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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)

Under Armour Threadborne Fortis 3 Performance Review

When something works, you ride it hard. Under Armour has found that Threadborne works, so the woven material has been found in nearly every product line for 2017. Thatís good for the upper, but does the Under Armour Threadborne Forhttp://newtruckspring.eklablog.com/tis 3 make us happy? Read onÖ. This outsole should be familiar by now because Under Armour has used it on multiple models, starting with the†Threadborne Slingflex. Combining a high-abrasion rubber outsole with deep flex grooves in the forefoot, UA has created a long-wearing transition-based runner that feels fast. (These images were taken after two months of solid wears, both running on roads and treadmill, plus some weight training time. With a little cleaning these could be good as new.) The flex grooves make the forefoot traction better than expected, allowing the Under Armour Threadborne Fortis 3 to contact the ground at any angle, slow or fast, and let the foot dig into the surface. The cored-out heel area, formed like a suction cup, will actually stick to the floor, road, or treadmill if the shoe is in a compressed state for any length of time. That feature was strange the first few times the Fortis was worn casually ó I was standing on my hardwood kitchen floor and when I took a step I heard an audible ďpopĒ ó but when moving fast there is no issue at all. Add water, and the suction becomes more noticeable, but again, donít stop and it wonít happen. Under Armour has mastered Charged foam in its running line. If you were a fan of Micro G, then the Charged in the Threadborne Fortis will make you extremely happy. It is stable, responsive, and dense, all at once, and offers the runner a bouncy, cushioned ride. The genius of Micro G was it could be thin but still cushion well. Charged has finally done that for Under Armour. From forefoot to heel, the cushioning was smooth and the strides were easy. The flexible outsole worked under the thin midsole to feel fast and light while retaining needed impact protection. On top of that, we get a Charged insole to boost that initial impact, making the feel even more plush and fluffy. Seriously, Nike pg 4, give us this Charged feeling in the basketball line already!! Threadborne, UAís flagship knit, began as a flexible but supportive material on the Curry 7 last fall; it quickly made its way into other categories, especially running, starting with the Slingflex. Where the Curry 3 was a tight, rough knit, the Slingflex was like a sock. The Under Armour Threadborne Fortis comes somewhere in between. It is still flexible but loses some of the sock-like feel and for a slightly rougher and more durable build. This is lessened some by the use of a full-foot bootie construction, taking away the internal chafing and hotspots ó except one. Right over the little toe the last lace hole is sewn in and the rubbing there while barefoot was serious pain. However, it was only while barefoot. Even the thinnest socks took care of the issue. The Threadborne here is sewn in multiple directions for support, better fit, and flex ó and it works. The holes in the weave that are visible in the pictures do go completely through, while the black lines crisscrossing the upper are a tighter weave for better fit and less give. There is very little stretch in the multi-colored parts of the upper, so fit is never compromised by the upper moving out or giving with the foot. Again, near perfect, which is how a woven shoe should be. Seriously, itís basically a sock with cushioning, so why shouldnít fit be awesome?! Length-wise, stay true to size ó it may give a little extra in length but after a long run you will appreciate some room for your swelling feet. The forefoot wraps around your toes with little space above, even with thin running socks on. The midfoot is wrapped the same, with the tighter black lines pulling the shoe up solid. The heel and ankle are where it gets interesting because there is an ankle collar coming up from the internal bootie. We have seen this concept in basketball from Under Armour, from the original Juke to the Curry 3ZER0, and while the structure in the Fortis isnít as substantial as those shoes, it is still something that works well when used correctly. This collar is separate from the regular lacing so it wraps around the sides and front of the foot and really pulls you into the heel. This cuts all heel slip and adds some padding in the area to take away lace pressure when laced tight. With the minimal upper movement still pushing hard, a simple collar like the one used on the Under Armour Threadborne Fortis feels great on-foot and even better when running. One thing the Under Armour Threadborne Fortis is†not†is supportive. Granted, it isnít meant to be ó this is a neutral and fast runner, so no surprise. What is here works though, from the internal ankle collar to the solid lacing system. The low ride lets you run on†some†uneven surfaces ó not recommended for full-out trail running ó with no issues, especially with the heel lockdown being so good. The heel cup is, well, there isnít one. The weave is a little stiffer and there is a fuse backing around the heel cup, but it wonít keep you upright in bad situations and is more for structure and fit. If you land on uneven surface or need some extra support for pronation, sorry, not happening here. There is no internal shank in the midfoot so plantar fasciitis sufferers beware. All of this sounds negative, but again, the Under Armour Threadborne Fortis is a fast, flexible runner, not a high-structured stability shoe. Know what you need. For the past two years, the best runner Under Armour released was the original Speedform Gemini. The Under Armour Threadborne Fortis has moved into that slot, using a flexible yet durable upper woven material and a seriously cushioned midsole. If you have been holding off from trying UA runners for whatever reason, hide no more ó the Threadborne Fortis is a shoe that can compete with any shoe in the nuetral training category. My only real complaints are the lack of support, which again, is not what this shoe is made for, and the Threadborne is a little rough, which was easily fixed by socks. Under Armour has made amazing strides in its footwear category in the last four years and has made it clear that it is serious about performance. In the notoriously faithful history of running, where lines like the Kayano and the Pegasus are over 20 and 30 models into their lifespans, consistency and longevity is key to consumers. The Under Armour Threadborne Fortis is only on model number three, but if the evolution of the model continues, Under Armour could have its first lifetime achievement model.
16:41:51 16 Januari 2020 Permanente link Reacties (0)

Nike React Infinity Run Performance Review

The Nike React Infinity Run shows that Nike Running isnít complacent with rolling out the same shoe year after year. For the Infinity Run, Nike took what made the Epic React Flyknit and Epic React Flyknit 2 extremely popular and then heavily upgraded every area where they fell short. The result? To infinity and beyondÖ


