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Air Jordan 12 “International Pack” Performance Review

Someone has given a very high evaluation to Air Jordan 12 “International Pack” ; that is the shoe is the most beautiful sneaker of Air Jordan series that is ever made in recent years. What a high reputation! Inspired by the behavior of Michael Jordan’s Tokyo in 1996, this Air Jordan 12 “International Pack” is created as an unique oriental culture shoe and it is full of mysterious atmosphere.

The shoe’s slender  body, the classic up and down asymmetrical design and radioactive lines make up the visible shoe. Equipped with a full palm Air Zoom, outstanding appearance and outstanding wrapping and support, the shoe quickly become very hot a sneaker that many retailers have lacked recourse.

The upper is dressed in navy and white, and the simple color scheme creates a youthful look for the shoe.  The upper is made of suede material which feels especially nice and the toe leather is also fish scale pattern, making the shoe as a whole full of Japanese style.

The color scheme is mainly  blue and white, which is simple and clean.  The asymmetrical design is full of personality and the cloud pattern on the suede upper is rather novel and full of oriental charm. Besides that, there is TWO3 embroidered on the tongue and the red logo of the little flying man and the blue logo form a contrast, which is very cute.

The smooth side lines, the fish-scale pattern in white leather and the litchi pattern in midsole perfectly match with the cloud pattern. The two perfectly matched with cloud pattern are also the classic features of Air Jordan 12.

The Japanese words for “Air Jordan” are at the heel which is very much in agreement with the shoe theme. And there is also “23” representing Jordan on the shoe.

Objectively speaking, the shoe is one of the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever wore. The upper uses soft suede to ensure full flexibility, to offer more free foot movement. Thanks to the material, there is no binding sense for the foot and it is rather friendly to our skin.

The inside foam and cushion are nice as well because they do a tremendous job for the wearer.

As you can see, a  single shoe weighs 455 grams, which is of an average level.

However, a big problem which is also a downside of the shoe is that whether it is made of suede or leather, it can not offer an excellent breathability. The breathability is simply poor, which is rather  sultry in summer days.

For all the poor air circulation performance, the vamp can still provide excellent support and there is simply no need worrying about the support.

The tough leather on the outer side and the outsole extending upward provide good support as well as the TPU which has certain anti-rollover ability and keeps the foot stable.

The Air Jordan 12 is a middle-high-top model with a thickened foam inside the heel, providing a very tight wrapping. When there are breakthroughs, the heel is always in a very stable state, giving the ankle a strong support.

The outsole adapts the traditional herringbone pattern and the dense grains can provide a better effect of biting the ground. Surprisingly, the grip performance is rather good and it arises in time when I need it and “stays aside” when there are no need. I just quite like it. However, in the middle part of the sole  there are big grains which attracts gravels easily, resulting in frequent cleaning for the shoe. As for the durability, the thick and wear-resistant rubber outsole can stand the test of all kinds of actual combat. Even on cement floors, its performance is not affected.

The Air Jordan 12 uses Air Zoom cushion, which feels comfortably both during walking and combat. Although it is equipped with air cushion, Air Jordan 12 has no obvious rebound feeling when running and you may not feel the energy feedback from the sole. You can only feel slight cushioning in combat. But according to some, the cushion can be enough when the exercises are not high-intensive or when you are just walking. Anyway, not every sneaker is perfect and so is this one. You can expect something of it, but never require too much of it.

Verdict:

The Air Jordan 12 “International Pack” is surprisingly “superior” with premium suede and leather uppers whether in the laces or in embroidery details. The vamp  provides strength and support to fully stabilize the feet; the foam inside also brings a full wrapping; Air Zoom cushion is loaded on the midsole though it performs a bit disappointing. In short, the above are my personal experiences. To know more about it, you might as well take a try by yourself; after all, whether a shoe fits you only your feet “know”.

 

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Nike Air Presto Performance Review

Since The off-white ™ x Nike “The Ten” collaboration, every shoe they released gained a number of popularity. As for this Nike Air Presto shoe, it has become one of the hottest shoes of the moment. The Nike Air Presto is full of the deconstruction concept created by Virgil Abloh and Nike and it is also full of overwatch style. With the white, black, orange and green colors matching together, the colorway forms a strong visual effect. Based on some comments of more than a handful, the Nike Air Presto has a very sleek and sophisticated look. There are also some other colorways of the shoe and more than a handful of buyers noted that they loved the clean look of the Nike Air Presto ‘White.’  Anyway, lei’t go on looking at it.

