Nike Lebron Ambassador X Performance Review

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Lebron James has just dropped a new shoe in Asia called the Nike Lebron Ambassador X which is the latest in a series .The shoe is inspired by LeBron acting as an ambassador for Nike and the game of basketball all over the world.It features a simple black and white color scheme with a marbled outsole similar to the one found on the Kyrie 3 ”BHM”. Then how does the Ambassador X’s performance? Here we go…

Appearance

The appearance of Ambassador X is similar to the last version.The outsole,grains and the shoe type all resemble to the 9th,which makes it hard for us to distinguish them.However,there are also difference.The new full foot inner boot and the special lacing system are all highlights of the shoe.As we all know,the Ambassador 9 was a top performer last year,then will the Ambassador 10 continue to take the reigns as a top performer?

Grip

There is a diamond grid traction pattern in the sole which was once used in the last version.The herringbone waves that strategically placed in the soles does a great help.When there are start-ups or emergency stops,it performs well.It can hug the floor very well,maybe even better than you expected before.Also,the XDR outsole is a great setting.Whether you play indoors or outdoors,you are in for not just a treat,but the whole experience is fantastic.Once again,there is no need wiping your shoes frequently.For me,never once do I have to wipe my shoes all the time.So this saves your time to a large extend.

Wrapping

The full foot inner boot is the biggest difference of the 9th and 10th version.It is the inner boot that greatly improves the shoe’s stability and makes the wrapping become top notch.Of course,if you are fond of extra room in the shoe you can choose a bigger size.

Meanwhile, the elastic band on the midfoot also provides ample lockdown,thus making the Ambassador 10 more outstanding than other sneakers with the same price.The hard hot melt upper is thicker which is trying to ensure the wrapping and support of the shoe and its performance is really satisfying.Though the heel slip does exist,it will not influence the rest of the shoe because everything works very well.

But what surprises me most is that the TPU in the shoe’s midsole makes it impossible for us to wiggle it.So owing to the TPU and its hardness,the shoe can perform so well in the anti-twist.

Cushion

The shoe’s disadvantage is that it has the useless straps and is only suitable for people with lighter weight.The cushion setup is just so so.Just like its predecessor, the LeBron Ambassador X features heel and forefoot Zoom Air unit. But the forefoot cushion doesn’t feel very springy and so is the heel cushion,thus making you feel uncomfortable on concrete ground.But the LeBron Ambassador X also cushions well above average.

The Ambassador 10 is not suitable for heavier players,but for the lighter ones especially who are guard players and likes breakthrough,the Ambassador 10 is definitely for them.

 

Fit

At least for me,the fit of the Ambassador X is decent at best. Though I’ve experienced some slipping problems,it performed OK overall.But I don’t think the issue will become a deal breaker.After getting along with it for some time,you will be obsessed with it.

Overall

As I mentioned before,there is the heel slip issue,but if you can look past it,then the shoe should be great.Yes,the Ambassador 10 resembles to the 9th a lot,but like the 9th version,the Ambassador 10 offers everything you need for a basketball shoe,at least for me,it can meet most of my needs.

Maybe the cushion setup will limit some people to buy the shoe,but I’d recommend it to you guard players who are fond of heavier low-top sneakers,this Ambassador 10 can basically meet your needs.If you happen to like it,then just take it into consideration.

Detailed Look at Air Jordan 13 Retro “He Got Game” 2018

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As Michael Jordan’s thirteenth signature basketball shoe,the popularity of Air Jordan has never retreated. Until now,there are three versions of Air Jordan.And the Air Jordan 13 He Got Game is returning to retailers in August as Jordan Brand celebrates the shoe’s original release back in 1998.

Every time seeing the letter ”OG” ,there are often tons of feelings and images of many people lining up to buy the shoes coming to our mind.This is not exaggerated at all.

As you can see,the image above is from the famous film: He Got Game ,which also impresses me most.It fully show Jordan’s love for his sun.So warm,isn’t it?

For the outsole,it represents the massive paw of a black cat, while the round jewel on the heel represents the eyes,which is very eye-catching.

The Air Jordan 13 was designed by Tinker Hatfield.As for the shoe’s appearance,he was inspired by a black cat/black panther.The Air Jordan 13 He Got Game ushers in all the original details as the pair worn by Jake Shuttlesworth in the movie.Utilizing a white and black color scheme on its tumbled leather upper, True Red acts as a flash of color on the tongue’s Jumpman logo as well as the sneaker’s eye-catching outsole.

