James Willstrop squash racket

This is called the Unsquashable James Willstrop Hero squash racket, his new signature branding. View it here on Amazon.

Willstrop has been using the Unsquashable Y-Tec Pro racket

It seems to be the same specs just with updated graphics

Weight: 140 grams

Balance: Even

String Pattern: 14 x 18

Head size: 500 sq cm

Also available on Amazon, click here, quite cheaply at the minute as the new racket is available imminently

Paul Coll Squash Racket

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Fast rising Kiwi squash star Paul Coll uses the Eye V.Lite 115 Control

The extended fan string pattern is offset by the thicker shaft, allowing for a balanced weight distribution. The frame is relatively stiff, giving a direct response and impressive control.

Balance:

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Head size (cm):

477 cm

Stringing pattern:

14 x 18

Unstrung weight:

115 grams

Brand:

Eye Rackets

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Aqua Sphere Vista Swimming goggle review

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As a competitive open water swimmer, I have tried and searched for goggles that I am happy to use all year round, that are comfortable, provide good visibility and remain durable.

The Aqua Sphere Vista Swim Goggles were the final pair I settled on after previously using the Speedo Fastskin3 Elite Mirror and the Zoggs Predator Flex Polarized Ultra.

They have ultimately proved to be the best value by far which is why I am happy to provide a review of them.

Product Description

The Vista features the best in Aqua Sphere technology, with a comfortable, leak resistant skirt and a contoured, stylized frame.

The Vista is low profile and virtually eliminates all of the drag experienced with other swimming masks.

With its one-touch buckle, you are ensured a comfortable, custom fit so you can focus on your swim not you gear.

Features/Benefits: Wraparound, 180-degree visibility.

Quick-Fit one-touch adjustments.

Comfortable, leak resistant Silicone skirt.

100% UVA & UVB protection.

Durable Polycarbonate lenses with anti-fog and scratch resistant coating.

Technical Specs/Technologies: Silicone Gaskets Polycarbonate Lens

180-Degree Visibility.

Latex-Free.

My experience using them

Feel – these goggles are easily the most comfortable pair I’ve worn. Many lesser products use cheap rubber or latex but Aqua Sphere have ensured their goggles are made from smooth material that don’t cause unnecessary irritation.

With longer swims I would previously feel discomfort around the ears and bridge of my nose with these that isn’t present.

The Aqua Sphere goggles have a great flexible, strip of rubber that runs form one lens to another, to allow them to sit comfortably on my nose.

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Aqua Sphere Vista Goggles are easy to Adjust – They have incorporated a design called the Quick-Fit Buckle to make it easier for you to tighten and loosen them. This is a push button catch mechanism on both sides, so if you want to take them off, you push down on the buttons and pull. To tighten pull the strap on each end until you have the desired tension fit.

A Large Visibility Area – Unlike other goggles, where you lose sight laterally and have to keep turning to to see left or right this pair has a very large visibility area allowing you to have good peripheral vision. This has been especially important in open water races where I have to keep oriented and stay aware of who is around me without having to turn and look.

No Water Leakage – It sounds stupid and obvious but all masks and goggles leak occasionally, but in my opinion the quality of the materials used makes it happen less with these than most, and that really also relates to the feel and comfort.

Final impression

On the whole there are hundreds of different goggles and masks out there some obviously cheaper and some more expensive.

A lot comes down to personal preference and generally finding a product that fits a particular face/head structure is down to trial and error but for me having messed with other brands the Aqua Sphere has proved to be a game changer. They fit my structure, they’re durable and provide a level of comfort that I am happy with.

You can see them in more detail here on Amazon

Ramy Ashour squash racket Prince TeXtreme Pro 600

 

Prince TeXtreme Pro Warrior 600 Squash Racket

Ramy uses the Prince TeXtreme Pro Warrior 600 Squash Racket  . Click here to view the product on Amazon.

  • Head Size: 74.5in2 (480cm2); Frame Weight: 129g (4.55oz);
  • Balance: 353mm (Head Heavy); Length: 27″ (686mm);
  • Grip: Resipro; String Pattern: 16 x 17;

 

 

Positioning TeXtreme at a 45 degree orientation at 2/10 positions on the hoop reduces the torsional deformation of the racquet head at these critical zones by up to 25%. This results in superior torsional stability at impact creating a bigger sweetspot for unparalleled power, response & accuracy for all squash players.

 

Ramy’s shoe sponsor switched from Adidas to Salming as many professionals seem to be doing.

