Jordan Super.Fly, round 3…
Cushion – Flight Plate and unlocked Zoom Air, another feature brought over from the XX9 to the SF3… only these feel amazing. The unlocked Zoom in the XX9 was less pronounced, still great, but less pronounced. These on the other hand… feel more stable than the original unlocked setup from the XX8, and more responsive than the XX9 as well. The forefoot in the SF3 is so damn comfortable that I’ve even been wearing a pair casually. Sure, you don’t need unlocked Zoom to go grocery shopping… but it makes grocery shopping much more fun.
The heel still features a foam-only setup, and I loved it. I wasn’t bothered by the Super.Fly 2’s foam-only setup, and even found it to be equally, if not more, comfortable than the XX8’s… and the same can be said for these vs. the XX9’s. This version feels much smoother than the SF2, with a lower profile setup but more comfort… go figure. You’ll feel much more stable in these guys than last years model and you won’t be sacrificing any of the cushion or comfort.
Materials – After seeing the model unveiled, I thought that these would feature a similar upper to the adidas Crazy Light Boost. Unfortunately, I was wrong. These do have a textile mesh upper, but it’s glued to a hard Fuse shell with fuse overlays. Its just a whole lot of Fuse and its not the softer flexible Fuse that I have learned to appreciate. For someone my size, this meant some awkward flexing at the forefoot while in motion. It wasn’t something that hurt my mobility on-court, but it wasn’t a lace em up and go without knowing you’re wearing shoes type of feeling. When I wear the XX9’s, you forget you have anything on your feet… when you wear the SF3, you definitely know you’re wearing shoes. Not a bad thing per se, just not my personal preference. The bright side is that the upper is durable as hell and shows no signs of wear, so if you only get one pair of shoes for both on and off court usage then these will as least last you a good while.
Fit – They fit true to size and offer great lockdown from heel to forefoot. The Flight Web works, and I find these nylon cables to be a bit more durable than Dynamic Flywire. Forefoot fit is slightly narrow, but I found that to be a positive aspect, personally, as it offered greater containment. That awkward flex that I mentioned above is felt though, so again… not the best one to one fit… but great lockdown and containment.
Support – Ample support all the way through. To put things simply, these are like a more supportive XX9. The XX9’s were great, but some feel that a woven upper can’t keep them as secure as they’d like… these will do that and then some. Not restrictive support, just ample support.
Overall – Really comfortable no matter how long you play on-court. Traction, cushion and durability are all great aspects to their performance. My only real complaint comes from the materials. I’d like something a little more mesh based, but this is a shoe intended for a big man that can be used by a little guy… so I see the need for more supportive materials. If you can’t – or don’t want to – afford the Air Jordan XX9… these will do you just fine and you can find them for $139.99 – if you look hard and use coupons then you can get them for even less.