Whether you choose to play on it or wear it out in daily life,it is always suitable .Of course,its outstanding appearance will also make you stand out in the crowd.

 

For the material,it is soft and comfortable as usual.And it can meet the needs of most people.We can also see that there is a leopard-like shape on the shoes and there is also the most classic leopard eye which is not particularly transparent though.And there are Zoom Air placed both in the forefoot and the heel.

I’ve known some about the materials, the great fit,the awesome feel and more within this detailed look and I can’t wait to begin playing on them out on-court.As the basketball shoes of Jordan’s sixth crown season,the Air Jordan 13 He Got Game can be very popular in the public.Seeing the official images the shoes,if you happen to like it,then just take action.

Nike Hyperdunk X Performance Review

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Nike’s Hyperdunk X has surfaced in a new colorway: an extra-clean black/black-white.It is available now.Just look for it at Nike stores and online in August for $130. The shoe features several familiar design and functional cues from previous models such as Zoom Air cushion in the heel and forefoot, a lightweight mesh upper, inner bootie, and a high peak at the ankle for protection.For more details then here we go…

Cushion

I am sure that the Nike the popular tech: React,can be seen in many sneakers such as the Hyperdunk 2017 and Super.fly 201,but the tech is not used in the Hyperdunk X this year.Instead,it uses the Zoom Air cushion in the forefoot and the heel,which can obviously feedback to you the springy feeling the moment you step on it.And according to an image I’ve seen before, the heel unit is huge though,it does have little influence on the shoe’s performance.During the actual combat,the setup can effectively alleviate the impact of falling and offers you motivation when there are start-ups.In terms of the court feel,personally I think the Hyperdunk X does better than the last version.

Material

The shoe features engineered mesh upper that is very lightweight, breathable, but can be easily damaged during game-play.So the Hyperdunk X did reinforce the mesh upper and provides greater durability.On the other hand, it limits the amount of airflow that mesh traditionally brings. While it isn’t suffocating and the ventilation is nice,you will felt it great ,especially in summer ,the air can fly through the shoes,very breathable,right?

Grip

From the image above you can see the Zoom Air cushion clearly,which remains the same as the Hyperdunk 2016.And as for the grains in the outsole,it is herringbone once again which might be better than Hyperdunk 2017 .As is known to all,this kind of setup is great in the actually game ,therefore,it is widely used in many shoes .And the XDR has further improved the shoe’s durability as well.

In my view,the shoe’s grip performs OK in a relatively slippery indoor floor.It is the grains that play a significant role in improving the grip.The grains can feedback to the players friction almost every direction though the design is a bit simple,just acceptable to some degree.But one shortcoming is that the visible Zoom Air cushion decreases the shoe’s grip.Whether you choose to play indoors or outdoors,”just put your heart in the belly”,the shoe is very practical and you can certainly benefit from it.

Wrapping

The wrapping is always good in the Hyperdunk series,which is known.One new point of Hyperdunk X is that the wider lacing structure that offers additional lock-down with Flywire which is a piece of good news for some players and maybe some of you will also like the locking down your feet well.Though the Hyperdunk X’s upper is just thinner than the last version,it does wrap the feet so well,maybe better than you expected.And the stability in the heel and ankle part is ensured as well.Based on my experience there was not any slippy issues on court except that the floors are wet.In short,as an advantage of the Hyperdunk series,the shoe certainly can’t let you down in this point.

Support and Fit

The shoe’s support is great too.Compared with the Hyperdunk 2017 ,it is different,but the external heel counter, along with an additional external reinforcement piece both make the shoe’s performance fantastic.Though it has some points that remains the same as the last version and it seems like an upgrade,the support is just as great as usual.As for the thinner upper and the limited hot melt material,I would say these will cause the shoe to be relatively weak in protection .Yes,the Hyperdunk X is a high top one,but it is pretty light which will not limit your movement in your games.

For the fitting,here I highly recommend you wide footers that you’d better go up 1/2 size or you may find it disappointed owing to not fitting.But once you find your size you are most likely to love it because it really fits true to size,which seems like you are wearing nothing.All in all,the feeling it brings is nice,even awesome.

Overall

Overall,the Hyperdunk X continues the excellent wrapping and cushion though the relatively thinner upper is not so satisfying.For such a price of $130,you can experience its excellent wrapping and cushion,isn’t it cost-effective?At least for me,I am really enjoying what it has brought to me.So do you like it?If so,why not have a try?

