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Unboxing: adidas Harden Vol.8

At the first sight of Harden Vol. 8, I thought it’s similar as Harden Vol. 7, as the overall outline and structure is almost the same.

But after testing, I found that the material and structure of Harden Vol. 8 have been upgraded a lot. It reinforces the defects of Harden Vol. 7.

The shoe head design of Harden Vol. 8 is the same as Harden Vol. 7. But the material is softer.

The anti-rollover structure of forefoot midsole is also the same as Harden Vol. 7. There is a big piece of black rubber extends to the outsole, which is also one of the symbolic designs.

The biggest change and upgrade in the appearance, is the huge annular rubber structure of the upper, forming a unique shape exclusive to Harden Vol.8.

Since it occupies such a large area of the shoe body, the strength and toughness of this circle of rubber are adjusted just right, and when the shoelace is fastened, it is like a palm which holding your foot.

Combined with this multi-layer ankle shoe design, each part of the foot is firmly locked, making the shoe unity of Harden Vol.8 more outstanding than that of the 7th generation.

As with the previous generation, although it is a signature shoe, but the shoe body does not have much design to highlight Harden’s personal elements, even the signature is hidden on the shoe-pad.

Compared with the change of the 7th generation, it is still obvious that the exposed design of the TPU anti-torsion plate is canceled, but it’s hidden in the inside of the outsole rubber, and its shape can be faintly seen through the translucent material.

The outsole pattern is cleverly integrated into the Harden ‘H’, and the circle around it is the most classic and most durable herringbone pattern. Looking at the depth of this pattern, it should be durable.

The rear opening window has changed from the three-bar shape of the previous generation to a circular shape, and the interior is filled with full-length JETBoost.

Although it uses the same technology configuration as last generation, but it remodels the drop height and the thickness of material.

The forefoot sole of Harden Vol.8 is thicker than Harden Vol.7. The drop height is small. It’s more solid and elastic.

Adidas Harden Vol.8 will be released on February 15.

In addition to this model, the follow-up will also be launched in black green, flamingo, black  white red and other colors.

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Adidas Trae 3 Performance Review

NBA Hawks’ star Trae Young’s third generation of signature shoes adidas Trae 3 officially debuted this month.As the defender, the orientation of Trae Young’s shoes is speediness and stability. This is the first time to abandon the Boost material, replaced by a brand-new midsole, which bring a completely different wearing experience.

The upper of adidas Trae 3 is made of mesh fabric, with brand-new COMPOSITE FOAM lightweight midsole, the air permeability is great.The actual performance of COMPOSITE FOAM is similar to Lightstrike. It’s not soft, but the starting reaction is quite quick, and there will be no discomfort when jumping to the ground, which is a very competent speeding type midsole. The most attractive position of adidas Trae 3 is the blocky midsole design, which is designed by the moving habit of Trae Young. With the wide outsole, the stability of adidas Trae 3 is great.

In terms of fitness, adidas Trae 3 mainly passes through the four side line holes through the shoelaces, and because there is no shoelace hole in the shoe head, I personally believes that the fitness is not good. I chose the standard size, but I still can feel that the feet can slide in the shoes. Maybe if your feet is thin, you can choose half size down.

Adidas Trae 3 abandoned the socks type design, so it’s easier to put on and take off. And it adds padding in the shoe heel, which improve the stability and comfort level. Adidas Trae 3 improves the feedback, stability, cushion performance and weight problem.If it can improve the fitness, it will be a great pair of basketball shoes for the defenders.

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Deconstructed Report of PUMA ALL-PRO NITRO & PUMA CLYDE ALL-PRO

The appearance of PUMA ALL-PRO NITRO is quite outstanding. Especially it uses different density of PUMA NITRO™SQD FOAM insole technology in different position. Today let’s have a look at the inner structure of ALL-PRO NITRO by deconstructing it.

PUMA ALL-PRO NITRO

Separating the vamp and insole of right shoe

The green part is soft fabric. And the white position is added with TPU yarn, which not only ensures the excellent support for key force points, but also offer good air permeability.

The fine and closely mesh fabric inner sleeve matches with thick shoe-tongue.

The forepart uses half-dynamic lacing way.

The leather on the heelpiece extends to the outsole and cover the insole to reduce the deformation of insole and offer more stability.

From the side section, the heelpiece counter of ALL-PRO NITRO is a injected type, which fits the Achilles tendon and further elevates the fitness of heelpiece.

The range of heelpiece counter is big, which can fix the heel well.

The thickest position of EUR42.5 shoe heel is about 9.70mm.

