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NIKE AIR FLIGHT ONE (1) RETRO PERFORMANCE REVIEW

September 22, 2017 by tinmy2014  

They’re fairly light, very comfortable, look great and they play pretty good too… this is what 90’s performance footwear was all about.

Traction – They started out pretty slick, just like the Rose 7.0. I was hoping that the slippery rubber would break-in and they eventually did… quite nicely I must say. Court conditions really play a factor with their overall traction once the break-in process is complete so expect to wipe regularly if you plan on wearing these on dusty courts. However, the rubber feels durable enough for outdoor surfaces so these may be a fairly good option on the blacktop.

Cushion – I personally loved the cushion setup. With the Zoom Air forefoot and Air sole placed at the heel, cushion is responsive while protecting against impact. There is an EVA insole placed inside that is on the thick side when compared to most Retro releases. It will limit your ability to feel the responsiveness of the Zoom at first but just give it some time to mold to your foot and all will be normal. The only real complaint is that they are fairly high off the ground but stability was not an issue because of it.

Material – While the synthetic upper is durable, it’s pretty cheap and for their price you would expect them to be closer to the original release. This is probably my one gripe with the air flightposite one for sale… the phrase, “They don’t make them like they used to”, rings loud and clear. Luckily, the downgrade in materials did not affect their overall performance so it’s more of a want than a need… but it still would have been nice to see a little more effort.

Fit – They fit beautifully. This is where 90’s era kicks shine. The padding and comfort you receive from the shoes interior is unmatched by todays footwear so “plush” is a good adjective when describing how they feel. Lockdown from heel to toe was on point and that was somewhat of a surprise since heel lockdown was a feature greatly lacking in almost every Air Penny signature model… not that I’m complaining… it was a good surprise.

Ventilation – There really isn’t any. While this will bring down their overall score, you can’t really hold them accountable when ventilation was the least of our concerns back in 1995.

Support – This is another area where the Flight One placed well above average. A TPU shank plate is placed at the midfoot while the Phylon midsole features a small wing – much like the Air Penny 2-3 – for additional lateral support. The little wing is pretty much why the lackluster materials functioned properly.

Overall – The transition wasn’t extremely smooth but everything else worked pretty well. It’s pretty astonishing to think that a shoe designed in 1995 could still be visually appealing and functional on-court…

If brands and designers would just sit down and make a completely functional design, we could still have performance basketball shoes crafted with raw materials today. I mean… every single Air Jordan model has been more than capable of handling on-court action and they’re all made with leathers and nubucks. Just think about it… a shoe made out of leather releasing one more time… you would have a sneaker that looked good off court while playing well on-court… just like the good 'ol days.

You can grab these now at most Nike Sportswear retailers and you can also find them on sale at kd10sale.com.

Find out with my performance review of the nike pg 1

September 20, 2017 by tinmy2014  

The Nike PG 1 makes Paul George the fourth Nike Basketball signature athlete to receive his own sneaker. It features a forefoot Zoom Air unit, a full-length Phylon foam midsole, and it’s priced at $110.

Is that enough to get the PG 1 into your gym bag? Find out with my performance review of the Nike PG 1:

Traction – Many of you swear by the “translucent rubber outsoles just aren’t as good as solid rubber outsoles” theory, but while you’re too busy theorizing, I’m too busy enjoying the PG 1’s traction. Despite picking up an insane amount of dust the traction worked very well on a variety of court conditions. Wiping will be necessary every now and then but the overall experience was pretty surprising; the traction provided great coverage in every direction, even without a large outrigger and a relatively narrow heel.

It isn’t quite elite, but the PG 1’s traction is just below that top tier thanks to its consistent performance on multiple surfaces. The one knock I would have on them is that the rubber compound isn’t very durable and I wouldn’t recommend the Nike PG 1 for outdoor use because the outsole will probably wear down quickly.