 

Nike Kyrie low Performance Review

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There are two colorways of Nike Kyrie low.The one is the wolf grey sneaker and the other is the black which is also today’s protagonist .Following a look at the White/Black pair, Kyrie’s first low top sneaker returns in a Black and Metallic Silver colorway. It will officially debut July 15, 2018 with a price of $120.It features a black upper with bold texturing on the midfoot strap and heel.As is known,Kyrie Irving’s sneakers have been a huge hit with players of all ages since the first model. Then for more information just go on reading.

Appearance

When first looking at the shoes,what appears in my mind is that it features a mesh constructed upper, Kyrie logos on the tongue and speckled midsole atop a Zoom Air cushioned sole.Personally speaking,it is a good sneaker no matter you choose to play on it or wear it out in daily life especially in summer because it is breathable.Though it is a low top one,it is comfortable to wear,which feels fantastic.As a pair of basketball shoes,the Nike Kyrie low’s appearance is just so so,not very appealing I have to say.But everyone has his/her own idea and at least for me,I can accept it.

Cushion

The Kyrie model has used both forefoot and heel Zoom Air cushion for the first ever,sound exciting,right?Because the 20-year-old technology is still one of the top cushioning systems ever made.The cushion setup is always not a highlight of Irving series,but it is the point that is what we care most.And the cushion is 7 mm thick in the forefoot and a serious 14 mm in the heel,which is not thin.However,the stiff Phylon midsole will deaden the initial bounce and response you would normally feel. But what is worth mentioning is that the Kyrie low has always proven itself in the cushion setup.

The setting in this aspect of the shoe will greatly improve the shoe’s cushion,but,there is always a but,such setting will obviously decrease the Zoom feel.However,you don’t need to worry.Although with the Zoom being bottom-loaded, you don’t get the feel underfoot of a good Zoom,the impact is absorbed and deadened through the Phylon as well. In my view,the cushion works with the traction to make the Kyrie Low feel low and fast, well done! I have to say it works really great on court.

Wrapping

First of all,the strap does nothing.It just makes the midfoot feel a little tighter and it has nothing to do with the shoe’s support.It is the low-riding midsole and the lacing system that does great help to you.Because of the lacing system,it locks you into the shoe and the foot sits inside the midsole so that you are not sliding anywhere you don’t want to.So I just want to say,the wrapping is excellen which is the biggest highlight of the shoe.In addition,with a small,hidden TPU in the midsole,the shoe can offer the wearer some midfoot support and ”just put your heart in the belly” because stability and protection are also ensured.And the fillers are sufficient which feels soft rather than too hard.

Grip

One thing is certain that the Kyrie models always have great grip since the first day.And really,it doesn’t make us disappointed.No matter you choose to play outdoors or indoors,it just work well as usual.But there is a precondition that the floors must be clean with no dust on it or the grip might be not so good.Therefore,wiping in your free time is needed.And as you can see, the spacing is wide enough that wiping is just easy.Good thing is that you can change your movement smoothly at any time because the grip can serve for you.Once you have been used to this kind of setting,you can benefit a lot from it.

Fit

Performance wise,you are likely to love this sneaker if you choose it.Whether the length or the width,the Kyrie Low does fit true to size.But wide footers,here I highly recommend you go up a half size or try on in-store because the midfoot is a bit narrow.

Though there is the slippy issue in the heel part,the heel slip is away after the materials loosened up.And thanks to the solid heel counter,the little bit of slip that is left is no worries.In short,the shoe pulls nice and tight around your foot, locking everything from the midfoot forward in and down with no movement at all.

Overall

I am really enjoying what the shoe has brought to me,it is just awesome.I am quite sure you may also fall in love with it after getting along with it for a period of time.The grip,cushion(though not so perfect),wrapping and great fit all make the Nike Kyrie low an ideal for most of you.Trust me,you can’t be disappointed.

 

Adidas Explosive Bounce 2018 Performance Review

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The Crazy Explosive 2017 PK was recognized as an excellent actual basketball shoe of the year.But in my opinion,in addition to its poor wear resistance,I always think it is the best,which makes me really look forward to the next version of the series.However,even so,even if I’ve expected the new one for a long time,today’s protagonist is the Adidas Explosive Bounce 2018,but not the new version of Crazy Explosive.Though a bit disappointed, as a new sneaker,what surprises will the Explosive Bounce 2018 bring to us?Let’s have a look at the protagonist of today’s review.

