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KOBE MENTALITY 2

I know this has been reviewed far too many times already. But, better late than never. 

BEAST.

TOTAL. BEAST.

EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SHOE IS A BEAST.

  • TRACTION

Herringbone pattern with a somewhat web design and a diamond pattern on the medial side plus a mamba logo at the heel because why not? It’s Kobe’s shoe anyway.

Traction is straight up AMAZING. It actually is just jaw-dropping. No joke. The outsole is really thick and durable.

NO SLIPPING. NO WIPING. NONE WHATSOEVER. 

 

 

(RATING: 10/10)

 

  • CUSHIONING

FULL. LENGTH. LUNARLON.

The shoes feature a full-length drop-in Lunarlon mid-sole. It provides decent impact protection when coming in from rebounds.

The mid-sole provides decent comfort while playing. It certainly isn’t the best but it gets the job done. Court-feel is another great factor that this mid-sole offers.

It certainly isn’t the best cushioning set up (still better than Adiprene/Adiprene+) but it’s pretty decent. Court-feel and comfort are a bit more than average. If you want a better mid-sole for your shoes, swap it with the one from the Kobe 11 (heel Zoom+Lunarlon/full-length Zoom) or the Lebron 11 (heel Zoom+Lunarlon/full-length Zoom).

 

 

(RATING: 7.5/10)

 

  • SUPPORT

As for the support, don’t expect too much. It’s just an internal TPU heel counter that’s small but enough to be noticed and provide decent lockdown.

It’s a low top and they’re basically shoes for training. You can’t really expect too much fancy features. Plus the fact that it’s a budget shoe.

If you aren’t a fan of low tops and are skeptical of the safety of low cut shoes, this isn’t the pair for you. For those who are okay with these kinds of shoes, then you should have no problems at all.

I personally don’t like low tops for the simple reason that I’ve had a bad history with those types of shoes. However, I always told myself I’d make an exception for Kobe shoes.

 

 

(RATING: 5-6/10)

 

  • MATERIALS

The upper is made of Flyweave. Same as the KD 8, except that the 8’s have a softer upper unlike the Mentality’s that feels like it’s been reinforced with plastic (for durability, I guess).

The toebox is reinforced with fuse for it to be stronger and durable espcially for those players who are prone to toe drags while hooping.

 

(RATING: 8/10)

 

  • FIT

Go true-to-size or half a size down (like what I did). I just wanted that snug feeling that’s why I got a 10.5 instead of my usual 11.

 

(RATING: 8/10)

 

  • VENTILATION

Not bad. Not great.

It’s alright. I still think it’s better than the ventilation of the J Wall 2 Boost (which is the worst for me. Second worst is the Lebron 13 but that’s a different story).

It can feel a bit hot and cramped at times but it ain’t always like that.

(RATING: 7/10)

  • LOCKDOWN

The lockdown is good. Not great. Good. It certainly isn’t the worst.

Typical cushioned tongue that goes hand-in-hand with the TPU heel counter that provides a decent lockdown on your feet. No this pair doesn’t offer Flywire for better containment since it’s on the budget shoe line of Nike.

(RATING: 7/10)

  • OVERALL

This is a go-to pair. Solid traction, decent cushioning setup, decent support and lockdown, and all for a decent price. Don’t expect too much, it doesn’t offer anything fancy as I have said a while ago.

If you’re looking for a pair of shoes that you can hoop in indoors and outdoors, go get this pair. It certainly won’t disappoint you.

(OVERALL RATING: 7.5-8/10)

Questions? Comments? You know where to put them.

KD 8 “Hunt’s Hill Night” Performance Review

I’m back.

Yes.

I’m back.

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”.

First up.

  • SUPPORT

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.

  • STABILITY

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.

  • TRACTION

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

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.

  • MATERIALS

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.

  • CUSHIONING

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.

  • VENTILATION

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.

  • THOUGHTS

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!

The Adidas J Wall 2 Boost Primeknit (PERFORMANCE REVIEW)

IT SUCKS!

Did that get your attention? Yes? Good. Because it really doesn’t suck. I was just messing with ya’ll.

The J Wall 2 Boost Primeknit (All White/Triple White colorway) was supposed to be part of the All Star Weekend special releases. Apparently, they didn’t drop. What we got instead was the Aurora Borealis colorway (which in my opinion, sucks, compared to this all white colorway).

Who can ever go wrong with all white? No one can. But, if you like the aurora colorway, I won’t judge. To each his own, right? 

Just to get this out of the way, this pair is GLOW IN THE DARK!

