Sorry for the really long hiatus. Just got really lazy to write and I know that isn’t an excuse. But here I am with a new review of a shoe that isn’t really that new.
Here’s my review of the Nike KD 8 “Hunt’s Hill Night”.
Let’s start with the heel counter. There’s this HUGE heel counter at the back of the shoes that’s based on the teeth of a Sabretooth. If you guys don’t know what a Sabretooth is, Diego from the animated film “Ice Age’ is a Sabretooth. if you guys don’t know what “Ice Age” is, get a life.
The heel counter provides great support and lockdown. It’s so good that this low top shoe acts as if it were a high top.
I DO NOT LIKE OR LOVE LOW TOP SHOES. NEVER.
except for this pair.
I was always to afraid of using low top shoes because I’m afraid tripping and injuring my ankles (because I honestly have weak ankles). But this pair proved me wrong and actually had me trusting in low top shoes again (depends on the shoes tho).
The inside of the shoes has a decent amount of padding for better lockdown.
Its main base is a full length bed of Zoom Air cushioning system that’s flat and plain which actually provides really good stability and also has great heel-to-toe transition while running up and down the floor.
The traction pattern is a modified herringbone with a digitized pattern.
The material used on the outsole is soft and not that thick.
So far, I have no issues with slipping yet. Only minimal wiping is needed. Sometimes, it aint even needed anymore.
Like the other reviewers, the rubber on my sole started to fray a bit but not so much because it’s very soft. Just don’t use it outdoors.
Definitely not for outdoor use.
Fit will always be tricky. Always fit the shoes before buying them and not just because your size because not all shoes fit the same.
I got this pair from my girlfriend as a gift. I’m a size 11, the pair she got me is a size 10.5. It actually felt better for me. Snug and tight. No issues on slipping inside the shoes. The tightness isn’t even uncomfortable. Lockdown was so much better.
The flywire at the forefoot helped lockdown my feet even more.
As for the tongue, it aint super thick but not thin either. Enough for it to keep your feet in place and goes hand-in-hand with the heel counter.
Laces are your typical laces and nothing special or spectacular.
Also, the internal padding makes your feet feel comfortable even while running the floor.
The shoes feature a flyweave upper. The material is very flexible and also form fitting.
The toebox area is reinforced with fuse for more durability. Fuse is also used on the holes of the laces.
The design of the flyweave upper is similar to the traction pattern of the shoes. It has the same digitized pattern.
FULL. LENGTH. ARTICULATED. ZOOM.
The shoes features a full length bed of Zoom Air units which is articulated in the forefoot for better flexibility without compromising the cushioning of the shoes.
Just like what “nightwing2303” of Weartesters.com said, you can feel the Zoom in the heel. But that’s about it. Not much in the forefoot. The Zoom is reinforced at the sides with extra plastic so that the Zoom wouldnt expand and or compress too much.
Not so much. It may seem as if the flyweave upper gives enough ventilation but it’s nothing compared to flyknit. I don’t have any basketball shoes with flyknit but I do have the Lunar 3’s which is full on flyknit which is amazing. It’s decent. The ventilation isn’t as bad as the lebron 13 or the Jwall 2 primeknit.
Damn good shoes.
I’d honestly give it an 8/10. Some other people might not agree but it’s one of my go to shoes already. Support and lockdown are the two best features on this pair. Traction is good but I’ve had other shoes with better traction.
Cop this shoe if you want. You won’t be disappointed. Though the reviews for the KD 9 are so much better. But, I haven’t tried those yet so take my word for this pair. Cop it.
That’s it for my review of the KD 8 “Hunt’s Hill Night”. If you have any comments or questions, hit me up below.
Stay tuned for my next shoe review, the “KOBE MENTALITY 2″.
Stay awesome guys!