Jodi:†Just like adidas did with the†Ultraboost 2019†when they added more Boost, Nike upped the React in the Infinity Run midsole by 24% (vs the Epic React midsole). The increase caused a very similar effect, a sturdier, trustier ride. Trustier? Yes. Trustier. Regular React is great for instant step in comfort. Heck, it was awesome for running in last yearís Epic React 2. But the extra React made me feel more supported underfoot. I feel like once youíve tried it, you wonít want to go back. Drew:†Adding 24% more React to a midsole is a good thing. Period. As Jodi mentioned, the extra React is a noticeable improvement. Some people had trouble taking the Epic React models on long runs (8 miles or more) because the cushion would essentially bottom out. That does not happen with the Infinity Run. The Infinity Run will handle any and all training distances. The new Rocker Geometry or shape of the midsole also helps the Infinity Run feel more plush. The shoe has a pronounced curve at both the forefoot and heel. The Nike team took learnings from the†Nike Vaporfly NEXT%†midsole shape and applied them to the Infinity Run. This makes the transition from heel to toe super smooth and makes the React feel like it has more bounce. The feeling is very similar to the†Nike Zoom Fly 3 even though the Infinity Run doesnít have the kyrie 6ís carbon fiber plate.


Jodi:†Iím pretty sure we all rejoiced when we saw the†initial pics†of the Infinity Run. The first thing I said when seeing the bottom of the shoes was, ďLook at all that rubber!Ē Itís everywhere and thereís plenty of flex grooves. This was something that was majorly lacking in the Epic Reacts.The Epic React was a beast of a shoe but all that uncovered foam took a beating. After many, many miles in the Infinity Run, mine practically look like new and only show minor wear and tear on my high strike zones. Iím like the mailman, running rain or shine, and these stuck like glue to all my usual running paths. Drew:†As I mentioned in my†Nike React Infinity Run First Impression, Nike uses a lot of rubber on the bottom of these. You get full heel to toe coverage and I fully expect the Infinity Runís traction to last 300+ miles. Similar to Jodi, Iíve run 50+ miles in mine and they hardly show any wear. I also had no issues in wet conditions. I had the pleasure (?!) of wearing these in several rainstorms and there was no slippage on asphalt or cement.


Jodi:†For support, the Infinity Run has a wider base. You can literally see how it flares out beneath your foot, in the forefoot AND under your heel. So no matter where you normally land you have a ton of coverage. Drew:†The wider midsole does a lot of the work here. The forefoot midsole flares out really wide to create outriggers on both the lateral and medial sides of the foot. The midfoot and heel are then held in place by a large TPU clip (itís 3M on some colorways!) that cradles your foot. While I wish my foot sat slightly inside the foam at the forefoot too, your midfoot and heel arenít going anywhere. Itís unlikely youíll slide off the footbed unless you take on some rougher trails. Itís a really stable shoe for something featuring so much React cushioning and Flyknit.


Jodi:†The flyknit is very different from the lebron 17. I welcomed this change. The Infinity Runís engineered flyknit is a bit more structured and has a plasticy feeling to it, but I prefer it because it doesnít hug my feet like a straight jacket. While Iíd always have to remind myself that feeling would go away once I got moving in the Epic Reacts, itís nice not to have to think about it anymore. Similar to the Epic Reacts, the Infinity Run is put together like a booty with a very stretchy tongue area for ease of entrance. Drew:†The new engineered flyknit is super breathable and even a bit see through.† The swoosh wrap that surrounds the midfoot and heel is a sort of foil fused to the flyknit upper. The materials used match well with the $160 price point.


Jodi:†If you hadnít already guessed from reading the other sections, the fit ended up being a slam dunk for me. When Iím out with my running group I always hear a lot of them say they donít run in Nike products because theyíre too narrow. I feel like the Infinity Run is Nikeís answer to that common complaint. Obviously thereís no one shoe built for every runner. But as a wide footer I have to say, this shoe fit me perfectly. My forefoot had plenty of wiggle room, my heel was locked into place, and I was able to run mile after mile after mile without a worry. No rubbing, no pinching, no slipping. I advise you to grab these in your normal running size, and start the new year off right. Drew:†The sock like fit of the Epic React returns in the Nike React Infinity Run but the sock is now built on a wider last, fits true to size, and accommodates a lot more foot types. I knew people that really wanted to rock the Epic React Flyknit but couldnít due to the narrow dimensions. Itís one of the reasons I think these will fly off shelves. Theyíll provide all day comfort for a majority of foot shapes. One area for improvement is the collar. The flyknit is exposed all around the collar and is scratchy. The top of the tongue gave me a small blister on a long run when I wore low cut socks. I could also feel the tongue rubbing on my ankle and achilles whenever I wore the Infinity Run casually. It wasnít sandpapering my ankle like some shoes but it was enough to be annoying.


The Nike React Infinity Run is a casual and performance star that will sell really well. The upgrades from the Epic React line hit all the right notes. The extra cushioning and rocker motion make the shoe fun to wear. And since Nike finally decided it was time to make wide footers happy, the potential market for the Infinity Run is huge. I expect weíll see TONS of colorways over the next year so sit back and wait to grab whichever one you like best.
16:23:05 13 Januari 2020 Permanente link Reacties (0)

