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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)

adidas Dame 5 Performance Review


An thesoleline frontrunner for best basketball shoe of 2019. Much like the rest of adidasí current lineup of basketball shoes, the Dame 5 utilizes herringbone traction from heel to toe. However, the implementation of the pattern is the best theyíve done thus far. Each line of the pattern is thick and widely spaced apart, making it harder for dust to clog up the outsole when youíre playing on less than desirable courts. Based on my experience in both the YKWTII and CNY editions, the traction and rubber compound, despite being translucent, worked really well on every court. However, the very first time I played in them they were very slick, similar to my experience in the Harden Vol 3 and N3XT L3V3L. Iím not sure if there is some sort of residue on the outsoles of these adidas models or not, but the first time Iíve played in them they always start out the same. Just something to note in case your first experience has been the same as mine ó Iím sure Iím not alone. When on one of those less than desirable courts, the bite of the grip lessened a bit yet remained reliable. A quick wipe here or there and all was good again. Outdoors, the traction was just as reliable. Because itís as thick as it is, theyíd make for a very solid outdoor option for anyone that plays primarily outside. Bounce is back but thicker than it was on the Dame 4. This may make many hoopers happy as the thin forefoot of the Dame 4 was a major complaint for some. For those that preferred the lower profile setup of the Dame 4, they might miss the court feel, but even with the thicker midsole, court feel is still readily available. Itís one of the bright sides to using something like Bounce over Boost. While I didnít dislike the ride the Dame 4 offered, I absolutely love the ride that the Dame 5 provides. This iteration of Bounce was felt from the moment I tried the shoe on to the moment I took them off after a three hour pickup session. Its full length setup is more than welcomed on a shoe that has remained affordable since its inception. Thereís plenty of impact protection without causing any instability or loss of court feel. Did I mention itís full length? Yeah, this might be the best Bounce setup since the Dame 2. The Dame 5 currently has two material options: mesh and leather. Luckily, I was able to test both. The mesh versions are slightly lighter in weight, but not significantly. They also feature a synthetic nubuck/suede rear panel that is more felt-like than anything. This section I didnít like, not from a performance aspect as it played just fine, but itís just noticeably cheap. I donít like it when it was used on the Kobe line and I donít like it here. Granted, there is a decent price difference between the two, but Iíd still prefer something nicer no matter the price point. Meanwhile, the leather (synthetic leather) does a great job of being consistent throughout. However, like the felt material, the ďleatherĒ is noticeably cheap. Nothing wrong with it from a performance aspect; it felt and played like leather on-foot which is the whole point of using it. It just wonít give you the look of premium leather but that might not be an issue if youíre just using these on-court. I know I wouldnít care unless I was stuck wearing these on and off the court. Were there any glaring differences between the two on-court? Surprisingly enough, not a single thing. Each shoe felt exactly the same and once I started playing, I never even noticed the shoes at all other than the fact that they were working really well. Inconsistent per usual. While Iíve felt going true to size with the Harden Vol 3, N3XT L3V3L and BYW X was the right option, going down 1/2 will be best for the Dame 5. The Dame 5ís fit is slightly long at the toe and there is volume above the toe as well. Wide footers, this means these were made for you. Regular/narrow footers will likely want to go down 1/2 size for the best one-to-one fit. The reason why the score for the fit section is a high as it is was due to the lockdown. Despite fitting a little long in my true size, the lockdown saved the shoe from a fit standpoint. There is absolutely nothing special with the way the lacing system is structured. However, it works. It works so well that I never was distracted by the fact that there was more length and volume above my foot than Iíd prefer. Usually when this happens, I end up getting a sloppy fit and with the Dame 5, I never had anything but great lockdown. This might have been due to the fact that the interior is lined with more pillows that my bed, really allowing you to tie these bad boys up as tight as youíd like without any kind of discomfort. The support on the Dame 5ís has been amazing. Lockdown, as described above, was great. You also sit inside the midsole a bit. There is that ugly TPU panel on the lateral side for additional lateral coverage ó which didnít cause any discomfort for me for anyone wondering and torsional support was solid. But the best part was the midsole and outsole. Not only is the tooling flat as hell but the forefoot is wide at the forefoot in both the medial and lateral side. This will cause you to give yourself the illusion that you have some extremely fat feet while youíre wearing the shoe, but the stability you receive from the width is incredible. I always see a spike in my shooting percentage when I wear shoes with greater forefoot stability and these may have taken the second place spot ó number one still goes to Ektio. Yeah, thatís a deep cut for anyone thatís been rocking with me for that long. As I mentioned from the start, the adidas Dame 5 is easily an early frontrunner for best basketball shoe of 2019. Yes, itís very early on in the year, but the shoe just plays well. Pushing aside my dislike for the materials and the overall design, the Dame 5 is solid all the way around: great traction, great cushion, superior lockdown, wonderful support and stability. The materials might scream budget model, but the performance is what youíd expect out of a premium signature basketball shoe. Whether youíre buying the Dame 5 for full retail price or grabbing a pair for a discount, you should end up liking the hell out of these things.
10:57:30 17 Februari 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)

