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Kyrie 3 “White Chrome” Performance Review

I really don’t know how to start this.

I love this pair. I really do. Not a go to shoe compared to my Dame 3 or my J Wall 2 but it gets the job done. Certainly not the most comfortable pair of shoes I’ve hooped in but certainly not the worst *cough* Lebron 13 *cough*.

Let’s get started on the review:

TRACTION:

Certainly the BEST feature of this pair.

Traction pods are placed on both sides of the forefoot area and the rest of the outsole features a blade pattern.

Minimal wiping is needed. No slipping whatsoever even if the court I played in was dusty.

I don’t do crossovers that much. I play PF-C most of the time but I never experienced any type of slipping while running or those sudden stops.

Traction: 9/10

CUSHIONING:

A Zoom unit is placed in the heel area of the shoes for impact protection and phylon for the rest of the midsole for court feel.

The phylon does its job giving you that court feel when you play. The Zoom unit, however, isn’t really felt. It isn’t that responsive. I don’t know if I have to break it in more but based on all the reviews I’ve read about this pair, it’s all the same. I mean, it isn’t that stiff to make your feet hurt because I had a good time hooping in them.

Cushioning: 7/10

MATERIALS:

The upper features a reinforced mesh with fuse in the toe box for a bit more durability. The back end of the shoes features a spike-like design which doesn’t really do anything to make the shoe any better. 

The materials on this pair are, OKAY. Nothing spectacular or amazing. It’s soft and isn’t stiff to hinder movement while playing.

Materials: 7/10

FIT/LOCKDOWN/LACING/SUPPORT:

The forefoot area features a Flywire lacing setup for a better lockdown while using this pair and does it get the job done? It does and it really feels locked down. Don’t tighten it up too much or you might feel a bit uncomfortable.

As for the fit, just go TTS (true-to-size). Before buying shoes (especially online), try them out in stores first to know your exact size. It’s a very narrow pair just so you guys know.

Support is great. The Flywire helps lockdown your feet along with the internal TPU heel counter effectively. 

VENTILATION:

It doesn’t get hot. I never had an issue where my feet got too hot and sweaty while I was playing. The upper doesn’t look like it’s breathable since it has fuse and plastic reinforced mesh, but it actually is.

Ventilation: 8/10

OVERALL:

I’ve said before that the Dame 3 was my go-to shoe, but as of now I’ve played more in this pair than the other and I can proudly say that this is my go-to shoes now.

It’s a solid hoop shoe. Traction is great, the cushioning is decent, materials are awesome. If you were to look for a nice pair of point guard shoes, get this. But if you aren’t fond of stiff cushioning setups, don’t get this coz you’re going to have an unpleasant time.

Overall: 8/10

Comments? Questions? Leave them down below! 

Dame 3 “USA” Performance Review

Very impressive.

For a low cost performance shoe, this pair totally dominates any other budget kicks out there and could even compete with big budget shoes. 

I don’t even know how Adidas can make a pair this awesome and keep it at that price. The traction, cushioning, materials, etc. are so great that it actually makes you think that it’s worth more than that and even if they upped the price, you’d still be willing to buy it.

Imma start this off with the:

TRACTION:

It features a multi-directional traction pattern. Whether you’re going left or right, sudden stops, driving to the basket, whatever direction you go, this will grip the floor well. I had no slipping whatsoever, minimal wiping was needed (that or our court was surprisingly clean). Outsole is thick enough to be used outdoors but don’t expect it to last extremely long.

Traction: 8.5/10

CUSHIONING:

Bounce all day.

I have boost and boost is GREAT. But bounce is on a whole different level.

This pair features a dual density type of bounce. The midsole carrier cage and the main midsole.

It provides comfort, responsiveness, great court feel, and impact protection was above par and it was really stable. It didn’t take long to break in the cushioning, two games and it was already awesome.

Cushioning: 8.5/10

LACING/FIT/SUPPORT:

The DAME 3 features a one piece booty for its body. No more irritating tongue that you have to keep on adjusting every now and then. This will stay in place no matter what.

For the fit, go TTS (true to size). I went TTS and I had no problem with it. At first my heel was sliding in and out of the shoes but not sliding out entirely. I just had to adjust the lacing to fit my feet better.

This pair features a fully customizable lacing setup. There are so many ways of fixing the lacing of your shoes for a better fit or lockdown.

Support will only be good/great if you have the proper fit, and this is phenomenal. The lacing setup, whether it’s the default style or your own, it will provide a great lockdown and the midsole carrier actually helps in securing your feet while you’re playing, plus the internal TPU heel counter. It may not look like much but the support on this pair is beastly.

The sides of the shoes where you put your laces in wraps around your feet like a burrito. 

Lacing/Fit/Support: 9/10

MATERIALS:

It’s nothing spectacular but don’t get me wrong, this is way better than what the other pairs have out there. 

