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- Adidas Harden Vol. 3 Performance Review
- nike kd 8 viii elite performance review
- Nike Pippen II 2 Retro Peformance Analysis and Review
- adidas Crazy Explosive PK 2017 Performance Analysis Review
- Adidas Ball 365 Performance Review and Analysis
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 Adidas Harden Vol. 3 Performance Review Alerter l'administrateur Recommander à un ami Lien de l'article 

At a recent media event held in Houston, James Harden took questions from a group of reporters during an appearance at the Adidas store at The Galleria mall. Harden had been ruled out of the Rocketsí next two games at practice earlier that day, but was in good spirits when it came to discussing his latest signature shoe, the Adidas Harden Vol. 3. He took particular pride when asked about his level of involvement in the design. ďFrom materials, to the way it looks, to the colorwaysóeverything,Ē Harden revealed regarding the process. ďBusiness emails, conference calls, the Adidas team flying out to Houston or wherever I am, to when Iím in Portland going over itóitís a lot. Itís a dope process to create and design your own shoe.Ē Based on Hardenís unique style of play and innovative offensive game, it makes sense that heíd want to take a hands-on approach to the design. He might not have the experience in making shoes that the Adidas team has, but does have direct knowledge of what he needs in a shoe when it comes to things like creating space. ďYour footwork, and how fast you can stop and go, how fast you change directionsóitís extremely important for my game,Ē Harden said. ďThatís one of the main keys I have to have in my shoe.Ē With that in mind, if the Harden Vol. 3 doesnít perform, it falls squarely on him. For better or worse, itís the shoe that he wanted. Can James Harden add sneaker designer to his MVP resume? Hover over the dots for a full performance review. Adidas Harden Vol. 3 - Fit Adidas Harden Vol. 3 - Ankle Support Adidas Harden Vol. 3 - Cushioning Adidas Harden Vol. 3 - Traction I canít say that the Harden Vol. 3 excites me from an aesthetic, storytelling, or innovation standpoint in the way that a reigning MVPís signature shoe maybe should, but in the only area that actually matters when it comes to a true hoops shoeóperformanceóitís a standout. It checks all the boxes for comfort and fit, and does so at a relatively affordable $140 price point. Donít let its throwback design and construction fool you eitheróinnovation for the sake of innovation has a tendency to have a bigger impact on a shoeís price than its performance. The Vol. 3 may not do any new tricks, but it does refine some of the best existing practices, and brings them together for whatís probably my favorite air jordan 1 shoe since 2011ís original Crazy Light. At that same media event, Harden explained that when he steps away from the game one day, he wants his line to be remembered for ďhow authentic it was.Ē He went on to say that that for others, it may just be putting their name on something that already exists, but for him, ďItís really me. Iím really putting the work in for this. Thatís what makes it authentic and real. When youíre authentic and real, that lasts longer than anything elseónot just in the shoe business, but in life.Ē The Harden Vol. 3 is an easy recommendation based on value, but itís also a great shoe, period. I thoroughly enjoyed playing in the reigning MVPís latest signature, and if his involvement is all he says it is, then apparently we have him to thank for it.

