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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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Re: SST Tank vs The 9
Reply #5 on: March 02, 2017, 11:42:33 AM
No experience with the Tank and have 2 games on my THE 9s.  I came from SST5 Sports that started to fall apart after 6+ years.

I didn't want to spend the money on the THE 9s but after looking at everything available, I decided to go ahead and get them.  Right out of the box they were very comfortable, no break in needed.  The only "issue" is the fact that they only come with the soles/heels that are on the shoe and extra soles are $30 each while the 8s came with an assortment.  The S7 sole that they come with are something I will never use and had to order a S8 and S10.  I'll probably end up ordering a S9 and S11 at some point as well.  Anything less than the S8 is far too tacky for me.  I'm sure the S7 is fine for most, but the S8 used to be the standard, not sure why they went down to the S7.

The real test is league tonight.  I do tend to drag my toe a bit and after reading some of the above comments, I hope the toe holds up better for me than other folks, otherwise I'm not going to be happy because of how expensive they were.