See? Sorry for the low quality post! Kinda hard to take a picture of it in the dark.

Anyway, let’s get on to the review.

Let’s start with the TRACTION.

The traction pattern is just a basic blade pattern on the forefoot. Provides decent grip on the floor while running. BUT. The court I played on was dusty. Lots and lots of wiping were needed. It was as if I was on skates. On some parts of the court that weren’t dusty, grip was just great. From the mid-heel area, the soles are made from translucent rubber with an outward directional pattern in which I had no issues with slipping whatsoever.

TRACTION: 7-8 (I have yet to try them on a clean court)

FIT/SIZING/LACING:

As for the sizing of the shoes, I am a size 11 but the pair that I got was 10.5 and it was a perfect fit with no problems of it being uncomfortable. My feet are not wide so maybe the sizing may vary on the type of feet that you have.

As for the fit of the shoes, if you have the right size, the fit would be great. There was this instance that while I was running, the laces suddenly loosened up. Maybe it was just me not lacing them up properly. Other than that, the shoes fit well and it’s awfully snug.

Lacing? Nothing spectacular with the lacing. It gets the job done of holding down your feet in place. You have to tighten em up every now and then to keep ’em tight tho.

MATERIAL:

PRIMEKNIT. IS. A. BEAST.

YES. IT. IS.

The shoes does offer a lot of parts with Primeknit but not the entire shoes.

On the medial side of the shoes, part of it is synthetic leather (I think). I actually prefer that more than just plain Primeknit because it offers more support and stability when moving.

On the outer side, its composed of Primeknit with a layer of padding underneath it to provide it with a bit more structure but don’t worry! It doesn’t remove the flexibility of the shoes.

The toe box has plain Primeknit with a bit of fuse on the sides. The toe box is comfortable as hell. Flexibility and mobility is a solid 10 for me.

SUPPORT:

The main support of the shoes is this hard plastic TPU that gets the job done. It aint uncomfortable in anyway. The Tongue is very thick but soft at the same time which compliments the TPU which keeps your feet in place with no problem at all.

Your movement will not be hindered by anything at all. You can move from left to right or in any direction without worrying about anything in the ankle collar bothering your ankles.

As for ankle support (for those afraid to get injured like me), no worries. This pair has got you covered. Just don’t do anything that might really injure you. The support is there to protect you from twisting your ankles and from bending to much. It is NOT idiot proof.

CUSHIONING:

Boost in the heel section.

  • Intense comfort
  • Helps with absorbing impact from jumping, running, and rebounding.

Adiprene+ in the mid and forefoot.

  • Amazing court feel
  • Takes time to break in
  • Hard at first but becomes comfortable after using it a couple of times.
  • Stiff at first

VENTILATION:

This would be the biggest drawback in this pair.

It is very hot. Not hot as in, “Damn those shoes are hot” but literally. It doesn’t seem to be breathable. At all. Maybe a bit but not so much. I almost had cramps but good thing it didn’t happen.

After the first game, my feet didn’t feel as hot as it was in the first game but it was still hot.

I basically have nothing good to say about this pair’s ventilation.

OVERALL:

I give this pair a solid 7-8/10.

Compared to the D Rose 5, I still prefer that than the Wall 2. Don’t get me wrong, I love this pair because of the comfort that it gives.

Do I suggest that you get this pair? Well, if you love the Crazylight boost 2015, then you’d love this pair. It’s a vary decent pair indeed. Just don’t play in it outdoors if you wanna save the sole of the shoes.

That’s about it. If you have any questions about this pair, cooment down below!

D’Rose 6 First Impressions

The D’Rose 6. Man. A lot of things are going through my mind right now. It’s like a 50/50 for me.

Honestly, aesthetically, it’s a no for me. I mean come on Adidas! You can do better than that! Right? The straps for the better fit and heel lockdown? I honestly don’t know. I think I dig it but at the same time, I also don’t.

Performance wise? The D’Rose 5 was great. I should know. If you wanna check that out, check it out here. Going back, the D’Rose 6 won’t fail to impress. Performance wise that is.

“The adidas D Rose 6 Boost, featuring forefoot and heel boost for maximum energy return and comfort.

The D Rose 6 has a bold, rugged FITFRAME heel cage and straps that are constructed to deliver an adaptive fit and represent Derrick’s countless hours spent in the gym. A herringbone traction pattern, inspired by woodgrain textures and design, adds optimum grip for drives to the basket.”
Check out the pics here:

Look at that amount of boost! That better improve the performance of players who buy this pair! Full length boost is the way to go! 

