix of groove and disc treads facilitate multi-directional traction as well as ease of turning. The outsole of this badminton trainer also extends to the front of the footgear to help with toe push-off while also protecting against bumps and abrasions.
Steadiness. The outsole also has the Dynamotion Groove. The presence of these furrows permits the outsole to expand and provide stability during side-to-side movements.
Cushioning. The midsole of the Mizuno Thunder Blade is crafted from compressed EVA foam. This compound provides excellent shock absorption by spreading the force of impact throughout the midsole. This layer aims to reduce pain and injuries.
Inside the trainer is the Premium Insock. This removable insole amplifies shock attenuation and prevents the foot from sliding inside the trainer. It also enhances underfoot comfort factor.
The Thunder Blade might be confused with the Gel Blade 7, but the latter is made by Asics. The Gel Blade 6 is suited for players who want more cushioning under the heel as it employs the brand’s Rearfoot Gel technology.
Comfort. The AIRmesh material makes up the top of the Thunder Blade. This fabric is soft to facilitate natural foot movements. It is also breathable to keep the foot fresh no matter how intense the game becomes. The inside of this badminton trainer is lined with a soft fabric that helps with moisture and heat control. The cloth also prevents irritation or chafing.
Foothold. Synthetic overlays reinforce high-wear areas. They protect against abrasion. The overlays form a cage-like structure that integrates with the lacing system to help with lateral support. It wraps the heel to keep it steady during the heel-to-toe transition.
- Sticky rubber easily attracts dirt, which may lead players to slip in indoor courts. It is recommended not to use the Mizuno Thunder Blade outdoors. Wiping the outsole with a damp rag before a game also helps retain its stickiness.