Nike PG 4 Launch Recap

Among the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles, I found myself at the Trinity Auditorium. An inconspicuous building that was previously a church. This was the scene as Nike Basketball invited media to help LA Clippers all-star Paul George launch his new signature shoe, the Nike PG 4. When PG13 first debuted the sneakers (playing in a game versus the Knicks on Jan. 5) there was plenty of chatter online over its design. Perhaps it was an over reaction? More on that later. Inside the cathedral with stain-glassed windows was a full court. Four colorways of the sneaker were on display and we played in the purple Gatorade ďGxĒ version. First impressions: The toe box was definitely tight. I saw a few people asking to go up Ĺ a size. For clarity, I wear size 12 so my options were limited. After running around for 20 minutes my feet adjusted and felt fine. The traction was solid as I didnít experience any slipping. Nike PG4 Launch Gatorade Colorway The biggest question was the lacing and zippering system, which initially reminded me of Gary Paytonís†Air Zoom Flight í98†model. I laced them up traditionally and left the zipper down. The shroud was more a fashion statement, giving players the option. Later I zipped them up fully, which made the upper feel snug. Using breathable materials was smart, keeping it lightweight and transparent. Whether you like to cruise with the top down or play faster zipped up, the shoe performed well and exceeded expectations.
Nike PG4 Launch Tech Breakdown
After testing the PG 4, I spoke with the man himself, Paul George. Discussing the new Air Strobel cushioning, he shared his thoughts from playing in them. ďYou know what? It was new to me with its innovation. I knew it was going away from what we were doing with the air bag. Iím all about innovation and whatís best going forward with my line. So far so good, when I felt it, I was all for it, if it made for a better performance of the shoe,Ē George said. We talked about the different types of sneakers he wore before his signature line was unveiled, from his high school days all the way to the pros. ďIn high school I wore LeBronís, Kobeís. In college I wore Kobeís and Jordanís. Earlier in the league I wore everything from Jordanís to Kobeís to LeBronís to Foamposites, I wore it all,Ē he said.
Nike PG4 Launch Colorway Gatorade
Coming back home, playing for the LA Clippers, and being from Palmdale, I asked PG what it was like giving back to his community and refurbishing the courts he grew up on. ďThatís everything, thatís the reason I came back home and why I do what I do. To be able to inspire the next generation to ultimately help the community that raised me and got me to where I am. Itís a surreal thing to play and represent my home,Ē he said. The city of Los Angeles is bubbling over its two NBA teams doing well. I wanted to know if he felt a rivalry starting to build between his cross hall neighbors. ďI think its more so for the fans. The Clippers havenít won anything, and the Lakers have all the hardware and all the accolades. Weíre trying to get there, to be great. When you look at it from a competitive sports aspect thereís no rivalry there. Ultimately, we want to beat them, they want to beat us. What team doesnít? From the fan aspect thereís a rivalry, we hear it all the time. Itís fun, it plays into the story.Ē
Collaborations are always a hot topic with kicks, so I inquired if there were other projects lined up for the season. ďIím going to keep that on the lowkey. But honestly, we have some amazing colorways, dope colorways coming up. This is the pop to start it off, but everyone knows my line, thereís going to be stuff sprinkled in there to keep it interesting. Iím excited for people to see what else we have in store,Ē said George. His first PE color on court was red, white and blue to match the Clippers home uniform. It also had me thinking about the Summer Olympics. I asked PG if heís put any thought into playing again for Team USA? ďYeah, thatís always on my to-do list. Hopefully I can finish this year out healthy, hopefully we succeed going far, and win it all. Iíll address that when the time comes but definitely my goal is to play and represent my country this summer,Ē he concluded. Also, on hand for the event was Nike Basketball designer Tony Hardman. We spoke about PGís line and what makes this new version different in multiple ways. How long does it take from ideation to roll out of PGís signature shoe? ďUsually it takes about two years. The 5 is coming out in a year, so weíve been working on that for a year already, and now starting on the 6,Ē Hardman said. Social media went crazy when George debuted the new kicks, especially over the zippered shroud. Was that collaborative or did he want that included? ďThat was more of something we pitched to him, we went through some variations and thought about what would stand out. We thought more additive, what are we going to add to it to make it stand out. We thought about the landscape of all the shoes we already have and the landscape in footwear. Letís go the other way, make his shoe stand out, make it super clean, aerodynamic. He wanted to be faster, so it felt like the right thing to have no distractions. It didnít start as a zipper, more of a velcro closure but it wasnít quite working the way we wanted to, so we went with the zip up. It worked, functioned great, and easier to get on,Ē he said. Letís talk about the cushioning, the Air Strobel. Is this a first gen model being used? ďYes, heís going to lead this innovation. Something that the team has been working on for a while. When we first tried it in a factory in Asia, the minute I put it on I said ĎWe have to get this for Paulí and pushed for it. Heís going to launch it and then probably see it in feature products of Nike as well,Ē shared Hardman. Can you tease any future colorways this season? Anything special in line for the All-Star Game or other collabs? ďHe will have a special collab for the ASG, I canít really say what it is. Thereís going to be some unexpected things we do with the shoe. Thereís no plans for a 4.5 or anything like that, but I think that we refresh it, and that will bring the kind of energy to it,Ē he said. The Nike PG4 launches in the purple Gatorade ďGxĒ colorway via†SNKRS†on Jan. 17 for $120. The black / white colorway releases in store and on†Nike.com†Jan. 24 for $110. The turquoise Gatorade ďGxĒ model will be available to gamers who unlock it playing NBA2K later this season. A plaid color that was on display currently does not have a release date. Photos by†Michael Silver for solehello.com. Additional images provided by NIKE.
14:51:47 12 Januari 2020 Permanente link Reacties (0)

