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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 Zoom Rize Performance Review

After weeks of hinting, letís just get right into how good the Nike Zoom Rize Ė a ďtakedownĒ of the Nike Alphadunk Ė actually is. I guess you can call the pattern toward the toe of the Nike Zoom Rize a modified herringbone. It doesnít really matter, because the rest of the outsole pretty much gives you 360 degrees of coverage from points at both the forefoot and heel, very good groove spacing, and just the right amount of tread depth. Most, or all colorways available to this point feature a mix of solid rubber and translucent (to show off the huge forefoot Zoom bag), and while both rubbers pick up a fair share of dust and dirt, it seems they are hardly affected by it, whether indoors or outside. I actually got a few hours in one colorway before finding another pair I couldnít resist, and both seem fairly durable with all the stopping power you can expect Ė especially when applying torque naturally through different basketball movements. I doubt this really had anything to do with the actual traction performance, but you may notice a frequent suction-cup like pop in the heel. This comes from a carved-out portion of the outsole that leaves the midsole exposed with more room to compress into. It might annoy some, but then again it might have a placebo effect and give some an extra feeling of security they are sticking to the floor. With or without it, either way traction is no joke in the Zoom Rize. As the name states, Zoom is featured, and boy is it featured in a big way. Though the huge unit in the forefoot is the main attraction of the sneaker, it isnít even the most interesting part of the midsole in my opinion. Thereís still no confirmation on what foam runs full-length, but I can tell you it feels far from basic, especially in the heel. Expect a ton of plush comfort and bounciness from the foam. Back to Zoom, those with concerns about it the stability of the unit should rest assured. At a 10mm height in the forefoot, you do sit higher off the ground however at 20 PSI (as spelled out for you across the unit) the Nike Zoom Rize retains a good amount of response. This, with the rubber encasement adds to stability in the shoe as it does tame the bounce a little bit, but also adds to its stability. After break-in the Zoom still feels like a mini trampoline under your foot, just more like one with a higher tension. Itís just awesome. Engineered mesh and synthetics may not sound amazing but honestly its not the worst weíve gotten at this price. On top of that, the upper functions very well. The mesh making up the majority of the upper is built strong, providing a lot of containment throughout. I had my concerns that the upper would be a little too crispy before testing, but once you get a few good runs in the shoe begins to break in nicely Ė something I noticed once I had a second pair out the box to compare to. Speaking of the second pair, the higher cut collar didnít bother me at all like the first pair did. My thoughts are since I was able to play more consistently through the second pair it had enough time to flex and move with me and eventually break in also. This just added to a great overall comfort, especially with the memory foam-like internal padding in the collar. I also think the materials overall have been durable. There is a thin fuse placed for both strategic and branding purposes around the toe box and medial side that take some damage, but I havenít noticed any out of control fraying anywhere else. Sure, if you play in a white or lighter colored pair, the mesh will dust up quick from getting stepped all over in traffic, but unless people have razor blades for traction, I think the Zoom Rize will hold up well. True to size fit amazingly well, no complaints at all. It does fit snug from initial try on, but as mentioned with materials, just a little bit of break in is all it took to maintain a cozy fit from Day 2 until now. Lockdown is aided by the asymmetrical lacing system and nylon cables stitched underneath the upper. Itís also one of the easier sneakers Iíve had to maintain custom fit by tightening up laces in isolated areas without affecting other areas. Wide footers will want to try the Zoom Rize in store because of the initial fit. From there, it should be easier to gauge if true to size may break in well or if it is better to consider sizing up. Because of the great fit, Nike didnít need to do anything extraordinary as far as support features in the Rize. The only real standout thing I noticed is that combined with the forefoot Nike Joyride Run Flyknit encasing, the Zoom Rize basically has a double outrigger. Otherwise, everything is simple, yet effective. A wide-enough base, supportive upper, and a pair of external lacing cables to lock you back into the heel all do wonders for support. The heel counter isnít even all that strong, yet everything works together to keep the entire foot in place and moving one to one with the shoe. Despite the thicker tooling, the Zoom Rize overall has enough to support shifty, lateral movements along with a more linear, vertical type of play. The Nike air max 270 is simply an outstanding shoe and does enough to fight for a top spot among 2019 performers. It epitomizes what a team shoe should be, providing benefits to all types of players. Yes, it looks bulky and I understand that court feel is a strong preference for a lot of players, but Iíd still encourage anyone considering the Zoom Rize to give it a go Ė thereís just too much to love in this sneaker.
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Nike Joyride Run Flyknit Performance Review

The Nike Joyride Run Flyknit is the first shoe to use Nikeís newest cushioning system, Joyride. The Joyride Run Flyknit puts four pouches of free flowing foam beads beneath each foot. When you put on the shoe, the beads conform to your foot sort of like if you were stepping on a bean bag. The idea being the shoes become a customized cushioning setup for anyone who wears them. This both†sounds†and†looks†awesome. But does Joyride work? Letís find out. After we received the shoes from Nike, both Jodi and I both ran a lot of miles in our pairs of the Nike Joyride Run Flyknit. We did long runs, speed workouts, treadmill work, and wore them casually. Our breakdown below includes our thoughts on the performance of the shoe across multiple categories. Jodi: Whatís everyone buzzing about? The crazy cushion air jordan 1 is now offering with the Joyride Run Flyknit. As I read some of the initial articles about the shoe, hereís the picture that formed in my head: Thousands of little foamy beads pressing into my feet, forming perfectly around it as they propel me forward throughout my run and snap back into place with each step. All the while bringing joy to my running life and yours, whether this is your first run ever or just a simple recovery run. WellÖ.hate to say it, but thatís not what happened to me. And I LOVE running. If youíve seen any of the press then you already know the TPE beads are housed inside of four different pods arranged from heel to forefoot with the most beads being placed in the heel. I can tell you that the beads do snap back into their original shape after each run because every time I would put them on my feet had to remold the footbed. Which I guess is cool if you want to feel like you are running in a brand new pair of shoes every time you go for a run. My problem with how the pods are set up is that sometimes the beads will all get mashed in one direction. A member of our Discord Community said it best when he compared that feeling to a no show sock slipping off under your foot. Almost every morning before running Iíd have to stomp around and wiggle my foot to get those beads to smooth themselves out. And that was just the problem I had before getting out the door. The foam cushion, SR02, that holds the pods is super soft. But itís not the same density as the beads in the pods. And this is especially true of the sidewalls. So after about 2 miles of running, I could feel the foam pressing up into the sides of my feet where the pods tapered off. This was especially present in the forefoot. It also became even more obvious when making tight turns where I could feel the beads shift under foot. Drew:†A quick search around the internet reveals that Joyride is one of the most polarizing cushion technologies in recent memory. Thereís people who absolutely hate it, people like Jodi who didnít have a great experience, people like me who thought it was solid in certain circumstances, and then thereís even people who love it. Thereís a reason for this. When you get the shoe on foot, it feels weird. It took me some time to get used to the beads conforming all the way up to my high arch. For some, it will feel like thereís not any wiggle room in the shoe and theyíll hate it. Others might enjoy the sensation. This is a shoe you need to try on just to feel this new technology in action. You may not like it, but itís worth it to feel how different it is from other shoes. While Iíve been wearing the nike kryie 6, any time I meet someone in the sneaker industry close to my size 11.5 foot, they want to try it on. So Iíve let them. Itís given me a lot of interesting feedback and further confirmed the polarizing nature of the shoe. One footwear designer had the best comparison. He said the way the beads move under foot feels a lot like 90s era Reebok DMX. For those that donít remember, in the original DMX, as your weight shifted, air actually moved between pods in the outsole. The sensation isnít exactly the same but itís close. Another designer compared the Nike Joyride Run Flyknit to the VaporMax because of its polarizing feel. He knew some people would love it while others hated it. He pretty much nailed it. As for myself, there were a couple things that annoyed me about Joyride but the cushion largely worked as intended. Iím a big guy at 6í6Ē and 210 pounds and I think that played a role in my experience. Like Moses parting the Red Sea, slipping my foot inside the Joyride Run and then standing up made the beads go where they were supposed to go. They did move slightly while I ran. This largely wasnít a problem except for a couple times where it felt like a bead was above all the others on the side of my heel. In those cases it felt like a small rock annoying my foot. A quick