Under Armour Anatomix Spawn Low 2019 Performance Review


Five years after the debut of the original Under Armour Anatomix Spawn, the 2019 edition is here and we have the performance review. Traction was beastly. Straight up beastly. Not quite Kobe 9 level, but just barely below it due to the softer rubber compound used. My one dayís worth of outdoor hoops caused quite a bit of rubber fraying versus just playing with them indoors. Despite using translucent rubber, which was a dust magnet, the traction was rarely affected negatively. A quick wipe here or there was needed, but nothing out of the ordinary. Out of everything Iíve tested this year (2019) and most of last year, this is the best traction setup Iíve personally experienced. Micro G is back! Is it on the same level as OG Micro G? Not exactly, but itís so close you almost wouldnít notice. This rendition is lighter and less dense, so maybe we should call it Micro G light. Just like the OG Shoes Micro G, the cushion is well-balanced. Offering court feel and impact protection, itís not as rubbery feeling under-foot but still a very nice setup. Materials are reminiscent of the original as far as the skin-like sections; theyíre applied in layers that offer support right where you need it and flex where youíd want it. Lightweight mesh is the main build with the skin-like overlays atop which keeps things very light while retaining some support within the build. Something to note, for those that care, is that the toe area is very well ventilated as the lightweight mesh lets cool air in and hot air out. The only thing I didnít like about the materials were how they fit my foot at the toe. True to size is what I would recommend, however, the toe area left me with some unwanted dead space. I prefer my shoes to sit right on top of my foot and with the Spawn Low 2019, Iíve had to really yank the laces up in the forefoot to achieve that feeling. Doing so ended up leaving the toe area bunched up and bubbled, something I could feel with every step. The rest of the shoe fit very well, but I wouldíve liked the ankle collar area to have had an extra eyelet so it would draw my heel into the rear of the shoe a bit better. This may not be an issue for those with feet that will fill out all the additional space within the shoe. However for me, there was just not as much of a one-to-one fit that I received with the original version of the Spawn. Support is pretty standard. There are Internal heel counters are in place but the midsole is the real star here. You sit within the midsole quite a bit ó something I love ó so you can feel the tooling really taking care of you, ensuring you donít slide over the footbed. While there is no traditional outrigger, the forefoot section is caged with the rubber outsole wrapping its way up acting as a barrier ó without biting into my foot ó which I enjoyed. Iím not sure if there is a torsion plate within the shoe, though I assume there is, but I never experienced any torsion issues. I just had some foot fatigue from lace pressure. While I personally liked the way the original Anatomix Spawn fit my feet more than the 2019 edition, the traction on this shoe is simply awesome. Micro G that feels good is a huge plus as well. Again, my only gripe was the dead space in the toe; had that not been a problem for me then these would have worked out perfectly for me. If the Under Armour Anatomix Spawn Low 2019 fits your needs and your foot, then this might end up being one of the steals of the year at just $110. If youíve been playing in the new Anatomix Spawn Low 2019, Iíd love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section. Did you experience any issues with the fit or have they been working out perfectly for you? Was the traction as good for you as it was for me? Sound off below and let me know. As always, thanks for stopping by, and Iíll catch you on the next one.
15:35:07 16 Februari 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)

Asics Gel-Quantum Infinity Performance Review


Asics broke out of its usual mold and tried something different with its new GEL-Quantum Infinity. This past December, Asics unleashed its newest runner and were kind enough to send us out a pair to test. I put in just over 60 miles in the Asics Gel-Quantum Infinity and here are my personal findings. Letís start out with the cushion system because that was its biggest selling point: the midsole is full-length Gel. If youíve seen the marketing video for it, you canít help but be fascinated by what looks like a giant gummy worm twisting and rippling. It just screams squish me! And to be honest, thatís exactly how it felt underfoot. From the immediate try-on, you have step in comfort like no other. You can feel the Gel breaking apart and snapping back together as you walk around. Then when you start running, you pretty much feel nothing underfoot at all which, to be honest, is exactly what I want. Rogue rocks or random nuts from trees in your path? You donít even notice them. The GEL sucks them up and spits them back out. My only complaint in this department is the GEL didnít seem to give you any added ďoomphĒ. I looked back on my running data, because Iím a running nerd and I keep track of that sort of thing, and I found my average running mile time increased. Itís like the GEL was also sucking up my running energy but not returning any of it to me. Then again, that could have just been caused by my experience with the fit. Speaking of the fit, it simply was not made for me and my foot. If youíve seen any of the videos Iíve been in with Nightwing2303, you already know I have a wide foot. This makes buying shoes of any kind a struggle. Asics sent out a size 6, which is typically my regular day-to-day size for shoes. When it comes to running, I normally go up half a size to allow some extra room for swelling and toe splay. The size 6 actually did fit me well length wise, surprisingly enough. If anything, a 6.5 might have been more frustrating to run in because the back of this shoe was constantly pulling my socks down. I can only imagine how much worse the heel slip would have been. As for width, this shoe is narrow. Narrow to the point where after that first mile, right under the ball of my foot starts pinching. By mile two, I was counting down the minutes until I could get my butt back home and take the shoes off. I averaged four to five miles each time out for those who are wondering. Thatís a lot of time spent fantasizing on being done with something I normally love doing. Lockdown, like I eluded to in the fit, was a bit of an annoyance. I never felt like I was popping out of the shoe, but the back heel would pull at my socks. The only thing I could do to remedy this was to make sure I wore socks with heel tabs and then once I had worked up enough sweat to then stop and really wrench my socks up, theyíd stick a bit better. Only then did everything seem to stay in place, but stopping to deal with sock issues is not something a runner wants to do. Where the GEL midsole ends and attaches to the rest of your shoe is a plastic cup that runs around 95 percent of the shoe. Itís thickest in the back where your heel is and gradually gets slimmer as it heads to your toes. Itís not super stiff as there is some twist to the shoe which you can see in the performance video. At first, I thought maybe it helped cup your foot for stability, but upon further investigation, I found that it really just cupped the plush insole. Iím pretty sure the stability in the shoe is thanks to the very flat outsole. Traction was never an issue for me. Along the outer edge of the GEL midsole is a good chunk of rubber that runs along the border. There are also small dots of rubber dispersed at key points of impact. I never had any slipping and Iíve been quite impressed with how durable its been. I typically grind right through the front outer edge (supinator problems) and this was not the case here. I thought for sure debris from the trails were going to shred the GEL but it has held up very well. As far as materials go, the upper is a very thick, one-piece textile material. I feel this added to my issues with the fit. Between the width not being wide enough to the stiffness and low stretch of the materials, there wasnít really any give in the upper for foot expansion. I will say that the heel is definitely padded, like a sponge, and it feels like it had been put through the ringer once I was done. Side note: There are no reflective pieces on the shoe. Not even along the back heel. Iíve always thought of that as a running staple. Instead, they swapped it out with some gold stithing up the rear to bling this up a bit. The brightest thing on my particular pair is the Asics logo along the side, but it doesnít reflect. As a runner who does a major chunk of her running where there are cars, Iíd like more reflective material just in case. Overall, it was a fun experience, this being my first official wear-test. I just wish my findings had been amazing. The shoe is priced at $180 and I think thatís very high. You can pick up two or three great running shoes from last yearís line for that price and consider yourself set for the rest of the year. I normally keep my running shoes completely separate from my every day shoes, and once Iím done with them, I canít even donate them because theyíre so gross. Now that Iíve painted that graphic picture, when we were done filming for the performance review, I actually wore these while we worked on other projects for a good couple hours. These shoes were perfectly comfortable for that. So, if you like the look and youíre using them for casual purposes or a gym workout and you donít mind the price point, then go for it. The cushion alone is really neat. I just feel like the rest of the shoe needs to be tweaked a bit to accommodate a wider variety of foot shapes. While the cushion was a fun aspect of the shoe, something I havenít felt before, I wouldnít want to run in them again. Well, maybe I would, if they were wider.
15:32:17 15 Februari 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)