New Balance Omn1s Performance Analysis and Review

Happy New Year, letís kick it off with a review! This was one of the greatest shots with natural theatrics from the ball + rim and actual raw emotions from stone faced Kawhi and I finally got the Omn1s in DecemberÖyou know half a year later. I have been tying since June to get these shoes and like nearly everyone else in the world, I failed due to super limited quantities. Was the Omn1 worth the wait? Errr.. Pros : traction, average cushioning, decent fit Cons: cushioning is just there, tippy heel, poor containment Sizing advice: go down half a size, these run long like Kawhiís hands. Best to try on in store..oh wait, you canít. Buying advice: after 6 months of making uber limited quantities, I expect the floodgates will open. From a playing perspective, I regret spending $140. $100 or less is fair, bottom should be around $75-80 but Iím not sure since NB just returned to hoops
I donít care about the weight as much as others do so this is just a reference. At 16 ounces this is a average to a little heavier than average for a mid. Most weight in the 15-16.5 ounces range.
Definitely the highlight of the Omn1. These just bite the hardwood like a good pair should. It has a similar look and pattern as the Rose 7 but it isnít as thin and the rubber isnít as soft but it still does a heck of a job. Trojan would be proud.
Definitely one of the best traction set ups Iíve tried this year. Well done NB!
†Fuelcell. I could regurgitate the marketing jargon Iíve seen from calling it a premium EVA to nitrogen injected foam but rather than do that I think itís more important to describe how it feels. Fuelcell in the Omn1 does not feel anything like Boost or Zoom or Lightstrike or Micro G or a lightweight foam. I donít even think it feels like Bounce or even Charged because my Curry 3 has a lot more feedback and bounce than this foam..on tenth thought, even the Curry 4 EVA set up feels better and springier. It feels far more dense than the premium foams with sone slight give after break in. I was hoping for a Lightstrike feel or something with some bounce but like a Kawhi interview it doesnít give much.
Iíve read that Fuelcell is dual density and I believe it. The Forefoot (black) is softer to the touch than the midfoot and heel (white).†But still not a lively set up.
Itís very on point with what I expected from New Balance though from the OG 802 trail shoes I used to buy to the Cruz (wtf you†retroed†them already NB?) New Balance has a muted feel to them. Iím a fun guy .. are you sure you didnít mean fungi†Kawhi bc these have nearly zero fun to them.
Pretty dense ortholite insole (top is curry 3, bottom is Omn1) gives a little more step in comfort but not much
I donít complain much about cushioning and Iím not complaining about Fuelcell but from what Iíve read about the running shoes, it seems that NB just tuned it more for hoops while taking out a lot of the fun factor. But geez, Boredman gets paid alright.
Overall cushioning is just there. If you want more fun in your shoes, look†anywhere†elsewhere.
Go down half a size. I wasnít sure how these were going to fit but given NBís limited quantities I went with what was left and 10.5 was the right call . These do run long since I had a finger width at the toe which I perfect for me. If I went true to size these would leave me a thumb at the toe. I went standard width since that was what was left and it was plenty of space width wise even with my widefeet . I do really appreciate the option for wide even there arenít as many options as NB offers in running shoes. I guess that says something about the important of fit in b-ball shoes versus running.
Simple lace set up which like. Just a little inner sleeve and normal laces.
There is no extra space width wise and I experienced no heel slip from the get go. I did have a little bubble at the forefoot but deadspace above the forefoot wonít hurt anyone.†
Overall I enjoyed the fit but make sure to go down half a size or try on in store ..oh wait you canít.
Just buy online and return the pair that doesnít fit..oh wait†you canít.
Overall the fit is good. No issues here.
If you love or miss the ďbenefitsĒ of Primeknit or Flyknit, youíll love the Omn1sí Fitweave. It is very nice looking and soft to the touch for his and her pleasure. Very nice feeling on foot reminiscent of the days of yor circa 2014-2017. But feeling soft to the touch doesnít make a shoe any better.
Support and Stability
Support comes from the fit and somewhat from the NB straps since they are made from a firmer synthetic material. However like most shoes these days they fold very easily. As noted above the heel counter is flimsy and thin and will wear down over time (trust me Iíve done it with all my Kobe Iís). Luckily anyone reading this probably a sneakerhead and will fine with other shoes in the rotation. Midfoot support is good not much flex but not overly stiff and not overly bendy. Stability is iffy. They are wider than the kryie 6†but still have the contoured shape which I personally do not like.†Landing at a sub optimal angle or at an angle where you canít get your foot placement correct in time is how Iíve hurt myself in the past so thatís why I stay away. Kawhi played fine in the AJ XX9 but I still prefer a flatter heel for those imperfect landings.
Load management anyone ? Itís on my IG stories if you want to see the slow mo vid
Looking at the exterior of the Omn1 continent doesnít look like an issue but the foam used as sidewalls is thin and soft so it does nearly nothing plus the foot doesnít sit thst far below the walls.
Add in the woven upper which isnít reinforced with any major backing and you basically get a sock with sole.
Containment isnít a deal breaker for me but it is a tie breaker and the Omn1 does a really poor job in this category. Probably the worst containment Iíve seen in a few years.
Iíve been playing the shoe game for a few decades now so I understand and get scarcity marketing. It isnít like shoe companies are the only companies that pull this stuff. The fact is the majority of consumers are highly unaware that companies do this to build hype and false demand. Throw in some influencer marketing and you got a nice hype building machine. Iíve been trying since June to get theseat 9 amon the dot but struck out every time.
Overall, the shoe has its strengths and weaknesses; I loved the traction and the fit is pretty good but cushioning is very Kawhi with very little fun guy in it. The shoe is also seriously lacking containment, like Brandblack bad. It also has a rounded heel which I personally do not like or trust. See Dame 6.
The show certainly isnít unplayable and isnít going to kill anyone but like Kawhi I want a shoe that does everything well with no holes in its game.
Overall for all the work to get the shoe and the $140 price tag (which I canít even coupon code due to scarcity) I canít recommend the shoe unless youíre a Clippers or Kawhi fan or you really like woven uppers. Hardens are on sale already for far less (I got some for $80 this month), KDís and AJ 34ís are on clearance as well. Hell, Iíd take the†Curry 7†over these even though they arenít a favorite of mine. Similar traction, better cushioning but far more stable and way better containment. Plus you can find them on sale. NB knows it isnít a strong basketball brand (now or back in the 2000ís) so playing the limited game gives it some cred but let these out in the open market and itís $100 or less easily.
Iím giving these a third team rating because aside from the traction I donít find anything about them particularly great. I considered bumping them up to second team just for the traction but in the end I felt that was too generous. Way to start off my year New Balance.
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The adidas Dame 6 is our first performance review for 2020

