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Adidas Dame Lillard 5 Performance Review

After trying Dame 1, Dame series always use Bounce technology to make the insole from the second generation. Although the insole of Dame 2 has been made with BOOST, but Bounce insole is undoubtedly the symbol of Dame series. The Adidas Dame 5 also continue this design. From the mainstream products, we can see that Adidas pay high attention to Bounce insole.

I was expecting to get Dame 5. As there are too many knitted sneakers at present, Adidas put leather on almost the whole vamp.
The Dame 5 that we get is CNY colorway. Logo is on the heelpiece. The main colorway is black and red. The insole use the white for basics and matching with black doodle. The appearance of Dame 5 is vintage. The marks of Dame is few, except the logo on shoe tongue and signature of Dame 0 in the inner side of insole.

At present Dame 5 has two versions, one is with the leather vamp that we tested this time, and the other one is with knitted vamp. Both of the insole is Bounce cushion.
The performance of insole is in accordance with expectation. It’s punched on the upper of forefoot for ventilation and heat dissipation.
But it hasn’t make reinforcement on the forefoot, so the toes can’t be protected well. Dame 5 cancel the integrated design of shoe tongue and vamp, and it also cancel inner sleeve. I couldn’t understand this design.

For the weight, the unit weight of size EUR44.5 is only about 422g, it’s very light for leather vamp. The center of gravity is on the heelpiece. It should due to the the thick heelpiece. The air breathability of Dame 5 is not very good. You would feel hot if wearing it in Summer.
This model use knitted material on the cuff, it’s different with the traditional socks design. Dame 5 is for satisfying the request of comfort, and it also leave the space for the players who need to wear ankle guard. After tighting the shoelaces, the vamp can offer the requested compactness on daily wearing. The forefoot is wide. Generally, the wearing feeling is similar to Dame 4.

Dame 5 Testing Report:
1.Wrapping Performance: 6 scores.
The size is normal. I bought the same size as previous Nike shoes. It’s a pair of shoes for defender. But the shoes can’t cover well the foot. It’s too wide for the boot tree of forefoot and the part around the ankle. But due to the vamp is not thick enough, the bending part of the vamp is easy to be pleated. The support pf leather vamp is better than the knitted vamp.

2.Anti-torsion Performance: 8 scores.
Dame 5 is good for the anti-torsion performance. The outsole of Dame 5 has broaden the area of forefoot for improving the anti-torsion performance, especially the inside extending part. The soft rubber anti-torsion plate in the insole is extended to the bottom of vamp. It’s mid-high appearance, but the anti-torsion performance of Dame 5 is similar to low sneakers.
3.Traction Performance: 8.5 scores
The traditional herringbone is still stable as always. You won’t slip on clear or plastic field. But the crystal outsole is easy to absorb dust. The traction performance will decline after absorbing the dust. You need to clean the outsole. The herringbone outsole assure the good traction, and the rub fastness is enduring.

4.Cushion: 7 scores
It uses the same Bounce as previous generations. I still feel the bounce of Dame 5 is stiff, almost the same feeling as Dame 4. The heelpiece is thick. The cushion can satisfy the request of light players. For the heavier players who have high request for the cushion of sneaker, Dame 5 may not be able to satisfy your request. But for the light weight defenders, if you take the excellent feedback as the important indicator of choosing sneakers, you can consider Dame 5.
5.Stability: 9 scores
Dame 5 has wide forefoot. The outside is dilated design. You don’t worry about spraining the foot.

Generally, the disadvantage of Dame 5 is the wrapping performance and breathability. But its advantage is the light weight, good cushion and great traction & stability. And the retro appearance is also good looking. Its biggest advantage is the excellent feedback from Bounce.

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ADIDAS ULTRA BOOST 19 PERFORMANCE REVIEW


Adidas launched the BOOST technology which shocked the sports industry on 2014. And the new technology make Adidas to be on higher level on sneakers’ field. And then it use Boost technology to remodel many classic sneakers, such as TMAC Millennium, Adidas Stand Smith, Adidas Superstar Boost etc., which get high evaluating scores in the sneaker field. Nearly half of Adidas’s market shares is due to Boost technology.


The Ultra Boost series sneakers with Boost insole which were launched in 2015 have even been hailed as “The strongest technology sneaker”. Now Ultra Boost series comes to be the fifth generation. Different with the previous 4 generations, the fifth generation UB is named Ultra Boost 19. This time, Ultra Boost series is not only changing the naming way, but also changing the appearance and design philosophy. As the fans of Boost technology, today I want to talk about Ultra Boost 19.

The classic Ultra Boost yellow-white shoebox has been the standard configuration of Boost sneakers.

About size, the Adidas Ultra Boost 19 is standard size. I still choose EUR43 (273mm inner length).

The unit weight of EUR43 is 317g & 318g, it’s light for running shoes.

Shoe Vamp

The knitted shoe head of Ultra Boost 19 comparing with NIKE Lunar Epic Low Flyknit 2, the NIKE Lunar Epic Low Flyknit 2 has big air holes, and the ventilation of Adidas Ultra Boost is moderated. I think that Adidas Ultra Boost 19 hasn’t put the breathability to be the main selling point. It also shows that Adidas is aimed to make the UB series sneakers to satisfy the running request of four seasons.

