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Under Armour Drive 4 Performance Reviews


Traction:†Under Armour doesnít mess around here; it has used what has been proven to work for years and that would be full-length herringbone. Not only did UA use a tried and true formula, it made the tread thick and deep so itíll last longer (shout out to all our outdoor ballers). Also, dust has less of a chance of getting caught in between the grooves since the pattern is spaced out very nicely.

The rubber compound couldíve been a little tackier but that didnít keep these from working on virtually every floor condition you can think of. However, since theyíre not as tacky as something like the†Kobe†9s I did have to wipe every now and then when the floor was in less than ideal conditions.

Itís also worth mentioning that the outsole started to separate from the midsole. If you take a look at the 4:07 mark in the video above, youíll see the outsole separation. I didnít notice this during use but honestly, Iím not surprised by the wear and tear since I easily put about 50 hours of playing time in these. If youíre looking for something thatíll last you an entire season, these might not be for you.

Cushion:Under Armour couldíve and shouldíve used full-length MicroG, but instead it only used it in the heel ó thatís the equivalent of having a really nice crossover but no jumper.

Weíre assuming that the forefoot is just straight EVA foam which could be worse but when compared to the MicroG in the heel, itís obsolete. It can feel dead at times but the silver lining is that youíre going to get a real responsive ride that is very low to the ground ó those guards who donít really get up in the air are really going to like how quick the forefoot feels. However, more explosive players are going to wish there was more impact protection and bounce, kind of like the Micro G section in the heel.

I donít know why UA didnít just put Micro G full-length. The good news is that I never felt sore at the end if my runs so the while the cushion couldíve been a lot better, what we do get isnít bad at all

Materials:It looks like ClutchFit is going extinct on the hardwood because Under Armour decided to replace it in the Drive line with what it calls a lightweight and breathable textile upper. Itís basically a woven mesh material that doesnít really stretch but at the same time isnít very stiff or uncomfortable, itís kind of just there. The materials arenít terrible but they arenít amazing either. However, the neoprene-like padding in the medial forefoot and collar area was very comfortable.

The downside of the materials is that they donít really conform to your foot for a snug one-to-one fit. Thereís quite a bit of dead space in the toebox area and no matter how tight I laced them up, the materials just did not snap to my foot the way they should. Under Armour curry 4 black gold also says that the upper is breathable but trust me, it isnít. It isnít really a big deal, theyíre not a hot box by any means, but they will start to smell pretty bad after just a couple of uses

Fit:†Wide-footers listen up, †you should seriously consider putting these on your radar because a wide fit like this doesnít come†around very often.†

Like I said in the materials section, there was a ton of dead space towards the front of the shoe and while the length and overall fit of the Drive 4 was true to size, I just couldnít get the materials to snap to the front of my foot the way I wanted them to. The midfoot area was snug and responsive just as long as I tied the laces up nice and tight. Moreover, the back end of the shoe, towards the heel area, also provided a less than ideal fit. It isnít as bad as the forefoot but there was definitely some wiggle room that couldnít be eliminated.

There was also some stabbing in this area on hard cuts and drives where the heel cup would go under my ankle and pinch against my foot. When this happened, it was not comfortable whatsoever and one night in particular, there was nothing I could do to avoid it. Oddly enough, after that one night, the problem didnít really come back to me so iím not sure if I broke these in or I just got used to it, but when it did happen, it was pretty annoying. If youíre a side to side mover who does a lot of v-cuts and goes from baseline to baseline, you might also experience this issue, but the problem did eventually go away.

Support:Despite the loose fit, the Drive 4 does a solid job keeping you on your feet thanks to its†wide fit that in turn provides a wide base. That wide platform in the forefoot, coupled with the low to the ground cushioning, made for a very responsive and stable ride that is going to favor quick guards or anyone who doesnít really get off of the ground.

The heel cup also did a pretty good job with lateral stability but like I said, it did cut into my ankle a few times so perhaps it does too good of a job. The lacing system is another star feature in the Drive 4ís support system because it does a very good job at keeping your foot in place ó it just doesnít do a good job snapping the materials to your foot but this is more of a weird feel than a knock on its actual performance.

Youíre not going to get top tier performance in this category for the Drive 4 but you will get everything you need to keep you on your feet during play. (Youíre going to get a different experience depending on how it fits.) If you can fill in a lot of the dead space that these have, the support will be above average; if you canít fill in those dead spaces, internal slipping may be an issue.

Overall:†Look, as much as we want a sneaker shoes that costs $115 and provides top tier performance, it just isnít that common. The Drive 4 is about what you would expect from a sneaker at this price. There are some good things it does (traction) and then†there are some things that need work (fit and materials).†

Sure, the outsole separation is pretty bad but the good news is that it didnít affect my play on the court. Also, the wide fit could be viewed as a positive since wide-footers are always saying that shoe companies donít provide enough wide-footer friendly models. For better or worse, Under Armour gave you guys what you wanted ó even if it may have been by accident. Overall, if youíre someone who plays low to the ground, prefers a stable ride and has a wide foot, these are going to be great for you, just be aware of the lackluster impact protection ó and watch out for that heel cup. http://www.kd10sale.com
11:43:55 25 Augustus 2017 Permanente link Reacties (0)

