Air Jordan 30 Performance Review

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Unveiled on January 14th, 2016 at a live event in Chicago, the Air Jordan 30 was heralded as the greatest performer of Air Jordan series. The sneaker once hit retailers for $200 in 2016  and is now available on Jordan.com.Then read below for more details.

Before the shoe is officially released, I think most of you are looking forward to it like me. What does it look? What tech is used in it ?Then the answer is below.

 

Appearance

The shoe remains the simple style as the previous Air Jordan and meantime, it also remains the same as the Air Jordan 29 which is pretty much identical and excellent in their appearance.

From the streamlined shoe body we can see that the speed is always Air Jordan series’ pursuit. The smooth toe shape has also been passed down since the 6th version.

 

Grip

Seriously, this part highly resembles to Air Jordan 29. Only when you observe it carefully can you find that it has changed into all-new grains whether in the midsole or outsole part. The grains are thicker and deeper than the previous version especially in the outsole, which is of great help for some who are good at defending and forward on the court.

 

They stuck a bit like  glue. And much like the Kobe 11 I have to say,if the sole is clean then you can get some amazing grip.However, when there is even the slightest amount of dust on the floor,then the dust will follow you wherever you go. In addition ,as you wear the shoe more, the traction and grip will continually wear down as the sole has lost its stickiness due to dust building up.So just check the floor you play on – it directly influences your performance.You’d better be a little psychologically prepared.

Support

The greatest performer ,Air Jordan 30 , features a knit and woven upper highlighted by a unique toe cap and FlightSpeed chassis. In terms of the upper, the simplicity of the Air Jordan30 upper has reached the peak and the breathability is greatly improved but it is just thinner compared with the 29th version.Objectively speaking, with such a breathable fitting upper the support is just better than the 29th.Besides, the shoe features Jordan Brands’ flight speed system to add some torsional support. The support is flexibly  sufficient for a guard.And there is completely nothing to complain about in this aspect. And if you are a fan of the 29th then I bet you will also be obsessed with the Air Jordan 30.

Cushion

The cushion setup is as identical as the shoe’s appearance.But there is no notable difference between the 29th and 30th version. The TPU which is originally in the midsole of the 29th is now removed to the heel of the 30th,which can be seen in the pictures below.And there in the forefoot is still a TPU thus do not worry about instability issues.But there is one shortcoming that the stability in the heel might be a problem for some people as the foam used in the shoe is a bit too soft.

 

 

The Air Jordan 30 also features the unlocked Zoom air cushion in the forefoot,the same tooling as the Air Jordan 29.In actual combat, as long as you place enough pressure on it,then the feedback is obvious and the feeling is nice and even awesome,which can be experienced only by yourself.

And it adds some functional designs to the surface of the insoles, which is rarely seen in other shoes.

On this point, it can effectively reduce the sliding of the feet in the shoes during exercise.

There are some tests on the friction of the different versions of Air Jordan series. The first step in the test is to place the sneakers horizontally on the board, then slowly raise one side of the board to see when the shoes will slide down.The results are below.

 

Overall

It might be a bit disappointing in the soles though, then if you choose a clean floor to play it is not a big problem. And importantly, the shoe fits true to size ,which has been improved over the 29th.But I also suggest wide footers adapt a period of time as you may experience discomfort at first.Except for the small flaw, all mentioned above are the shoes’ features.Definitely, it is absolutely a good actual combat sneaker.