It has PUMA logo on the heelpiece of fluorescent green shoe-pad.

The glue on the reverse side of shoe-pad can reduce sliding in the shoe.

The length of EUR42.5 shoe-pad is about 275mm.

The width of EUR42.5 half-sole shoe-pad is about 92.31mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 shoe-pad is about 5.70mm.

The EVA material insole fabric

The reverse side of insole fabric is non-woven material which is printed with product information.

The brand-new PUMA NITRO™SQD FOAM insole technology

The midsole is densely covered with punching holes.

From this angle, we can see the structure of the partitioned density midsole. The outer layer is covered with a high-density NITRO material (the outer white area) to improve stability, and the softer NITRO material (the green area in the coating) is used in the center to improve the cushioning performance.

The TPU stabilizing plate is put between insole and outsole.

From this angle, we can see the position of TPU stabilizing plate and insole.

The length of EUR42.5 TPU stabilizing plate is about 112.35mm.

The width of EUR42.5 TPU stabilizing plate front end is about 52.89mm.

The width of EUR42.5 TPU stabilizing plate rear-end is about 31.55mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 TPU stabilizing plate is about 2.78mm.

The thickness of the thickest position of EUR42.5 TPU stabilizing plate is about 4.90mm.

One-piece anti-skidding rubber outsole

The half-sole uses checkerboard crossed herringbone pattern which extends to the upturning position of inner side. The deep pattern improves the traction performance.

The front-end outsole has upturning design which improve the protection and stability.

The thickness of EUR42.5 half-sole rubber outsole is about 4.75mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 heelpiece rubber outsole is about 4.84mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 half-sole (insole+outsole) is about 17.01mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 arch thickest position is about 22.22mm. The thickness of heelpiece outsole (insole+outsole) is about 24.79mm. The drop height is about 7.78mm.

Let’s compare the difference of the inner structure of PUMA ALL-PRO NITRO and CLYDE ALL-PRO. The size of PUMA ALL-PRO NITRO is EUR42.5, and the size of CLYDE ALL-PRO is EUR42.

PUMA ALL-PRO NITRO

PUMA CLYDE ALL-PRO

ALL-PRO N?L?: the vamp is made of woven material and leather.

ALL-PRO?R?: the vamp is made of MATRYX, it has multiple layers and carbon fiber.

ALL-PRO N?L?: The upper adds TPU yarn on different area to keep the supporting performance and improve the air permeability.

ALL-PRO?R?: the reverse side of vamp adds hot-melting coating which improve the overall supporting performance.

ALL-PRO N?L?: The mesh fabric inner sleeve matches with thick shoe-tongue.

ALL-PRO?R??it uses independent thick shoe-tongue

ALL-PRO N?L?& ALL-PRO?R?use the same shoe-pad.

ALL-PRO N?L?& ALL-PRO?R?: the reverse side of shoe-pad comparison

ALL-PRO N?L?: the thickness of EUR42.5 shoe-pad is about 5.70mm.

ALL-PRO?R?: the thickness of EUR42 shoe-pad is about 5.45mm.

ALL-PRO N?L?: the material of EVA insole fabric is loosened.

ALL-PRO?R?: the material of EVA insole fabric is more exquisite.

ALL-PRO N?L?& ALL-PRO?R?: the reverse side of insole fabric use non-woven material.

ALL-PRO N?L?uses PUMA NITRO™SQD FOAM insole technology. The outer layer uses high density NITRO material as the frame, and the inner side is filled with NITRO material.

ALL-PRO?R?uses PROFOAM and insole material as frame. The shoe heel uses independent PEBAX material.

ALL-PRO N?L?VS ALL-PRO?R?: the side section of insole comparison

ALL-PRO N?L?: the arch position has TPU stabilizing plate

ALL-PRO?R?: there is a piece of Y shape TPU stabilizing plate from the half-sole to arch.

ALL-PRO N?L?& ALL-PRO?R?: the outsole pattern comparison

ALL-PRO N (above): the width of EUR42.5 half-sole is about 114.18mm.

ALL-PRO (bottom): the width of EUR42.5 half-sole is about 108.07mm.

ALL-PRO N (L): the thickness of EUR42.5 half-sole rubber is about 4.75mm.

ALL-PRO?R?: the thickness of EUR42 half-sole rubber is about 4.88mm.

ALL-PRO N (L): the thickness of EUR42.5 shoe heel rubber is about 4.84mm.

ALL-PRO?R?: the thickness of EUR42 shoe heel rubber is about 3.64mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 ALL-PRO NITRO half-sole (insole + outsole) is about 17.01mm. The thickness of shoe heel (insole + outsole) is about 24.79mm. The drop height is about 7.78mm.

