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Under Armour Drive 4 Performance Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nike SuperRep Cycle Performance Review

Nike is finally back in the cycling gameÖkind of. The Nike SuperRep Cycle is Nikeís first cycling shoe since the whole Lance Armstrong debacle of the early 2000s. Back then, Nike made some of the best cycling gear. Thereís still a large community of cyclists, like myself, that have been begging Nike to come back. You can see the history of Nikeís cycling line†here. The SuperRep Cycle (not to be confused with the†Nike Air Zoom SuperRep) is advertised as an indoor cycling shoe. Thatís smart because of the insane (and growing) popularity of Peloton and Nordic Track indoor cycling machines. I also think thereís also a ton of people who will wear these on outdoor bikes. I tested them on both SPD (Indoor system) and SPD-SL (Road Bike Cleat system) pedal systems to see how they performed. Iíve previously reviewed running shoes for jordan debut but cycling is what I enjoy most. Iíve cycled for 2+ years now and was training for a Half Ironman until Covid-19 got my event cancelled. I typically cycle 70-100 miles a week and have used a ton of different cycling shoes in the process. I know exactly what to look for in cycling shoes.
Nike SuperRep Cycle Fit


The Nike SuperRep Cycle is insanely comfortable for a cycling shoe. Thatís due to the fact that the width is very accommodating and not narrow like a large portion of Nike performance shoes. The SuperRep Cycle fits a half size small lengthwise. My true size 12.5 was too short and I had to swap them for a 13. Once I got the size 13, I instantly realized these were the most comfortable cycling shoes I owned. There is a lot of padding on the heel of the shoe and a very comfortable soft mesh material surrounds the toe box. Feet swell a lot during long cycling sessions so the wide toe box will give your toes ample space to wiggle around even towards the end of an epic ride. I didnít feel any hotspots during my rides.


The shoes are fastened by two Velcro straps, one on the toe box and the other at the top of the shoe. This is a very similar setup to most triathlon-specific cycling shoes because it is very easy to put on and take off. The straps arenít as strong as BOA dials, but they get the job done. I didnít have any issues with the lockdown and my heels always felt secure when pedaling at high speeds and putting down power. The strap at the top of the shoe is padded nicely and you wonít feel it pressing down on your foot. The toe box strap makes the shoe really secure on side-to-side movements, which will be perfect for those using them on a Peloton or in gym-based cycling classes where they make you do lateral movements.

Power Transfer

The outsole is one piece of nylon plastic with a stiffness comparable to entry level cycling shoes. The stiffer the sole, the better. High level cycling shoes use the stiffest possible carbon fiber on their soles, but I didnít expect Nike to include that in an indoor cycling shoe. The power transfer is not elite, but it is good enough for this use case. I did my standard fast Tuesday ride with my cycling group, where we average around 22-25mph for twenty miles, and my pedal stroke felt efficient. The SuperRep Cycle didnít hold me back and the sole didnít bend when I sped up. I did feel the cleat more than I would in my other lebron 17 shoes. They also held up great on the two bolt indoor SPD system that most cycling classes use.
Nike SuperRep Cycle Materials


The materials used on the SuperRep Cycle are fantastic. The toebox and midfoot are lined with an exposed mesh that is cozy and very airy. The ventilation on these is great, your feet wonít get toasted during your sweaty cycling classes or outdoor summer rides. I wore them in typical Florida heat for hours and my feet didnít get hot. And as stated above, the sole is made of a stiff nylon that has good power transfer. As for the cleat system, Nike opted to include a 2-hole and 3-hole cleat insert that you put in the shoe depending on which system you want to use. Traditionally, these are built into the shoe and I wish Nike did the same. I canít see any benefit behind having the pieces separate. All it does is encourage people to lose them (eventually). The shoes do not come with the actual cleats though so find out which set you need and buy them first. If you are new to the cleat system in cycling, hereís an article†explaining the different types.


Overall, the Nike SuperRep Cycle is great for indoor cyclists who use Peloton or Zwift and for new outdoor cyclists who want to make the jump to a cleated pedal. Theyíre correctly priced at $120, light, breathable, and very comfortable. The wide toe box is a nice bonus, but the power transfer wonít satisfy elite cyclists. If you want to add a comfortable shoe for recovery rides to your rotation, or if you have just been dying to wear Nikes on a bike like I have, the SuperRep Cycle is perfect for you.
15:57:45 08 Juni 2020 Permanente link Reacties (0)

Brooks Ricochet 2 Performance Review

The Brooks Ricochet 2 is a neutral runner thatís built like a sock. Itís the little brother of the more cushioned, similarly sock-like Brooks Levitate 3. And while it is the slightly less cushioned younger sibling, itís the shoes with the most sock-like upper of the entire Brooks line. Letís check it out:


The one piece Fit Knit upper is the star of the Brooks Ricochet 2. The Fit Knit upper really delivers a sock-like fit thatís just as good as the competitionís Flyknit or Primeknit. In this case, the knit is backed by a thin mesh layer which Brooks calls an internal bootie. To me it doesnít quite count as a true bootie. It does improve comfort (as good internal booties do) but mostly helps maintain the structure of the shoe. The Fit Knit upper might be a disappointment to someone looking for a traditional Brooks upper but for those that have grown to love sock-like fits from other brands, itíll be perfect. One thing to note is that the Fit Knit upper may not be ideal for wide footers. The shoe fits true to size but the fit is narrower than most Brooks models. The Ricochet 2 is a Brooks shoe that fits more like a Nike.


