Salming Race R1 2.0 Squash Shoes Offer High-Performance Technology for Better Play and (hopefully) Fewer Injuries
There is a reason brands pay big money for pro athletes to wear their shoes and use their equipment: These athletes understand what they need in a product, what makes a pair of shoes help them achieve their goals, and what to stay away from. Every once in a while, a new manufacturer pops up—a manufacturer who has a former professional at its heart, influencing technical decisions and offering his or her expertise on the fit, performance and wear of a pair of shoes or piece of equipment.

Salming is such a company. Founded by Börge Salming, a former Swedish ice hockey defenceman. Salming played for the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs among others. One of the premier hockey players, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996 and selected to the International Ice Hockey Federation and Centennial All-Star Team. While Börge Salming may not have made his name playing squash, he definitely understands the importance of cutting edge technology and high-performance shoes.  Today Salming has a number of ambassadors playing in their shoes, including former World No. 9 squash player, Adrian Grant.

Salming indoor shoes are high-performance with virtually no break-in time. The Salming Race R1 2.0 has a number of technical features which work together to create one of the most exciting indoor shoes we've seen in a while. Some of these features include:

  • The ErgoHeelCup™ is an anatomical cup which stabilizes the heel to provide better fit, comfort and stability.

  • The unique Exo Skeleton™ design stabilizes and prepares your foot for better lateral movements while reducing pressure on your Metatarsophalangeal joints.

  • The Torsion Guide System in the midsole provides extra stability and greater flexibility to help guide your foot naturally. It bends in the right places to replicate and stimulate your foot's natural forward and lateral movements, while the midsole Lateral Movement Stabilizer supports your foot for faster and more irregular lateral movements—a must in squash.

  • The Rebound Foam in the midsole offers 80% better rebound energy than an EVA midsole compound. The heel cushioning foam offers 70% better shock absorption than an EVA compound.

  • To help roll your foot inwards and with toe push offs, the Race R1 2.0 offers a RollBar™ with an increased radius on the inner side of the outer sole. The Lateral Movement Stabilizer Plus (LMS+) prevents the foot from rolling too far outwards thanks to its unique positive 5° angle. While Salming's XR110 durable rubber compound provides a 25% improvement in traction.

If you're interested in seeing how these features come together to make a simply amazing squash shoe, check out this video by Salming.

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Learn more about the Salming Race R1 2.0 squash shoe.