I’m still hesitant on buying the 6. Why? I still need to wait for reviews from either KickGenius or Jacques Slade. I could also just wait for it to go on sale like what I did with the 5. 

What do you guys think about the D’Rose 6? Some of you guys might even have it already. If you do, let me know what you think of it by hitting up comment section below!

If I get my hands on the 6 anytime soon, expect a review.
(I’ve seen the D’Rose 6 review of KickGenius, and I’m kinda starting to like it, but still not enough to buy a pair.)

(Photos courtesy of: solecollector.com)

(Header photo courtesy of: drosehoops.com)

D Rose 5 “Bad Dreams” SNEAKER REVIEW

I’m a bit late. I know. The “Bad Dreams” Collection by Adidas was released in December last year (2014).

The “Bad Dreams” Collection by Adidas was released last December 12, 2014. The shoes included in this collection are the D Rose 5, J Wall 1, Crazylight Boost, and the Crazy 8 II. Each shoe has the same gimmick. It glows in the dark. Yep, it glows in the dark. Not really a big factor to the shoes since you wouldn’t be playing in the dark.

To some of you who have already read reviews of the D Rose 5, this is for those who have not yet seen the reviews and want a nice pair of kicks to ball with. 

On to the review.

Here’s the top view of the box. Nothing special. Just the traditional 3 stripes and Rose’s logo. 

The flap is just plain black, but the body of the box has a crimson and bright red color.

Side of the box containing the details of the shoes. I’m a size 11, but I had to choose a bigger size since the size 11 was too fit on my feet that it was already uncomfortable.

When you open the box, the shoes are covered in plain black paper. 

When you finally remove the shoes from the box, this is what it looks like.

The shoes’ fabric cannot be washed or brushed ’cause it might damage the material. 

For the design, it has these thin white stripes that run in different directions. The base fabric has a bluish color that is somewhat close to gray. The texture is pretty smooth and not rough. 

The laces have this simple black and white design with a zigzag pattern and red aglets. It’s not too thick to bother the player while playing and not too thin that it won’t tighten as much. 

At the base of the tongue, Rose’s jersey number,1, is shown. 

Behind the tongue, there’s this design with roman numerals. I honestly don’t know what that stands for but it does look cool.

The logo of Rose has been molded on to the back of the shoes.

PERFORMANCE:

1. Traction: 

The traction is great. I’ve only tried this once indoor and it was wonderful. No slipping whatsoever. Just don’t get it too dusty, but if you do, just wipe it off and you’ll be good to go!

The sole is composed of three components for the heel, mid, and forefoot. 

The heel has a 3 stripe design with the middle stripe having tiny squares and the other two stripes also having tiny squares but in a downward design. The forefoot has a wavy pattern while the mid area has a diamond shaped pattern; The different patterns on the sole of the shoes help the player move better in different directions.

2. Support:

When it comes to support, I always want something that can help in protecting my ankles. The D Rose 5 helps protect my ankles and not reduce the movement when I’m switching directions. 

The inner part of the shoe has this small cushioning for your ankles that gives you a bit of comfort while playing.

The heel lockdown provides enough security for your heel when running and doesn’t hinder your movement when changing directions unlike the Nike Hyperdunk 2015 where the heel lockdown is too stiff and hard that it’s already too uncomfortable. 

For the fit of the shoe, well, it’s great. Not too tight. Just right. It’s the right kind of tight that the shoe is still responsive when moving.

Also, as seen in the previous picture, you could see a black x-like support underneath the translucent soles. That is the torsion system. What does it do? Well, according to complex.com, this is what it does:

-“A thermoplastic arch support designed to allow the forefoot and rearfoot to move independently and adapt to running surfaces without straining the foot through excess motion. Torsion excels by allowing the midfoot to naturally adjust to the ground and offering high levels of support and stability which are suitable for a range of sports.

How does it work? Think of the Torsion System as a lightweight bridge between the forefoot and heel. By supporting the midfoot, Torsion System serves as a platform which helps to combat improper flexing of the arch. This is beneficial for protection, fit, and control during strides and movements. The result is a smooth heel-to-toe transition.”

True enough, it does have a smooth heel-to-toe transition. 

3. Cushioning:

 BOOST. THE BOOST IS EXCELLENT.

The whole sole of the shoe has the full length Adidas boost or also know as the TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane). 

The boost technology provides comfort and responsiveness while playing. During the time I used this, I could really feel the boost working because I could feel my feet being pushed forward either while running or jumping. The boost foam also softens the landing of your feet when coming from a rebound or anything that involves jumping. 

