Under Armour Drive 4 Performance Reviews
Traction:†Under Armour doesnít mess around here; it has used what has been proven to work for years and that would be full-length herringbone. Not only did UA use a tried and true formula, it made the tread thick and deep so itíll last longer (shout out to all our outdoor ballers). Also, dust has less of a chance of getting caught in between the grooves since the pattern is spaced out very nicely.
The rubber compound couldíve been a little tackier but that didnít keep these from working on virtually every floor condition you can think of. However, since theyíre not as tacky as something like the†Kobe†9s I did have to wipe every now and then when the floor was in less than ideal conditions.Itís also worth mentioning that the outsole started to separate from the midsole. If you take a look at the 4:07 mark in the video above, youíll see the outsole separation. I didnít notice this during use but honestly, Iím not surprised by the wear and tear since I easily put about 50 hours of playing time in these. If youíre looking for something thatíll last you an entire season, these might not be for you.
Cushion:†Under Armour couldíve and shouldíve used full-length MicroG, but instead it only used it in the heel ó thatís the equivalent of having a really nice crossover but no jumper.
Weíre assuming that the forefoot is just straight EVA foam which could be worse but when compared to the MicroG in the heel, itís obsolete. It can feel dead at times but the silver lining is that youíre going to get a real responsive ride that is very low to the ground ó those guards who donít really get up in the air are really going to like how quick the forefoot feels. However, more explosive players are going to wish there was more impact protection and bounce, kind of like the Micro G section in the heel.
I donít know why UA didnít just put Micro G full-length. The good news is that I never felt sore at the end if my runs so the while the cushion couldíve been a lot better, what we do get isnít bad at all
Materials:†It looks like ClutchFit is going extinct on the hardwood because Under Armour decided to replace it in the Drive line with what it calls a lightweight and breathable textile upper. Itís basically a woven mesh material that doesnít really stretch but at the same time isnít very stiff or uncomfortable, itís kind of just there. The materials arenít terrible but they arenít amazing either. However, the neoprene-like padding in the medial forefoot and collar area was very comfortable.
The downside of the materials is that they donít really conform to your foot for a snug one-to-one fit. Thereís quite a bit of dead space in the toebox area and no matter how tight I laced them up, the materials just did not snap to my foot the way they should. Under Armour curry 4 black gold also says that the upper is breathable but trust me, it isnít. It isnít really a big deal, theyíre not a hot box by any means, but they will start to smell pretty bad after just a couple of uses
Fit:†Wide-footers listen up, †you should seriously consider putting these on your radar because a wide fit like this doesnít come†around very often.†Like I said in the materials section, there was a ton of dead space towards the front of the shoe and while the length and overall fit of the Drive 4 was true to size, I just couldnít get the materials to snap to the front of my foot the way I wanted them to. The midfoot area was snug and responsive just as long as I tied the laces up nice and tight. Moreover, the back end of the shoe, towards the heel area, also provided a less than ideal fit. It isnít as bad as the forefoot but there was definitely some wiggle room that couldnít be eliminated.
There was also some stabbing in this area on hard cuts and drives where the heel cup would go under my ankle and pinch against my foot. When this happened, it was not comfortable whatsoever and one night in particular, there was nothing I could do to avoid it. Oddly enough, after that one night, the problem didnít really come back to me so iím not sure if I broke these in or I just got used to it, but when it did happen, it was pretty annoying. If youíre a side to side mover who does a lot of v-cuts and goes from baseline to baseline, you might also experience this issue, but the problem did eventually go away.
Support:†Despite the loose fit, the Drive 4 does a solid job keeping you on your feet thanks to its†wide fit that in turn provides a wide base. That wide platform in the forefoot, coupled with the low to the ground cushioning, made for a very responsive and stable ride that is going to favor quick guards or anyone who doesnít really get off of the ground.
The heel cup also did a pretty good job with lateral stability but like I said, it did cut into my ankle a few times so perhaps it does too good of a job. The lacing system is another star feature in the Drive 4ís support system because it does a very good job at keeping your foot in place ó it just doesnít do a good job snapping the materials to your foot but this is more of a weird feel than a knock on its actual performance.
Youíre not going to get top tier performance in this category for the Drive 4 but you will get everything you need to keep you on your feet during play. (Youíre going to get a different experience depending on how it fits.) If you can fill in a lot of the dead space that these have, the support will be above average; if you canít fill in those dead spaces, internal slipping may be an issue.