The Ricochet 2ís materials center around the comfortable one piece knit upper. The tongue area is the best part of the whole upper as itís a really stretchy and cozy mesh. The lace loops surrounding the tongue are simple nylon sewn into the upper so theyíre both minimalistic and effective. Thereís also plastic backing at toe for durability, a heel tab for ease of entry, and a vinyl logo on both sides of the shoe. All of that is pretty standard for a knit shoe. Material-wise the upper is well built and feels as secure and supportive as knit can.


While support isnít a focus of the air jordan 34 , it checks the boxes it should as a neutral trainer. You sit inside the midsole at the heel and the midsole flares out at both the heel and forefoot. The bottom of the heel flares slightly for a light outrigger feel while the entire forefoot goes wide to provide a solid base. I do wish my foot sat inside the midsole slightly at the forefoot because then the shoe as a whole wouldnít need to be so narrow. I think the narrowness of the last is in direct correlation with the need to somehow keep the wearer on the footbed at all times. Lastly, the Ricochet 2 features a big internal heel counter. Unfortunately, thereís not much padding over the heel counter on the inside of the shoe so it can rub your achilles or heel bone and cause blisters (depending on the shape of your foot). A quick in store try-on would help you figure out if that will bother you.


The Brooks Ricochet 2 has good traction in all weather conditions. Thereís ample amounts of rubber arranged in a forward facing arrow pattern that gives full foot coverage. The arrow pattern also makes room for four forefoot flex grooves that give the entire forefoot a great feel on foot. Road runners will be excited because thereís ample amounts of hard rubber that will last a long time. I hardly see any wear on my pair after a full test cycle. In todayís age of soft rubber and foam on outsoles, outsoles this durable are rare.


The cushion is nothing spectacular but solid. Itís better for shorter runs or as a beefier speed work shoe. Simply put, the DNA Amp/BioMoGo DNA midsole combination is just not as good as DNA Loft (used on models like the†Brooks Glycerin 18) or DNA Flash (used on the†Brooks Hyperion Tempo). But itís also not meant to be as plush as those other cushions. According to Brooks, the Ricochet 2 is intended to provide a springy and light ride. DNA Amp is a polyurethane midsole encased in a TPU skin while BioMoGoDNA seems to be an EVA derivative. They cushion the blows of the road but you donít sink into the cushion the way you do with other more expensive cushioning setups. And while the shoes do come with a thick, plush insole, it canít completely hide the lack of sinking into the midsole foam. Of course, if your body prefers a firmer ride that still offers shock absorption, youíre in the right place.


The Brooks Ricochet 2 retails at $120 and is right priced. To me, it competes very nicely with the similarly priced KD 13. It doesnít offer top-tier cushioning but if does provide a comfortable upper, shock absorption, and a great outsole. If youíre the type that likes to run in sock-like running shoes and prefers a firm ride, put the Brooks Ricochet 2 on your short list of options.
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Nike KD 13 Detailed Look and Review

Today we take a first look at the upcoming Nike KD 13. The†Nike KD 12†is still one of my favorite sneakers to play in and the upcoming KD 13 might take its place whenever weíre no longer on quarantine. Everything [almost] that I loved on the†KD 12†made its way back onto the KD 13 ó plus a couple of changes I enjoy. Some of the things that have remained the same are the $150 price point, the full length Zoom Air strobel and the rear midsole containment. I enjoyed all of these aspects in the KD 12 so Iím happy to see them back again. Now, some of the things that have changed ó for the better ó are the additional double stacked Zoom Air units. Instead of having a rear Hex Zoom unit we now have a larger forefoot Zoom Air unit sitting under the full length Zoom Air strobel. This means more cushion in the forefoot which is great for those that prefer it. The shoe is much lighter than the KD 12 ó some may like this some may not care one way or the other. Traction has also changed ó whether or not this is for the better remains to be determined, but we hope itís better than the KD 12 ó which was pretty solid in most situations. Something that has changed that Iím not too fond of are the materials. There are no premium materials used on the KD 13, which is fine, but I donít love how cheap the new rip-stop esque material feels or flexes compared to the gimmicky Quad-Axial Flywire from the KD 12. While weíre unable to test the shoes indoors for the time being, we hope you at least enjoy our Nike KD 13 detailed look and review. Stay tuned for the eventual performance review and weíll catch you on the next one. Release Date:†April 17, 2020 Retail Price:†$150 Available at:Phenom Global
18:56:13 11 April 2020
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K8IROS Mark II Performance Review

Spencer Dinwiddie created his own brand and footwear line, and they are better than you might expect. Click through for our K8IROS Mark II performance review. Traction I never had the chance to grab the K8IROS 8.1, but we have some hoop jordan members that had and they collectively agree that the traction was lacking. Iím not sure if those that bought the original model were able to provide feedback or not, but the traction redesign was a main point of focus for the Mark II. The midfoot and heel design look similar to the original, but the forefoot was completely overhauled. Radial traction was used for the majority of the forefoot and itís worked great on every court Iíve taken them on. From the local 24 Hour Fitness, to LifeTime to random invites that have me playing in churches. Traction was not only not an issue, but good enough to where I have the shoe in my gym bag still [after testing] just in case I need something with traction that is more reliable than whatever I might be testing next. I was fortunate enough to be able to play in both the solid rubber and translucent rubber versions of the shoe and while I choose to play in the Kronos colorway [over the Graffiti] the outsoles both played damn near identical. The rubber is tacky, but doesnít attract dust like a Swiffer. It also hasnít frayed at all which is weird since almost all shoe brandís rubber start to fray after a few wears. However, I still wouldnít expect them to last super long outdoors, but my time outdoors was pleasant due to the cushion.


