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Yonex Power Cushion SHB 65Z3 White Tiger vs 65X3: 3 Key Comparisons

Updated: Oct 4, 2022

In this post, I am reviewing the two latest versions of the Yonex 65 series shoes, namely the 65Z3 White Tiger, which Kento Momota had been wearing since the Tokyo Olympics, and its budget brother, the 65X3.

Yonex 65Z3 and 65X3
Top: Yonex 65X3; bottom: Yonex 65Z3

The 65 series is one of Yonex’s classic shoe series which is updated regularly. I mentioned in my previous review of the 65Z2 that it is an amazing all-round shoe that scores 9.5 on all aspects, especially on cushioning and support. I wondered how Yonex was going to top that in this new product!

So here are three things you need to know about these badminton shoes.


The 65Z3 comes in a few colours. There's the Kento Momota White Tiger version, the black version, the white and red version for men and the white and lime yellow for women. I’m quite disappointed that they don't produce the white and lime version for men. They look really good!

For the 65X3, I have the white and red version for testing, but I also understand they have a bunch of other colours available too. I’m not too sure if all colours are available in all regions so it's best to check with your local retailer.

Design and build quality