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Nike LeBron 15 “ASHES” Performance Review

LeBron James is already calling the Nike LeBron 15 his favorite signature shoe since released , and there are a lot of  colrway  of shoes has been released so far

Today we are talking about it .

For the cushioning :  cushioning unit is called BattleMax and features compartments of visibile Zoom Air.  that is the newest design so far.

For the BattleMax, the bounce and feedback felt from the Zoom units is awesome. This isn’t the first time this type of cushion has been utilized in a LeBron model (the last time was the LeBron 10) but articulation is present this time around so overall mobility has greatly increased.

I think the set up is perfect.  Lateral stability which a bit better than the J10 due to wrapping the front portion of the Air unit in Phylon . For me ,  it is nicely ,I can feel the bounce and feedback in the court.  I’m not sure why there isn’t a true outrigger on a shoe that rides on a platform made of Air, but that’s what we’ve got to work with here.

If you’re a linear player, like LeBron, then you shouldn’t have many issues with stability and support. However, if you move laterally often then you’ll likely feel the instability and it’ll hinder your on court performance. It caused me to hesitate instead of moving as I normally would around the court.

 

For the material :The upper is a textured knit material called BattleKnit as it features a textured weave that adds depth in design .

If you dont like the stiff upper used on the LeBron 13 and the cheap but soft materials used on the LeBron 14, you may find that the material will be the favorite one of your choose.

We can see  some areas of the knit are thicker than others while high wear areas are glued a bit because of it will be more  durability. For me , I felt comfortable and secure , it is nicely .

For the supporting : An aggressive heel counter is the only external piece on the upper, so it’s clear that designer Jason Petrie went super minimal for the LeBron 15 shoes.  Traditional support features like a torsional midfoot shank and TPU heel counter are all in place and work well. Hwoever, the midsole and outsole lack a wide enough base and it really hurt the lateral stability and overall support. Again, if you’re a linear player then you should be fine. If you move around laterally then you may have the same experience I had in them.

 

For the traction .  the traction was solid but it is great . I can feel the  the triangle pattern bite and grip the court really well from a linear standpoint. however,the way the pattern is implemented seems to be straight across the surface.  so maybe it maybe not suit for the  wet  court . And If some portions of the pattern were turned a bit I feel lateral coverage would’ve had that same bite that it offers linearly.

For me , the court I had played on was one of the most pristine surfaces I’ve had the pleasure of encountering. actually  I dont like the solid traction , and  there killer colorways releasing that use translucent rubber that will be more enticing than some of the offerings that use solid rubber, maybe  the translucent rubber will be  great on the  outcourt

Overall ,  It is amazing , I hope that  the LeBron 16 that adds lateral stability while retaining all of the awesomeness that is Max Zoom Air.

 

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