Cushion – The PG 1 uses a bottom loaded Zoom Air unit in the forefoot and if you’ve experienced this kind of setup before, you know exactly what to expect. It’s a fast and responsive cushion system that favors low to the ground players who want to get to where they’re going with no delay. If you have a more explosive style of play the PG 1 does offer a little impact protection to keep your legs and knees from aching at the end of the night.

The midsole is made out of a lightweight Phylon foam which keeps the PG 1 in a lower weight class and never gets in the way of you feeling that forefoot Zoom Air unit. It doesn’t do too much to enhance the overall experience. Can you find better value at $110? Probably, but for a signature model, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Materials – Depending on what colorway you get the Nike PG 1 will feature a different material in the midfoot and heel, but besides a few player exclusive colorways, the forefoot will almost always be made out of a soft mesh material that requires no break-in time whatsoever. This area of the PG 1 feels so comfortable and free — it almost felt like nothing was there. This is great for forefoot-heavy players that don’t want to feel restricted up front.

The back heel panel in this particular colorway was made out of a soft nubuck which also does a good job at staying out of your way, but the best part of the Nike PG 1 For Sale is what lies beneath the mid-foot/heel overlay. The inner-bootie construction uses an extremely soft mesh/neoprene material that just feels too luxurious to be valued at $110. Overall, the materials on the PG 1 aren’t very durable, but what they lack in durability, they gain in comfort — and that alone is enough to make the PG 1 a certified steal in this category.

Fit – Wide-footers beware because you’re going to have to go up half a size. My foot is slightly wider than most where my cuboid bone meets my metatarsal (lateral forefoot), and for a while the Nike PG 1 was painfully pinching me in this area. After about two weeks this problem went away; the materials softened up to a point where the pinching was totally gone, so in my case going up half a size wouldn’t have been the best choice. For anyone who classifies their foot as “wide” and has a hard time finding a shoe that fits them well, you’re going to want to go up half a size or find something else completely.

The rest of the shoe fit me perfectly due to the great use of materials (they were soft and conforming), but the lacing system also did a great job at keeping my foot locked in and secure. Flywire is integrated into the forefoot strap but the effect of this feature is minimal at best — but that’s fine because the Nike PG 1 doesn’t really need it. Had the PG 1 used materials that were stiff and rigid, the fit would have been a nightmare. However, the PG 1 provides a close one-to-one fit that stays with your foot during every cut, drive, jab and stop.

Support – Shoes are becoming more minimal with their support features as modern design moves toward “free flowing” concepts. The Nike PG 1 is definitely a modern shoe with a couple of support features that work well, but those won’t be enough for those who need extra support or prefer robust support systems. Most of the PG 1’s support will come from the sculpted midsole that cups the user’s foot. This allows the PG 1 to feel more like an extension of your foot and the footbed to be more in sync with the user’s movements.

The heel to toe transition felt awkward at first and while it isn’t as smooth as you would like it to be, it isn’t a deal breaker for the Nike PG 1. You’ll get used to it after a while, but I do wish that the heel was a bit wider for more stability.

Overall – Selling a signature model that features the iconic Nike Swoosh at $110 is about as close to a sure thing as you can get, sales wise. How it performs is a totally different discussion (one we just had) and I hope you were listening because the Nike PG 1 is a fantastic on-court performer. The fit is really the star of the show here — it provides a seamless one-to-one experience that doesn’t resort to gimmicks or complicated concepts to get the job done; it is just a great lacing system with even better materials.

The fit alone is worth $110 in my book, but the Nike PG 1 also features a consistent traction experience that holds up on a wide variety of court conditions as well as a decent cushion setup that favors quick, low to the ground players. Sure, the heel-to-toe transition was a bit wonky at first and wide-footers probably won’t enjoy the snug fit, but at $110, it’s worth a shot right?  www.kd10sale.com

Air Jordan 20 Retro Performance Review

September 18, 2017 by tinmy2014  

Air Jordan 20 Retro Performance Review

I first began playing in two different pairs of original Air Jordan XX’s… that wasn’t the best idea as that shoe apparently doesn’t age well. The translucent rubber used on the herringbone pods get slick with age while the IPS cushion system become hard over time, which caused quite a bit of pain during and after playing in the shoe. Not sure why, but that’s what ended up happening. The new pair from this year (2015), however, was good to go, and that is what I will base my review on. So, I would not recommend playing in a pair of OG’s. You can if you’d like too… but you won’t see me do it again.