The thickness of EUR42 ALL-PRO half-sole (insole + outsole) is about 15.91mm. The thickness of shoe heel (insole + outsole) is about 23.70mm. The drop height is about 7.79mm.

The unit weight of EUR42.5 ALL-PRO N(L) is about 386.80g.

The unit weight of EUR42 ALL-PRO (R) is about 355.70g.

The deconstructed parts of ALL-PRO N

The deconstructed parts of ALL-PRO

Deconstructed Report:

VAMP: the vamp is made of woven material and leather material. The texture is excellent. The green position is soft fabric, and the white position is added with TPU yarn to keep the excellent supporting performance and good air permeability. With the brand-new half dynamic lacing system, it offers excellent fitness.

Insole: PUMA NITRO™SQD FOAM insole technology improves the comfort level.

Insole: PUMA NITRO™SQD FOAM insole technology improves the comfort level. The inner layer uses big area of soft and resilient low-density insole (the green position) to cover the feet, and it has padding on the heelpiece position. The center of gravity is high, the drop height is about 7-8mm. It’s suitable for most of people.

Overall: The appearance of PUMA ALL-PRO NITRO is awesome. It’s suitable for most of people. The overall performance has been improved. It’s a pair of great basketball shoes.

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The Configuration of Adidas 4DFWD 3 & SWITCH FWD

Adidas is committed to exploring the infinite possibilities of combining technology with running shoes. Adidas changed the traditional running shoes’ design concept, using exclusive black technology. This summer, Adidas released two technologies’ running shoes, including the revolutionary running shoe which using 3D printing 4DFWD 3, and the new released SWITCH FWD. The two ‘new species’ in the field of running shoes have made a new interpretation of the propulsion of running shoes by different midsole materials, bringing subversive propulsion pleasure to runners at every step and showing a unique leaping experience.

4DFWD 3 use the brand-new upper design and top-level midsole technology to inject a boost of pleasure at every step.


The adidas 4DFWD series keep using the innovated technology. Its BOWTIE midsole design is developed by collaborating with Silicon Valley technology company. Carbon uses 3D printing technology. It evaluated over 5 million 4D structural variations by using 18 years of athlete performance data, achieving strong forward propulsion and energy feedback, while running can reduce the vertical amplitude ratio to increase stride length. The new 4DFWD 3 shoes featured a new breathable double upper design, with Continental outsole, bring more powerful propulsion.

The features of adidas 4DFWD 3 running shoe:

  • Breathable double-deck upper design: It adopts double-deck upper design for the first time, and adopts Primeknit and MONO MESH single fabric material which is comfortable like socks. It’s elastic, soft and breathable. The vamp has hot pressing strip support design.
  • Gravity conversion propulsion system: Continuation of the 4DFWD tilting structure of the midsole technology, it turns the vertical downward gravity into the front propulsion force, inject propulsion for each step.
  • Continental™ outsole: The Continental™ outsole offers strong traction for a wide range of environmental, terrain and weather conditions.
  • 3D heel locking and new lacing system: The shoe heel is 3D heel locking, and the new lacing system also provides better stability for the shoe.

It not only launched the basic color of off-white and silver gray, the side of the shoe is decorated with fluorescent green, bringing a more futuristic technology image for the shoe; In addition, there are classic all black and black white colorways, providing different choices for the runners.

SWITCH FWD brand-new shoes were debuted at the same time.

The SWITCH FWD, which debuted simultaneously with 4DFWD 3, is a brand-new shoe model that continues the design concept of 4DFWD, representing a bold attempt to ‘change’ (SWITCH) and the concept of leading ‘FORWARD’. SWITCH FWD adopts soft EVA composite midsole, and the midsole adopts special hole structure, so that the downward pressure during running is compressed through the hole and then bounced forward to convert into forward kinetic energy; At the same time, TPU pieces are inserted between the shoe body and the midsole, and the lighter Continental™ outsole provides superior stability and traction performance. SWITCH FWD uses recycled materials to create air flow upper, and integrates MONO MESH fabric and craft mesh fabric to effectively enhance air circulation.

For the colors of the shoes, the men’s shoes have a mysterious all black and a classic color of black stripes on white; The women’s model is white.

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PUMA ALL-PRO NITRO VS CLYDE ALL-PRO

PUMA officially released the brand-newv basketball shoes ALL-PRO NITRP, which keeps the low version appearance of PUMA’s classic basketball shoes CLYDE ALL-PRO. The new technology configuration fits with retro appearance. The performance is more comprehensive to cope with the intense competition.

