Nike PG 5
The Nike PG 5 is a solid sneaker and an upgrade from the last signature shoe in most areas. Plus, you have the option of making your colorway.
Colorway: Black/White/Barely Green/Multi-Color
Release Date: January 21, 2021
The Nike PG 5, Paul George’s 5th signature shoe, was highly anticipated by many because of the line’s usually more budget-friendly price and great performance. Nike announced certain tech upgrades to the PG which got sneaker heads extremely excited for its release.
The PG line has been one of the most consistent signature lines on the market since the PG 1 dropped back in 2017, and one of the better looking ones as well. So, this of course, added to the anticipation for the shoe.
Without giving too much away before diving in to the full review, there were aspects of the Nike PG 5 that were really good and some that didn’t live up to the hype Nike created around the shoe. But, it is one of those shoes that some people will love if you appreciate what the PG 5 brings to the table.
We also have to mention that this performance review was only based on outdoor play due to the pandemic. With that being said, we hope that this helps you in your buying decision.
Nike PG 5 Traction
From the moment you see them, you know what they look like. The PG 5 borrows the exact same pattern that the Nike Kobe 9 used and it performs great. Outdoors, they bit the court very well and there were no issues. As far as durability goes, it’s as expected, not so durable. The high wear areas began grinding down during testing. They will, however, be good while they last. Especially for its price point, the PG 5 is great as an indoor option because it will last longer and bite the floor well.
Nike PG 5 Cushion
These technically have the same tech specs as the Nike PG 4, which largely explains the anticipation for these, but they don’t feel the same. The full-length Air Strobel is still in place, but the foam is a lot denser than the previous implementation. It should be fine if you’re playing indoors, but out on the concrete and blacktop, these may not be ideal because of the lack of plushness and impact protection. A plus, however, is that these are more stable. They will be comfortable enough for most, but still a step down from last year’s model.
Nike PG 5 Materials
As far as quality goes, this isn’t the most bang-for-your-buck option. The toe and the main base is made up of a cheaper textile, even cheaper than the previous release, and there are fuse overlays for support. One of the weak spots of the Nike PG 4 was lateral stability and these totally eliminated that with reinforcements as well as the sidewalls that come up from the midsole. Performance-wise, no complaints. Quality-wise, it could have been a lot better.
Nike PG 5 Fit
They fit true to size. If you’re familiar with the Nike Kobe 5, then these should feel familiar to you as well. Not really much to discuss here. Fantastic fit all around.
Nike PG 5 Support
Compared to the Nike Kobe 9, these feel a bit wider and there’s also an added outrigger which is much appreciated. Again, there are added peaks on the midsole which help contain the foot. Combine that with the firmer foam and you have a supportive shoe. The materials also work in conjunction with these features. Basic torsional support is present with a midfoot shank that also acts as a window into the midsole of the shoe.
Nike PG 5 Overall
Although the cushion didn’t live up to the hype, the Nike PG 5 are still bad boys (our term for great performers). Great traction. Materials that actually work in containing one’s foot. Added support features. And a comfortable fit. Adding in the $110 price and the fact they’re hitting sales racks soon, we can recommend them, especially for indoor hoopers. The Nike PG 5 is a very well-rounded shoe that will accommodate a lot of your basketball needs.
The Nike PG 4 focused on cushioning with the first-ever full-length Air Strobel but didn’t have great support or containment. The PG 5s foam carrier is stiffer than the PG 4s, and is detrimental to the shoes comfort. The shoe’s comfort can be boosted easily with Move insoles. Did Nike Basketball redesign the PG 5 return it to the days when George’s shoes were super stable? Click play above get Chris’ full first impressions and an on-foot view.
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:
- Return of the greatest traction ever?
- Jordan 7 or Puma RS-X esque midsole
- Dual density, thick insole
- Return of the Air strobel
- Synthetic upper
- Sizing recommendations
As an added bonus, Mrs. Wing tells us why she likes the traction, and it’s, uh, different than what you might expect.
Watch the full video by pressing play above or by clicking here to watch on YouTube.
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