UA Curry 6 Performance Review


The Under Armour Curry 6 is put through its paces with this performance review by Duke4005. After waiting over a year for promise of HOVR cushioning to appear in the Curry line, we finally get it in the Curry 6. We all know by now about Curryís love of court feel Ė does the Curry 6 keep that low, fast feel or turn into a cushy, mushy mess? Letís goÖ One of the best traction patterns I have tried in the last year. The pattern shouldnít work Ė itís flat, itís tight, and itís shallow. There is no herringbone, which ALMOST ALWAYS WORKS!!! So why does the Curry 6 rate so high? I have no idea, but on clean and semi-clean courts, these things stick like Gorilla. Cuts, lateral movements, starts-and-stops, coming off those ďDraymondĒ down screens, my foot went only where I wanted it to. If dust did appear, one extremely quick wipe and I was good-to-go. That was a good thing, because dust will grab onto the outsole, especially the translucent colorway like the Christmas and Fox Theater. Outdoors? Not. A. Chance. The soft, shallow pattern will get eaten up immediately. Indoors is doing a number on my pair, as some of the pattern is fraying off from hardwood. However, after 7 wears for game nights (roughly 28-35 full-court games), I havenít experienced any of the peeling issues that some have had ó thankfully. The cutouts in the forefoot allow for flexibility and help with transition while running (although it would be better if the foam was segmented for flexibility) but those cutouts could catch on the floor and peel. Again, mine havenít, and I know a lot of people who havenít experienced this yet, but it canít be ignored. Cushioning in a Curry? Yeah, but itís not fluffy and puffy Ė its tuned for optimal impact protection while still keeping you close to the court for those crossover/step-back combo move threeís that you see Steph do and then want to try yourself. Seriously, those of you wanting the HOVR found in the Phantom or even the Sonic runner, keep looking. This foam is dense and tight but warms up the more you play, providing a solid, stable base under foot that never compresses on the edges on cuts and lateral moves. However, there was no impact issues with force coming back up the ankles and knees. The response was NOW Ė when you decide to move, there is no delay from the foam rebounding. For me, a bigger guard with broken knees and ankles, the Curry 6 never caused me any pain or discomfort. I wouldnít call this HOVR magical like some of the best cushioning systems, but for quick guards that play fast and tight, it doesnít get much better. Thereís a full knit upper with elastic areas over the top of the foot and some fuse around the high-wear areas ó pretty typical for a basketball shoes today, but it works. The knit is super comfortable and not restrictive or rough at all, which truly feels like a sock on your foot. The toe area is a tighter knit with some additional backing for structure and containment but still ó itís comfy. The lacing system could have been serious ó the loops are all connected until it gets to the last hole and the heel counter. If the Curry 6 would have pulled all of the cords, even around the heel with the lacing, the fit would have been killer ó but more on that next. The heel interior is deeply padded and again, super-comfy. Notice a trend here? After the minimal uppers and thin padding of the Curry 4 and 5, the 6 brings the comfort strong. The fit on the Curry 6 confused me. I saw a ton of wearers on Instagram and other sites saying the fit was perfect, but honestly, I had to double-sock to keep from having heel slip and forefoot movement. It wasnít bad or a deal-breaker, but I donít like to feel my foot moving inside my shoe at all, and no matter how hard I pulled, the 6 had some empty space around my foot. Again, as simple as double-socking and I was good (I did get some serious lace pressure at the top loop if I pulled way tight like I like). It was really kind of frustrating, because I had the same heel issue in the Curry 5 and the 6 had, it HAD, to be better. I gave it some break-in time for the midsole to begin softening and flexing a little smoother, and I still get slip. I think itís because the laces pull down and not into the heel, just like the 5. I would NOT tell anyone to stay away from the Curry 6 based on fit though. The movement was so slight it probably wonít bother a normal person, but Iím far from normal. Again, an extra sock fixed the issue for me. As for length, I had my standard thumbís-width from the end of my big toe to the end of the toebox but if you like that real 1:1 fit, you could go down a half-size and the materials should stretch enough to stop any pain. If anyone knows basketball, especially the NBA, then they know Steph Curry NEEDS support. The Curry 6 has sneaky support: itís a knitted low top, but the sole is wide and the midsole is solid, meaning there is no edge compression that can lead to instability on off-balance landings (and sometimes on normal landings). The flat, wide base makes take-offs on jumpers solid and stable, which leads to better shooting. The midsole is already supportive under the arch from the HOVR but Under Armour went ahead and gave us a midfoot plate called Speedplate for additional torsional support (and I think it works with the HOVR like the FlightPlate/unlocked Zoom Combo in recent nike pg 3). The other main factor in support and stability is side-to-side containment and the Curry 6 locks it in with a raised midsole. Your foot will sit down in the midsole so any harsh cuts and lateral movements will be stopped on the spot with the raised sidewalls. Best Curry model ever? I canít say that; for me, the Curry 2 is still tops (that TRACTION!!!). However, in the last 4 models, the Curry 6 is the best. A great combo of traction, cushioning and support, keeping fast players happy and non-fast players, well, still not fast, but at least they will look good. Again, the cushioning is stiff and fast but absorbs all that bad energy. If you enjoyed the Curry 2 then you need to check out the 6. If you liked the Curry 5 you should check out the Curry 6. If you liked the Curry 3, wellÖ Another thing ó this shoe is plain fun to play in. Itís been a while since a shoe made me feel young, but the Curry 6 did. It takes a special athlete to make the public feel like them just by wearing their shoes, and at my age, I should be past all of that propaganda, but I did. It helps that I have range like Curry (Ayesha), but the fun factor always raises the score a little (new category?). The Curry 6 is a great indicator of the future and what Under Armour can do ó make a good/great performer for a nice price and it actually LOOKS good too (I liked the 4 and 5 as well, but all the internets say the 6 looks great). Much like Curry, Under Armour started out as a long shot, but the Curry 6 shows they are serious about staying around.
16:33:54 30 Januari 2019 Permanente link Reacties (0)

