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Cushion: These feature PEAK’s Cushion 3 setup. Cushion 3 is combination of three materials that is advertised to provide superior cushion & impact protection. The Cushion 3 is hard to notice but after long sessions my feet and knees were in no pain whatsoever. As far as responsiveness, I would categorize the PEAK Team Altitude as a softer more plush setup, especially in the heel. The forefoot is a little bit firmer and has a slight bounce to it. Overall, the PEAK Team Altitude is hard to notice during use but it does provide the necessary cushion and impact protection needed to protect the athlete. It won’t blow you away by any means but it is solid nonetheless.
Materials: This is where the PEAK Team Altitude reminds me of a 90’s style basketball shoe. The upper consists of soft synthetic leathers as well as a textured synthetic leather in the toe area. Both materials are anything but stiff for a comfortable feel during use that doesn’t fight with your foot during movements. A layer of patent leather is also used on the mudguard up and around the heel that offers slightly more support during lateral movements. The forefoot is more of a aesthetic design feature, it is made of a spandex type material with rubber overlays that does not restrict movement what so ever. Mesh on the tongue offers some ventilation while the ankle is heavily padded for great comfort. The heel features a mesh cup that would have provided more lockdown if it was a TPU plastic or even a harder rubber material. Overall, the PEAK Team Altitude offers pliable materials that do not restrict any movement while being durable at the same time.
Fit: For some odd reason, PEAK Sports does not have the PEAK Team Altitude available in half sizes. I decided to go up half a size to a size 11; this was the right decision as a size 10 would have been too small and uncomfortable. That does not mean the size 11 was perfect. The fit was a bit sloppy in the forefoot area & I had ample space between the front of my shoes and my toes. This allowed my foot to slide during hard stops and cuts. The PEAK Team A;titude doesn’t give you that lockdown feel in the forefoot that you would like, but the mid-foot and heel areas work good enough to keep your foot secure at all times during any movements. Had it been a size 10.5 the fit in the forefoot would have more secure and I would have received better lockdown not only in the forefoot but all areas as well. While this is only an issue for ballers who wear have sizes normally, the Peak Team Altitude supply’s a decent enough fit that gets the job done, nothing amazing but solid overall.
Ventilation: There are two areas of ventilation on the PEAK Team Altitude, a small vent on the medial mid-foot and the tongue. The medial mid-foot vent allows heat to escape but it is not in an ideal location like the tongue is. However most of the mesh tongue is covered by the spandex like material wrapping around the mid-foot and forefoot, thus not allowing as much heat to escape as it would without the spandex sleeve. If the spandex sleeve was more of a mesh material the PEAK Team Altitude would have increased ventilation allowing more heat to escape. Overall, the PEAK Team Altitude has areas where heat can escape, but the spandex sleeve on the mid-foot/forefoot and less than ideal location for the medial vent doesn’t allow heat to escape as much as you would like. 3/10
Support: The support from PEAK Team Altitude is carried by a modeled midsole, lateral outrigger and patent leather layer wrapping the lateral side all they way around the heel. All these factors keep your foot on the foot bed and help prevent ankle rolls. They provide the necessary support to protect your foot but they don’t provide anything ‘out of this world’. Overall, the support is like water, not the most technologically advanced setup, but provides all the basic elements you need in order to perform.
Overall: While the fit on the PEAK Team Attitude is definitely a weak point, it won’t be a problem for those who don’t wear half sizes. It is definitely interesting that PEAK Sports does not provide half sizes on this model but going up a half size is recommended and still performed at a decent level. The ventilation is minimal, but based on the overall design of Peak Team Attitude this is to be expected. Traction and materials are the strongest aspects of the PEAK Team Attitude. The traction provided above average traction even on dusty floors and soft synthetic leathers provide a comfortable fit that doesn’t work against your foot. The cushion setup supplies adequate protection needed to perform and protect your foot. Overall, the PEAK Team Attitude is a very well rounded shoe that provides the essentials needed to perform, nothing flashy or revolutionary just straight performance for players at all positions.