Nike Kobe 6 Protro Reverse Grinch
The Nike Kobe 6 Protro Reverse Grinch is a flipped version of an iconic colorway of one of the best basketball shoes ever with some protro updates.
Colorway: Red, green, black
Release Date: December 15, 2023
What we have here is all the performance goodness of a Kobe 6 and some significant protro updates in a flipped version of an icon. What else could you ask for? Maybe to have the ability to actually get a pair? Alas, let’s jump into the review.
Nike Kobe 6 Protro Reverse Grinch
Nike Kobe 6 Protro Reverse Grinch Tech Specs:
Nike Kobe 6 Protro Reverse Grinch Traction
Traction on the Kobe 6 Protro Reverse Grinch, and on any Kobe 6 for that matter, is excellent. However, It takes some time to break in, so just keep that in mind. The sole is constructed with a combination of solid and translucent rubber, etched with a snake scale traction pattern, which offers great multi-directional coverage.
Once the traction is properly broken in this is one of the best Kobes ever in terms of traction, and of almost any hoop shoe in general.
Now, we doubt anyone on this planet would use a pair of Kobe 6s outdoors, but if you do you’re going to burn through the traction quickly. That translucent rubber is on the softer side and the traction pattern is very shallow, so if you’re planning on hooping in these (and you really should), make sure to do so indoors.
Nike Kobe 6 Protro Reverse Grinch Cushion
As a proper protro should, this version of the Kobe 6 features some important updates, and they are all related to the shoe’s cushioning. The original Kobe 6 featured a Phylon midsole, a large volume Zoom Air Unit in the heel, and a small circular Zoom unit under the ball of your foot. This original setup was great, but this protro setup is a step above.
Nike subbed out Phylon for Cushlon, incorporated a Zoom Turbo unit that covers the majority of the forefoot, and removed the Zoom Air unit in the heel. This combination of cushioning tech makes for a nice responsive experience on court, with enough impact protection to keep your legs fresh.
Nike Kobe 6 Protro Reverse Grinch Materials
Materials on the Kobe 6 were super innovative back in 2010, and still hold up in terms of performance in 2023. The shoe’s upper is constructed by covering a layer of very thin Skin Fuse (originally featured on the Kobe 5) with an outer shell of micro mesh. This setup is very lightweight and super thin, which could have caused durability and containment issues.
To prevent this, Nike decided to cover the shoe in the now iconic polyurethane scales. These scales add structure to the shoe and boost its containment, similar to the mud splatter print featured on the Jordan Zion 3.
Nike Kobe 6 Protro Reverse Grinch Support
Support and containment are surprisingly great on such a minimalistic basketball shoe. The Kobe 6 features a very wide and stable outsole, a carbon fiber shank plate, and a prominent TPU heel counter. The Kobe 6 also comes with a great insole designed to mold to your foot the more you wear the shoe. Kobe wanted a shoe that molded to his foot and that’s exactly what he got.
All of this, coupled with the construction of the upper makes for a very secure ride on court. The shoe molds perfectly to your foot and all of the support features keep you securely strapped in as you make your cuts and changes of direction on court.
Nike Kobe 6 Protro Reverse Grinch Fit
The Kobe 6 Protro Reverse Grinch fits true to size and provides a comfortably snug 1 to 1 fit. As we have mentioned, the Kobe 6 does a great job of conforming to your foot, and the fit gets better and better the more you play with them. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on a pair, or you pick a pair up for re-sale, make sure to go with your usual Nike size.
Nike Kobe 6 Protro Reverse Grinch Overall
The original Nike Kobe 6 is one of the best performance basketball shoes ever created, and this updated protro version might just be a little bit better. Nike has brought us “protros” in the past that haven’t lived up to the term, offering little or no performance updates. Kobe, who actually coined the term, would be proud of this model as it makes an almost perfect shoe that much better.
As far as the colorway goes, it may not be as iconic as the standard Grinch colorway, but it’s still sleek and bright. Your chances of actually getting a pair are slim to none, but if you’re one of the lucky few to get a W you will be purchasing a really awesome basketball shoe. If you’re lucky enough to get them, do yourself a favor and play in them.
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