The Jordan Why Not Zero.2 Performance Review is here


Traction performed just as I had initially anticipated: they just gripped. Dust was never really a huge problem unless the floor at 24 Hour Fitness hadnít been cleaned all week ó yes, that actually happens at my 24 Hour Fitness. However, when the dust build up was that bad, the shoes still held its own on the floor. I still prefer slightly larger circular patterns, like the Air Jordan 1, but if weíre just talking about what works, this is it. The Why Not Zero.2 gripped outdoor courts just as well as they did indoor courts. However, thte rubber is on the soft side so if you were expecting a long-lasting outsole, then you may end up disappointed. While the outsole lasts, youíll receive very good coverage but the blacktop will chew up the rubber sooner rather than later. Forefoot Unlocked Zoom Air is in place, the same setup as the forefoot in the Air Jordan 33. The under-foot feeling is a bit different as the Phylon used between the two is not the same. Injected Phylon is what the Why Not Zero.2 midsole is made of and Injected Phylon is on the fluffy/bouncy side compared to the stuff used on the AJ33 ó which may have been compression-molded Phylon and that is a much more dense foam compound. With this model, youíll get all the forefoot impact protection with the large volume Zoom Air unit that you did in the Air Jordan 32 and 33 but without the break-in time. Thank goodness. The heel, despite just being Phylon, feels very comfortable and will help with minor impact. Do I miss the full-length Zoom Air setup found on the original Why Not Zero.1? Yes. I really do enjoy full-length Zoom Air, not just because itís full-length, but because you sit a little closer to the floor. That obviously wonít be the same for all players, but my preference between the two leans towards the original setup. The Zero.2 is a little bouncier so if cushion and feedback from the cushion is your thing, then these might be exactly what youíre looking for. Mesh and knit are found along the upper and there isnít much to be said about it; it works. It requires zero break-in time. Itís moderately durable and itís comfortable. Is it my first option? No, Iíd have gone with a mix of textile and leather. However, for this being the new modern standard, the build gets the job done nicely. The shoe fits true to size. Iíve been told by a friend that is wide-footed that he also went true to size, but if you happen to have a wide foot, then trying the shoe on is the best option to ensure they fit to your liking. Lockdown, while nowhere near as awesome (suffocating) as the first model, is very good. There are overlay straps/panels in place that wrap around the foot at the forefoot, midfoot and rear. When you use textile, this is the way to enhance the experience; these areas can be customized to your specific foot shape as theyíre fairly independent from the main build. The only time I ran into any real issues with the lockdown was in the rear section of the shoe and it was only with certain socks. For whatever reason, the lining inside the shoe and some of my socks donít get along very nicely. Once moisture is involved, things get a little slick. Luckily, the heel has an exaggerated TPU heel counter which is what really helped keep my foot onto the footbed whenever this would occur. Support is good, but not as good as the original. The original Why Not Zero.2 sat on a very wide flat base. These do not. This model is a bit more tipsy up front like the Air Jordan 33. Itís not something I prefer, but it is something you get used to. However, as a direct comparison, I preferred the stability on the Zero.1 much more than this setup. The Why Not Zero.2 feels like it was designed for speed whereas the original definitely wasnít. A wider base and a more flat forefoot area, maybe an outrigger, would have been my ideal setup but I never had any issues with the shoe in terms of lateral stability so it might just be a placebo. Midfoot and rear heel support come from the TPU plates that makeup the FlightSpeed system. These are two areas that are much better than previous renditions featuring decoupled tooling. The TPU keeps the area strong but not heavy. It also allows for some flex up front at the toe. Again, my only real complaint is the width in the forefoot. I loved the really wide setup we had on last yearís model, but I know there were plenty that didnít. If you were one of those players, then this setup might be the right one for you. Overall, the Jordan Why Not Zero.2 is a badass shoe. Theyíre quick, comfortable, supportive where you really need it and they donít need a ton of break-in time. The price point is perfect and the tech specs are all there. Yes, there are some things I preferred a bit more on the last model, but the Why Not Zero.2 is a shoe built for Russell Westbrook ó the Why Not Zero.1 was a team model with his name put on it. It wasnít really made for him but they made it work. These are truly Westbrookís shoe. If youíve enjoyed the†air Jordan 32 and 33 but disliked the bulky feeling they had, the Why Not Zero.2 will give you what you enjoyed out of those models without the restriction.
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adidas Marquee Boost Performance Review


