XPS-1

A great shoe with unrivaled technology that, essentially, works.

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By Alex Perry on Thu, 1 Dec 2011 - 09:12

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Unrivaled technology, good looking, far more stable than any other shoe on the market
Traditionalists might not like the more sporty look
PRICE: £195.00     YEAR: from 2011

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XPS-1
Submitted by Alex Perry on Thu, 01 Dec 2011

What is XPS?

XPS stands for eXtreme Platform Stability, a groundbreaking pattern which the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf manufacturer says has been engineered to deliver superior levels of traction and balance.

As well as bold, athletic styling, the XPS-1 uses an extra-wide design extending beyond the shoe’s leather upper for maximum ground contact and combines with other technology to prevent heel slip and promote shock absorption.

Can you make that more technical?

The XtremeOutsole combines TPU lateral side outriggers, a lightweight fibreglass Support Structure and FootJoy’s HeelLoc Zone.

As you can see in the pictures, the outriggers extend beyond the upper sole for that super-wide platform for maximum contact with the ground.

The Support Structure, meanwhile, provides lateral and medial support to the middle area of the foot, while the HeelLoc Zone provides anti-slip technology in the heel.

Anything else?

Absolutely. The shoes are custom-fit for comfort, too, with the innovative 3D Viscoelastic GelCollar. A LaserPlus Last is formed specifically to match the shape of a golfer’s foot and is further enhanced by a Multi-Density Fit-Bed and EVA insert designed to improve cushioning and shock absorption.

What do FootJoy say?

European marketing manager Russell Lawes had this to say: “Regarded as the leader in high-performance footwear, golfers expect a certain standard from FJ golf shoes.

“With XPS-1, we have taken technology prowess to an unprecedented level. Almost every golfer who took part in rigorous testing of XPS-1 reported that they felt a greater sense of stability, overall controlled balance and were able to strike the ball with greater confidence.”

The Golfmagic Verdict

Well, you can’t argue with the testers Russell mentions. The XPS-1 is one of the most comfortable golf shoes I’ve pulled on – but that’s exactly what we’ve come to expect from FootJoy over the years.

And the difference in stability is immediately noticeable, particularly when you’re pulling out the big dog and the weight shift which comes with it. If you’re a geek, like me, you’ll love the story of how the shoe is designed and put together.

The style, delicately placed between ‘traditional’ and ‘sporty’ to satisfy everyone’s needs.

A great shoe that will appeal to all golfers.

Available now; RRP £195 www.footjoy.com

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Overall Review

Great if someone else is going to foot the bill otherwise about

Strengths

Well made (for

Weaknesses

Far, far too expensive (would never have considered them but they were given as a present)

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Overall Review

Good pair of shoes with the wider sole certainly increasing confidence in your connection to the ground. It would be a difficult call to make between buying two pairs of cheaper shoes for the same money or one pair of these. I'll park that judgement until I've received a replacement pair for those that where showing signs of splitting! Until then I shall be returning to my trusty Adidas Tour 360's....

Strengths

Really boost your confidence in the traction between you and the ground.

Weaknesses

I have had to return them to the shop after less than 3 months due the uppers showing signs of parting from the sole. Something that you wouldn't expect on a shoe of this value!! I also found them a little bit firm on wearing from the box although they soon wore in and have felt extremely comfortable ever since.

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Submitted by ScratchMaster on Wed, 15/08/2012 - 16:37

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very good shoe. I originally went trhough 2 pairs of the Tour 360's they kept rubbing away at the heal and a hole kept appearing, took them back to AG who kindly did the XPS's for

Strengths

Wide fitting & you feel plenty of stability when on the course

Weaknesses

Price needs to be dropped & not a comfy as the Adidas Tour 360's

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I would recommend the shoe if the tongue issue was resolved as its very comfortable elsewhere on the foot and provides great waterproofing and grip.

Strengths

The shoe is on the whole extremely comfortable straight from the box, except for the design of the top of the tongue which is very firm and digs into the top of my foot. The shoe provides very good stability and has remained waterproof in some torrential rain.

Weaknesses

The tongue of the shoe digs into the top of my foot and becomes quite painful by the end of the round, its fine if you pull the tongue right up but as it rides down when you work this would become tedious after a few holes. Its only available in white which isn't the best for a muddy course and they feel very big with the lateral outriggers.

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Overall these shoes look awesome.The stability makes a golfer feel very secure and fixed to the ground.The looks are impressive to the point if theses shoes were a trainer I certainly would buy them.The BOA system ensures a snug fit and keeps the laces secured at all times.Overall the quality tells me that FootJoy conducted plenty research into these shoes.

Strengths

Firstly these shoes certainly have the sporty look. This look is very eye catching but yet refined.The shoes I reviewed came in a rather white smooth colour.On a practical note Footjoy win on all accounts due to their waterproofing technology.This technology is labelled ECL.Extreme Comfort Leather.This is a membrane free leather with an incredible 2 year waterproof warranty.The next feature which captured my attention is the BOA System.This gives a perfect precision fit which never loosens during play.Pretty impressive pair of shoes I must admit.

Weaknesses

For golfers like me who require a wider type shoe these do not answer our problem.These shoes have a rather narrow sole.The price is certainly on the upper scale also

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