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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 Air Zoom SuperRep is built to serve the performance
Nikeís SuperRep family of footwear is built to serve the performance needs of class-based fitness athletes. Each unique silhouette ó including the debut shoe, the Nike Air Zoom SuperRep ó responds to the specifications of a particular type of workout, be it a boot camp or spin class. The shoes are created with a commitment to extend the same level of expertise provided to professional athletes to all enthusiasts who work on a daily and weekly basis to better themselves. ďFitness classes are booming around the world,Ē says Jamie Jeffries, VP/GM of Nike Training. ďWorking out is its own sport, and Nikeís SuperRep shoes are designed to deliver on the performance needs specific to these activities.Ē The Nike Air Zoom SuperRep is an innovative shoe built specifically for the rigors of high-intensity classes. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts alternate bouts of going all-out with periods of rest to recover. The movements are diverse ó burpees, kettlebell swings, lunges, mountain climbers, push-ups, squats and many more ó and are sequenced to get maximum impact from maximum effort. Using Zoom Air in the forefoot not only creates a dynamic aesthetic, it also helps provide impact protection and a responsiveness that gives back rep after rep after rep. This cushioning ó a two-unit system under the forefoot ó doesnít act alone. A plate running from heel to forefoot helps roll the foot forward and into a ready position for the majority of upright HIIT movements. The upper is crafted to support lateral moves, such as skaters and side lunges. The ďburpee breakĒ provides stability in plank positions and allows the foot to bend naturally when driving into mountain climbers. Alongside the air jordan 34 is the SuperRep Go, made for quick home workouts, and the SuperRep Cycle. The spikes on the spin shoe are made with rubber to prevent slips and falls in the spin studio.
12:37:20 10 December 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)
Air Jordan XX2 22 Performance Review
Since the <a href="https://www.hoop-jordan.com/product-tag/ua-curry-7-for-sale/">Curry 7</a> review is just around the corner, I thought Iíd step back and review the AJ XX2 since the Curry 3 took a huge bite out of the AJ XX2 back story. Iím disappointed that UA went there but if the Curry 3 performs, nobody will care. I guess since the XX2 was such a sales dud maybe UA thought they could pull it off without anyone noticing? I donít know Ö
Pros</b>: traction, fit, support, materials
<b>Cons</b>: pod cushioning is too targeted and feels unnatural, tippy in the heel, pricey at $175 especially in 2007.
<b>Sizing</b>: half size down
<b>Best for</b>: guards
16.5 oz so just a half ounce more than the Crazylight Boost 2016.
Jordan Brand usually does a good job with traction and this was the highlight of the <a href="https://www.hoop-jordan.com/product-tag/air-jordan-34-for-sale/">air jordan 34</a> for me. Stuck extremely well on clean floors and needed minimal wiping on dusty floors. Probably would have been better if the entire outsole was the same depth but then the IPS system wouldnít ďworkĒ as well
IPS is back again for the third straight model starting with the XX. Hurray?
I couldnít tell a difference in density in any of the aforementioned models and this was no different. The IPS foam feels great overall at least with a nice bit of springiness.
As for the heel, Jordan Brand brought back the modularity idea allowing the player to swap between Max Air and Double Stacked Zoom. Now that sounds great in theory but the Max and Zoom donít cover much surface area And the double stacked Zoom is nearly as thin as a quarter (I mean two quarters since its double stacked). Maybe this was the beginning of the end for real Zoom
You can feel the cushioning if you like quarter size set ups. It literally feels like a quarter size lump of cushioning is under your heel. Having the logo raised in the insole doesnít help either.
Which feels better between the two ? Zoom pod for sure. It just has a more even feeling than the Max set up.
Overall cushioning is decent but far from ideal. A simple forefoot zoom and regular heel that covers the entire heel like the Kobe VI would have been great.
The XX2 came out before Nike and JB went to a more narrow last and fit so 10.5 fit me perfectly. Finger width of space at the toe, no heel slip and no space side to side.