This features a mesh upper that’s reinforced with plastic and fuse for durability. Your movement wouldn’t be hindered as well because it is super flexible as well.

Ventilation isn’t bad at all. My feet weren’t getting sweaty nor did it feel hot. 

MATERIALS: 8/10

OVERALL:

The Dame 3 is now one of my go-to pair of kicks. It’s reliable and is actually comfortable and it doesn’t hurt your feet even after how many games. If you’re having second thoughts on whether to cop this pair or not, just cop it. You won’t regret it at all. Not one bit.

OVERALL SCORE: 9/10


Adidas already released the DAME 4 and I have yet to try it out and review it. Hopefully I get the chance sometime soon.

Comments? Hit me up down below!

LOUD BASSTARD

NOT. A. SPEAKER.

Well, in a way, it is. It’s more of an amplifier. Imagine playing songs on your phone and putting it inside a mug or a cup to amplify the sound, except 100x BETTER. 

We didn’t actually buy this. It was actually given to us during a trip hosted by Ford and Bambike (if you guys want to know what we did during that day, click here).

Personally, I don’t always use the Loud Basstard. Why? Whenever I play songs on my phone, I usually use it at the same time to play games, go on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other stuff I usually do on my phone. The Loud Basstard requires you to put your phone in the slot and leave it there the entire time. It’s good for people who aren’t on their phones almost 100% of the time. 

Quality-wise, it doesn’t sound like you put your phone in a tin can to amplify the sound. It sounds good. Not great but not bad at all.

Love it. Like it. Hate it. To each his own. I just LIKE it. That’s it. Nothing too special about it.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments section down below!

Logitech X50 Speakers

Small.

Portable.

LOUD.

Yes. It is really loud. It fits in the palm of your hands and yet it can compete with the loudness and strength of bigger speakers.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Wireless connection: (Bluetooth)
  • Rechargeable battery: Can last for 5 hours without recharging.
  • Auxiliary input: Can connect a 3.5mm audio cable.
  • Multi-device speaker: Can be used on various gadgets (Smartphones, Tablets, etc.)

It also comes with a charging cable (micro USB) and of course, the manual.

Also, the bottom part of the speakers features a non-slip type of rubber. This is great especially if you’re playing songs that are bass heavy (E.D.M. type of songs) and you don’t want it suddenly falling of the table unexpectedly because we all know that has happened to each and every one of us. Don’t you dare deny it.

Not much to say anymore except that this is a great companion during road trips, outings, hotel staycations, or even if you’re just at home and chilling.

If you’re looking for portable speakers, please do add this to your list because you won’t be disappointed.




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Lebron 13 “Black Lion” Review

It made me love Zoom.

Not Zoom from the Flash TV show but the cushioning from Nike. We’ll get to that in just a while.
I couldn’t really compare it to any other pair except for my D ROSE 5 and my Adidas Crazy Fast 2 (which I just use outdoors). I’ll just do comparisons for you and I’ll tell you what I like about the 13 and what I don’t.

First, a quick tech breakdown:

  1. Hyperfuse Mesh Upper
  2. Hyperposite Pieces
  3. Hexagonal Zoom Air units in the sole.
  4. Phylon Material for the midsole.
  5. Outsole is made of anthracite or Gum Soles.

Check out this video of mine for better details:

Let’s start with the review.

Traction:

There are little triangular pattern shapes on the bottom/inner part of the sole where there are no zoom units and multi directional line patterns on the protruding zoom units. 

There’s nothing that I don’t like about it. That’s the problem. The shoe grips the floor perfectly. No slipping whatsoever. One quick wipe every now and then is all that you need.

(Rating: 4/5)

Support:

As for the support, I really loved the segmented Hyperposite pieces on different areas of the shoe. 

They do not hinder your movement while playing. Thank God for that. They give you enough support and a good fit without sacrificing your range of movement and mobility.

In comparison with the D Rose 5’s Support/Ankle Collar, I think that the 5’s are better. Your movement with the 5 is a bit more fluid and smooth since the ankle collar is made of soft yet sturdy and durable rubber-like material.

Also, there’s this arch support/shank below the shoe:

As with other reviews, if you have a high foot arch, your foot will scrape the top of the inner part of the shoe and it will be uncomfortable. I ain’t got no problem with that, I don’t have a high foot arch to start with.

(Rating: 4/5)

Lockdown/Fit:

I’ve been playing with this pair for 3-4 times already and so far, no issues with the lockdown yet.

The dynamic flywire helps in locking down your feet without the unpleasant feeling you get when you tighten your shoelaces too much. This way, it gives you a good lockdown and a snug fit.

One thing I do NOT like at all is this extra Hyperposite piece on the forefoot.

I mean, it doesn’t really bother you but it is irritating. You could feel it pressing against your foot when you’re running, jumping, abruptly stopping from running, and so on and so forth. Others may not have a problem with it but it does bug me.