dIs the adidas Marquee Boost the most comfortable basketball shoe currently available? The traction pattern featured on the Marquee Boost is good olí herringbone. Offering multidirectional coverage from heel to toe, the outrigger section features a thicker version of the pattern ó something they should have used full length. While I love herringbone because it provides you with great consistent coverage when the rubber compound may fail, adidas made this version thin and tightly spaced. When there is a lot of dust present, you notice it as it quickly gets stuck in each and every groove. This is where the thicker, more widely spaced version used on the lateral end could have held up better than the rest. Not only would the thicker grooves held its own against dust better, but it would been a bit more durable for those players that primarily play outdoor basketball. The rubber itself is very durable but when cut into thinly sliced lines, it becomes soft and can quickly wear away on the blacktop or concrete. Overall, the traction was solid when the courts were clean. It needed a lot of wiping when courts were dirty and it was not as durable as it could have been outside. Itís not bad, but itís not great either. It gets the job done ó which is good overall. Full length Boost and yes, Boost is still life. adidasí premium cushion is used full length, however, the boost-y feeling you normally receive from the cushion is subdued quite a bit in the forefoot. Impact protection is still there, but you wonít get that bouncy feeling that you may (or may not) be looking for. The ETPU is contained on both the medial and lateral forefoot which restricts the material from moving the way it normally would ó and does in the rear of the shoe. Speaking of the rear or heel section, everything about Boost you may love (or may loath) is featured in the rear. Itís very bouncy and offers that under-foot feedback a lot of players look for in their basketball shoes. However, this was a bit too much cushion for me ó at least at the moment. Iíve been suffering from tendonitis inflammation in my heel and Achilles tendon for the past few months and very soft cushion aggravates it quite a bit. This goes for lifestyle and performance versions of Boost as well as other brands that have shoes using soft midsole cushion. It has been a big pain to deal with ó literally. Itís been a process figuring out what has been causing the flare-ups and it has come down to cushion. The softer it is, the more pain Iím in. This is obviously a personal issue, but it may be useful for some people. If youíve been experiencing the same thing, firmer setups help. Not too firm though as youíll need to find a balanced ride, but thatís what Iíve been trying to convey within my reviews over the past few months. When I talk about cushions that offer that balance or blend, those setups are the ones that I can play in for hours without having too much pain, whereas the softer stuff like curry 6 end up causing me a lot of pain on and off the court. I love the materials used as itís a nice mixture of knits, canvas and micro-molded mesh. Everything has done well containing the foot, allowing for flexibility while remaining supportive and to top it off ó durable. Showing signs of wear on a basketball shoe is not something I normally care about. I know that when I play in a shoe theyíre going to look like Iíve played in them. However, there are some people that want their shoes to look as nice as possible for as long as possible. This is where the Marquee Boost has done well. An example, which youíll see once that review is complete, is the adidas Ultra Boost 2019. Really fun shoe to play in, very good performance as well, but they look like theyíve been run over by a truck. The Marquee BoostÖ not so much. They look like I can wear them to the store and it looks like I just bought them yesterday. True to size is what I went with and length wise, itís what Iíd recommend. But the fit isnít the best all-around. The toe area flexes weird and while it didnít cause any issues while playing, it was a distraction. Distractions from your gear, while playing any sport, is never ideal. You typically want to feel like youíre not wearing anything at all. You can definitely tell youíre wearing a shoe when youíve got the Marquee Boost on. At the rear, I did experience the dreaded ďheel slipĒ upon my first wear. I wound up having to mess with the laces and my choice of socks quite a bit before finding a good way to lace them up. Brand new socks were not my favorite in the shoe by the way ó even ones that were washed a few times. I found wearing older socks worked best. For some reason, the newer socks just werenít very compatible with the silky-feeling liner used inside the shoe. Once I was able to work through the sock and lacing issues, things were pretty good. But again, you can definitely tell youíre wearing a shoe while playing. Some people may like that and some may not. Support is standard for the Marquee Boost. Everything you need is there: torsional support ó check. Outrigger ó check. Wide platform for stability ó check. Heel counter ó check. Everything is good to go. Just make sure you try them on in-store if possible as the potential sloppiness of the fit may cause problems for some. The adidas Marquee Boost is definitely one of the more comfortable basketball shoes currently available, especially at its price point ó ranging between $120-140 depending on the colorway. However, I did not love the shoe as a whole. I still find them to be a beautiful looking shoe but not one Iíd keep in my gym bag. Traction consistency, I feel, could have been a non-issue had the herringbone been of the thicker variety. Fit needs a bit of work as well. The whole ďtoo much cushionĒ thing is my personal issue, so I canít really fault the shoe for that ó itís just not what I need right now. What I really need is a lot of rest, but if I do that then I canít earn a living, so that isnít going to happen anytime soon. If youíve been playing in the adidas Marquee Boost, feel free to let me know how your experience was below in the comment section. How was the fit/lockdown for you? Was the Boost boost-y enough for you or did it leave you wanting moreÖ maybe less? Sound off below and let me know. As usual, thank you for reading/watching and I hope this helped someone out. Until the next oneÖ
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Big Baller Brand Zo2.19 Performance Review


The new kid on the block, Big Baller Brand, impresses with the Zo2.19. The traction on the Zo2.19 is outstanding. The original Zo2 Prime Remix featured the same exact tooling and traction as the Brandblack Rare Metal ó which had some good traction but the outsole featured here takes things up more than a few notches. There is nowhere for dust to get clogged. While youíll need to wipe the soles at times, when dust is heavy, youíre only quickly removing it from the surface rather than trying to clear grooves of the debris. Each little ĎXí within the pattern serves as a multi-directional type of coverage and itís noticeable on every court I had tested them on ó including outdoor courts. Out of every shoe I tested and reviewed in 2018, these outperformed all of them in the traction department. Yes, that includes my beloved Kobe 1 Protro. The cushion is simply called Ďnext generation foamí, but if youíve been reading/watching WearTesters for a number of years, then the names ĎJetloní or ĎBlackFoamí will likely ring a bell. The cushion used on the Zo2.19 is the same stuff; they just canít call it that since itís Brandblack tech and this is a Big Baller Brand shoe. However, its performance on the other hand Ö itís very similar in feel to the Under Armour Curry 6 HOVR setup, which means I love it. There is just enough plushness, mixed with just enough firmness, to give you a slight bounce in your step ó without making you feel like youíre running around on springs or sinking into the tooling. Some people like springs, some people like that sinking in type of plush feel. I happen to prefer a more fluid ride underfoot and that is how these feel.
The best word I can think of when speaking about the shoeís cushion is ďsmoothĒ. They just feel smooth. If you end up trying a pair out, then youíll know what I mean. If youíve played in the Brandblack Future Legend or Curry 6 and enjoyed it, then youíll likely enjoy these as well. There is a little bit of old school mixed with a little bit of new school as mesh makes up the majority of the build while premium leather and suede overlay the mesh in strategically placed areas to enhance support and lockdown. Itís very much like an old school pair of sneakers. The mesh keeps things lightweight and breathable and its premium overlays take care of all the heavy lifting when it comes to lockdown and support. They feel good like a second skin, which is what premium raw materials are. This is especially evident the more you wear them. I wound up with my true size and they work well for the most part. There is a slight bit of extra length in the toe that I feel going down 1/2 size would relieve ó so if you prefer a snug fit go down 1/2 size. If you like a little bit of wiggle room, then true-to-size is the way to go. Wide footers will be fine going true-to-size as well ó the materials should conform around your foot shape nicely. Lockdown is so nice that it might be my second favorite aspect next to the shoeís traction. Iím able to lace up the forefoot section super tight and then the strap takes care of lateral containment. The midfoot lacing system is very traditional, nothing crazy, but works really well. Meanwhile, the rear section is fantastic. The leather molds and wraps itself around my ankle so nicely that they feel like they were made on a last of my own foot. Premium leathers are something I genuinely miss in modern performance footwear as nothing beats the feeling of a nicely broken-in pair of leather shoes. Everything youíve come to expect in your†basketball†shoes†are featured here. Flat stable platform ó check. Midfoot torsion support/shank ó check. Foot resting within the midsole for added containment ó check. Combine these aspects with the way the upper fits and locks the foot in and you have one hell of a sneaker.
The smartest thing Lavar Ball has done for the Big Baller Brand was team up with the folks over at Brandblack. Footwear designer, David Raysse, has been in the footwear industry for a very long time. Previously known for his work on signature performance sneakers for NBA superstars like Grant Hill and Kobe Bryant, as well as being a former College-level ball player himself ó the guy knows what players need out of their†basketball†shoes. If I were to compare them to anything, the Nike Air Jet Flight is the first thing that comes to mind. They have very similar builds between the two as both utilized mesh and overlays perfectly. The Air Jet Flight is known as being one of the greatest shoes in Nike Basketball history. With the help of Raysse, the Big Baller Brand has a very good shoe on its hands. Whether or not people will be open-minded enough to actually accept that is something, remains to be seen. If you play basketball on the regular and take a chance of these thingsÖ let me know. Iíd love to know if they were as good for you as theyíve been for me.

