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Nike Air Zoom BB NXT Performance Review

Although the Olympic Games has been postponed this year, the team shoes Nike Air Zoom BB NXT arrived as promised. Another good news is that the midsole setup of the shoe has been injected with a combination of new technology. But can the shoes live up to its reputation of “magic shoes”? Go on checking then and you’ll find the answer.

The Nike Air Zoom BB NXT has a warped tail with a thick midsole. The first released version is mainly black with green and yellow and also decorated with valerian blue, making it very much similar to Air Zoom Alphafly Next%.

The big Swoosh on the inside of the shoe is not complete, and the “Air” in the Air Zoom logo on the midsole has been cut in half, suggesting that this is Nike’s innovation, the rise of a new edition of basketball shoes.

The foam inside the shoe is comfortable and fits various kinds of foot type. The last is relatively wide and the soft foam inside the tongue is rather thick, creating a comfortable sense of fit. Besides, the design of the inside heel makes the shoes look more casual and wears more comfortably.

As for the air permeability and supporting, they can be said to be above average. The vamp has the material of heat-melt reinforcement, and the lower part still contains a layer of sponge. But the ventilation inside the shoes is not seriously affected if you wear it for walking. However, when it comes to the actual performance, whether the shoe will cause sweltering effect is still unknown.

Moreover, these wave points are designed as gradient effect and the shoelace hole is designed as water wave, which brings a stronger  visual effect. However, the vamp is designed as the engineering net surface, so the support brought by dispersed hot-melt reinforcement is not so satisfying. And I also felt the wrapping is not as good as I had expected before since my feet are very thin.

Equipped with whole-foot three-layer Nike React cushioning foam, including two layers of cushioning cotton on the midsole and one layer of insole, the shoe, on the whole, wears especially comfortably. The TPU support plate at the midfoot can also be seen since the bottom is hollow which is to enhance anti-torsion performance.

Designing the shoes is like creating a car, each part having its own function, and working with each other to help the players stay in the best condition and provide a nice foot feel.

The Nike Air Zoom BB NXT inherited some elements from  the Zoom BB, the best guard shoe of 2007. With the simple and nice appearance, comfortable Zoom and affordable price, the Zoom BB can be said to be a very good shoe. But it is a pity that Nike did not release it at last.

Nike Air Zoom BB NXT outsole is integrated with the innovative pattern. From the surface of the outsole, the lines are not dense, even a little rough. Although it can bring a relatively outstanding anti-skid effect, but it is not wear – resistant.


In general, Nike Air Zoom BB NXT has excellent shock response, outstanding rebound, and nice grip while the supporting is average. So there are still some aspects that need improving.

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Nike Air Zoom BB NXT Performance Review

Have you ever been troubled by not knowing which one to choose when buying shoes? Well, if the answer is no, then you are lucky to have encountered the one that fits you. But if the answer is yes, you might as well go on checking this Nike Air Zoom BB NXT with me and decide whether this is a good recommendation.

In hot summers, there has never been in want of people who played hard and sweated greatly on court.  But before that, they might be thinking about picking a pair of basketball shoes that were not only excellent in performance, but also outstanding in appearance. And the ideal one suggested here is the Nike Air Zoom BB NXT.

First of all, I think the shoe’s appearance is brilliant. The simple combination of black and green seems to give me an illusion that this is a cool and refreshing summer and it makes me feel impulsive to exercise. And for those who are now upset about being unable to find a pair of shoes having both outstanding appearance and performances, this is very good news. This Nike Air Zoom BB NXT can match our daily wearing well and is eye-catching on court. After all, I’ve always thought Nike does a good job in this respect.

For the air permeability, however, I do not consider it excellent. The fabric vamp makes the shoes a bit stuffy and after hours’ playing basketball, I felt my socks soaked by sweat. But on the other hand, the fabric vamp is nice in wrapping. There are foams and  built-in sponge pads that extend out of the shoe collar, so on the whole, the shoe wears very comfortably and wraps my feet nicely.

The support piece above the foam is used to further enhance resistance to torsion while the water-ripple texture in the outsole is to increase friction. So wherever I choose to play basketball, the outsole can easily cope with the courts and offer me enough grip. On court, it seems to bite the ground tightly whenever there are signs of slipping.

Then when it comes to cushioning, the setups here are brand-new, not only ample but also incredibly nice: there are two Air Zoom cushion units + the exposed Nike React foam at the heel and React insoles. So the overall wearing experience for me was unforgettable: unlike some shoes which are really hard, this one is soft and comfortable and gives me feedback immediately. Impressive!


The mission of this Nike Air Zoom BB NXT is——pure and simple——to be a reliable backup force for us. And for me, it has also been a reliable comrade on court. So let’s go back to the initial problem. After this review, do you consider this Nike Air Zoom BB NXT  a good choice? If so, why not take a shot?