The Ektio Breakaway Performance Review is now available for your reading pleasure… if you wish to view the video, its uploading now and should be available within the hour.
Traction – There are a ton of great basketball shoes that offer great traction… these just so happen to be better than all of them. Yeah, I said it… a brand you may have never heard of offers you no frills; no thrills… grade A traction. On top of that… you can use these indoor or outdoor…
Cushion – Nothing has changed in terms of tooling and design, which isn’t a bad thing. The comfort and protect you get from a foam may require some getting used but if you are willing to work with what is best for your body in the long run then you shouldn’t have any issues. The way the midsole is designed helps a lot, especially if you aren’t used to foam cushions just because it’s designed in a way that promotes compression… with compression comes impact protect… with impact protection… you get cushion.
There is also an ortholite insole… let’s not forget that. Insoles are great ways – that are affordable – to implement cushion into any shoe if needed.
Material – Ektio’s largest change – in my eyes – comes in from the material. They have done away with the cheap synthetics and have really gone with a more modern material. Yes, its TPU based which is essentially plastic… it’s what every brand is using so you can’t complain one bit. What I enjoyed most is that there was no break-in time required… put them on and lace them up… you’re ready to go. Did I mention the material was durable?
Fit – If you are looking for a great fitting shoe with a ton of support and lockdown then look no further. Midfoot lockdown is great while the heel lockdown is the best around. Bold statement… I know… but it’s the truth.
Ventilation – The overall ventilation has been dispersed much more evenly throughout this model. With the Post Up, you had ventilation in the tongue and side panels whereas the Breakaway reduces the side panel ventilation and brings is over to the forefoot. No complaints whatsoever.
Support – This is where the Ektio brand is king. They beat all other brands in shear support. If you NEED support then this should be the shoe you go after. I can’t tell you how many times I receive an email asking me what shoe can provide them with the best support due to their weak ankles or previous injuries… when I tell them the Ektio is what they need they reply with “anything from Nike?”… This lets me know how serious you are about helping yourself… and it isn’t looking good for you.
Overall – I understand that you want to be cool and look cool on-court. But if you need something – such as support – then you need it. No questions asked. If you need glasses to see then you should probably wear glasses. If you need food & water to live then you should probably eat food and drink water. If you need support… then you should probably be wearing something from Ektio.
I’ve worn enough shoes and apparel – including braces – to know when something is doing its job… the Ektio Breakaway does its job and it’s quite possibly the best at what it offers. This is a tool. If you use the proper tool for the job then you will get the job done better and with less strain.
In terms of an off brand… I believe this is the best there is.
You can purchas the Ektio Breakaway or their previous models at Ektio.com.