If you play badminton, you will definitely know Yonex, although this sport is not popular in the states. Generally speaking, the Yonex products are second to no others in this field, so is the price. If you can afford it, go! Otherwise, you may try some replacement, which only the top players can tell the difference. Although I am not very sure about this point yet. Anyway, the yonex stuffs are durable, and comfortable, and some guys say it has a great hand feeling. I recommend the yonex MP 99 racket, and shoes after SHB 99. It is around $70, but it really worths it.