PUMA ALL-PRO NITRO

The vamp is made of sectional woven material and leather material. The texture is outstanding.

The green position is soft woven material. The white position adds with TPU yarn to keep the excellent supporting performance and good air permeability.

The light-admitting quality of ALL-PRO NITRO vamp

The brand-new lacing system has 6 couples of shoelaces’ holes. The forepart uses half-dynamic lacing way. And the outboard lacing area adds hot-melting material to keep the strength of vamp. The back end uses common lacing way to ensure the fitness.

The hot-melting material in the middle of the thick fabric shoe tongue is punched to reduce the skew of the laces during movement. It’s printed with 1948-2023-75?which represent the 75th anniversary of PUMA.

The heel leather extends to the outsole to offer more stability.

The overall streamlined outline of the shoe body reveals a strong force.

The white rubber outsole on the half sole upturns to cover the insole, which improve the support and stability of half sole, which is embossed with ALL PRO.

The bend of half sole is concave to improve the flexibility during movement, and the outboard outsole of arch position is turned up to enhance the lateral support.

It uses different density of PUMA NITRO™SQD FOAM insole technology in different position. The outer layer is made of high-density NITRO material to cover and improve the stability. The center position uses soft NITRO material to improve the cushion performance.

The width of shoe heel is moderate, not only can offer good cushion performance, but also can improve the exercising flexibility.

The outsole uses one-piece anti-skid rubber.

The half-sole uses checkerboard herringbone pattern, which extends to the inboard upturning position. The deep pattern improves the traction performance.

The windowing design on the arch position shows the exposed TPU stabilizing plate.

The heelpiece outsole has slotted design to release the characteristics of PUMA NITRO insole material.

It has PUMA logo on the fluorescent shoe-pad of heelpiece position.

The length of EUR42.5 shoe-pad is about 275mm.

The width of EUR42.5 half-sole shoe-pad is about 92.31mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 shoe-pad is about 5.70mm.

Let’s compare the appearance difference of PUMA ALL-PRO NITRO & CLYDE ALL-PRO. The size of PUMA ALL-PRO NITRO (for short: ALL-PRO N) is EUR42.5, and CLYDE ALL-PRO(for short: ALL-PRO) is EUR42.

PUMA ALL-PRO NITRO

PUMA CLYDE ALL-PRO

The comparison of shoe-box, ALL-PRO N (Left), ALL-PRO (Right)

The comparison of side tag, ALL-PRO N (Above), ALL-PRO (Bottom)

ALL-PRO N (L): The upper is made of sectional woven material and leather material.

ALL-PRO (R): The upper is made of MATRYX, multi-layer of woven with carbon fiber.

ALL-PRO N (L): It has special treatment on the force point of the front palm and the outboard arch to improve the comfort level.

ALL-PRO (R): The outsole on the front palm has upturning design to cover the insole which improve the supporting performance and stability.

ALL-PRO N (L): It uses different density of PUMA NITRO™SQD FOAM insole technology in different position. The outer layer is made of high-density NITRO material to cover and improve the stability. The center position uses soft NITRO material to improve the cushion performance.

ALL-PRO(R): It uses PROFOAM and insole material as frame. The heelpiece uses independent PEBAX material.

ALL-PRO N (L): The heelpiece is widen, and the upturning position is higher.

ALL-PRO(R): The width of heelpiece is moderate. The upturning position is lower.

ALL-PRO N (L) VS ALL-PRO(R) side heelpiece comparison

ALL-PRO N (L) VS ALL-PRO(R) outsole pattern comparison

ALL-PRO N (L): the width of EUR42.5 half-sole is about 114.18mm.

ALL-PRO(R): the width of EUR42 half-sole is about 108.07mm.

ALL-PRO N (L): the width of EUR42.5 heelpiece is about 97.67mm.

ALL-PRO(R): the width of EUR42 half-sole is about 87.90mm.

ALL-PRO N (L) & ALL-PRO(R) use the same shoe-pad

The reverse side of ALL-PRO N (L) & ALL-PRO(R) shoe-pad

ALL-PRO N (L): the thickness of EUR42.5 shoe-pad is about 5.70mm.

ALL-PRO(R): the thickness of EUR42 shoe-pad is about 5.45mm.

Both of ALL-PRO N (L) & ALL-PRO N (L) use EVA insole fabric.

ALL-PRO N (L): the unit weight of EUR42.5 is about 386.8g.

ALL-PRO (R): the unit weight of EUR42 is about 355.7g.

