Nike Kobe AD Exodus Deconstructed

The Nike Kobe AD Exodus, the latest in Kobe Bryant’s signature line, has gone under the knife thanks to the good people overseas at FastPass. We are here to share what they found.

While Kobe’s post-retirement AD series is currently experimenting with a dual-density foam setup in the NXT 360, the latest Nike Kobe AD — the Exodus as we will continue to call it to differentiate it from the other Kobe ADs — appears to return to setups of the past in the line with a slight change or two.

While the foam of the midsole in the AD Exodus is still a mystery officially, it does provide a ride that is lower to the ground in the forefoot when compared to the Kobe AD Mid that released in 2017. In addition, the Zoom Air unit in the heel covers a lot more ground for added impact protection.

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Kobe AD Mid (left), Kobe AD Exodus (right)

The Zoom Air unit thickness in the heel remains around 14mm, which is great for those that need it, although it is now bottom-loaded. Interestingly, there is no midfoot shank this time around. The one-piece bootie upper is lined in mesh, despite its varying outward appearance, and provides some good padding behind the Achilles area along with the external TPU heel counter.

By the looks of it, Nike appears to make a point to make a lighter sneaker, something FastPass confirmed in comparison to the Kobe AD Mid. At $140, it is also a slightly more affordable option after last year’s $160 price point (the Kobe AD NXT 360 currently retails for $200).

What are your thoughts on this tooling? If you have played in this setup, how is it performing for you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below along with anything not mentioned you may want to point out.

For more information check out Nightwing2303’s Nike Kobe AD Exodus Performance Review.

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Source: FastPass

9 Comments

  1. Ok… so the Kyrie Low has zoom air forefoot and heel air for $115 and the Kobe AD Exodus has a large heel zoom and possibly phylon for $140…

    As Arsenio Hall used to say… “Things that make you go hmmmmmm”

    1. Yeah because the Kyrie Low uses cheap ass materials, and the traction is nothing new. But the Kobe Exodus has a fairly new type of traction pattern, the innovation is what drives the price point nowadays in the sneaker market. On the other hand, Kobe Exodus cushioning feels a lot better on foot, the foam is softer and less stiff than the phylon used in the Kyrie Low.

  2. I can’t speak to the Kobe AD Exodus, but that Kyrie Low is real nice. A great bang for your buck option if you’re looking for a guard shoe.

  3. Regardless of what you brand-name the technology in the shoe, it’s what it actually feels like on foot – and, more importantly, on court – that really counts at the end of the day for me. If the shoe plays fairly low, has at least reasonable to good impact protection, wraps around the foot well, and overall has me focusing on game rather then my darn shoes – I don’t care if Nike calls the cushioning BRICKLON™ or whatev else, that’s the shoe I’m going for.. Thanks to guys like @Nightwing2303, @Jahronmon and @Duke4005 I get to know what the shoe PLAYS LIKE before I consider buying it; keep up the good work fellas..

    1. Exactly. I think some people are missing that the Zoom setup is nothing to write home about in the Kyrie Low.

  4. You gotta hand it to fast pass for doing these deconstructions. It really helps get my mind wrapped around why shoes feel the way they do. When I tried on the Kobe AD Exodus in store, that heel bag felt so so nice. The way the shoe fits is quite amazing, and I was impressed with the cushioning through out. Super stable too. Didn’t take them on court but they felt good to walk in

  5. I don’t think that midsole is just phylon, it’s way too mushy to be just another phylon. On court playing, they feel like my Dame 3s.

  6. pretty sure the foam is react, which is why it costs $140 for heel-only zoom air. that zoom unit is massive tho so no complaints.

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