shake of my foot usually got rid of it. I also occasionally felt the area where the foam sidewalls were bonded to the upper pressing into the edge of my forefoot. A quick foot reposition always solved the issue. In one run, I ran 6.75 medium-paced miles in the Joyride Run and my legs felt great afterwards. However, I wouldnít speed train in the Joyride as I didnít get much energy return on push off. A lot of the energy dissipates into the moving beads. Thatís fine for recovery runs and casual wear but not when youíre looking to hit specific times on 400 meter intervals. Jodi:†Iím actually impressed with the traction. That was my one nitpick when originally seeing the shoe. How is that traction going to hold up to 300 miles? Let alone the 450+ miles one article claimed. But now, looking at the wear and tear on the rubber outsole, if I gave the shoe a good cleaning youíd barely be able to tell theyíve been used. That is, if you ignore the foam cushion. SR02 is Nikeís softest available cushion. Itís even softer than React. And on the lateral side of the shoe they have a beautiful jeweled Nike swoosh that has shredded the foam thanks to being constantly mashed into the ground by my footsteps. But all things considered, the traction has been very reliable and durable. Drew:†Like Jodi, I was skeptical of the traction patternís durability. But Nike used some really hard rubber and itís holding up extremely well. It should last for the typical 300+ miles we expect from running shoes. With harder rubbers, traction in wet conditions can really suffer. That didnít happen for me with the Joyride Run Flyknit. It still had a nice grip even when wet. Jodi:†The support comes from the outer heel cage that wraps up and around your ankle to then become your top lace loops. You also sit down inside of the foam cushion. The system works together to enable solid lockdown. Drew:†As Jodi said, the foam wrapping up around the heel and the heel cage itself give you great heel lockdown. I was initially worried about the support (with a bunch of free flowing beads underneath my feet), but Nike did a great job of building the support around the Joyride cushion. The foam side walls and the Joyrideís plastic heel carrier extend high enough where your heel will stay on the footbed even when running on uneven ground. Jodi:†The upper is a very form fitting flyknit bootie. My favorite part of the shoe would have to be the pull tab combined with the stretchy tongue. If it werenít for those two I wouldnít be able to get the shoes on. Drew:†The shoe is a cool looking mix of Flyknit and a neoprene bootie. The look and colors are similar to the†Nike React Presto Breezy. The neoprene is (welcomely) perforated to allow some airflow on the medial side of the foot. Thereís also some fuse reinforcing the lace loops at the big toe area of each shoe. The fuse at the big toe is more of a design feature but it adds variety to the forefootís all Flyknit look. Jodi:†The Nike Joyride Run Flyknit is a tight squeeze at first. But everything did stretch in the right places, even for a wide footer like me. Nike sent me a size 7 even though I typically run in a size 6.5. After putting them on I realized they did it on purpose knowing the shoes fit a bit small. If you canít get into a store to try them on, err on the side of caution and go up half a size. Drew:†Though the Joyride Run Flyknit is a tight fit, there are no pressure points and it stretches nicely. For comparison purposes, itís not as tight as the†Jordan React Havoc†and the Flyknit has a bit more stretch than the React Havocís more traditional stretchy mesh. Nike sent me my correct size of 11.5 and I ended up with under a thumbnail of space lengthwise. If you have a narrow foot like me you can get away going true to size, however, I think the majority of people will prefer going up half a size. Overall Jodi:†If you asked me to Marie Kondo my shoe closet, the Joyride Run would go in the donation pile. It doesnít bring me joy the way the name implies. I consider myself a veteran runner. Iíve been running about five days a week for over a decade. After runs in the Joyride Run I didnít feel fresh. Instead, I found myself feeling super slow and heavy. The 10,000+ beads didnít propel me forward in the same way the†Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2†does. And with both shoes costing $180, Iíd have to recommend the Pegasus Turbo 2 over the Joyride Run Flyknit. Drew:†The Nike Joyride Run Flyknit will not be for everyone, especially at its $180 price point. Most serious runners will prefer a shoe with more energy return and most beginners shouldnít be spending $180 on running shoes. The Joyride Run Flyknit is a recovery run tool for experienced runners and a fun technology that will excel in the casual world while being used for occasional runs by weekend warriors. If you get the chance, try them on. Joyride doesnít feel like any other cushioning technology and you need to decide for yourself whether you love or hate the way it molds to your foot. This is one of those shoes that will polarize the sneaker community, so go try it out for yourself and form your own opinion. Nike is going to make successful lifestyle sneakers using Joyride so itís a cushion that will be around creating conversation for the foreseeable future.
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Jordan Zoom Zero Gravity Performance Review

Can Jordan Brand once again produce a top performer following the praise of the CP3.12? Jalique Gabay is here to provide his perspective on the Jordan Zoom Zero Gravity. BAM! Thatís what looks like shouldíve been slapped in the middle of this traction pattern. Actually, a ďSNIKT!Ē mightíve been even more fitting, simply for the way the Zero Gravity cut through dust and anything else in the way. It took a while to ever feel the need to wipe no matter the surface ó only a handful of times I can remember across multiple surfaces in nearly a month of ownership. The rubber seems suitable for outdoor use, is sharply-patterned, and an overall joy to play over. It should be noted that because of a heavily cored out midsole, there is a significant patch that doesnít provide coverage. Regardless, traction didnít suffer much because of the naturally forefoot-heavy activity basketball requires. Simply put, the traction works best where it is needed most. A standard Zoom bag is top-loaded into the forefoot over a full-length Phylon midsole which isnít great compared to contemporary iterations of the foam. Donít get me wrong, it isnít a complete brick, it just seems to bottom out quickly for something that isnít all that spectacular to begin with. On the plus side, there is room for inward compression due to a carved-out area running through the midfoot Ė a great side effect to the shoe shaving weight to live up to the Zero Gravity name. Luckily, like the traction, cushion is placed where it is needed most. In a heavier frame, I felt the forefoot Zoom bag underfoot from try on and it only became more prominent with break in ó a good sign for even those who donít put as much weight in the unit as I do. It feels like a standard top loaded forefoot unit, though it doesnít feel like the thickest or highest amount of air Jordan couldíve placed in it. The bounce back is there, just not as snappy as something with a similar set up like the kyrie 5. You should expect a standard cushioning set up from Nike/Jordan Brand that provides decent court feel, response, and a bit of protection for hard forefoot landings. If it ainít broke, donít fix it ó especially when you can do it for $100. Nope, sorry. No Flyknit for this pocket-friendly performer from Jordan Brand. Instead we are back to the basics of textiles and synthetics. I actually like the toe box area, which feels like a Nylon that moves smoothly with the foot and has done well to contain, while the synthetic nubuck and leather overlays are functional, but honestly laughable when you look at them. Minimal break in is needed in my opinion, and though there is nothing premium going on with the Zero Gravity, materials check the boxes performance-wise. Many out there still donít realize this is a performance model, so making these look even a tad more premium wouldíve helped the lifestyle aesthetics, but on-court they did what they needed to do anyway. So, Iíll just go ahead and recommend everyone try this sneaker on if they have the opportunity, and Iíll tell you why. When I purchased the Zoom Zero Gravity, my true size 11.5 was not available. I tried a half-size down and fell in love with the fit so much I didnít even care to wait for my true size to become available. In an 11, I got a snug 1 to 1 fit throughout, perfectly good lockdown, and great Zoom placement under foot. The shoe does break in a bit, but never really needed to in order to meet my preferences. Iím sure true to size wouldíve have been decent, but I have not one regret about my decision. A half-size down may not work for everyone, but I believe those that find the best fit will be delighted. The Jordan Zoom Zero Gravity sits on a narrow base, which is something I couldnít help but watch out for initially, but one way or another I had no issues with staying on the footbed. The internal heel counter also isnít the greatest, but it is also supported by a TPU overlay, eliminating any potential heel movement. The plastic torsional support is nothing special but does its job to support underfoot where the midsole is cored out and you are also covered laterally by a synthetic nubuck and leather midfoot saddle tying directly into the lacing system. Had the base been wider or included an outrigger, support couldíve been better, but I really have no gripes with how things did in this category. If you are looking to save a few dollars for a fast, lightweight low top that is for the most part all about business, look no further than the Jordan Zoom Zero Gravity. No, it isnít as ďpremiumĒ as another current $100 offering from the same brand, and yes, some may feel the shoe is a little too tippy to go all out it, but Iíll tell you this: A guy like me, who would prefer more cushion, slightly better materials, and a wider base for his on-court go-to still doesnít mind playing all day in the Jordan Zoom Zero Gravity. And frankly, I wouldnít mind owning multiple pairs if my time and money werenít going elsewhere. Jordan Brand once again gets it done on the more affordable end of the performance spectrum.