Overall:†Look, as much as we want a sneaker shoes that costs $115 and provides top tier performance, it just isnít that common. The Drive 4 is about what you would expect from a sneaker at this price. There are some good things it does (traction) and then†there are some things that need work (fit and materials).†Sure, the outsole separation is pretty bad but the good news is that it didnít affect my play on the court. Also, the wide fit could be viewed as a positive since wide-footers are always saying that shoe companies donít provide enough wide-footer friendly models. For better or worse, Under Armour gave you guys what you wanted ó even if it may have been by accident. Overall, if youíre someone who plays low to the ground, prefers a stable ride and has a wide foot, these are going to be great for you, just be aware of the lackluster impact protection ó and watch out for that heel cup. http://www.kd10sale.com
11:43:55 25 Augustus 2017 Permanente link Reacties (0)
Under Armour Threadborne Fortis 3 Performance Review
When something works, you ride it hard. Under Armour has found that Threadborne works, so the woven material has been found in nearly every product line for 2017. Thatís good for the upper, but does the Under Armour Threadborne Forhttp://newtruckspring.eklablog.com/tis 3 make us happy? Read onÖ. This outsole should be familiar by now because Under Armour has used it on multiple models, starting with the†Threadborne Slingflex. Combining a high-abrasion rubber outsole with deep flex grooves in the forefoot, UA has created a long-wearing transition-based runner that feels fast. (These images were taken after two months of solid wears, both running on roads and treadmill, plus some weight training time. With a little cleaning these could be good as new.) The flex grooves make the forefoot traction better than expected, allowing the Under Armour Threadborne Fortis 3 to contact the ground at any angle, slow or fast, and let the foot dig into the surface. The cored-out heel area, formed like a suction cup, will actually stick to the floor, road, or treadmill if the shoe is in a compressed state for any length of time. That feature was strange the first few times the Fortis was worn casually ó I was standing on my hardwood kitchen floor and when I took a step I heard an audible ďpopĒ ó but when moving fast there is no issue at all. Add water, and the suction becomes more noticeable, but again, donít stop and it wonít happen. Under Armour has mastered Charged foam in its running line. If you were a fan of Micro G, then the Charged in the Threadborne Fortis will make you extremely happy. It is stable, responsive, and dense, all at once, and offers the runner a bouncy, cushioned ride. The genius of Micro G was it could be thin but still cushion well. Charged has finally done that for Under Armour. From forefoot to heel, the cushioning was smooth and the strides were easy. The flexible outsole worked under the thin midsole to feel fast and light while retaining needed impact protection. On top of that, we get a Charged insole to boost that initial impact, making the feel even more plush and fluffy. Seriously, Nike pg 4, give us this Charged feeling in the basketball line already!! Threadborne, UAís flagship knit, began as a flexible but supportive material on the Curry 7 last fall; it quickly made its way into other categories, especially running, starting with the Slingflex. Where the Curry 3 was a tight, rough knit, the Slingflex was like a sock. The Under Armour Threadborne Fortis comes somewhere in between. It is still flexible but loses some of the sock-like feel and for a slightly rougher and more durable build. This is lessened some by the use of a full-foot bootie construction, taking away the internal chafing and hotspots ó except one. Right over the little toe the last lace hole is sewn in and the rubbing there while barefoot was serious pain. However, it was only while barefoot. Even the thinnest socks took care of the issue. The Threadborne here is sewn in multiple directions for support, better fit, and flex ó and it works. The holes in the weave that are visible in the pictures do go completely through, while the black lines crisscrossing the upper are a tighter weave for better fit and less give. There is very little stretch in the multi-colored parts of the upper, so fit is never compromised by the upper moving out or giving with the foot. Again, near perfect, which is how a woven shoe should be. Seriously, itís basically a sock with cushioning, so why shouldnít fit be awesome?! Length-wise, stay true to size ó it may give a little extra in length but after a long run you will appreciate some room for your swelling feet. The forefoot wraps around your toes with little space above, even with thin running socks on. The midfoot is wrapped the same, with the tighter black lines pulling the shoe up solid. The heel and ankle are where it gets interesting because there is an ankle collar coming up from the internal bootie. We have seen this concept in basketball from Under Armour, from the original Juke to the Curry 3ZER0, and while the structure in the Fortis isnít as substantial as those shoes, it is still something that works well when used correctly. This collar is separate