The upper starts a little stiff since it is real leather but it breaks in nicely and gives a decent almost one to one fit. Not quite perfect but still good overall.
I really liked the simple lacing set up with the lace lock because it just works.
<b>Materials</b>What is this foreign space age material ? Oh itís real leather. Good luck ever seeing leather again from any company.
JB and Nike were really pushing the quilted interior back in 2007.
Personally I like the look and feel but it doesnít make a difference <a href="https://www.sneakerdebut.com/">performance</a> wise.
Nice materials and build quality, may leather Rest In Peace
Support and Stability </b>
Ah, when a higher cut shoe didnít fold like a bad hand in Texas Hold em. I really liked the combo of the firmer mid cut with a stiff heel counter
JB also says the XX2 features a titanium coated midfoot shank plateErrr, just because it is painted silver doesnít mean itís titanium Jordan Brand. Clearly plastic with silver paint. It does its job just fine but donít hype a piece a plastic as something it isnít.
The XX2 is stable in the forefoot even without an outrigger but the heel is a little tippier than I prefer. The protruding outsole under the modular unit doesnít help either.
Overall support is good but the tippy heel isnít trustworthy.
Clean simple lines with no major physical barriers would be worrisome with todayís knits and woven uppers but leather is strong and doesnít have that stretch on hard cuts. Also this extra leather rand helps in containing the foot. Similar idea to the Curry 3 ďmidsole frameĒ
Every sneaker has a snorey..I mean story. Out of ideas, letís say make up one about fighter planes! Zooooom fast powerful stealthy (is that a word? ). Itís everything an Air Jordan should be! Whoever was running Jordan Brand back then needs to be destroyed like Cyberdyne in Terminator 2 to prevent the proliferation of story telling these days. Unnecessary and adds no value to sneakers; let the players wearing them write the story.
Inspiration aside, the shoe itself is a good overall performer but the ultratargeted tiny heel cushion really ruins the shoe. Letís see how UA does with the same inspiration.
15:22:58 09 December 2019 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 6 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 AJ 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†sneaker debut†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 5 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† Support†is 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. ContainmentNo 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.
14:05:26 03 December 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)
Air Jordan XX9 vs XX8 Performance Review
Iíve read all the great reviews about the XX9 so I picked these up during the Nike clearance sale for $124 to see †what all the hype was about. †I will also compare the XX9 to the XX8 SE Before I get into the comparison let me give you a sale pitch on a new 2015 Mercedes. Introducing the newest, lightest and most technology advances Mercedes, the MB 2015. Here are some features we added:
15:54:42 02 December 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)
Stanley Tse Weighs in on the Nike Kyrie 6 Performance Review
The Illuminati has its ways, just like the way Kyrie controls the ball like a yo-yo. With Zoom Turbo making a return, will the Kyrie 6 make its predecessors proud? Letís find out. Traction on the Kyrie 5 was good, however the traction on the Kyrie 6 is a major upgrade. Once you get past the coating material on the shoe, the shoe just clamps down. Multi-directional traction has this shoe ready for battle from the get-go. The rubber is soft (outdoor players be aware), however, the shoe grips well. The best thing about this shoe is that no matter how you plant your feet, youíre definitely covered. Same setup as its predecessor. The Nike Zoom Turbo is used in the forefoot and it feels amazing. Itís even better because the shoe feels lower to the ground without sacrificing any stability. The added plus is the injected phylon used for the midsole itself and it feels responsive from the start. Smooth transitions, low ride, and responsive feedback are a great combination that create a nice ride. The Kyrie 6 uses some textiles along with some genuine leather along the midfoot to give it a nice old school feel. The interior of the shoe is heavily padded, which is taken from skate shoes, to give you extra comfort. The shoe is finished off with the Zoom Turbo forefoot cushion along with injected Phylon and a soft rubber outsole for solid traction. The material usage overall is solid and the midfoot strap and extra leather along the midsole give it a 90s old school basketball vibe. A great combo. Hereís where the minor struggle comes in. On the previous Kyrie 4 and Kyrie 5, I had to go up half a size, and unfortunately, for the Kyrie 6, it wasnít available in the 1/2 size up of a 13.5. I had to use the 13. I will say if you wore cushioned socks, be prepared to scream in pain. I wore thin socks initially to break-in the shoe, which helped a tad bit, especially in the ďless painful agonyĒ part. After the shoe broke in, it hurt less. And while the shoe still felt tight, it was bearable to the point of being able to play aggressively and not feel worrisome. Solid as long as you get your proper size. 360 degree traction, soft midsole, proper lockdown, an extra padded interior, and your foot sits directly on the footbed without any slippage. If you liked balling in the Kyrie 4 or 5, then youíll absolutely love the Kyrie 6. Itís not a big change between the models. However, itís evolved into something much better. I wish I had a 13.5, but once broken in, the shoe was as fun as watching an aging Uncle Drew cross up the competition. I definitely suggest trying them on in-store before purchasing. Besides that, the evolution of the Kyrie line is here to stay and weíre quite impressed. Hereís to the next one.