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UA Clutchfit Drive 2 Performance Review and Comparison

If the Curry 2 is getting Charged only cushioning, then we should all get excited. Major upgrade over the Curry One cushioning set up. Photo courtesy of Nice Kicks and Cassy Athena Itís hard to break into my personal top 5 but the Clutchfit Drive shared the top spot with the Drose 5 as soon as it was introduced last year. I loved everything about it, including †its looks. †With Steph getting his own shoe and no longer rocking the Clutchfit Drive in sweet PE colorways, the cool factor has definitely dropped but has the performance? Here is a link to the CFD 2 Low Pros:†fit, traction, Charged cushioning actually works and feels great, plush ankle collar Cons:†cushioning is firmer than original CFD softer than Curry 1s, skimpy use of Clutchfit, boring design, heavier than CFD 1 Best for:†UAís version of the Hyperdunk fits†almost any position,†fans of plush ankle collars, firmer cushioning Weight: 15.5 oz For reference: all measured on my baby scale Clutchfit Drive 1: 14 oz Curry One: 15 oz UA Torch: 14.5 oz UA Lightning: 13.5 oz The Cut First off youíll notice that the high collar is gone and the CFD2 is more of a traditional mid. I actually like the high collar since it isnít restrictive †but I have no problems with the lower cut of the CFD2. Traction† Good olí full length herringbone. No story telling: the only story I want to hear is how great the traction is. I loved the traction on the CFD 1 and Curry and these are just as good thanks to the simplistic design. The rubber and the groove design/depth/width are the same just in a different pattern. Cushioning† The CFD 2 features Charged foam only, a first for UA basketball and what we should expect on the Curry 2. I was not a big fan of the Charged cushioning in the Curry One. It was a layer of Charged sitting on top of Micro G and the result was a much firmer and much less lively ride than the pure Micro G in the Clutchfit Drive. With that experience, I figured Charged must be really firm if it produced a firmer feel on the Curry One versus the Clutchfit Drive set up. Thankfully I was somewhat wrong; the CFD 2 cushioning set up isnít as firm as the Curry One (2 levels firmer) but instead feels more like the Curry One Low (which I thought felt 1 level firmer than the CFD 1) but with an even softer feel and more responsiveness which is a good thing in my opinion. In terms of firmness it sits between the Curry Low and Clutchfit Drive 1 Insole is Otholite not Micro G like the CFD 1 or as the product description of the CFD 2 says on UAís website The insole is a hair thicker than the Curry One Lowís ( bottom one is CFD2) Being the nerd I am, I put the Micro G insole into the CFD 2 to make sure I compared apples to apples and the Charged only setup still felt softer than the Curry One but not as soft as the Micro G in the CFD 1. It makes no sense to me as to how the Curry One feels firmer despite having less Charged than the CFD 2 unless they changed the formula of Charged foam. What does Charged Foam feel like vs Micro G? Does it work? Trying to accurately describe what Charged foam feels like is like trying to describe how a green grape tastes different from a red grape; it can be done in words but actually trying †them would be best but Iíll try. To me, Charged feels denser, firmer and not quite as responsive and bouncy as Micro G †but I think that was the intent. The marketing of Charged Foam states that it is an adaptive foam that feels soft while stationary or moving slowly and firms up with quick movement. With the Curry One all I felt was a firmer cushioning set up with no noticeable difference in firmness between standing and moving. With the CFD2 Charged only set up I actually noticed a difference although I was really looking for that feel. It feels firm yet plush when walking but when you put hard pressure on it like cutting or landing, that plush feeling disappears. †It isnít game changing by any means but it could be and the foam does what it says. I would really love to learn the physics behind it. Above: cushioning goes up to the ďCĒ in Charged and everything above that the works to keep foot in place. It is the same thickness as what is found on the CFD 1 Below: If you wondered what Charged foam felt like to the touch, you can actually touch it now Overall I really really like the Charged Foam only set up although I still prefer the Pure Micro G of the original Clutchfit but Charged only is growing on me a lot. Here is how I rank the set ups of the Clutchfit 2 (pure Charged), Curry 1 (part Charged/Micro G), Curry 6 low, and Clutchfit Drive 1 (pure Micro G)
  1. Clutchfit Drive 1
  2. Clutchfit Drive 2
  3. Curry 1 low
  4. Curry 1
This also coincides and ranks exactly with how soft and responsive the set ups play. This Charged only set up has really ruined the Curry One for me because now I can see what could have been. All that being said, if the Curry 2 has this same set up, we will all be very happy. Charged reaches a happy medium for everyone and is a pretty awesome achievement. A few tweaks and UA might reach cushioning nirvana soon. Fit† I went with my normal size 11 and had a little less (maybe a 1/8 to 1/4 size) than my normal finger width of space at the toe box and had zero deadspace at the toe box vertically or side to side. †Under Armour tightened up the entire toe box a little from the CFD 1 so if youíre really wide footed you may want to go half a size up but if not, go true to size. I had no issues and Iím a wide footer. I loved the CFD 1 fit because it really gave me a second skin like fit; Clutchfit sat right on top of my skin from heel to toe and really made the shoe feel like an extension of my foot. The CFD 2 still has Clutchfit but only in the windows featured at the both sides of the ankle and midfoot . Also it isnít laying directly on top of the skin since UA made the overall †silouette of the shoe ďpuffierĒ for lack of a better word. The Clutchfit is stuck in between the padding and fuse at the ankle while the Clutchfit at the midfoot does lay on the skin. There is a lot more padding in the heel collar and tongue which bloats the shoeís looks but provides a great fit. I felt zero heel slip with minimal break in time. †UA could have gone without any Clutchfit and I probably couldnít tell a difference since there is so little. Below: Nice quality Fuse materials in toe box and throughout the shoe Below: Clutchfit in the ankle collar and midfoot. It is not one piece but rather two cut outs. I think there is more Clutchfit on the Prodigy Or Lightning for that matter You can see the difference in the collars and tongue Sadly, the pics I showed you display all the Clutchfit material you get with the CFD 2. The rest of the shoe is Fuse which does provide a little extra rigidity but thatís about it. The Fuse did not pop or flex weirdly which is a positive though. Overall the fit is great but I still prefer that second skin feel of the CFD 1. Support and Stability Nothing fancy, just a nice stable flat outsole, heel counter and forefoot outrigger. No tippiness so these passed my heel test. Thanks to a lockdown fit as well these get the job done just like on the original Clutchfit Drive. Between the original and