Nike Kyrie 3 vs 2 Performance Review and Comparison


Executive Summary:†plays almost exactly the same as the Kyrie 2. Similar firm cushioning and very good traction. Shoe starts stiff but breaks in. No real reason to buy the 3 when the 2 does nearly everything the same or better though. Pros: traction, court feel, fit, support and stability, containment, very durable Cons: traction pods protrude and cause a little bit of inconsistent traction in the heel, needs periodic wiping on dusty floors on Non pod portions, cushioning needs break in and is very stiff and firm like the Kyrie 2, materials start stiff but break in, not the best value out there especially now that sale time is upon us. Sizing: true to size, very wide footers will probably want to go up half a size Best for: guards looking who value response and quickness; players who liked the Rose 4 Buying Advice:†wait for sales, Nike made a lot. $90 is fair, $65 is near the bottom. Or just buy the Kyrie 2 Weight 14.5 oz which is pretty average Kyrie 2 is the exact same weight Traction If there is one thing you can say about the Kyrie 5 line, itís that itís traction patterns look aggressive. The main attraction of the Kyrie 3 traction is the use of traction pods in the forefoot that ride up the sides. The rubber is softer and raised a millimeter or two from the rest of the shoe. The concept works and the pods do their job very well. The rest of the shoe is a blade pattern or modified herringbone and feels softer than the Clutchfit Drive herringbone but firmer than the Kyrie 2 rubber. †I wish the entire outsole was made of the podsí rubber or Nike put some of these pods throughout the entire outsole like the Air Jordan XX because on a few occasions Iíd spin out at the heel since the forefoot stuck better than the rest of the shoe. This occurred even on pristine floors. Nitpicky I know. One concern with the traction pods is durability and efficiency once they wear down. I think they will still work fine once they wear evenly with the rest of the outsole but expect more wear in that area due to the softness of the rubber. Overall traction is very good overall but I feel the Kyrie 2 provided better consistent traction overall especially on dirty floors since it is the same rubber, pattern, and depth throughout the outsole. Neither required too much wiping but the 3 needed a few more wipes per session. Not quite top tier stuff but still good overall. Cushioning Here is the tech highlight of the Kyrie 3. The rest of the shoe is Phylon just like last yearís. If you did not like the cushioning on the Kyrie 2, you will not like the cushioning on the Kyrie 3. Say with me again, if you did not like the cushioning on the Kyrie 2, you will not like the cushioning on the Kyrie 3. One last time.. Cushioning is very firm on the Kyrie 3 just like the 2. It starts off very very stiff but softens a little with break in. I could feel the Zoom a tiny bit just like on the 2. It is serviceable and responsive as Randy noted but I just prefer a little more softness in the forefoot because I have Mortonís neuroma in each foot. †The good news is that the neuromas didnít flare up badly but I could feel some buzzing after an hour just like the 2ís. I prefer a more balanced cushioning feel overall and these are just a little too hard for my tastes. The set up feels almost exactly the same as the Rose 4 except the Rose 4 has a thicker PU insole. Very low to the ground and quick feeling. *interstingly enough if you check out†Fastpass†see the Kyrie actually sits at nearly 18 mm which is higher off the ground than the Harden V1 or CLB. Of course thatís not accounting for the insole thickness which probably evens it out. Thanks reader Pflite* Although this didnít really affect cushioning much, these two changes make the cushioning on the 3 feel a smidge firmer: Number 1 The Kyrie 2 featured Poron in the forefoot while this yearís does not. Hard to really tell a difference but to the touch Poron is softer. Number 2 The Kyrie 2 had an ortholite insole while this yearís doesnít have the ortholite markings so in guessing itís not ortholite. Anyways, the name doesnít matter but the Kyrie 3 insole is very thin and flimsy like a limp noodle (it can barely hold its shape when I took the pic) plus it feels slightly thinner towards the middle than the Kyrie 2 insole. Itís as if someone wore down the insole of the Kyrie 2 and put it into the Kyrie 3. Thatís how thin it feels to me. On Adidas Boost models, the thin insole is fine since it has all that Boost below it but with this firm set up, Nike really should have given us a thicker insole. If youíve ever played in basketball ball in tennis shoes like the Adidas Barricade or even the Nike Zoom Vapor 9, thatís what the cushioning feels like. Actually the Zoom Vapor 9 has the exact same size Zoom and a similar if not thicker Phylon set up from heel to toe including the foam strobel. However, the Zoom Vapor feels better because the insole is thicker. If you want to improve the comfort level of the Kyrie 3, get a bigger size and put in a thicker insole to add a couple of millimeters more of cushioning. †Keep in mind that it might feel better underfoot but one or two millemeters isnít going to fix any knee issues you might have. Fit I bought my true to size 11 and initially thought I should have gone up half a size. However, after playing in them a few weeks, true to size was the way to go. Even though Iím a wide footer, these stretched out enough for me. If youíre Fred Flintstone, you should at least try half a size up before deciding on the correct width though. There is no movement in the forefoot, very little deadspace above the foot in the toe box and zero heel slip. Midfoot fit is still tight like the previous models but not deathly like the Kyrie 1. After a few hours of break in time, you almost forget they are on your feet as the upper softens up. Almost Even though the Kyrie 3 has a very good fit, the Kyrie 2 has an even better fit due to the strap that helped pull the ankle and heel back further. Materials In case youíre part of the Nightís Watch or need to defend WinterfellÖ. The materials start off stiff but soften up quickly. They donít feel Flyknit soft or anything but they do soften up enough after a few hours of break in time. The spiked look doesnít really convey a soft warm comfy feel does it? The lateral side of the upper is a similar fuse †as last yearís model Not cracker crispy like the Kyrie 1 but not definitely not Snuggles soft. The medial side and toe box is mesh with a nylon backing and feels a lot softer than the lateral side. The front of the toe box does have a hard rand for durability as well. Iíve noticed this is a trend these days as shoe companies have added strength and stiffness to the lateral side for containment and support while leaving the medial side soft for flexibility. Hmmm, maybe I did make a difference .(Iím kidding I donít have that kind of pull) Of course we canít forget the featured marketing portion which is the forefoot flex area.
Across the top of the foot, †a long stretchy band flexes with your foot for support during quick cuts and sprints.†
Nike used a thinner mesh and Flywire to allow extra †flexibility at the forefoot. †I donít it feel stretches at all but that thinner mesh allows for a more natural flex area. Plus itís hard to quantify if it really works since the rest of the upper is so much stiffer than this little area. If youíre big on materials and have to have that pure Flyknit or Primeknit or mesh feel, you probably will want to steer clear of the Kyrie 3. I think the materials are fine and donít affect playability but every person has different needs and wants. Support and Stability† Supportis good with the Kyrie 3 thanks to the fit, heel counter and stiffer fuse on the lateral side. Just plain and simple, solid support. As stiff as the upper starts off, it is plenty flexible like the Kyrie 2 and isnít going to save any ankles Nike continued with the curved outsole but didnít choose to market it this time around. It seems slightly less curved in the forefoot than the Kyrie 2. After not playing in the Kyrie 2 for a year you can feel a difference with the curved outsole but it doesnít make a difference for me in terms of performance. Also helping with the stability was the firm, low to the ground cushioning. Overall just a solid supportive and stable shoe. Same as the Kyrie 2. Containment No surprises here as containment was excellent thanks to that stiffer lateral fuse upper as well as the raised midsole. Softer materials might be all the rage but there are benefits to using stiffer and stronger materials like Fuse. Conclusion† Not the best value out there but a good performer overall. The Kyrie 3 has great traction, a good fit with solid support and stability and very firm cushioning. I had no issues with aches or pains but then again donít have knee or back issues (knock on wood). The Kyrie 3 just feels like a quick high cut tennis shoe for players that value lateral quickness over everything else. Cushioning will come down to personal preference and if you didnít like the 2 cushioning you will not like the 3. Iíll even qualify that statement with this;†If you donít†like†UA Charged you will not like cushioning on the Kyrie 3.†Charged foam is easily thicker bouncier and softer. If you want to improve the comfort of the Kyrie 3, size up and swap out the cheapo insole. Is the Kyrie 3 an upgrade over the 2?†No I donít feel it did anything better than the Kyrie 2. Is it worth paying $120?†No probably not. There are plenty of shoes out that at the $120-$130 range that do everything just as well or better than the Kyrie 3. Curry 2, 2.5, 3 all come to mind. †Plus itís almost mid season so there are plenty of sales on earlier launches. †Do not buy these if you want a softer cushioning set up or if you want a Charmin soft upper material.† Iím guessing Nike made a lot of these to capture the new Kyrie fans post championship. If Kyrie 2 sales are any indication, these should hit $90 under range soon and bottom out around $65. If you want a marginally better performing and cheaper shoe, stick to the Kyrie 2.
16:11:59 19 Juni 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)