from the regular lacing so it wraps around the sides and front of the foot and really pulls you into the heel. This cuts all heel slip and adds some padding in the area to take away lace pressure when laced tight. With the minimal upper movement still pushing hard, a simple collar like the one used on the Under Armour Threadborne Fortis feels great on-foot and even better when running. One thing the Under Armour Threadborne Fortis is†not†is supportive. Granted, it isnít meant to be ó this is a neutral and fast runner, so no surprise. What is here works though, from the internal ankle collar to the solid lacing system. The low ride lets you run on†some†uneven surfaces ó not recommended for full-out trail running ó with no issues, especially with the heel lockdown being so good. The heel cup is, well, there isnít one. The weave is a little stiffer and there is a fuse backing around the heel cup, but it wonít keep you upright in bad situations and is more for structure and fit. If you land on uneven surface or need some extra support for pronation, sorry, not happening here. There is no internal shank in the midfoot so plantar fasciitis sufferers beware. All of this sounds negative, but again, the Under Armour Threadborne Fortis is a fast, flexible runner, not a high-structured stability shoe. Know what you need. For the past two years, the best runner Under Armour released was the original Speedform Gemini. The Under Armour Threadborne Fortis has moved into that slot, using a flexible yet durable upper woven material and a seriously cushioned midsole. If you have been holding off from trying UA runners for whatever reason, hide no more ó the Threadborne Fortis is a shoe that can compete with any shoe in the nuetral training category. My only real complaints are the lack of support, which again, is not what this shoe is made for, and the Threadborne is a little rough, which was easily fixed by socks. Under Armour has made amazing strides in its footwear category in the last four years and has made it clear that it is serious about performance. In the notoriously faithful history of running, where lines like the Kayano and the Pegasus are over 20 and 30 models into their lifespans, consistency and longevity is key to consumers. The Under Armour Threadborne Fortis is only on model number three, but if the evolution of the model continues, Under Armour could have its first lifetime achievement model.
16:41:51 16 Januari 2020 Permanente link Reacties (0)
Nike React Infinity Run Performance Review
The Nike React Infinity Run shows that Nike Running isnít complacent with rolling out the same shoe year after year. For the Infinity Run, Nike took what made the Epic React Flyknit and Epic React Flyknit 2 extremely popular and then heavily upgraded every area where they fell short. The result? To infinity and beyondÖ
CushionJodi:†Just like adidas did with the†Ultraboost 2019†when they added more Boost, Nike upped the React in the Infinity Run midsole by 24% (vs the Epic React midsole). The increase caused a very similar effect, a sturdier, trustier ride. Trustier? Yes. Trustier. Regular React is great for instant step in comfort. Heck, it was awesome for running in last yearís Epic React 2. But the extra React made me feel more supported underfoot. I feel like once youíve tried it, you wonít want to go back. Drew:†Adding 24% more React to a midsole is a good thing. Period. As Jodi mentioned, the extra React is a noticeable improvement. Some people had trouble taking the Epic React models on long runs (8 miles or more) because the cushion would essentially bottom out. That does not happen with the Infinity Run. The Infinity Run will handle any and all training distances. The new Rocker Geometry or shape of the midsole also helps the Infinity Run feel more plush. The shoe has a pronounced curve at both the forefoot and heel. The Nike team took learnings from the†Nike Vaporfly NEXT%†midsole shape and applied them to the Infinity Run. This makes the transition from heel to toe super smooth and makes the React feel like it has more bounce. The feeling is very similar to the†Nike Zoom Fly 3 even though the Infinity Run doesnít have the kyrie 6ís carbon fiber plate.
TractionJodi:†Iím pretty sure we all rejoiced when we saw the†initial pics†of the Infinity Run. The first thing I said when seeing the bottom of the shoes was, ďLook at all that rubber!Ē Itís everywhere and thereís plenty of flex grooves. This was something that was majorly lacking in the Epic Reacts.The Epic React was a beast of a shoe but all that uncovered foam took a beating. After many, many miles in the Infinity Run, mine practically look like new and only show minor wear and tear on my high strike zones. Iím like the mailman, running rain or shine, and these stuck like glue to all my usual running paths. Drew:†As I mentioned in my†Nike React Infinity Run First Impression, Nike uses a lot of rubber on the bottom of these. You get full heel to toe coverage and I fully expect the Infinity Runís traction to last 300+ miles. Similar to Jodi, Iíve run 50+ miles in mine and they hardly show any wear. I also had no issues in wet conditions. I had the pleasure (?!) of wearing these in several rainstorms and there was no slippage on asphalt or cement.
