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KD 13 Performance Review

It is fortunate that I could finally experienced one of Nike’s top flagship models, the KD 13, which offers me a rather different but very nice experience, converting some of my deep-rooted impressions of Nike. As a matter of fact, however, I was not so much into Nike shoes because some of their setups I can not quite approve of. For example, I don’t think pg4 and Alphadunk are well designed and even the top practical shoes always have some flaws. Despite the fact, this KD 13 does refresh my impression. But in what way? Let’s have a look then.

I am actually very satisfied with this shoes which is sure to be my first choice for practice during this period.  To be honest, the first game I played in the shoes was one of my best games of the month and I did benefit a lot from it. In fact, the shoes has been released for a long time and I think you fans must have grasped some knowledge about it whose anti-rollover performance is most worth mentioning.

For KD 13’s cushioning, I think I can’t illustrate any one shoe more pleasing. It adopts full-foot and double front-foot air cushions, which is quite luxurious. Actually, I am a bit fastidious in choosing basketball shoes and I was not so satisfactory about Zoom air cushion before, which should be owed to my bad experiences with one of my basketball shoes in which I didn’t feel the existence of air cushion. But for the cushion of KD 13, when I stood still in the shoes I can feel the two pieces of soft air cushion in the fore part, though not obviously. But since the insoles are very thick, I do feel very comfortable underfoot. And the full-foot cushion is comfortable as well but it requires your force. 

In terms of the grip, I think it is equal to, if not greater than, that of many excellent basketball shoes in the market. On court, it seemed like a fierce beast and bit the ground tightly so that there wasn’t slipping during the whole games. And in outdoor courts, the sole can be very durable: even under my high intensity training, it still succeeds accompanying me for a long time. 

With respect to wrapping, I want to say that it is nearly perfect. When I first saw the shoelace holes, I knew that the shoe’s wrapping won’t be bad. The first shoelace hole is located low enough that my forefoot is nicely locked and  the last shoelace hole is also designed reasonable, enough to lock my ankle. And lastly, when I tighten the laces, I can feel the shoe tongue tightly hug my instep, offering me a very nice wrapping experience.

But however excellent it is, it is still not perfect. I should say that the anti-rollover performance is the biggest flaw of the shoe. Yet it can only be said to be defective and can not be denied completely.

Weighing at more than 390 grams, it is a bit heavy and I even feel somewhat burdened underfoot, which may be ascribed to the use of materials. And on the other hand, the air permeability is not that nice, either. In this hot summer day, when I am playing games in the shoes, all I can feel is sweat underfoot.

Overall:

In a nutshell, KD 13 is in the whole a satisfying sneaker and can meet most of my needs, although the defections do exist. This shoes, from my perspective, are certainly suitable for those who are mainly shooters on court. And no less certain is it that the shoes will be a nice companion.

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Nike Kobe Nxt 360—The first Implementation of Flyknit 360

Last week, Flyknit 360 made its first appearance in Nike Basketball product with Kobe AD NXT 360, debuted by Toronto Raptors guard DeMar Derozan against the Cleveland Cavaliers.With the Raptors facing off against the LeBron James-led Cavaliers. The Kobe AD NXT 360 also was the latest in Kobe’s signature series.

The Kobe AD NXT 360 is the first implementation of Flyknit 360 in Nike’s basketball line and the brand has paired that with new cushioning: a dual-density drop-in React and Lunarlon midsole.In addition they feature dual density drop in foam midsole which is constructed with Nike React technology .

As we know that unguarded shots are easier. However, few people know the specific value between offensive and defensive players (5 feet or 4 feet or 3 feet) , which will affect the hit rate. Fortunately, scientific calculations test it : A study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology showed that attacking players VS  a defensive player, each one foot away (about 30 cm) space, shooting percentage Both can rise 2%. Although this number may seem small, this is what is  Kobe’s unlimited possibilities

In order to improve the 2% hit rate, the KOBE NXT 360 is designed with a three-stage structure of Flyknit uppers and a double-density embedded midsole and outsole for excellent stability.

Getting the money requires hitting the bank.Of course, under the background of KOBE 360’s shoes design, the “Bank” here is interpreted as improving the traction and the smoothness of the movement when changing direction. The KOBE sneakers were tested by the Nike NXT team and the Nike Sports Research Laboratory. The performance around the 50-foot-long arc of the three-point line was tested . Tests showed that the sloping uppers of the stilettos could be obtained instantly. Greater strength and speed, this is the key to distance from defenders.

Then in each game, the average running distance of each NBA player is about 4 kilometers, but it is rarely a straight line. They need to constantly cut in and move quickly. Compared to defense, players need to do more than 50%  arcing movement , just like the three point line.

 

Although there is no direct correlation more then the 2% hit rate and the embedded midsole in the open space, the design around the incision and incline leads to Nike used the density midsole. The embedded design of KOBE NXT 360 balances the performance of Lunarlon foam on the outside, provides a support platform, and matches Nike REACT technology to ensure the comfort of each game.

Usually, each sole layer design will make the shoes more and more stability and it is more difficult to pull away from the defensive player. The wraparound Flyknit  structure of the KOBE NXT 360  will be lockdown the feet,the improvement of the fit not only succeeds in making the embedded midsole more conform to the ground,lockdown is the highlight of the NXT and it is truly fantastic.  But also enhances the sense of wrapping of the shoes and reduces the sliding of the feet.

For the traction , it is seems followed the Kobe A.D. — which is the only performance feature the NXT has in common with the original A.D, seems it is not eays to keep If dust was present there would be some wiping needed periodically.

 

 

 

Overall,  Kobe AD NXT 360 shown features Black uppers which more comfortable , iridescent on the branding,Also it is the first Implementation of Flyknit 360, I am expecting it for a long time . It will retail for $200 on April 13,Dont miss it .