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SST Tank vs The 9
on: February 16, 2017, 04:36:46 PM
Anyone have experience with both? I'm wondering if the extra price of the 9s are worth it for me as someone who drags in the big toe area or if the Tanks would be better suited.

I have a pair of TPU X that are comfortable and I like the feel, however, I feel like I had better stability with previous Dexter shoes I had.
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Re: SST Tank vs The 9
Reply #1 on: February 16, 2017, 06:02:53 PM
I'd like to know as well. I have two pairs of 8's, one with miles on it and the other stayed in the locker for couple of year with less the frequent news.

Anyway, I had worn the less used SST 8 and it's really really stiff. I remember it being that way fresh OOB.

I wonder too if these two shoes mentioned by the OP have a softer feel than the 8's..
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Re: SST Tank vs The 9
Reply #2 on: February 16, 2017, 06:40:26 PM
Haven't bowled a lot as i'm coming back from an ACL tear, so maybe 50 games or so and my toe area looks like hell on my SST9's, it's wearing a lot, but not to a point of failure but I don't think they will last terribly long. Had tanks before these and only switched because I wanted white shoes, may have to go back



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Re: SST Tank vs The 9
Reply #3 on: February 16, 2017, 08:51:28 PM
I don't have the tanks. I tried them on a few years ago and they didn't feel right. Of course, that's just me.
I went to 9s after wearing a pair of SST8s for 5 years. The 9s are different. They have a slightly more narrow profile and they need almost no time for break-in. I like their feel. Still, In my opinion, the slide toe design is disappointing. It took me 5 years to wear out the toe on my SST8s. It took me less than 18 months on the 9s. The sole/toe is replaceable (which I did) but it's expensive. The leather tip on the SST8s is a much better design. 
I currently have the 9s and a pair of TPU-X. I use both. I really like the soft feel of the TPUs, but the support of 9s is superior. The search for the perfect shoe continues.....

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Re: SST Tank vs The 9
Reply #4 on: February 17, 2017, 06:39:13 AM
From what I've seen and heard, the Tanks are much stiffer, and the 9's are softer. I'd like to try a pair of the TPU's, but they don't make them in my size, so Dexter it is!
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