KronoFoam is used for the midsole. Itís a Pebax foam thatís been implemented full length and it offers a bouncy ride from heel to toe. There is a minor heel to toe drop which makes the heel a bit more squishy than the forefoot which is why there is a TPU panel at the rear to help stabilize the area. Most will ask for some sort of comparison to a cushion that they may be more familiar with and all I can really compare it to is adidasí Bounce ó only this is a bit more bouncy. The foam itself is on the softer side so using it within a carrier foam or using a TPU retaining wall ó like the†Way of Wade 8 ó would allow the foam to be as springy as it is while ensuring maximum stability.


Textiles are used along the entire upper and it is very similar to what the Jordan Why Not Zer0.3†used. The Jacquard style knit is strong and tight while remaining flexible enough to allow you to lace them up straight out of the box without needed to break them in much. There are some areas of thin TPU fuse-like material in high-wear areas such as the toe. Itís also used along the eyestay to try and prevent the textile from tearing after youíve laced them up to your liking. So far, everything has been durable, comfortable and form fitting. Although, that last bit might be due to the sizing.


They fit a bit short and only come in full sizes. This means that there are no 1/2 sizes available like 8.5, 9.5 and so on. I went true to size and my toes are right at the rubber ó luckily the materials are soft enough to not cause black nails. So, my recommendation would be to go true to size if you wear a whole size ó if you wear a size 9 then order a size 9. They will be snug but theyíll also be secure. If you wear a size 9 and go up to the next available size [10] then theyíll likely be too long for you and youíll lose all security and support. If you happen to wear a 1/2 size [like a size 9.5] then going to a size 10 would be your best bet. On-court, the lockdown was great. The lacing is asymmetrical and forces the upper to wrap around the foot tightly and securely. Again, this may be due to how snug the shoe is, so this may be different for those that wear 1/2 sizes.


All of the features youíve come to expect from basketball shoes are here. Heel counter ó check. Midfoot shank ó check. Outrigger ó check. Yup, itís all here. Everything works really well together as well. However, one change Iíd like to have seen was a slightly wider forefoot. The midsole is soft, as is the upper, so something a bit wider, that cups the foot a bit, would be great for added stability. The way the shoe fits allows everything to work perfectly, but if you had a bit more wiggle room inside the shoe it may cause a bit of instability on certain movements. This wouldnít be needed if the foam was inside of a carrier foam or had a TPU retaining wall, but as it is right now, that is what I would have changed.


Overall, the air force 1 was a pleasant surprise. I wasnít expecting much, but was hoping for the best. Turns out the shoe is solid in every area and pretty beastly. Cushion is solid. Traction is really solid. Fit might be a bit weird for some with the whole size only offerings. And support is solid as well. Itíll be interesting to see where the line goes from here. Hopefully this model does well enough to warrant a third model in the near future. If you were interested in checking out the K8IROS Mark II theyíre available†here.
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Air Jordan 34 SE Performance Review