Overall: PUMA ALL-PRO NITRO inherits the low version appearance of CLYDE ALL-PRO. The overall performance has been improved. The upper has several layers. The woven material has good air permeability. The brand-new PUMA NITRO™SQD FOAM worth your expectation.

The size is a little longer than standard size. The shoe tree is moderate. Although it’s low version, the overall fitness is good. Comparing with ALL-PRO, the PUMA NITRO™SQD FOAM technology improves the comfort level. You can feel the resilient feedback by simple running or jumping. The outer high-density material has obvious supporting performance. The center of gravity is a little high, but it’s acceptable. The overall balance performance is good.

The overall performance of PUMA ALL-PRO NITRO is good. You can expect our further deconstructed report of PUMA ALL-PRO NITRO.

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NIKE ZOOM G.T. CUT 2 PERFORMANCE REVIEW

G.T. means Greater Than

The G.T. series shoes were born on 2021. It’s mainly to cope with the new generation of changing playing style to make adjustments. ZOOM G.T. CUT series has also launched the second generation, the configuration and material have been adjusted, now take a look at the difference of ZOOM G.T. CUT & ZOOM G.T. CUT 2.

Cushion Performance:

Both of CUT 1 & CUT 2 uses React shoe-pad, full-length Zoom Strobel and ZOOM AIR cushion on the shoe heel. The difference is on the details.

The React shoe-pad of CUT 1 & CUT 2 is almost the same. The main difference is in the curvature of the front buckling. CUT 2 is more tilted, like a running shoe, which is more conducive to running, while CUT 1 is closer to the ground and can feel the ground better.

The Zoom Air cushion of CUT 1 is lecotropal, and it’s on the bottom layer and above outsole. While the Zoom Air cushion of CUT 2 is hexagon, and it’s inserted in the React shoe-pad.

The ZOOM AIR of CUT 2 is closed to the heel. The size of hexagon ZOOM AIR is not big.

The ZOOM Strobel of CUT 1 is under the shoe-pad. It doesn’t have insole fabric under the shoe-pad. And there is a layer of insole fabric above ZOOM STROBEL of CUT 2. So the ZOOM AIR feedback of CUT 1 is more obvious than CUT 2.

Comfort Level:

The shoe-tongue would affect the comfort level. The shoe-tongue of CUT 1 cover the whole instep perfectly. And it has holes to fix the shoelaces to avoid the shoe-tongue moving. The shoe-tongue of CUT 2 is narrow, and it doesn’t have hole to fix the shoe-tongue.

After fastening the shoelaces, the shoe-tongue doesn’t move, but as the shoe-tongue is narrow, it can’t cover the whole shoe-tongue.

The texture of shoe-pad also affects the comfort level. The texture is the key point. The material of CUT 1 shoe-pad has good friction. And the half-sole has extra wave pattern to prevent the feet moving in the shoes. But it’s a little hard to put on after wearing the socks. The surface of CUT 2 shoe-pad is smoother, it’s easier to put on and take off.

Traction Performance:

Both of CUT 1 and CUT 2 outsole pattern is big nicks. The blue position of CUT 2 outsole uses Smear Traction 1.0, which improve the traction performance.

The shoe heel outsole pattern of CUT 2 is in small triangle.

Both of CUT 1 & CUT 2 are speeding type basketball shoes. CUT 1 is closer to the ground, the feedback of half-sole is better. It can help you to speed up.

CUT 2 likes a pair of running shoes. It’s suitable for running. If you need to run a short distance on a fast break or defend, it will be comfortable by wearing CUT 2.

Stability:

The half-sole of CUT 1 & CUT 2 are wide, the main difference is the heelpiece. The heelpiece of CUT 1 is a little narrow, the center of gravity is slightly outside. And the stabilizer of CUT 2 is covered well, it’s more stable. Due to the design of shoelaces’ holes, the fitness of CUT 1 is also better than CUT 2.

Overall:

The overall performance of CUT 1 is better than CUT 2. The main difference is the design of shoe-tongue and the insole fabric above the ZOOM Strobel.

But the upper material of CUT 2 is thinner than CUT 1, so the air permeability is better. The shoe heel stabilizer of CUT 2 is better. It’s the improvement of new version. CUT 2 needs time to break-in. We expect more new colorways of CUT 2.

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The Performance Review of Jordan Tatum 1

Boston, which lost seven games in the Eastern Conference championship, failed to make history. Jayson Tatum is injured, but his Tatum 1 is definitely the one that we’ll have to see the actual performance.