SupportJodi:†For support, the Infinity Run has a wider base. You can literally see how it flares out beneath your foot, in the forefoot AND under your heel. So no matter where you normally land you have a ton of coverage. Drew:†The wider midsole does a lot of the work here. The forefoot midsole flares out really wide to create outriggers on both the lateral and medial sides of the foot. The midfoot and heel are then held in place by a large TPU clip (itís 3M on some colorways!) that cradles your foot. While I wish my foot sat slightly inside the foam at the forefoot too, your midfoot and heel arenít going anywhere. Itís unlikely youíll slide off the footbed unless you take on some rougher trails. Itís a really stable shoe for something featuring so much React cushioning and Flyknit.
MaterialsJodi:†The flyknit is very different from the lebron 17. I welcomed this change. The Infinity Runís engineered flyknit is a bit more structured and has a plasticy feeling to it, but I prefer it because it doesnít hug my feet like a straight jacket. While Iíd always have to remind myself that feeling would go away once I got moving in the Epic Reacts, itís nice not to have to think about it anymore. Similar to the Epic Reacts, the Infinity Run is put together like a booty with a very stretchy tongue area for ease of entrance. Drew:†The new engineered flyknit is super breathable and even a bit see through.† The swoosh wrap that surrounds the midfoot and heel is a sort of foil fused to the flyknit upper. The materials used match well with the $160 price point.
FitJodi:†If you hadnít already guessed from reading the other sections, the fit ended up being a slam dunk for me. When Iím out with my running group I always hear a lot of them say they donít run in Nike products because theyíre too narrow. I feel like the Infinity Run is Nikeís answer to that common complaint. Obviously thereís no one shoe built for every runner. But as a wide footer I have to say, this shoe fit me perfectly. My forefoot had plenty of wiggle room, my heel was locked into place, and I was able to run mile after mile after mile without a worry. No rubbing, no pinching, no slipping. I advise you to grab these in your normal running size, and start the new year off right. Drew:†The sock like fit of the Epic React returns in the Nike React Infinity Run but the sock is now built on a wider last, fits true to size, and accommodates a lot more foot types. I knew people that really wanted to rock the Epic React Flyknit but couldnít due to the narrow dimensions. Itís one of the reasons I think these will fly off shelves. Theyíll provide all day comfort for a majority of foot shapes. One area for improvement is the collar. The flyknit is exposed all around the collar and is scratchy. The top of the tongue gave me a small blister on a long run when I wore low cut socks. I could also feel the tongue rubbing on my ankle and achilles whenever I wore the Infinity Run casually. It wasnít sandpapering my ankle like some shoes but it was enough to be annoying.
OverallThe Nike React Infinity Run is a casual and performance star that will sell really well. The upgrades from the Epic React line hit all the right notes. The extra cushioning and rocker motion make the shoe fun to wear. And since Nike finally decided it was time to make wide footers happy, the potential market for the Infinity Run is huge. I expect weíll see TONS of colorways over the next year so sit back and wait to grab whichever one you like best.
16:23:05 13 Januari 2020 Permanente link Reacties (0)
Nike PG 4 Launch Recap
Among the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles, I found myself at the Trinity Auditorium. An inconspicuous building that was previously a church. This was the scene as Nike Basketball invited media to help LA Clippers all-star Paul George launch his new signature shoe, the Nike PG 4. When PG13 first debuted the sneakers (playing in a game versus the Knicks on Jan. 5) there was plenty of chatter online over its design. Perhaps it was an over reaction? More on that later. Inside the cathedral with stain-glassed windows was a full court. Four colorways of the sneaker were on display and we played in the purple Gatorade ďGxĒ version. First impressions: The toe box was definitely tight. I saw a few people asking to go up Ĺ a size. For clarity, I wear size 12 so my options were limited. After running around for 20 minutes my feet adjusted and felt fine. The traction was solid as I didnít experience any slipping. The biggest question was the lacing and zippering system, which initially reminded me of Gary Paytonís†Air Zoom Flight í98†model. I laced them up traditionally and left the zipper down. The shroud was more a fashion statement, giving players the option. Later I zipped them up fully, which made the upper feel snug. Using breathable materials was smart, keeping it lightweight and transparent. Whether you like to cruise with the top down or play faster zipped up, the shoe performed well and exceeded expectations.