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Stanley T. With Nike Kyrie 5 Performance Review


Just before the year ends, a performance review on the Nike Kyrie 5 comes in from a bag manís perspective. Nikeís Kyrie 5 uses a completely different pattern than last years herringbone with some intricate designs to it. Though itís not your typical herringbone, the multi-directional grooves gave the shoe not only a cool look, but most importantly, a functional one. No matter the change of direction or how hard I pushed the shoe, the traction was exceptional. Occasionally, youíll need a quick wipe on those super dirty courts but on clean courts wiping the bottom of the shoe, although a habit of mine despite having good traction or not, was almost an afterthought. The multi-directional patterns allow you to play quickly without hesitation and thatís what I prefer. While Iím not the quickest of the bunch, I do change directions often, forcing my defender off balance and by doing so, allowing myself to manipulate my stance and trust my footwork. I think quick, smaller guards or even guys who are primary ball handlers, will easily take advantage of traction this reliable. I would suggest playing with these indoor mainly. However, for those who donít have the option or have the overseas release with the XDR rubber traction outsole, it might not last long but itíll do the job and then some, while it lasts. Nike utilizes the new Nike Air Zoom Turbo in the Kyrie 5. While this setup definitely gives a small nod to articulated Zoom Air of the past, it feels quite different however. For a heavy-footed person like myself, the Zoom definitely felt noticeable upon foot placement, especially heavy directional changes and planting. While the Nike Zoom Turbo isnít overly bouncy, it does its job, especially with how the Zoom Turbo is cored into the Phylon midsole to compliment outsole design. I was really hoping for the implementation of Cushlon and Zoom Air again but this setup works. I also wouldnít mind paying an extra $5-$10 for an additional heel Zoom Air unit. For those anticipating major bounce-back from the ride, this isnít it. The shoe is designed for maximum court-feel; it wasnít a definite deal-breaker for me. However, Iíd like to see Zoom Air Turbo eventually utilized in either full-length fashion or maybe in a slightly larger volume. Engineered mesh was utilized just as it was on the Kyrie 4: the material is nice, lightweight and breaks-in rather quickly. An added nylon interior combined with the exterior mesh compliment each other so that the materials can hold well together without restriction. It would have been nice to seen some additional premium materials with the small price increase but this setup works with or without it. SNUGGGGGGGGG! While the Kyrie 5ís predecessor, the Kyrie 4, was a little snug, the 5 really took it up a notch due to the Flytrap overlay design, which does exactly what itís supposed to (keep you locked down). Itís definitely a shoe that everyone should try on in-store. If you canít and have a slightly wide-foot like myself, I say go 1/2 size up to save yourself from a lack of blood flow. This is probably one of the best locked down shoes to date. The combination of the Flytrap overlay and the structural design of the shoe, while a struggle to put on and pull off, made the foot feel extremely secure. I do love the security and lockdown provided, as long as you get the right fit. Solid. Simple as that. Itís one of the more stable shoes released this year. While it does have a rounded outsole, the shoe was very fluid from heel-to-toe transitions but more refined. The shoe keeps you secure on the footbed, fully locked-in and has killer traction. What more can you ask for? OhÖright, more cushioning, especially whatís missing in the heel. Hands down, one of the more fun shoes Iíve played in this year. Itís a solid overall shoe that caters to the needs of those that play a more grounded game and require unrestricted mobility. Itís the type of shoe that when someone asks you what youíre carrying around in your gym back, you tell them ďTHIS IS IT CHIEF!Ē Again, Iíve said this repeatedly, but with the minor price increase, itíd be nice to see Nike implement a heel Zoom unit to compliment the Zoom Turbo in the forefoot. I mean, if they can do this for shoes overseas and charge the same amount, then I donít see why not. This shoe is definitely a fun shoe that provides a smooth ride and is ready to go to war with on-court when you are ready. Now, about that Cushlon layer into the Phylon midsole and extra Zoom in the HeelÖ I would love to see that on the next shoe down the line..hereís to wishful thinking.
16:57:33 28 December 2018 Permanente link Reacties (0)

