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Nike Air Zoom GT Cut Performance Review

Nike Basketball’s GT series of footwear seems promising after the first model, the Nike Air Zoom GT Cut, impressed me on-court.

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Nike Air Zoom GT Cut Traction


Traction required a bit of break-in time during indoor testing, but once the dust settled, things were pretty much a go. The grip held well and I had nothing but confidence in my movements, despite main sections of the outsole I tend to use featuring a flat traction surface. For whatever reason, the rubber just stuck to the floor.

Outdoors on the other hand — wasn’t quite as good. The rubber is showing good signs of durability as the outsole hasn’t frayed at all. However, the grip was lacking in comparison to my indoor coverage. It was quite a surprise as I tend to have great grip in nearly every shoe outdoors, but the GT Cut just didn’t seem to have what it takes to transition well from outdoor to indoor.

The score that you’ll see will be for indoor only. If I were to rate the traction on outdoor performance alone I’d have to give it a 6th Man badge.

Nike Air Zoom GT Cut Cushion


Cushion is interesting as we have three layers of Nike’s various cushions directly under-foot.

React sits below your foot and does a solid job of absorbing most of the impact from gameplay. Under the React is a full-length Air Zoom strobel. There is an additional (traditional) heel Zoom Air unit as well. While there are three layers of cushion, this is still a minimal setup. You’re very low to the ground and you have just enough impact protection to make you feel comfortable, but also extremely light on your feet. While the GT Cut is, as its name states, for cutting and slashing, anyone that prefers a low profile setup with what feels like limitless forefoot mobility should enjoy the ride.

It will be interesting to see how the upcoming GT Run and GT Jump differ in terms of cushioning and feel.

Nike Air Zoom GT Cut Materials


The materials are all synthetic, and while that isn’t usually my cup of tea, I have zero complaints.

The neoprene build is soft and formfitting. While the mesh outer layer is strong without needing any break-in time. There are a few layers of TPU here and there for structure but you never feel like you’re wearing a shoe made of plastic. The entire build is so light and airy that you often feel as if you aren’t wearing shoes at all.

This aspect has also proven to be fairly durable thus far. With the only wear and tear shown being dirt from playing indoors and outdoors. Otherwise there is no peeling or tearing anywhere.

Nike Air Zoom GT Cut Fit


The Nike Air Zoom GT Cut fits true to size. They fit perfectly 1-to-1 and I have loved every minute in them. Wide footers should be okay as the materials used are very forgiving. Just give them a little break-in time if you’re maxing out the space internally and once things start to conform around your feet you should be good to go.

Lockdown was excellent and I have no complaints at all. I was able to lace tightly in the areas I prefer without lace pressure causing pinching or numbness.

Nike Air Zoom GT Cut Support


Support was solid for a shoe that is this lightweight. The TPU torsion bar did a good job keeping the midfoot rigid while the internal heel counter is quite strong. There is also a forefoot rubber/TPU brace that hugs the foot upon lateral movements ensuring you don’t roll off of the footbed and it did a perfect job containing without discomfort.



Overall, I love the Nike Air Zoom GT Cut. If you’re a Nike or nothing player, then these should suit you well. The best comparison to a previous Nike Basketball model would be the Nike Kobe 8 — but the GT Cut has an upper that I wish we had on the Kobe 8 at the time.

If you’re looking for a low profile, lightweight setup then the GT Cut might be right for you. They have made our list of the best low top basketball shoes for the year. If you require a bit more impact protection then you’ll want to stick with something like the Nike KD 14.

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Initial Impressions

The Nike Air Zoom GT Cut is the first entry in Nike Basketball’s new Greater Than series. The line will also include the GT Run and GT Jump. The GT Cut is currently worn by WNBA star Sabrina Ionescu and Sacramento King’s point guard, De’Aaron Fox.

Right out of the gate, Chris is intrigued by the GT Cut and the Greater Than line.

What’s in the video?

In the video, Chris provides detailed information from all the usual categories, providing the in depth information you need. He supplies expert level opinions on the materials, cushioning, traction, support, and fit. Here’s some of what he discusses:

  • Follow Since Apparel on Instagram
  • Nike Alpha Project & Nike System history
  • GT Cut, GT Run, and GT Jump
  • Flash-inspired colorway
  • Interesting traction pattern
  • Torsional plate/window combo
  • Removeable React midsole that’s shaped differently than we’ve seen before
  • “Not flyknit” upper
  • Curved last
  • Sizing recommendations

And at the end of the video, Mrs. Wing explains why she’s so happy to see Chris so excited about a basketball shoe considering he’s seen and tried so many over the years. Let us know your opinion on the GT Cut and the entire Greater Than series on YouTube or Twitter.

Watch the full video by pressing play above or by clicking here to watch on YouTube.

How to Buy the Nike Air Zoom GT Cut

  • Colorway: University Red/White/Yellow
  • Release Date: April 1, 2021
  • Style Code: CZ0176-100
  • Retail Price: $170

The Nike Air Zoom GT Cut will be available soon at Nike in the Black/Hyper Crimson/Vapor Green/Ghost colorway (style code CZ0175-001). You can purchase the colorway Chris showed in the video on resale marketplace StockX.

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