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 nike kd 8 viii elite performance review Alerter l'administrateur Recommander à un ami Lien de l'article 

I did not like last yearís KD 7 Elite because I didnít feel it embodied KD and his playing style. That and it was super stiff and had some serious heel slip just like the non elite pair. This yearís elite model actually looks like KD 11 with the long extended compression sock. Can it make me ball like him too? Here is my original review for the KD8 KD 8 Review Pros: traction, full length Zoom, fit, stability, nice materials upgrade Cons: hard to put on, compression sock gets hot (although it is the purpose), Signature Zoom feel isnít quite there, forefoot shell takes time to break in, lace pressure, pricey Sizing: true to size (I went up half size with non elite), super wide footers may want to go up half size Best for: guards but stable enough for bigger players. Weight: 1 ounce difference due to materials and extra long ankle sock . The half size difference has a minimal effect on weight. Still very light regardless. By the way, the box is enormous Traction Same rubber as before and works the same as before. Wiping is required but not like Kobe XI or anything remotely close to that. Cushioning Same set up as the non elite. If you didnít like the non elite set up, you wonít like this one. The plastic clips on the lateral side are in place to keep the Zoom stable and firm for cuts. Although this takes away from the feel of Zoom, it has a functional purpose of keeping the player stable on cuts. Above: you can see the articulated Zoom in the forefoot Below: articulated heel Nike claimed they articulated the Zoom for enhanced flexibility but I really couldnít tell a difference. Just a standard Zoom would have worked just as well or better. Letís see how the KD9 works up in a few months. Fit I went half a size up with the regular KD and went true to size with these. Iím guessing that the materials and ďforefoot shellĒ allow the shoe to fit a bit longer and wider at the toe box. If you have really really wide feet I suggest trying half a size up. Left is size 11 and right is 11.5. I know itís hard to see any difference in size just by looking at outside of shoe but just shows how similar in size they are. Is the shoe hard to put on? Yes, have you tried to put a condom on your foot? I was literally sweating after putting these on the first few times but I figured out a decent way to get them on but needed to be sitting down. You can also pull the ends like a sock and slip into the shoe. The sock itself seems to be very durable. Thankfully, all that sweat and effort is worth it as these are really a sock with a sole. You can see the little ankle pads in the compression sock in the pic above. These pillows sit higher up the Achilles than the regular KD and do a good job locking the heel in. I noticed my socks were soaked in sweat at the ankle and above due to the compression sock. I didnít notice it until after playing but just something to note. You can even fold it down but I think they look worse The upper of the KD 8 was redesigned and is now a one piece upper composed of mesh with a synthetic shell at the forefoot If you look closely at the pics you can see the Flywire throughout the shell. The shell is very similar to the Flywire upper found on the Kobe IV so it is plasticky and needs break in (it is thinner overall though). Nike states they are Kevlar which is nice to see them use again. Personally I donít mind a little break in time but it isnít as natural feeling as the Flyweave on the regular 8. Not a deal breaker for me but I know some people prefer knit uppers. I had some lace pressure problems at the top eyelet the first few times but it went away as I played. The regular KD didnít have this issue because the tongue was nicely padded. The way the plastic straps come around the top help with the lockdown. Support and Stability The sock doesnít do anything in regard to support; it is only there for proprioception purposes and to keep the ankle warm. The rest of the shoe is very stable as I said in my air jordan 1. Probably one of the most stable low tops Iíve ever worn. The whole design of the shoe seemed to be centered around taking pressure off the forefoot especially after KDís Jones fracture surgery. I never felt unstable in these or the non elites due to the wide sole design and heel counter Containment Despite having a Flyweave upper, the non elite KD did a great job with lateral containment and the same holds true for the Elites. I never felt my foot slide out of the footbed even on hard cuts or change of direction. Well done Nike! Conclusion The past few years Nike didnít really make any ďupgradesĒ with the Elite models, but this yearís KD8 Elite feels like a step up in terms of materials and looks. As far as performance, I donít feel they are much of a step up; marginally better lockdown in the heel but stiffer forefoot make it a wash. Nothing really stood out with the Elite versus the regular KD 8 aside from the compression sock. Even KD himself is wearing the regular KD8 during the the Thunderís playoff run. In all honesty, I feel the Elite series of shoes is just a way for Nike to create new sales since the NBA season is almost over and the regular pairs have been sitting on shelves for over six months. By creating a new sales cycle sooner, shoe sales have shallower and shorter valleys (very smart move). Since the price difference isnít exorbitant like prior years, it really comes down to looks and I think these are much better looking than the non elites. Expect these to drop in price because I know a lot of people arenít digging the high cut look. $90-120 is what I expect these to get down to in price.