Adidas Marquee Boost Performance Analysis and Review


Merry Christmas everyone. You now have something to read in between commercials and talking to relatives about when I was kidÖ If you liked the Harden V3 but didnít like the plain jane look or if you really enjoyed Beat Street and Breakin, Niqueís old Avias or Dreamís Etonics, the Marquee Boost might be for you. If you want a shoe thatís flat out fun and a great on court, well hereís your shoe too.. or you can pick from the Harden V3 and Tmac Millennium as well since they all perform similarly and very well on court. But itís not often I see a shoe that speaks to me like the Marquee Boost. What can I say, I ❤️ the 80ís. Pros: traction, cushioning, fit, support and stability, containment Cons: retro styling isnít for everyone ? Runs long Best for: anyone or 80ís kids Sizing: half size down to a full size these run long Buying advice: wait as always, these are everywhere collecting dust. $100 or less is fair, low around 50-60. Make sure to buy the right size these run long DID I MENTION THEY RUN LONG? Weight 17 ounces which is similar to the Harden V2 and a lot of other Adidas hoops shoes. If they didnít run so long maybe they would have shaved a half ounce. Traction I took these out on the worst combo floor again..a pergo middle school floor where assemblies happen daily. Pergo doesnít absorb anything so all the dirt from the day just sits on top. The Marquee started off needing some wiping but got better as the three hour session wore on. Even with some dust stuck on the outsole I didnít have to wipe much at all. The pattern is very similar to the Harden and Tmac and doesnít feature any dumb story telling elements. It just works. I really love how Adidas has been making the forefoot lateral area run perpendicular to the rest of the shoe. It really helps slow the slide on lateral movements. Not groundbreaking but shoe companies have forgotten the basics as of late as getting the basics right is the key to my heart. That and food.. Well done Adidas! Cushioning Love the Harden V3 set up? Well I think Adidas slapped almost the exact same set up on these. Not quite as thick feeling as the Millennium, these feel just like the a slightly thicker Harden V3 to me and are just smooth from heel to toe. Hard to get a good measurement but Iíd say the Marquee is about 2mm thicker in the heel. Like the Mac These use a foam strobel as well while the Harden uses a cloth strobel. And like the Mac, Boost sits around the shoe as the foot sits below the top line a few millimeters. Very comfortable out of the box and on court. No bottoming out like the Crazy Explosive 2016. Well done Adidas! Fit I bought my regular size 11 and could have sworn it was a 11.5 or twelve. I had over a thumb of extra space at the toe. Width wide they fit fine but that extra length isnít my preferred length so I went down to 10.5 and was much happier. No movement inside the shoe no heel slip when I laced to the top, no deadspace in the toe box. Some people will not like all the laces since this is the antithesis of the CLB minimal lacing set up. These really pull your ankle and foot back in the shoe so if you donít like that feeling, get the low. Iím a mid guy and I really like how these give me a one to one fit. Well done Adidas? Half size down people, just remember that. Materials Iíve said this before but adidas basketball shoes has gotten really good at premiumizing mesh (see dames, harden v2). I didnít read the marketing descriptions until yesterday and I thought the toe box was prime knit (not that it matters). The shoe is primarily mesh and fuse (does that make it forged mesh Adidas?) but they put the fuse in high wear areas and made it look like it was there for stylistic reasons. Check out that white synthetic leather! That material really adds some performance!! Not There is no popping (and locking) or hot spots all the thicker areas donít require breakin (get it?) at all. Premiumizing, covfefe, huuuuuge: all to be added to Websterís dictionary soon. Worst case Wikipedia. Might be in there already Support and stability These might feel too restrictive if you just put them on in store but once you play in them, they soften up and conform around your ankle and movements. Usually I can just fold the entire heel collar but there is a little extra stiffness (thatís what she said) around the Achilles that adds just a little more support kinda like the HD16 Midfoot support is good as it features the same shank as the Harden V3 Adidas extended the Boost pretty wide and it adds support so flat footers like myself donít have extra flab hanging off the sides Stability is excellent as well with a very wide outsole, wider than the Harden V3 in fact. Overall no issues at all here. Well done Adidas! Containment No issues here. Raised midsole really keeps your foot in place on hard cuts. Did I design this shoe? Conclusion If the Beard was the Beard balling in the 80s this would be his sig shoe. The Marquee Boost plays almost exactly the same as the Harden except itís a high/mid with different styling. If you buy a BMW and swap out the exterior of the car, that car will still feel like a BMW since the actual guts of the car havenít changed. The same thing applies here; the V3 was already a great shoe except for a little heel slip for me but with the Marquee, I get the almost the exact same cushioning, similar traction but with a whole new upper look that actually improved the fit for me. This is one of those shoes that I forget Iím wearing when Iím court but at the same time I get the look good feel good effect and at the same time Iím getting everything I could want out of a shoe. Is this SOY? No not soy sauce you racists, is this the Shoe Of the Year? It might just be, just let me make my mind up after the Curry 6 (letís hope I can get them tomorrow so I can finish my 2018 Review). Should you buy these today? These are sitting everywhere so wait another month or so and we should start seeing discounts because the last thing retailers want is inventory sitting on their shelves. I expect these to drop to the $110-99 range plus coupons very soon so Iíll probably stock up when they get to the $50-60 range. Any other person who uses retail as their basis for value is a fool. At $130 retail, this is ten bucks less than the Harden but I got these with the 30% off sale so they come out to $92. Adidas sales are nuts these days and very frequent so if you like bang for your buck, Adidas is where itís at. 90% sure we see another Adidas sale after Christmas or the New Year. Nothing makes you perform better than extra cash in your wallet. #crazycheapasians Retro styling isnít for everyone so thatís great for me. Pretty sure Iíll the only one on the court wearing them and thatís part of the fun of sneakers isnít it? Getting to express yourself without saying a word? I like doing it with my game personally but sometimes a shoe it just the right fit from all aspects and the Marquee is one of those shoes for me. Understated yet unique and sexy AF (just like me). I really thought Nike was going to earn most of my business this year (yes earned bc I buy my own sht) but Adidas really came on strong this year even if their marketing campaign was nonexistent. Hey Adidas, can I please run the b-ball division ? UA? Nike? ? No takers ? Oh well. First team rating, well done Adidas!
16:03:53 26 December 2018 Permanente link Reacties (0)