The adidas Dame 6 is our first performance review for 2020. Did it enter the new year on a positive note? Lets find outÖ Herringbone from heel to toe ó typically a tried and true setup. Unfortunately, this wasnít the case for me when it came to the Dame 6. I had high expectations as the†Dame 5†featured a very similar setup that I loved. However, there were plenty online that claim the Dame 5 was slick and lackluster. Itís always hard for me to know if online comments are truthful or not as weíre in the age of the troll when it comes to leaving anonymous comments. Luckily I had a personal friend of mine complain about the issue with the Dame 5s which made me believe the majority of what I had read. Now, Iím the one complaining about slick traction as the Dame 6 was simply awful for me. I only had good traction on the†Lifetime†court I play at. Every other court, from the local high school to 24 Hour Fitness ó the traction was as slick laterally. Liner movements had some decent bite, but I still had to wipe every chance I got. When I would wipe it wasnít the typical quick wipe and continue playing. I literally had to stop in my tracks, lift my foot up and rub my hand up and down ó watching the dust clumps fall as if it were the North Pole. Traction patterns can save poor rubber compound, but poor rubber compounds can kill great traction patterns. If you have to play in the Dame 6 then† Iíd try to get a pair with solid rubber along the outsole. That may prove to be better overall than this split-died translucent.
Lightstrike is used for the first time on a Dame signature model, and I didnít hate it. I say this because I wasnít a fan of the Lightstrike in the†Harden Vol 4, but I loved it in the†adidas N3XT L3V3L. This time around it was a bit more in between the two aforementioned models. Not too thin, but not too thick. For a shoe that was designed for guard style play, this was just right. Bounce is still my preferred cushion setup from adidas so I hope they arenít beginning to phase it out. With the Dame being adidasí annual budget model featuring Bounce, we may not see it again on a main signature model ó at least not for a while. Transition was smooth as butter and impact protection was very nice overall. Court feel wasnít lost and I never felt slow or laggy due to sinking into the footbed. It may not be Bounce, but itís pretty close to it.
Materials featured on the kyrie 6 are primarily textiles. They feel and play cheap. It was something that was a minor concern in my initial first impressions, but I was hopeful that theyíd play just fine. I wouldnít say the materials killed the performance or playability of the shoe at all, but the durability definitely took a hit. My left shoeís outsole is peeling away from the upper. Either the glue job was poor to begin with or the type of glue used isnít strong enough to bond to textiles properly. I find the latter option to be a bit far fetched as adidas is no stranger to gluing outsole and midsole tooling to textile builds. But, for whatever reason, the shoe looks like it was run over and this is a primarily black shoe. If a black shoe is showing signs of wear this bad, on top of falling apart, then something went wrong. I bought two sizes ó one in my true size and one 1/2 size down. The pair that was 1/2 size down is what fit best so that is what Iíd recommend for most. Lockdown was okay, but nothing noteworthy. The heel area couldnít keep the heel in place properly either ó which is not a good thing when it comes to support. Speaking of supportÖ It would have been better had the materials not buckled under certain movements and my heel been properly locked in. The wide base is nice and saved my ass when making lateral cuts and changes in direction without feeling cumbersome underfoot. However, having a solid wide platform is only a piece of the puzzle when it comes to support. The shoe should have a little of everything ó and each of those things should work in unison with one another. The Dame 6 has pieces, but not every piece works perfectly, thus the unity that most basketball shoes haveÖ these do not.
Not the best way to start 2020 off, but it is what it is. Traction should have been much better than what it was while support could have been better as well. Fit needs work and the materials are as cheap as they come. Even at $110, this is not a shoe that I can say offers any bang for your buck. At least, I didnít feel like I spent $110 on a solid product and thatís what these reviews are about. Helping others figure out what they need/want out of a shoe and helping them understand if a shoe offers enough bang for the buck (retail price). Everyone has a bad day at the office, and I still enjoy the Dame 2 through 5, so I hope this is just a hiccup in the line and not an indication of whatís to come moving forward.

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adidas Harden Stepback Performance Review

Today, we take a dive into the sub $100 category with a performance review of a takedown model ó the adidas Harden Stepback. So, we start with a Harden Vol. 3 style herringbone in the forefoot and a Harden Vol. 4 style pattern at the heel section. Iíd like to call this setup ďbusiness in the front, party in the backĒ, but the herringbone didnít quite take care of business the way I would have liked. The Harden Stepback does have some bite to it. However, itís not always immediately present and packs dust up in those tight herringbone grooves a little too easily. I didnít really notice any issues with the heel section, but for the forefoot, expect to wipe quite a bit if you want to maintain some level of consistency while playing. It seems for the Stepbackís traction to perform optimally, either the outsole or the floor needs to be in pristine condition Ė which is rare for the average consumer. On the plus side, Iíll give the Harden Stepback traction some credit for durability as there are hardly any signs of fraying over a month of ownership and testing. This would make these a solid option for those that play primarily outdoors ó which is what the Stepback feels they were intended for in the first place. For well under $100 you get full-length Bounce in the Harden Stepback ó but it doesnít quite feel like the Bounce you may expect. Like the†Harden Vol. 4ís thin implementation†of Lightstrike, the Bounce feels just as thin and low to the ground, which some may like, others may not. FroThis firmer minimal setup may be a good thing for some as you get a ton of court feel without feeling like youíre busting directly through the soles and into the playing surface. But, there just isnít going to be enough impact protection or rebound for some to feel comfortable in the shoe. Cushion is subjective, but I think itís safe to say this will not be a great choice for†everyone, and it certainly isnít the best representation of Bounce for anyone that may be trying the foam for the first time. For those familiar with the Stepbackís flagship counterpart, youíll notice the same mesh base used on the Stepback is used on select colorways of the Vol. 4. The difference is a heavier use of synthetics in high wear areas such as the toebox and eyelet panels. My main concern with materials doesnít come from the synthetic overlays Ė its more of the interior construction. Materials arenít all that well lined or stitched down so I experienced a lot of bunching up internally which caused discomfort around the midfoot while testing. Also, the lacing setup leaves parts of the laces exposed against the forefoot, which took some time to adjust to and prevented me from comfortably sizing down. Props to adidas for including even a minimal amount of sculpting inside around the ankle, though. What feels like a thin-vinyl covers most of the toe area Ė I found it to be a good touch as it wasnít stiff or crinkly at all Ė just maybe a little bubbly. Minus a thin tongue that lace pressure will cut right through if you arenít careful Ė the rest of the uppers textiles, plastics, and synthetic leather do their job well enough. As hinted to previously, I couldíve probably gone down half a size if I wasnít in fear of a painful break in. Going true to size may not have been optimal, but it was good enough to never be a security concern. The fit reminds me of the Marquee Boost a bit Ė narrow through the midfoot but widened out more in the toebox. The difference between the two would be there is breathing room above the toe in the Stepback, where the Marquee wrapped closely over the toe. Iíd advise anyone who has the means to Ė try these on before purchase, no matter your foot type. At retailers like the Shoe Dept or Hoop Jordan, luck should be in your favor to walk-in, grab a box, and get a good feel for how they fit you. Individually, most support features may seem underwhelming, but together they work decently overall. The external heel cup isnít the strongest, however with the help of lacing through the top eyelets there was no issue with slippage in that area. It is also sculpted, though not immaculately so around the ankle, so thereís that. A thin, Z-shaped bar at the midfoot provides torsional support and lateral support is aided by a midsole and outsole that cup the foot heavily around certain areas. Support should always be a focus for a basketball sneaker, but I must admit I was surprised to see the amount of focus that went in to an $80 pair of sneakers. A cut in cost takes away from getting some serious performance out of the Harden Stepback. Overall, it is what some might expect, and maybe even a little more. If you prefer minimal cushion and would like to support Harden without spending $140 then this is a proper takedown of the adidas Harden Vol. 4. However, if we are basing things off of performance rather than price, then the traction could have [should have] been better, but will suffice for outdoor hoopers looking to stay within a budget while still satisfying the desire to wear the latest and greatest.
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Jordan Brand Introduces Russell Westbrook's Why Not Zero.3