UA Curry 2 Performance Review and Comparison


If youíre thinking about getting the low, here is my review.†Stick to the mid **just wrote a comparison of the Curry Two, Rose 6, Lebron XIII if youíre deciding between the three* King of the Court†Or pretty damn close Iíll admit it, I love Steph Curry and everything heís about. From family to golf to hoops, heís awesome. I loved watching him grow from the Davidson days to the MVP and NBA champion. I also loved how the UA Curry 6 ooked, but didnít love the cushioning set up as Iíve stuck to my Clutchfit Drives due to the more responsive and softer cushioning set up. †My Curry Ones do see daylight on occasion but they are mostly seeing the inside of their boxes. With the Curry Two, I have a new go to shoe that claims my top spot. Pros:†outstanding traction, cushioning, support and stability, containment, USA price of $130 Cons:†better quality control ? Asia price of $195? Best for:†guards primarily. Bigs may enjoy the Charged only stable set up Here is my original Curry One †ReviewWeight UA shaved an ounce off the weight from the Curry One and is only half an ounce heavier than the CF Lightning which is UAís lightest current shoe. Here are the other UA shoesí weights for reference: Clutchfit Drive 1: 14 oz Curry One: 15 oz UA Torch: 14.5 oz UA Lightning: 13.5 oz Traction† Under Armour ditched the traditional herringbone set up and went with a multidirectional pattern that UA calls ďorganic herringboneĒ. †It is not a story telling pattern but not a plain Jane herringbone set up either. The rubber is much†softer†than the Curry One set up, the edges of the grooves are†thinner/sharper†and the grooves are†deeper.† The end result is outstanding traction that I would put right up there with the Kobe IX and New Balance OMN1S.   I tested the Two directly against the Kobe IX and was amazed even after I did this I stepped in all the dust I swept up with both the Kobe IX and the Curry Two and both just kept going without missing a beat. Amazing The Twos just squeak and stop on any surface. The Curry One and Clutchfit Drive provided excellent traction but I did have to wipe to keep it that way while the Two takes it another notch without wiping. Just perfect. Cushioning For me the Achilles heel of the Curry One was the cushioning. A layer of Charged Foam over Micro G didnít feel like anything special to me. No bounce or responsiveness at all left me no choice but to stick with the Clutchfit Drive. Iíve said it before, cushioning really gives a shoe its personality and thatís where I thought the One fell short. It isnít always a performance deal breaker but it changes how much I enjoy wearing a certain shoe. So it was really disappointing that the Curry One didnít have that fun responsive feel like the Clutchfit Drive. The Curry Two uses a full length pure Charged set up just like the Clutchfit Drive 2. †I reviewed the†Clutchfit Drive 2†and†enjoyed the Charged only set up, especially versus the Curry One. Iím pleased to say that the Curry Two feels almost exactly the same as the Clutchfit Drive 2 but slightly softer and more responsive. The set up is not nearly as firm as the Curry One and almost as soft as the Clutchfit Drive 1. Iíd say it plays one half to one level firmer than the Clutchfit Drive 1 while the Curry One plays two levels firmer. It feels more similar to the Curry One Low but even softer. I should also note the Curry Two rides the same height as the One. Charged vs Micro G† As I stated in my CFD2 review, pure Charged feels denser and firmer than Micro G. It feels plush when moving slow but firms up on sudden movements. I could feel the cushioning firming up on quicker movements and softening up on slow steps with the Curry Two while I couldnít feel anything but a very firm set up on the Curry One. †If I had to choose between Micro G and the pure Charged on the Two, Iíd have to wuss out and say it depends on the day. Sometimes I like the firmer feel of the Two and sometimes I like the softer feel of the Clutchfit Drive I. †As of today, Iím loving the Charged only set up of the Curry Two though. **side note There is not a removable insole in the Curry Two, it is sewn in. Canít tell what it is but it definitely isnít Ortholite . It is extremely minimal though to allow the wearer to get lower to the ground and to feel the Charged foam . I do not believe there is a last in the shoe so that really helps bring the Charged foam alive. Very similar to what Adidas does with Pure Boost. ** I should also mention that transition †from heel to toe is seamless despite having a pretty sizable shank plate. I was worried when I saw the pics because it reminded me of the XX8. This iteration of Charged is what I expected out of UA the first time and I really like it a lot. Fit and Materials I bought my normal size 11 and these fit about 1/4 size short length wise which is ok for me since the width was perfect and didnít suffocate my feet like the Curry One Low. If youíre a tweener who likes more space at the toe, I suggest going up half a size or wear thinner socks. If not stay true to size. You can see just by looking at the shoes side by side that the overall size of the Two is smaller. Speedform replaces the Anafoam upper of the Curry One I wasnít sure how this would play out since Iíve tried the Speedform Apollo running shoes before and found it comfortable but somewhat lacking in warmth. Speedform was marketed a lot when the Apollo came out and in essence it is a seamless thin upper made in a bra factory (although there is a seam on these †where the synthetic starts ). Here is a good read about it on†Gizmodo You can see how much more padding there is in the ankle collar I heard a slight tearing sound at the heel when I first put these on but I guess itís just the fabric stretching because I didnít see anything torn. When I laced these up for the †first time, I had a little rubbing from the ankle collar but it went away quickly   Below: web straps at the forefoot for additional lockdown and containment I still had that cold feeling due to the thinness of the upper but as I played, I forgot about that feeling and that I was wearing shoes at all. †No heel slippage or movement side to side at all. Fit nirvana achieved. The toe box is synthetic and takes a few only a few minutes to break in. It does wrinkle quite a bit but does not peel and tear like the toe on the Curry One. There is very little if any deadspace in the toe box above the foot and zero side to side. Here is a shot of the tongue and toe box The rest of the Speedform upper just conforms to the foot after warming up.   Above: †you can see the cut is a little lower with the Two. Breathability is just average. You might see lots of holes but that just leads to another layer. I could care less anyways. Support and stability Support comes from the excellent fit and heel counter   while the stability comes from the flat wide outsole. I found the Curry Two to be more stable that the One as it is not tippy at all.   Above: I really like the segmented heel similar to the Super.Fly 4. In the middle is Charged foam Couple that with the firmer †Charged set up and larger shank and it is a very stable shoe. I found the stability to be outstanding †without being restrictive.   Excellent job by UA. Containment† Containment is also excellent on the Curry Two. No issues with my foot coming out at all from the footbed due to the synthetic in the toe box and footstay as well as a raised midsole (ala Rose 5) Below: my foot sits at the crease Midsole is raised all the way around the shoe Seems like all the companies are raising the midsole up to keep the foot contained. I hope this trend continues. As you can see the medial side is also raised but UA was doing that with the Spawn. In the Spawn you could feel it under the arch but you donít really feel it under the arch with the Two since the Charged wall is more to the side and not directly underfoot which I actually prefer.   Just no movement side to side even on hard cuts. Conclusion† The Curry One didnít sell that well initially. I mean they sold but they didnít have crazy Jordanlike sell outs until Curry won the MVP and the Dubs captured the title. Then it was reseller mania, fakes from China, stats on Campless, people saying what an awesome shoe it was (same people prior said theyíd never wear UA) Ö. Surprised the bandwagon didnít break with all the people jumping on it. The Curry Two didnít radically change its looks as it it keeps a similar silouette to the One. However UA overhauled everything from the ground up by changing the cushioning, upper and traction and all for the better. †And personally I love almost every colorway of the Two. UA is going to make a lot off me. $130 times 6 or 7 must have colorwaysÖtimes two for some . Yikes I really liked the little details in this shoe as well. Each shoe has its nickname sewn in.   Look at all that stitching The only downside to the shoe that I can think of is a little excess glue and the foam rails wrinkle a lot. But after all is said and done, everything on the Curry Two is as good as or improved from the Curry One. †It looks great, performs even better and the price stayed relatively the same at $130 (except in Asia, sorry guys !). Did I mention the traction? Iím still giddy about how well it performed. As I said earlier the Curry Two is now at the top of my rotation beating out the Clutchfit Drive 1, Rose 5, and Soldier VI. It does every exceptionally well but thetraction really pushed it to the the top. The first colorway to drop in the US will be the ďIron sharpens IronĒcolorway on October 24 and Iíll be waiting patiently for my two pairs. Well done UA. SHORYUKEN!!
17:00:17 18 Juni 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)