Appearance

In terms of the shoe type,it seems like a shoe that is very practical and more important,it will absolutely help you a lot in your games.The simple colorway of black and white is very pleasing to the eye.The style of simple and practical is just what the Adidas series always seeking.Personally,I think it is not bad,at least it is very stable.As I mentioned above,I am a bit disappointed,but after getting along with it for a period of time,it just fit me and make me more and more pleased.

Cushion

As for this setup,I would say its performance is OK.This setup does well in actual combat.From no-look passes to lockdown defence,just build your game from the ground up in comfort.The shoe features an enhanced cushion in the midsole and sockliner. And this enhanced and flexible comfort Bounce cushion provides enhanced comfort and flexibility Anatomical fit Geofit construction for anatomical fit and comfort.For those with tighter budgets and a love for Bounce cushioning, the Adidas Explosive Bounce may be a perfect choice.

Grip

As you can see,there are many grains with three black straps in the sole.It is the grains that does a great help in your games.During the whole actual performance,there isn’t any slipping issues.Wherever you choose to play,indoors or outdoors,the rubber outsole bite the ground well,maybe better than you expected before.But,it is not so perfect as well.If so,what’s the shortcoming?Well,there is no limit of the floors,however,there is a precondition that there must be no much dust on the grounds.If anything,the performance of the shoe’s grip will greatly reduce.Thus if you’ve played on dusty floors then carefully wiping is needed to ensure the shoe’s grip.And I don’t suggest you wear them out on rainy days or you are very likely to risk slipping.

Fit

The great fit adds points for the shoe’s comprehensive performance I have to say.It is designed almost for everyone whether wide footers or narrow footers.When in actual games,it bring you a nice feeling which will even make you feel that you are wearing nothing.And don’t be worried.Not only does the shoe fit true to size,but it also offers stability for you.No matter what kind of movement you make,it will just cater to you.Fantastic,right?Definitely.If you happen to like this type,then the it is very likely to become your next target of purchase.

Support

The shoe features a lightweight, durable upper that is also one of the highlights and keeps you on the court game after game.Lacing your laces tightly,you are getting excellent wrapping thus this guarantees support for the you.And the midfoot strap offers extra stability as you shuffle from side to side and give opponents no room to breathe.In addition,a molded piece in the heel is designed to ensure stability and support, and the fuse reinforces the eyestay. In a word,if there are any worries yet,just have a try in the flash.

Overall

The overall performance of Explosive Bounce 2018 can be said to be OK if not so satisfying.Yes,some obvious shortcomings does exist,just as the old saying goes”no one is perfect” and so is the shoe,but I don’t think they will become a deal breaker.Believe me,you can just ”put your heart in the belly”.You will absolutely love it if you are willing to get to know it.

Nike LeBron Ambassador 9 Performance Review

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The Nike LeBron Ambassador 9 is now unavailable on US shelves.There are two simple yet strong looks arriving this winter.One is all-white and the other is all-black,but they both have silver accents and reflective “23” detailing on the tongues.Next we are going to take a look at the protagonist – the white one of today’s review.

Appearance

If regardless of the shoe type,the looks of Nike LeBron Ambassador 9 is nice in my personal opinion and the two simple colorways of the shoe are also appealing even if it is dirty.In terms of the shoe type,as you can see from the images that it is a bit too fat,thus if you are obsessed with the thinner ones then maybe it is not for you.Whether it is in daily life or on courts,the shoes are always suitable for most of you guys.

 

Cushion

The Zoom is placed both in the forefoot and in the heel.But personally,maybe I prefer the Boost tech to the Zoom because the later is a bit harder than the former.However,this setup of LeBron Ambassador 9 is still standard.It just needs a little time,just very little time to break in because the cushion is responsive and bouncy.Though the shoe is a little heavy,the cushion work well as usual and offers enough impact protection. In addition to I’ve mentioned above,there is a TPU in the midsole which is just suitable.In short,the overall torsion resistance performance is quite good.

 

Grip

As you can see below,the images of the sole is similar to  what has found on the old Ambassador 8,HyperRev 2016, along with the Nike Air Infuriate. There is a diamond grid traction pattern with strategically placed herringbone waves is used. Just be sure that the grip works well no matter you choose to play indoors or outdoors,it is just the same.And you can trust me,I am not kidding.The feeling you play on them is fantastic.When there are start-ups or emergency stops,the soles hug the floors well,maybe better than you expected.

