Yonex Power Cushion Comfort Z Badminton Shoes Review – Lin Dan Shoes

Yonex Comfort Z Badminton Shoes

Did you know the Yonex Power Cushion Comfort Z badminton shoes were made for Lin Dan? Although Lin Dan doesn’t use them anymore, I still use them, and they are doing pretty well for me.

Let’s get into my Yonex Power Cushion Comfort Z badminton shoes review to learn more.

SummaryYonex Comfort Z Badminton Shoes

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Design: 9/10

Feeling: 8/10

Average Price: $140 USD

Color: Black/White or Red/Black

Fit: Wide and Snug

Weight: Heavier Side

Sole: Power Cushion and Power Cushion +

Shape: Round and Flexion Upper Lacing

Get It Here At Amazon.com!

Design

The Yonex Power Cushion Comfort Z model I am reviewing is black and white, fits wide feet, and has a low ankle cut. These shoes are the successors to shoes like the Yonex Comfort Tour.

Designed for Lin Dan, these shoes definitely have top notch design. Equipped with Power Cushion throughout the shoe and Power Cushion+ at the heel, they’ve designed these shoes to absorb energy from impact and make your movements smoother.

The Yonex Power Cushion Comfort Z also comes with great heel and arch support. The material they use around the heel makes your heel feel very comfortable when wearing these shoes and the Flexion Upper lacing, or in other words, an asymmetric curvature of the shoe laces which helps create a snug fit around the shoes.

They also have a round sole design which supposedly transfers energy better and a toe assist shape that helps transfer pressure away from the big toe and equalize it around your feet. Yonex also tried to make these shoes lighter with their Durable Skin Light technology which makes use of mesh-like material to reduce weight.

Another thing to mention is that there are actually two versions of the Yonex Power Cushion Comfort Z. One is black and white which is the one I’m reviewing, and the other is red and black that fits more narrow feet and has a higher ankle cut. Unfortunately, the red and black version is limited to Japan only at the time (they’re available now) and thus I could not get my hands on a pair to compare with the black and white version.

Yonex Comfort Z Black and Red
Yonex Comfort Z Black and Red Edition

Feeling

But do all these technologies actually make a difference in your play should you get these shoes? Let me tell you about how they feel on my feet.

Like all other reviews, I’m different from everybody and have my own personal preferences meaning that certain things that work for me might not work for you and vice versa. When I’m reviewing badminton shoes, I know that I have flat feet and Greek toe (the second toe is longer than the big toe) and thus many things are different for me. But anyways, I will do my review just and as fair as possible.

These shoes really are quite comfortable at the heel. It fits just my preference where it’s snug but still has a little space to allow for movement. Whenever I do footwork with these shoes, I feel a lot more stable.

What I don’t like about these shoes is the fit around the top of my feet. While it certainly does transfer pressure off my big toe (I don’t get blisters there anymore), the inside of the shoes actually rub against my small toes. Most of the time it’s just a little annoying, but sometimes it can affect how long I’m able to play.

The shoes’ soles are quite good. I’ve noticed the amount of blisters has gone down significantly after switching to these shoes. There’s quite a bit of cushioning on the bottom.

However, because they aimed for a comfortable fit and cushioning, the weight of these shoes have actually gone up. While Yonex does implement a mesh technology into these shoes, it doesn’t help enough. I do feel a noticeable change in my play because of the weight. I move slower and use more stamina with these shoes than my previous Aerus 2, which to be fair, are apart of the lightest line of shoes from Yonex.

Since they have this weight and didn’t full on use mesh material, it does provide more durability. Again, compared to the Yonex Aerus 2, these shoes have been pretty good at maintaining their form whereas some fabric on the Aerus 2s were rubbed off within the first few weeks and then months later, it split.

Price

These are definitely high-end shoes. And they’re good shoes as well! But because of all these features and how well it performs, the price is quite high. They’re not the most expensive shoes sitting at about $140 USD.

Get the Yonex Power Cushion Comfort Z Badminton shoes (white/black version) Here!

I’m happy to tell you that the red and black version also costs around the same price.

Check out the red/black version here at Amazon.com!