The vamp of Adidas Ultra Boost 19 use the new Primeknit 360 technology. It uses different knitted methods on different area to make the shoe head, vamp and shoe tongue to become a whole like socks.

The vamp has good elasticity and fitting sense. It looks like big mesh holes on the shoe head, but it’s not actually, it just uses the illusion of dot matrix color blending. I didn’t feel cold in 3 degree centigrade outdoor. It has heat retention property. But it would be stuffy in Summer.

Insole TPU

The two pieces of TPU in insole is very soft. The breathable mesh texture design is actually mainly for decoration.


Adidas Ultra Boost 19 shoe-pad uses the light EVA material, and it has chorionic design on the shoe-pad. The thin shoe-pad is very suitable for this thickened BOOST. As it increases about 20% of the Boost material. It has big visual impact.

Midsole

The heelpiece height is about 29mm, Forefoot height is about 19mm.


The UB heel tendon part design is used till now. The hot sale of UB series sneakers also show that this classic design is accepted in the market.

Comparing with NIKE Air Pegasus 35, Adidas UltraBOOST 19 adds the strip sponge in the inside of heelpiece to increase the comfort level.
Anti-torsion

Outsole

The outsole is the familiar hollow out rubber outsole. It adds more stable Torsion Spring system in the insole to keep the stability.It uses Continental rubber on the outsole. The wear-resisting property should be good. But it’s hollowed-out outsole. The wear-resisting property can’t be assured now.


Shoelaces


General Comment:8.9 scores
After running in the street and highway:
Advantage: The cushion and resilience is the top level. Basic on the full-length of BOOST on the insole, it increase about 20% Boost material. The real effect is obvious. When jogging, the sole feedback of BOOST is good. When accelerative running, the resilient feedback and drive-force is obviously. The vamp uses new Primeknit 360 technology. The integrated vamp is very comfortable, and it covers the feet well.



Disadvantage:
The shoelaces are easier to be loosed when long-term running. It’s ok for short distance jogging.
Generally:
The thickened full-length Boost insole and new Primeknit 360 knitted technology make Ultra Boost 19 has a great improvement basing on previous UB series sneakers. Moreover, it has 3D Heel Frame around the heelpiece, Torsion Spring anti-torsion system, Stretchweb gridding outsole and wear-resisting Continental rubber. There is no shortage on this pair of shoes. But the insole is too high due to the thickened Boost, we suggest you to wear it when jogging, but it’s not suitable for long-distance running or high-intensity training.


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PUMA HYBRID PERFORMANCE REVIEW




You may can’t image that the strongest cushion technology is produced by PUMA.
PUMA launched the new HYBRID series. It keeps breaking through the sneaker’s technological innovation, and brings PUMA HYBRID ROCKET and PUMA HYBRID RUNNER.


PUMA mix the NRGY energy ball and IGNITE foam technology together and make HYBRID cushion insole technology. With the ultimate evolution of perfect integration, it provides the runners with the strong feedback of cushioning experience.


MATERIAL
Left: Black IGNITE cushion material, Right: NRGY Energy Ball Particles


IGNITE cushion pay attention to the overall supporting stability, and NRGY energy ball particle is in charge of super resilience. They complement each other and maximize the integrated cushion effect.


In the spirit of Forever Fast, this series carry with the newest developed Hybrid insole technology. It band PUMA’s NRGY and Ignite technology together, to be the new Hybrid series.


BRGY was developed by PUMA and Huntsman which is an American company. The insole is filled with suspension particles, which offers moderate supporting feedback and suspension protection. And IGNITE pay higher attention on the elastic force feedback and protection.


PUMA Hybrid cushion technology is a hybrid-type material, which is mixed by NGRY cushion particles and IGNITE cushion material.

NRGY suspension particles initiate the new technology for running shoes suspension. It offers the suitable suspension protection for the foot when moving. When the runner runs every step, the NRGY technology play an important part in the insole.

PUMA HYBRID Rocket’s forefoot and heelpiece uses IGNITE elastic insole technology with NRGY cushion particles, which offers excellent energy feedback and cushion comfort to the feet. The midsole is assisted by EVA stabilizing construction to resist the risk of reversal. The sock type knitted vamp and heelpiece reinforcing TPU supporting plate design with reinforcing lacing system in midsole offers the better wrapping performance and stability.

Another one Hybrid Runner use Hybrid overall length insole design to offer energy feedback and excellent suspension. And the rubber outsole is extending to middle arch of the foot to increase stability. And it adds the stabilizing cut-parts in the outsole to avoid reversal.

HYBRID is using PUMA’s best technology IGNITE and NRGY to be a new insole material. The IGNITE foam offer support and stability. NRGY energy ball guarantee the resilience and cushion.It should be the most comprehensive insole technology. The midsole is presented in a contrasting tone, which makes the NGRY particles to be dazzling.

PUMA HYBRID Rocket uses separated insole design. The forefoot and heelpiece are combined with NRGY and IGNITE technology, which offers excellent cushion protection and energy feedback.
The color of HYBRID is black, white and red.

The special design of three stops separated insole make the shoes to be front, middle and rear area.

It increases the flexibility when running. It maximum reduce the running resistance. For the size, we suggest you to have a try on the store to choose the suitable size.

