I wish I could say I’m as excited to wear these on-court as you are to have a review on them… but I don’t lie so I’ll just give you guys what you want.
Legs… I apologize in advance for what I’m about to put you through.
Traction – The overall traction looks fine. I am slightly worried about the grooves being so thick and flat but I doubt I’ll be going at speeds that could really strain the traction since they’re so heavy and stiff.
Cushion – The 360 degree Air is comfortable. A soft Phylon section is injected under the heel which adds some additional heel cushion – if you’ve worn the LeBron VII then you know how much the heel foam helps – and there is also a thick insole which is nicely padded. Cushion is already a bright spot for the Hyperposite.
Material – Hyperfuse & Foamposite merge for the first time. Sort of a strange mix if you ask me but I guess it’s kind of cool to see an older tech mixed with a newer one. One thing I don’t like is how thin the Foamposite is… it’s so thin that I don’t see it really molding to my feet the way the Foamposite One, Pro or Flightposites once did. I could be wrong though… it wouldn’t be the first time.
Fit – They fit snug but true to size from a length perspective. Width wise could pose a problem to most… but that could be where the Foamposite comes into play and ‘molds’ around your particular foot shape. Other than that they feel very secure and I did not notice any lack of heel lockdown… their shape – like a Hyperfuse – wouldn’t allow for it.
Ventilation – It’s minimal but that’s what Foamposite material needs. Basically you have some air flow at the midfoot and tongue. If there is Foamposite around a particular area then there will be a lack of ventilation… in a good way. Could you imagine how much longer Foamposite would take to break-in if the sneakers were well ventilated… My feet hurt just thinking about it.
Support – The support will come from the overall fit and Foamposite overlays. Since the base has a 360 Air unit there isn’t a need for a shank plate of any kind. Containment should be great… stability is what I’m curious about.
Overall… these are big man shoes… not tiny little Guard shoes. I’ll do my best to play in these and then review them without holding any biased towards them. It’ll pretty much be like one of my LeBron reviews… not really a shoe for me but they could benefit someone of larger stature.