2017年10月24日

Under Armour c1n Trainer Performance Review


Well, this is different. For those of you who are fairly new, or didn’t really rock with Under Armour for sale four years ago, Cam Newton had a signature shoe called the Cam Newton Highlight Trainer (Nightwing reviewed them here and I reviewed them for another site).

The shoe was pure athleticism — an almost barefoot concept mid- and outsole, Micro G cushioning, Highlight and low cut. The Cam was great for almost every exercise, even short distances on the track or treadmill.

It’s 2017, and Cam has stayed with Under Armour, and the brand knows football and training. But to be honest, these C1N trainers look way more lifestyle than weight room. So, knowing us, you know what comes next. Let’s go…

For traction, Under Armour went with a tried-and-true turf dimple pattern. First used on the Barry Sanders football series back in the ’90s, this pattern grips indoor turf and carpet very well while still being comfortable on hard surfaces (no click-clack from cleats).

Thick grass, or even wet grass, will give the nubs some issues because they aren’t meant for digging deep. If your area is dirt, such as a baseball infield, or an indoor practice facility, you will get great traction.

Lateral movements on smooth surfaces were a little tricky as there is no coverage side-to-side. I did try to play basketball in these, and for warming up or slow drills, they are doable. Once the full-court run got going, it was time to change. However, for what they were meant for — weight rooms and agility drills — the pattern did work great.

One thing to note: the outsole is made of two different materials. The translucent red areas running from under the big toe to the midfoot and the outer areas of the heel are a harder rubber and show some wear of the nubs. The areas under the other four piggies and the arch back into the middle of the heel is midsole foam. You can see in the picture above that those nubs are tearing off like a prom dress. There is still plenty of nub left, but just know what you are getting.

Micro G is back!! Well, at least in name. According to Under Armour, there is full-length Micro G in the midsole. It isn’t the bouncy, responsive Micro G that was in the Black Ice and the first Clutchfit Drive or the runners like the Mantis.

This Micro G is more contained, especially in the heel, where it is caged by the plastic midsole. By caging the foam, the heel becomes more stable, which is extremely helpful when lifting heavy weights. This is a tough line to walk for trainers; too much cushion and the shoe becomes unstable, too little and the activities are limited. Again, the C1N feels more weight room than basketball.

The forefoot, however, is close to the bounce we remember. Close, but not quite. There is some give and response as the midsole sinks and pops back, but the extreme spring in the Micro G step is still missing. If you notice, there is no cage on the forefoot, so the foam has more room to compress.

So, if the cushioning isn’t the Micro G we remember, how did it get a high rating? (dang, ruined that surprise). Simple: the cushioning does what is is supposed to, for a training shoe. It is stable in the heel to prevent ankle rolls or wobbles under the squat bar while at the same time able to absorb impact in the forefoot from landings. Remember, just because a shoe has mushy midsoles and bouncy cushioning doesn’t mean it is good if that isn’t what you need in that shoe.

Under Armour revealed Threadborne on the Curry 3 but didn’t truly explore the possibilities until the Slingflex last winter. Threadbrone is a flexible woven material that can be stretchy or supportive, depending on the design and function. In the C1N, the forefoot and midfoot Threadbrone has a slight stretch and feels solid. The shoe isn’t stiff because the forefoot flexes along the toes and ball of the foot with no issues or hotspots.

This is good for containment on lateral movements while still letting the shoe fold and move with every step. Probably the best part is the ability to weave in interesting colors into the toebox. We have seen this colorway, the Panthers colorway with black sewn in, and the new ‘442’ with gold woven in. Solid colored shoes are ok, but for me, the excitement level rises when color is added.

The heel is synthetic suede that isn’t exactly premium to the touch but for the purpose of breaking up the look it works. It’s a very close cut, and honestly feels more like velvet, but it’s stiff enough to add some support around the heel by working with the synthetic strap around the back of the shoe.

One piece uppers can have a serious problem: when you lace tight enough to stop movement in the shoe you can create some crazy wrinkles in the lace area. To get the C1N tight enough to stop most of my internal movement, the area under the laces folded under and pushed straight into the top of my foot. Blisters were not my friend, but they came hanging around.

Thus, I loosened the laces to allow the upper to expand and then I could take it off without untying. Neither way worked, unfortunately. If you can take your pick of those choices, you will get a forefoot that fits right on top of your toes with little dead space around the toebox.

The Under Armour site says to go down a half size, but length-wise the C1N fit perfect for me. The woven upper may allow most to go down half, making the midfoot fit tighter naturally and stopping the need to lace so tight, but I can’t say for sure since I didn’t try it.

One thing that for sure would have helped is more padding in the internal heel. It is not sculpted and instead goes straight up and down inside the shoe. Add a little more padding around the Achilles area to help with the heel lockdown and fit would have been much improved.

Most of the time, a sloppy fit leads to terrible support. How can a shoe be stable and supportive if your foot is moving around inside like it needs an escape? That is especially true for shoes used for speed, jumps, and cuts  and kd 10 opening night for sale— dynamic movements.