Jordan Ultra.Fly Performance Review


Itís been a little while since Iíve hooped in a performance Jordan model (the Jordan XX9 and the CP3 8 were the last ones) and the Ultra.Fly had a number of things going for it. Itís the stripped-down cousin of the Super.Fly, a model thatís now four versions deep and is consistently one of the better performers on the market. Itís at an attractive price point ($125) and features an interesting TPU/mesh build for the upper. Word today is that the Bullsí Jimmy Butler will be debuting the shoe on-court, making it a faux-signature for an up-and-coming two-way star. Besides that, I was able to scoop them at my local House of Hoops before most people had gotten a good look at them. On the shelf, it looked like it could be a gem in the Jordan line, perhaps an overlooked model than was great on court. That perception, unfortunately, was pretty far off. Fit Weíll start with the good here: the fit was actually really nice. The base of the Ultra.Fly is thick mesh, and thatís covered from heel to toe in a Kurim†webbing. Some have compared it to UAís Anatomix line, but the upper is much thicker and the Kurim†is much more pronounced Ė the Anatomix shoes were closer to SprintWeb or layers of Fuse than this is. We first saw Kurim on the initial LeBron 16 Elite images, so itís great to get a first impression of the new tech here. Itís a second skin-like structure designed to provide containment and support Ė basically a flexible cage. Planting and cutting or changing directions at high speed didnít cause any slippage on the interior. Itís really a natural feel, flexible and the containment is excellent. The lacing system is simple, laced straight up with no frills, notches, Flywire or straps. I usually prefer this, and simple is better when it comes to lacing. It would have been nice to get some flat or paracord laces instead of the round ones used here (they feel cheap and kind of outdated) but thatís an extremely minor gripe. The tongue is also excellent Ė thick and padded, and part of a snug inner sleeve. JB did not skimp here and itís definitely appreciated.   There is no external heel counter and the interior one is pretty flimsy. Itís easily squeezed and manipulated. While I didnít notice instability on-court, Iíve woken up the day after playing with a bit of a tweaked ankle each time Ė and Iím attributing that to the lack of a solid heel counter. I have generally very strong ankles, but occasionally Iíll get a shoe without a solid heel and Iíll get sore. Itís not terrible by any means, and I only mention it because it may not provide the ankle support youíre looking for if thatís an important part of your shoe choice. Overall, I liked the lockdown and natural feel on-foot that this upper combo provided. The Kurim is unconventional for sure, but it functions really well and was definitely the best aspect of the shoe. Heel-Toe Transition While I wasnít able to find a definitive answer, I believe it to be a Phylon†midsole with an articulated Zoom bag in the forefoot; transition is really smooth. The outsole/midsole bears some resemblance to the Kyrie 2, and while itís not quite effortless like that shoe, itís still very good. Thereís no break in time either Ė these are good to go from a transition standpoint right out of the box. However, the overall cushioning and comfort of the shoe kind of hampers†the transition. With a lack of midsole support and impact protection (which Iíll get into in the next section) I felt that simple straight-line running was pretty painful. Cushioning Iíll just say it: this is probably the worst cushioned shoe Iíve played in for a long time. As mentioned before, itís a Phylon midsole Ė same compound used in the Kyrie 2 Ė but even as low profile as the Kyrie was, the Ultra.Fly has even less impact protection. I typically donít mind a thinner, lower midsole (I was a fan of the Kyrie 2 and Crazyquick 1) but these just did not work for me. There were a couple factors that I believe played into this. For one, itís basically just a flat midsole with a slight heel-toe drop. No extra support, no shank, no special design that utilized its low profile build. The Kyrie 2 was designed for natural movement and was sculpted to promote that, and the Crazyquick was designed to be insanely flexible with flex grooves and traction pods perfectly placed. The Ultra.Fly is basically just a flat surface hitting the ground each time you take a step. This leads me to my next point, concerning the articulated Zoom bag. Because thereís no additional support, I donít feel like my foot hits the Zoom bag properly. While I can feel something in there at the forefoot, itís mushy and I really can only feel it flex. I donít notice any additional responsiveness or cushion from the bag, so the Zoom doesnít really do its job. The bag protrudes slightly from the outsole and is bottom-loaded (embedded in the outsole and not on top) so the responsiveness is already muted there. A dual-density setup like Podulon probably would have worked better. I mentioned it on an IG post, but if Zoom is too flexible and your foot doesnít exert force on the bag, then youíre not going to get the responsiveness you expect. Zoom is basically fibers stretched tight and stitched to two plates in a pressurized bag. On an exposed Zoom bag, you can see the fibers stretched and attached to the top and bottom of the bag. When the bag receives force from your foot and it compresses, it naturally wants to push back out and respond to that force. This is where you get the super responsive Zoom feel from.†By putting flex points in that bag, I feel like it just flexes when you walk instead of absorbing that force and bouncing back. The court feel and stability are fine Ė the shoe rides real low to the floor Ė and I never felt unstable per se. But after the first couple wearings I my back and arches of my feet were very sore from the lack of support and cushioning.†This lasted a couple of days and unless youíre a young buck that never gets hurt, I would be vary wary of these. I also felt that the ball of my foot was basically touching the gym floor due to those flex points in the bag. The stock insole is embarassing, and I swapped it out with the thickest one I had from a pair of old James (this is my go-to insole when the one Iím testing is no good) and I did notice a significant improvement at least in comfort. Still, you shouldnít pay†$125 and immediately have to swap insoles just to get passable comfort. This is one of the few things that will get me legit upset with a shoe. Traction The traction pattern is a full length wavebone setup, and itís pretty good. It felt pretty sticky and slightly pliable to me. I could stop on a dime on a variety of surfaces including a tile-ish court, although a dirty floor will require the usual wiping. Itís a one-piece rubber outsole so the feel is pretty consistent and confidence-inspiring underfoot.   Materials/Durability I think the Kurim†upper will hold up pretty well and the TPU-like material already gives you some abrasion protection to begin with. The midsole is only going to break down more over time though, so I canít imagine impact cushioning will get any better. A use of different materials likely would have driven the price up, but it also would have probably prevented the shoe from ever being made Ė it pretty much needs to be set up like a Super.Fly 4.5 in order to be a good performer. A Flight Plate was badly needed, and I would have loved to see the tri-Zoom bag like the 4 instead of this articulated one. Bottom line, I simply did not enjoy playing in these at all. I donít feel itís a reflection on all Jordan performance shoes, but the materials here certainly need an improvement. Giving it the tech it needs and selling it in the $140 range would have been more plausible to me from a performance perspective, but I get why they stripped it down. Despite the great lockdown and fit (plus they look pretty sweet), these will be exiting the rotation ASAP. If youíre looking for extreme court feel or donít need a ton of impact protection, the lockdown on the Ultra.Fly is great so they may be an option for you. April 2 is the official release date. But in my opinion, there are plenty of better options out there for less money. SorryÖ
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Nike Lebron Solider 9 Performance Review