Traction – When you first look at the traction provided, you can’t help but think that you’re going to receive some awesome traction with harringbone in place. Unfortunately, that wasn’t always the case. The herringbone is inconsistent, and gets clogged with debris easily. A quick wipe will help with all of that, but it still remains inconsistent overall. Surprisingly enough, the exterior sections of the outsole that feature no herringbone performed best. It’s not often that I wish a shoe didn’t have herringbone, but this is one of those times. Just so you’re not confusing things… inconsistent doesn’t translate into ‘bad’ traction… its just not consistently good/ great. So they get the job done, for the most part, but they do leave you wanting a bit more. Of course a pristine court would change all of this, but I don’t have the luxury of playing on that type of floor often… and I assume you don’t either.

Cushion – IPS – Independent Podular Suspension – is an interesting cushion, and I enjoy the hell out of it when it’s new. If you aren’t familiar with IPS, its basically a dual density foam system. You have the Phylon midsole with strategically placed pods of foam that are a little softer than the Phylon. Each pod has a few millimeters of space between it and the Phylon, and they protrude out of the shoe a few milliliters as well. So when you strike the floor, impact is absorbed and you’ll receive a slight bounce or response when pressure is relieved. The Air Jordan XXX2 was the first time the system was utilized, so while its nice on these, it gets better the further you get down the line of Air Jordan’s until you reach the air jordan 13 – the last time IPS was used in an Air Jordan signature model.

When the cushion is new, its amazing. It works as advertised, and if I had to compare it to something… it sort of feels like walking on marshmallow pillars. Actually, thats sort of what the system is. Think of each pod as a marshmallow. You step on it, and it will compress then bounce back into shape. Pretty cool; right?

Now, like I mentioned above, the cushion doesn’t age well… sort of like a marshmallow. They’ll eventually get firm and lose their bounce. So, if you don’t want to shell out the money for a new pair of XX’s, you can try to find the 2008 CountDown Pack version (they’re always priced well below retail on kd10sale.com) or possibly try locating a pair of Jordan Icons. Google those if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

Nike Kobe AD Honesty Performance Reviews

September 16, 2017 by tinmy2014  

Traction – This sht was beastly! The traction on the Nike Kobe AD Mid Honesty offers multi-directional coverage that didn’t disappoint. Despite being translucent rubber, it worked really well. Dust is attracted to this type of rubber, so you will need to wipe here and there, but it was nothing that would hinder the traction’s performance if you were too busy playing to wipe.

We should all know by now that squeaking doesn’t equate to good traction. However, this outsole was loud. Like, really loud. These guys will have you sounding like Black Canary is out there maneuvering on the hardwood.

Outdoor use is not recommended if you want traction that lasts because the rubber is pretty soft.

nike Kobe AD Mid Honesty performance review

Cushion – You will not be disappointed with this setup. The midsole is Lunarlon and the heel features a large volume Zoom Air unit. Impact protection and energy return are the heel’s main focus. The forefoot is all about offering a balanced ride that allows you to be quick on your feet while still maintaining a level of comfort. There is a slight bounce to the Lunar foam this time around, and the Kobe AD Mid Honesty is more comparable to the Kobe 10 and Kobe A.D. NXT rather than the previous Kobe A.D. If you’ve enjoyed Lunar setups then you’re going to love these.

Materials – For a $150 shoe, a $150 signature shoe at that, the materials used should have been much nicer. Do they work? Yes. If that is all you’re worried about then the Kobe AD Mid Honesty will do just fine. However, I have to call a spade a spade. The materials are horrible — especially for a Kobe model. You can find better materials on the $100 Mamba Instinct.