I know that there are still some problems about the dust and the slippy.Until now I’ve seen some sneakers that work not so well on dusty floors.However,based on my experience,even when I was playing on super dusty floors, not once did I have to wipe.Every time I made a new movement,I was able to stop the moment I want,just as the idiom says,you can do whatever you want.

As for the durability,it can be said to be very good.Even if I’ve played out for several hours,there is no obvious sighs of damages.It is just excellent.But facts speaks louder than words.If there is still any doubts then you can experience it yourself.

Fit

The forefoot is a bit wide,so it is a good thing for you wide footers.I would tell you,the minute you put your feet in the shoes,they wrap your feet elegantly without any hindrance.Amazing.Right?But norrow footers you don’t need to worry.As a matter of fact,the Ambassador 9 fit like a glove without any restriction.It is not just for wide footers but almost for everyone.

In terms of the lacing system,it begins with lacing ribbons that transition into a Flywire lacing  setup and ends with a traditional lace hole at the top for a simple and extremely effective system.During the whole game I played,I never need to stop to re-lace the shoe.And the laces and Flywire are anatomically placed that suits the contour of the feet well and also,this setup guarantees stability for the wearers.In short,,the Ambassador 9 does fit true to size.

Support and Protection

The shoe’s support mainly comes from the cushion setup and the fit.It fits greatly well and with its awesome lacing system,the upper support is ensured.As for the heel support,the cushion setup offers ample impact protection thus the heel support is there for its owner.The rubber soles really bite the ground without restricting you from stop and go movement,you are just free to do whatever you want.

Protection is important.The side soles are designed to prevent rollover,which feels very stale.The Ambassador 9 is a middle top sneaker,but just as someone has said it is not so stable in the ankle part and the feeling is just like wearing a low top one.For this point,I think it is ”the benevolent see benevolence and the wise see the wisdom”.To understand more,you just need to study it yourself.

Overall

The Ambassador 9 is an awesome sneaker in my personal view.It continues the advantages of its predecessor and does also have its own features.The grip,fit,cushion,support and appearance are all its features.If it has successfully caught your attention and you happen to like it as well.then it is likely to be your next target of purchase.A great way to have your passion for basketball is being able to weartest a shoe that is a performance beast.Believe me,you will be proud of it.

Adidas Harden Volume 1 Performance Review

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Unveiled on December 16th, 2017,the Adidas Harden Volume 1 is available now and has hit retailers for $130.And now check out more detailed looks at it below.

Fit

The reason I take the fit as the first aspect is that I’ve attached importance to it.The Adidas Harden Vol. 1 does fit true to size nearly everywhere throughout the shoe.This is really important in my opinion because this can sometimes decide something.For most of you,  you’ll enjoy the fit going true to size due to the way the body of the shoe locks you in.Also,you’ll feel secure in the shoe.But wide footers,you’d better go to try on-store then you can enjoy these.Good thing.Right?

As for the lockdown,the feeling is nice even fantastic.The lacing system is nearly perfect as it wraps up and around your foot,which ensures that there will be not any slippages within the shoe during your game.And the heel part fits true to size as well.What matters most is that the Adidas Harden Vol. 1 takes very little time to break in.However,as the old saying goes”the shoes don’t fit, only you know”.So only when you try them on can you know whether they are for you.

 

Material

When it comes to the materials I think the upper comes first.The upper consists of  a woven mesh with a layer of nylon at the back,which is supportive and offers flexibility as well.Honestly speaking,I am quite fond of this setup because it seems like the shoe is made for me.Personally,I think it is such an excellent sneaker that it deserves your noticing even though I had some discomfort at first,it just takes some time to break in then you’ll great I would say.

 

Cushion

The shoe features a full-length Boost.The Boost is at the back and it is low,which has a TPU contained .And this also offers impact protection and rapid responsiveness.In addition, though the Boost on the Harden Vol. 1 is thinner than the Crazylight, Rose 7 and Crazy Explosive,it has never lacked the court feel,which is awesome.I can say you’ll receive all the court feel you can possibly want while still receiving protection underfoot. Based on my personal experience,I love this setup quite a lot.While on courts,it really helps me a lot.As long as I place ample pressure on it,it bounces quite well and the feel is just nice.

