Carlton Xelerate Mens Badminton Shoes, SportsDirect, £24.98 Delivered
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Carlton Xelerate Mens Badminton Shoes, SportsDirect, £24.98 Delivered

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Found 11th Jun 2015
I'm a bit of a brand snob when it comes to badminton things. Then again, I play at a level which I think justifies for it most of the time... (so he says)

However, if you are starting out, or an "OK, I want to get better player" I would strongly encourage to buy some proper badminton shoes to prevent rolling your ankle or killing your Achilles. Why? Instant power based Lateral movement is quite a specific movement and most shoes/trainers do not accommodate support for this.
Side topc; no tennis shoes are not the same, they do not give same support.
Squash is closer however squash shoes tend to be a little unforgiving,
No, running shoes give next to zero lateral support comparatively. and you will roll your ankle!

Which brings me onto the point what this compares to-
Hitec Squash shoes are ~£20 and closest competition to this,
Yonex budget models I would personally avoid (about £35-45+ you will then look into semi decent quality from Yonex)
Others like Acsis, Victor, etc, I would again stick with £30-35+ before you see quality.

Try it out, see if you like it, I had a pair when it was at £35 (because i was curious) but it didn't give me enough support compared to my £70+ yonex ones. If your prepared to spend that then go for Yonex instead :), if not, then this is a pretty good shout.

HTH

13 Comments

Original Poster

Just fyi, badminton racquets are another topic altogether, I rate Carlton quite high for what they are on racquets.
ie,
I paid 1/3 of the price of Yonex to get 85-90% of performance, which in my opinion is worthwhile.

or, some decent funky China brands at 1/10 of the price and still gives you 60% performance vs Yonex is great value for money (but this causes me too much grief haha, so I opt out of this option!)

I wouldn't buy a Carlton badminton racket, because it is poorly designed and less air designed compared to yonex. But I don't know how their shoes are?

heat for the price but as you say I think the slightly more expensive yonex provide more support and last longer

Voted hot because I like the colour!

Original Poster

josepaul9847

I wouldn't buy a Carlton badminton racket, because it is poorly designed … I wouldn't buy a Carlton badminton racket, because it is poorly designed and less air designed compared to yonex. But I don't know how their shoes are?



I disagree, have you tried the newer ranges of Carlton? I used to buy Yonex every year (£110+ a pop), since changing to the Carlton "Elite", though its a bit of a cannon its pretty sturdy and as mentioned previously its very compatible to performance for the price offering, (at one point it was £35!!). We also have the "Ignite", slightly head heavy very light racket, stuck a couple of weights on the head and it feels VERY similar to Yonex AT700 or AT900 but lighter. Or in Todays Yonex world similar to the VT80 but lighter.

I do admit the aero is perhaps not as good, however they dont snap like a twig like some Yonex does. I go regularly 26-28lbs. Yonex doesn't last too long on these and above string tension.

As you can probably see I've had most models of Yonex in the past and present (Brand snob)

timbeech33

heat for the price but as you say I think the slightly more expensive … heat for the price but as you say I think the slightly more expensive yonex provide more support and last longer



Yes I would go Yonex if money was not so much of a concern and you are quite keen in the sport, but I would not agree Yonex last longer ;). I need to change shoes 12-18 months due to the lateral support being softer and breaking down. This is me playing 2-3 a week at high league/county level.
Edited by: "Inquisitor" 11th Jun 2015

Probably the most niche post on HUKD to date...

Im in!

PS When I selected to collect at store, I got this pop up;

Collect from a store
Deliver to:
Sports Direct
FREE £5 voucher to spend in store
Click and collect your order from a store local to you. Your order will take between 2 - 4 days to arrive in store. An email will be sent to you when your order is ready to collect.

Not sure if anyone else gets the same message, but if so - might be worth adding that to Title/OP.

Ah, its a national offer - its because Collect In Store *ISNT* free (WTF?!)

But they give you your £4.99 Delivery Cost back in the form of a voucher.

Kind of sneaky... and thus they have lost the sale

Collect In StoreYou can get your order delivered to one of our … Collect In StoreYou can get your order delivered to one of our participating stores/branches within the UK. Once your order has been delivered to your chosen store, you'll get an email confirming it's ready to be picked up, this email will also contain your unique delivery code which is required for collecting your parcel. Your parcel will take 5-7 working days to be delivered to your chosen store. For only £4.99.Every time you use our Collect in Store delivery service and collect your parcel from our own stores, you'll receive a £5 voucher to spend in store, you'll be given your voucher by our store staff when you collect your parcel. This voucher is not available from Collect+ stores or when you use the Collect+ delivery service.


Edited by: "Silhouette" 11th Jun 2015

for the price, you can't go wrong really. heat

I prefer victor to yonex racquets owing to costs, I used to like caltons, not too sure why I'm a bit put off by them nowadays..

Wow. Just to testify how true the op statement about akeles injury - was in a cast for 9 months.

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I have been looking at these for a while now. I will need another pair soon to replace my Yonex ones and these look perfect for the job. I likecthe colour way too.

No. I think they just put them up to £30!

£30 now

Necro! Back to £24.99! X)
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