Thanks to the ever-reliable FastPass, we get a look at everything that makes the newest Kobe signature model what it is.
To eliminate confusion, the older Kobe model will be referenced as ‘A.D.’ while the newer model will be labeled simply ‘AD’ (without periods).
The original Kobe A.D. was met with controversy, as we found that the true story of Nike’s Zoom implementation was not at all what we expected. With that being said, let’s get right to a comparison between cushion setups of the A.D. (old) and AD (new).
Both size 9 (US) sneakers feature full-length Lunarlon with a top-loaded heel Zoom unit, but in the newer model we get a view of a significantly thicker Zoom unit, coming in at about 14.20mm thick (compared to the 8.46mm we got in the original). Nike must have heard critics of the cushion in the A.D. loud and clear because it did not play around this time.
Also, the new AD uses an added carbon fiber support plate at the arch and what appears to be leather used to prevent rollover on the lateral side. If we are being honest, the heel area looks to possibly have taken a step back in terms of containment and padding, but just as we cannot judge traction by looks alone we must see how this area performs when it counts.
Overall, Nike has made some improvements — and interesting choices — when it comes to use of technology and materials for the Kobe AD.
Were you not a fan of the original A.D. and think the new thicker Zoom unit and material choices will be enough to make you try this latest AD out? Let us know in the comments below and if you are still unsure, be sure to check out the WearTesters performance reviews on the Nike Kobe AD coming soon.