The green shoelace is super eye-catching under the background of the black vamp. The unique side shoe tongue logo is a highlight of this pair.

The silhouette of the shoe body  is clearly. The off-white ™ orange translucent Swoosh is also eye-catching. And the ivory TPU materials make up the shoelace holes, which wraps part of the outside of the upper. Besides, there is a Nike logo in the midsole.

At the heel, the translucent white TPU material is simple with the black color. And the canvas lacing with “Air” crossing the heel and the Velcro forms a simple but  nice and eye-pleasing looking.

In terms of comfort which I think is the most important part of a shoe, the shoe wears very nicely. After all, who wants a shoe that becomes a burden and causes much bother? It is said that most of the reviewers mentioned that the Nike Air Presto on feet is insanely comfortable and I think so. Nike Air Presto vamp is made of soft, breathable, elastic fabric with a comfortable fit like wearing socks and the vamp also offers a lot of flexibility.

The mesh made upper ensures air circulation inside and outside of the shoe; therefore, the heat formed during exercising will be released, ensuring cool feeling for the feet. On the other hand, the stretch mesh upper is more than flexible, but allows the toes to comfortably spread in the toe box to boot .

The sole has also adapts the Air Sole’s cushioning technology, so you can immediately feel the softness of the Sole after wearing the shoe.

A single shoe weighs 335 grams which, according to a significant sum, is quite light.

For wrapping and support, the elastic knitted fabric vamp brings obvious and nice fit;  the soft sponge also makes the upper fit the foot well, bringing tight wrapping.

The inner and outer TPU shoelace holes fully wrap the arch area after tightening the shoelaces, providing excellent support.

And you can see that with the TPU plays an important part in preventing rollover and stabilizing the feet.

Additional TPU is added to the heel, which virtually wraps the whole heel and provides powerful support. When the ankle part of the shoe has been deformed,, however, you can see that the heel has hardly any deformation, which protects the ankle. The midfoot cage can, to boot, hold the foot quite well. And the heel loop is of average size which, I’ve heard of, is appreciated by many people as it makes for easy on and off.

The thickness of rubber outsole is considerable, resulting from which the sole can stand the test of various grounds. However, the fact is that most of the complainants are those who had durability issues with the sole or the upper of the Nike Air Presto. Well, with respect to these, in my view, they may wore the shoe for high-intensive training. The shoe, indeed, is used for exercises, but it may not stand much high-intensive and long time tests.

The large outsole is carved with many outstanding waffle grains and there are also prominent dots. Based on my experience, I was quite surprised at the grip it brought to me. And near the heel there a wavy grain which provides a better grip on the outside.

For the cushioning, Nike Air Presto adapts midsole foam and Air Sole cushioning technology, so the cushion feels soft and springy. I can clearly feel the energy return when I am running and it repays me with  every step I step on it. When landing, most pressure brought by my weight is released and the shock for my joint is eliminated.

Verdict:

Nike Air Presto doesn’t fail me in its performance. It is said that the shoe could double for short, easy runs. Anyway, for this we’d better stay and wait. For the shoe, many users like that the Nike Air Presto ‘Black’ stands well with lots of gym clothes whereas this casual shoe is also wanted by those who wish to have a sneaker that also functions as a minimalist running shoe. But overall, it has showed us its nice performance and the rest is dedicated by you.

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Unboxing: Adidas Crazy BYW 2 Boost

As a loyal basketball lover, I love exercising and I ensure a certain amount of exercises everyday. It not only keeps me energetic, but also makes me more upward in spirit. And so as to guarantee a nice exercise experience, some sports equipment is necessary at such times. It seems I have some kind of magical capability of knowing exactly which styles look best and can match all kinds of daily dressing. But there are sometimes “accidents” as well: I have missed the two sneakers below — the Iniki boost and the ultra boost.

The Iniki boost is a vintage shoe with a white color scheme. I just don’t remember clearly why I didn’t choose it which is a super nice companion.

Instead of choosing the Iniki boost and the ultra boost, I finally picked up the crazy byw2. Unlike the version 1 whose middle top and large opening of the shoe mouth are extremely unfriendly to those with fat feet, I think that of the second edition is very awesome. To tell the truth, I showed no love for the first one until that day when I met with crazy byw2 I just changed my views towards the series.