Grip

The grains in the soles bites the ground better just than you expected before.But,there is always a but…There is the slightest issue which is that once there is a large amount of dust then it might cause some slipping,but it doesn’t matter too much.What you need to do is just wiping your shoes in your free time to ensure the shoe’s grip.On the one hand, there is a phenomenon that you’d better know which is that the grip works great at times, allowing you to stop suddenly or change direction,while sometimes you’ll encounter some slippages.

While on the other hand,the soles are easy to invite dust on floors to its surface,so as mentioned above,a few times wiping is needed.And it seems like the Crazy Explosive and the D Rose 7 that the Adidas Harden Volume 1 does badly in the durability and it is much less durable outdoors.What’s more,the durability becomes worse as time passes by.But on balance,we are just testers.If you want more you just need to experience them in the flash.

Support

It is one of the highlights of Harden Volume 1.And along with the great fit, the shoes sit very low to the ground.The torsional support is in place with the TPU plate, an internal heel counter keeps your heel on the foot-bed.Besides,the TPU does a great help in this aspect.It encases the Boost midsole to ensure your stability at any point during your games.Wearing the shoes, you can go through any movement with ease at mind I would say.

Overall

Grip,cushion,fit ,support are all its features.And if you are quite fond of court feel and mobility then the Harden Vol. 1 is absolutely for you.Objectively speaking,this shoe  is a very well balanced shoe for guards. And I sincerely hope that you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

Nike Kobe A.D.NXT Performance Review

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In my opinion,maybe the Nike Kobe A.D.NXT is the most unique basketball shoe out now. But why? Because it features an unconventional lacing structure meant to give ultimate lockdown support for each foot to go along with a lightweight Flyknit upper.Also,a drop in insole features Lunarlon and a Zoom Air bag.Just think that,it is the Elite version to Kobe’s twelfth signature sneaker then will you get excited?If so,then let’s take a look at the protagonist of today’s review together.

Cushion

Performance wise,you can benefit a lot from the shoes if you choose them because the cushion setup is going to be great in terms of impact protection, comfort court feel and responsiveness.What I would say is that this setup works really well, providing you with sufficient impact protection in the heel while keeping the forefoot cushioned enough without losing any court feel.

The cushion setup is nearly the same as the previous versions but it does improve the court feel.Also,the full-length Zoom Air is equipped in the version of the NXT. And the drop-in midsole also has flex groves that provides a lot of flexibility. Personally,the mix of the full-foot Lunarlon and the heel Zoom is what I like most and can be suitable for most of you.The thick Lunarlon can prevent the insole from moving and the Zoom feedback to you the very bouncy feel as long as you place enough pressure on it.Just an awesome feel.If you happen to be a fan of this cushion setup then you’ll like to be overjoyed not only because of its versatility but also because of its practicality.

Grip

As a guard shoe,the shoe’s grip and stability are of great importance which can add extra points for the shoe.The outsole of the shoe is actual a transparent crystal sole with white paints surrounding it.Besides,the triangular broken outsole grains gives grip in all directions. No matter in what kind of surface and no matter what the conditions are, the grip performs well as usual.Its ability of biting the floors is just out of expectation.But if dust is present there will be some wiping needed periodically, and that’s normal.

During the whole process of testing, the grip of the shoe is very excellent.There are not only an anti-rollover design on the front side and the hell ,but there is also a TPU wrapped around the heel.The new lacing system with the woven upper just offer great support for the wearers whether there is an accelerated breakthrough or an emergency stop .And the only issue is the shoe’s durability but it can’t be a deal breaker if you don’t need too much.In short,you just need to know that the Kobe A.D. NXT’s grip will perform well for you — even if the original Kobe A.D. grip did not.

Appearance and Materials

Objectively speaking, the Nike Kobe A.D. NXT in my opinion does not looks like a basketball shoe at all.The first impression it gives me is that it seems like a running shoe and also like a casual shoe.But,there is always a but,just as Kobe himself,whatever the shoe’s technologies or appearance,is always giving us amazing surprises.Not only does it feel light and comfortable overall,but it also does great help in your games,which matters most.

 

As for the materials,though the NXT and regular version of the Kobe A.D. are stated to have very similar materials, they don’t feel similar at all. The Nike Kobe A.D.NXT offers a mesh textile build that is very breathable while the Kobe A.D does not have.And the shrouded overlay is a knit material that seems to have some TPU threading throughout for reinforcement.