Something to note: the materials are not breathable at all — not even the tongue. This might be the worst ventilated shoe I’ve worn since the original UA ClutchFit Drive. These might actually be a little worse. At least the tongue on the CF Drive allowed for some heat to escape.

Moisture buildup becomes an issue within the shoe rather quickly because of the lack of ventilation. When you have moisture buildup within a shoe, and you have friction involved, blistering is inevitable. This is a simple mistake in footwear that shouldn’t really happen anymore. While they were awesome, the ’90s are long gone — and shoes that don’t breath should’ve stayed behind as well.

Fit – The Kobe AD Mid Honesty runs true to size…for the most part. I had a weird issue, that I hope is a manufacturing defect with my pair, because the right shoe was tighter than the left one. The additional tightness, coupled with no air flow and tons of friction while playing for 3 hours at a time, ensured that my right foot looks like it just came out of a blender. Disgusting and painful.

I would highly recommend trying the shoe on in-store before you order online — especially if you have a wide foot. I can’t see a wider footer wearing these comfortably going true to size.

As far as lockdown, I never had any issues. That could be because my foot was practically stuck inside the shoe, and even with the left (properly fitting) shoe I had experienced no issues. The lacing enclosure worked well along the midfoot while the slightly raised collar allowed for optimal heel lockdown. Once you get your size down I don’t think you’ll have any real issues.

Support – The Kobe AD Mid Honesty uses the traditional features that we’ve all come to know and love. The internal heel counter does a good job keeping your foot on the footbed. However, the lateral outrigger is much better than the one featured on the original Kobe A.D. These use a slightly wider forefoot base that is flat all the way through the heel so stability isn’t a problem at all on the kd1osale.com.

Nike even brought back the thin glass/carbon fiber shank for additional torsional rigidity and support. We haven’t seen one of those on a Kobe since the 8. Welcome back, we’ve missed you.

Overall – Ventilation and material quality are where the Kobe AD Mid’s Honesty could improve. However, the rest of the shoe plays and performs really well. Traction was awesome and the cushion was solid — especially for guards. I’m hoping we see some material variations of the shoe throughout the season because it would be a waste if the felt uppers are the only option we’re given. If the Kobe AD Mid Honesty had a knitted or mesh upper it’d be one hell of a shoe.

Look at the air jordan 32 deconstructed

September 15, 2017 by tinmy2014  

The Air Jordan 32 ‘Rosso Corsa’ releases later this month and today we’re taking look at what it’s made of.

The Air Jordan 32 is one of the more anticipated models that we at kd10sale.com can’t wait to play in and that’s because it seems to offer a little bit of everything.

Large Zoom Air units, found beneath the forefoot and heel, measure 11mm thick and 13mm thick, respectively. However, only the forefoot unit has been implemented as Unlocked Zoom Air (where nothing surrounds the unit) so that’ll be the only thing between your forefoot and the hardwood.

The heel unit appears to be bottom loaded so this area should feel similar to the drop-in midsoles that have been featured in the Kobe A.D. NXT and Kobe 11 Elite.

There is a Pebax (TPE) moderator plate running along most of the footbed internally; it should stabilize the ride up front so you don’t sink too far into the Zoom unit and pop it. This type of setup has become somewhat traditional in the annual Air Jordan since the Air Jordan XX8.

The upper is comprised of Flyknit and it’s backed with multiple layers of nylon and padding. Air flow may be significantly reduced with all of these layers and the fabric within will likely soak up a lot of moisture that ends up building up inside the shoe. This became a problem with my Air Jordan XX9s eventually because the shoe (which is built like a sock) ended up smelling like old dirty gym shorts after a couple of months worth of use.

It looks like you’ll be unable to replace/change the laces if they were to break — not something I’m really a fan of. They were hidden for aesthetic purposes, according to Tate Kuerbis, the Air Jordan 32’s designer.