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 Nike Pippen II 2 Retro Peformance Analysis and Review Alerter l'administrateur Recommander à un ami Lien de l'article 

*Sorry I struck out again with the Kobe I Protro. Lebron Solider XII next possibly . Sorry been really busy* You know itís hard out here for a Pippen (Pippen ainít easy is so passťÖ and if you donít know that song, go watch Hustle and Flow, you wonít regret it) As I continue my shoe purge, I pulled these retro Nike Air More Uptempoís out of the closet and decided to start using them them again. I never really ďanalyzedĒwhat made them special but after studying whatís under the hood, I understand why I loved them so much back in the day. Twenty years later, shoes can say they look different but not many can say they are better. Pros: traction, true to the OG Zoom, fit, support, stability, containment Cons: leather needs break in? Some wiping needed on dusty floors Sizing: true to size Best for: any position Weight: 16 ounces which is about an ounce more than average for a modern mid. Twenty years and shoes have only shed an ounce of weight in most cases. Traction So simple and efficient. Full herringbone with a nice pliable rubber compound. Even a top 50 of all time player didnít get story telling on his shoe. There are no stories about Scottie and his grandma or the zip code of his old house, just a normal herringbone pattern. These work almost as well as the Curry 5 with minimal wiping and stick to the floor traction when clean. They do need an occasional wipe of dusty floors though due to the flat ďoutlineĒ around the outsole. Cushioning Zoom in the heel and forefoot with no break in? Sounds good to me. These actually have the almost same forefoot Zoom set up as the OG Air jordan 13 which explains why I love this cushioning set up so much. The XIV has four sections while these seem to ďonlyĒ have three. Amazingly, this 2006 retro pair has the same set up as the OG while the Jordan XIV retros do not. Cheaping out JB, whoís the CEO of JB? These feel awesome from the get go and still havenít popped or deflated so yea, Iím sticking with these for a bit. Iíd be really shocked if Nike retros these again and keeps the same set up. Fit True to size or half a size down depending on preference. There is enough padding to adapt to your foot in case youíre off by half a size. A one piece bootie with a outer shell? Wait, is this from 2018 or 1998? Oddly the ďbootieĒ doesnít connect at the bottom of the shoe. Check out how many eyelets there are. Ten!! Adidas, are you listening ? Iím not sure if you really need this many rows of eyelets but better safe than sorry and sure as hell better than five. Zero issues with the fit. The bootie upper hugs the foot out of the box and the leather upper just conforms to your foot after break in. This design pretty much set the precedent for almost every shoe you see today except this was done twenty years ago. Materials Leather!! I will say that todayís knits do not need the break in time that leather does and in this world of On Demand, people would not have the patience to wait on breaking in a shoe. Even during break in with the stiffer leather, it didnít affect my play. Iíve said it before but you have a lot of muscle and weight to push through a few millimeters of material. You wonít see leather much nowadays since synthetics and knits are saving the planet (which is a great thing) while making shoe companies more profitable. There is always a caveat to saving the world I guess. Support and stability A mid with just enough mobility in the ankle. Sounds good to me Midfoot support comes from a large plastic shank. In retrospect, Scottie deserved a carbon fiber shank. No issues with stability due a wide flat base with no tippiness. Itís slightly wider than the Curry 4 which is ultra stable. Containment Leather and that plastic rail runs almost across the entire shoe. As you guess, no issues Conclusion Another old shoe that outperforms the majority of shoes today. But this time the shoe is twenty years old, not twelve. Sure itís simplistic looking, almost on the verge of following the dad shoe trend but donít let its looks deceive you, it plays like a beast after all these years. The Pippen II, the Uncle Drew of kicks. Donít reach Youngblood! These get a first team rating even after twenty years. And could it be more appropriate?