The spawn of the Air Raid, Zoom Vick and Lebron XII might be ugly but beauty, or ugliness in this case, is only skin deep. Here is the ugly contest performance head to head Hyperdunk 2015 vs Soldier IX Head to Head If youíve read my Top 5, youíd know that the Soldier 13 has been one of goto shoes for almost three years . I stocked up on them because they were that good (and still are). Excellent fit, cushioning, traction, support and containment, the Soldier VI excels at everything. I didnít like the Soldier VII bc it didnít feel like it had the same Zoom as the VI plus they were super stiff and I didnít like the VIII bc it felt like cushioning was made of only foam (I did love the fit though). Which brings us to the Soldier IX Traction The Lebron Soldier line has typically been great in this department which is one of the reasons I love the VI. Although the pattern is very different from the VI the IX holds its own. The IX did a great job on all surfaces and was very consistent regardless of the amounts of dust even though I didnít feel that bulldog bite I love from the very best traction setups. I really like the pattern especially the vertical lines bc they really help stop you on hard cuts and defensive slides . The little nodules are similar to the Kobe X concept but arenít nearly as small and flexible. But they really do a good job shooing dirt out of way like a toothbrush. It just doesnít get clogged up with dust so youíll never slip but other shoes like the Rose 5, Clutchfit, Aj xx8 all bite harder but I have to wipe more often with those shoes. A better way to put it is the Soldier IX traction doesnít grab quite as hard as the best setups but it doesnít get affected by dust as much as the other setups either. In other words they are just plain consistent. Cushioning Finally a Zoom set up that can compete with the VI. The VI had very large Zoom units which is a rarity these days and the IX is no slouch. These feel firmer than the VI but they actually feel like Zoom Air but still not as responsive and bouncy as the VI. Takes only a little time to bring the Zoom to life. Fit I went true to size with my normal sz 11 and these fit perfect width and length wise. Itís funny, as I was lacing these up, I was looking for more lace holes and there are only 4 total since the soldierís lacingĒ system is composed of straps;one strap goes around the ankle to lock in the heel and ankle while the other strap connects to some flywire that goes under and over the forefoot while the strap goes over the midfoot. The result of the straps is perfect lockdown particularly at the midfoot. I didnít feel the strap across the forefoot do anything unless I really tugged at it hard and folded the upper I tugged and pulled the straps as hard as I could and I didnít feel any difference with the Flywire. All of the tension increase I felt was on the midfoot and where the strap meets the Flywire IMO it is too loose and high above the foot to do anything bc it doesnít sit flat on top and across the foot so unless you have a very voluminous foot you wonít feel it. It does add some nice color though . A standard strap set up would have sufficed but regardless youíre locked in. Heel lockdown is excellent thanks to a padded notched ankle and strap of course Reminds me of Alice in Wonderland Below: The ankle collar wraps around the ankle unlike the XII which stops much shorter than the Soldier or the Elite XII Versus the VI the fit is a little better but nothing significant Support and Stability Support is excellent in the Soldier IX without being overbearing. The wing is part of the entire ďframeĒĎfor the shoe which I really like. Since the wing is made of foam , it flexes and creases with the foot unlike Hyperposite or TPU. It provides a nice stable base to build the entire shoe around because everything is connected to the one piece base. Above: heel counter that is connected to the wing that is connected to the midsole that is connected to the hip bone .. I also liked the fact that the upper is one piece Above: the only stitching on the upper. Soldiers have always provided a nice balance of freedom and support and these do it just right. I feel like these provide a little more support than the VI especially at the midfoot. Containment Almost every marquee shoe Iíve tried performs well in the typical categories like traction, cushioning and support but very few do a good job at containing the foot since the lightweight minimal upper movement. The Soldier line has always done a good job with containment and these are no different. Fuse and the wing provide strength and rigidity to the upper to keep the foot contained, not the Flywire, on hard cuts. . I said earlier, there is too much slack in the Flywire so the upper absorbs the the impact and provides containment before Flywire can do anything. Regardless, I loved the containment in these. Reminds me of how the VI performs in this category. Conclusion While the Lebron signature line focuses on the latest and greatest technology, the Soldier line just plain performs proving newer and fancier isnít always better. This shoe does everything better than the XII without all the gimmicks at a much lower price. This colorway retailed at $140 and hit $109 on Nike.com only a few weeks after being released , probably because they are so ugly and busy. Soliders never sell out so if you want to be frugal just be patient and prices will hit the typical $99 to $69 range and will eventually hit outlets for even lower. Iíve always felt the Soldier line was perfect for tweeners like me: Bigger/heavier players that can still move quickly and need flexibility and support and stopping power and these are fantastic. I love shoes that do everything well and the IX really has no weakness, kind of like Lebron. Overall these could eventually replace my Soldier VI once I run out. They do almost everything as well as the VI (support especially under the midfoot was better than the VI). For now Iíll stick to my VI. Glad I stocked up but good to know there is a worthy alternative .
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Converse All Star Pro BB Performance Review