I like the simple appearance of Tatum 1. It reminds me the Jordan models that Reggie Millers used to wear before.

Advantages:

  1. The cushion performance of forefoot sole is excellent, but the cushion performance of heelpiece is not good.

Tatum 1 as a pair of low price Jordan brand personal signature shoes, its cushioning unit is amazing to me, maybe my expectation for its performance is too low, after all, I personally don’t like the cushion performance of the same price of Luka 1.

?The Zoom air cushion of forefoot sole is excellent.

The Zoom air cushion of Tatum 1 forefoot sole is excellent. The resilience of ZOOM air cushion is excellent.  But it has small defects, the sole of the foot have a slight downward arc convex, it has a slight feeling of instability, but I am not affected too much when playing basketball.

The cushion performance of Tatum 1 shoe heel is worse. But fortunately I rarely don’t jump to the ground by shoe heel firstly. It doesn’t have big influence. If you jump to the ground by shoe heel firstly, you need to consider it well.

  1. Excellent traction performance. The abrasive resistance is not good.
    The outsole of Tatum 1 uses white water ripple pattern.The traction performance on plastic cement and woodfloor court are excellent. I’m satisfied at its traction performance. But the disadvantage is, it’s easy to absorb the dust.

?Excellent traction performance

After playing basketball games with Tatum 1 about 8 hours, it doesn’t have much abrasion. But it’s said that the durability of Tatum 1 is not good. The durability of Tatum 1 should be better than Kobe 4 Protro.

?It’s not as wear-resistant as I though.

Good Fitness & Support:

The vamp of Tatum 1 is made of ventilated nylon fabric. It has a little reinforcement on the shoelace and shoe head. The shoe heel is covered with leather. It’s light. I like the white blue colorway.

?It’s light, and the air permeability is good.

It’s a little big than standard size. I choose half size smaller. The shoe tree is a little narrow. It doesn’t have much padding. The padding of shoe tongue is not thick. My feet is narrow type, so it needs to fasten the shoelaces tightly, it can fit my feet well.

?The shoe heel is made of leather.

The supporting performance of Tatum 1 is not good. To reduce the weight, the material is soft and thinner. The overall strength is not good. Although the outsole extends to the upper, but the material is soft.

?The overall supporting performance is not good.


The sole has a bit of circular arc, so it’s unstable. And it doesn’t have anti-rollover design. The outsole is wide. You can feel that the lateral support is not so stable in lateral movement.  Although it’s not bad, but I don’t feel safe. Fortunately the shoe head is tilted, the starting speed is very fast.
?The anti-rollover performance is just ok.

The built-in TPU on the heelpiece is a little soft, but it’s enough. Tatum 1 mainly focus on the weight, not the supporting performance. The supporting performance of Tatum 1 is only passable.

Disadvantages:

The anti-rollover performance of half sole is just ok.The cushion performance of shoe heel is not good.

The outsole of half sole doesn’t have obvious anti-rollover design, so I didn’t feel safe when playing basketball games. It needs time to break-in.

Overall: 8.7 scores

Size: It’s a little bigger than standard size. I suggest to choose half size smaller. It’s better to try on physical store firstly.

There are many different feedback for the performance of Tatum 1 on the market. I think that Tatum 1 is unsuitable for most of people. It doesn’t have big disadvantages and advantages. But frankly I like to wear them to play basketball. Tatum 1 focus on the cushion performance of half-sole. The traction performance is excellent. The fitness and supporting performance is good. As the first pair of signature shoes of a young player, I think that Tatum 1 is ok, not bad, but it definitely can be improved. I expected the next pair of signature shoes of Jayson Tatum.

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The Characteristics of Nike Motiva Running shoes

Recently Nike released the brand-new jogging shoes MOTIVA. Today we want to talk about its characteristics with you.

Firstly, the target people of this pair of jogging shoes is heavy runners who mainly jog. If you are a new runner and want to choose a pair of durable and heightening running shoes, NIKE Motiva is a good choice.

The outsole of Nike Motiva is covered with big area of rubber material. And the rubber is thick. So its durability won’t make you to be disappointed. Its traction performance is also reliable. It can grip the ground well. But if the road is wet, it’s recommended to slow down. As its orientation is a pair of jogging shoes.

The midsole uses the brand-new COMFORT GROOVE cushion material. When running, you can feel the obvious resilient feedback. It won’t shock your feet. If your weight is more than 100kg, you won’t feel uncomfortable when wearing this pair of shoes to run. But if you want to run fast, Motiva is unsuitable. It’s not for speed training.