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 adidas Crazy Explosive PK 2017 Performance Analysis Review Alerter l'administrateur Recommander à un ami Lien de l'article 

I know everyone and their mothers loved the Crazy Explosive 2016 last year but they just didnít work for me due to the placement of the cored out section and thin Boost in the forefoot. I wasnít very hopeful for the 2017 but some slight tweaks ( international or not) in the cushioning made my neuroma pain a little more tolerable. As for the rest of the shoe, I feel the 2017 is superior to the 2016 but not everyone will feel the same way. Luckily, you can still buy the 2016 for less. Pros: traction when clean, cushioning, fit, support and stabilty, containment Cons: shoe starts off stiff but breaks in quickly, outsole needs wiping on dusty floors, outsole prone to wear and peeling Sizing: most players will want to go up half a size since these run slightly short and narrow. Wide footers will definitely want to go up at least half a size. Best for: guards or lighter bigs Buying Advice: wait, they made a lot and they arenít going anywhere. $100 is fair and what I paid, $75-85 range should be the bottom. Finishline has them for $112.50 after one month. Weight 16.5 ounces in an 11.5 US. Pretty much the same as last year. Traction Power Coral, Ready for action! Same as last year. Works great on clean floors but requires a fair amount of wiping on dusty floors. More than acceptable but still not top tier since it doesnít have that strong bite and needs wiping to stay glued to the floor. Also it is still prone to peeling and wear so not really recommended for outdoor use. Swap out the Rose 7 traction and youíd have a beast of a shoe. Cushioning Similar to but slightly better feeling for me than last yearís set up. Last year the forefoot felt thin to me and I didnít feel it much but this year feels better for me in the forefoot. The set up feels ever so slightly firmer than last yearís which is great for me since I donít bottom out quite as much. If it wasnít cored out exactly where my neuroma sat, Iíd have no issue but oh well at least itís tolerable this time. Just like last year this ridge is where the Boost actually starts. Unfortunately, I canít tell you if itís supposed to feel that way or if itís Adidasís quality control. I actually bought the Black White Neoprene pair last year and was planning on writing about the improved traction but got sidetracked and never did. I actually bought four different pairs of the same shoe and they all felt different; Some felt great in the heel while others felt stiffer than the rest. Iíve had similar experiences with other Boost models. Donít get me wrong it feels great underfoot pretty much no matter what but they do feel different. Okay back to the actual cushioning on the CE17. Overall, the cushioning is slightly stiffer than the 2016 but still feels good heel to toe. Forefoot is still thin feeling due to the heel toe drop as well as the Infinity Shank. Cushioning is still softer than the Harden Vol 1, Rose 6 (in the heel) and CLB16 but just not as wide of a margin as last yearís. Sizing For reference I went true to size with the 2016. With the 2017, wide footers should go up half a size maybe even a full size because these run tight. Regular and narrow footers can go true to size or half a size up as well because these run a little short. I advise regular and narrow to try them on if possible. Fit Yes a real improvement!! Adidas finally got the shoe sock (SHOCK) trend right. The fit on the CE 17 is fantastic and really gives a one to one sock like feel. The HD 2016 FK had a similar idea but I had some heel slip in those due to the placement of the top eyelet. This is one of the big reasons the fit works is because Adidas actually put the top eyelet where I need it to pull my ankle back and keep it there. They also made five sets of eyelets this time around (I told yíall it was a dumb gimmick last year!) Another reason the sock works well is because Adidas padded the sewn in tongue well and kept it elastic. By keeping it elastic, it keeps the tongue from bunching up and allows it to actually fit like a sock. Overall the fit is excellent, well done Adidas! Materials Primeknit is back again but it isnít as soft and flexible like last yearís. If you liked the softness of last yearís Primeknit, buy last yearís. Forged Primeknit is what Adidas calls it and itís basically Primeknit with ďforged yarnĒ plus some light glue on 95% of the upper. Adidas left out the ďforgedĒ portions along the medial forefoot to allow it to flex more naturally. It takes only a few runs to get the upper to