Yonex Badminton Shoe Material and Technology
All Yonex footwear is equipped with the POWER CUSHION technology. This thin and lightweight shock absorbing material smoothly reverses the impact energy into your next movement. A raw egg can be dropped from a height of 7m onto the POWER CUSHION mat and can rebound back up to a height of 4m without breaking. This material also absorbs 3 times more shock than Urethane.
3-Layer POWER CUSHION
Higher-end shoes will have the 3-LAYER POWER CUSHION. They use higher density POWER CUSHION for the top and bottom layers which improves shock absorption by 30% compared to just POWER CUSHION. The 3-Layer POWER CUSHION is used only in higher-end shoes.
Full Cushion Sole+S
Features POWER CUSHION throughout the entire midsole. This increases the level of cushioning and reduces the stress placed on the ankle and heel for a pleasant fit.
[Only found in the SHB Comfort Tour Badminton Shoes]
3D Power Graphite Sheet
Provides reinforcement under and outside the center of the foot, reducing shoe twist.
[Only found in the SHB Aerus 2 Badminton Shoes]
Toe Assist Shape
A toe-centric design that cuts down pressure in the big toe and offers support at the mid-foot and heel to provide a more stable fit.
Asymmetrical upper design with eyelets following the curved shape of the instep, creating a better fit around the inner arch. It allows all the stress on landing to be absorbed through the toes and instep.
[Only found in SHB03Z, SHB03, and SHBComfort Tour]
UPPER PART OF SHOE
Tough Guard III
Extremely durable wear-resistant synthetic leather
Polyurethane material offering improved high shape retention, wear-resistance and heat-resistance
Double Russel Mesh
Highly breathable open mesh
Situated at the outer area of the upper, it prevents sliding at the edge of the sole. This reduces power loss, increases footwork response and creates smooth and fluid movement.
Removes pressure an provides a comfortable fit around the toes. It shifts the center of gravity to the big toe for a painless fit that offers more speed in your step.
New ToughBrid Light offers 11% reduction in weight while maintaining its cushioning, shape retention and high elasticity.
10% reduction in weight compared to previous Super Feather Lite midsole material, while preserving a consistent shape over a long period of time.
Power Graphite Lite
Graphite plate placed under metatarsus reduces weight and improves stability on landing.
Creates a secure contact between foot and shoe, reducing energy wastage through an improved fit.
Fig 1. Compared with conventional badminton shoes, the mid to heel section on the insole is elevated to provide an improved fit between foot and shoe.
Fig 2. By holding the heel firmly against the insole, the gap between foot and shoe is reduced, improving comfort and performance, ensuring the foot has maximum grip inside the shoe.
Hexagrip pattern provides 3% more grip and is 20% lighter than standard sole material, creating agile and stable footwork.
Designed to provide all-round support for quick and smooth footwork. Ensures maximum transfer of energy when moving around the court.
Below is a chart from Yonex that shows you what type of material and technology is used in each shoe.