Some of my friends asked why it looked so strange just like a large chunk and why there is a large piece of support on the side . And I replied that maybe this is part the charm of this pair. The reason I copped this one is owing to my impulse but fortunately, it turned out to be satisfactory. Besides this one, I have also the drift of camper and pump fury of reebok.

For the Boost, I remember that when it was first released, many people were all crazy about its excellent cushioning. There was even once a saying that having the Boost meant you could do anything you want to. However, as time goes, it seems the Boost’s day had had gone away. Its performance is no longer that nice as it was. But if simply looking at the cushioning, it is passable now though it still plays a big part in today’s sneaker market.

This is a smiling face in the shoe and it is I think the most lovely part of the shoe.

The Boost inside is still very big and thick.

The inside boot design and the big heel collar are both made of relatively hard materials. So there are some complaining the pain in their feet when they first wore the shoe. But it requires some time breaking in and after a time getting with it, it wears nicely and cause no pain.

The vamp warps very well but the breathability is not so good as I had expected. You’ll feel slightly stuffy inside.

Here is the split full foot boost and a TPU.

The crystal rubber outsole grips well. But as you can see it gets a bit yellow even if I tried my best to wash the stain away.

Verdict:

The white Boost as is shown that it is easily stained and hardly can the yellow stain be washed away. So if you  mind this part, you’d better turn around and seek other ones. In short, my love for the shoe is more than my “mocking” it. For you, I am sure you’ve also had an idea in your mind.

 

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Adidas Pure BOOST GO Performance Review

This summer, Adidas has launched a new work to the BOOST series. And the new work is Adidas Pure BOOST GO. With a full-foot BOOST midsole and the fore part designed wider, it is an extremely adaptable running shoe that is tailored for city runners. For its performance, there are many tech that needs introducing. So here we go checking it together.

To tell the truth, the first sight of Adidas Pure BOOST GO, I am so attracted that I can not even move my eyes away from it. Personally, I am a person who pursues simplicity and this fits my “taste” so much. For the shoe’s appearance, the pure white upper is very simple and aesthetic. With the mesh TPU supporting material on the inner side and wide fore foot design from which we can see the BOOST midsole, the shoe performs not bad. But according to several testers, the outline of the toes showed unappealingly against the knitted fabric; they also noted that it may potentially damage the material.

The shoe body is printed with the beige Adidas trademark three bars and the design of sock-style makes it easier to put on and take off.

At the back, it is a simple grey and white colour scheme and a mesh TPU support material covering the heel. But it is still the Boost that is the most eye-catching.

Most people who tried the Adidas Pure Boost Go stated that it offered them great comfort. Well, it is just the case.The quality of the materials was deemed to be top-notch. So using the original vamp knit material and BOOST midsole, the shoes is quite lightweight. A single shoe weighs only 280 grams, which ensures lightness.

Some consumers laud the upper unit is praised for being able to stretch and accommodate wide feet. After all, the fore part is designed wide.

The knitted vamp wraps the foot very well. No sooner than you put the shoes on will you feel that your feet are tightly locked under the footbed. Especially after you fasten your laces, you are into an experience that you feel like you are just wearing a pair of socks. But it is temperate as well; it won’t be a bother — it offers free movement of the foot while the upper provides excellent air permeability.

Some pointed out that the underfoot cushioning is in agreement with long distance running sessions. Of course, the full foot BOOST cushioning never disappoints us. It gives us a bouncy feeling even if when there is a little pressure on it.

A mesh TPU support material is designed on the inner side of the toe toe to provide some support so as to enhance the support given by knitted vamp. Even though the vamp has undergone obvious deformation during running, steadiness is still there.

Looking at the pattern, it is a bit unusual. But for those who have Trypophobia, it is rather “disgusting”. The netted rubber outsole is regularly distributed with cylindrical bumps, which can provide all-round and multi-angle grip experience with extremely strong grip. 

For durability, it will not fail us. Because of the unusual pattern, durability of shoe is increased to a certain high level. It can stand the test of time.

The springy experience brought by Boost  improves the my overall impression toward the shoe. You can immediately feel the soft bounce of your foot and see the sole slightly deform and bounce back as you walk. The soft bounce is much clearer when running,( which is mentioned earlier) and the deform and bounce is much more pronounced when landing, providing superior energy feedback. 

