Chris Paul’s fifth signature sneaker, the Jordan CP3.V, has officially launched today so what better way to bring in CP3’s latest model than by giving a full detailed first impression.
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Traction – The traction looks and feels amazing (in hand not yet on-court) with its partial herringbone pattern sitting alongside the geometric lines throughout. These look similar to the Kobe VII’s traction base and that has been working very well on-court so far.
One thing that I love is the toes traction which wraps up the medial side and toe. I’ve come to find that this is an area that takes a beating on my shoes and it’s also where I tend to get quite a bit of slipping from past performance models, so for me personally, this will be a great feature to have.
Cushion – Podulon… I’ve never really liked it too much in past CP3 models on a personal level but now that I have a new found love for foam based cushions this may change.
The entire base of the shoe is comprised of a dual foam base; the Podulon in the forefoot sits directly under the black herringbone section of the shoe. Based solely off step in comfort, it isn’t a cushion that you can feel right away. From what I gather, the Podulon is a react type of cushion system… the more pressure and torque from your movements should enable the Podulon to react and provide you with supportive cushion right where you need it most, at least right where you need it most if you are a Guard.
The heels Podulon setup is a bit different and is reminiscent of the Air Jordan XX1-XX3 where there is a pod which sticks out from the sole a bit and provides greater impact absorption. This is where you can feel the cushion with that step in comfort and it felt awesome. If the forefoot feels like the heel once enough pressure is added then the overall cushion should be phenomenal.
Material – The CP3.V has quite a bit going on in the material department. Most of which I really like upon first feel and try one and some of it I don’t, but everything is in place for a reason which holds more value to me than anything.
The heel features a mesh overlay for some minor ventilation, I stress the minor part… Sitting just below the mesh is a grey panel, this is a rubber heel counter – wicked cool as its supportive and lightweight plus it’ll be able to sustain on-court beatings. The pull tab is pretty nice as well featuring a woven thread backed by a synthetic material holding it together.
Flywire makes up the rest of the shoes upper and this is where I was slightly disappointed with the construction.
Not sure if this will show up properly but the Flywire is very thin, I like this for flexibility, but it’s then backed by a fairly thick lining which outweighs the flexible capabilities of the Flywire. This lining is in place for added strength, support and durability so I can’t knock it from a functional standpoint but the upper, being predominantly Flywire, will require a bit of break in time… however, break in time should be easy going as I was able to soften up the material quite a bit with only my thumbs while I pressed on the areas that I require some flexibility.
Fit – Fit overall is pretty nice. They fit true to size and there aren’t any weird pressure points like what I’ve been experiencing with the KD IV and Kobe VII. The heel has a small cup which should be able to keep the Achilles in place providing a better than average heel lockdown. This was taken back slightly by the stiffness of the upper but once they break in I assume heel slip will be a non-issue.
Inside we have another one piece sock liner found in nearly every shoe released from both Nike & Jordan Brand within the past 6 months, probably more than that but I don’t keep track. This was nice as its cut is fairly short so it kept the midfoot in place and secure upon try on.
Ventilation – This is another area where I was a bit taken back. Looks are actually deceiving here…
It looks as if there are plenty of ventilated areas around the upper with the mesh screens and cut out Flywire triangles.
What you can’t see is that the lining which provides the Flywire its strength also blocks all ventilated areas found throughout… and I mean throughout the entire shoe, there is not one section of the shoes perforations that isn’t being blocked by something in some fashion. I’m not sure why they didn’t cut the triangle pattern out of the lining before they had started with the construction, I know it’s an extra step in the manufacturing process but it makes more sense to take a little more time in order to get things as perfect as possible rather than waste time with an exterior design that pretty much fools you into thinking ventilation is abundant. After placing a light inside the shoe, the only area where the light was able to shine through was some of the mesh tongue. I’m sure the lining, since it’s made of fabric, will allow for some air to flow but overall it would have been better to cut the triangular pattern out of both materials instead of the just the top visual layer… just my opinion.
Another useless design was featured on the toe… they actually put dots on the shoe that look like perforations but they’re just in place for design. This was laughable to be perfectly honest… it can’t be that hard to punch a few holes and get the same looks you’re after while increasing its purpose a bit.
Support – Support is basic and that is perfectly fine by me. Basic usually works best… for example; herringbone traction patterns. In place is a typical shank plate in the arch of the shoe. It is TPU – plastic – like what we’ve seen in other models. Carbon fiber may put a little extra spring into your step but TPU works just fine in my opinion.
I’m not sure if the extended piece of rubber (the Grey rubber) in the forefoot counts as a support feature but it looks like it may provide you with some support… or possibly some pain depending on how hard your cuts are, it’s defiantly not a thick piece of rubber so it should be fine… I couldn’t feel in at all when I tried them on and flexed my foot a bit.
One last feature that I always like to see on performance shoes are typically not needed but nice to have. The aglets on the CP3.V are encased in plastic and are actually shaped nicely for easy re-lacing.
That pretty much covers my First Impression of the CP3.V. A few corners have been cut during the design and manufacturing process, in my opinion, but nothing that should greatly affect the shoes performance.
One last note; I am currently injured at the moment and don’t know when I will be able to get back on-court… I seem to get injured every January. I will be going to shoot around a bit tonight and test out my ankle to see if it can handle certain movements, if all goes well I hope to be back on-court by weeks end. The injury has slowed down testing on the KD IV, Kobe VII & Reebok Zig Encore along with these CP3.V’s so be patient and I will get them all completed as soon as possible.