Jordan Brandís own signature athlete and All-Star Russell Westbrook is now releasing his third signature shoe, the Jordan Why Not Zero.3. Much like the Jordan Why Not Zero.2, this new iteration of the shoes intros a disruptive design to match his game on-court and his style off-court.
Russell Westbrook in the Jordan Why Not Zero.3
The Why Not Zero.3 is an evolved version of last yearís Why Not Zero.2 The shoe recalibrates the look and feels of Russellís signature shoe, bringing in an all-new articulated Zoom Air cushioning system for linear speed and a midfoot strap for containment. On top of that, the Why Not Zero.3 is the lightest in Russell Westbrookís signature line.
Exclusive to the Why Not Zero.3, an all-new articulated Nike Zoom Air cushioning system (similar to but not exactly like the articulated Zoom Air in†Nike Kyrie 6) in the forefoot features horizontal flex grooves that help enable linear speed. The idea is to provide an end-to-end explosiveness and propulsive feel on the court. The outsole has been updated with modified herringbone traction to better enable quickness and control on-court. The decoupled outsole separates the forefoot from the heel and is an evolution of one of Russís favorite shoes Ė the†Jordan XX8†and†XX9. The materials are a blend of textiles, anesthetics, and skins with stitching providing reinforcement and design aesthetics. Thereís also a sleek double padded collar for in foot comfort. To finish off the look the shoe features a clear TPU midfoot strap for containment along with a visible, exposed TPU shank plate in between the decoupled outsole to help provide stability when moving from the heel to forefoot.
Jordan Why Not Zero.3 Zer0 Noise
The launch colorway ďZer0 NoiseĒ is set to release January 2, 2020. It represents Russí desire to inspire people to block out unnecessary noise and play the game their own way.
Jordan Why Not Zero.3 Family
The ďFamilyĒ colorway will release January 9, 2020. It represents Russellís family.
Jordan Why Not Zero.3 Heartbeat
The ďHeartbeatĒ colorway will release February 27, 2020. It represents Russ and his wife Nina welcoming twin girls who are now the heartbeat of their life. The colorway is also inspired by his twin girlsí bedroom which reminds girls everywhere to own their power and follow their dreams.
The Jordan Why Not Zero.3 will be available on†Nike.com†in full family sizing with the pricing starting at $130 for Men, $105 for GS, $75 for Pre-school, and $55 for toddlers. An upcoming Why Not? Apparel collection will also release.
Jordan Why Not Zero.3 Tech Breakdown
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Reebok Floatride Run Fast Peformance Review

The Reebok Floatride Run Fast is well named. Itís a shoe built for speed days, but thanks to the Floatride cushioning, versatile enough to handle long runs.


I recently went over Floatride cushioning in depth during my review of the†ReebokFloatride Run 2. Itís a great foam for running. Reebok is under the radar in running shoe technology but that should change soon. Why? Because Floatride is awesome. The Floatride Run Fast has less Floatride than the Floatride Run 2 but itís also lighter and lower to the ground. Reebok got the amount of Floatride for speed or track days just right. You get a great bounce in something thatís minimal enough to wear during a race. The Floatride Run Fast also features an EVA support rim around the top edge of the Floatride midsole. Iíll talk more about it during the Support section but it does a great job adding stability to such a plush cushioning system. It prevents you from losing any energy compensating for side to side motion.


Nicely spaced carbon rubber nubs make up the entire outsole except the heel which reverses the pattern and offers greater coverage and more rubber for heel strikes. At first glance, the pattern seems like it might have durability issues but after 60 miles it hardly looks worn. The outsole always gripped well which made me confident pushing off as hard as I could on speed days, even if the track or asphalt was wet.


The star of the Floatride Run Fastís support is the EVA foam rim. Itís harder than the Floatride and kept me stable everywhere I went, even a few trails. Your heel sits inside the rim. This keeps your foot on the footbed and prevents side to side movement. The EVA is also used in the midfoot just below the insole as a sort of shank plate that keeps the midfoot stiffer than the rest of the shoe. This aids stability by preventing unwanted twisting or turning. Other than the EVA foam rim thereís a minimal heel counter that doesnít do much of anything and some skinny fuse overlays that attach to the middle three laces loops. Helpful, but nothing you havenít seen a lot in other shoes. The Floatride Run Fast is built for running as fast as you can. Because of that, I didnít expect it to be as stable as it is. The EVA foam rim was implemented well and was a pleasant surprise.


The Floatride Run Fastís materials are minimal and very similar to the†nike kyrie 6. Itís a straightforward engineered mesh throughout the upper with a reinforced toe and three fuse overlays in the midfoot that attach to the middle three lace holes. At a $140 price point, I expected a little more from the upper. The mesh tongue is attached below the insole with an elastic band on either side. The tongueís thickness feels good but itís not quite long enough. As a result, the tongue often sneaks below the top level of the laces. It needs about a quarter of an inch more material. Luckily, the tongue didnít slip off to the sides of my foot. The collar, while minimal, has a thin but ample amount of padding and cups your heel nicely. The laces arenít great. Theyíre very thin and extremely hard to tie. Theyíre impossible to tie if you have gloves on. Iíd prefer they use something different for the laces in future iterations of the Run Fast.


