The end of Asics ™ Gel-Blast shoe series came suddenly and without warning to Calgary squash players. Like the death of an old friend, he was always there and then suddenly … he wasn’t.
Not everyone loved the Gel-Blast. It was too heavy for some. It was not breathable enough for others. But the shoe had legions of fans.
The Gel-Blast 5 was breathable and definitely the most popular model ever made.
Unfortunately, Asics followed up that legendary effort by totally crapping the bed with the Gel-Blast 6. It was a fine shoe, man was it uuuuuugly.
They recovered the following season with the Gel-Blast 7 which was definitely the best version of that shoe. Then it was gone.
So what do Blast fans do now? What shoe could possibly replace such a legendary squash shoe?
Ladies and gentlemen. May we present Babolat ™ Shadow Tour 2018.
Not the 2017, mind you. The Shadow Tour 2017 was a nice shoe, but it’s not in the same league as the 2018 model.
The 2018 model is the perfect replacement for the Gel-Blast 7.
It has an awesome Michelin gum rubber sole, a 3D printed mid-sole and a carbon fiber upper that provides at least as much stability as any shoe in the Gel-Blast series.
In our expert opinion, this shoe is not only equal in every way to the discontinued Gel-Blast, it is better in every way than anything made by Salming.
For that reason our staff have rated this shoe as a five star option for squash players.