Overall, the advantages of Nike Motiva are the durability, fitness and resilient feedback. If your weight is heavy, Nike Motiva is a good choice for daily commute or jogging.

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Deconstructed JORDAN LUKA 2

The JORDAN LUKA 2, with Luka Doncic’s personal playing style and technical action as the core design concept, continue the high-performance of the previous generation, and strengthen the overall balance of the shoes. Let’s have a look at its inner structure.

JORDAN LUKA 2

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Splitting the left shoe from middle position

The JORDAN LUKA 2 A-A profile

Separating the vamp and midsole of right shoe

The splicing fabric and leather material vamp has good strength. The mesh fabric inner sleeve keeps the good air permeability and improve the comfort level.

The profile of heelpiece counter has corresponding radian which improve the fitness of heelpiece obviously. The connecting position of upper and insole is the thickest.

Let’s have a look at the covering area of LUKA 2 heel-piece counter from another angle.

The thickness of the EUR42.5 heelpiece thickest position is about 10.73mm.

The shoe-pad is upturning from arch to heelpiece, which can fit the feet better.

The reverse side of shoe-pad is glued from arch to heelpiece.

The length of EUR42.5 shoe-pad lower edge is about 270mm.

The width of EUR42.5 half-sole shoe-pad is about 93.49mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 shoe-pad is about 5.44mm.

The non-woven material insole fabric

The reverse side of insole fabric is printed with product’s info.

Half sole: BB 21H / BB 24H, shoe-heel position: BB 21H / BB 24H/ DX9012

It uses full-length FORMULA 23.

There are a lot of grooves in the half-sole according to the direction of foot movement to improve the exercising flexibility.

It adds punching holes in the big toe position and heel-piece position.

The punching holes throughout the big toe position can increase the deforming space of foam.

The punching holes on the heel-piece.

The splash-ink insole is Cushlon 3.0 which extends from inner side of half-sole to arch position.

It uses FORMULA 23 as frame. The resilient feedback is good.

CUSHLON 3.0 foam can buffer the impact force when jumping the ground.

The upgraded ISOPLATE system is upturned on the outboard shoe head and arch position to guarantee the stability and protection.

The thickness of EUR42.5 ISOPLATE system of outboard splash-ink position of outboard half-sole is about 2.77mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 ISOPLATE system of outboard splash-ink position of outboard arch position is about 2.13mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 ISOPLATE system of half-sole position is about 2.13mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 ISOPLATE system of arch position is about 2.94mm.

The outsole uses full-length semi-transparent rubber. It has several grooves design according to the force direction of feet.

Since the change of Doncic’s footsteps depends more on the toes and the half-sole, the key stress position adopts the triangular pattern, and the herringbone pattern radiates from the center, and the grooving treatment is added to improve traction performance.

The thickness of EUR42.5 front outsole is about 3.62mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 heel-piece sole is about 3.97mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 LUKA 2 half-sole(insole+outsole) is about 18.62mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 arch position is about 28.76mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 heelpiece (insole+outsole) is about 24.16mm, and the drop height is about 5.54mm.

The unit weight of EUR42.5 is about 396.9g.

The deconstructed parts of JORDAN LUKA 2 PF

Deconstructed Report:
Vamp: the appearance is retro. The vamp is made of leather and fabric. The shoelace hole is opened and closed in the classic lacing way, which can freely adjust the tightness, effectively reduce the skew of the shoe tongue through the webbing. And the heel-piece counter has a corresponding radian, which significantly improves the fitness of heel-piece.

Insole: It uses dual density foam. The half-sole adds Cushlon 3.0 to absorb cushion. It uses full-length FORMULA 23 as frame to offer resilience and good durability. The ISO Plate offers good stability to the whole half-sole and outboard arch position.

Overall: The vamp of JORDAN LUKA 2 is made of leather and fabric material to improve the strength and protection. The brand-new insole cushion combination improve the player’s dynamic foot sense and feedback. The overall performance of JORDAN LUKA 2 is good.

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JORDAN LUKA 2 VS LUKA 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luka Don?i?’s signature shoes LUKA 2 was released. The overall optimization is based on Doncic’s unique playing style and flexible step changes. Let’s have a look at the appearance of JORDAN LUKA 2 today, and compare it with LUKA 1.JORDAN LUKA 2 PF

The shoebox is black and white. It hides the pattern of number 77.The side of shoebox shows ‘?’.

The vamp is made of thick fabric material. It adds stitches to improve the durability. It’s jointed with leather to improve the overall strength.