14:51:47 12 Januari 2020 Permanente link Reacties (0)
New Balance Omn1s Performance Analysis and Review
Happy New Year, letís kick it off with a review! This was one of the greatest shots with natural theatrics from the ball + rim and actual raw emotions from stone faced Kawhi and I finally got the Omn1s in DecemberÖyou know half a year later. I have been tying since June to get these shoes and like nearly everyone else in the world, I failed due to super limited quantities. Was the Omn1 worth the wait? Errr.. Pros : traction, average cushioning, decent fit Cons: cushioning is just there, tippy heel, poor containment Sizing advice: go down half a size, these run long like Kawhiís hands. Best to try on in store..oh wait, you canít. Buying advice: after 6 months of making uber limited quantities, I expect the floodgates will open. From a playing perspective, I regret spending $140. $100 or less is fair, bottom should be around $75-80 but Iím not sure since NB just returned to hoops
I donít care about the weight as much as others do so this is just a reference. At 16 ounces this is a average to a little heavier than average for a mid. Most weight in the 15-16.5 ounces range.
Definitely the highlight of the Omn1. These just bite the hardwood like a good pair should. It has a similar look and pattern as the Rose 7 but it isnít as thin and the rubber isnít as soft but it still does a heck of a job. Trojan would be proud.
Definitely one of the best traction set ups Iíve tried this year. Well done NB!Cushioning
†Fuelcell. I could regurgitate the marketing jargon Iíve seen from calling it a premium EVA to nitrogen injected foam but rather than do that I think itís more important to describe how it feels. Fuelcell in the Omn1 does not feel anything like Boost or Zoom or Lightstrike or Micro G or a lightweight foam. I donít even think it feels like Bounce or even Charged because my Curry 3 has a lot more feedback and bounce than this foam..on tenth thought, even the Curry 4 EVA set up feels better and springier. It feels far more dense than the premium foams with sone slight give after break in. I was hoping for a Lightstrike feel or something with some bounce but like a Kawhi interview it doesnít give much.
Iíve read that Fuelcell is dual density and I believe it. The Forefoot (black) is softer to the touch than the midfoot and heel (white).†But still not a lively set up.
Itís very on point with what I expected from New Balance though from the OG 802 trail shoes I used to buy to the Cruz (wtf you†retroed†them already NB?) New Balance has a muted feel to them. Iím a fun guy .. are you sure you didnít mean fungi†Kawhi bc these have nearly zero fun to them.
Pretty dense ortholite insole (top is curry 3, bottom is Omn1) gives a little more step in comfort but not much
I donít complain much about cushioning and Iím not complaining about Fuelcell but from what Iíve read about the running shoes, it seems that NB just tuned it more for hoops while taking out a lot of the fun factor. But geez, Boredman gets paid alright.
Overall cushioning is just there. If you want more fun in your shoes, look†
Go down half a size. I wasnít sure how these were going to fit but given NBís limited quantities I went with what was left and 10.5 was the right call . These do run long since I had a finger width at the toe which I perfect for me. If I went true to size these would leave me a thumb at the toe. I went standard width since that was what was left and it was plenty of space width wise even with my widefeet . I do really appreciate the option for wide even there arenít as many options as NB offers in running shoes. I guess that says something about the important of fit in b-ball shoes versus running.
Simple lace set up which like. Just a little inner sleeve and normal laces.
There is no extra space width wise and I experienced no heel slip from the get go. I did have a little bubble at the forefoot but deadspace above the forefoot wonít hurt anyone.†
Overall I enjoyed the fit but make sure to go down half a size or try on in store ..oh wait you canít.
Just buy online and return the pair that doesnít fit..oh wait†you canít.
Overall the fit is good. No issues here.
If you love or miss the ďbenefitsĒ of Primeknit or Flyknit, youíll love the Omn1sí Fitweave. It is very nice looking and soft to the touch for his and her pleasure. Very nice feeling on foot reminiscent of the days of yor circa 2014-2017. But feeling soft to the touch doesnít make a shoe any better.