The Floatride Run Fast runs a little long but is fairly narrow width wise. I recommend getting your true size. Interestingly, the air jordan 34, because itís a bit stiffer in the arch, feels built up in that area. You get that arch hugging feeling when wearing the shoe. I know some runners donít like this so I wanted to mention it even though it didnít bug me at all.


The Reebok Floatride Run Fast is a light, speedy shoe thatís versatile enough for everyday training and long distance road races. The upper is fairly basic and there are some fit issues but overall I was really happy with how well these worked. The Floatride Run Fast will stay in my rotation when my feet need a break from whatever Iím currently testing.
16:01:30 25 December 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)

Nike Joyride Dual Run Performance Review

The Nike Joyride Dual Run is an evolution in the Joyride line of running shoes. The original Nike Joyride Run Flyknit (click to read our review) was Nikeís first use of Joyride and aimed at weekend warriors running short distances. It was fun to wear but not great for more than 3-4 miles of running. The Joyride Dual Run is both more affordable and aimed at allowing serious runners to get in on the Joyride experience.


The Joyride Dual Run downsizes the number of compartments filled with beads from four to two. Nike removed the two forefoot compartments to make the forefoot more stable and remove the ďbeads sliding out from beneath your footĒ problem. This makes a big difference in speed workouts. You no longer lose energy pushing the beads and instead have really good ground feel. The same super comfy, yet unnamed, foam from the Joyride Run Flyknit returns to be the midsole in the Joyride Dual Run. The midsole only offers 19mm of foam between your forefoot and the ground but you still end up with a plush forefoot ride. There also appears to be less beads in both the heel and midfoot compartments. The original tech featured mounds of beads pushing up into your foot. The Joyride Dual Runís beads donít do that. It also feels as if the insole layer between your foot and the beads includes a thin layer of padding so you donít feel any individual beads beneath your foot. While I donít 100% love Joyride for running, itís still fun, and the Joyride Dual Run improves the overall formula.


The traction pattern in the Joyride Dual Run Black and Joyride Run Flyknit is almost the same. The Joyride Dual Run dispenses with some of the hard rubber that surrounded the forefoot pods and one of the rubber pieces in the heel. Honestly, it feels about the same but the Joyride Dual Run will not be as durable as the Joyride Run Flyknit due to the missing rubber at the forefoot.


The rear Joyride compartmentís casing extends almost to the ankle on the lateral side of the heel. That little bit of extra rubber, a normal sized heel counter, and your foot sitting slightly inside the midsole throughout the entire shoe keep your foot on the footbed. Nike also gives the midsole a nice wide base. While itís not an ultra supportive shoe, Nike does a good job of making you feel as secure as you can given youíre standing on a bunch of beads.


The Nike Joyride Dual Runís materials are standard mesh with fuse overlays. The fuse overlay in the toe is mostly a design element that wraps around and reinforces the bottom two lace loops on the lateral side. The fuse below the Swoosh logo also wraps around and reinforces both the heel and the bottom two lace lops on the medial side. Weíve seen these materials on running shoes for years and years. Though theyíre nothing special, they get the job done. Itís just kind of strange seeing pedestrian materials paired with space age Joyride tech.


While the Joyride Dual Run fits true to size (order your typical Nike size), the overall Fit of the shoe is just ok. The tongue is a stretchy half bootie thatís too short. Because of that, youíve got to hold it a certain way to make sure it doesnít fold up as you slip your foot inside. It was annoying every time I put on the shoe. The heel tab does help but itís too little to overcome the tongueís issues. Along with the tongue, the lacing system is not very good. It has two plastic (and fuse reinforced) holes at the bottom but the top three lace loops are hidden. You lace through a layer of nylon that hides behind mesh or fuse. This makes them difficult to lace. And to make matters worse, the laces are super thin and super short. I finally stopped messing with the laces and left them tied. This made it harder to get into the shoe but it was better than messing with the laces each day. The rest of the shoeís mesh and itís padded ankle collar are fairly normal for a runner. If Nike hadnít gotten cutesy with the tongue or laces the Fit would have been solid all around.


The Nike Joyride Dual Run is an incremental improvement in the run-ability of the Joyride line. If the tongue and laces donít bother you, itís an inexpensive way to experience Joyride. And despite the Joyride Dual Runís issues, Nike is moving in the right direction. Iím optimistic 2020 will bring us a Joyride model that works for serious running while also fitting great. Keep your fingers crossed.
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New Balance OMN1S performance review