15:40:47 29 November 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)
Mizuno Wave Sky Waveknit 3 Performance Review
The Mizuno Wave Sky Waveknit 3 checks all of the technical boxes. It has a knit upper, a midsole combining two soft foams, an outsole built for durability, and a plush collar and tongue. Itís got the whole package to be a solid everyday running shoe. And if youíre not familiar with Mizuno as a running brand, this is a good place to start. We tested the Mizuno Wave Sky Waveknit 3 from both a male and female perspective. This review is based on our experiences using the shoes for speed workouts, trail runs, treadmill training, long runs, casual wear, and more. Letís start the performance review by focusing on our favorite part of the shoe, the cushioning.
CushionJodi:†The cushioning system is pretty darn impressive. Itís a combination of XPOP PU foam and Mizuno Foam Wave. Every time I ran in the Sky Waveknit 3 I felt like I was flying down the road. They felt light and responsive. Theyíre one of those shoes where itís hard to tell where your foot ends and they begin. It literally felt like they were one with my feet. Drew:†When I initially unboxed the Sky Waveknit 3, my eyes were immediately drawn to the cut out on the outsole that provides access to the XPOP foam. Just pushing it with my finger showed me itís as bouncy as adidas Boost or Nike React. The Mizuno Foam Wave that carries and sits above the XPOP feels very plush, like Nikeís Cushlon or other soft EVA foams. Together, the package is extremely good at impact protection and giving your foot a nice bounce off the ground. This is a shoe thatís long run friendly. Your knees and back will take less of a pounding and recover quicker because of the cushioning package.
TractionJodi:†The Sky Waveknit 3ís traction is solid. Itís everywhere on the outsole but broken up in all the right places to keep the shoe light and flexible. Itís carbon rubber reminds me of what Under Armour used on portions of the UA Curry 7. Which begs the question, how durable is this setup? Iíll let Drew answer thatÖ Drew:†This outsole is built to last. My pair has approximately 50 miles in them and looking at the outsole rubber youíd think Iíve run 3-5 miles in them. This outsole and cushioning system will most likely last 300-500 miles which isnít a given in most of todayís running shoes. One small note. Initially, the outsole didnít grip very well on wet roads. It was only slight slippage with each footfall but it was noticeable. It got better over time as the outsole gained some miles but itís something to be mindful of when taking your initial runs in them.
SupportJodi:†The Sky Waveknit 3 has the sturdiest heel counter Iíve ever encountered. You put them on and the shoe pretty much sucks your heel into place. And donít worry, the heel counter is heavily padded so rubbing isnít an issue. Drew:†I agree with Jodi on the heel counter. Itís super stiff and does it job well. The Waveknit itself is on the stiffer side so the upper holds up well to turns. On trail runs it still wasnít quite enough containment in the forefoot. The heel was great so I tried them on trail. But because your foot doesnít sit inside the midsole you can get over the edge in the forefoot. Itís better to avoid rocky or root-filled trails and stick to asphalt or gravel.