The best Air Jordan game shoe since theÖ Air Jordan 34? Sure, why not? Not much has changed between the Air Jordan 34 and the new Air Jordan 34 SE. However, the aspects that were tweaked I feel were for the better. Although, it really depends on what your personal needs are as they pertain to basketball shoes, but the changes here are enough to warrant raving about. TRACTION The outsole hasnít changes at all in terms of tooling molds or aesthetics, but the rubber compound has changed from solid rubber to translucent rubber. For me, I didnít notice a difference between the two models as the herringbone was just as aggressive and grippy as the regular version of the AJ34. As it spreads across the outsole in fan-like fashion, the outsole performed just as good as it looks. Like the Air Jordan XX9, the traction has a sneaky bite that isnít squeaky. It took me a little bit of break-in time for it to have that stop-on-a-dime type of grip, but it was worth the short wait. CUSHION As I had said in the Air Jordan 34 Performance Review, this is the best Zoom Air experience Iíve ever had ó and Iíve had many Zoom Air experiences over the years. I jokingly consider myself a Zoom Air connoisseur as Zoom Air is my absolute favorite cushion (when done right) of all-time. The Air Jordan 34 SE not only implements Zoom Air correctly, in a way you can feel, but itís also done in a way Iíve never felt before. Ever. Well, until the Air Jordan 34, of course. The forefoot is springy, yet supportive. Itís responsive, yet offers an incredible balance of stability and court feel. It has a snap to it that feels like it propels you forward with your stride. At the rear there is a large volume Hex Zoom Air unit, and I was actually able to feel it whenever Iíd crash on my heel. For those that prefer or require heel and forefoot cushioning, this might be one of the best shoes on the market that will offer you just that. MATERIALS The materials are one area that was noticeably different between the AJ34 and the SE edition. Where the original model didnít offer any premium materials at all, the SE edition offers a but of premium with a a bit of synthetics. Many expect a premium build when it comes to an Air Jordan, but those same people will then complain that the premium build is too heavy. While some may still complain with a setup like this, I found it to be a good balance between lightweight performance and a premium build that reminds me of the good Ďol days. The upper broke-in quickly, has maintained its shape and still looks like a beast once zipped up. This version of the shoe should please both types of athletes ó those that prefer premium builds and those that prefer lightweight performance. FIT I went true to size and that is what I would recommend for most people. I feel there is just enough space inside the shoe so that most foot shapes should fit snug, but not in a suffocating way. Lockdown was really solid on the original Air Jordan 34 once you got the laces adjusted to where youíd like them to be, but the lockdown on the Air Jordan 34 SE enhances the lockdown thanks to the zipper shroud. One of the main reasons why laces will never go out of style. Again, the build breaks in nicely, so while you may feel the shoe is a bit too tight to start, after some running around then you should feel like you just had an Air Jordan tailored to your foot shape. The zippers lock into place for anyone that may be wondering. If youíve been around since the Nike Zoom Glove days then you already know that zippers on basketball shoes, while cool looking, tend to burst open and never work as well as intended. These locking zippers havenít done that (so far) and donít show any signs of doing that in the near future. You can zip them up or down with east when the toggle is upright, but once you fold them down then theyíre locked into place. I wish Jordan Brand has opted for this type of zipper on the Jordan Jumpman Swift 6 Retro as those burst open at the zipper as soon as I take a step. The support on the Air Jordan 34 was exceptionally good, even with all of the lightweight materials in place, but the Air Jordan 34 SE has me searching for a flaw. Yes, I found them to be that good. The heel counter is built more traditionally when compared directly to the original 34. Instead of having the shoe built around the heel, the heel counter is hidden within the shoe just like it has been on shoes for decades. Because of this I never encountered the same digging into my foot feeling that I had with the original 34. The only thing I had to break-in was the upper/build with how snug the zipper enclosure was once zipped up. There are still performance woven underlay materials, but with the exterior build being more like a normal shoe you end up with a layered build that supports the foot in all facets of movement. Then the Eclipse Plate really takes everything from there. This Pebax chassis worked better than any of the previous FlightSpeed/FlightPlate iterations for me. It kept the entire tooling torsionally strong and rigid, but also maintained enough flex in the forefoot so I didnít feel like I was wearing a boot instead of a sneaker. The Air Jordan 34 was my favorite basketball shoe of 2019. Meanwhile, itíll be difficult to find a basketball shoe better than the Air Jordan 34 SE in 2020 ó especially if releases continue to get pushed back due to the Coronavirus. If the Air Jordan 34 was like playing basketball in a stripped down no nonsense F1 Race Car the Air Jordan 34 SE feels like a Cadillac with the F1 engine and tires. A little more elegance added but still a performance beast when all is said and done. If you prefer to keep your shoes as light as possible then the Air Jordan 34 is where its at. However, if you wanted all the features of the 34 with some subtle upgrades then the Air Jordan 34 SE might be your next favorite hoop shoe.
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Converse G4 Hi First Impressions

Since Draymond Greenís debut of the Converse G4 in low top form, along with Converseís announcement of the shoe (and the initial leaks of the sneaker), weíve seen quite a bit of interest in these performance basketball sneakers. While Converse did provide some details, there are still questions yet to be answered. Weíre here to address them with an initial look at the Converse G4 Hi. Heavily influenced by the Converse ERX-260, you will see elements of that sneaker in the Converse G4 outsole, including the forefootís fanned out sections of traction, the pivot point, and an inverted blade pattern that sweeps from midfoot to heel. The pattern may seem flat at first, but the tread itself is thick with varying layers of depth and space between the grooves. For that, traction seems like it will be capable of handling both indoor and outdoor play. Weíll be putting the shoe through its paces before confirming.
When it was announced that two of Nikeís leading cushion technologies would be utilized in the forefoot and heel of the Converse G4, both excitement and further questions were raised. To answer specifics of the tech, the Converse G4 includes a standard oval-shaped forefoot Zoom air unit (think†PG3†or†Air Jordan 13) and a large volume puck of React foam in the heel. Both are housed within an unnamed foam that is both plush and allows for a good deal of compression. Overall, this makes for a comfortable setup on initial wear as both the Zoom Air and React are right underfoot. Both are visible through the Strobel upon removal of the insole and the Zoom unit protrudes through a bit in all its top-loaded goodness.
Converse G4 Hi side view
A basic textile covers most of the upper, while fuse overlays around the heel, toe, and eyelets provide support and protection in high wear areas. The overlay design takes further inspiration from the ERX-260 as does the mesh window at the Achilles area, which is surrounded by a synthetic nubuck ankle collar on the high cut version of the lebron 17. So far, everything checks out material-wise on the Converse G4. Thereís nothing premium, but performance-wise this should do the job, barring any unforeseen issues.
Converse G4 Hi front
I was only able to grab a pair of the Converse G4 a half-size down from my normal size and honestly, I couldnít be happier with the outcome. Everything feels perfect in both length and width (normal width foot) and lockdown feels on point as well. Currently, I have no incentive to try these on in my true size as they fit so well at a half-size down.
Converse G4 Hi rear
The Converse G4 is an overall average weight shoe with standard support features. Though the fuse and rubber encasing the midsole up front appears very boot-like (especially in this colorway), at worst it just feels stable in that area, in my opinion. I think the Converse G4 has the potential to be a pair of ďbad boysĒ and I canít wait to test them and confirm whether that is the case or not.
Converse G4 Hi
A mass release date for the Converse G4 still has not been set, but it has been confirmed as coming soon with the Converse G4 Hi retailing for $120 and the Converse G4 Low for $110 at both†Converse†online and select retailers.
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Nike Lunar TR1 Performance Review