After having a rough time trying to find a pair to buy and test, our New Balance OMN1S performance review is finally here. The New Balance OMN1S traction is amazing. No other way for me to describe it. Itís a variation of herringbone, but done is a beautiful way. Itís almost like a serrated outsole that slices through dust ó even on the worst courts. The rubber used gripped every court I took them on as well no matter how good or bad the courts finish was. For me, this is the best traction Iíve used all year long. And there have been some great ones ó†Air Jordan 34†ó but this one has proved to be the most consistent no matter what was thrown at it. Oh, did I mention itís durable as hell? For you outdoor hoopersÖ this one will last you a good while. Except for New Balance branding, a modified herringbone pattern that plays in to the ĎKlawí/former Raptor theme runs full length on the outsole. This moderately aggressive pattern along with the rubber compound does well to minimize the impact of dust. The solid rubber colorway tested doesnít seem to accumulate as much dust as a translucent may, and what is built up eventually gets pushed out due to the nature of the grooves in the herringbone pattern. Itís not always a screeching or obvious bite Ė but like Ja and Ashanti, itís always on time. Traction fit for one of, if not the best, two way player in the game. This shoe grips to the floor just like Kawhi palming a basketball with his bear claws. No matter what direction I moved, the grip just snagged the floor ó in a good way. I felt no issue nor slippage with the shoe. I didnít even wipe much (even though itís a force of habit to kick your leg back and do a hand swipe). The traction is straight legit.
This is everything I want the Curry line to feel like. Court feel. Stability. Cushion. The three wish list items I always have for cushion, and one that I tend to really only get with Zoom Air. The Fuel Cell setup is awesome and Iíve become a believer. To all of those that run in New Balance runnersÖ man, yíall must love running around in this stuff. I will say that it doesnít feel quite as nice as day one, but it still feels really good. Its also really light and flexible so there is really nothing cumbersome about the shoe at all. Donít let the fluffy feeling exterior or Ortholite insole fool you, New Balanceís FuelCell is a little on the firm side in the OMN1S midsole. That doesnít make it a bad cushion, however. It is a stable setup with great court feel, transition, and comfort. Impact protection is okay, but nothing you should plan on jumping out the gym in. Overall, this implementation of FuelCell isnít quite on the level of other brandís top foams, but I find it to be a suitable cushion nonetheless. While the comparisons to other brands may or may not get thrown in, the Fuelcell doesnít exactly scream or feel highly-cushioned. You feel low to the ground, garnering more of the impact towards your legs and knee. You do feel an ample amount of it at the heel, however, there is a drop off from the midfoot to the toe. While players who like court feel will like this setup, a person that required more impact protection, like myself, I do feel my knee/back aching more since I rely on that impact protection more. Itís not great, but it gets the job done.
The build is pretty standard for todayís modern basketball shoes. It feels like a Jaquard knit to me, and I feel itís the safest way to go when it comes to using textiles on basketball products. There is no real stretch to the material as the way its structured keeps everything together really nicely. It offers more of a contouring type of textile that moves with your foot instead of just wearing a sock shoe just to wear a sock shoe. Durability has been great as well. Not traditionally something you think about in correlation with textile builds.
FitWeave is the name Ė the upper reminds me of the†Crazylight Boost 2016†jacquard a bit. Itís flexible, but just a tad bubbly in the toe, which can be offset by going a half size down, which I did. It is a strong material, so containment is not an overall issue so long as the fit is right. The tongue areaís stretchy knit provides crazy ventilation but does allow for some unwanted shifting. This is where the synthetic suede eyelets and collar (Heatwave colorway) play an important role. For $140, Iím not mad at the upper base, but for the synthetic touches, were talking about felt like stuff that is far from premium Ė it especially looks bad in the pink color it comes in. Taking price out of the equation and going strictly performance, everything is functional. Going true to size, which is what I originally had done, proved to be a mistake. The shoe fits 1/2 size too long. While playing in the pair in my true size my foot was never locked in at all and there was all kinds of shifting while making any sort of movement on the hardwood. Luckily, I was able to find a pair 1/2 size down ó hit up†hoop-jordan.com†if youíre looking for a pair. They seem to sit there even though theyíre sold out everywhere else. Once I went down 1/2 size the lockdown was damn near perfect. From heel to toe and from medial to lateral side ó just solid all around. One thing I donít love is the tongue. Itís light and well ventilated, but itís really thin. So, there were times when Iíd had laced the shoe up a bit too tight and it would cut off circulation in my foot. A quick adjustment and I all was well, but itís just the one thing that made the shoe not quite perfect for me. I never tried the New Balance OMN1S on in my true size. Starting with Nightwing, I heard enough recommendations to go down a half size and that seems like it was the best decision made. In length, a half size down is perfect for me, and in width I have no issues. As I alluded to in materials, lockdown is highly dependent on the eyelets of the OMN1S, as the tongue area and midfoot band are just too stretchy for my liking. New Balance has wide options on their direct site, but purchasing from there seems to be quite a struggle compared to retailers like Footlocker and Shoe Palace that only seem to carry standard sizing. If you are a wide footer and take a shoot at NB onlineís wide options, just consider that these run long also. Hella long (insert a ďThatís what she said!Ē). I have a size 13 and the shoe feels like a size 14+. So, it is highly recommended to try on a pair, or if it was a guessing game Ė 1/2 size down at least. Luckily Ė New Balance might be one of the few if not so far only available grand that has the normal and wide foot option to select Ė Shoutout to NB for showing love for us Shrek-feet people. I went with thicker cushion socks to alleviate the extra room in the shoe and played fine, I just wish the sizing gets corrected for future models ahead. Support and containment was horribly dangerous when playing in my true size, but as stated previously, the second pair I bought 1/2 size down feels damn near perfect. The fit and lockdown are able to properly do their thing while the standard support features ó torsion shank, heel counter and outrigger ó all work really well together. As usual, getting the right fit is step one, then everything else in support should take care of itself. The internal heel cup is nothing spectacular but combined with a good fit it will do well along with a wide-enough base, stable cushion, lockdown and torsional support. Nothing amazing, but enough to get the job done. While Iíve been critical about the way New Balance has been marketing the shoe, and making them nearly impossible to find, I will say that the design team that was in charge of creating the product did a really good job. If more basketball players were able to get a pair with ease instead of having to jump through hoops and pay ridiculous amounts above retail then I think youíd see a lot more New Balance logos on the court. Until that happens, New Balance basketball shoes will continue to be thought of a relic of the past instead of what they should be thought of as ó one of the best basketball shoes of 2019. Iím still not sold on this being a 1-5 position shoe but then again, what does positions really mean in this age of basketball where some NBA point guards wear max cushion sneakers and some centers often go the minimal cushion route? does a solid job with the OMN1S coming back into the basketball marketing. Sizing needs some work but if you overcome that then everything comes together nicely for a pretty good performer. Itís nice to see New Balance come back to basketball with a solid shoe. Would we like to see more models? Of course. Would we like New Balance to get the sizing right? Absolutely. Does the shoe hit all the checkmarks? I say it does. The shoe wonít make you play like the MVP Kawhi Leonard, but Darius Bazley and newly signed Dejounte Murray all seem to be onboard and so am I. The shoe provided everything a ball player like me requires (again Ė sizing and cushioning are the minor downsides) to play competitively without any worry. The shoe provided great traction and a solid build. Iím definitely excited about whatís next for New Balance as itís a nice shoe to restart the basketball line.
13:22:58 17 December 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)

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