break in. No issues here for me but if you liked the Primeknit of the 2016 version, get the 2016 version. Support and Stability Support comes mostly from the fit and the internal heel counter. At first glance it looks like the CE 17 sock is just there for proprioception only but only the very top of the collar is sock like so you do get a touch of support if you call padding support. You can see how thick yet flexible the padding is below. Thankfully stability is once again excellent on the Crazy Explosive thanks a large flat outsole, low ride and infinity shank. Iím not sure if Adidas firmed up the shank but the 2017 starts out much stiffer underfoot than 2016 but breaks in nicely. Just like the Hyperdunk 2017, I feel the combination of flexibility around the ankle with a very stable base is the best of both worlds. Great job Adidas! Containment My dream come true !! Look at that roll cage.. heel to toe coverage. Containment is fantastic on the CE17. Awesome job Adidas! Conclusion I am probably the only ďreviewerĒ who didnít give the Crazy Explosive 2017 tons of praise and love. I get all geeked out over new tech like everyone else but not if it doesnít translate onto the court itís a simple pass for me. The 2017 made minor tweaks to the 2016 formula and the result is a better performing shoe due to a better fit and containment. I think most players will enjoy these because it does everything well if not great and really gives the player an excellent one to one fit with a low to ground yet well cushioned ride. If the cored out section wasnít cored out and traction was improved Iíd undoubtedly love these (I am a traction lover what can I say). And if you loved the Nike Air Foamposite 2019 them again. 2016 is soooooooooooooo long ago so itís time to clear them out of inventory and make room for the newer models. If you ever wondered why I donít like top ten lists for a calendar year, well thatís why. Limiting your kicks to whatís new for the season really confines you to what the manufacturers make and market for the year. Keep your eyes open and you wonít have to open your wallet as wide while getting the shoes you actually want.

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 Adidas Ball 365 Performance Review and Analysis Alerter l'administrateur Recommander à un ami Lien de l'article 

Last season, Adidas created the Ball 365 to cater to outdoor ballers. I was really excited last year about this shoe coming out but it was only available overseas and thanks to Adidasís wanky sizing, I really didnít want to spend $150 plus on a shoe that could be way too big or way too small. I guess I wasnít the only one since no ďreviewersĒ reviewed them. Thankfully the new season is here and everything is on sale so I felt I could justify the risk for almost half the price. In hindsight I wish I didnít. Pros: traction, cushioning, decent fit, stability, containment, durable outsole Cons: thick layers and use of Climawarm will suck for outdoor use during summer months, super thin tongue and dumb design leads to discomfort, some heel slip, rides a little high off the ground, pricey for what you get Sizing: take a wild guess.. typical Adidas or is it atypical Adidas? Best for: outdoor players who have to have Adidas Buying Advice: buy something else Weight: Adidas likes to keep them over one pound I guess. Similar weight to the Rose line or CLB16. Traction Now this application of Continental rubber makes sense. During my test of Continental versus Regular, I felt Continental would be more durable especially outdoors so it makes sense to put these on the Ball 365. Works great outdoors and indoors as well. Not really much wiping required even on dusty floors indoors. This is the best part about the Ball365 Cushioning Bounce wins the award for consistency. It has that distinct feel across a lot of different lines of shoes. These feel a little firmer than the Lillard 4 but still feel like Bounce. I think this set up is great for outdoors even though it sits a little higher up than Iíd like. Sizing Good thing Iím a good guesser..Before you read this, which way do you think sizing went ? True to size go up half a size go down half a size other? Tough question to answer isnít it? Fix this issue Adidas. Well I went half a size up just based on pictures and I was right. There is a lot of padding in the Ball 365 and it runs shorter and narrower than Adidas hoop shoes in general. I had a finger width of space from my biggest toe to the end of the toe box which is my preference and what podiatrists actually recommend. Fit In all honesty I wanted the mids but I couldnít find a pair in my size for a good