Iíve used plenty of trainers over the years, but the Nike Lunar TR1 is one of the best training shoes that I have used in awhile.<span id="more-56258"></span>

<strong><a href="https://cdn.weartesters.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Nike-Lunar-TR1-Performance-Review-1.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-56817" src="https://cdn.weartesters.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Nike-Lunar-TR1-Performance-Review-1-150x150.jpg" alt="Nike Lunar TR1 Performance Review 1" width="150" height="150" /></a>Traction Ė</strong> The Nike Lunar TR1 has a pressure-mapped traction intended to give it grip on all surfaces. Whether it was the weight room, a wood surface, or turf I found that I had enough traction to do what I needed. On turf I usually recommend using some sort of cleat, but if all you have is the <a href="https://www.solehello.com/product-category/air-jordan-shoes/">air jordan</a> then you can definitely make due. The outsole has rubber nodes which gives you traction which provides ample traction in a pretty wide variety of surfaces, and the rubber used is fairly durable.

<strong><a href="https://cdn.weartesters.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Nike-Lunar-TR1-Performance-Review-2.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-56818" src="https://cdn.weartesters.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Nike-Lunar-TR1-Performance-Review-2-150x150.jpg" alt="Nike Lunar TR1 Performance Review 2" width="150" height="150" /></a>Cushion Ė</strong> This was one of the first things that I noticed about this shoe. When I first put it on, I immediately felt the Lunarlon. Lunarlon is my favorite cushioning system that Nike offers, and I was really happy to see it implemented in a trainer to where it does not take away from its purpose. With a training shoe, you want to make sure that it does not take away from support/ stability, and these take care of cushion while remaining stable. Responsiveness was decent while still providing a little impact protection, especially when performing explosion exercises. One of the things that they advertised was a re-engineered Lunarlon cushion, and I really liked what they have done. They definitely feel different than what youíd get out of one of their runners, and even their basketball line, but still being the Lunarlon that Iíve come to love. Hopefully weíll see this cushion source used more with upcoming trainers, and Iíd love to see where it evolves.

<strong><a href="https://cdn.weartesters.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Nike-Lunar-TR1-Performance-Review-3.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-56819" src="https://cdn.weartesters.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Nike-Lunar-TR1-Performance-Review-3-150x150.jpg" alt="Nike Lunar TR1 Performance Review 3" width="150" height="150" /></a>Materials Ė</strong> The <a href="https://www.solehello.com/product-tag/nike-kyrie-6-for-sale/">kyrie 6</a> uses Nikeís Fuse material along with mesh in key flex zones. The mesh and textile upper with offer a lightweight no-sew construction which was lightweight yet supportive. I never felt like I was dragging my foot around during workouts, but I never felt like I wasnít protected during harsher routines. Overall, I think that the materials were chosen well to ensure durability throughout the off-season while still providing you with something that is lightweight.

<strong><a href="https://cdn.weartesters.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Nike-Lunar-TR1-Performance-Review-4.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-56820" src="https://cdn.weartesters.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Nike-Lunar-TR1-Performance-Review-4-150x150.jpg" alt="Nike Lunar TR1 Performance Review 4" width="150" height="150" /></a>Fit Ė</strong> When I first put on the shoe they felt a little tight and I could tell that they would require some break-in time. By my 3rd session they began to break-in nicely to where they never felt too restrictive. The shoe keeps you locked in, and I never experienced any internal slippage while working out. I worked on everything from agility to weightlifting, even some on-field running, and felt no slippage and was very impressed with how the shoe held up.


<strong><a href="https://cdn.weartesters.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Nike-Lunar-TR1-Performance-Review-5.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-56821" src="https://cdn.weartesters.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Nike-Lunar-TR1-Performance-Review-5-150x150.jpg" alt="Nike Lunar TR1 Performance Review 5" width="150" height="150" /></a>Support Ė</strong> This is always big in a training shoe because regardless of all other attributes you need ample support without restriction in order to comfortably perform all of your exercises. Luckily the TR1 does just that. You are low to the ground, which increases your balance and stability, and you are given just enough cushion to make long sessions comfortable from beginning to end. Everything from the way they fit to the way they flex allows you to get the job done in the gym and on the field, all in a lightweight package.

<strong>Overall Ė</strong> The TR1 offers a bit of everything that you might look for in a trainer. You can take care of things in the gym, on the track, and on the field. Strengthening, conditioning, agility and pretty much anything you throw at them they can handle. My personal favorite trainer has been the Nike Zoom Revis, and while these donít offer as much cushioning as those, these offer more support and stability. Iíve enjoyed every workout Iíve done with the TR1 and they continue to be my go-to trainer during the off season.