Overall:

Not only is it suitable as a running shoe, but it is also fashionable for daily wearing. Many have tried the shoe and they declared that they were delighted with its performance.  Also, on the other hand, it is affordable, which is a piece of good news for many fans. Anyway, you must have had an idea in your  brain now and if you decide to try it, you might as well take action now.

 

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Nike Air Force 1 UPSTEP Performance Review

In the eyes of many sneakerheads, Nike Air Force 1 is one that can not  be surpassed by other sneakers. This year Nike also released a very aesthetically pleasing Tiffany blue color scheme and many fans claimed that they just couldn’t resist the temptation to buy a pair of Nike M Air UPSTEP. Well, I am also rather excited that I can finally get it.

At the first of the shoes, I knew that I’ve fallen in love with it. And I swear that I must have one. Fortunately, I eventually made it.

The Tiffany color schemes bring unprecedented visual effects which seems a “feast” to the eye. Its pure white shoe body embellished with Tiffany blue shoelace buckle and transparent Tiffany blue midsole is surely to attract a number of consumers. The combination of the two colors makes the shoe become the absolutely first choice for many people when buying shoes.

The classic white vamp is embellished with a Tiffany blue shoelace buckle, and the transparent midsole material can also be seen in the front of the toe, retaining the classic elements while injecting fresh elements into the shoe at the same time.

At the back of the midsole, there is also black “AIR” printed. And with the built-in sole cushion, we can also see the inside through the translucent midsole. To summarize, the overall feeling is very nice.

There is also the black Nike logo in the heel. Although there is the built-in air cushion, it is very thin a layer, offering no bouncy feeling if the wearer is very light. So some fans may turn their back away empty handed because they lay emphasis on nice foot feelings. 

For the upper, it is made of high quality leather. But some reviewers have remarked that the shoe causes pain in the foot because it is somewhat hard. Making allowance for the materials used in the upper, it is reasonable that it can’t fit your feet very well. It requires some time breaking in.

Resulting from the leather filling materials and the cushion setup, a single shoe weighs 373 grams, which is not very lightweight, but not so heavy.

Despite the a bit hard vamp, it is, on the other hand, quite supportive. The white leather made vamp can also wraps your foot tightly. After wearing it, you are sure to feel the tight wrapping prominently.

The grains on the vamp are clearly seen. The texture is very nice. It just feels soft and comfortable. The lines inn the midsole and the upper are simply very neat and even. As you can see that there are many air holes in the vamp, which guarantees overall ventilation.

During running or when there are movements, the vamp deforms prominently, which shows the shoe has certain softness. And the hard feeling fades away as you keep on exercising.

The multi-reinforced heel installed with a full sponge fill provides excellent support for the feet without visible deformation during movement.

The shoe has a very thick midsole while the outermost part is white rubber outsole. Easily, it can deal with all kinds of grounds rather than being torn and worn.

For the pattern, it is the classic and traditional one. The fore and the back part both have ring raised patterns, providing a multi-angle grip.

Although the cushion layer is thin, its performance is not bad however. On courts, I remembered that every step I made on it, it responded me instantly. In other cases, if I stepped heavily on it, the feedback it offers is more obvious.

But when we wear it for daily walking, the cushion seems to disappear which means the somewhat bouncy feeling felt on courts is no longer seen. Anyway, thanks to the not hard insoles, we won’t feel we are walking on something hard.

Overall:

The texture of the shoe is really nice! I just can’t think of any better words to describe it. So to experience the awesome feeling you might as well have a try. On balance, it is a nice shoe that deserves your trying.

 

 

 

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NIKE LeBron 15 Performance Review

“James” is a name that will excite most of we fans. And in the similar way, his signature shoes will thrill us as well. Followed by the 15th version is the 16th signature shoe of James. It was just recently released this year. This series has, amazingly, tried almost all kinds of Nike’s cushion technologies. But here we are going to take a look at the NIKE LeBron 15.

Sneaker collectors enjoy the numerous colorways of the Nike LeBron 15. But this NIKE LeBron 15 featuring grey is said to be the most popular model among the series. Besides that, the BattleKnit upper offers a super nice foot feel which is more comfortable and flexible compared with Flyknit. And the dragon scale weave on the side adds more fun to the shoe. Anyway, go on checking the shoe with me.

