Traction – The traction is very good once you get past its pesky break-in period. From front to back its ample enough for the quickest Guards yet strong enough for the most powerful Power Forwards. If you needed additional coverage then you have it with the herringbone traction pods which are strategically placed at your pressure points ensuring premium coverage no matter what maneuvers you pull on your opponent.
Cushion – This area starts out a little awkward. The heels Zoom Air is noticeably softer than the Lunarlon forefoot when first taken out on-court. After 5 or so hours you will begin to break-in the Lunarlon enough to even the feeling out all the while the Phylon midsole is breaking in… once it’s all complete you will have absorbent cushion in the heel which offers you some energy return along with the even impact distribution properties of Lunarlon.
Material – This type of Fuse is unique. I’ve only seen this done on this model and it looks as if we may end up getting it placed along the upper of the upcoming Jordan CP3.VI – which is great. The three layers that make up Fuse are in place but it’s almost as if they have been melted together making it feel as if you are wearing a sturdy mesh rather than wearing plastic layers with mesh windows. While the material will start out stiff, they will break-in over time yet remain as durable as any other Fuse on the market.
Fit – They fit true to size. The forefoot is a bit snug due to the thick inner liner & tongue that makes up the partial sleeve. While some may find this an issue initially – if you are wide footed then you may need a ½ size up – it gets better over time and almost gives you a custom fit as your forefoot won’t move whatsoever. Heel lockdown lacks greatly unless you lace these all the way up to the top eyelet. If you wear a brace then you should be fine using the secondary eyelet.
Ventilation – The Super.Fly has ventilation slits within the upper along with mesh on the tongue but it’s not very well ventilated. I found this to be a good thing as the heat and moisture that was trapped inside helped move along the break-in period and makes the material wrap around your foot as it softens up a bit. Since the air flow is in place – even if minimal – it helps reduce heat enough to where the materials will be able to retain their shape in-game unlike the Jordan Melo M8.
Support – The overall fit will offer you plenty of support… all the additional features are just bonuses. Carbon Fiber is place at the midfoot adding some rigidness at the arch so you don’t over flex. At the heel you have an internal heel cup plus an exterior heel clip; if you lace your shoes up all the way then your heel will be drawn into this area and kept secure by the TPU used. Under foot you have a widened based so stability is increased as well.
Overall – All things considered, these are a great on-court option if you are looking to have plenty of tech inside of a moderately priced package. Lunarlon, Zoom Air, Carbon Fiber & Fuse are all featured here for $140 and it all just happens to work well together making the Jordan Super.Fly one of the better performance models to come from Jordan Brand this year. Whether you are a PG or a PF, these will suit your needs.