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Today, the brand’s presence in the world of volleyball is still alive and well. It offers several models, like the Gel Netburner Ballistic, for male and female athletes. The Gel Netburner Ballistic is equipped with technologies that facilitate shock absorption, stability, and support to keep the players comfortable and energetic in court.
If you like the aesthetics of the Gel Netburner Ballistic, but prefer it with a traditional brown outsole, the Asics Gel Rocket 9 might fit the bill. It shares the same construction with the Gel Netburner Ballistic and uses much of the same technologies.
Durability. The outsole of the Asics Gel Netburner Ballistic is designed to be tough. N.C. Rubber combines natural and synthetic rubber to deliver a compound that has an excellent grip in any direction and does not easily abrade. The Asics High Abrasion Rubber or AHAR is another innovation that comes with durability in mind. It also offers traction and aids in shock absorption.
Traction. The two rubber compounds used in this model offer maximum traction on indoor floors. The tread pattern on the underside supports multi-directional grip. There is a disc-shaped element under the ball area, which aims to make it easier for players to perform twists and turns without hurting their knees.
Support. Under the midfoot is the Trusstic System. This rigid element wraps the arch to support it. It also prevents excessive twisting or stretching of the arch.
Cushioning. The Gel Netburner Ballistic is equipped with two types of midsole technologies. The full-length FluidRide is the combination of Asics’ Solyte, a lightweight shock-absorbing unit, and SpEVA, a bouncy element that readies the foot for the next step. This pair of volleyball shoes also employs Asics’ Rearfoot and Forefoot Gel technology sandwiched between the two layers mentioned above. They are found under the ball of the foot and the heel, facilitating a smooth heel-to-toe transition. This colloidal substance shifts to reduce pressure and be ready for the next impact.
Foothold. The upper of the Asics Gel Netburner Ballistic uses mesh in combination with polyurethane (PU) overlays for its top. Mesh is soft; thus the synthetic covering holds the shape of the fabric to keep the foot supported during gameplay. The cushioned collar and tongue add to the snug fit at the rearfoot.
Breathability. The fabric features an open-cell construction that facilitates ventilation of the foot chamber. The PU overlays on the forefoot are styled like window blinds that would still allow air to pass through.
Lockdown. The PU overlays form a quarter panel that wraps the heel and serves as the eyestay on the lacing system. This element wraps the foot to enhance support during side-to-side movements.
- The Gel Netburner Ballistic has been granted the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance. It signifies that the footwear’s construction is beneficial to foot health.
- To clean this trainer, the use of a dry brush or a clean damp cloth is sufficient to remove dirt. However, to remove caked-in soil, the use of a warm, soapy solution and brush or cloth would be needed. Be sure to air dry it for a few hours before using it again.
- The Asics logo is prominent on the lateral and medial sides of the midfoot while the brand name is found on the tongue and the heel of the outsole.
- Asics’ entrance into the volleyball scene started in 1964 with the release of the Rotation 6 volleyball shoe. It was named after the all-player attack style associated with the six players rotating position throughout the game. The trainer featured a heel sponge that promoted jumping abilities and cushioned landings.
- In 1972, the company released its first pair of shoes for volleyball that employs a mesh upper. They called it Rotation 72. Because it used mesh in place of canvas, the trainer had more flexibility, not to mention breathability.