CFD2 these feel more supportive due to the tighter fit and padding. The original allowed a lot more freedom due to the ultra flexible collar. Above: outrigger Below: heel counter Containment† Clutchfit is supposed to be flexible normally †and tighten up with pressure to keep the foot locked in and I had no issues with containment on the CFD 1. Same goes for the CFD 2 but instead of Clutchfit, most of the shoe is Fuse. My foot stayed in place on hard cuts and I didnít feel any sliding thanks to a tighter toe box and stiffer fuse. No complaints here. Conclusion† The Clutchfit Drive 2 is a great shoe. It provides the same traction, great cushioning, support and containment all for $125. But looks wise, these look like they came out of a the team shoe vending machine. A big part of buying shoes is emotional and these elicit zero emotion from me. Iíve been a big UA fan since day 1 and seen a lot of blah designs but some seriously sick designs too. Yea Iíve heard the ol Ē I donít care what they look like as long as they performĒ but if you had to pick between two similar performing shoes and one looks better, the prettier or cooler one almost always wins. To go from the sleek, beautiful and innovative Clutchfit Drive 1 to a very generic shoe with no real upgrades in performance is disappointing and loses that UA feel. Having interesting and unique looking shoes with serious performance is one of the reasons I love UA Btw if anyone sees some Anatomix Spawns at Marshallís or Ross please hit me up Iíll pay extra. Heard theyíve been popping up for $39.99 just not at my local stores Now these lows look a lot better but very Run the One esque I think a better and more appropriate name for these would be the UA Charged Drive since there isnít much Clutchfit but plenty of Charged cushioning which is the true highlight of this shoe. If they would kept last yearís upper with new color blocking or colorways with this Charged only set up, UA could have knocked it out of the park. I expect these to hit below $90 soon Update: Look what I found on Jordan debut for $90 today 9/9/15 seller ďteamsports58Ē. Full size run
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Under Armour Speed Form Amp 2.0 Performance Review

Under Armour has long been known for making great training apparel and footwear. Can the Speedform Amp 2.0 continue the roll? Read onÖ That traction ó it looks like a turf shoe but feels right at home in the weight room under a squat bar or hitting some jump ropes/box jumps. Anyone who has done any type of cross training knows when you are under the squat rack or leg press, you need the confidence to push with no fear of slipping, and the Amp 2.0 was solid. Moving outside, the pattern was able to dig slightly in to grass or turf for running, but on quick lateral movements the ďspikesĒ werenít long enough to really grip deep grass, especially when a little moisture was present. As for court games, the Speedform Amp is not solid. The traction pattern is fine in a front-to-back movement, but laterally it needs a little help. Durability? So far, so good. The points on the spikes have worn and slightly flattened, but there is more than enough pattern left to keep using these and feel comfortable working out. The red areas are the cushioning foam from the midsole, and it is softer than the white rubber, but those red points rarely make ground contact. The midsole is a really thin layer of EVA, no Charged or Micro G, so it is built for explosive, quick movements. For lifting, the low ride of the midsole and the firm foam keep any ankle rolls or tipping to a minimum, which is extremely welcome when you have heavy weights up. One thing that is important: the window under the midfoot does nothing for cushioning. It never even touches the ground in that area, so the red EVA foam found there is more to stabilize than cushion. That cutout does help with transition and flexibility, allowing the arch to move freely, while still being stiff enough to support the arch, but stability comes later. To sum up, this cushioning is good for lifting and training but bad for running distances. Tough call. Yes, the upper is woven, and the woven areas feel extremely nice and smooth (sometimes I rhyme slow), but most of the upper is covered in a synthetic, especially in the high-stress areas. This includes the strip over the big toe, the lateral forefoot, the midfoot saddle (there is woven under the synthetic saddle), and the lace holes. The tongue is also covered in red fuse. Itís understandable to use fuse for strength and durability in some of these areas, but honestly, it defeats the purpose of the woven upper to cover it up. Ventilation suffers seriously because of the tongue and forefoot coverage, and the fit takes a good four to five wears to break in the fuse for it to start flexing with the foot. The inside of the Amp 2.0 is classic SpeedForm with the insole and interior lining as all one piece. The heel padding is minimal but still enough to keep the area comfortable. Once the exterior is broken in, the interior fits like a glove and feels great on-foot. Fit is generous, but not bad. Going back to the upper materials, the SpeedForm Amp 2.0 starts out roomy in the forefoot and feels long, but sizing down would put your toes right at the end of the shoe, and thatís a no-go. One of the reasons, actually, the main reason, goes back to the tongue. Under Armour gave the SpeedForm Amp 2.0 a burrito wrap system which works great ó once broken in. See the pattern here? Be patient. Until it does, be prepared for the shoe to not tighten and lockdown, which can lead to heel slip. The super-wide base and solid cushioning make the SpeedForm Amp 2.0 a great choice for heavy Olympic-style lifts. The midsole under the forefoot sticks out about 3/4″ from the upper on the lateral side and the heel on both sides is about 1/2″ beyond the upper, meaning when those plates go up your shoes will keep you from wobbling. Your legs may give, but the Amp wonít. The midfoot support piece is a little different in construction but works just as well. The midsole is cut out to provide transition and feel with dynamic movements, but inside that red foam is a serious shank plate that bends for nothing and no one. Even though that looks like the weak part of the shoe, it actually may be the strongest. The midfoot saddle holds your foot over the shoe with no pinching or pain and works with the burrito tongue to eventually give you a locked-in fit, but again, be patient. Itís crazy that I had never really given training shoes much thought until the last three years. Runners and lowtop basketball shoes always worked for me, and I wasnít a novice in the gym or weight-room, but I just never saw the need. Now, with the advancement in workouts the equipment has followed bringing wider bases, stiffer cushioning, and all-terrain traction. The Under Armour curry 6 fits perfectly into the category, providing excellent stability and support in a lightweight, well-built package. Give the upper time to form and you will be rewarded with a good fit as well. However, if you need a shoe for running and court work, there are better options out there. For anyone needing an all-around shoe for the gym or training, the SpeedForm Amp 2.0 will fit your groove. Get carving!!!