Support and StabilitySupport comes from the fit and somewhat from the NB straps since they are made from a firmer synthetic material. However like most shoes these days they fold very easily. As noted above the heel counter is flimsy and thin and will wear down over time (trust me Iíve done it with all my Kobe Iís). Luckily anyone reading this probably a sneakerhead and will fine with other shoes in the rotation. Midfoot support is good not much flex but not overly stiff and not overly bendy. Stability is iffy. They are wider than the kryie 6†but still have the contoured shape which I personally do not like.†Landing at a sub optimal angle or at an angle where you canít get your foot placement correct in time is how Iíve hurt myself in the past so thatís why I stay away. Kawhi played fine in the AJ XX9 but I still prefer a flatter heel for those imperfect landings.
Load management anyone ? Itís on my IG stories if you want to see the slow mo vid
Looking at the exterior of the Omn1 continent doesnít look like an issue but the foam used as sidewalls is thin and soft so it does nearly nothing plus the foot doesnít sit thst far below the walls.
Add in the woven upper which isnít reinforced with any major backing and you basically get a sock with sole.
Containment isnít a deal breaker for me but it is a tie breaker and the Omn1 does a really poor job in this category. Probably the worst containment Iíve seen in a few years.
Iíve been playing the shoe game for a few decades now so I understand and get scarcity marketing. It isnít like shoe companies are the only companies that pull this stuff. The fact is the majority of consumers are highly unaware that companies do this to build hype and false demand. Throw in some influencer marketing and you got a nice hype building machine. Iíve been trying since June to get these†at 9 am†on the dot but struck out every time.
Overall, the shoe has its strengths and weaknesses; I loved the traction and the fit is pretty good but cushioning is very Kawhi with very little fun guy in it. The shoe is also seriously lacking containment, like Brandblack bad. It also has a rounded heel which I personally do not like or trust. See Dame 6.
The show certainly isnít unplayable and isnít going to kill anyone but like Kawhi I want a shoe that does everything well with no holes in its game.
Overall for all the work to get the shoe and the $140 price tag (which I canít even coupon code due to scarcity) I canít recommend the shoe unless youíre a Clippers or Kawhi fan or you really like woven uppers. Hardens are on sale already for far less (I got some for $80 this month), KDís and AJ 34ís are on clearance as well. Hell, Iíd take the†Curry 7†over these even though they arenít a favorite of mine. Similar traction, better cushioning but far more stable and way better containment. Plus you can find them on sale. NB knows it isnít a strong basketball brand (now or back in the 2000ís) so playing the limited game gives it some cred but let these out in the open market and itís $100 or less easily.
Iím giving these a third team rating because aside from the traction I donít find anything about them particularly great. I considered bumping them up to second team just for the traction but in the end I felt that was too generous. Way to start off my year New Balance.
16:09:17 09 Januari 2020 Permanente link Reacties (0)
The adidas Dame 6 is our first performance review for 2020
The adidas Dame 6 is our first performance review for 2020. Did it enter the new year on a positive note? Lets find outÖ Herringbone from heel to toe ó typically a tried and true setup. Unfortunately, this wasnít the case for me when it came to the Dame 6. I had high expectations as the†Dame 5†featured a very similar setup that I loved. However, there were plenty online that claim the Dame 5 was slick and lackluster. Itís always hard for me to know if online comments are truthful or not as weíre in the age of the troll when it comes to leaving anonymous comments. Luckily I had a personal friend of mine complain about the issue with the Dame 5s which made me believe the majority of what I had read. Now, Iím the one complaining about slick traction as the Dame 6 was simply awful for me. I only had good traction on the†Lifetime†court I play at. Every other court, from the local high school to 24 Hour Fitness ó the traction was as slick laterally. Liner movements had some decent bite, but I still had to wipe every chance I got. When I would wipe it wasnít the typical quick wipe and continue playing. I literally had to stop in my tracks, lift my foot up and rub my hand up and down ó watching the dust clumps fall as if it were the North Pole. Traction patterns can save poor rubber compound, but poor rubber compounds can kill great traction patterns. If you have to play in the Dame 6 then† Iíd try to get a pair with solid rubber along the outsole. That may prove to be better overall than this split-died translucent.
