Li-Ning has to be the best kept performance secret I’ve ever come across. For those of you who hadn’t been aware of the brand until recently, they’ve actually been around for quite some time in China and decided to branch out into the U.S. market roughly a year ago. I know it can be difficult to try out something new when Nike, Jordan & adidas saturate the U.S. footwear department but if you have any faith in what I say then you will be satisfied with a purchase.
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The Turningpoint’s traction didn’t look to be impressive. Yes, there is herringbone in place – which is great – but with it being utilized in such small spaces I had thought there would be some grip issues. Fortunately, that is far from what I had experienced.
Li-Ning uses a very soft rubber compound (may not hold up outdoors) which allows the design to stick to the floor perfectly. At this point, some of the best traction I’ve come across this year has come from the Air Jordan 2012 & the Ektio Post Up… these beat both of them. During a fast break I needed to stop – quickly – and I was able to do just that… I actually stopped so quickly that I wasn’t ready for it and nearly wound up on the floor. Sharp cuts, crossovers and quick aggressive stops are a breeze and turned out to be a welcomed surprise.
The foam cushion is like nothing I’ve ever felt. When you try them on it feels like any other foam based shoe & you can’t feel how impressive the cushion is until you are in action. They weigh in at just over a pound but you wouldn’t know the difference between a lightweight shoe and these since the midsole is able to take all the pressure off of your body unlike anything I’ve felt before.
Trying to describe the feeling they bring isn’t an easy task. I ended up thinking about how I could describe the cushion most of the night and the only thing I could come up with… absorbent.
I’m not only impressed with their overall performance but I’m surprised that they have their products listed at a mere $99.99. I would honestly pay more for them if I had to. There are things I would tweak a bit but they’re mostly cosmetic changes with a couple of performance tweaks.