(Rating: 3.5-4/5)

Cushioning:

This is what I really LOVE.

Cushioning set up was on point.

Midsole is made up of Phylon and the outsole is made up of anthracite or gumsole with segmented and strategically placed Zoom Air Units.

Midsole:

Outsole:

So, cushioning.

Phylon does it job as the shoes’ midsole. It’s not hard on the feet when running or jumping. It’s soft and durable. It’s not too thick for you not to feel the Zoom units that are placed on the outsole. Unlike Boost that is extremely soft, Phylon has this extra bounce to it that compliments the Zoom units’ responsiveness in the shoe.

Zoom. I am now a big fan of Zoom. I love the responsiveness of the units.

When rebounding, you could actually feel the large Zoom unit propelling you upwards. It doesn’t make you jump higher, but it does give you a better transition from either standing-jumping or running-jumping and an extra boost upwards.

The smaller Zoom units in the forefoot are bit harder to notice when playing. But as my friend said, “try to do a lay up, you’ll feel it.” Which was true. It was there but it wasn’t that noticeable.

(Rating: 3.5-4/5)

Material/Ventilation:

Upper is made of Mesh and Hyperfuse material for better durability, better movement, and better ventilation.

I personally love the mesh and hyperfuse combination. It’s light, it’s soft, and it’s easier to move. It won’t crease when you bend.

As for ventilation, it was below par. My feet were starting to feel really hot, not to the point where it starts to sweat crazily, but it was a bit uncomfortable. Don’t get me wrong, I love the shoes and I don’t think the ventilation ruined this pair but I just think that they could’ve done better.

(Material Rating: 4/5)

(Ventilation Rating: 3/5)

Overall:

I love the shoes. There were some things that I thought they should’ve fixed or improved like the ventilation the extra Hyperposite piece on the forefoot, but other than that, it was all good.

Also, I’d like to point out that the sizing is pretty much TTS/True to size, length wise. Just try different sizes and get the one you’re comfortable with. 

I’d give this pair a solid 4/5 rating.

I recommend that you cop this pair. The Lebron 13 is a must have hoop shoe, especially for big men type of players who come down hard from rebounding, jumping, or even blocking.

So if you’re looking for a nice pair to hoop in, you know what to get.

Extra pictures:

If you have any questions, comment down below and I’ll answer you ASAP.

ASUS ZenFone Selfie review

See the Perfect you. ASUS’ catchphrase. Catchy actually. Especially with a phone like this.

If you like taking selfies, pictures, and whatever else it is that you do with a camera, then this phone is for you.

The ASUS Zenfone Selfie has a 13 megapixel rear camera and also a 13 megapixel front cam. Yes. You read it right. A 13 megapixel front camera. It also runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop and also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, octa-core, 64-bit, Adreno 405 GPU, processor.

DEVICE SPECIFICATIONS:

Display: 5r.5-inch 1080p (403ppi) IPS, 400 nits, Gorilla Glass 4, 178-degree viewing angle

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, octa-core, 64-bit, Adreno 405 GPU

OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop

Dimensions/weight: 156.5 x 77.2 x 10.8 mm (6.16 x 3.04 x 0.43 in), 170g

Battery: 3,000 mAH

Rear Camera: 13MP, f/2.0, laser AF, dual-LED flash

Front-Facing camera: 13MP, f/2.2, dual-LED flash, 88-degree wide-angle lens

MicroSD: Yes, up to 128GB

Storage and memory: 16/32 GB, 2/3 GB RAM

Wireless: 802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0

Colors: Eggshell: Pure White, Chic Pink, Aqua Blue,

Metallic hairline look: Glacier Gray, Glamor Red, Sheer Gold

Polygon: Illusion Diamond White, Illusion Polygon Blue, Illusion Smooth Pink

Price: Around 11k (Philippine Peso) 

To capture the moment as quickly as possible, the Selfie allows you to take pictures in a snap using ZenMotion gestures. While the screen is turned off, drawing an S on the display will take you straight to the camera’s front-facing picture mode, but if you’d rather use a different gesture, you can easily create one of your own in the settings.

There’s also a treasure trove of 16 additional modes to take advantage of: selfie panorama (for 140-degree angles), auto, manual, HDR, super-resolution, low light, night, depth of field, effect, GIF animation,miniature, time-rewind, smart remove, all smiles, slow-mo, time lapse.

This phone definitely is the BOMB. I’ve stopped using phones running on the android platform, but with this phone, I don’t mind using one again. 

Check out the pics:

This phone’s design is so simple. Which makes it look so cool. Sometimes, overdoing the design of an item can make it look so underwhelming instead of making it look better. In this case, the simpler the design, the better the outcome. 

Any comments or questions about this phone? Feel free to comment below!