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Air Jordan 20 Retro Performance Review

Le 18 septembre 2017, 11:17 dans Humeurs 0

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.

Look at the air jordan 32 deconstructed

Le 15 septembre 2017, 12:09 dans Humeurs 0

Look at the air jordan 32 deconstructed

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

Le 12 septembre 2017, 11:07 dans Humeurs 0

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.

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