MaterialsJodi:†Mizuno calls the upperís material Waveknit. Itís very formed and tough. Where the†Nike Epic React†is pliable, stretchy, and thin, the Mizuno Wave Sky Waveknit 3 is the complete opposite. The only real stretch the shoes gave me were on the top of the toe box where the holes are larger to give you breathability. Because the rest of the shoe is so layered your feet donít get much of a breeze outside the toe box. Side note: I donít know if Drew noticed this, but the pattern on the toe box is shaped like a heart. Maybe I noticed this more because my shoes are bright red and Iím a girlÖ Drew:†It is a heart! If you look at the shoe top down from the front you can totally see it. On my grey pair I just thought it was a normal grouping of ventilation holes. Now it definitely appears a cheeky Mizuno designer snuck in a heart. I kinda like the personality. Most running shoes these days are all business. Also, Jodi is right that the Waveknit is layered and thick. Itís different than knit from other brands but that means itís also more supportive. Itís not what weíve come to expect out of a knit but itís an interesting change of pace. Want a thicker, more durable knit shoe? The Sky Waveknit 3 is perfect for you.
FitJodi:†Fit is where the shoe didnít work for me. Lengthwise, the shoes are my true running size. Width was another story. I had to run with mine laced as loose as possible to give me some wiggle room. I could see my socks peeking through between the sides of the tongue and the upper due to how I had them laced (and the lockdown was still great!). I would feel amazing and light as I headed out for each run only to have my feet start swelling around mile 2 and be royally uncomfortable by mile 3. Anyone with even slightly wide feet should buy the†wide version of the Sky Waveknit 3. Drew:†Even with my narrow feet, the Mizuno Wave Sky Waveknit 3 was tight. I generally like my shoes that way but I would recommend the wide version if you have anything other than narrow feet. As Jodi said, lengthwise theyíre true to size. The Waveknit, despite being a thicker knit, flexes extremely well. The collar and tongue are also super padded with an almost memory foam material. As long as you get the right width, theyíll be comfortable.
OverallJodi:†If you have a narrow foot, the regular width Mizuno Wave Sky Waveknit 3 would be fantastic. Itís built to be fast and light. All the potential is there. Unfortunately my feet needed the wide version. So if youíre a wide footer like me, just make sure you get the†wide version. Drew:†The nike kyrie 6 cushioning and durability are the big attractions. This is a shoe that will last you a lot of miles and be kind to your feet, knees, and lower back. Just make sure you know they run narrow so you can go wide (if needed).
16:25:30 28 November 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)
adidas Posterize Performance Review
The adidas Posterize (briefly known as the adidas Trifecta) aims to bring a lifestyle aesthetic to the court as an amalgam of past adidas models ó and of course with the tooling of last winterís adidas Marquee Boost. Does this new construction add value as a performer? If you know the Marquee Boost then youíre familiar with this outsole Ė full length herringbone with a wider spaced zone of the pattern pointing laterally in the forefoot. What was a slight issue in consistency in the Marquee Boost is less of an issue in the Posterize, though you will still want to keep up with wiping on dustier settings. Everywhere else the traction was just fine, including outdoors where the rubber seemed to do well against the grain and even showed potential for durability. Maybe being the outsole of my pair of Posterize is much less of a translucent (Iíd say somewhere in the 90% range for opacity) than the pair of Marquees I tested, they just more consistent Ė even if minimally so. Again, the midsole of the air jordan 34 is carried over to the Posterize. I really enjoy the setup, but somehow it is even better this time around. Where the torsional plate of the Marquee Boost made the midsole a little stiff in transition, the Posterize is much more flexible and smoother right out of the box. I checked with a source to make sure, and yes the same style torsion system was used, however, my guess is that the spring plate is possibly thinner as you get so much more range of motion without required break in or loss of support where needed. Back to the midsole Ė Boost is still a killer cushion when done right, and this setup is just right in my opinion. The forefoot sits lower to the ground, giving an awesome mix of response and impact protection. The heel does have a little more volume, but it really is nothing serious to critique, unless you are dealing with a