Something FastPass didn’t cover is the collar area, which is supposed to be comprised of luxurious suede according to Jordan Brand. I would have liked to see if this is actually the case or if Jordan opted to take the synthetic route again.

Enjoy the deconstruction of the Air Jordan 32 and feel free to share your thoughts on the model below. Are you excited to play in a pair or do you have your eyes set on something else?

NIKE KOBE AD MID PERFORMANCE REVIEW

September 12, 2017 by tinmy2014  

If you’ve been wondering how the latest Kobe AD Mid performs, the wait is over. AnotherPair offers his thoughts in our Nike Kobe AD Mid performance review.


THE NIKE KOBE AD IS AVAILABLE NOW AT KD10SALE.COM.

The latest Kobe AD Mid uses a multi-directional engineered tread for optimal traction; it was designed to be a beast and that it was! Have you ever bit into a yellow jelly bean and examined the inside jelly part and you notice it’s translucent with a yellow tint to it and you go to touch it, and it was super sticky. That’s what I’m going to compare this traction to — a super sticky jelly bean.

Wait there’s more. What happens when you continue to play with the jelly? The yellow outer shell begins to crumble and mix into the jelly, making it less sticky! Transfer that over to basketball and what do you have? The more dirt that’s on the court, the less traction you have. However, the traction wasn’t bad by any means.

There were times when I would make a hard cut or try to push off and my foot would slip a bit before it would grip the hardwood, but the traction was still good. As far as the outdoors are concerned, don’t even think about it. You can hang that thought up. The traction will wear down before you can ball game. Don’t waste your time or money playing outside in these.

The Nike Kobe AD Mid Optimism Yellow features a Lunarlon midsole and a Zoom Air unit in the heel that’s a lot bigger than the Zoom bag used in the original Kobe A.D. (just check our Kobe AD Mid deconstructed post for proof). I want to thank god for that because lord knows them things were brutal.

It took a few games for the setup to break in, but once it did it worked well. The impact protection in the heel was excellent, and some very nice Lunarlon cushioned the rest of the foot. It felt like I was like walking in heaven. Well, I wouldn’t quite say heaven. I’d say it felt more like I was walking up to the gates to enter heaven. I’m sure heaven feels like Boost!

The Kobe AD Mid uses a felt-like material with synthetic leather overlays along the upper. I think Nike could have done better in this category. I mean geez, Nike could have at least given us some suede, but who am I to judge?

For being felt, it felt ok. It didn’t have a premium feel but felt alright. It’s lightweight — the material moved pretty well with my foot — and it’s durable. This shoe took a beating, and all you can see on it is some dirt. That’s not bad.

The one thing I can complain about is the breathability. This felt material was like a sauna. My feet came out looking like the Pacific Ocean, and my feet never sweat. It isn’t a deal breaker or anything like that, I’m just letting y’all know that if you want some ventilation you had better look else where because the Kobe AD Mid doesn’t have it.

The Kobe AD Mid fits snug. I went true to size, but it wouldn’t have hurt if I went a 1/2 size up. Wide footers, y’all definitely need to go up a 1/2 a size, and if you can try these on before purchase I highly recommend it.

Lockdown was solid. The ankle collar is padded, which creates a nice bed for the heel, and the Flywire held my foot down nicely keeping me locked in the entire time.

However, there was an issue with the lacing system being too tight and causing some discomfort. The upper laces dug into the top of my foot. The pain was so annoying I had to loosen the laces — and lockdown went out the window after that.

Support was good. The Kobe AD Mid has a broad base with a small outrigger on the lateral sides to keep the foot from rolling over. There is an external heel counter that cups the heel and holds it in place. The shank plate at the midfoot did a good job of keeping my foot stable and kept my shoe from twisting in awkward ways.

Although the materials seemed cheap, the felt and Flywire worked well together by stopping all stretch or give in the material and kept me on top of the footbed.

Just like the fit, all that went out the window as soon as I couldn’t take the annoying pain my laces had caused. Loosening the top lace affected the support as well — my foot was all over the place inside the shoe.