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Nike Zoom Freak 1 Performance Review

Buckle up folks because this is a fun, if not imperfect ride with the Zoom Freak 1. So if you read my†Price Is Right†post, youíd know right off the bat that Nikeís cost more than other brands and by adding a freshly crowned MVP sig to a shoe you know that $120 is really about $110-100 shoe (think Run the one or Hyperchase or Hyperlive). Tuned out already? Well sometimes/usually a $100 shoe can outplay a more expensive shoe. For $120 you get a very solid shoe that does everything well like its namesakeÖexcept shoot 3ís. Youíll get there GiannisÖ.baby steps or in your case, giant baby steps? And I know it isnít the shoes but damn Iíve been on a tear since I laced these up.†#freakyindeed Pros: traction on clean floors, decent after break in on dusty floors, smooth and low to the ground yet comfortable cushioning, decent Zoom in the heel, exceptional fit, very stable, containment Cons: traction needs break in time still not quite top tier traction, cushioning is not ultra bouncy or exciting to play in, no midfoot shank Buying advice: they will make a lot of these because budgety sig shoes outsell/ sell more than their pricier counterparts (Econ 101). And Nike likes that cheddar Sizing†: true to size Best for: players who value court feel, definitely not for those wanting plush cushioning Weight 13 ounces which is about average for non Adidas. . Most lows are around 13-14.5 while adidas averages 15-17 ounces. Is it a low or a mid? Itís pretty much the same height as the Kobe IV which is probably why it fits and feels so good for me. I took some comparison shots next to the†Kobe IV†and the†PG 3(which it will get compared to most often due to the price). I consider these lows but a higher cut low which is the best of both worlds and helps with the fit in the heel. I order mids typically but if the shoe fits well and I feel safe, I really donít care what kind of cut it is. I rarely have any issues with Nike lows and these are no different thanks to the slightly higher height which puts the top eyelet in the right spot to pull my ankle and foot down and back. Traction I wasnít sure how this was going to work out but I was pleased that they stuck pretty well after break in. The first few runs were on relatively clean floors so that let me break them in before taking on dustier floors and I had zero issues on clean or lightly dusty floors. Moving vertically (downhill, straight), I had no issues partially because the solid portion of the outsole is on the medial side (inside) which is where the majority of your foot pressure when youíre moving forward and backward. The solid parts of the outsole are soft and flexible which helps save the overall traction. Lateral movements were fine as well†afterbreak in†and if you really want to be anal, you can feel a slight slide sometimes on the translucent part until the solid portion catches. I donít think the transluscent portion is overly sticky but the pattern itself is very firm and thick (thatís what she said) and doesnít flex much (thatís what..). If you ID the Freak 1, and do a full solid outsole, I think the traction will improve a little but the firmness of the Rose area doesnít really deflect or flex much. Overall I think the traction is good overall, not the best ever, but Iím more than happy with it. Itís not a shoe I would be afraid to play with in dusty floors but I have other shoes that do a better job with dust if need be. Wiping is required on dustier to very dusty floors but I didnít have major issues on less dusty or pristine floors at all. Traction Comparison: PG3> Kobe IV > Freak Cushioning ďDouble stacked heel zoom in the heelĒ Oooh that sounds so sexy and bouncy and fun like Kate Upton but in reality it just feels like a normal heel Zoom unit. A teeny tiny bit of protrusion to force the Zoom unit to push up into the foot just a teeny tiny bit more Thanks Fastpass At 8mm thick, which is what you typically get in a full length Zoom unit, you get a decent Zoom feel but itís so targeted and skinny relative to the entire heel that the the bounce isnít overly pronounced even double stacked. Keep in mind, that a few millimeter of that 16.64mm is the Zoom housing so youíre pretty much at the same place as a regular Zoom unit. Most Zoom units, full length included, are wider so you can feel the Zoom on off center heel strikes. (A typical heel unit is 10-14mm and about 20-25% wider btw). Which would you rather have ? Twin beds stacked on top of each other or a fat California King? I like the bounce and feel of the Kobe IV heel which 14-15 mm as a single and the Pg 3 forefoot more. The rest of the cushioning is just Phylon which is very similar to the Phylon on the HDX, PG and AD Exodus but sits lower than the others at around 20-22 mm based on my Frozen ruler estimations. Iíd have to say of those three it feels most similar to the Exodus although I think the Exodus feels a touch thicker and springier overall and the heel feels springier as well. *Side note* I really wish that heel on the Exodus wasnít so rounded for my tastes because I really liked playing in it but my luck and experience with rounded heels like that are no bueno. You can see the non ortholite insole which Is just like the Kobe IV. I think the blue Ortholites are janky (thanks Steph) and too porous Some people will be like ohh who plays on their heels ? They should have put Zoom in the forefoot for extra oomph. Truth be told it wonít add any oomph to your step or 2 inch vertical so donít worry about it. Giannis wore the Kobe X a lot as well as the Exodus so I guess thatís just his preference and he does just fine in heel only set ups. It would have been more fun if they put Zoom in the heel and forefoot like the HD X but for a $120 MVP you gotta expect fewer bells and whistles. Cushioning Plushness: PG3> Kobe IV> Freak *This doesnít mean any one is better itís just a reference* Fit True to size, itís so simple people I bought true to size and half a size up and half a size up left me a full thumb nail lengthwise while TTS was a finger width which is what I expected. No issues width wise either true to size since the shoe isnít ultra narrow and the upper isnít constricting. If you got monsteroisly wide feet go up half a size up you still wonít get any heel slip youíll just have a little extra length. Speaking of heel fit, the heel design just locks in your foot a lot like the Kobe IV which I love. Overall I had the right amount of toe space, zero side to side movement and an awesome heel fit. Well done Nike Fit Comparison: Freak=Kobe IV> PG3 Materials I donít care about materials as Iíve noted many many times before and these are on par with a $100 Nike shoe or Kyrie. Nothing fancy just fuse mesh etc. These definitely have a Kyrie I vibe and look to them but they are not crispy cracker like. Inside shot It looks stiff but is very thin, pliable yet strong with no popping or weird hot spots. This back design is nothing more than stitching and does nothing functionally #sigshoe101 detailing. Not really sure what the logic is here. You either cover the toe with some fuse for protection or your donít. Canít put a condom on halfway..or can you ? New concept, Condom strips If youíre a materials guy and want premium feeling or looking materials, this is not your shoe. Support and stability Although these are lows, the heel counter and fit are so good that they feel supportive. Zero issues with stability as well since they sit low and have a solid outrigger There is no midfoot shank which is ok for some and a no no for others I really doubt weíll see Malcom Brogdon†wearing these next season especially since heís not on the Bucks anymore The flexibility is something I noticed right away and as player who gets PF on occasion I was a bit wary but rather than complain about shoes and limit myself, Iíve been doing foot strengthening and calf/Achilles stretching to†actually fix the root of the problem†and not look or run around looking for a bandaid coverup. Given KDís injury I suggest everyone to google Achilles and foot stretches and strengthening. Or just exercising in general. Overall, no issues while playing although I think they could have firmed the shoe up a touch but hey Iím not Giannis. Comparison: Kobe IV> PG3 > Freak All are good overall but overly flexible midfoot puts the Freak at the bottom of support. Containment No issues here. Raised midsole and my own moniker ďfly strapsĒ help keep the foot in place. I wonder why Flywire was left off the Freak 1? Oh it doesnít do anything thatís right. Comparison: tie Conclusion I honestly wasnít uber enthusiastic about lacing these up based on the cushioning when I was shooting around, but for the past two weeks, Iíve been playing lights out and moving like I was twenty one again. I know it isnít the shoes but when you have games that bring back the fun or turn back the clock and the bucket looks like a swimming pool, you canít help reaching for the shoes you were wearing those days. The mind is a powerful thing folks. Personal anecdotes aside, the Freak 1 is a†pretty†good shoe (emphasis on pretty). I can feel and see a lot of similarities to Kobeís throughout the design especially in the heel. And while there are aspects that feel the same, this feels more inline with a Mamba Instinct or Focus or Mamba #5. Aside from the fit and stability, The Freak 1 does nothing outstandingly well but thatís okay because it does everything well enough. Sneaker tech nerdists, you can have the most advanced tech in the world but it isnít going to put the ball in the bucket or make your run faster or jump higher. So who is the Freak 1 for? If you want low to the ground cushioning with good traction, fit, stability and flexibility, this is your shoe. Even with its low to the ground cushioning, itís one of those shoes you put on and forget about. If you want more cushioning and plush feel, youíll probably want to gravitate more toward the PG3. Great forefoot Zoom and traction really make it a great shoeÖespecially on sale. If you want a little more midfoot support, the Kobe IV is the way to go. Similar set up to the Freak but a little stiffer overall with very similar properties and feel. Yea yea they said full length Zoom but then didnít. Did it make you score fewer points ? Didnít think so and itís still my favorite this year. Discounts a plenty coming soon! If youíre into only tech specs only donít buy any of the above and buy Adidas instead because they are having some serious fire sales. Adidas is still the most bang for the buck in terms of tech to price ratio. I guess the†Dame 5†at $115 would be a good comparison with similar budget materials, budgety but goodish feeling cushioning and good traction. But with Adidas discounts coming in hot every month, you can get two for the price of one. At $120 isnít the cheapest shoe out there at retail but itís the cheapest retail priced MVP shoe youíll find. $10 cheaper than the†Curry VI†and that sorry HOVR foam, $20 less than†Harden V3, $30 less than†KD 12†retail. I guess Nike is giving Giannis the summer slot since they moved KD wayyy back to April. I personally find the silhouette sexy as well. But like all general releases these will go on discounts just like every other shoe. $120Ė> $100-> $80->$60-50 range. Based on my wife knowledge test, Giannis is not a household name yet so donít expect ball busting sales numbers quite yet especially for a team in Milwaukee. As I said above there are technically better options out the at $120 but I canít say there are many better looking shoes out right now. Looks and an MVP co-sign will always sell more than any any tech†shit sheet.The 2019-2020 season is going to be††sneakers included. Overall, this is†not†the best shoe performance wise but results wise for me it has me giddy. However, I know results will vary so these get a second team rating due to so so cushioning and ďcould be better tractionĒ on very dusty courts.