pre-existing ailment that canít handle so much cushion (see Nightwing2303ís adidas Marquee Boost Performance Review for more on that). Otherwise, you really canít ask for more out of a cushion setup like this. Both flashy and functional, the upper of the Posterize is great. Textiles, leather, suede, synthetics Ė you basically get a little bit of everything except a knit here, and itís awesome. The base of the upper is covered in a breathable mesh, the suedes over the rear panels add support to an already strong internal heel cup, and the tumbled leather overlay moving towards the forefoot is a nice addition. A variation of the shell toecap from the adidas Superstar is featured covered in 3M, the tongue is traditional and pays homage to the adidas Crazy 2 with its screen mesh ventilation, and a removable ankle strap and other design lines give the adidas Fast Break some representation. Even the thick rope lacing blends well with the aesthetic and serves good purpose. Combine all this with a comfortable lining and internal sculpting and you have yourself another great shoe to transition on and off the court seamlessly. If you are looking to spice things up a bit, yet, still find comfort in something form fitting, look no further. I went down a half size to cut a little bit of length in the Posterize. I do feel I could have been okay true to size, but to be safe Iím happy with what I decided on. Wide footers have a chance at going true to size with no issue being that the tongue is not attached to the footbed in any way, but if you do have a wide foot and something feels off TTS, donít force it. Lockdown is also great. The thick rope laces take a strong hold once you make your adjustments Ė just make sure you knot/double knot so it doesnít come undone multiple times in a game. Iím also happy to say I have no concerning movements or heel slip within the Posterize, whatsoever Ė something I canít say for either pair of Marquee Boost Iíve owned in my true size as low cut or in a high cut at a half-size down. It all comes together beautifully Ė the right fit, good usage of materials, solid heel counter, and torsional support all over a wide and flat platform. No, the ankle strap doesnít add anything performance wise, but itís nice you have the option to remove it if you please. If the adidas Posterize ends up working for you, then it should really work for you. If youíve tried the aj 11 white silver and liked it, you should really like adidas Posterize. Boost still has a place in basketball, and with other companies now making use of similar foam, I donít mind the decision to recycle tooling to continue offering Boost in some capacity. The adidas Posterize is top-to-bottom comfortable and makes for a solid performer that holds up well. This is one of those pairs that will see a lot of wear from me, even as testing is complete.
08:29:56 23 November 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)
Hoka Carbon X Performance Review
The Hoka Carbon X, simply put, is Hokaís answer to the Nike Vaporfly Next%. The Carbon X is a carbon-plated, highly cushioned long distance running shoe. And just like with Nikeís signature long distance racing shoe, all of the Hoka athletes are using it for their races. And just like with Nike, the goal is to help athletes hit PRs and even World Records. When the Hoka Carbon X was first introduced, Jim Walmsley, a Hoka athlete, used it to set the world record for the 50 mile distance. And as a bonus, the Carbon X is priced at $180 which is $70 better than the Nike Vaporfly Next%. To find out how the Carbox X performed, we tested it over 50+ miles of speed workouts, races, long runs, hills, treadmill runs, and casual wear. Weíve now done several Hoka reviews including the Rincon, Bondi 6, and Arahi 3. All of them got high marks. Now, letís see if the Carbon X is really the ďspeed machineĒ Hoka says it isÖ
CushionI wrote down ďspringyĒ in my notes after my first run in the Hoka Carbon X and I continued to get the same bounce the entire time I was testing them. Itís a race shoe that feels plush. Right below the foot thereís a layer of Hokaís Profly X EVA foam, under that is a Y-shaped carbon fiber plate, and touching the ground is a layer of injected rubberized EVA. This combination works. I especially appreciate the Y-shaped carbon fiber plate as it makes the shoe just a touch less stiff than its carbon-plated competitors. Itís not as squishy as other Hoka running shoes but thatís done on purpose. The Carbon X is built for speed on race day and I found itís combination of responsiveness and soft cushion to be perfect for road races and speed workouts. Very much like the†Nike Zoom Fly 3, it delivers the speed you need alongside cushion that will last for the longest of races.
