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Traction – 9.5/10
Cushion – 9/10
Material – 10/10
Fit – 9/10
Ventilation – 7.5/10
Support – 9/10
Overall – 9/10
Traction – Very pleasant from heel to toe. The pattern itself works very similar to herringbone and the rubber used is flexible giving you more friction on the surface of the floor. Only down side is that since the rubber is so soft it may not hold up outdoors very well unless they list them on NikeiD with an XDR outsole option.
Cushion – If you end up going with the entire ‘Choose you Flight’ system you have multiple options at your disposal. The step in comfort feeling is not their however, once you start to play you can feel the cushion go to work. I would recommend the Fly Around for quick Guards who need some cushion and enjoy court feel, Fly Over for those combo Guards or Small Forwards that need heel impact protection along with responsive low to the ground cushion for quick movements & the Fly Through for Power Forwards or Centers who need that extra protection upon impact from high energy plays.
Materials & Fit – Materials are great. Flywire is flexible and the leather overlays give additional strength right where you need it. They fit true to size and the higher cut inner sleeve has a bit more padding in the heel for a more secure feeling fit.
Ventilation – While it could be better, the secure fit is what helps offset the lack of ventilation from the upper. The inner sleeves do offer ventilation so not all is lost in that department.
Support – TPU is placed in the heel and toe for added durability and support along with an external Carbon Fiber shank to keep the shape and prevent over flexing.