Looking at the front part, I am quite astonished at its idiosyncratic appearance. This NIKE LeBron 15 mainly features a grey color scheme, which seems very reserved but profound at the mean time. Also, many wearers think that the three-dimensional design of the LeBron 15 is aesthetically appealing.

The model has a pliable collar which makes it easy for wearers to put on. And it provides certain support for shoes. According to many buyers, they enjoy its premium, stretchy, and lightweight materials because it doesn’t require much time breaking in.

At the heel, the strap makes it easier to put on and take off. The golden swoosh logo below is used as the highlight of the whole pair of the shoes, which will make the shoes more lively.

The improved upper material came down as very good. And resulting from this, the shoe becomes very light, thus offering a capable feeling on courts. Many wearers, including me, love the texture, comfort, and flexibility provided by BattleKnit, which is also used in the more recently released LeBron 16. The improved uppers is just so resilient  that it has no pressure on the instep.

A single shoe weighs 391 grams, which is rather light and flexible compared with some other sneakers which weigh more than 500 grams.

The shoe’s wrapping is rather nice, which should be credited to the elastic braiding design at the collar, coupled with the flying string shoelace system. It offers nothing but comfort!

The vamp with different woven ways provides a little support for the shoes, but just a little. In the process of movement, the extend of the shoe’s deformation varies a lot, which largely depends on the wearer’s action, but the wrapping still exists. As for the upper’s support, it performs passably. The upper is super comfortable though, it does not provide enough upper support and foot containment. Other reviewer also remarked that it seems that Nike’s knit technology lacks support since players also gripe about the lack of support in Kevin Durant’s 11th signature shoe.

However, despite the fact, it is very surprising that the heel support is nice as there is swoosh’s encircle-reinforced TPU, which provides unusual stability for the shoe and makes up for the upper support.

Numerous fans say the deep grooves on the outsole of the Nike LeBron 15 provide a good court grip. Well, this is quite in agreement with its performance: the sharpness of the traction pattern works because the outsole does not attract a lot of dust; hence, wiping is seldom needed. Equipped with a crystal outsole, the shoe as a whole is rather eye-catching and appealing. However, in the spikes of the traction, it can not provide enough court grip which causes foot slippage. But after all, nothing is perfect. And I am sure Nike has tried its best to satisfy us consumers.

After two hours’ playing, the outsole still remained intact. It simply showed no signs of wear and tear.

Then for cushioning, you can see that(if you wear it in the flesh) the shoe bounces back instantly during walking even when there is only little pressure let alone running. The LeBron 15 just has really good cushioning because of the Zoom and Max Air combination in the midsole. And when there are high jumps, the cushion eases shock brought to the joints by gravity.

Well, even if the shoe is not perfect, it is still good. It is not that spectacular though, it still fits true to size. For LBJ super fans, these LeBron shoes are a home run.

Overall;

NIKE LeBron 15 is  a combat sneaker, but also a fashionable model. On courts, you will find it become an aggressive and powerful beast. Though there might be risk of slipping, it can not stop we fans from falling in love with it.

 

 

 

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Air Max Audacity Performance Review

The Air Max Audacity has accompanied me for nearly one year. And not only me, but many of my friends also have a pair of Air Max Audacity. Therefore, before this review I collected some of their views towards this model. And here is their comment: this high-top basketball shoes from Nike are really comfortable and they love wearing it casually. Anyway, let’s check it together.

Personally speaking, I have a very good impression of the shoe with built-in flying line. And especially after tightening the laces, I can feel my feet tightly locked in the footbed. Besides that, the wrapping in actual combat is very excellent. Although there is a thick foam filling on both sides, there doesn’t seem any special feeling besides comfort.

However, resulting from the soft vamp and the not so thick inner boot, the shoe’s support is not sufficient for those who often do a lot of high-intensitive training. But for me who wear the shoe in the purpose of daily exercise, it is more than enough. And though the reviews available do not really mention support that much, there are a few that mention that this Nike shoe is pretty supportive.

The fullfoot Phylon and the large exposed Max air cushion at the heel look like it can offer us very nice feedback. Then what about the fact? The cushion materials used is in fact so thin that you can even hardly feel there is cushion setup. Many wearers even say that they feel like they are walking on air. During combat, there isn’t much soft and bouncy feedback, but rather, you can feel fast start-up and it helps speed up your acceleration.

As for the Max at the rear,  to tell the truth, maybe it is because of my heavy weight, it is simply too small. But on the other hand, it doesn’t require much time breaking in; so you can get along with it very well.