Five reasons to buy
1.The traction capacity of the outsole unit was appreciated by the testers.
2.The underfoot cushioning system of the Puma Hybrid Rocket Runner was considered to be responsive.
3.People generally liked the aesthetics of this running shoe.
4.The width profiles were welcomed as they apparently adhered to expectations.
5.Consumers lauded the overall durability of this product’s materials, stating that the components lasted long.

One reasons not to buy
Traction wasn’t very reliable on slippery or dusty surfaces, according to a tester.
Bottom line
The Puma Hybrid Rocket Runner was a surprise for many because they didn’t expect functionality to reign supreme in a fashionable silhouette.  But this road companion offered precisely that, and runners welcomed it with open arms. The durable build and the useful materials were also highlighted. And though the traction wasn’t apparently top-notch on slick surfaces, it didn’t deter the shoe enthusiasts.
SIX COLORWAY:

Overall, the PUMAR HYBRID Rocket Runner is the first pair of sneakers with HYBRID cushion. The new design with new cushion give us a great surprise.

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Nike PG 3 Performance Review

Fly Me To The Moon

It uses special shoebox design. The top right corner PALMADALE is the designation of Paul George’s hometown, which is also the research center of NASA.

The shoe tongue uses the embroidery of American flag and PG’s personal logo. The heelpiece is with the embroidery of NASA and badge of Apollo Moon-landing Project.

It’s worthy to mention that different size of PG3 “NASA” has badges for different Apollo missions. The size that I have is US 8.5, the corresponding badge is Apollo NO. 17, which is also the last mission of NASA to land on moon.

It uses the material of making space suit on the shoe tongue and upper.

It has the exclusive embroidery hang tag as all previous NIKE outer space theme.

Comparing with the multilayer textile covering of traditional basketball shoes, PG3 ensures the strength while minimizing the covering layers. It’s to reduce the weight for canceling the hook and loop fasteners. But it still keeps the shelter on shoe side to frap, which keeps the tight wrapping performance of PG series.

The arrows on the shoe body comes from the outer space gloves of spaceman. It means that George has both attack and defend in front court and back court. This arrows also represent speed, that means this shoes can offer fast movement.

The insole is made of lighter and softer foam, matching with ZOOM Air in forefoot. It offers light and sensitive underfooting response. The outside of midsole NIKE Swoosh is higher than traditional basketball shoes. The advantage is the good anti-torsion performance. It won’t excessively overturn.

The design inspiration of outsole comes from the meteor crater of moonscape. The diameter of each circle is different. It looks comparatively. And it hides some memorable numbers about PG3 in some special circles.

The new NIKE PG3 make great improvement on the weight of shoe body. It’s lighter than PG2.You can move faster. The shoe tongue lining is filled with foam, not thick, but it  keeps the ventilation and also ensures the comfort level.

NIKE PG3 First Publishing Colorway

When the second generation signature shoes of Paul George is launched,his quotative word is,“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”

And this sentence becomes to be the inspiration of this pair of shoes. This model of jointly signed colorway is also the first launched colorway. This pair of PG3 has many details, including the numbers which are related with Paul George,such as the birthday, the uniform number, the quantity of tattoo and the postal code of Palmdale 93552.Certainly, the model of this NASA colorway on the right shoe tongue also has the Patch pattern of American flag.

Cushion on heelpiece

It’s said that PG3 use different density of PG2’s Phylon material on heelpiece. It’s obviously that PG3 is softer than PG2. You will have the feeling of cushion on heelpiece of PG3. It seems like the weaken Bounce. Generally, comparing with PG2, the heelpiece cushion of PG3 has been improved. But the cushion is still not good.

The using effect of forefoot Zoom

This pair of PG3 only uses fanshaped ZOOM on forefoot. For our experience, basically we can make sure that this fanshaped ZOOM cushion of PG3 run through the whole midsole, which is the same as PG2. On the top and bottom of air cushion, there is no extra midsole material filling.

Comparing with the forefoot fanshaped ZOOM of CP11, except the different air cushion thickness, there is a layer of midsole material under the air cushion of CP11. Although the air cushion thickness of PG3 is thicker than CP11, but the forefoot midsole construction of these two pairs of shoes is different. CP11 is insetting air cushion in the insole material. PG3 is separating the insole material and air cushion.

The cushion of PG3 has the faulting sense. As we mentioned in previous performance review of PG2, the air cushion is thick and the material around insole is too stiff, so that the forefoot has the obviously faulting sense.

The ZOOM on forefoot is comfortable, the core power area is comfortable, but the sideward is uncomfortable. Of course, some people would prefer to this sense. I suggest you to have a try and compare.

Support

We think that there are 3 elements of rollover prevention.

  1. If it has wider design of rollover prevention
  2. If the insole material is soft or hard
  3. The height of center of gravity

PG3’s center of gravity is high, but it make a rigid design, which is a functional adjusting design. The outside area of insole is reinforced. For its rollover prevention, it has been widen, but not obvious. And the center of gravity is on the high side.

Although PG3 has the reinforced design on the outside, but the center of gravity is higher than PG2, so I feel that the rollover prevention of PG3 is not good.