Converse Basketball is back, again, with the Converse All Star Pro BB and here is our performance review. The traction on the Converse All Star Pro BB is the one area that I wish was better. I canít say the traction was downright bad because at times, it was nothing short of awesome. Then, randomly and without warning, Iíd lose all of that wonderful grip and wipe out. I canít tell you why it happened, all I know is that it did and it would do it when Iíd apply pressure heavily on the entire surface of the sole. If I was just staying on my toes, which is how I end up moving around screens and such anyway, then everything was perfectly fine. Just like most of the current Nike Basketball shoes Iíve been testing as of late, the outsole has a film on it that needs to be worn away. If you take these for a spin, chances are that you may feel like the outsole is a little slick to start. Stick with it and itíll get better over time. The rubber is soft and will fray, especially outdoors, but itís also squared so they should last longer than something like the Nike Kobe 1 Protro. Full-length React cushioning is used in the form of a drop-in midsole, much like the Nike Kobe AD NXT 360 ó a shoe I feel is most comparable to the Converse All Star Pro BB. While I did enjoy the ride of the Kobe AD NXT 360 a little more, it wasnít drastic enough to blatantly say I prefer one over the other, unless weíre talking about the lining used on the footbed. Thatís where I really had a problem with these guys. The lining used is a canvas-like material, a nod to the classic Converse Chuck Taylor. However, itís something the pads of my toes hated. The bottoms of my feet were getting chewed up like crazy, to the point where they looked like they were being rubbed raw. I tried every style of sock I own and nothing really helped ó itís just a bit too coarse for my feet, I suppose. The cushion itself was smooth and offered a slight bounce when brand new. The bounciness of the React went away rather quickly, but my legs felt just fine after three hour hoop sessions. Great court feel with moderate impact protection for a low-profile style of play. If you enjoy feeling fast on your feet, then these will make you feel as if youíre as nimble as a deer. Almost to the point of feeling as if youíre barefoot on the hardwood. Itís an interesting feeling, but if youíve played in Kobeís with drop-in midsoles, then you likely already know what to expect. The materials are a mix of mesh and canvas ó with a a bit of Fuse keeping things together. While the shoe doesnít feel premium, they didnít feel as if they were made of nothing ó which is how I felt with the†Nike Kobe AD NXT 360. When fully laced, the shoeís build wraps up and around your foot like a sock. Itís similar to the Chuck Taylor and its canvas build but it barely provides enough support for gameplay. The entire shoe is very minimal and reminds me a lot of a Nike Free. If that is what runners consider to be a minimalist running shoe, then this is a minimalist basketball shoe. The Converse All Star Pro BB fits true to size. However, theyíre very snug. Like,†reallysnug, especially at the toe. Something most of you already know I love ó and I sure as hell did love it. I had a great one-to-one fit and feel while wearing these guys on-court. Itís exactly how I wish the†Nike Kobe AD NXT 360†fit me. While tight, everything moves really nicely with your feet, which are the pros to using textiles, canvas and super thin TPU overlays. The cons? (no pun intended) is that theyíre not very durable. My pair looks like Iíve been using them for much longer than I actually have been. I will say that I did wear the hell out of them though. I really liked how everything fit and felt overall ó minus the insole lining and inconsistent traction. Support doesnít look like much; theyíre missing almost everything the†Nike Kobe AD NXT 360†had from the TPU shank to the external heel counter. However, they do feature a smaller internal heel counter along with a fit that really promotes a natural feel. Again, very minimalist overall. Itís as if youíre not even wearing shoes. Some may love it, while others may hate it. As long as you know what type of shoe you like to play in, then you may end up really enjoying something like this, especially if the†Nike Kobe AD NXT 360†was your thing. Eric Avar did what Eric Avar does: he made a really good basketball shoe. Itís not perfect and I didnít expect it to be. I wouldíve liked to have had slightly better traction and an insole lining that didnít want to chew my feet up when running around. Everything else in the shoe I really enjoyed, from the lightweight feel to the one-to-one fit. The Converse All Star Pro BB is a far cry from anything Avar created with the late 90s/early 00s Nike Alpha Project Series, but they were much better than I had anticipated. Enough to say I actually liked them. Had the traction been better Iíd probably keep these in my gym bag as a backup pair. For now, thatís still what my†Air Jordan Alpha 1Ďs are for.
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Nike Lebron XIII 13 Elite Performance Review


Itís funny how the XIII Elite model costs the same as the non elite isnít it? Wouldnít it be nice if shoe companies would just give us the good goods the first time around ? That will never happen so oh well, onto the review Pros:†much lighter without sacrificing support, traction, cushioning, support and stability, containment, Posite was removed including the stupid middle piece Cons:†Hex Zoom takes time to get used to, would have preferred regular large forefoot Zoom, one piece upper leads to some bunchiness around tongue, upper is same thickness around entire shoe and needs some break in, sum of the parts not as great as indivual scores Sizing: true to size, half size down for narrow footers Best for:†any position Here is my XIII comparison from last year King of the court Weight: 13 ounces for a Lebron shoes is nuts. The regular XIII was 16 oz. Traction Exactly the same as the non elite. Great on all surfaces including dusty floors although wiping is still needed. Donít judge a shoeís traction based on translucency. Translucent outsoles can work great depending on how the pattern is set up and Nike did a great job on these. Cushioning† Five hex pods †in the forefoot versus three with the non elite. I canít really feel them because they are so far forward in the toe and they are the small †Zoom pods but at least they are there. They might help with push off but it is really is minimal. You can actually feel the Zoom in the forefoot since Nike increased the volume in the medial forefoot pod and the heel Zoom feels great just like the XIII. Regarding how Hex Zoom feels, it takes a little time getting used to it. I still prefer a normal Zoom set up because the flexibility gained from the Hex set up isnít all that much especially considering how much midsole there is. †Would you rather sleep on one plush bed or a bunch of pillows spaced evenly apart ? All the empty space between the Zoom pods and the protrusion from each pod could have been simplified with a standard forefoot Zoom set up. Fit I went true to size from Lebron X to XIII and these fit me perfectly just like the regular XIII. If you have narrow feet, I suggest half size down because I see it being difficult to get laces tightened properly with skinny feet. The entire upper is now the same material and Nike dropped the Posite (thank goodness). Iíve never been a fan of Posite and the removal of it just makes the shoe feel more natural to me. No more stupid middle Posite piece either. Kurim rubber is used on the entire upper. What is Kurim? It is just the name of the company that makes the rubber. (Makes it sound fancier doesnít it? Itís like when you order fish at a restaurant and instead of catfish it says Blue Channel Mississippi Catfish).†The Kurim cage sits on top of the upper so when it gets pushed or flexes it contains the foot. Very similar to UAís Clutchfit upper in my opinion. Above: Nike even put this weird material Iíve never seen before.. Must be from ancient times. Real leather is what I think they called in B.S. Times (Before Synthetic ) Below: nicely padded ankle collar I think a combo of pure mesh and Kurim have been ideal. The regular XIII had thinned out the mesh in high flex areas but the Elite is pretty much the same thickness throughout mid and forefoot. It doesnít affect flexibility much but I know some people might not want to put in the time to break in a shoe. If you want a flexible, minimalist shoe, the LBJ line is not for you.† Material changes aside, I had no issues with fit, heel slippage, or movement side to side. One other note. Being a one piece upper with no separate tongue, I still had weird folding along the tongue since my foot doesnít fill the shoe to capacity. It isnít a deal breaker at all but just an annoyance. I had similar issues with the regular XIII as well. Support and stability Always a strong point of the LBJ line, the Elite does a great job. Nike upgraded the plastic midfoot support to†Real Carbon Fiber.† Itís been awhile since Iíve seen real carbon fiber used on a shoe so it is nice upgrade. As far as performance, it doesnít change much so thatís why the past few years weíve seen plastic but I think Nike really wanted to make the elite feel, well..elite. No tippiness at all thanks to an outrigger and wide forefoot. The XIII is cut really high.. As high as the Clutchfit Drive actually.And like the Clutchfit Drive the ankle collar is flexible (not as flexible as the Clutchfit) but still similar in stiffness to the regular XIII. Containment Another strength of the Lebron line has been its containment and these do a great job. Imagine Lebron trying to stop on a dime in a Kobe Flyknit upper. Iíd imagine a 260 lb monster would rip right through it. The upper and slightly raised midsole (and Flywire to a lesser extent) do a good job on hard cuts. You can clearly see the Flywire in the XIII elite upper. I donít think these Flywire strands are Kevlar like the KD8 Elite so enjoy those lace holders known as Flywire.† Conclusion† Ice cream or ice cream with sprinkles for the same price. Pretty sure 99% of us would take the sprinkles. Thatís what we have going on with the Elite series this year. No price changes but upgraded parts? Heck yea! I really donít see any reason why anyone would choose the regular lebron 16 over the Elites. Lighter without giving up support, more Zoom and better materials for the same price. Plus they look cleaner and simpler overall. †I think Nike is going away from price gouging and really trying to add value by upgrading materials yet keeping the prices the same. Kind of like getting real wood panels in a car versus plastic pieces. Even with the upgrades, Iíve already seen the Elite XIII for $160 already so be prepared for more price drops. Regarding the shoe itself, the XIII overall is a great shoe especially when looking at each performance aspect but I canít put my finger on why I donít love the shoe more. I think †it does everything really well but nothing stands out to me to the point that I want to wear them all the time. Maybe itís my long history with the Soldier VI but Iíd still take it over the XIII. Maybe it has to do with what other shoes did really well this year? Rose 6, HR16 have exceptional cushioning, the Lillard 2 has fluid transition, fit and value, while the Curry Two has amazing traction, fit and stability. †The XIII probably would have stood out more in any other year. Regardless of my opinion,Iím sure many players love the XIII and Iím sure theyíll enjoy the Elite version just as much if not more.
17:10:59 16 Mei 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)