Conclusion

For how comfortable these shoes are, they’re definitely worth the price. Lin Dan actually used these shoes for quite a while before switching to a different pair.

If you’re worried about speed and stamina though, these shoes might be on the weightier side. You should consider some other shoes such as those from the Yonex Aerus lines.

I want to hear your opinion! If you have any experiences or questions about anything badminton related (or anything at all), post it in the comment section down below. And as always, good luck in your games and have a great day!

What Badminton Equipment is the Most Important?

When you’re on a budget, getting the best shoes, racket, shuttles, and clothes just isn’t feasible. So what are we supposed to buy first?

If your answer was the racket, or anything else other than shoes, then you would be wrong. Surprisingly, or perhaps not so surprisingly, the shoes are the most important. I’ll explain why.

1. Shoes

Yonex Aerus 2 Badminton Shoes Retails Between $100-$200

Most people think the racket is the most important when buying badminton equipment because they’ll allow you to hit the best quality of shots right? The biggest problem is how do you hit those shots without being able to get there?

That’s where the shoes come in. Investing in a pair of quality badminton court shoes can be very beneficial. You will slip less often on a court and there is more cushioning for fast paced movements which will both help prevent injury by a drastic measure.

Usually court shoes around $50-$100 should be fine, just don’t play with everyday wear.

2. Rackets

Yonex Voltric 5 Badminton Racket A more budget option that hovers around $100

After you have a good pair of court shoes, it’s time to get a racket. When getting a racket, it can be very difficult. There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration such as weight, flexibility, and price. Then after you buy the racket itself, you may need to consider what strings would be good for you.

I have two articles that I recommend you to go check out: How To Choose A Badminton Racket and How To Choose Strings and Tension.

You can get badminton rackets starting way low at $10 all the way to $300 plus and the variability of rackets is huge. This means you’ll have to do some searching. If you have no idea what racket is good for you, I recommend you go find a $50-$150 racket from either Yonex, Li Ning, or Victor. It will help give you a feel if you’re a beginner and eventually as you play more you will figure out what racket is truly the best for you.

3. Nets and Shuttles

If you train at a club, a racket, a pair of court shoes, and of course, clothing will be enough since they will most likely provide all the nets and shuttles. But if you play at any old gym or you’re just playing drop-in, you’ll definitely need shuttles and occasionally a net as well.

I’m going to start off with shuttles. The first thing you must consider is whether you should use feather or nylon shuttles. A quick comparison between the two shows that nylon shuttles are cheaper and more durable but feather shuttles are the official shuttles used in competitions.

Then once you have decided that, you’ll have to get into what kinds of nylon and feather shuttles should I buy. For feather shuttles I’ve personally used Yonex, Victor, and Chao Pai and for nylon you should just stick to Yonex Mavis 300s or 350s.

If you have never played with feather shuttles before, you should check out this article: How To Properly Play With Feather Shuttles.

As for choosing a net, there isn’t very much to it. Just make sure it’s a badminton net and that it’s still usable.

4. Clothes

Clothing is one of the least important parts of badminton. You don’t need to spend 100s on high quality Yonex apparel, any sports t-shirt and shorts will do.

But for socks, if your budget allows for it, getting good socks can actually make a difference. Because there is more cushioning on your feet, you won’t get blisters as easily which will allow you to play longer.

As long as you have a good sports t-shirt, shorts, and socks, you will be fine for this category.

A quick note is eye wear. If you wear eye-glasses, it may be recommended to have some sports glasses or contacts. During badminton, normal eye-glasses drop very easily which will become very annoying and potentially costly if they break.

Next Steps

A quick summary before we go, when you’re buying badminton equipment, spend the most on shoes, then racket, then shuttles and nets, and then clothes. Once you have this down, here are your next steps.

Before you buy something, you might want to look at reviews. There are countless reviews on badminton products at Get Good At Badminton so I definitely suggest you to go check those out along with the articles I mentioned above. If you don’t have a club yet I would also recommend that you find somewhere to play badminton.

Signing up for some sort of program is my recommendation, badminton is more fun with more people!

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and as always, good luck in your games and have a great day!