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Traction – Much like the original Fly Wade 2, the Fly Wade 2 EV offers a great traction surface which will be suitable for quick players. I would have liked the smaller traction pattern carried over to the medial section, especially seeing as how this is supposed to be an upgraded version, but nonetheless it still provides solid traction once broken in.
Cushion – They have a slightly softer step-in feel than the previous model but I don’t believe the Lunarlon was modified in any way. I assume the change of insole is what is giving the softer feeling once they’re on your feet since it’s a lot softer – sort of fluffy – when compared to dense Ortholite used in the original. I personally loved how the original insole found in the Fly Wade 2 had molded to my foot but these worked out just fine as well.
Material – The materials have been changed and are much more flexible than the Fuse. It has held up perfectly fine so far and requires practically zero break-in time so that’s a huge plus. Nothing is better than pulling out a brand new pair of shoes and being able to play in them comfortably right from the start.
Fit – From the midfoot to the heel, the fit remains the same. The forefoot seems to have been slightly widened out a bit so those who have a wider forefoot may want to try these on and see if they’ll work out for you. Since the material is thin and flexible, the snug feeling you receive upon first try on will loosen up a bit and begin to contour around your foot so if they aren’t ‘perfect’ at first just give them some time and it will work itself out.
Ventilation – This area has taken a few steps back in my opinion. The Fly Wade 2 offered quite a bit of air flow within the shoe while these end up falling short… air flow is only offered in the forefoot’s perforations and the mesh tongue. Whatever they have done to the side walls during the manufacture process has seared shut the mesh windows making them obsolete.
Support – The support is exactly the same as the Fly Wade 2 and I’m glad it hadn’t changed. With the premium midfoot to heel lockdown coupled with the Achilles notches keep everything in place and secure. Along with that, the TPU frame offers additional arch support and rigidity to the thin exterior so they don’t fold under pressure.
Overall – I really loved the Fly Wade 2 and I have enjoyed these just as much. For those of you who NEED ventilation the original version will be better suited for you however, those of you with a wider forefoot may actually have the chance to finally play in a pair comfortably so it really depends on how you look at it. The areas that weren’t changed performed just as well as they had before – although I do wish they would have re-worked the traction a bit – so overall they are a great purchase if the previous model did not suit your needs as far as foot shape is concerned.