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Best Volleyball Shoes, Apparel for AAU Season

Your guide to the best products for volleyball season.

The approach of spring and summer means that club and AAU seasons are right around the corner. As you prepare for another grinding season, Eastbay is here to help you gear up with a selection of some of the top volleyball shoes, apparel, and equipment.

Nike Zoom HyperAce 2.0
Tech Callout Nike Hyperace

When you’re on the volleyball court, you want to be cool and comfortable while also ready to explode into action at a moment’s notice. The Nike Zoom HyperAce 2 is designed to do both. These shoes are built with small, breathable holes to keep your feet cool and dry throughout the match. To keep you stable and comfortable, a TPU heel counter, in conjunction with a heel cage, stabilizes your foot in the shoe. A foam midsole combined with Nike Zoom Air delivers the signature responsiveness and explosion that keeps you ready to dive for any balls and rise up for any kills. Combine that with the rubber tread and you will be able to push off with maximum power every time.

Under Armour Highlight Ace 2.0
Tech Callout UA Ace

The Under Armour Highlight Ace 2.0 is one of the more technologically advanced shoes available. A 4D foam sockliner conforms to the contours of your feet, providing ideal comfort while also hugging your foot to prevent any internal slipping and sliding. A 3D rubber toe cap offers durability from wear and tear as well as protection for your toes. There are internal webbing loops with the purpose of enhanced fit and support to push off from unconventional angles in all directions. That way, no matter where you are on the court or how off balance you may be, you are never out of a play. In the midsole there’s a full-length Charged Cushioning system made to absorb all the stress and pressure put on your knees and feet and convert it into responsive comfort.

Under Armour Block City 2.0
Tech Callout Block City

Being able to stand up to the demand and rigors of a tough club season is a hallmark of any good shoe. The Under Armour Block City 2.0 is one of the most durable shoes available thanks to the rubber toe cap and the coated mesh panels that line the midfoot and help keep you stable. To complement the forefoot, the midfoot is comprised of lightweight mesh and a toebox to make sure your foot is still able to breathe. The outsole has a herringbone traction pattern similar to the best basketball shoes, but there are also strategically placed diamond-shaped insets which improve the grip even more.

Mizuno Wave Lightning Z5
Tech Callout Mizuno

Mizuno has years of experience designing and building the best volleyball shoes, and they’ve leveraged all this experience to create the Wave Lightning Z5. An engineered, 360-degree DynamotionFit upper gives a precise fit that seamlessly flows with your foot. The Parallel Wave Plate and the shock-absorbing midsole work in harmony; first, the wave plate disperses shock, then the midsole soaks up the impact, creating a smooth transition from landing to exploding back into the play. Volleyball matches are long and exhausting – after every play, heat and humidity build up in your shoe. To counter this, Mizuno has designed a ventilation system to help relieve the pressure and allow air to flow through, cooling your feet.

Eastbay also has you covered with a huge selection of the best equipment and apparel to help you feel your best on the court.

Ankle Braces

Ankle sprains are a problem for every athlete, and volleyball players can be at an especially high risk. All it takes is coming down off-balance after a spike or a block and you can spend the next several weeks watching games in a walking boot from the bench. Thankfully, ankle braces provide support to help protect against sprains. The ASO Ankle Stabilizer offers a secure fit thanks to stabilizing straps that form a figure eight around your ankle, and it’s bilateral, meaning it can be worn on either ankle. Another option is the McDavid ankle brace which has a built-in anatomical arch that adds a layer of support in addition to the elastic top strap that helps you customize the fit. If you prefer something different there is also the Mizuno DXS2 brace where support and stability come from three main parts: anchored wrap, under heel, and V-shaped belts.

Knee Pads

Knee pads are an essential part of every volleyball player’s kit. Getting floor burn is a bottom 10 experience, but thankfully we have several great options to save your knees. The Nike Essential Kneepads are built with shock-absorbing foam and abrasion resistance to keep your knees protected, and the short style design allows for greater freedom of movement on the court. There is also the Under Armour Strive 2.0 which features a heat liner for increased breathability and dual-density padding which helps keep bulk down while maintaining excellent protection. Mizuno offers the MR6 kneepad which provides complete patella, lateral, and medial protection. In addition, the VS-1 padding is strategically placed to give you the confidence to go after every ball.

Compression Shorts

Of course, compression shorts play a huge role in a volleyball player’s comfort. A poorly made pair of compression shorts can rub you the wrong way and irritate your skin to the point of madness. Eastbay carries some of the top brands’ compression shorts including the Nike Pro 3” which features a lined gusset and ergonomic seams that allow for a greater range of motion while preventing annoying irritation. Under Armour also has a 3” compression short made from lightweight HeatGear fabric, allowing you to float like a butterfly and spike like a gorilla. It also has built-in, anti-odor technology which prevents the growth of microbes and keeps the shorts fresh. There is also the Mizuno Vortex Hybrid Shorts which have a lower rise and a wide waistband for impressive comfort and a lined, flatlock gusset to provide stability.

Backpacks & Volleyballs

With all this gear and equipment, you’re going to need something to carry it in. Enter the Nike Hoops Elite Pro Backpack. Its large zippered compartment can house all the gear you could possibly need for big tournaments, and the Pro Adapt shoulder straps mean you can carry it around all day without rubbing your shoulders raw or straining your back. It also has a plush lined pocket where you can store your more valuable items securely. You don’t need to worry about water either courtesy of a tarpaulin bottom which protects your gear. Finally, no volleyball player would be complete without a Tachikara Gold Volleyball which is consistently rated one of the best volleyballs around.

No matter what type of shoes, apparel, or equipment you need to power through the season, Eastbay has you covered. Check out eastbay.com for anything you need.

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