What started out as a question mark is now an annual favorite performer — the Peak TP9 series. We are now up to the Peak TP9-IV (4, or 5 if you consider the Lightning Tony Parker wore the first year with the company) and this is a drastic redesign.
Normally a higher mid-cut sitting just at the ankle bone, the IV goes complete low. Also, in the past the shoes have been on the heavy side, with panels and overlays and heavy rubber traction, making the fit a little hard to judge (usually a half size large). The Peak TP9-IV takes the Peak Surface from the DH1, which is Peak’s version of a Fuse Mesh — almost a knit but thicker and stronger (and not near as flexible and nimble) — and applies it to its upper.
The midsole features Gradient Dual in the forefoot again. How do we know? The forefoot outsole is transparent — again. This is an extremely cool feature, showing the zonal cushioning and where it is placed, and for some reason, the transparent rubber on the TP9 series still offers great traction. Speaking of, there is full-length herringbone again, which is almost never a bad thing. (To check out the Peak TP9-3 performance review click here.
No word yet on release date (working on finding the info now) but the shoe looks killer. From the Gradient Dual, which works and works well, to the traction, again, which works well, and now a lighter upper package and lower cut? Yeah, nothing wrong with that.
Let us know what you think about the Peak TP9-IV in the comments down below.
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