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JORDAN FLYKNIT TRAINER 2 PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Le 14 août 2017, 10:45 dans Humeurs 0

The Jordan Trunner was the original cross-training shoe of the greatest basketball player alive. The Trunner was not meant for running, or training, but both, based on a basketball player’s needs. At least, that’s what we were told. Now, almost 20 years later, we have seen multiple evolutions and design changes, and we are here: the Jordan Flyknit Trainer 2.

 

Now, honestly, Jordan hasn’t been on the training radar for some time at WearTesters, but situations can change. Spoiler alert — this is a serious shoe. Follow along…

First off, this review covers three areas: weight room, running, and basketball. Really, what else is a trainer for, especially when it has a Jumpman on the side?

When in the weight room, the soles gripped perfect on squats on a concrete floor (the mat was gone), at the leg press they never slipped on the platform, and the base was solid for power movements.

When running, and only distances of less than two miles, the sole is too stiff but does provide great traction in all conditions, and is durable enough to withstand concrete and asphalt roads if needed. Longer runs would not be ideal, at least for this reviewer, because the forefoot has very little flex and foot fatigue set in after about a mile.

Now, the real surprise, basketball. On the dirty, nasty 24 Hour Fitness court that I test almost all of my basketball shoes on, the best traction I have used in the last three years was the adidas Rose 7. This may be second — seriously. Those little three-pronged cutouts had me glued in any direction at all times — front back, side to side (never let ________ ride).

Shocking is too weak a word. The first time these hit the court was after a chest day and was just for 3 on 3, to get a little sweat and some shots. The second time, the Jordan Flyknit Trainer 2 had to see full court and it worked the same; there was no fear of getting smoked on defense or slipping on the drive on offense. Yeah, nice.

What’s this, another surprise? Yeah, it says Zoom, but we have been fooled before by that little word. Rectangle Zoom unit with no feel encased in super-hard Phylon carrier? We know the story. WRONG. Wrong again.

The Jordan Flyknit Trainer 2 features an oval unit that is top-loaded so it is right under the forefoot; it offers immediate feedback and response underfoot. The Phylon is not super-soft — it needs to be a little harder for stability under weight bars — but breaks in nicely after about three wears.

On top of that Phylon is a padded strobel board that feels a lot like Poron, and then an open cell Ortholite insole. It all adds up to a very comfortable step-in feel as well as responsive cushioning for any activity. The Jordan Flyknit Trainer 2 rides low, so if you need heavy cushioning keep going, but fans of court feel, low ride, and quick response will love the shoe.

Oh, the heel? Stiff Phylon, but don’t worry. The insole and inner padding help the comfort there as well. You don’t want soft when you are under plates o’ weight, but the Jordan Flyknit Trainer 2 strikes a balance between too soft and brick that just works.

Flyknit, Flyknit, and more Flyknit. Hey, guess what the upper is made of? Next to the KD10, this may be the best Flyknit upper out. Yes, it still has the firm strands running through it, but the knit itself is soft and pliable, requiring no break-in time at all, so the strands are used for lateral support and don’t get in the way when flexing the forefoot.

The ‘knit still has a backing, but not the thick glue of a couple of basketball models (Kobe 9 and 10). Instead, we get a fabric lining under the knit for comfort.

The heel? Oh, just more Flyknit, but woven tighter for a better heel fit and support. The TPU strap over the midfoot actually works for lateral stability, especially during those basketball games when playing defense or going by a defender, and we already covered the tooling, and it was good. Next.

If you try these on, don’t give up. The Jordan Flyknit Trainer 2 feels extremely snug when it first goes on because it is — especially when the strap is pulled tight. Give the shoe a little while to learn. After those three wears it took to break in the midsole, the upper felt great as well.

What happened? Theory: the midsole became a bit compressed and became a little more flexible, so the upper feels broken in and looser. Not a bad loose, a “just right” loose.

As for length, dead on true to size. Perfectly true to size. Width, for my normal to slightly wide foot, was also spot-on true. For anything over that, you may want to go up half a size, but try them on if you can.

Heel slip? Nope, not at all. The lacing system and strap pull the whole shoe onto the foot and tie it up like a thick sock. The heel is also thinly but densely padded; that keeps a sleek speed look but wraps the heel area and hugs it tight.

Here is the thing: fit is easier now, with the materials being used. Wovens, knits, and meshes are easier to pull up on the foot and make mold to the wearer. Is it cheating? Nah, not if everyone is doing it. But the days of plastic fused uppers not molding, instead fighting the foot flex and making robotic popping sounds until broken in are, hopefully, over. Just take a knit, woven, or mesh, give some lace straps of wire, decent internal padding and heel counter, and fit should be a no-brainer. Should be.

When going for a true cross-trainer, support and stability have to be the main concern. When under that squat bar, or power-cleaning and pressing, you need your feet on solid ground and a platform that won’t budge.

The Jordan Flyknit Trainer 2 was a little soft in the midsole when compared to shoes like the Reebok Watt trainer and the Nike Metcon series. This was for playability and comfort while doing more dynamic movements like rope drills or running, but if you are a heavy Olympic-style lifter you may want to grab a denser midsoled shoe like the ones mentioned above.

The strap across the midfoot does actually work; it keeps your foot locked in the footbed on any and all lateral movements — especially on court (where I LOVED this shoe). The heel counter is not solid at all, but the lacing, padding, and strap all play a role in keeping your foot flat. If a solid heel counter was added the overkill would have led to a slappy, constricted feeling and the freedom the lowtop gives would be gone.

As for the outsole, the base is wide for those heavy lifts we already talked about, which also helped on court. This takes away from the distance running, but again, this shoe is not meant for that — just short runs and sprint-style work for other sports. The forefoot stiffness and width helped overall with lateral stability while playing and there were no worries about wearing this low-top on court.