Air Jordan 33 Performance Review


Duke4005ís performance review on the Air Jordan 33 is here. Grab some popcorn, itís another great review. If anything in this industry makes me feel old, it is the annual release of the Air Jordan signature shoe. Seriously Ė Jordan 33? My first Jordans were, well, the first Jordans. Thatís a long time. But like the Air Jordan itself, age ainít nothing but a number and 33 years is a long time to learn. Did Jordan Brand make the best AJ yet? Letís get itÖ Nub, nubs, nubs. No real pattern, no story-telling (that I have seen) Ė itís just some rubber nubs covering from heel to toe. The pattern isnít deep and the rubber isnít exactly hard, so outdoors will probably not be a good idea, especially the translucent colorway. So, now that that question is out of the way, letís get back inside. On the regular floor I play at on Mondays and Wednesdays, traction was lacking Ė seriously. On curls and cuts, my feet would slide out on first steps and trying to plant. On defense though, I was getting good grip and was able to stay in front of my man on lateral moves, so no issues there. In defense of the shoe, I also had this issue in every shoe except the Kobe Protro and LeBron 16 Ė this floor has no finish and is only swept twice a week, so it ainít the shoes. Again, only the absolute best shoes stick on this floor, so donít blame the 33. On the league floor I play on, which was recently refinished (October), the traction was almost too good. There was no issues anywhere, anytime and my feet were Spider-Verse stuck. On one last floor, another 24 Hour Fitness gym, (that is a little better kept but still has no finish) the traction was solid and screeching. I didnít have any slips or slides but the motion of stopping just screamed ďSTOOOPPPPP!!!!Ē Ė once I got used to the forefoot. More on the reasons for that next inÖ A great big slab of Zoom Air in that forefoot. Itís so big that the outsole had to bubble out (thatís not really the reason for the bubble, I donít think). The heel is a hex unit and coupled with the forefoot gives a great rebound and response Ė once the Phylon softens up a little. Yeah, they used a hard, stiff Phylon carrier that would make Kyrie 5 proud but luckily, it does break in after a couple of weeks of consistent wear and begins to operate as ordered. There still isnít a rebound and respond-feel like we felt in the Jordan XXXI and XXXII, but impact protection is covered almost perfectly and stability in the heel and laterally is near perfect. Going back to the traction and how the cushioning affected it (told you I would come back), the forefoot Zoom unit protrudes from the outsole like the XXXI, but the curve of the forefoot from the Zoom to the toes is drastic, almost ski-slope steep. This means if you arenít heavy enough to compress the Zoom, your toes will have a difficult time grabbing the floor Ė mostly because they wonít touch the floor. Luckily, I am that heavy (weight room baby!!!!) but I still did have some instances where I slipped out. Not all the time, but footwork is key to staying on top of the issue. Well, no shoe is perfect. The main body of the shoe is a mesh/fuse construction with foam backing against the foot with some synthetic leather at the medial forefoot and around the heel cup. The ankle is heavily padded and solid with a thick padded double tongue. All of this thick padding is completely necessary Ė without it, the wires and straps would feel like a medieval torture device. As it is, there is a slight pressure from the ankle/heel strap but nothing that will make your feet scream. Actually, for all the complaints about not being ďpremiumĒ materials and ďfeeling cheapĒ, the mesh and synthetics do what they are supposed to do Ė feel good on-foot and are flexible and form-fitting under the new lacing system. Ok, letís talk about the new lacing system. By now, surely you have seen or heard, but in case you havenít, the laces are gone. Theyíve been replaced by a pully-cable-gear system that runs from the midsole, around the ankle and across the forefoot. The concern of the cables was durability Ė if they break, you are theoretically done (I say theoretically because if you have even a slightly wide foot you donít need to tighten much to get a great fit). The cord over the top of the foot is pulled up, clicking the system into place. The yellow pull cord loosens the system Ė but not by much. The thought when we all saw this device was ďpull the cord and the panels open upĒ.. They donít. You have to loosen the cord, pull the panels open manually and pull the strap under the tongue to get the shoe completely loose and even then, it is still a tight fit. The ankle strap pulls the ankle completely into the heel and the lockdown in that area is complete and total Ė you will have NO heel slip or movement if you strap in tight. The midfoot fit is really tight in the arch area and if you have wide feet, you are in trouble Ė even going up half didnít help much. It is just a seriously tight, snug fit. Because of that, I would say go true-to-size and try to break them in as quickly as possible. The Jordan XXXIII is easily the most supportive, structured shoe on the market today from a major brand (there may be some shoe somewhere that is better, but I havenít seen it, so it doesnít count). The overlays and panels work with the cables and straps and make the whole body of the shoe wrap around the foot like a brace. The stability in the midsole with the harder Phylon makes landings solid and controlled, but even if you end up slightly off-center, the upper should hold you tight Ė unless you land on a foot, of course. On lateral movements, the shoe is completely locked and controlled. The only real issue with stability is the sloping forefoot sole and as soon as you get used to the feeling, you will enjoy the added feel in transition. The midsole feels a little blocky until the Phylon softens up so any added help in transition is welcome. If you miss the days of big man shoe, ankle straps or Ektio, the Jordan XXXIII will quench that craving. Overall, while I really enjoyed the idea and execution of the cable lacing, the Jordan XXXIII was a little more shoe than I usually like. The cushioning and build scream ďPOST PLAYĒ and the shoe does play big. The Jordan XXXII had similar cushioning and traction but played faster and quicker. The cables do work and the fit is great, but the same lockdown and fit could be achieved with regular laces. If you are a fan of the Jordan line, as I am, you should definitely look into a pair, as the cushioning and traction are extremely playable. If you are a big man or donít like a minimal, quick-feeling shoe, the Jordan XXXIII is perfect. If you like freedom of movement in your ankle and a low-top, running feel, run away. There are some saying this doesnít feel like a Jordan shoe Ė and they are wrong: Jordan signatures were about pushing the envelope, trying new things and trying to make the public take notice. The Jordan XXXIII definitely makes you take notice and whether your opinion if like it or leave it, at least itís drawing looks. Keep pushing Jordan designers (you know who you are) Ė we like to try to fly.
15:34:27 25 December 2018 Permanente link Reacties (0)

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