TractionThe injected rubberized EVA outsole really grips the pavement even in wet conditions. There was no slipping or sliding. It also adds a lot to the cushioning package. However, it doesnít offer the durability needed for 300-500 miles. Itís not a surprise because youíre just running on foam. Iíd prefer Hoka do something like they did with the†Rincon†and add outsole rubber to high wear areas. They didnít use rubber on the Carbon X, most likely due to weight concerns, but I hope they figure out how to do so in the future. Itís a glaring omission from such a high performance shoe.
SupportThe Hoka Carbon X features a wide base that flares as it approaches the ground to create a wide and stable platform. This is a different approach from Nikeís skinny Vaporfly and one that will accommodate a larger group of runners. You sit inside the midsole at the heel and feel low to the ground while still sitting quite high overall. Thereís no heel counter, just some embroidery that does nothing. In a race day shoe like this you donít expect a heel counter so Iím not sure what all the embroidery is for. Looks maybe? All it seems to do is add weight. True to Hokaís typical style, the Air Jordan 34 is one of the more stable shoes in its category and can even take on some light trail work as needed.
MaterialsThe entire upper is engineered mesh with some fuse at the lace loops and a cored mesh tongue. The airflow is fantastic. This is a great shoe for someone running in a hot or humid climate. The tongue is backed by lycra and features wings that extend down and connect to the midsole. While the tongue is a little floppy looking, once you get a foot in the shoe itís not going anywhere.
FitThe Hoka Carbon X fits true to size. And while itís great for those who want a carbon plate without the narrow last of the†Vaporfly Next%, it does have a few oddities in the fit. First is the puffy toebox. Youíll have plenty of room for your feet but the material puffs above your foot and it may bother you if you donít like excess material above your toes. It didnít bother me. The engineered mesh is super light so it didnít rest heavy on my toes. It does look a little strange and lessens the Carbon Xís casual appeal. The tongue is less like a tongue and more like a sheath. This can take some time to get used to as itís a strange cross between a typical tongue and an internal bootie setup. It works though so most people will be able to get past it. Finally, the shoe can feel stiff and bottom heavy due to the carbon plate. Contrary to the current narrative, carbon plates are not for everyone. Make sure youíre ok with the added stiffness. While the three items above make the fit a little odd in places, I think the majority of wearers wonít mind them. The Carbon X doesnít have hotspots and the upper is very minimal and light. The positives in the fit outweigh the negatives but itís worth trying them on in person to make sure the above aspects donít annoy you.
OverallThe Hoka Carbon X is a bouncy, race ready shoe that includes all the normal stylistic choices that make Hokaís shoes unique. With long term durability being the only real drawback, I think this is a great shoe for training or racing fast.
12:32:07 21 November 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)
Nike Kyrie 6 Performance Review
The Nike Kyrie 6 Performance Review is now complete. We hope it helps anyone out interested in purchasing a pair. The traction on the Kyrie 6 looks like an evolution of what we saw on the Kyrie 5 and its performance has evolved as well. While I had solid traction with the Kyrie 5, the Kyrie 6 has offered me even more traction. Itís got a tackiness that I never had to wipe ó not matter which court I took them on. It also has traction going in all directions. From heel to toe and even wrapping up and around the sides. It shouldnít matter what type of footwork you have, the traction on the Kyrie 6 is everywhere, and should remain in contact with the ground no matter what. The rubber is a little soft for outdoor use, but if outdoor basketball is all youíre able to play then youíll at least have great traction while it lasts. The same basic setup as the Kyrie 5 with a twist injected into the mix. Nikeís Zoom Turbo is used once again ó and itís a cushion that I really love. It has just enough bounce to it while remaining low to the ground. Never sacrificing court feel or stability for a little bit of cushion is a great thing. The midsole itself is where we have the slight twist compared to last years setup. Injected Phylon was used and it feels great right out the box ó as does the Zoom Turbo. This combination of a slightly softer midsole with the thinner Zoom Turbo really allows