In short,personally,I think this is a shoe that can be worn both on and off court. Honestly speaking, it is a Kobe so some people are going to wear it on and off court regardless of the look.

Wrapping

The length feels pretty true to size.Seeing the shoe’s images you ‘ll find that the brand new lacing system seems novel and maybe it also confuse you to some extend,but it is just so easy as long as you carefully observe it,which is absolutely quicker than tying your shoelaces.Below are images that will show you the instructions.

After lacing it tightly the Flyknit upper wraps around your foot tightly thus you may feel you don’t wear anything on.However,I highly recommend you go to your nearest store to try them on before purchasing as you might have to go up half a size if you do not like a super snug fit. Sadly,I want to say that wide footers this might be not suitable for you.

And the lockdown is also a highlight of the NXT and it is truly awesome.Yes,it is awesome and even fantastic.Though the shoe doesn’t require much break in time at all ,there is also a big shortcoming which is about the durability.It can be a obvious problem as time passes

 

 

Support

The support of the Nike Kobe A.D.NXT is just identical.In this aspect,due to the great wrapping and lockdown entirely,the support is just fantastic.And you sit low to the ground so stability is great while the overall containment (from the fit) is wonderful.In the overall actual combat there are not any issues.Personally,I am quite fond of it and maybe you’ll be addicted to it like me.

Overall

Though Kobe has retired,the Kobe sneakers have never disappeared.Definitely,all I mentioned above are showing that the Nike Kobe A.D.NXT will absolutely feedback to all of you guys.Its performance was amazing though many people didn’t believe it would perform so well but it really did.If the Nike Kobe A.D.NXT has successfully caught your attention and most importantly,you also like it then why not have a try?It is now available for $200.Maybe it should be your next Kobe purchase for on-court use.

Adidas Crazy Explosive Low PK Performance Review

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The Adidas has released a new low top version – the  Adidas Crazy Explosive Low.And if you enjoy low tops, Boost, and a great fit then you’ll likely enjoy the Adidas Crazy Explosive Low on-court.After changing the spokesman into the Canadian Andrew Wiggins what surprises will the Adidas Crazy Explosive Low PK bring to us? Expect?Then take a look at the protagonist of today’s review.

Cushion

If you are always seeking the bouncy feel then what I’d like to say is that the Adidas Crazy Explosive Low PK should be your main target for next purchase. The cushion and the feeling are just fascinating which will even make you addicted.The Adidas Crazy Explosive Low PK has remained the same in the cushion setting as that of the high top version though,you are still getting the full-length cushion that is plush in the heel and a little thinner in the forefoot.

The series always features the thick Boost cushion setup though it is super soft.But don’t worry about the stability issue because the TPU is still wrapped around the lateral side of the midsole to ensure the Boost remains stable.If you prefer the rapid responsiveness and is worrying about the softness of the Boost,then the Boost does not compromise responsiveness.The feeling it gives you is just nice.The cushion will feedback to you the moment you step on it.Just fantastic.

Materials

Performance wise, you’re not sacrificing anything if you choose this option. In this point,you can find some difference between the high top version and the low top version.The Adidas Crazy Explosive Low PK uses a micro mesh upper which does great help in the the shoe’s support. If you wanted something a Bit nicer and nice feeling then opt for the low top version.

The upper is just  light, breathable, and wraps around your foot like no other.Also,there are fuse welds in high-wear areas to help protect the material because durability isn’t its strong suit. In this setup,the Adidas did a significant job by eliminating support issue and still keeping that famous Primeknit softness as the main priority. It is such a nice job.

 

 

 

Grip

The same as the high top version,the Adidas Crazy Explosive Low PK uses the soft coral line outsole and I like it.Even in the floor that has the slightest dust the soles can hug the floor better than you expect. Its ability of biting the grounds is just out of expect.

So thanks to the absolute advantage of this shoe,there is no need wiping it every now and then.Therefore,if you are going to play ball on those 24 hour courts where conditions are often terrible, you should be good to go.In addition,there isn’t any slippy problems during the whole actual combat whether there is start-up or emergency stop.This point will greatly help you in your games.

Wrapping

The wrapping is mainly from the Primeknit woven upper. Lacing your laces tightly,wearing a pair of thick socks,you will get the excellent wrapping of the shoes.And the shoes does also have the flexibility that many sneakers might not have.