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10:47:25 16 Maart 2020 Permanente link Reacties (0)

Adidas SL20 Performance Review

The adidas SL20 is one of the first running shoes to feature adidasí new Lightstrike cushioning. Weíve been waiting for Lightstrike to come to running shoes since itís debut last year in the adidas yeezy 350 v2 basketball shoe. Lightstrike is lightweight while also providing a nice well-balanced ride. Does it work for running? Letís find outÖ


Drew:†I really like Lightstrike for running. I like it enough that I wore the adidas SL20 in a recent 10k race. At around 8 ounces, itís just light enough to use as a race day shoe (though probably not if youíre an elite runner). The Lightstrike is actually light enough that the majority of the SL20ís weight comes from the upper. Most shoes are bottom heavy so having this one be reversed feels great. It makes your brain believe you donít have much on your feet. Mentally, thatís great during speed workouts and on race days. I constantly found myself reaching for the SL20 before speed workouts. The impact protection is also top notch. Thereís only 14mm of Lightstrike in the forefoot but I never felt too much ground impact. Because thereís so little foam, I also expected the foam to bottom out on long runs or after I put a bunch of miles on the shoes. But here I am with 65+ miles in the shoes, having done a couple 10+ mile runs in them, and they still feel great. Again, Lightstrike is great for running. Iím convinced adidas is just scratching the surface of whatís possible with a Lightstrike-based running shoe. The fact that the first iteration is so good is a great sign of things to come. Jodi:†Being married to†Chris, Iíve heard tons of great things about Lightstrike in the basketball world, so I was pretty excited to see what it was all about. Iím actually surprised it didnít hit the running world first since in a lot of ways, us runners are guinea pigs. I have to say, the cushion system lives up to the hype. Itís flexible, bouncy, and light. And has great impact protection. Every time I ran in these I felt like a sprinter, super quick. And my mile splits for those days reflected the feeling. Placebo effect? Maybe. But Iím not complaining about it.


Drew:†Continental rubber is adidasí go-to rubber compound and theyíve used it to great effect on the SL20. It rained the night before my recent 10k and the entire course was still wet when we toed the line at 7am. After the race, I heard several people complain that the roads felt slippery and that they couldnít get great traction. I had to think about why they would have problems because I didnít even notice the moisture. The SL20ís outsole gripped just like a normal day despite the wet conditions. It wasnít a surprise because while training in the SL20 I ran in rainstorms and several other iffy conditions and never had a problem with the traction. Itís one of those shoes where you donít even have to think about your footing because every footfall is secure. Jodi: Continental rubber is my jam, so Iím always happy when adidas uses it on its runners. I think the way they incorporate it with the stretch web pattern not only helps for great grip on the roads but also helps with whatever cushion system is being used. Itís just another great flexible layer to keep all your joints happy.


Drew:†The support is solid enough to compete with most everyday trainers. Adidas included their standard Y-shaped Torsional plate at the midfoot, went with a fairly beefy heel counter that extends beyond the heel on both the medial and lateral sides of the foot. The SL20 uses a fuse overlay along the bottom third of the shoe that starts at the heel and extends all the way to the forefoot on both sides of the upper. It does the job of really keeping you on the footbed. Then the ball of the foot also sits ever so slightly inside the Lightstrike midsole to help prevent rollovers. Finally, the midsole flares out a bit on both sides of the forefoot to provide a wider base for pushing off. Itís a full package of support despite the lightweight nature of the shoe. I feel adidas went above and beyond what itís expected from an everyday trainer in this weight class. Jodi: As Drew has already stated, adidas really went all out making sure it would be next to impossible to not feel supported by the SL20. The heel cup is super rigid and extended along both sides of your foot. Then up top they gave you plenty of padding that wraps all the way around to the where the collar meets your ankle. And you can see your midsole peeking way out when youíre standing in them. You would have to land pretty awkwardly for your ankle to roll in these guys.


Drew:†The SL20 features a typical mesh upper with fuse overlays. The tongue is a thin, stretchier mesh that is sewn to the upper. The laces are fairly typical and the insole is extremely thin and doesnít really help the step-in comfort at all. So while the materials are pretty blah, they do the job, and allow adidas to keep the SL20 at the $120 price point. I like the trade offs they made because the price is a huge selling point of this shoe. Jodi: There is absolutely no stretch in the materials, not even anywhere on the tongue, which is also attached to the upper. And because of those two things, I really gotta talk about the fit.


Drew:†The adidas SL20 fits true to size. Some narrow footers may notice some puffiness in the toe box when they lace the shoe up tight. This is a result of the way adidas sewed the tongue to the upper. The tongue/upper combo could have been executed better but in practice the excess toe box material didnít annoy me or get in the way. This is where using a flexible mesh helps hide the issue. The thin tongue could also fold up a little while putting the shoe on but the pull tab helps sort that out. Itís not a perfect upper but it gets the job done and letís the real star of the shoe, the Lightstrike cushioning, shine. Jodi: Just in case anyone is new to my running reviews, Iím a wide footer. So if you are also a wide footer youíre going to want to stay tuned. As fantastic as this shoe was in the cushion department I struggled greatly with how the shoe fit. I feel like the length was half a size too long, but I could not have gone down a half size because there was no stretch in the upper and the shoe fit me really snug. Also, the tongue that was attached to the upper would somehow fold on itself always on my left foot and it would run between the bones on top of my foot. So Iíd have to work at getting that shoe on just right almost every time Iíd be getting ready to get out the door. Itís still a great shoe despite those things, definitely not a deal breaker for me. But they are used now for runs that I know will be under 45 minutes. Anything over that and I know Iím going to be feeling uncomfortable pretty quickly.