the forefoot cushioning to shine. It offers a nice and smooth transition from heel to toe while having just enough cushion to last a regulated game or a three hour pickup hoop session. Materials are back to what I loved in the Kyrie 4 ó for the most part. The forefoot feels closer to the Kyrie 5 as the textile is a bit on the stiff side, but not quite as stiff as what was used on the Kyrie 2. This textile still moves well with the foot but without stretching too much. Itís been durable as well which is a plus for those that put a lot of strain on their textile shoes ó hopefully you wonít bust any holes in these for a while. Now, the heel section is what I really love. Itís a great soft genuine leather that just feels awesome. It wraps around our heel and ankle in a way that feels like a second skin. My thoughts here are similar to what I felt about the Puma Clyde Hardwood. This type of material setup should be used more often. Itís a shame that we have more shoes releasing each year than we can count on both hands, yet, we can count on a single hand which of these releases are made with this type of material quality. I found the Nike Kyrie 6 to run small. I personally went 1/2 up, which is something I rarely do. Theyíre still fairly tight, but its the type of tight fit that I like out of my basketball shoes. However, Iíd strongly recommend you to try these on in-store just to ensure you get the right fit for you. Lockdown was great. It may have been due to the snug fit, but the lacing structure was awesome and implemented in two ways. The forefoot offers the semi-standard nylon cables, while the midfoot offers the internal hidden lacing. At the collar we have the traditional punched holes which work well. I did not feel the midfoot strap did much of anything. It could be there, it could not be there, and I feel the lockdown and fit wouldnít be altered much. Support in the Kyrie 6 is pretty standard. Flat sole, rounded edges that extend just enough to act as an outrigger. Your foot sits within the shoe which works well with the rear heel counter to ensure your foot remains on the footbed without rolling off of it. If you liked the Nike Kyrie 5 then youíll likely really like the Nike Kyrie 6. Itís not a shoe that is leaps and bounds better than the previous model, but the minor tweaks are noticeable enough once on-foot. Just make sure you try them on before buying as I feel they run smaller than usual. I hope our performance review on the Nike Kyrie 6 helps you if you were interested in purchasing the shoe and weíll catch you on the next one.
11:09:14 19 November 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)
The Air Jordan 34 with a Performance Review
Jordan Brand never fails to push performance boundaries with the signature shoe. Does the 34 live up to the name? Only one way to find outÖ You donít get the title of GOAT by being weak, meek, and small-minded. You have to be daring, strong, and willing to take chances. Over the course of 34 years we have seen no swoosh branding, visible Air, patent leather, carbon fiber plates, IPS, interchangeable insoles and cushioning systems, a zipper shroud, and FastFit. The Jordan 34 takes it back to basics like we have never seen before, andÖ It. Works. Here we goÖ Utilizing an almost full-length herringbone pattern (the midfoot is smooth but it doesnít really matter), the Jordan 34 proves it means business from the jump(man). Herringbone has been the go-to pattern when a company needs to get back to what works, and the Jordan 34 works. On four different courts, dirty and clean, the 34 was sticky stuck. The way the pattern is slightly rotated, which shouldnít mean much in the bigger performance picture, makes the shoe feel even smoother when moving on offense and even better laterally on defense. The pattern is wide as well, meaning dust doesnít really build up and clog the grooves, which is a fantastic fact for the floors we play on (Iíve seen some of yíalls gyms on Discord Ė they are bad). As for outdoors, well, like most modern shoes, I wouldnít. The pattern is thin and the rubber is soft. I couldnít see these lasting longer than a couple months on rough concrete surfaces and for $180 I wouldnít want to wear them through that condition anyway. Ever since the Jordan XX8 debuted in 2013 (that seems so long ago) the Jordan signature shoe has made a point of trying to redefine the Zoom Air cushioning we have loved since the Jordan XII (I know, it was Tensile Air). Utilizing a Flight Plate system, the Zoom was Unlocked and freakishly bouncy and responsive. The Jordan XX9 and XXX took similar paths Ė Unlocked forefoot Zoom and Flight Plate (now called a Speed Plate). The Jordan 34 takes the next