Also,just like the high top version,the Adidas Crazy Explosive Low PK does fit true to size and it feels awesome and secure on-foot.Thus there is no slippy issues in the shoes.And the lockdown is great as well and as I’ve mentioned before,there is no slipping inside the shoe whatsoever. It is just on its way to become the best fitting low top shoe.For all of you guys, I highly recommend you choose a suitable size.But wide footers,you should be good as well since the Primeknit will stretch to accommodate your feet.Good thing!Right?

Support

I’d like to say that everything the high top version has the low top version has. Thanks to the Primeknit woven upper with the nylon cloth the upper support performs well and the support of the midsole is not bad as well. As the old saying goes”no one is perfect” and so as the shoes. The torsion resistance performance is relatively worse,which might be related to the full-length Boost.

Compared with the model of last year’s, the support of the Adidas Crazy Explosive Low PK is just better. In short,if the Adidas Crazy Explosive Low PK has successfully draw your attention then it is absolutely for you. Everything you need in a shoe is in the Crazy Explosive Low.

Overall

The Adidas Crazy Explosive Low PK is a pair of sneaker which deserves your trying in my personal view. Though the wear resistance of the shoe is bad and the shoe’s support is just so so as well, the overall performance surely can’t let you down.The Adidas Crazy Explosive Low PK will bring you everything you expect,well,not including the wear resistance.But if you play indoors then I don’t think it is a big problem.Now that it is not so bad overall,why not have a try?What I want to say at last is that the feeling that the Adidas Crazy Explosive Low PK brings is just nice, and even fantastic.

Adidas CrazyLight 2018 Performance Review

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It has been years now since the Adidas CrazyLight line was born. Though the model once slid off the “light” rails ,it is back now with new materials and familiar cushioning. Then how does the Adidas CrazyLight 2018 perform? let’s go…

Cushion

There is a full-length Boost which always works well. In this setup,it didn’t change much from its predecessor except for different caging.The forefoot’s external side is heavily caged with the semi-translucent rubber to ensure stable base when putting force on a lateral side, while BOOST on the internal side is wide open to absorb all the impact you put in,which offers stability for you keeps your feet contained. Meanwhile,the TPU piece in the soles also does great help I would say. As long as you place enough pressure on it, it responds quickly and offers you the fantastic bouncy feel you like ,just like stepping on a pillow.Definitely, this setup can’t let you down.

Grip

As you can see,there are very nice pliable rubber with very deep grooves.It is the irregular grains in the soles that play an important part in improving the grip of the shoes.But it does require some breaking in before it grips. With varying shapes and groove spacing from the CrazyLight Boost 2016, this one is solid, thick, and durable, thus the Crazylight Boost 2018 had serious grip on every surface.

Also,the dust can never be a problem because there are quite a few wide grooves that act as exit channels for dust to keep the bottoms clean once dust is present. So there is no need wiping every now and then and this saves your time.

 

 

Materials

Combining a breathable textile upper with the stability needed for an on-court performance sneaker just makes the Adidas CrazyLight 2018 more appealing.Though it doesn’t seem like an upgrade from its predecessor, it still has something to improve. There in the forefoot it uses a raised midsole and a long heel counter in the heel part which keeps the wearers’ feet from sliding around.

In addition, what’s more appealing about the textile upper is that it doesn’t require any break-in time at all. Just lace your laces tightly and the shoes are ready to serve you.I would say that the materials used in the shoes are great on the runners . All in all,the shoes overall work well.

 

 

Fit

On the one hand, the shoe fits true to size. It is not very hard to get in the shoes. On the other hand, there may be some extra room thus the slippy issues appear sometimes. Maybe the biggest problem is the heel slip, but thanks to the variable lacing at the collar the situation is alleviated.

Support

This aspect is just good.Because of the TPU piece in the midsole the support of the midfoot is ensured and it’s just fantastic.

The Adidas CrazyLight 2018 is a bit heavy though, it has no big influence on the shoe’s support.The fillers in the shoe are a bit too soft to hold the foot in.As for the overall fit, personally I think there is nothing to complain about.And though the mesh may not look premium, it does feel great on-foot.

Overall

The CrazyLight 2018 has hit retailers for only $129 with nearly perfect cushion of the Boost. Different from other technologies ,the shoe’s soft and comfortable feeling will certainly make you fall in love with it.Though the shortcomings does really exist which is about the support and heel stability,I am sure that its overall performance will not let you down.