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Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 Performance Review

The Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 is now available. Last year, the 1st edition of the Pegasus Turbo won a ton of dedicated fans. Is the follow up worth your $180? Super light shoes that can handle long distances are now a trend in the performance running category. Another example is the Reebok FloatRide Run Fast. These type of shoes are aimed at track/speed workouts and race days. Last year, with the introduction of ZoomX in the†Nike Zoom VaporFly 4%, Nike was able to shed a lot of weight and not compromise on cushion. The Nike Pegasus Turbo brought ZoomX, Nikeís lightest foam, to everyday training and the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 continues the tradition. We were able to test both the male and female models of the Pegasus Turbo 2. We ran a bunch of miles in them, relaced them, had conversations with other runners that use them, and even bled in them. So enjoy this one, cause we worked hard for it: Jodi: This was my first experience with ZoomX foam and I gotta say, I like it. It makes for a fast and responsive shoe. When I go for a run, yes I have my watch tracking me because I enjoy collecting the data, but I donít ever do speed training. I know my typical average pace, so I just pick a distance and head out. Time and time again, the air jordan 1 surprised me when I got back to my house. Each time, my brain exclaimed ďyo girl that time was fast.Ē Some might call this a placebo effect, but in all honesty, I run because itís a way of life for me. I love it and I do everything possible not to feel bogged down by it (which means I avoid speed work). So to see my times decrease naturally was really interesting. One note of caution though. The cushion gets very thin towards the toe area and any rogue rocks I encountered hurt like a mother. Drew: The Pegasus Turbo 2 is so light that I didnít expect the cushion to be this good. In hand, it doesnít feel as substantial as everyday runners like the Salming Greyhound. But the cushion on the Turbo 2 works well. Several times, I ran 7+ miles in them and felt great the next day. While the cushion seems to scream ďrace day only,Ē the ZoomX is good enough for it to be used as an everyday runner. The only complaint I had was that the ZoomX doesnít rebound as fast as other foams. The cushion needs a solid 48 hours recovery time before you can run in the shoes again. Itís generally recommended you use all foam cushioning systems every other day to assure the foam completely rebounds. With a lot of sneakers you can fudge a bit on that advice. With the Pegasus Turbo 2, Iíd recommend that as a rule. Jodi: For anyone who follows the WearTesters Instagram account, you already know, these are the shoes that made me bleed my own blood. I had plenty of people, including my own dad, make jokes about how grippy the traction must be. The traction IS solid, but it is in no way to blame for my inability to avoid a sandbag left in the middle of a sidewalk. Accidents happen right? The traction is actually pretty interesting. Its a ton of mini pentagons all over the outsole, but only made out of rubber on the forefoot and heel. All the rest is left as foam, which cuts down on the weight. I ran on every surface I could find around my neighborhood and running trails, wet and dry, and never worried about slipping. Drew: Who leaves a sandbag in the middle of a sidewalk? My conspiracy detector is beeping like crazy right now. Is another sneaker blog gunning for the WearTesters team? Hhmm. What was I doing? Oh, review. Where was I, yes, traction. Jodi pretty much said it all in regards to the tractionís performance. The only comment I have to add is about durability. Iím really grinding down the mini pentagons on the outsole and I donít have confidence the outsole will make it to 300 miles on asphalt. Keep that in mind if the majority of your running is on roads or streets. Iíll probably keep these off to the side for races and rubber track speed workouts to preserve their lifespan. Jodi: I feel the lockdown for this particular shoe is very interesting. It literally has double the amount of eyelets then any of my other current runners have. This is a shoe that does not want to give you up. Because of my foot shape, I didnít utilize those extra eyelets and I noticed some heel slippage at the start of my runs, but it quickly became something I didnít notice anymore. There is an internal heel counter and mini heel pillows built in to help out. Drew: The lofted mesh upper features no flywire like last yearís model but the sidewalls are still surprisingly stiff. Maybe it was the double lace loop structure but I felt secure on top of the midsole. The TPU heel counter is hidden but super stiff. Your heel isnít going anywhere. A shoe this light rarely if ever packs this much support. I really like what the design team did. Jodi: The upper is made up of two very breathable layers of engineered mesh with a super stretchy tongue. And thanks to my lovely concrete swan dive I can tell you that itís all super durable. The only part on my shoe that experienced any damage was the collar lining that ripped when I fell. Thereís plastic underneath the eye stays to prevent ripping when tugging on the laces. Drew: The collar feels a little cheap but the rest of the materials on the Pegasus Turbo 2 are what youíd expect on a runner thatís trying to be as light as possible. The thin, stretchy tongue is a premium touch. The lofted mesh and synthetic upper is light and airy but super strong. Itís minimal but your get materials commensurate with the type of shoe. Jodi: Speaking of laces, I do not love them. For one, thanks to my wide, high arched feet, I needed to re-lace the shoes after my initial try on. They have double holes down both sides of the shoes, and when Nike sent them out all of the holes were being utilized. I decided to use only the inner holes so that I could have a little more wiggle room when it came to tying and then double knotting my laces. The lace holes are very sturdy and shaped in such a way that you canít just rip the laces out. Itís a bit time consuming to lace them up. Once I finished the relace, I realized the laces do NOT stretch. So even if you double knot them, if they arenít perfectly taught, there is a chance theyíll come loose. Even then, because they donít stretch there can be some discomfort if you donít tie them just right. Writing all that out has me sounding very much like Goldilocks (of Three Bears fame). My apologies. But if youíre a runner, you know. Anything that is mildly irritating at the beginning of a run becomes 10x more so as the run continues. Drew: Jodi and I had different fit issues. For Jodiís issue,†Sneaker Debut†follower Ben Johnson came to the same conclusion as her and relaced them while completely switching the laces to avoid having excess lace. The laces worked well enough for me in the initial configuration but the tongue kept sliding to the side (despite a mid-tongue lace stay). This is something that frustrates me and often causes me to kick shoes to the curb. Luckily, the Pegasus Turbo design team included a couple lace holes on the outside of the mid tongue that line up with the lace design. I undertook the painstaking relacing process and used one of those holes on the edge of the tongue. After that, no tongue slippage! It did cramp the stretchiness of the tongue a bit but it was worth it. My biggest complaint in fit was the collar. Compared to the original Pegasus Turboís sculpted and padded collar, the Turbo 2 isnít in the same league. While the collar features an elongated ankle pillow on each side of the foot (which were much appreciated), the overall collar was stiff and unforgiving. Wearing no shows with the Pegasus Turbo 2 is a no go. Youíll need running socks with a heel tab to avoid blisters. Overall, I loved the forefoot and midfoot fit once the tongue slippage issue was fixed. Itís too bad the collar couldnít quite complete the triple crown. Jodi: Given my very rocky start with the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 I have to say I think itís a fantastic runner. Itís an easy go to whether doing a mid week training run or my sacred Saturday long run. The only thing intimidating about it is the price. Drew: The Pegasus Turbo 2 has small issues here and there but it wonít have trouble selling due to the legions of fans of the original. For me, Iím keeping the Pegasus Turbo 2 around as a speed and race day shoe. Itís also in the early lead for the shoe Iíll be wearing when I run a Ĺ marathon in December (this one, if you want to join me). Itís a hard sell at $180 but if youíve got the budget for multiple targeted running shoes, you should certainly be trying on and considering the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2.
