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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! 

Initial thoughts on the Kyrie 3 “White Chrome” 

No doubts.

I have zero doubts that this shoe will perform well. I have read tons of reviews saying that this pair, among the previous Kyrie’s, is the best one yet. 

I won’t be doing a performance review. This just a plain tech breakdown and my initial thoughts on the shoes.

TECH BREAKDOWN:

  • Cushioning:

– Heel Zoom Unit

– Phylon midsole for court feel

  • Materials:

– Mesh upper
– Toebox is reinforced with a forefoot band with Flywire and fuse

  • Lacing:

– Flywire at the forefoot and instead of your regular circular holes for the laces, you get vertical shaped holes.

  • Support/Lockdown:

– Integrated forefoot band with Flywire cables enhance forefoot motion while maintaining lockdown

  • Traction/Outsole: 

– Traction pods, integrated forefoot band and outsole curvature.

– Independent traction pods on the forefoot enhance traction for hard cuts.

– Herringbone/Blade Traction Pattern.

“Details courtesy of Nike News, and Weartesters.com

For me, personally, I think the only problem I’ll get with this pair, is the cushioning setup. Will I enjoy it? I don’t know. Will I hate it? Certainly not, it just means it’s not for me but it doesn’t mean I won’t play in them anymore. 

Traction. We all know that won’t be a problem for a pair of shoes designed for the player with the best handles in the league (yes he is better than Curry in my personal opinion).

As for the materials and support, they look decent enough. I’m not expecting anything too special out of them. Let’s just hope the ventilation ain’t too shabby.

That is it for the Kyrie 3, the performance review should be up some time this week once I get to try em on.

Thoughts? Hit me up down below.

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!

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.

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