Drew:†The adidas SL20 proves that Lightstrike cushioning in running shoes is a great option. For $120, you get an amazing cushioning experience, top tier traction, solid support, basic materials, and a few ignorable fit issues. But even if it was just the Lightstrike experience alone, Iíd recommend these shoes. Itís a cushion thatís really fun to run in and worth the money. Jodi:†Iím pretty happy with what adidas did with its first Lightstrike runner. Dare I say that the cushion could take over the almighty Boost? I can definitely see it being used in a lot of future runners. In fact, I hope they do. If youíre looking for a runner that feels fast, has solid cushion, great support, excellent traction and you have an average sized foot, Iíd definitely recommend these. If you have wide feet like me or even very narrow feet, Iíd go in store and try them on first. Make sure you can handle the way they fit because like Drew and I both said, due to the way the upper is constructed thereís no way to hide any flaws.
15:41:47 14 Maart 2020 Permanente link Reacties (0)

Nike Adapt BB 2.0 Performance Review

Are laceless basketball shoes the future? We find out in our Nike Adapt BB 2.0 Performance Review.


My two top traction setups have been implemented in both the†Nike Adapt BB†and the Nike Adapt BB 2.0. The radial coverage in the original model was decent, but there were many times, on every surface I played on, where there would be some grip inconsistencies. My experience with the Adapt BB 2.0 wasnít any different despite herringbone being used full length. I suppose the patterns used could be considered as the reason why each of the Adapt models gripped the court as they well as they did ó when they did ó whereas the rubber compound could be to blame for its inconsistent nature. Nike has used translucent rubber many times over the decades and some work perfectly while others are like the Adapt BB ó disappointed. I will say that the grip wasnít bad enough for me to stop testing the shoe altogether, but it was inconsistent enough that I would not choose to play in this shoe over something like the†Air Jordan 34†or†Nike Kyrie 6†ó both of which cost less than half the total price of the Adapt BB 2.0.
Adapt BB 2.0 Cushion


The cushion has been a solid improvement over the original Adapt BB. While both versions utilize Cushlon midsoles, the Adapt BB 2.0 brought Zoom Turbo into the mix. In case you were unaware, I love Nikeís Zoom Turbo setup. Itís low profile, springy and ultra responsive. Itís everything I love about Zoom Air setups and itís always been done right since the cushioning unit sits just under the forefoot versus being encased in a firm foam ó which ultimately restricts the feel and movement of the Zoom bag. If you want to try Zoom Turbo as an insole,†eBay seller confident2shop sells this insole†that comes really close to mimicking Zoom Turboís feel. I never found the Cushlon setup of the original to be poor ó I also enjoy Cushlon as a foam on itís own thanks to my years playing in the†older CP3†models from Jordan Brand ó but this was a noticeable upgrade that I feel almost anyone would enjoy. Cushlon has a rubbery feel under-foot so when it is coupled with Zoom Air you get a setup that feels like itís propelling you without you feeling like youíre unstable.
Adapt BB 2.0 Materials


The Adapt BB 2.0 uses a mix of raw materials [heel and tongue pull tab] along with textiles and TPU. Itís not my ideal setup, but it worked well and got the job done. This setup also keeps the weight down a bit. While weight may be an overrated aspect of a basketball shoe, the Adapt BB 2.0 weighs 19.60 oz ó and even for a ďheavyĒ basketball shoeÖ these things are heavy as hell. So, shaving weight where they could was something I donít disagree with. Again, the materials worked well so from a performance perspective there isnít anything to complain about.
Adapt BB 2.0 Fit


The fitÖ now this is where I just havenít loved either of the two Adapt BB models at all. First off, I went true to size (in both versions) and I feel that is the best option. Wide footers may want to go 1/2 size up, but normal footers should be good going true to size. Now, the laceless system is a hit or miss for me. I thought it was okay in the†Air Jordan 33. Great in the†Nike Kobe AD FF. And with each of these Adapt BB models Iíve just been ďmehĒ about it. This 2.0 version I do like more than the original overall in terms of the fit, but I still donít have a need for a laceless shoe over one with laces. There will be some people that could use a laceless shoe and I just happen to not be one of them. The cable placement on the Adapt BB 2.0 does a much better job at securing your foot and locking you into all sections of the shoe ó forefoot, midfoot and heel. However, the power-lacing aspect just isnít my jam. I canít seem to get the shoe tight enough without causing cramping or cutting off circulation in my feet. I had the same issue with the original model, and while it is better with the Adapt BB 2.0, itís still an issue for me. I have to wear them with the cables pretty loose and this is just something I donít really enjoy at all. Which is ironic as the motorized lacing is the coolest part of the damn things.
Adapt BB 2.0 Support


Despite having to wear the shoe rather loose, the support was pretty damn good. The heel counter works great and the TPU wings located at the lace buttons also helped keep my foot on the footbed. Thank goodness as that was the one area I was really worried about once Iíd get the ďlacesĒ to a point to where they were comfortable for me. At the midfoot is where the motor is housed, and itís pretty rigid there, which ends up helping with torsional rigidity.


