Serious Player Only Player 1 Show
- Serious Player Only Player 1
- Serious Player Only Player 1 Traction
- Serious Player Only Player 1 Cushioning
- Serious Player Only Player 1 Materials
- Serious Player Only Player 1 Support
- Serious Player Only Player 1 Fit
- Serious Player Only Player 1 Overall
- The Future of Serious Player Only
- First Impressions
Serious Player Only Player 1
The Player 1 is the first flagship model from Serious Player Only, designed taking inspiration from several Kobe models of the past.
Colorway: PRE-EDITION YELLOW
Release Date: 2023
The Serious Player Only Player 1 is a brand new hoop shoe from a brand new sneaker brand. Serious Payer Only is a Chinese brand and their signature model, the Player 1, was designed taking inspiration from several different Kobe models. Getting your hands on a pair of Kobes is damn near impossible nowadays, and being able to enjoy a pair of basketball shoes that offer similar performance features at a reasonable price, is a great thing, but, do the Player 1s actually perform well on court? Let’s find out.
Serious Player Only Player 1 Traction
The Player 1 is equipped with a solid rubber outsole with a sectioned herringbone traction pattern. The lines of the traction pattern alternate between solid lines and dotted ones made up of nubs. Now, although they use solid rubber on the outsole, it’s a very soft rubber compound, so outdoor durability is an issue.
But indoors, the traction on the Player 1 is amazing. The softness of the rubber is a positive for the shoe when playing indoors. When that rubber compresses it increases the surface area that is in contact with the court and that rubber is super grippy. On top of that, that traction pattern gives you excellent multidirectional coverage. Lastly, there are several portions of that sole that wrap around the midsole, providing extra coverage on more shifty movements. Traction is easily the shoe’s best feature and it is one of the best traction setups in recent memory.
Serious Player Only Player 1 Cushioning
The cushion setup in the Player 1 is very interesting. We have a drop in midsole, similar to the one we saw in the Way of Wade 808 V2, but in this case, we have a triple-density foam setup. We have an Evanlon foam carrier, which is a basic EVA foam similar to Lunarlon, and then forefoot and heel units of Serious Player Only’s Pocon and Gum foams.
This setup offers a nice, reactive, low-to-the-ground ride, but little in terms of impact protection. If you like speedy shoes with minimal cushioning and tons of court feel, this will be a great option. If you want a bit more impact protection, Serious Player Only does offer another drop-in midsole setup you can purchase. The SPO Support Midsole is slightly plusher and comes equipped with added support features.
Serious Player Only Player 1 Materials
The Player 1 features an upper that combines the brand’s Nervenit in the midfoot and forefoot of the shoe, and synthetic leather in the heel. Nervenit is very similar to Nike’s Flyknit in terms of aesthetics and performance though it is slightly softer to the touch.
The synthetic leather in the heel adds some extra structure and containment in the back of the shoe and makes the shoe feel slightly more premium than it actually is. The material setup performs well on court, they are light and require no break-in time, and offer more than enough containment. Materials are nothing amazing in terms of quality but they do perform well, so there is little to complain about.
Serious Player Only Player 1 Support
Support on the Player 1 is on point. The shoe is equipped with a carbon fiber shank plate, a TPU cage in the heel which is very reminiscent of the Kobe 7 and Kobe 8, and has a very wide forefoot with a substantial outrigger. The shoe is very stable and, no matter what moves you throw at them, keeps your foot securely on the footbed.
Serious Player Only Player 1 Fit
The Player 1 fits true to size, so go with whatever size you usually use in other brands. The shoe does offer a nice 1 to 1 fit, so keep that in mind if you like a little extra room in your hoop shoes. One thing to keep in mind is that the Player 1 only comes with 1 lace lock. This means that the tongue of the shoe might slip down as you play. This isn’t a huge issue, Allen shows you a very easy solution to this problem in the video.
Serious Player Only Player 1 Overall
The Player 1 is a very decent on-court performance basketball shoe but somewhat of a niche model. Traction is spectacular indoors, but outdoors that soft rubber outsole won’t last long. Cushioning is also very decent but only if you like reactive hoop shoes with great court feel.
Support, stability, and fit are also on point, but the Player 1 is definitely not a basketball shoe that caters to every type of basketball player or playing style. But if you’re interested in experiencing the performance features of a Kobe basketball shoe at a reasonable price, this is definitely the shoe for you.
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