Tration

A crater-inspired pattern fills the outsole with circles and never disappointed. No matter the surface condition, traction had my back on all types of movement on both ends of the floor. In addition to multidirectional coverage, the circles just provide plenty of open area where dust can’t accumulate and I never once had to think about what type of step I should make. I never noticed any crazy screeching halts or insanely hard bites – I just noticed I never felt I lost a step. Traction was just as good outside as it was indoors when it comes to function though.

Fit

The shoe does fit on the snug side, but after a little break-in time, it was near perfect for me.

If you are a wide-footer, it’s close, but you may want to lean towards a half-size up. By the time this is published, we shouldn’t be too far from seeing the PG3 on more shelves so definitely give these a try-on in-store if you can.

Overall

PG’s OKC teammate may have a signature sneaker that reflects his speed and aggression on-court, but George’s represent him well also as they are suited for a smooth, two-way player that can get busy when necessary.

If you have a lot of life left in your PG1 or PG2/2.5 then no, the 3 probably isn’t a must-have right now unless you are a big Paul George fan. Honestly, with previous models still available for nearly half the price on sale, it’s hard to argue on saving money going that route. When it comes to 2019 releases, however, I do believe the Nike PG3 (along with the Why Not Zer0.2) sets a pretty nice bar for performers to come.

Generally, this is a pair of improved shoes for PG who is on uptrend. Although the appearance looks ordinarily. But as PG’s signature shoes, on the premise of satisfying the request of PG, and it also improve the problems of PG1 & PG2, it’s good for playing basketballs. It’s no problem to play the basketball on the outfield. Moreover, it’s the cheapest NIKE signature shoes.

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Adidas Marquee Boost Performance Review


When wearing Marquee Boost firstly, I meet the similar problem as Air Force Max, that is, there are too many the shoelaces holes on upper. You need times to adjust the shoelaces before and after wearing it. But the advantage is that the shoe body can lock well the foot. When taking off the shoes, you need to unfasten 2 to 3 layers of the shoelaces.

It has kinds of material on the shoebody. The vamp is made of Primeknit fabric material and other composite material. The boost on forefoot is the same as other other Adidas basketball shoes. It’s covered with TPU to increase the stability of the shoes.

But the whole material of the shoebody is soft. For the people who often do big movements when playing basketball, the support of the vamp is not very enough. It’s similar to the vamp of Kobe NXT 360.

But the design of outboard forefoot has great rollover prevention. The width of forefoot is moderated. And the knitted vamp of forefoot has elasticity. So the wrapping performance of forefoot is good. It’s not the best, but it can bring surprise to many people. The heelpiece of this high shoes has two tiers of different wrapping sense. Although the heelpiece part is full filled with the foam. But you will fell that there are two tier of wrapping above and below the red line. It’s tight below the red line, and it’s loose above the red line. It’s obvious.

But after two or three basketball games, the memory foam on heelpiece will fit well with your ankle, the layering sense will be weaken. In short, it’s a pair of shoes which need times to break-in. I’m satisfied at the wrapping after breaking-in.

Then I want to talk about the rollover prevention, it’s very great. The widen outsole with the covering edge design of the forefoot boost support well this pair of Marquee Boost. No matter playing internal line or exterior line, the support can satisfy your request. We’re satisfied at the stability of forefoot.

The performance of forefoot is great. That’s the advantage of Boost. The disadvantage is the heelpiece part. The cushion extremity is low, that is also the problem of Boost technology.

The outsole of Marquee Boost is herringbone design. As it rains a lot recently, the basketball field is wet, I slipped for a few times. It may due to the wet basketball field. In the same wet weather, Why Not Zer0.2 also sliped some times. For present position, we can’t offer a exact answer for the traction performance. When the weather get better, we’ll take this pair of Marquee Boost for testing the traction again.

After Adidas use boost, cushion is not need to be worried about. Comparing with Harden 2, which I usually wear, Marquee Boost is more softer. I feel that Marquee Boost is better than Harden 2. The thickness of forefoot is moderated.

Adidas Marquee Boost Colorway
Gray & Black colorway

Black & Red colorway

Multicolor

The Lakers’ Colorway

White & Gray Colorway

It seems that every 2018 Adidas sneaker is good, but the character of each sneaker is also similar, it also use the similar technology and there is no big difference on the price, so it’s hard for us to recommend the sneakers specific to you. But it’s also easier for you to choose the favorite shoes on the similar character and price.

Overall, Marquee Boost is a pair of casual basketball shoes. The appearance is retro and good looking. It’s suitable for both daily wearing and playing basketball. The wearing feeling of Marquee Boost is similar to EQT BOOST. The advantage of Marquee Boost is the great wrapping performance and ankle support, almost perfect insole cushion and stability. The disadvantage is, it’s a little troublesome to wear and take off the shoes, and the toes can’t be protected well by the soft vamp.

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Nike Air VaporMax 2019 Performance Review


Most of fans should still remember that the news of Nike VaporMax occupied the whole summer of 2017. As the first pair of pure air cushion suspending outsole sneaker, VaporMax get high attention. Comparing with the hot launched VaporMax, Nike Air VaporMax 2019 was launched in silence, it doesn’t have many publicity as VaporMax.