Overall, I found that the Nike Adapt BB 2.0 was better than the original Adapt BB, but I still donít feel that these are necessarily for me. I prefer laces. Better materials ó even though this setup works fine. And more importantly, I like to have a more reliable traction setup. While price never equates to performance, I cannot help but factor in the $400 price tag these are listed at. This isnít some shoe Iím choosing to buy at a resellerís listed price. The $400 is the starting price at retail. I can find shoes on clearance from a year ago that I feel out-perform the Adapt BB 2.0Öand then I can buy four pairs of them and still come in under $400. I understand that factoring in the price tag is biased on my part, but I canít help it with this one. However, the Jordan Why Not ZER0.3† is solid in most areas. Cushion being my personal favorite aspect of the shoe. I could even deal with the traction a bit, but the shoe being too tight or too loose is the part where they end up losing me. If youíre ballín like that and wish to have the latest and greatest in technology then this is pretty much where itís at. However, if you just want a good shoe at an affordable price then you can literally go with anything else.
16:43:17 07 Maart 2020 Permanente link Reacties (0)

Jordan Why Not ZERO.3 Performance Review

No.3 for Russell WestbrookÖ Is the crazy look is backed up with crazy performance? Thereís only one way to find out. Welcome to the Jordan Why Not Zero.3 performance review. Read onÖ






The heavy textile/synthetic paneling for the upper is back, but this time around, in a noticeably lighter form factor. Everything about this upper screams speed, agility, and one-to-one fit, and thatís exactly how I felt in the Why Not Zero.3 after a quick one session break-in process. Performance wise, the upper is a true modern classic that will serve well any type of playstyle since that minimalistic set-up doesnít take away any of support capabilities, so you do have an all-around upper to enjoy. Still, from a practicality standpoint, this is the stuff that wonít serve you more than a season if youíre a serious baller.  


Instead of a regular forefoot Zoom Air bag found on the last model, the Why Not Zero.3 stacks same located & sized forefoot Zoom Air Turbo unit, but unlike in the Kyrie 6, where it was first introduced, this time, I did feel pretty substantial performance boost compared to the classic one. This Zoom Air Turbo version has parallel segmentations instead of a web-like pattern in the Kyrie 5. So maybe thatís the case why this iteration does feel more active. Or itís just simply because theyíre using softer Phylon to unlock more freedom for Zoom Air to do its thing. Either way, the Zero.3ís set-up is more fun, more bounciness, more responsiveness & more impact protection than ever before going from heel to toe. I can only see true guards hating on them a tad bit due to not having an elite level of court feel. If thatís the case, the Kyrie line is the answer. Everyone else should definitely fall in love with this tooling or at least have something to enjoy.


So itís a multi-directional traction pattern that I wouldnít call it a herringbone, more like a second-row cousin which is still a promising thing, except it isnít. Once they met the hardwood, straight out of the gate I knew itís going to be tons of ďfunĒ. Those outsoles couldnít keep up with my lateral movements, especially with those sharp ones. It was that slip & bite type of consistent performance which you definitely donít want it to be as a part of your game. But itís better than having your bite inconsistent and all over the place for sure. That being said, if your game heavily relies on your on-court movement, the Why Not Zero.3 might be a true pain in the ass. The linear movements, on the other hand, were covered perfectly fine, had zero problems whatsoever. And the dust problem wasnít really a problem for them. Just a quick/light wipe and youíre ready to go back in play. It was any surprise to experience that slip & grip issue to go incognito or at least to a certain level where it didnít affect my game once I through them outside. However, outdoor hoopers stop right there, sadly enough this is not a shoe for you since that rubber compound is atrociously soft.


Itís that type of situation where you donít need to think too much Ė true to size should fit the majority of you. The only ones who need to be beware are obviously our wide footers, highly recommend trying them in store if possible. Just donít go for a bigger size if they do feel to snug to your liking. Just give them a few runs to adjust to your foot for a perfect fit. The overall fit was, like I said before, a modern classic type of performance. Itís something that Russís signature line didnít adopt until this model, but here we have it. That combination of a lightweight/pliable upper and smooth heel-to-toe transition just simply pushes you to move forward. And with all of the lock-in features the shoe just soaks up your foot for a true one-to-one experience.


As long as Russell Westbrook will be such an explosive threat in the league, his signature performers will hold the top spot as one of the most supportive on-court sneakers in the game, and the Jordan Why Not Zero.3 is no an exception. Although a thinner upper means less support, you can be completely calm about that since it has a few additional support features to back it up. The midfoot strap is one of them, and unlike the majority of them acting as a prop or design piece, this does offer some serious midfoot lockdown & lateral protection to go with. Same thing with the lacing system, itís an up & under type of contraption which has an advantage over the standard one for better lockdown performance. Lastly, your lateral movements are protected by the zig-zag type of midsole extension on the upper, as well as an internal heel counter to make sure your heel ainít going anywhere. And donít forget that well known heavy internal padding that Air Jordan always gives us. So freaking comfy.


As much as the Jordan Why Not Zero.3 is an all-around performer, you canít ignore the fact that itís mainly shifted towards a flashy, agile and athletic player like Westbrook himself. However, to be the shoe for that group of players, it has to have great traction which in this case, the Zero.3 does not check that box, unfortunately. I would really want to love this sneaker since the rest of the aspects are freaking awesome, though, that lack of grip keeps me from that. It might be the patternís fault or the fact that they used so many different colors on the outsole. Fingers crossed itís the second one. Let me know if the solid rubber option does perform better. If so, I will do a revisit review with a different colorway.
14:45:28 06 Maart 2020 Permanente link Reacties (0)

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