There are 5 couples of shoelaces’ holes. You can adjust the degree of tightness freely. The woven tape in the middle position can prevent the shoe tongue moving. It has the mark of ‘?’ & 7 white embroideries on the woven tape.

The ‘LJUBEZEN’ on the shoelaces’ holes means love in Slovenian, showing Doncic’s devotion to the game.

The top of shoe tongue has Doncic’s personal logo.Both sides of shoe body use big area of leather material to improve the lateral support.The shoe heel uses big area of leather material to improve the durability.

The Latin words “NON DESISTAS” and “NON EXIERIS” on Doncic’s left arm are printed on the heels of each shoe, meaning “never give up, never give in.”The newly upgraded ISOPLATE system, the outer side of the shoe head and the arch of the foot are upturning, to ensure the stability and protection required by the player in the lateral movement, and the “7” shape is also a point of identity.The midsole of the splash ink uses Cushlon 3.0 foam, extending from the inside of the forefoot to the arch of the foot.It uses full-length of FORMULA 23 as the main cushioning material. The shoe heel is not deliberately widened to maintain overall flexibility.The LUKA 2 has a smooth front curl and heel camber.It uses semi-transparent rubber outsole, and it has groove design on several positions.

Since the change of Doncic’s footsteps depends more on the toes and the forefoot, the key stress position adopts the triangular pattern, and the herringbone pattern radiates from the center, and the grooves can improve the traction performance.The shoe-head has upturning design from arch to shoe heel, which fits the feet well.

The length of EUR42.5 is about 270mm.

The width of EUR42.5 forefoot sole is about 93.49mm.

The thickness of EUR42.5 forefoot sole is about 5.44mm.

Let’s compare the difference of appearance of LUKA 2 and LUKA 1.

JORDAN LUKA 2 PFJORDAN LUKA 1 PFLUKA 2 (L) & LUKA 1(R) use the same shoebox.The side of LUKA 2 (bottom) has number ‘?’.LUKA 2 (L) vamp is made of leather and mesh fabric.

LUKA 1 (R) vamp is made of fabric with Flight Wire material.

LUKA 2 (L) & LUKA 1 (R) use the ISOPLATE system. The outside of shoe head and arch position has upturning design. The LUKA 2 is bigger.

LUKA 2 (L) uses full-length FORMULA 23 as frame, the inner side of forefoot sole adds Cushlon 3.0.

LUKA 1 (R) uses full-length FORMULA 23.

LUKA 2 (L) uses integrated upper. It uses big area of leather material to improve the stability and durability.

LUKA 1 (R) uses double-deck upper, the leather and hot-melting material improve the stability.

LUKA 2 (L) shoe heel insole uses opening structure which can release the characteristic of foam to offer excellent resilient feedback.

LUKA 2 (L) outsole has upturning design to improve the overall stability.

LUKA 2 (L) & LUKA 1 (R) outsole design is similar.

LUKA 2 (above): the width of EUR42.5 forefoot sole is about 111.29mm.

LUKA 1 (bottom): the width of EUR42.5 forefoot sole is about 114.21mm.

LUKA 2 (above): the width of EUR42.5 shoe heel is about 84.46mm.

LUKA 1 (bottom): the width of EUR42.5 shoe heel is about 82.44mm.

LUKA 2 (L) & LUKA 1 (R): the surface of shoe-pad uses fabric material.

The reverse side of shoe-pad is gluing.

LUKA 2 (above): the thickness of EUR42.5 shoe-pad is about 5.44mm.

LUKA 1 (bottom): the thickness of EUR42.5 shoe-pad is about 4.77mm.

LUKA 2 (L) & LUKA 1 (R) uses non-woven material insole fabric.

LUKA 2 (L): the unit weight of EUR42.5 is about 396.9g.

LUKA 1 (R): the unit weight of EUR42.5 is about 374.3g.

From above comparison, LUKA 2 improved the vamp strength and comfort level of insole to adapt to Doncic’s unique playing style and foot movement.

Overall:
Doncic’s personal playing style and technical movements is the core design concept of JORDAN LUKA 2, which pay attention to the balance of shoes, to help him make a variety of technical movements.

The appearance is retro. The texture and details of shoes are good. True to size. The thick shoe-tongue offer comfortable fitness after fastening the shoelace. The arch position has obvious support. And if you have flat feet, you can replace the shoe-pad to improve the comfort level.

It uses full-length FORMULA 23 high performance foam as a frame. Cushlon 3.0 foam is added to the inside of the forefoot sole to better cushion the impact of contact with the ground. The overall center of gravity is not low, and the ISOPLATE system offer good support for the entire forefoot sole and the lateral position of the arch.