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First Impression: Under Armour Nano G Lightning

The Under Armour Nano G Lightning were originally slated for an August 2012 release and for whatever reason, they didn’t make it to retail. I don’t know if they ever will but either way… these are going to get some playing time.

UPDATE: Sole Collector had just sent me a Tweet stating that this shoe was scrapped and will NOT be releasing. I appreciate the good people at Sole Collector for reaching out to me and letting me know. If only I could receive this type of info directly from the source instead of speculating then things would go a lot smoother.


Traction – I wouldn’t use these for outdoor basketball but from what I can tell, indoor hoops might be just fine. The rubber is very pliable and the little cups look like they may create some kind of suction onto the floor. Dust and debris will be my main concern but we’ll see how it goes.


Cushion – Nano G is a lightweight compression molded EVA. Think adidas but much softer. They felt great and will likely provide adequate cushion. Of course I would have loved to have had Micro G but I’m always up for something new.


Material – Flyweight is Under Armour’s most minimal upper to date. Unmatched ventilation – I still say the Crazy Light 1 has the best ventilation – along with a lightweight synthetic top coat for strength and support. As long as the material and lockdown keep the foot in place along the foot-bed, these should do just fine.


Fit – They fit true to size and the overall shape of the shoe is nearly identical to the Under Armour Micro G Torch… which is fine by me. As I said above, as long and the material and lockdown are able to keep my foot in place then these should be a crazy ride.


Ventilation – I think the ventilation will be perfectly fine… don’t you agree?


Support – There is an internal heel counter and that’s pretty much it. You are mostly going to rely on the fit and the strength of the synthetic webbing overlay for the rest of the support so if that fails then the entire shoe may be a bust.


I don’t know why these never hit stores and I don’t know if maybe they were just pushed back but they obviously had every intent to release seeing as how they have the shoe in a few colors, box and box label ready to go. Once I’m finished with them, they won’t be listed on the Top Ten List unless they release to be fair to the shoes that did release throughout the year.

      1. And all this time I didn’t know that they had the w.o.w. in the us. I live in Miami and go to a lot of their games…

  1. The more I see these, the more I love them. It looks like the nano g foam sits directly on the traction, which isnt a traditional one piece rubber outsole. Could be some of the best cushion ever.

  2. I’m going to guess the upper has durability issues and thats why they got scrapped. its a very interesting shoe though, especially the outsole. will be waiting for the report on that

  3. They are sold at so who knows if they’re really canned. I also e-mailed UA customer service, and they said they’ll get back to me after they contact the Product Dept.

  4. They were great! but after about 5-10 times worn in games/practice. i came to a quick stop and they riped on the bottom were the webbing ends -_-

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