The Kobe AD Mid is a beautiful shoes . I see a bunch of people scooping up a pair of the Kobe AD Mids and serving up some buckets. The only real complaint I have is with the lacing system digging into my foot. Other people may not experience it, but I sure did. However, it isn’t a deal breaker — it’s just an annoyance I’d much rather be without for $150.

air jordan 7 retro pantone performance reviews

September 7, 2017 by tinmy2014  

air jordan 7 retro pantone performance reviews

The Air Jordan Pantone series debuted in 2010. Is it too little too late for the shoe to succeed at retail?

While I still enjoy the Air jordan 7  Pantone series, a lot of the newer generation that seem to be “into” sneakers likely couldn’t care less about this release. Maybe if it were an Air Jordan 3 or 4, but even those haven’t sold well — even in rare PE edition releases such as the Motorsports and those including the Nike Air branding. With Yeezy and Boost sneakers being all the rage, the Air Jordan 7 ‘Pantone’ will likely be overlooked. However, if you end up grabbing a pair then our detailed look and review of the shoes should help you know what you’re about to receive.

Traction – The overall surface area is very good no matter your position or movements. Clean floors are ideal of course but even semi-dusty courts were no match for the AJ7. It wasn’t until I played on a debris (mostly dust) filled court that traction became an issue which was remedied by consistently wiping the bottom. Certain sections of the rubber are smooth and fairly sticky when new so this will accumulate dust even on the cleanest of courts so some wiping will be needed.

For what is offered, the Air Jordan VII Pantone  offers some very nice traction that can keep you planted and stable throughout gameplay.

Cushion – The most notable difference between the Air Jordan 7 Pantone  and the previous models would be the overall cushion. From what I’ve been told, the original and first round retro releases featured an embedded full length Air unit and these newer retro models have them placed directly under foot. Major change in cushion from all of the previous models and the midsole itself is much more forgiving as well. Out of all the Air Jordan’s from 1-9 I’d say the 7 offers the most out of cushion and comfort

Material – Depending on the colorway the materials will be different. Each material option offers different levels of support so if you wish to maximize support then go with the leather versions. Nubuck versions will offer you less support but offer greater range of motion and mobility. Overall the materials held up nicely, most of the visible damage to the shoe is on the painted sections of the midsole so the leather is definitely a reliable option.

Fit – These fit a little strange for me… an 8.5 fits securely along the midfoot yet they are to short length wise while a sz 9 (which is what I wore) is fine length wise but could have had a slightly more secure midfoot fit. Once fully laced they aren’t too bad and the midfoot is held down nicely while the collar draws your heel back into the basketball shoes keeping the heel and ankle secure. The best fitting Air Jordan right now comes down to the AJ4 & 7, in my opinion.

Ventilation – Not quite as good as the AJ6 but better than anything before that. I would have liked to have had the perforations found along the tongue to have been completely open from the inside out but everything else wasn’t horrible. These are thicker (material wise) than the AJ6 so what you lose in ventilation you gain in supportive materials.

Support – The molded arch does its job while the overall fit and materials will take care of the rest for you. As noted above, the material choice you make will improve the overall support in general. I did wear the Bordeaux colorway during my playing time in the Air Jordan 6 Pantone and the materials along the upper just didn’t give me enough support when putting a lot of torque on the shoe so I ended up switching back to the Olympic version… it was night and day with the amount of support the materials offer between the two.

Overall – The Air Jordan 7 Pantone  =is possibly the best early Air Jordan for on-court purposes. They are a very well rounded shoe in general when compared to the previous models as they offer the best cushion, solid traction, reliable materials with a pretty solid fit, above average ventilation and still offer plenty of support. http://www.kd10sale.com

Air Jordan 1 Retro High Performance Review

September 6, 2017 by tinmy2014  

The Air Jordan Project has started out nicely so far, to my surprise, and the Air Jordan I is 100% playable 27 years after their release.

Hit the jump for more…

Traction – As you already know from the Performance Teasers, the Air Jordan 1 has great traction. I still won’t give it a full 10 out of 10 but a solid 9.5 will do.

