The BrandBlack Future Legend performance review is here. Is this really what legends are made of? Find out…
Traction – Amazing traction. Dust or not, these guys grip the floor. The pattern itself is widely dispersed so dust won’t get stuck within. In addition, the compound is soft and each individual traction blade sweeps and sways along the floor like bristles on a brush. I wouldn’t recommend them for outdoor players that wish to have an outsole that lasts, but indoors players will be more than happy with how the Brandblack Future Legend’s traction performs.
Cushion – Jetlon Plus (or Jetlon EVL) is used here much like on the recently released BrandBlack Rare Metal. BrandBlack was able to add 40% more rebound to the already awesome foam cushion while the midsole itself sits 25% lower to the ground. Ultimate impact protection and court feel are what you’ll receive with these bad boys, putting them in a very small category alongside the likes of Micro G and Boost.
Materials – The forefoot of the Brandblack Future Legend is constructed of synthetic nubuck while the midfoot is Jacquard. There is also a removable 3D-molded strap that increases lockdown in ways that I didn’t think was possible — being that it’s attached solely with Velcro. These are convertibles with laces. Mid or low…the power is yours.
Fit – They fit true to size. I’m not sure what to recommend wide footers as they just fit perfectly on my feet.
Lockdown is something that can be completely adjusted with the simple addition of the 3D modeled strap. Without it, the fit is great. There is an internal compression sock that hugs the foot all the way up to the ankle. There is a pillow of sorts under the laces that feels like its made of memory foam. This helps relieve lace pressure since the entire interior is all compression material. As they are in this low top form, the shoe locks the foot in from front to back without issue. However…
If you put that 3D-molded strap onto the ankle, the lockdown increases exponentially. I honestly didn’t think the strap was going to be of any use when I received the shoe. I just didn’t think something that was held in place by two pieces of Velcro could really make that much of a difference. Alas…I was wrong. Strap it on and you’re locked into the Brandblack Future Legend like you wouldn’t believe.
Support – This shoe utilizes a Force Vector plate that runs between the outsole and midsole. Acting as torsional support and lateral support without hindering mobility and flex. The shoe itself is built on a nice wide base that promotes natural stability while the outsole widens into the exaggerated outrigger for ultimate lateral support. At the heel is a large, yet extremely lightweight, TPU heel counter. It extends alongside the medial and lateral side of the heel ensuring that your heel stays right where its supposed to — on the footbed.
Overall – As most of you know, I wear-test products for some brands prior to product manufacturing. This means that when I test a shoe in it’s early sample stages my feedback is given to the brand(s) and sometimes they take the feedback and it turns into the product you see on the shelf. The BrandBlack Future Legend is the first time where I gave no feedback. I had nothing to critique. The shoe worked so well as it was that there really was no need to say anything other than, “man, these are awesome.”
Traction, cushion, and lockdown are all standout features of the Brandblack Future Legend. If you grab a pair I hope that you enjoy them as much as I did.
Be sure to let us know below in the comment section what you think of them once you’ve given them your own test run on-court.
You can pick up the Brandblack Future Legend at Brandblack.com for $120.