4. VENTILATION:

Not the worst but certainly not the best. My Adidas Crazy Fast 2 has better ventilation than this. Seriously. They could have done a better job on giving this more ventilation without sacrificing the looks or the performance. 

OVERALL:

This is a great shoe. A really great shoe. I do recommend picking up a D Rose 5, especially now that the D Rose 6 is coming out and that would mean that the Rose 5 would become much cheaper. For those having second thoughts about this shoe, I hope this helps you in making a decision. 

Thanks to soleshift.com for helping me review this pair of kick. Without your spot on review, I wouldn’t have known some of the details about this pair. 

If you guys want to wear this when going out and are having second thoughts, check out my previous post

You guys could cop this pair at the NBA Store at Glorietta 4 or at the newly opened NBA Store at SM Megamall.

Let me know what you think about the D Rose 5 by hitting up the comment section below! Thanks guys!

Review of the Belkin Pure AV 006 Earphones

I don’t really like headphones or headsets (I only have 2 headphones at home and I only use them when I do not want to be disturbed). I don’t hate headphones, don’t get me wrong, they’re just bulky, and sometimes, quite a bit annoying to carry around your neck when not in use. I prefer earphones better, you can just stuff them in your pocket when they’re not being used. 

Just yesterday, I broke my Apple earpods, unfortunately (may they rest in “pieces”). I was forced to use my headphones again, which took up so much space in my bag that I was forced to hang it around my neck. 

It hasn’t even been a day since I broke my earpods, and whad’ya know! My parents went to a sale event (where they sold iPhone cases, accessories, powerbanks, gadgets, and other items), and got me this!

 
It’s the Belkin Pure AV 006 earphones! 

   
“Extra bass…” -That alone is enough reason for anyone to pick this bad boy up. “…for movies and games.” And “Music”, but that’s given already. 

    
It only comes with the earphones itself, and extra silicone soft tips for you to interchange if you want a different size to fit your ears better.

 Large and small silicone soft tips for a better fit. 

   
  
The sound is so clear and crisp, even the bass was great. If you need to answer a call, it also has a microphone built in. Hassle free right?

 Looks like I don’t need to look for any other pair of earphones anymore! I suggest that you grab this one as well, you won’t be disappointed. I promise.

The price is so affordable as well! It’s only $14.52  (based on Amazon) or P654 converted! Go and buy already! Get one for yourself!

A review of the Ye!! BTS710 Bluetooth Speaker

Do you like to listen to music? Of course you do! Who doesn’t, right?! Well then, this review is just the thing for you! Presenting the, Ye!! BTS710 Bluetooth Speaker!

Whether you’re with your friends or if you’re alone at home, heck, even if you’re taking a bath, this speaker is the best companion for you!

Do you know what’s so cool about this speaker?

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•It’s Water resistant – It does NOT mean you can submerge this underwater. It’s water RESISTANT, NOT water proof!

•It’s Dust resistant – I don’t even think I have to explain what that means.

•It’s Impact resistant – If you’re a butterfinger like me, then a speaker like this suits you just fine. I don’t know how much this guy can withstand, but I’m definitely sure it can survive falling from the table to the floor.

•And, It doubles as a speaker phone! – So for all you guys who are too lazy or too busy to answer phone calls, this function is a must for you!

The Ye!! BTS710 Bluetooth speaker comes with:

1.) The Speaker itself

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2.) A Micro USB to USB and 3.5 mm splitter cable

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3.) A Hand strap

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4.) And last but not the least, a User Manual

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Specifications:

•Model No: BTS710

•Output Power: 5

•Battery Capacity: 2,200 mAH

•Input Voltage: DC 5V 1A

•Charge Time: 3-4 Hours
-There are two LED lights at the back of the speaker.
-When charging, the LED light will turn red.
*-When the battery is fully charged, the light will turn green.

•Playback Time:
Upto 6 hours on Bluetooth
Upto 10 hours on Line-in

•Operating Distance: Upto 33 feet (10 metres)

•Bluetooth Version:
•Bluetooth 3.0 with EDR
•Dimensions: 76 x 76 x 75 mm
•Net Weight: 257 g
•NFC tap-to-pair function

Here are more pics of the speaker:

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Thank you for taking the time to read this review! Don’t worry! There are more reviews coming your way!

Also, if you want to know what the speaker sounds like, you can listen to it below.

Price: 1,950 PHP/ 43.99 USD