2017年09月22日

NIKE AIR FLIGHT ONE (1) RETRO PERFORMANCE REVIEW

They’re fairly light, very comfortable, look great and they play pretty good too… this is what 90’s performance footwear was all about.

Traction – They started out pretty slick, just like the Rose 7.0. I was hoping that the slippery rubber would break-in and they eventually did… quite nicely I must say. Court conditions really play a factor with their overall traction once the break-in process is complete so expect to wipe regularly if you plan on wearing these on dusty courts. However, the rubber feels durable enough for outdoor surfaces so these may be a fairly good option on the blacktop.

Cushion – I personally loved the cushion setup. With the Zoom Air forefoot and Air sole placed at the heel, cushion is responsive while protecting against impact. There is an EVA insole placed inside that is on the thick side when compared to most Retro releases. It will limit your ability to feel the responsiveness of the Zoom at first but just give it some time to mold to your foot and all will be normal. The only real complaint is that they are fairly high off the ground but stability was not an issue because of it.

Material – While the synthetic upper is durable, it’s pretty cheap and for their price you would expect them to be closer to the original release. This is probably my one gripe with the air flightposite one for sale… the phrase, “They don’t make them like they used to”, rings loud and clear. Luckily, the downgrade in materials did not affect their overall performance so it’s more of a want than a need… but it still would have been nice to see a little more effort.

Fit – They fit beautifully. This is where 90’s era kicks shine. The padding and comfort you receive from the shoes interior is unmatched by todays footwear so “plush” is a good adjective when describing how they feel. Lockdown from heel to toe was on point and that was somewhat of a surprise since heel lockdown was a feature greatly lacking in almost every Air Penny signature model… not that I’m complaining… it was a good surprise.

Ventilation – There really isn’t any. While this will bring down their overall score, you can’t really hold them accountable when ventilation was the least of our concerns back in 1995.

Support – This is another area where the Flight One placed well above average. A TPU shank plate is placed at the midfoot while the Phylon midsole features a small wing – much like the Air Penny 2-3 – for additional lateral support. The little wing is pretty much why the lackluster materials functioned properly.

Overall – The transition wasn’t extremely smooth but everything else worked pretty well. It’s pretty astonishing to think that a shoe designed in 1995 could still be visually appealing and functional on-court…

If brands and designers would just sit down and make a completely functional design, we could still have performance basketball shoes crafted with raw materials today. I mean… every single Air Jordan model has been more than capable of handling on-court action and they’re all made with leathers and nubucks. Just think about it… a shoe made out of leather releasing one more time… you would have a sneaker that looked good off court while playing well on-court… just like the good 'ol days.

You can grab these now at most Nike Sportswear retailers and you can also find them on sale at kd10sale.com.  


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2017年09月05日

Nike Air Foamposite One Perfromance Reviews


Hit the jump for full written review & scores.

Traction – As with most translucent soled sneakers, these worked for a brief period but then the dust quickly became an obstacle that couldn’t be overcome… doesn’t leave me with much hope for the Air Jordan XI. Front to back they were decent at best but players often need stable traction for every direction other than front to back… especially if you are a Guard running around. If the shoe offered more flex or range of motion then maybe things would have been different but as they are… it just wasn’t ideal for indoor courts unless they are kept perfectly clean. Outdoors may prove useful if the court has a bit of texture to it… but I wouldn’t dare play in these on a smooth outdoor surface.

Cushion – Once the shoe is broken-in – I’ll get into that in a bit – then the cushion begins to soften up. Its strange having a shoe that features full length Zoom – double stacked in the heel – start out so firm. I will say that once things begin to soften up then you can appreciate how comfortable a nike air foamposite one can be… it just takes a hell of a lot longer than you’d imagine.

Material – I have a love hate relationship with the materials. The foams sturdiness and protective traits are awesome… you just can’t enjoy them for a while until it’s all broken-in. One thing that is apparent in a shoe featuring Foamposite… it’ll last… the materials will actually outlive the glue holding everything together.

Fit – Break-in time… lots of it. Be prepared for one of the most grueling break-ins you’ll ever experience. I’m not even joking either, I knew I was up for a challenge with this one but I honestly had no idea it would ever take as long as it did.

Even after switching to a pair I thought was already broken-in taught me that Foamposite’s will always need to be broken-in again and again when playing in them. After you are done perspiring inside the shoe the shell hardens up a little, contouring to your foot shape but leaving you with a stiff shoe until you warm it up again… it’s like playing with a tight muscle, it constantly needs work which is a little too much maintenance than I can a handle.

Its overall fit is great after it molds to your foot with the exception of the heel… that area needs a lot of work and I couldn’t do anything to keep my heel locked into place. Thanks to the sloppy heel lockdown, it ends up feeling like you have a brick flopping around… like a really heavy sandal or clog. This is probably the shoes Achilles heel… pun moderately intended. If there were better heel lockdown available then the shoe would have played a little smoother and less clunky, even for its weight. These are the same weight as the Air Jordan VIII and you wouldn’t ever know they weighed the same unless you threw them both on the scale… even then I thought my scale was broken because they just feel like dead weight in comparison

Ventilation – There is only minor ventilation which is featured along the tongue. This is necessary for the materials used so the rating shouldn’t be considered here… unless you absolutely need a shoe that can breathe.

Support – Carbon Fiber, Foamposite and a double last midsole… that’s a lot of support. It would have been better had the heel fit properly but we can’t have everything we want now can we.

Overall – This is not my cup of tea… I know a lot of ball players love to play in Foams but I think I’m much too small for them. If there was ever a shoe made for LeBronJames… it was the Foamposite pro island green … His Foamposite based sneaker looked much better than this one though – from a performance perspective.

Besides the heel lockdown I would have preferred the shoe to not feature a double last midsole. This made the shoe nearly impossible to flex with your foot the way a quick Guard would prefer. Front to back was fine but I’d have liked some lateral flex so I could maneuver the way I usually do.

Not a bad shoe but not a great shoe either. It’s definitely cool though… I’ll give it that kd10sale.com  


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