VaporMax 2019 use the same suspending outsole as VaporMax 2017. Although it’s still cool, but it can not longer to make people shocked when first sight. The difference of VaporMax 2019 with VaporMax 2017 is the vamp. It uses cicada’s wings composited material to replace Flyknit, and it adds TPU structural support on the heelpiece. To keep the same outsole as last generation and only upgrading the vamp, which seems to be the strategy of Nike’s high-end sneakers to update and upgrade.

Maybe Nike think that the outsole of last generation is perfect, not need to be upgraded. We’re not sure about the exact reason. Ok, let’s have a look at Nike Air VaporMax 2019 today.

Almost the same shoebox as last generation.

The logo on shoebox can change color according to different angle of light.

Today, we test the black and gold colorway sneaker. This colorway is presentable. It’s all-matching color.



The big air cushion under the setting sun presents a metallic texture, which is different from the glittering and translucent air cushion of the first generation.

When backlighting, it shows a sense of suspension. Just imaging that you wear it and standing on backlight, it would be very cool.


Although it’s not as shocked as last generation, but it can’t be denied that the most eye-catching one is the outsole.

It looks like a pair of football shoes from this side.

It still only have 5 rubber reinforcing parts which is the same as the air cushion outsole of last generation. The other places where touching with ground are plastic bumps that resemble the spikes.

It’s said that the air cushion is filled with inert gas.

It has gold shoe logo on the shoe tongue.


Comparing with VaporMax 2017, the most important improvement of VaporMax 2019 is that TPU support plate is added in the heelpiece, which reinforce the locking and support of heelpiece. You know, the heelpiece of last generation only has a thin layer of taped, which has a big hidden danger in strength.

(The support bar on the shoe body of VaporMax 2019)

(Flyknit on the shoe body of VaporMax 2017)
The vamp uses present popular cicada’s wings composited material. Under the cicada’s wings, there is a rubber strip construction which connecting with the shoelaces. It improves the wrapping performance and the lateral support.

The gold shoelaces head is pretty, but it’s not metal material.


Comparing with last generation, the vamp material of VaporMax 2019 is a little stiff. But the support of the vamp is better. The stitching part is covered with taped which reinforce the support and also protect the the stitch not be easy to be scratched.



Below, we’ll compare with VaporMax 2017 and test VaporMax 2019.




After tighting the shoelaces, I feel that the shoelaces is tighter than last generation. However, after returning to the design concept of performance-based sneakers, compared with the Flyknit of last generation, the vamp design is not so comfort. It is essential to wear socks.


The above picture of VaporMax 2017 was tested on the Summer of 2017. The air temperature was about 25℃ . Below picture of VaporMax 2019 was tested on the Winter of 2019, The air temperature was about 0℃. I feel that the air cushion in Summer is more full. But the air cushion in Winter is easier to be treaded down. So the temperature would effect the performance of air cushion.

As the air cushion is not put into the inside foam material, there is only a layer of shoe-pad between the foot and air cushion. If comparing with the traditional foam cushioned sneaker, it likes the difference between infinitely variable speeds and gears variable speed. For the people who haven’t weared VaporMax series before, it needs times for adapting. Of course, it’s very cool to wear it and walk on the street.


As VaporMax 2019 upgrade the vamp, when testing uphill and downhill, emergency stop, running and jumping etc., we find that it has great progress than last generation. The stability of heelpiece, lateral support and wrap are superior to last generation.

As it uses the same outsole as last generation, it also inherits the disadvantages of last generation. Firstly, the traction is not great. The rigid plastic toothed nails touch with the ground directly, it’s lack of the rubber suppleness and force of friction. In addition, the structure of the outsole is distributed in grooves, which is easy to get stuck with small stones or other small items on the road. If you go to the grassland or cobbled road, it’s better to change other shoes, otherwise, it will be quite embarrassing.

Overall Review of VaporMax2019:
It uses the same outsole as last generation, and it aimed at the problem of insufficient support and improved the vamp, which makes VaporMax 2019 keep the VaporMax series’cool appearance, and also improve a lot of the support and stability of heelpiece. Comparing with the reputable socks design of VaporMax 2017, VaporMax 2019 upgrade and make up the the disadvantage, it has promoted the wearing durability and working life. As is well-known, VaporMax series sneakers is regarded as popular sneakers. Most of people choose this sneaker for walking, not for running. Obviously, the comfort and wearing durability is more important. The gains and losses of the improved VaporMax 2019 also depends on the market.

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The Performance Review of Jordan Why Not Zer0.2

Westbrook’s signature shoes have important position on Jordan brand. Today, we want to have a look at the performance of Why Not Zer0.2.

We find a workmanship flaw on this shoes. The ZOOM air cushion on the outsole of right and left forefoot is different.

The right outsole plump a little up. The left outsole is normal. The rubber on right outsole should haven’t been glued well, or the air is leaked when producing. Sure, it should be a case-by-case.
It’s easy to wear Zer0.2. After loosing the shoelaces, the opening of shoes is big, it’s easy to wear. But it has double tier of inner sleeve on heelpiece like PG2. Who prefer to slip-on, it would be easy to tread this inner sleeve.

Although it looks like PG2, but the difference is, the outer sleeve of Why Not Zer0.2 is higher than inner sleeve, but the inner sleeve of PG2 is higher than outer sleeve. The inner and outer sleeve of PG2 is seamed together. But the inner and outer sleeve of Why Not Zer0.2 is half-detached. Please you have a look at the dismantled parts.