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Salming Greyhound Performance Review

The Salming Greyhound is the flagship running shoe from a Swedish brand originally founded by an ice-hockey player. Salming focuses on floorball, handball, and running. I was told they make world class handball equipment so letís see what they can do with running shoes. We got introduced to the Salming brand recently when one of their employees reached out. He explained that he loved our reviews and wanted us to try Salming. Pretty soon we had the Salming Greyhound in hand. We tested them from the male and female perspective. Each of us ran 60+ miles in them and wore them in a variety of other circumstances such as weight lifting and every day casual wear. Jodi: The real winner here is the cushion. Salming calls its midsole foam Recoil PLUS. According to their website, itís the companyís most reactive cushioning compound and offers 20% more energy return. This being my first experience with the brand, I canít tell you how it compares to the old stuff. I can tell you that the cushion is ridiculously comfortable without being overly mushy. I might even say I enjoyed it more than Jordan 13 Lakers. *gasp* Drew: This was the biggest, most pleasant surprise of the year for me. A lot of companies say their running shoes are built for hard-surface running. Very few actually deliver a shoe that makes sidewalk and city running feel like running on a rubber track. Recoil PLUS easily stands alongside React and Boost as the best foam cushions on the market. The day after long runs my feet, ankles, knees, and back felt great. This is the #1 feature on the Greyhound. Recoil PLUS foam provides one of the best cushioned rides money can buy. Jodi: At first glance, the traction looked questionable. It turned out to be solid. Itís almost completely flat with minimal cutouts located mostly where your foot flexes in the forefoot. I found that when I would run across wet pavement those cutouts became almost like suction cups. Super grippy and secure. Drew: Salmingís use of a Vibram outsole paid big dividends. Jodiís right, it doesnít look like much, but it does its job well. The Vibram rubber compound is super grippy. It uses the cutouts (that on most shoes are only for foam expansion) as an integral part of the traction pattern. I ran in the rain, on sand, roads, trails, and slippery concrete without any issues. And the outsole barely looks used after 60+ miles. Itís built to last. I hope Nike and Adidas are taking notes. Jodi: Thereís an internal heel counter with plenty of padding that wraps nicely around your heel. Other then that, the rest of the support comes from the upper material. Drew: The generous and stiff heel counter does a good job. Almost too good. It took a couple runs for the heel area on my right foot to get pliable enough to stop digging into my achilles. Nothing socks with a heel tab couldnít fix, but they definitely erred on the side of keeping that heel area super stiff. I imagine this was done to balance out the extremely elastic cushion of the midsole. The upper kept my foot on top of the midsole and maintained its structure even as flexibility increased over time. Jodi: The upper is built by turning 3 layers into one piece. This creates an interesting shell that doesnít really stretch. I found this out the hard way on my first run. I wore socks that were too thick and that poor choice caused my wide feet to suffocate a bit as the swelling kicked in. Since then, Iíve used only my thinnest running socks and Iíve had zero complaints. Well almost. I received the white colorway. You can actually see where my sweat has discolored the shoe (mainly in the creases). Actually, Iím surprised by how much discoloration has occurred. The shoe is super ventilated with holes upon holes upon holes. Even the tongue and insole have been punctured. With all that free air conditioning Iím getting, why are my feet still so dang sweaty? Drew: I have the same question as Jodi, how does foam sandwiched between two layers of mesh restrict airflow so much? I live in Florida and sweat is a way of life. The Greyhound though, took it to a whole new level. Anything longer than 4 miles meant my socks and even the insole were soaked. Thereís also an unnecessary fuse top cap. Toe caps like this appear often in basketball shoes for durability. On a running shoeÖI have no idea why itís there. Thereís not an efficient runner alive that drags their toes while they run. My best guess is that it helps the toebox maintain its shape. Listen, the Greyhoundís upper still does the job. If youíre in a more moderate climate you wonít even notice the lack of airflow. In a perfect world, Iíd want a more flexible upper attached to the great midsole/outsole combo. Hopefully, Salmingís design team can make that happen next year with the follow up model. Jodi: As far as fit goes, I kind of covered it when discussing materials. This shoe is built like a traditional runner. I couldnít just jam my feet in there like a slip on. I should also note that I have a wide foot, high arch situation. So finding that perfect fit in a shoe isnít always easy, hence the sock debacle in my initial test run. Once I figured out what socks I should wear to give me enough wiggle room, I was golden. The forefoot area had plenty of space for my feet to spread out, and I actually found there was some volume in the toe box above my foot. Drew: The upperís stiffness works really well for support but I think some runners will feel the Salming Greyhound is too stiff. For me, the Greyhound ended up getting some nice flex grooves on the upper that have made it much more comfortable over time. Think about how much flexibility you need from a shoe before you buy the Greyhound. If you only run in knits, the Greyhound may not be for you. The Greyhoundís upper is similar to the upper found on the Brooks Beast Ď18. Apart from the stiff upper, the shoe feels very traditional with a nice wide toe box and a standard lacing system. It fits true to size and even has nice touches like pull tabs on the heel and tongue to help you slide into the shoe. Jodi: Honestly I love this shoe. Itís definitely in my current top three. You do need to keep in mind that this shoe is tailor-made to be a road warrior. They put everything they have into making this a comfortable ride when pounding the streets. I wouldnít pick it to go on a trail run. Iíd be worried about the cushion being a little bit too plush and rolling an ankle. But, if youíre like me and you find yourself running primarily on asphalt and concrete, Iíd recommend these in a heartbeat. Drew: If youíre doing a lot of mileage on concrete or asphalt, the Salming Greyhound is a great shoe to have in your closet. The price tag is what youíd expect from a shoe of this type. The plush midsole with Recoil PLUS cushioning and the Vibram outsole make this a big winner in urban environments. Itís durable from top to bottom and will last 300-500 miles. For me, this was a great introduction to Salming and now Iím looking forward to checking out their entire running line.Salming Greyhound
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adidas DON Issue 1 Performance Review

Does adidas and Donovan Mitchell stick the landing with the D.O.N. Issue 1? Traction looked like it was going to do well, but my experience was one of the most disappointing Iíve had thus far in 2019. One thing to note is that nearly everyone Iíve spoken to, or read comments from, that has been playing in the air jordan has loved the tractionÖ except me. Iím not sure if the rubber on my pair is poor, the floors I play on are worse than I thought, or, perhaps something else entirely. However, in cases like this, Iíd listen to the majority versus the minority. If there are 20 people giving their thoughts on the D.O.N. Issue 1 and 19 of them are saying the traction is good, then the traction is likely going to be good. In my case, I am just here telling you my experience, and that was that the traction is the one area of the shoe I didnít care for. Now, theyíre not horrible in terms of coverage, but I just had too much slipping. Especially when I needed the traction the most. Iíd be wiping the outsoles every chance I had and when I wouldnít have an opportunity to wipe thatís when Iíd end up sliding out. If I were to blame anything for causing the issue itíd be the herringbone pattern being a bit too tightly spaced together. Anything on the floor found its way into the grooves on the sole and thatís what would cause me to wipe so frequently. It could also be the rubber compound as the shoe just lacked that tacky bite that a lot of shoes offer when theyíre on a clean surface. These, even when on a clean surface, these just didnít have the bite that I enjoy. Again, this is my experience. I understand that it may be different than everyone elseís, but all I can do is express my experience and no-one elseís. I canít get myself to lie just because the masses have experienced great traction. Even some of our other WearTesters members have been loving the traction. I wish I was able to say the same, but I cannot, unfortunately. I know that Boost is life, but I really like Bounce. Like, I really like Bounce. To my surprise, I found the D.O.N. Issue 1 to be one of the most comfortable iterations of Bounce Iíve experienced. It wasnít too thick. Nor was it too thin. It felt like the perfect amount of ďbounceĒ along with court feel and stability. Every time I wear them my first initial thought is always, ďhot damn, these are comfortable.