Nike Kobe A.D. NXT 360
Aesthetics - I was pretty hyped with the release of these, and the looks was part of it. It's a bit different in hand and on feet. The 360 flyknit isn't the usual soft but durable flyknit from the Kobe's we're used to. for the most part, it's feels like a plastic mesh kind of upper. Gives a cheapish look. The way the outsole is design around the upper looks very nice though.
Traction - This traction performs well. Not top tier, but close. Just not the best stop available. What's important is that the nubs are soft and not very durable at all - probably worse than the NXTs. Mine have worn down in some high pressure areas after 2 sessions of play. Kind of a piss cutter at the high price point for these joints.
Lockdown - perfection, as with all other Kobes. Heel is nicely sculpted, and fit is impeccable. Take note, there are 2 possible eyelets to choose from at the very upper eyelet. Choose the best setup that gives you the best lockdown.
Midsole - something new here. It's a dropin midsole with both Lunarlon and Cushlon. Cushlon is mostly in the middle at varying depths/density with mostly the Lunarlon on the boudaries. Players looking for a very mushy setup with high impact protection will like this. The Cushlon is very noticeable almost sink into it. It's a bit too mushy for me, without a bounce back / energy return kind of feeling.
Fit/Comfort - true to size. Impeccable fit. The meshy upper isn't the most comfortable, but it's not bad
Mobility - Ultra lightweight upper, low cut just at the ankles, and a rounded midsole. These shoes will really test your ankle strength! But if you've been playing basketball for years and have that ankle muscle memory built-in....these gives you a pretty amazing feel on the court.
Support - As long as you've got the ankle strength on cuts, the support from the upper is 100% reliable. However, with no outrigger and that rounded midsole, on the plays that you can't control, like stepping on someone's foot....the chance of getting hurt is quite high.
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