K1X – “play hard, don’t embarrass our products”. Enough said…
worked well on multiple surfaces and conditions. Only issue was with courts that have a lot of dust as the small spaces featured along the outsole would clog up with the dust and create a layer between your foot and the floor. I think this is why most traction patterns tend to fail when dust/ debris are involved but the outsoles that are flat – no design – end up pushing the dust out of the way instead of keeping it with you. Overall, I thought the traction was solid and the rubber is durable so outdoor players will enjoy these.
Cushion – Dual density foams are used and they feel great. When you first put them on the comfortable and they continue to be comfortable and protective while playing. As we all know, foam isn’t typically the best when it comes to responsiveness but when it comes to impact absorption – it’s one of the best options around. The only cushion setup that I can compare it to is with the Li-Ning Way of Wade – which isn’t too useful with them being unavailable to most – but that is the only thing that it’s similar to.
Material – Synthetics are used throughout the upper in old school fashion – in layers panels which add durability and support. The coating featured on the materials is sort of like rubber so they can withstand a heavy beating. There is a small break-in period but it’s not painful, just a period of adjustment.
Fit – I felt they fit a bit wide and with my feet being narrow I felt going down ½ size was appropriate. If you are ever unsure of sizing, it’s safest to just go with the size you typically purchase as this is merely a suggestion based on my foot shape.
Lockdown is solid, from all aspects. Not really any issues at all once laced up fully and after ensuring I had the appropriate size for myself. They might be built like a 90’s shoe but they secure the foot much better than most of them.
Ventilation – There are perforations throughout the entire shoe but nothing that would really allow for a lot of air-flow. The tongue on the other hand offers plenty of ventilation and that’s a plus. Certain shoes are perfectly fine with little air-flow – usually rubber or plastic based synthetics – and these just so happen to be one of them. It allowed for the break-in time to go by quickly and that is something I enjoy.
Support – There is a TPU based shank in place for torsional support and functions just like any other support shank. The rest of the support comes from the upper and outrigger. Plenty of overlay panels are in place for structural support along with the secure fit – support is definitely a highlight.
Overall – If you are looking to widen your horizons when it comes to trying out brands, K1X should be one to consider. I understand that Nike and Jordan Brand are the two main power houses but if you don’t go outside the box ever once in a while then you’ll end up missing out on quite a few gems.
If you hoop on the regular and want something to last – indoor or outdoor – then this is what you’ve been looking for. They will be available in the U.S. next month at K1X.US.