price. However these lows do a decent job in regard to fit. I had serious heel slip to start but after some workouts and runs the heel fit got better but never got truly locked in. The laces donít sit high enough or far enough back for me and I really didnít feel like poking more holes in shoes. Plus the design as a whole didnít help either (more below). Yes, my feet are very fickle when it comes to lows thatís why I like mids because I usually have zero issues like this with them. The lace ďeyeletsĒ are similar looking to the Rose 8 but the string is actually one continuous piece. If you break it youíre SOL I could have gone down half a size and it would probably would have improved the fit but then the shoe would have been too tight. No issues with movement side to side since these run pretty narrow. Overall, I find the fit to be slightly below average due to the heel fit. Miss would probably do a a better job on this department. Materials The Ball 365 is mostly just mesh similar to the Fusemesh of the Lillard 3. Nothing great but it feels right as an outdoor material. There is some protection around the toebox for toe dragging which is a plus but if you donít drag on this spot get ready for some fraying or holes. More coverage across the forefoot would be ideal. There is also a thick underlay of cloth which I believe is Climawarm but it doesnít impede flexibility. Itís there to keep your feet warm during winter months while keeping them ultra moist during summer. Yuck Climawarm -when you really want a bacteria farm growing in your shoes. I get itís called the Ball 365 as in 365 days a year but during the hot swamp as* summer this is not what you want at all. And during the winter months, your feet donít need Climawarm because your feet naturally get hot. Trust me Iíve played hours upon hours of tennis during the winter months and keeping my feel warm was the very last thing I was worried about. Maybe next time throwing in a headband or ski mask would be better than Climawarm as a material in a shoe with no ventilation. One of the dumbest ideas Iíve ever seen unless Iím going skiing or hiking in the freezing cold. Design So yea ..about those TPS reports Maybe I just need a explanation from engineers but this space makes no sense and give me lace pressure irritation and pain. I mean really why? Ventilation ? You have a super thin tongue covering the space so it canít be for that. This little thin tongue letís me feel all the lace pressure I could ever want. And why is the tongue on top of the shoe ? It just looks like n extra piece of fabric. That space doesnít help with the fit either so it really makes little sense. Basically my foot foot acts as wedge some every time I run my ankle can push further and further into the ďVĒ cutout making the fit worse with each step. If youíre going to keep my feet warm, a traditional tongue or bootie set up would have worked much better while keeping my feet nice and toasty. Support and Stability Support comes from the heel counter and fit so I had no issues with support. Those nubs do nothing except give the appearance of durability and to prepare you for battle with the Whitewalkers. See the Ball365 would be great when #winterishere #gameofthronesdork Actually the real reason the nubs exist is to add accessories to the shoe but I thought we were done with shrouds and lace covers back in 2001. Stabilty is good as well with an outsole similar to the Lebron 16. No tippiness in the heel either. Nice job overall Adidas! Containment Good containment since my foot sits well below the raised midsole. Sorry this is so brief, just want to finish writing this review. Conclusion I really liked that Adidas made an outdoor shoe basketball shoe since not everyone plays indoors. The Ball 365 should really be called Ball 245 because I would not advise wearing these during summer months due to the thick underlays and Climawarm. IF I ignore the heat retention and weird painful cut out that led to Crazylace pressure and heel slip, the Ball245 is an okay shoe and feels sturdy for the outdoors. But at a retail price of $120 (I think) not including shipping costs, youíd be better served buying older models with Continental rubber for half the price like adidas nmd or Lillard 2. I usually donít feel sorry about buying a shoe at $80 but this isnít even aesthetically pleasing to me so pretty much just a big L. I could have bought two Lillard 3ís at the outlet for less than I paid for these and had a better fit, ventilation, and looks. Oh well live and learn and move onto the next one. I hope this review saves someone some money!

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