The Jordan Fly Wade 2 was a phenomenal basketball shoe and the brand decided to make some modifications to the design for the Post Season.
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Before you read any further, this First Impression will be a bit different than the others since this model is so similar to what I’ve already reviewed. You’re mostly going to get my honest opinion rather than an actual First Impression.
Traction – Nothing has changed… literally. In my opinion, this is a complete waste of time and resources by Jordan Brand. If you are going to make a Playoff version of a shoe, you should upgrade the shoe entirely. Nike did a great job upgrading the LeBron 9 with the Elite… from what I can see, the Hyperdunk 2011 Elite is the only other shoe in the Elite series that has gotten a decent makeover.
Cushion – Again… nothing has changed.
Actually, I take that back… the insoles have changed.
Instead of providing you with an Ortholite insole that cups and molds to your foot they provide you with a basic Ortholite insole. Upgrade? Not in my eyes.
Material – The Jordan Fly Wade 2 features a full Fuse base upper… the Jordan Fly Wade 2 EV features a full on Fuse base upper with Flywire side panels.
The toe on the original featured a TPU bumper for protection of the materials whereas the Wade 2 EV does not… Instead it has a thinner Fuse-like material.
The tongue has changed from a thin mesh to a slightly thicker mesh.
Fit – They fit the same… narrow and snug which is great for me and could be bad for wide footers.
The toe is a little higher than before but again, they feel identical when on-foot.
One thing I loved about the Wade 2 was the forefoot’s flex groove. The Wade 2 EV has this as well but it’s been reduced in size. I would complain about this change but as stated earlier, the materials are so thin that flexibility probably won’t pose a problem.
Ventilation – This area is a complete downgrade… surprising since Wade specifically stated he needs ventilation.
In addition to the mesh tongue and forefoot perforation holes, there are a total of THREE ventilated sections on each side panel as opposed to the Fly Wade 2’s entire side panel being very well ventilated. Maybe he wanted more strength in the materials… something Fuse would typically offer versus Flywire, especially Flywire this thin.
Support – It’s the same as last time…
Maybe all of these minor changes were done for a reason… weight reduction for the rigors of the Post Season is my first thought. So I decided to remove the insoles and place each shoe on a scale…
Jordan Fly Wade 2 = 13.1 oz.
Jordan Fly Wade 2 EV = 13.2 oz.
I guess weight reduction had nothing to do with the changes at all.
So… the Jordan Fly Wade 2 EV is a poorly reproduced copy of the original. The rubber outsoles were manufactured so poorly that they are both severely uneven in the forefoot… both the left and right shoe… I went through every pair Finish Line had in my size and they were all the same.
Traction is the same. Cushion is identical. Support hasn’t changed. Fit is the same and ventilation took a hit… if the EV stands for evolution then they missed the mark by a long shot. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the Fly Wade 2 and feel as if it performs above average. However, to release something that doesn’t look or feel like an upgraded model at full price while the original model is sitting right next to it for less than retail is astounding. I’m actually confused as to why this was produced and released… what the heck does EV stand for?