From a front to back standpoint, the traction is incredible. Medial and lateral movements are just as impressive due to the multidirectional circles along with the soft and flexible rubber. This traction surface worked very well on clean indoor courts as well as dusty indoor courts and would probably work well outdoors as well.

Cushion – Again, this is something I went over previously and it’s pretty much a no brainer… cushion wasn’t great. In the video review I show an insole that could help but you can use any insole you feel would work best for you and it would be a huge improvement.

Material – Full leather uppers and a rubber midsole and outsole add some sturdiness as well as weight. They aren’t heavy per say but it is something you do notice while transitioning. The main thing is that the type of leather used allows for added strength and durability which can be a nice feature to have.

Fit – The heel offered excellent lockdown as did the midfoot. With more time spent on-court you will start to notice the fit loosening up due to the moisture and heat buildup so with that I did have to readjust the lacing after every game or so.

Ventilation – Not much of any but there are perforations featured on the toe as well as a nylon tongue for some ventilation, even if just a little.

Support – None… you can purchase an insole with arch support if needed but other than that they are pretty much a flat based sneaker.

Overall – These were playable, which is the main thing. If you wanted the look or styling of an Air Jordan I with modern tech you can either swap the insoles out for cushion or opt to purchase the Air Jordan 1 royal for sale which offers many upgrades in every category, most notably the cushion with its Phylon midsole and full length bottom loaded Zoom Air.

Now… onto the Air Jordan II!

Traction – 9.5/10
Cushion – 6/10 (there is an Air unit in the heel so that deserves at least a 1)
Material – 7/10
Fit – 7.5/10
Ventilation – 6/10
Support – 8/10

Overall – 8/10

Nike Air Foamposite Performance Reviews

September 5, 2017 by tinmy2014  

Hit the jump for full written review & scores.

Traction – As with most translucent soled sneakers, these worked for a brief period but then the dust quickly became an obstacle that couldn’t be overcome… doesn’t leave me with much hope for the Air Jordan XI. Front to back they were decent at best but players often need stable traction for every direction other than front to back… especially if you are a Guard running around. If the shoe offered more flex or range of motion then maybe things would have been different but as they are… it just wasn’t ideal for indoor courts unless they are kept perfectly clean. Outdoors may prove useful if the court has a bit of texture to it… but I wouldn’t dare play in these on a smooth outdoor surface.

Cushion – Once the shoe is broken-in – I’ll get into that in a bit – then the cushion begins to soften up. Its strange having a shoe that features full length Zoom – double stacked in the heel – start out so firm. I will say that once things begin to soften up then you can appreciate how comfortable a nike air foamposite one can be… it just takes a hell of a lot longer than you’d imagine.

Material – I have a love hate relationship with the materials. The foams sturdiness and protective traits are awesome… you just can’t enjoy them for a while until it’s all broken-in. One thing that is apparent in a shoe featuring Foamposite… it’ll last… the materials will actually outlive the glue holding everything together.

Fit – Break-in time… lots of it. Be prepared for one of the most grueling break-ins you’ll ever experience. I’m not even joking either, I knew I was up for a challenge with this one but I honestly had no idea it would ever take as long as it did.

Even after switching to a pair I thought was already broken-in taught me that Foamposite’s will always need to be broken-in again and again when playing in them. After you are done perspiring inside the shoe the shell hardens up a little, contouring to your foot shape but leaving you with a stiff shoe until you warm it up again… it’s like playing with a tight muscle, it constantly needs work which is a little too much maintenance than I can a handle.