adidas Crazylight Boost 2016 VS Nike KD 9 Comparsion


Decided to supplement my KD 12 and Crazylight 2016 reviews with a direct comparison with each performance aspect. It all comes down to how much weight you place on each category versus looking at how many categories each shoe won. Here are the full reviews Weight:† KD: 13.5 oz Crazylight: 16 Traction† Almost all shoes work great on clean floors so the real differentiator comes down to dusty floor performance and the CLB16 outperforms the KD 9 on dusty floors. The KD flat honeycomb pattern just picks up dust while the CLB traction brushes it away. Verdict: Crazylight Boost 2016 Cushioning Both shoes provide exceptional cushioning so it comes down to what you look for in a cushioning set up. The CLB set up is firmer than the KD 9. I think the KD 9 Zoom feels better though because it doesnít get my neuromas buzzing in my feet and sits lower to the ground while retaining some serious bounce. Verdict: KD 9 Fit One of the easier categories for me is the fit. I had no heel slip in the KD9 and it fit like a glove with no break in time. The CLB16 had me having to choose between comfort and performance with true to size or half size down. I also had minor heel slip in both sizes. Verdict: KD 9 Support and stability Neither is built for saving ankles but the firmer, denser Boost midsole plus the firmer heel counter, torsional shank plate and forefoot roll cage gives the CLB16 the edge. The KD 9 support only from the fit and a flimsy heel counter. Verdict: Crazylight Boost 2016 Verdict: Crazylight Boost 2106 Personally I canít stand heel slip so Iíd take the KD 9 over the air jordan 12 fiba but neither is making my rotation. If the CLB had zero heel slip and were made in a 10.75, Iíd pick the CLB but unfortunately for me, it isnít. The KD 9 traction is great just needs some wiping on dusty floors and lateral containment is very good for a knit upper. I hope this little comparison helps! Love,
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Nike LeBron 16 Low Performance Review


Short and sweet. If you liked the Nike LeBron 16 youíre going to LOVE the *ahem* Nike LeBron 16 ďLowĒÖ Same as the ďmidĒ Ė and we say mid tongue-in-cheek because really, itís the same shoe. Deep grooves that are spaced wide enough that very little dust gets grabbed and built with a rubber compound that would feel right at home in the 90ís, the traction is some of the best tried this season. Front to back, side to side (never let ________ ride) and on any floor, the LeBron 16 Low held tight on the curves and solid on defense. Just a little wiping in extremely bad floors and it was back to squeaky-squeak and glue grip. Again, same as the mid, and it is some of the bounciest, responsive cushioning ever. Stiffer than the Max Zoom in the†Nike LeBron 15 The midsole isnít stiff at all, either, like some over-cushioned shoes tend to feel. The Zoom and Max is separated for flex and the transition is serious Ė the feel of a fast, ďguardĒ shoe with the impact protection of a ďbig-manĒ shoe Ė sounds kind of like a certain ďKingĒ huh? Awww, no Battleknit 2.0? No problem. The mesh/textile upper of the Nike LeBron 16 Low may not be as ďpremiumĒ as the mid, but it plays every bit as well. There isnít an official name for it on the Nike website, so we will call it textile. It doesnít stretch around your foot as much as it molds, giving the upper a broken-in feel almost from the start. While playing, the thinner, lighter feel of the upper contributes to a fast feel most Max shoes donít have. Itís not running shoe mesh or†Kobe AD NXT 360 lightweight but it wonít feel heavy or bulky once broken in. Around the heel counter we have an unfinished tan leather with the embossed lionís head logo (I love the way it looks Ė some donít *cough* Nightwing *cough*) and the same quality leather patch on the tongue. These touches donít add anything in the way of performance but in terms of looks they contrast perfectly and give some detail (the camouflage colorway has a thick, canvas material on the heel counter). There is also a small sliver of nubuck on the medial toe for toe drags and side-side-side steps. The biggest, and really only, improvement from the mid to the low is the fit Ė I just wrote all these other words to make you interested. I played with the lacing on the mids, moving to all different holes and combinations, and still had some issues with slight heel slip and containment. The LBJ16 Low takes a whole new direction, with the laces running not over the tongue but into the tongue and right back to the sides Ė no crossing over. This pulls the upper straight down into the foot and the foot straight down into the midsole, locking your foot like a strait-jacket. The last lace hole is a normal criss-crossing over the foot and pulling your foot into the heel counter. With the added torque, the heel slip is gone and lockdown is dang near perfect. The midsole is still a little heavy so it does have a slight ďpull downĒ feeling, but not like the mid. As far as sizing, I stayed true to size and went with my normal 10.5. The length allows for about a half inch of dead space, which I enjoy. This gives me enough room that if I do happen to have a little front-to-back slip my toes wonít turn black. Starting at the midsole Ė there is no real midfoot shank, but with that huge Zoom system you donít need one. The largest component of the support system is the fit and lacing. The worry with a large midsole is stability and the foot staying upright. However, with the solid lacing your foot is locked in and never slides over the footbed, even on hard cuts. Also helping in upright stability is the outrigger construction. All of the midsole bubbles have outriggers molded into the outsole, helping with any tipping while playing. Where the†LeBron 15†had the same cushioning system, it was also one of the most unstable setups I can remember playing in. The 16 fixes the issues and feels the same great Zoom bounce while doing it. Just like Nike used to do with the Elite series for the playoffs, they have taken the signature shoe of the ďbest player in the gameĒ and improved it for the late season (canít say playoffs this year). If you enjoyed the†Nike LeBron 16†(and face it, most of the people who played in it really did like it), you will love the low. Improved fit, still great cushioning and traction, and, materials that are still nice and functional (but not knit Ė boo hoo). If you are an all-around player who needs some extra bounce for those joints, look no further Ė this is arguably the best cushioning/impact protection combo on the market. Really, the only reason not to try the shoe is the price (still an expensive $160) or if you just hate LeBron (yes, there are some of them out there). Donít be scared of the tall midsole Ė the Nike LeBron 16 Low is fast, flexible, and feels great on court. Just donít call it a mid.
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Air Jordan Alpha 1 Performance Review