After tighting the shoelaces, I feel that the center of gravity is a little high. I want to talk about the big Zoom on forefoot. The first feeling on foot is the big and thick Zoom. The Zoom on forefoot is also used on AJ32 and AJ33. Let’s compare them simply.



For the center of gravity, Why Not Zer0.2 is higher than other two sneakers. Why Not Zer0.2 is softer than AJ32 and AJ33.

When we’re dismantling the shoes, we found that the structure of Why Not Zer0.2 is similar to AJ33, except the insole of AJ33 using FlightSpeed, but Why Not Zer0.2 just use a tier of insole material. That is the difference why Why Not Zer0.2 has high center of gravity and soft midsole. The material of FlightSpeed is thinner than Phylon, but Phylon is softer than FlightSpeed.
The black area around the shoes looks like FlightSpeed. But it is just black coating.

You can start quickly. It doesn’t have obvious collapse and drag like previous ZOOM.

We have compared several kinds of air cushion. We found that Jordan prefer to use big ZOOM on forefoot recently, the air pressure is better than other kinds of air cushions like full-length ZOOM, fan-shaped ZOOM and Kyrie 5’s Zoom Turbo. If the air pressure is enough, the ZOOM will be softer. But the disadvantage is, the cushion will descend.

The area of square ZOOM air cushion is big, covering the forefoot. When you start from forefoot, you will feel that the ZOOM likes spring. Each deformation of air cushion will bring great elastic potential energy to push you to go ahead.
Lateral movement and the outsole form:

The big area and high-pressure ZOOM on forefoot can push you to go ahead, but the lateral movement is not very good. The main part of lateral movement is rollover prevention and lateral traction.

The ZOOM air cushion of Why Not Zer0.2 can be said the thickest inner ZOOM air cushion. Enough air pressure can reduce the deformation. The high center of gravity don’t have good rollover prevention. That’s why Kyrie 5 make ZoomTurbo for the outsole shape.

Second, the visible gradient of the outsole also works for ZOOM. The lateral traction is not very good.

Generally, the forefoot design is great for the players who have strong physical quality and linear acceleration explosive force.
Heelpiece

Comparing the full-length ZOOM of Why Not Zer0.1, Why Not Zer0.2 only use ZOOM on forefoot, and it just stick the shoe logo on the heelpiece. We have compared PG2 and Kyrie 5 which also haven’t used technology on heelpiece part. The heelpiece cushion effect of Why Not Zer0.2 is better than PG2 and Kyrie 5. The outsole on heelpiece is not very stiff.

The insole material of the sneaker is soft. Comparing with PG2, the insole of Why Not Zer0.2 is soft, like Adidas Bounce.

Why Not Zer0.2’s arc-shaped design on heelpiece is for physical cushion. When you fall to the ground on heelpiece firstly,the arc-shape on heelpiece will push the vibration sense to other place to reduce the force of heelpiece. So the cushion on heelpiece is not bad. I like this design.

Wrapping and Supporting Performance
After tighting the shoelaces, I feel that the shoes fit well with the foot. After wearing the shoes for a long time, you will find that the great wrapping performance is coming from the thick inner lining.

Comparing with AJ32 and PG2,the wrapping performance of Why Not Zer0.2 is not excellent. It doesn’t fit very well as AJ32.

But if you has wide forefoot and high instep, it’s very suitable for you to wear Why Not Zer0.2.

For support, although Why Not Zer0.2 has the lateral strut as KT3 and the middle support plate as Howard 3 which give good support to the shoes, but the outsole is too soft and not very stable, and it doesn’t have extra rollover prevention design, which reduce the shoe’s stability. It would be more suitable for people who has heavy body weight and great power of ankle.
Traction is normal.
The grain of outsole is similar to the claw of octopus. I slipped for a few times when playing basketball. Marquee Boost and Lillard 5 also has the slipping phenomenon. But the traction of Why Not Zer0.2 is not better than Marquee Boost and Lillard 5. The camber on outsole may cause the slipping. It may also due to the wet weather. I am not sure about the exact reason. You can pay an attention on it.

We suggest you to wear it to walk for a while to break-in before actual combat. It may reduce the slipping times when actual combat. Here I also want to remind you to be careful when playing basketball on wet weather.

The personal review for the design:
I think it’s reasonable to add the stiff material on the midsole and heelpiece area. It’s unquestionable that the design of Why Not Zer0.2 is good. The shape is very suitable to the individuality of Westbrook.


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The Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 Deconstructed

Today, we dismantle a pair of Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 to see its structure and material details.

It has many levels and several kinds of material on the vamp.

On the forefoot vamp, there is a piece of foam mesh between outer knitted vamp and lining.

The middle part of the vamp is made by fabric and lining. It just adds two pieces of support plate. After tighting the shoelaces, it will fit well the foot.


There are two tiers of foam filling in the heelpiece part.

After dismantling it, we find that the two tiers of foam are glued, it is just seamed on the bottom. It would be easy to step on the lining when wearing the shoes without using hand.

It adds a piece of red TPU on the outer layer of heelpiece. It’s a little soft.

The TPU on the arch part is big and stiff.

There are 3pcs of reinforcing ribs on the TPU. It looks like W from the side view.

There is no extra TPU under the fabric of midsole.

Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 has a big area of ZOOM on forefoot. The ZOOM size is the same as AJ33. The thickness is 10.80mm. And the thickness of FlightSpeed on AJ33 is only 1.59mm. Why Not Zer0.2 ’s ZOOM is thicker. That’s why its center of gravity is high.



The thickness of Phylon on heelpiece is moderated. It’s also softer than Kyrie 5.

Which position does Curry 6 suit for?
As the second signature shoe of fashion icon Westbrook, the design of Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 is unique. The design style is fearless and fashion-forward. It’s very suitable to Westbrook.
Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 should be more suitable to whose playing way is similar to Westbrook or who has great physcial quality.

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Performance Review: Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% VS Nike Zoom Fly

On the plan of breaking 2, Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% and Nike Zoom Fly must be the most important 2 pairs of running sneakers of Nike in 2017. Today we want to compare the performance of Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% and Nike Zoom Fly.

Due to the carbon plate and ZoomX, Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% became an amazing and unique sneaker. Whether the performance or comfort level, it’s hard to find another running sneaker that can compare with 4%. But ZOOM FLY, the cheaper one, hasn’t given us too much surprise. It just can be a pair of training shoes that has good buffer performance with carbon fiber nylon plate.
Test:
Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%: running 200KM,Nike Zoom Fly: running 150KM
Appearance: 9.0 scores -Zoom Vaporfly 4% vs 9.0 scores -Zoom Fly
The appearance of Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% is similar to Zoom Fly. The best distinguishing way is to see if the inner hook position has flywire or not.


Most of people may be curious about the sharp prominent design on heelpiece. The designer want to make the shoes look more “sense of speed”. It also design the spade line on both side of insole. The position of carbon plate and nylon plate is almost the same as the outsole rubber, near to the shoe sole.

Actual wearing feeling: 8.6 scores -Zoom Vaporfly 4% vs 7.9 scores -Zoom Fly
I’m confused for the size of these two pairs of running sneakers. The size of Vaporfly 4% is a little bigger, Zoom Fly is half size smaller.





The running feeling is totally different, as these two sneakers use different insole material. The insole of Vaporfly 4% is soft and elastic. But Zoom Fly is stiff.
The longest running distance on Vaporfly 4% is 30KM. The speed is between 405 and 420. The tester feel ache on the shank at last 5km and the feet has some bubbles. The heelpiece part of Vaporfly 4% is a little loosing. And the shoelaces were dispersed a few times. But the heelpiece part of Zoom Fly is tight.
Support: 7.5 scores -Zoom Vaporfly 4% vs 7.6 scores -Zoom Fly
If you run slowly, you can only feel zero support from the vamp of Vaporfly 4%. And there is no support on the inner side of arch.

When you wear Vaporfly 4% for 400KM or 20KM for training, you will find that the carbon plate of Vaporfly 4% has great function. The elasticity is great. When your power can’t keep the fast speed, the carbon plate will push you for a few steps.


The support of Zoom Fly is a little better than Vaporfly 4%, the main reason is the insole Lunarlon material is more stiff. One of our tester said the sole of this running shoes is thick and stiff. But you can feel the elasticity if jumping to the grand heavily.
The performance of carbon fabric nylon plate in Zoom Fly is as good as carbon plate.


Buffering: 9.0 scores -Zoom Vaporfly 4% vs 7.8 scores -Zoom Fly
The buffering performance of ZoomX is excellent. The weight is light, and it’s soft. That is the buffering performance of ZoomX. The runner who wears Zoom Vaporfly 4% can get faster recovery time than wearing normal running shoes.


The heelpiece position of Vaporfly 4% is easy to deform


few deformation on the heelpice position of Zoom Fly

It’s hard to describe the buffering performance of Zoom Fly. The stiff Lunarlon can offer more buffering performance to heavier runners.



Endurance: 7.5 scores -Zoom Vaporfly 4% vs 8.5 scores -Zoom Fly
After running 18KM, the outside of Zoom Vaporfly 4% heelpiece is abrased. The lateral of insole is covered with a tier of plastic. ZOOM X is covered inside. I’m unsatisfied at the the abrasive resistance of the weak single layer vamp of Vaporfly 4%.


The performance of Vaporfly 4% is still great after running 200KM. The performance of black wear-resisting rubber is great. But it seems that it’s more suitable to run in smooth bituminous concrete. But the outsole of ZOOM FLY doesn’t have big abrasion.

General Performance: 8.2 scores-Zoom Vaporfly 4% vs 7.9 scores -Zoom Fly
After testing Vaporfly 4%, we still can’t define it’s a good or bad shoes. We just feel that it’s a pair of magic shoes. As it use ZoomX, that makes it to be the best buffering running shoes. But meanwhile Vaporfly 4% is also a pair of racing running shoes. The mixing effect of carbon plate and ZoomX make it to be a pair of racing running shoes.

If your training speed can’t reach 4 minutes and 30 seconds per kilometre, it doesn’t need to wear Vaporfly 4%. On the contrary, you can wear Zoom Fly or other light training shoes.

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The Performance Review of UA Curry 6- Red Colorway


I’m very pleased when I saw Curry 6. After HOVR is launched, I am expecting the effect of HOVR on basketball shoes. The first pair of basketball shoes with full-length of HOVR–Curry 6 was launched in the begining of 2019. Curry has weared Curry 6 several times. He should be favorite of it. So is Curry 6 worthy for us, the Curry’s fans to except?