With a trainer, fit still leads to support, but you can get away with a little more room and movement in the weight room. The C1N Trainer’s heel area, at least underfoot, is wide and stable, and if you are doing stationary movements heel slip is not an issue. When under the leg press and hack squat machines, I could feel my foot moving back and forth against the end of the shoe — not a good feeling when moving several plates around (plates are 45 pound weights).

The forefoot and midfoot, again, underfoot, are stable and solid. The cushioning never feels like it is bottoming out or tilting in any way, which gave a sense of security, even if the fit didn’t. The forefoot strap should have helped, but it is too narrow and placed too far forward on the upper to hold much.

So, so close. The C1N Trainer is a serviceable trainer if you just need to get a quick workout in and head home. If your goal is to stay in the gym and run, lift, hit some plyometrics, box jumps, maybe a little basketball Shoes, then you may want to look for a shoe that fits a little better and contains a little more.

The Threadborne upper shows how versatile the material has become — the upper here is both multicolored and reflective — and the appearance of Micro G gives me hope that the foam isn’t completely dead. If the upper was more contained, cutting off the “going overboard” I felt on the sides of the shoes on  newjordans2018.com , the C1N could have been a classic.  


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2017年08月31日

air jordan 13 retro 2017 reviews and story


Traction – I’ll admit I was disappointed with the traction at first. It just wasn’t as awesome as I remembered it being with the Original and first round Retro releases. However, if you stick with it… the traction will break-in and give you plenty of coverage on the court. Lateral movements and front to back coverage are plentiful yet offer little restriction with movements – thanks to the much lower profile as opposed to the Air Jordan XII.

After nearly a week’s worth of playing, the traction was just as I remembered it being back in the day.

Cushion – Heel and forefoot Zoom Air cushion. It’s responsive, resilient and comfortable. No, it’s not quite as springy as the Air Jordan XII but as I mentioned above, you have much better court feel with the lower profile so you can pretty much have whatever ride you see fit – between the AJ XII and XIII.

On a personal level, I liked the feeling of the XII more but the lower profile ride of the Air Jordan XIII… I can’t have everything.

 

Material – The materials aren’t too great but they could be worse. At least the PU coated leather breaks in nicely – more than I can say for other models like the recent White/ Cement Air Jordan 4. My main gripe with PU coated leather is that the coat can be unpredictable. At times its durable as hell while other times it peels away from the leather as its bond to the glue is much stronger than the bond to the split grain leather.

The overall durability is still there it’s just that you will have sections that look like sole separation – which this isn’t… trust me, I know the difference. You can play in these like this just fine as I have been but it’s disappointing to see more than anything. If you choose to play in the most recent releases then this shouldn’t happen as those have slightly better quality.

 

Fit – These fit true to size while the most recent feel like they have a lot of dead space in the toe. Anything released from 2012 to the present time I would go ½ size down for a snug fit. If you wish to remain with your regular size and you feel that there is too much space, just put an additional insole in the shoe and you should be fine.

Lockdown is awesome, plain and simple. After a short break-in period the leather will soften up a bit. Once you readjust your laces then your foot won’t be going anywhere.

 

Ventilation – There isn’t any… I actually had sweat bleeding through to the red suede some nights. Doesn’t bother me at all but those who require well ventilated shoes… you won’t find it here.

 

Support – Overall support is great. The Carbon Fiber adds torsional support and minor arch support – those with high arches usually will require the use of orthotic inserts.

The fit its great and provides plenty of support and the base is nice and wide which does take some getting used to but once you adjust, you’ll be busting moves with more confidence than before.

 

Overall – 15 years later and these are just as fierce on the court as they were before. The Air Jordan XII and XIII are forces to be reckoned with on-court. There are some minor setbacks in terms of material quality but for the most part I think these still performed just as good as some of today’s sneakers.

The Way of Wade played pretty similar when I think about it… and I really liked those.  


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2017年05月10日

Where to buy pink Don C x Air Jordan 2s on 5.13


Jordan Brand unveiled the pink Don C x Air Jordan 2 project on Tuesday, confirming info about the shoes releasing only in small sizes and posting a full list of retailers that will carry them. It looks like the shoes will not be available online via Nike or Jordan, although they will be on the Just Don website.

Additionally, the Don C x Air Jordan 2 "Arctic Orange" will release at Wish, Concepts, Kith, Social Status, RSVP Gallery, 32 South State, Xhibition, Sneaker Politics, Oneness, SoleFly, Creme, Trophy Room, Ubiq, and Capsule. This sneaker will also be available at international retailers, although Jordan Brand hasn't posted a list of stores outside the U.S. that will carry them.

The sneakers won't come in men's sizes, a decision made by Don C after he saw his family miss out on previous Jordan 2s of his that weren't available in a wide range of sizes.

"My family couldn’t participate in the last couple of Jordan releases so it felt good to allow them to take part. This collaboration is not only for my blood family but my extended family—all my friends," Don C says in a piece at the Jordan blog. "I am excited to put family first for this drop and expand my new yeezys 2017 collaboration to everyone."

Don C x Air Jordan 2 Retro GS
Release Date: 05/13/17
Color: Arctic Orange/Arctic Orange
Price: $150

UPDATE 5/9: Jordan has added a list of retailers outside North America carrying the shoes:  


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