Ē Every. Single. Time. If you like court feel and stability, but you donít want to give up any of that plush feel under-foot then you may want to consider trying the D.O.N. Issue 1 out. They really are a well rounded shoe in terms of comfort & impact protection without sacrificing stability and court feel. Textiles and mesh are the primary material options for most of the colorways, while some will feature synthetic leather. If you wanted a bit more support from the materials themselves then opting for a pair with the synthetic leather build will be your best option. Personally, I found the textile and mesh build to be perfectly fine. This setup requires very little break-in time while still remaining snug and supportive once laced up. There is a layer of nylon and neoprene under the main build so the upper should be fairly durable and resilient against stretching. The midsole shape and sculpting does most of the heavy lifting in terms of supporting and caging the foot upon movements so you shouldnít be having any regretful feelings if you happen to go with one of the textile versions of the shoe instead of the synthetic leather versions. Obviously, it comes down to preferences, but I think most will enjoy these just the way they are. I found the D.O.N. Issue 1 to fit true to size. I do have another pair that are 1/2 size smaller than my usual true size because I wasnít sure what these would fit like when I bought them, but going with my true size was what offered me my ideal fit. Going down 1/2 size still offered just enough length in the toe for my liking (I tend to like a snug fit) but the midfoot was a bit too tight and cramped. Try them on in-store if possible, just to be safe, but going true to size is what worked best for me. Lockdown is perfect. I know the ankle collar looks really low while the rest of the shoe looks bulky and exaggerated, but the fit/lockdown I found to be amazing. Astonishing. Spectacular. Thwip. Thwip. Quip. Quip. Support, like a many of adidasí current basketball line, is very good. The base of the shoe is flat and super wide/exaggerated, but almost has an old FYW feel to them. So they move well with the foot despite the bulkiness. The midsole sculpting, as mentioned above, really cups and cages your foot in place. Lateral coverage. Linear coverage. Torsional coverage. Itís all there and ready for action. I actually loved the D.O.N. Issue 1 with the exception of the traction. Yes, I have thought about trying out the other pair I have to see if maybe the one pair Iíve been using is somehow defective, but I donít think itís that important. Again, if the masses are saying theyíve had good traction then your chances of having good traction are pretty high. Plus, I am keeping the extra pair to give away to one of our Gold Team members within our Discord community. I will say that I enjoyed the shoe a lot outdoors. No slipping or anything, so I may end up using these as my outdoor hoop shoe. Theyíre fairly light, breathable, and have a lot of stability ó a feature Iíve come to love in my basketball shoes. Despite my traction issues, I think the rest of the shoe has a lot of great attributes along with a reasonable initial retail price. If you happen to try them our yourself and wind up having good to great traction then I think youíll have found yourself a really awesome basketball shoe.
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Nike Kyrie Low 2 Performance Reviews

Sparking his interest upon first look, Jalique Gabay weighs in on the Nike Kyrie Low 2. I donít want to make a habit of naming traction patterns but when it comes to naming these nubs, Iíll go with The Starry Night. The swirls emulate multiple pivot points which I personally didnít find useful, but I can appreciate the coverage in all directions. Performance is silent, but solid. No bark, but real bite. Though you wonít hear the rubber doing its job against the floor, it is doing what itís supposed to. Wiping during games was no more frequent than the average sneaker for me and it only took a light wipe to keep me feeling secure for quite some time. The nubs held up surprisingly well given the rubber is so soft, but I still wouldnít recommen Comfort in a sneaker is an all-around effort, but the first place I personally seek comfort is underfoot ó that was probably my least favorite part of this low top. Donít get me wrong, the cushion is tolerable Ė I lasted all day in some rigorous activities both on and off court and never was in a rush to take them off. The Phylon used isnít as light or soft as some recent performers from Nike and Jordan but it is certainly more forgiving than past Kyrie models ó in my opinion. My real desire would be some consistency with the Zoom units in both the heel and forefoot. Up front, I broke my pair in enough to know there is something there but honestly, I find it underwhelming. The heel Zoom, on the other hand, has been great from start to finish but even then, I felt some discrepancy between my right and left foot. I do have significant differences physically between each foot ó and I have felt the effects of that in shoes before, but nothing like this. In my left heel, the Zoom unit is noticeable, but the right side is bouncy to the point it feels like an unlocked unit is there. I know thatís a weird thing to complain about, but it really messed with me mentally. Hopefully its just a one-off thing that doesnít affect anyone else who wears the Kyrie Low 2. On the plus side, most considering this model are probably expecting responsiveness, and you definitely get plenty of that. Also, you do get†some†impact protection, even if it doesnít seem like it in the moment. The upper is comprised of a textile that balances just about everything you would like or expect in materials for a basketball sneaker. It is supportive, yet flexible and holds up well through the rigors we know hoop shoes can be put through. Did I mention that even with all the overlays, hardly any break-in is needed. Though Iím still yet to decide on how necessary some of the TPU and other plastic overlays are, the truth is they only really added to the durability and support of the sneaker and didnít really take anything important away, so I count it as another strong aspect of the shoe. Man, I loved the fit of the Kyrie Low, especially after a minimal break-in. It does run snug but otherwise near one-to-one except for no wiggle room over the big-toe which I where have preferred a little bit. Otherwise, these Kyrieís are near perfect for my feet. For those with wider feet, I say go ahead and see how a half size up feels Ė these are now on shelves in quite a few places in my area, which is not usually the case (I donít even recall seeing the original Kyrie Low as often as I have seen this one already). This is a darn stable low and I really donít have any negatives to speak of. The TPU panels added security, the base is wide enough while still feeling minimal, and I had no significant issues with heel slip. In my experience with Kyrie signatures, this has always been a strong point with the line despite the various rounded outsoles youíll find in them. Granted, I play a very linear style (working on diversifying my game a bit), but still, the Kyrie Low 2 should bring you peace of mind. Out of the Kyrie 2, 3, 4, and now the Low 2 Iíve played in, Iím willing to say the last is my favorite. It simply checks the most boxes for someone like me, even in the cushion department which is not the Kyrie Low 2ís strong point. At a retail of $110 the nike freak 1 is on point and plenty should enjoy a lot about it, especially guards that may not seek a substantial amount of impact protection over quickness. Even though I love a good cushion, I still wouldnít mind recommending the model to anyone with it on their radar.
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