10:14:59 05 Januari 2020 Permanente link Reacties (0)
adidas Harden Stepback Performance Review
Today, we take a dive into the sub $100 category with a performance review of a takedown model ó the adidas Harden Stepback. So, we start with a Harden Vol. 3 style herringbone in the forefoot and a Harden Vol. 4 style pattern at the heel section. Iíd like to call this setup ďbusiness in the front, party in the backĒ, but the herringbone didnít quite take care of business the way I would have liked. The Harden Stepback does have some bite to it. However, itís not always immediately present and packs dust up in those tight herringbone grooves a little too easily. I didnít really notice any issues with the heel section, but for the forefoot, expect to wipe quite a bit if you want to maintain some level of consistency while playing. It seems for the Stepbackís traction to perform optimally, either the outsole or the floor needs to be in pristine condition Ė which is rare for the average consumer. On the plus side, Iíll give the Harden Stepback traction some credit for durability as there are hardly any signs of fraying over a month of ownership and testing. This would make these a solid option for those that play primarily outdoors ó which is what the Stepback feels they were intended for in the first place. For well under $100 you get full-length Bounce in the Harden Stepback ó but it doesnít quite feel like the Bounce you may expect. Like the†Harden Vol. 4ís thin implementation†of Lightstrike, the Bounce feels just as thin and low to the ground, which some may like, others may not. FroThis firmer minimal setup may be a good thing for some as you get a ton of court feel without feeling like youíre busting directly through the soles and into the playing surface. But, there just isnít going to be enough impact protection or rebound for some to feel comfortable in the shoe. Cushion is subjective, but I think itís safe to say this will not be a great choice for†everyone, and it certainly isnít the best representation of Bounce for anyone that may be trying the foam for the first time. For those familiar with the Stepbackís flagship counterpart, youíll notice the same mesh base used on the Stepback is used on select colorways of the Vol. 4. The difference is a heavier use of synthetics in high wear areas such as the toebox and eyelet panels. My main concern with materials doesnít come from the synthetic overlays Ė its more of the interior construction. Materials arenít all that well lined or stitched down so I experienced a lot of bunching up internally which caused discomfort around the midfoot while testing. Also, the lacing setup leaves parts of the laces exposed against the forefoot, which took some time to adjust to and prevented me from comfortably sizing down. Props to adidas for including even a minimal amount of sculpting inside around the ankle, though. What feels like a thin-vinyl covers most of the toe area Ė I found it to be a good touch as it wasnít stiff or crinkly at all Ė just maybe a little bubbly. Minus a thin tongue that lace pressure will cut right through if you arenít careful Ė the rest of the uppers textiles, plastics, and synthetic leather do their job well enough. As hinted to previously, I couldíve probably gone down half a size if I wasnít in fear of a painful break in. Going true to size may not have been optimal, but it was good enough to never be a security concern. The fit reminds me of the Marquee Boost a bit Ė narrow through the midfoot but widened out more in the toebox. The difference between the two would be there is breathing room above the toe in the Stepback, where the Marquee wrapped closely over the toe. Iíd advise anyone who has the means to Ė try these on before purchase, no matter your foot type. At retailers like the Shoe Dept or Hoop Jordan, luck should be in your favor to walk-in, grab a box, and get a good feel for how they fit you. Individually, most support features may seem underwhelming, but together they work decently overall. The external heel cup isnít the strongest, however with the help of lacing through the top eyelets there was no issue with slippage in that area. It is also sculpted, though not immaculately so around the ankle, so thereís that. A thin, Z-shaped bar at the midfoot provides torsional support and lateral support is aided by a midsole and outsole that cup the foot heavily around certain areas. Support should always be a focus for a basketball sneaker, but I must admit I was surprised to see the amount of focus that went in to an $80 pair of sneakers. A cut in cost takes away from getting some serious performance out of the Harden Stepback. Overall, it is what some might expect, and maybe even a little more. If you prefer minimal cushion and would like to support Harden without spending $140 then this is a proper takedown of the adidas Harden Vol. 4. However, if we are basing things off of performance rather than price, then the traction could have [should have] been better, but will suffice for outdoor hoopers looking to stay within a budget while still satisfying the desire to wear the latest and greatest.
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Jordan Brand Introduces Russell Westbrook's Why Not Zero.3
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