Ten years in the making. Here is our performance review on the Air Jordan Alpha 1. The traction featured on the original Air Jordan 1 I feel is the G.O.A.T. Second best is the Nike Kobe 9, but the AJ1ís outsole really grips nearly surface in nearly any condition. Unfortunately, the Air Jordan Alpha 1 isnít quite on-par with the OG AJ1, but its pretty damn close. I might still hold the Kobe 9 above these, but just barely. I feel the updates made to the outsole, while a great concept, wound up causing more problems than it solved. Its addition of herringbone sounds like itíd be amazing, but when there was a lot of dust or debris then Iíd need to clear it out. Luckily, the spirals that were carried over from the original model saved the grip when floors would be that bad which is one of the reasons why I love spiral traction so much. It just works and works really well. Since 1985. Well, it was used prior to í85, but you get what I mean. Outdoors, the traction will work just as well. It may not last a super long time, but it will likely last longer that the Phylon midsole if you happen to toe drag. The best thing theyíve ever done to an Air Jordan 1 of any kind was add full-length Zoom Air. Even if it is bottom loaded. Being bottom loaded you wonít feel the Zoom Air as you would in something newer like the Kobe 1 Protro or Nike KD 12, but it will help absorb the majority of impact. The midsole has been changed from being a solid rubber cupsole to a Phylon midsole that mimics the look of the original. While the midsole clearly doesnít look identical to the OG Air Jordan 1 ó although they were able to make a Phylon lookalike for the Womenís Air Jordan 1 Slip ó itís close enough and it plays much smoother than the rubber cupsole did. Being Phylon it aids in transition if you happen to heel strike and the additional carved out line helps with that. The Phylon itself isnít overly firm either. Itís a really nice blend between supportive Phylon and comfortable Phylon. The materials are the one aspect Iíve never full liked on the Air Jordan Alpha 1, and I still feel the same way. Jordan Brand opted to use what was popular during the 2009-2011 timeframe, which was Fuse and synthetic materials that mimic leather. The underlay material does a good enough job at mimicking leather that I donít have anything to really complain about other than it doesnít retain itís shape quite as nicely as Iíd like. Same goes for the Fuse sections. Theyíre strong, durable, and look the part ó for the most part. Iíd have loved a nice leather instead, but this is what was offered back then. If Jordan Brand ever decided to revisit this Alpha series then it would be wonderful if real leather was used. Itíd do the same thing as this synthetic setup, but it would eventually give off a more vintaged feel and look once youíve spent enough time in the shoe. When the Air Jordan Alpha 1 originally released I bought my true size and felt that they offered a bit too much dead space, or volume, around my forefoot. I prefer materials to sit closely to my foot, while some prefer the space. If you happen to prefer a bit of space then going true to size should work just fine. However, I went down 1/2 size this time around and I got the fit I wanted the first time around once they broke in.
Lockdown is still just as good today as it was back in í85. The materials wrap around your foot nicely and do exactly what they were designed to do. If it ainít broke. Donít fix it. Support isnít anything special. It might be the one area that still feels like the 80ís. There is an internal heel counter, but thatís about it. The rest of the support relies on the materials, fit and flat base that makes up the tooling. Surprisingly, despite being a 1985 design overall, they still get the job done really well. Fun. Thatís the best way to describe the experience. There is nothing more fun than lacing up a shoe that essentially looks like the Air Jordan 1 but plays a little smoother. While Iíll never be able to fly like Mike, I can at least keep the memories from his old highlight reels alive and well while making my own memories. Even if theyíre a little bit more earth-bound. If you happen to run across a wearable pair of the Air Jordan Alpha 1 it is a shoe that I recommend trying out. They might not knock your socks off in terms of next gen features, but theyíll still make you believe a man can fly.

16:21:03 03 Mei 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)

Another Pair Weighs in on the Nike KD 12


Kevin†Durant†and†Nike†werenít messing around when it came to the KD 12. The outsole on the KD 12ís traction is translucent, and sometimes a translucent outsole can be a hit or miss, we all know that. However, the traction on the KD 12 was super solid. I did have to wipe a bit when dust was present. It was nothing too crazy; a wipe here or there kept the outsole free of debris which, in return, kept me covered on the court especially on my lateral movements. As far as outdoors, if you want to hoop in these on the blacktop, be my guest. I wouldnít recommend it. I say keep these strictly on the hardwood, but who am I to tell you what to do, right? Ummm, how should I put this? Itís freaking amazing! Why was it amazing? Well for starters, if you donít sleep under a rock, then you know that the KD 12 got rid of the strobel board and replaced with full-length†Zoom†Turbo. What this means is the only thing between you and the Air unit is an insole. You are getting all that cushy cushion right under your feet without anything messing with it. The impact protection was amazing. From the heel to the forefoot, the bounce is perfect. It isnít too much or too little; just a comfortable ride while still maintaining some court feel. As for the materials, a screen mesh with some fuse overlays in the high-wear area is what you get for the upper. Behind that, you can see the Quad-Axial Flywire, and we will get into that a little later. The tongue reminds me of some lingerie my wife would wear. I am not saying that she wears lingerie or anything like that. Iím just saying if she did it would probably look like the KD 12 tongue. Now on-court, the tongue felt great: itís nice and padded. I had no pressure points causing discomfort or anything. However, there is one thing I didnít like about the tongue, and thatís how wide it is up top ó nothing to do with the performance just a personal gripe. The screen mesh and Quad-Axial Flywire felt good on my feet. I didnít experience any pinching or binding. Honestly, I prefer this setup on the KD rather than the knit, but thatís just me. Narrow footers, I recommend you guys to go true to size. The KD 12 is pretty snug in the forefoot area, but I would call it a good snug. Itís not something that will cut your circulation off, but more of a nice secure snug like hugs from your grandmother. Wide footers, nope. Try the shoes on first. You guys may need to go up in size. If you get your actual shoe size, then it is possible your circulation may be cut off. Disclaimer: I doubt your circulation will actually get cut off. Iím joking I have zero complaints when it comes to support. The Quad-Axial Flywire did its job; it acts as a security blanket to the screen mesh and strengthens it which then keeps you contained during cuts and all that good stuff. Your foot sits in parts of the midsole which keeps you on top of the footbed during lateral movements. An internal heel counter is in place for extra reassurance that you stay on that footbed and locked in. Not to mention the fit is nice and snug. Support gets an A+ in my book. Overall, the KD 12 is a nice hoop kick and I canít stop playing in it. Iím anxious to see what other colorways hit the market. I did see that red pair†Kevin†Durant†has been rocking in the playoffs ó that colorway is pure fire ó so I may need that pair. When theyíre this nice, you might want to buy íem twice. Ainít nothing wrong with having AnotherPair.

17:07:16 26 April 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)

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