The Jordan Fly Lockdown Deconstructed


FastPass is still dismantling the s*** outta sneakers which means we’ll be here to report it. Now it’s time to check out the Jordan Fly Lockdown deconstructed.

If you remember seeing the Nike PG 2 deconstructed, this teardown will be very familiar. Both the PG 2 and Fly Lockdown feature a top-loaded Zoom Air unit at the forefoot, a TPU support plate at the arch, and Phylon midsoles with nothing under the heel.

However, the Zoom Air unit in Paul George’s PG 2 is about three millimeters thicker than the 8.36mm unit in the Fly Lockdown. Both shoes use thick OrthoLite insoles for step-in comfort, and both have holes punched in the Phylon at the heel.

As Duke4005 noted in his Jordan Fly Lockdown Performance Review, the shoe features a thin textile upper and a half bootie beneath it. The internal lacing system — which is secured with textile strands that run down to the midsole — operates between the bootie and textile upper for supreme lockdown. The textile upper does have some backing at high stress areas for durability.

All in all, the Jordan Fly Lockdown is a standard budget model, but those that care about bang for their buck may want to go with the PG 2 rather than this model. At the same $110 price, you’ll definitely feel the extra volume in that forefoot Zoom Air unit.

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Source: FastPass


6 Comments

  1. What are those holes at the heel for? I tried these on the store and they actually felt pretty good, something like the Ultra.fly 2 but less snug. The upper is nice too, so maybe is just a little behind the PG 2 in the Bang for your Buck list.

      1. the holes in the heel area are more likely for compression purposes. usually done when the foam compound used is on the harder side as not to make them feel like bricks. the step-in comfort that you feel is most likely the ortholite insole used similar to that on the UltraFly 2s.

        the holes are a downgrade from the UltraFly 2’s which uses a thick but smaller area hexa-zoom unit in the heel. my guess is that Jordan Brand removed the heel zoom unit as more likely that people wouldn’t notice a difference as far as the compression in the heel is concerned but still, a downgrade nonetheless. on the otherhand, these feel cheap as far as materials used is concerned. you’d be better off buying the UltraFly 2’s on clearance and save you some money. if not, the WestBrooks are much better for $10 more.

        1. I already had those 2, the UF 2 and the Why Not, also played in them. The Why Not are a really great performer, specially for that pricetag, the UF took a little to break in the upper and the midsole was ok straight out of the box. In the Fly Lockdown I felt a more forgiving upper (the CW I tried was the “last shot”), cheap but no poor quality, and the forefoot zoom unit was more noticeable than the one in the UF2, maybe it was because of the implementation. Thanks for all the answers!

          I wish the Kyrie 3 had those perforations in the forefoot, lmao

  2. imo this shoe is significantly better than the pg2. better traction and support, as well as a less stiff/dense phylon, is worth the extra $5

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