The shoebox of Curry 6 is gray. Curry’s logo is on the middle of box cap. The other position of the shoebox is printed with UA logo and Curry’s signature.


This pair of Curry 6 is red, is named by “Heart of the Town”. It is for saluting to Oakland, the city where Curry grew up and gave him so much energy before. It’s an affectional tie between Curry and Oakland.

Curry 6 is still low model as last generation. This design style is also used on Curry 5. It’s foreseeable that this design style will be future mainstream of Curry line. The bright-coloured and passionate red embellishing with black details make the shoes to be arresting.

The outsole of the sneaker use concentric circles with longitudinal straight grains. The traction is visibly excellent. There are some details on the outsole, such as Curry’s three kids’ name, “I Can Do All Things”on TPU and Curry’s signature, Curry’s logo on arch and UA logo on heelpiece.
The heelpiece part is with Curry’s logo:

The heelpiece part is with UA logo:

The shoetongue position is printed Curry’s motto “I CAN DO ALL THINGS”:

My first impression of Curry 6 is light. The vamp is made by weaving material. The insole is with full-length HOVR. So the weight can be light.

The features of vamp with weaving technology is light and thin. The vamp position is stiff. The shoe head position has leather to protect the toes. The shoe tongue is soft. It will be easier to wear it. Normally the integrated shoe tongue design is hard to wear and get off.

The key point of Curry 6 is HOVR in insole. The construction appearance of HOVR is reticular.

For the lacing system of Curry 6, except the traditional shoelace holes, Under Armour has creatively tied the shoelaces to the elastic nylon braid which wraps around the shoe body. It’s to enhance the dynamic wrapping performance. The lacing system of Curry 6 is similar with Curry 3.


Under Armour make separated outsole for Curry 6. The separated outsole is for enhancing the traction and flexibility. With full-length Speed Plate technology, the performance of insole is more comprehensive.

In order to provide more comprehensive evaluation of Curry 6, I weared “Armour” series socks to test.
Frankly, the wrapping performance of Curry 6 is excellent, especially after wearing the Armour socks.

It’s worth mentioning that you don’t need to choose bigger size for Curry 6. The size of UA basketball shoes let me fell confused sometimes. So I choose half a size bigger of Curry 6 for testing. But I find that I don’t need to do it. The size of Curry 6 is normal.

The shoe body of Curry 6 is made by integrated vamp and inside & outside modules. The present integrated sneaker is mainly made with knitted vamp and covering with TPU, rubber, support plate. The heelpiece part is made by foam padding, outside rubber module and inner support module.

Cushion:
Most of people mainly pay too much attention on cushion when choosing a basketball shoes. But it will let them to miss the real shoes that fit them.
Under Armour affirmative disclosure that Curry 6 pay the main attention on feedback and traction capacity. If you want great cushion, please don’t choose it. Curry is not soft and elastic enough. The cushion is not excellent, but enough.

HOVR has showed its elasticity on previous UA Running series. The designer evaluated Curry’s playing way, then change HOVR to make Curry 6 to be more suitable to actual combating demands of linebackers.
Last Curry signature shoes with cushion technology –Under Armour Curry 3 give me great impression for the comfort level and cushion technology UA HOVR Phantom. I still can’t forget the feeling of HOVR on foot till now.
Curry 6 increase the density of HOVR to avoid the deformation. Although it’s not soft enough, but it’s better than Curry 4 & Curry 5. The cushion is similar to Curry 3. It will be excellent for the pitchers who is not heavy

Abrasive Resistance:
For abrasive resistance, The translucence crystal outsole of Curry 6 is not better than rubber material. Curry 6 has great performance on outfield, but also wearing down the material after improving the competitive intension.
The outsole grain of Curry 6 is competitive. The space between the lines is big, so Curry 6 may clamp gravels.
Curry 6 has great performance on transverse and longitudinal traction. You can stop in time. But the abrasive resistance is not very good. The outsole grain has small abrasion after one week’s testing.

Support/Stabilization: surprise
Frankly, Curry 6 as a sneaker for defender has such excellent support and stabilization without carbon fiber plate, which is pleasantly surprised. Curry as a top level of breakthrough and shooting basketball player, he has high request for support and stabilization.

Curry 6 has full-length Speed Plate technology outsole, which can support the outsole well. The TPU stabilization system on heelpiece is also excellent. The two designs on the different positions bind the foot well with the shoes. What is the top level defender sneaker? Curry 6 is the one.

Overall
Curry 6 is good accurate positioning sneaker. The enough cushion and light vamp reduce the weight of the sneaker. The full-length HOVR is the main selling points of Curry 6. But after wearing, you will find that it has many shining points.
This sneaker is very suitable for the players who runs a lot when playing. Meanwhile, some players who love Curry, want to emulate Curry’s playing style and have the habit of wearing ankle guard will love the actual combat experience of wearing Curry 6.
The“Heart of the Town”colorway is for saluting to Oakland. The bran-new Curry 6 is for saluting to the all-powerful MVP Stephen Curry. Hopefully, under Curry’s influence, more people will be able to enjoy playing basketball.