Its overall fit is great after it molds to your foot with the exception of the heel… that area needs a lot of work and I couldn’t do anything to keep my heel locked into place. Thanks to the sloppy heel lockdown, it ends up feeling like you have a brick flopping around… like a really heavy sandal or clog. This is probably the shoes Achilles heel… pun moderately intended. If there were better heel lockdown available then the shoe would have played a little smoother and less clunky, even for its weight. These are the same weight as the Air Jordan VIII and you wouldn’t ever know they weighed the same unless you threw them both on the scale… even then I thought my scale was broken because they just feel like dead weight in comparison

Ventilation – There is only minor ventilation which is featured along the tongue. This is necessary for the materials used so the rating shouldn’t be considered here… unless you absolutely need a shoe that can breathe.

Support – Carbon Fiber, Foamposite and a double last midsole… that’s a lot of support. It would have been better had the heel fit properly but we can’t have everything we want now can we.

Overall – This is not my cup of tea… I know a lot of ball players love to play in Foams but I think I’m much too small for them. If there was ever a shoe made for LeBronJames… it was the Foamposite pro island green … His Foamposite based sneaker looked much better than this one though – from a performance perspective.

Besides the heel lockdown I would have preferred the shoe to not feature a double last midsole. This made the shoe nearly impossible to flex with your foot the way a quick Guard would prefer. Front to back was fine but I’d have liked some lateral flex so I could maneuver the way I usually do.

Not a bad shoe but not a great shoe either. It’s definitely cool though… I’ll give it that kd10sale.com

air jordan iv retro performance reviews

September 4, 2017 by tinmy2014  

Traction – The Air Jordan iv doesn’t exactly boast a specific traction pattern or surface & they don’t look to be overly impressive either, however, if kept clean they are actually very good at keeping your foot planted on the floor no matter what you were doing.

This was noted on a previous Performance Teaser but if you can keep the clear sections free of debris then your experience will be a pleasant one. I personally use a traction mat but you can easily bring a lint roller or a roll of duct tape with you to quickly remove debris from the sole… a good old fashioned hand wipe is also adequate so long as you are consistent with it.

Cushion – This is just as it has been with the Air Jordan 3 & 4, Air Jordan 5 is a bit better, so prepare yourself for minimal cushion underfoot. The Polyurethane is dense and the Air Units are embedded within so you won’t receive a comfortable ride but the impact is being absorbed a little.

An easy solution to any cushion issue is an insole swap. There are plenty to choose from and can be catered to your specific needs. I opted to use the SofSole insole – not for cushion – and I will explain more a bit further down.

Material – With this particular shoes there are a variety of material options available depending on the colorway chosen. The reason I went with the Carmine colorway is due to the dual material layers placed along the upper which provided me with proper fit & support where I needed – leather sections – and maintained flexibility where I needed – mostly at the forefoot with the nubuck sections. Overall durability is pretty nice as well given that these are a newer Retro product and they were able to withstand heavy beatings on-court.

Fit – The overall fit is decent as is… nothing too spectacular. This was mostly due to the dead space inside the shoe since they have very little padding with the exception of the collar & heel. Going down to a size 8.5 versus my usual size 9 would have helped a bit but the length could have been an issue and caused toe jamming… which hurts like hell if you’ve never experienced it before.

In the Cushion section I mentioned the insole swap… the fit was the reason why I chose to replace the insole with a thicker one. The added height was able to lift my foot up enough to allow the materials to properly function which then provided me with a great overall fit and lockdown once fully laced.

Ventilation – Quite possibly the most well ventilated Air Jordan model within the entire lineup. Plenty of perforations are in place and they aren’t blocked or lined with excess materials hindering the air flow.

Support – Not much support is found other than with the fit itself. Materials will help with this so you need to choose wisely if you wanted to play in a pair. Like I mentioned above, if you want some material support and flexibility along the upper then this type of setup would work as far as materials are concerned. If you need more support than I would go with leather upper and for less support a nubuck or suede upper.

Overall – Not a bad shoe – in my opinion – but not the best either. It’s a shoe that offers many great attributes while falling short on others… like most shoes. If you require adequate traction (if outsoles are kept clean), durability & ventilation then the Air Jordan 4 may be a good option for you. Their lack of cushion and inferior fit can easily be remedied with a simple insole swap which then makes these a very well rounded performer on-court