level. The whole forefoot is a huge Zoom unit, under the plate that is now called Eclipse. The plate compresses the Zoom and springs back into shape, providing a crazy, impact-protected, responsive ride. This is seriously the best Unlocked Zoom since the XX8 and feels great in every direction. however, where the XX8 was a crazy, almost uncontrolled Zoom, the 34 is solid and stable. Where I really noticed this was on pull-ups or coming off of curls. It didnít matter what angle or speed I was jumping from, the shoe always seemed to stabilize on lift-off and landings, giving me a platform to go from and making shooting easier (it all starts with the legs). The midsole foam is softer than the 33 in every way so the Zoom is felt quicker and easier. The heel also has Zoom, and even though it is only a heel hex unit, it can still be felt under foot and absorbs every impact well. Taking a page from the adidas basketball book, Jordan Brand has decided to use different materials on the upper, depending on the colorway. The blue void went with a ripstop-like material and the Chicago white/black/red went with a more traditional mesh makeup. The Eclipse (black/white, released 11/9) colorway I reviewed is extremely similar to the Chicago color. The materials are nice but nothing special, utilizing a single-layer mesh across most of the upper with some nubuck/synthetic hints around the lace cables and forefoot. The heel hits with a leather panel and JumpJumpJumpJumpman logo embossed (no Nike Air on this colorway). The materials work, and that is the most important part, so no real complaints even though it sounds like Iím a grumpy old man (I am). For the first time in a long time, I had to go up a half size in a Jordan model. The toebox is short and boxy and just a little too close for my comfort (for reference, I wear a 10.5 in every Lebron and most Kobeís as well as the Jordan 32 and 33). By going up half the fit was near perfect from heel to toe. The lacing system pulls the shoe around every spot and works with the semi-separate heel to allow for upper flexibility so there are no funny bends and bubbles. There are no real flex grooves anywhere in the upper so the materials need to be thin and flexible (thatís the WHY of the materials) and once the shoe gets a couple of wears in the upper feels like an extension of your foot. As for heel slip or movement internally Ė nope. Again, the thin upper flexes and folds with your foot, the lacing pulls it all together, and the higher cut and ankle padding keeps your heel locked. One thing Jordan signature shoes have always been is supportive. If you know anything about Mikeís feet you know he had bad ones (the reason he went to a carbon fiber plate in the 11 and up) and the Jordan 34 would make him proud, or at least less pained. The support starts at the lockdown and again, the laces lock you into the upper with no movement, pulling you down and not squeezing you in. The materials are next Ė the mesh doesnít have much, if any, stretch, meaning once you are in you are IN. Moving to the midsole, where we have had Flightplate and Speedplate, in the 34 we get Eclipse Plate (almost sounds like a superhero evolution). The Eclipse Plate works similar to the other two systems as far as compressing the Zoom and providing response while still providing a stable base for takeoffs and landings. The base of the shoe is not extremely wide but still does ride wider than the foot inside it. Speaking of your foot, it sits inside the edges of the midsole, meaning there is no side-to-side sliding off of the footbed. Full disclosure Ė I broke my Eclipse Plate while testing. I noticed a popping sound in my left shoe and thought it was the Jordan logo on the sole coming off or getting air behind it. Nope. There is a seam running heel to toe in the middle of the plate and mine has separated. Never fear Ė Nike/Jordan is taking care of the replacement just like they always do Ė one of the best return policies ever. Once again, Jordan proves it is a shoe made for the Greatest Player to Ever Play. Combining fantastic cushioning, great traction, and a streamlined look that takes away the overlays and cables from the 33, the Jordan 34 is built for performance at any position and style. While the retail is on the high side ($180), you can buy the 34 knowing you are getting a shoe that will out-perform most anything else on the court. If you are a player at any position that needs lightweight cushioning and support, you have to check these out. If you stay away from any Jordan that Mike didnít wear, donít be a fool Ė Mike could probably still drop 20 in these right now.
15:55:45 18 November 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)