This might be the best Jordan shoe on the market, no lie. Killer fit, good Zoom cushioning, materials are nice, and traction and support are both above most on the market. Expectations for this shoe were not high when the initial images surfaced, and even less when the box was opened.

What appeared to be an outlet for Jordan to highlight Flyknit and a large Jumpman logo was actually a shoe that is at home in any environment, and better than most shoes at every turn.

Only buy this shoe if you are serious about training in every forum — court, weights, running — and don’t want or need a separate shoe for every activity. The Jordan Flyknit Trainer 2 was a flashback to the days of Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders signatures, shoes that were built for everything.

Great, GREAT job, Jordan Brand designers. This type of product makes me happy to see the Jumpman on my feet again.

An in-depth look air jordan 1 flyknit bred and reviews

Le 12 août 2017, 05:22 dans Humeurs 0

An in-depth look air jordan 1 flyknit bred and reviews

There are finally crisp, clean images of the Air Jordan 1 Flyknit ‘Bred’ and they come courtesy of our friends over at Fastpass. Instead of speculating about the tech specs, we now have a clear view of what is in this iteration of the Air Jordan 1 flyknit bred for sale .

Consisting of an entirely Flyknit upper with hits of premium leather on the Swoosh, tongue and ‘Air Jordan’ branding, this build of the AJ1 is lighter than the other retros of the Air Jordan 1  that have released. Also, a gold “1985” is on the tongue, commemorating the year the sneaker originally released as well as gold “19852017 -XC” to signify the longevity of the said sneaker.

The Flyknit build weighs in at 403.4 grams (about 14.23 ounces) while the leather version of the sneaker weighs in at 420.7 grams (about 14.84 ounces). Whether this weigh difference is actually noticeable is up for speculation because the sneaker has not yet released.

The insole is also pretty thick (6.95mm) so there should be adequate comfort when walking around. Performance-wise, the traction remains the same from previous AJ1 retro models so expect great, sticky traction, but don’t expect anything Earth-shattering as these were meant for lifestyle purposes.

Air jordan 1 performance reviews

Traction – As you already know from the Performance Teasers, the Air Jordan I 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.

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 I Alpha which offers many upgrades in every category, most notably the cushion with its Phylon midsole and full length bottom loaded Zoom Air.  http://www.kd10sale.com

 

NIKE HYPERDUNK 2017 FLYKNIT PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Le 11 août 2017, 09:32 dans Humeurs 0

The Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit features a multi-directional pressure map traction pattern that looks like a crazy RC race track on steroids. The traction was so good I was on the court stopping on a dime when I didn’t have to. It has been awhile since I’ve played on something this great. This is the second best traction I have ever played on, the first being the Kobe 9 Low.

I have no complaints on with the Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit’s traction; it is magnificent on any court. Clean, dirty, plastic, tile, outdoors, it didn’t matter because this traction had me covered. However, this isn’t an outdoor shoe, so I recommend keeping the Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit indoors.

Full-length React cushioning is being used in the Nike Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit Khaki , and a Phylon midsole carries that React foam. This setup was not what I expected, and the first few on-court wears were disappointing.

The React foam was stiff, and it had no life — it was super dead. I was running down the court trying to concentrate on the cushioning and waiting for it to react but nothing was there. Why did Nike call this React? I have no idea.

The setup felt more like something the grim reaper would sleep on. The only decent part about the cushioning was the impact protection, and even that wasn’t the greatest — certainly wasn’t enough for my liking. For the people who love court feel with a little impact protection, you all will like this setup — especially if you were fans of the nike Kyrie 3 and its cushion.

The materials on the Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit are extremely comfortable. The way Nike integrated the TPU yarn in the Flyknit is beast. I couldn’t tell anything was there. I was getting the reinforcement I needed with the comfort I wanted.

Compared the the KD 10, another shoe with a Flyknit build, the Flyknit on the KD10 feels a little more plastic-y where as the Flyknit on the Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit feels more Flyknit-y.

 

As far as the fit goes, the Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit does run true to size for wide footers. I have a narrow foot, I went with my usual size, and should have gone a 1/2 size down. Once the Flyknit broke in, the materials loosened up, causing some dead space in the toebox. That negatively affected the lockdown.

If Nike had added just one more Flywire eyelet at the forefoot that dead space probably could have been prevented. For me, everything from my forefoot to the toebox was just all over the place. When I would make a hard lateral movement, I swear my pinky toe would be sitting on the court just hanging out chilling like, “What up toes? What y’all on tonight?” My other toes would be like, “Man we at club footbed bro come join us.” The entire shoe was doing a gangster lean on me and I wasn’t feeling that at all.

The fit plays a vital role in support and not having the proper fit will affect the support for sure. The lateral containment wasn’t all that great — there was just too much movement going on for my liking. Other than that, everything else was good.

The internal heel counter worked well with the padded achilles pillow. The base is wide and stable and I had no issues staying upright. That lateral containment just killed the overall experience for me.

The Nike Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit isn’t a bad shoe. The cushion isn’t what I expected, but it’s tolerable. The lateral containment wasn’t the best, but it won’t keep me from hooping in these again.Nike Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit isn’t a bad shoe. The cushion isn’t what I expected, but it’s tolerable. The lateral containment wasn’t the best, but it won’t keep me from hooping in these again.

I can see this Hyperdunk being a side piece to my on court rotation; I’ll rock it here and there, but it isn’t replacing anything in the lineup anytime soon.Hyperdunkbeing a side piece to my on court rotation; I’ll rock it here and there, but it isn’t replacing anything in the lineup anytime soon. http://www.kd10sale.com

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