Salming Race R2 3.0 Mens Court Shoe

  • ExoSkeleton- Reducing Pressure at MTP Joints; Slightly Longer Anatomical ErgoHeelCup-
  • Midsole: SpeedLite EVA Compound; Outsole: Torsion Guide System 62/75- for Stability and Flexibility
  • XR110 Rubber Compound with 25% More Traction; RollBar- for Lateral Push-Off
  • Lateral Movement Stabiliser- Dual-Torsion Unit; Non-Marking

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Prince Tour Team 6 Pack Racket Bag – Green

The Tour Team 6 pack Green is perfect for all of your game day gear, in a smaller more compact configuration. Fully loaded with superior construction materials, cooler compartments, extra accessory pockets and air mesh straps.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nick Matthew squash racket

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Nick Matthew’s 2018 Racket the Dunlop Hyperfibre+ Evolution Pro:

Dunlop Hyperfibre Plus Evolution Pro Nick Matthew racket is best suited to aggressive players who want power, extra stiffness and solid durability. It has an oversized 75.9in2 (490cm2) head and gives players more confidence to attack the ball, ensures added stability, as well as great levels of power and control thanks to revolutionary Hyperfibre+ technology.IMG_2927

To cut through the air faster, the racket boasts Aero Profile technology, whereas to smooth air flow and reduce drag, there is AeroSkin CX technology. A forgiving feel and more spin are delivered by Parallel Strung technology, and Great White 17G string offers a combination of spin and comfort. This lightweight 120g (4.2oz) racket features an extra head light balance for speedy handling and further enhances power due to Hybrid Cross Section technology.

Racket Specs
Advertised frame weight: 120 grams
Advertised balance: Extra Head Light
Head size: 490 cm sq
String pattern: 14 x 18
Measured weight (all-in): 153 grams
Measured balance: 35 cm
Measured frame stiffness: 156

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Nick’s squash shoes the Hi Tec Adrenalin Pro Elite / Ad Pro Elite

Product Description
The hi-tec ad pro elite is the leading shoe in the hi-tec court range! Featuring a mesh and synthetic leather upper which promotes breathability and IMG_2928support. The abrazone medial forefoot overlay provides drag protection. With a mid-foot tpu shank and ultra-lightweight eva midsole, the ad pro elite ensures you have all the underfoot cushioning, support and stability you need. The high grip, non-marking rubber outsole features integrated cut zones and roll bars, for enhanced movements on the court.

Features
Outer Material: Other Leather
Inner Material: Textile
Sole: Other materials
Closure: Lace-Up
Material Composition: Synthetic
Abrazone Medial Forefoot Overlay – Provides ‘drag’ protection.
Midfoot TPU Shank – Helps maintain stability and support whilst remaining lightweight.
Oval Locking Lacing System – Keeps the foot secure when in motion,
Padded Heel and Tongue – Lock the foot into a comfortable position.
Wicking Liner – Releases excess moisture to keep you cool and dry.

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Nick’s Dunlop Performance Squash Bag

This is the 8-racket version:

The Dunlop Tac Performance 8 Racket Bag has the following features: The Dunlop Tac Performance 8 Racket Bag is suitable for both tennis and squash rackets. The bag has Product Detailstwo large pockets in which a maximum of 8 rackets can be carried. The racket bag is also provided with various pockets on the sides and a special pocket for shoes. All pockets have a zipper. The racket bag is provided with two detachable, adjustable shoulder straps which offers the possibility to carry the bag as a backpack.

Specifications: Dunlop racket bag for squash and tennis rackets Maximal 8 rackets Various pockets, all with zipper Two adjustable, detachable shoulder straps Material: 100% polyamide Colour: black – orange – grey Size: 81 x 28 x 33cm.

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Clothing

Nick’s clothing sponsor is Dunlop and he uses a variety of their clothing lines, the good news is that they are all available pretty cheaply.

Shirt                                                                   Shorts

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Compression Socks

Nick started using these a couple of years ago now to aid recovery, movement balance and protect against injury.

The BV SPORT research and development centre, with its many scientific studies, proved that the pressure put on the lower limbs varies depending on the type and thickness of the living biological tissues of which they are composed. These tissues act as a pressure shock absorber (muscles and fat) or are otherwise incompressible (bones and, to a lesser extent, tendons and nerves).

These innovative factors have enabled us to design meshes of variable levels of rigidity (flexible/semi-rigid/rigid), which have been incorporated into the production of our compression ranges (Booster and ProRecup) since 2004.

Selective compression respects athletes’ anatomy and physiology, optimises muscular biomechanics during movement, improves venous return, limits extraneous vibrations and oscillations, decreases the risk of stiffness and DOMS and raises the fatigue threshold.

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