I’ve also read many reviews earlier. There are only a few mentions about the traction though, they are mostly positive. And those comments are just in agreement with the outsole’s performance: the shoe’s grip is quite unusual.

The irregular grains and the herringbone pattern are both of great help for grip. On rough grounds, the sole grips nicely and there is absolutely no any slippery phenomenon. Then some will ask, “what about its durability?” Honestly speaking, a small number of buyers report that these Nike basketball shoes are not really durable. But judging from my experience, the sole haven’t show too much wear and tear signs. The outsole made of XDR is nice and it is the part I am most satisfied with. But heavier players should be careful with this.

As is mentioned earlier that the upper is quite soft, the protection and anti-roller performance are relatively worse. The TPU is not high, therefore it doesn’t make people feel at ease when landing. And it is the excellent forefoot wrap and the large outsole design that make the forefoot lock very prominent, which also ensures good rollover resistance.

In the forefoot area, the fuse upper is large and the inner boot is thin though, you still feel hot inside. What is worse is that the extremely thick foam at the heel can even be said to be terrible: there is no ventilation. Here I don’t recommend the shoe to those who were deeply bothered by sweat under the feet.

Overall:

A number of buyers think that this Nike model is already a great deal given its unbelievably low price. Well, this is quite true. And it is even said that the shoe is usually given as a gift, and the recipients just love it. Despite the talk, the shoe still gets high satisfaction ratings from the majority of wearers. Judged by these comments, we can see that the shoe is quite a popular one. If you chance to be looking for a pair of shoes like this one, then you are likely to have met it. It is indeed an effective basketball shoe that does not break the bank, so you might as well have a try.

 

 

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Asics Gel Nimbus 18 Performance Review

To tell you the truth, my earliest knowledge of Gel Nimbus 18 came from a friend’s recommendation.  I don’t even know when Gel Nimbus was billed as “the king of running shoes in jogging shoes, but it is just the fact. And not until that day when I came across this Gel Nimbus 18  did I really fell in love with it. Knowing that Gel Nimbus aims at providing comfortable shoes for marathon participants, my affection for the brand has increased to a higher level.

This Gel Nimbus 18  has accompanied me for 2 years. It has been, as it was,  my most loyal comrade in many matches.  In fact, I am not so much of a runner, but at least I am a loyal runner. I love running and I enjoy every step on the way. Then here I’ll summarize the shoes’ performance in the best words I can.

Two years ago, the most important factor I chose this Gel Nimbus 18  was the cushion setup. The Gel® Cushioning System was really loved by many people because it is really able to attenuate the impact shock generated by striking the foot on the ground. Though the shoe’s technology isn’t particularly resilient, which is resulted from its material properties, most runners still recognize its full-length cushioning platform, which, for them, is adequately responsive however. During my experiences, I felt the cushion was  soft and smooth. The gel in fore part and  the heel and Fluide ride in full foot offer a soft feedback. I think gel is the only technology that didn’t cause knee pain. Similar feelings are felt by some testers. One noted that wearing the Asics Gel Nimbus 18 helped in staving off the knee and back pain that he was experiencing.

There are no inside boots, so the uppers are thin and not quite comfortable. For all the remarks, a number of consumers lauded its upper unit, which kept their feet cool and dry on hot days. However, in terms of comfort, there were also a handful of runners commented that the Asics Nimbus 18 felt uncomfortably tighter than what they were used to though, there were still a lot of runners commented that the word ‘comfortable’ surged into their mind when it came to describing their time with this running shoe. For the setup, the shoe has still conventional split tongue and it’s true that the uppers are not very good in terms of stretchability —  there’s simply no any elasticity, thus resulting in stiff wrapping. After tying your shoelaces, the ankle is ,obviously, wrapped very tightly. What is more amazing is that it doesn’t show any signs of becoming loose. On top of that, the mid-foot support system also garnered praise from runners who needed enhanced gait efficiency. With the above advantages, I bought the shoes immediately after I found the shoe fitted accurately.

The outsole, made of rubber and has some part protruding, can provide nice grip. It just has a very robust performance. And during my running course, there was basically no slippery phenomenon. As for its durability, its overall performance is satisfactory. The inner area is made of more rigid rubber, but the wear resistance of other areas is still outstanding except for the forefoot area. However, a tester reported that holes have started to appear in the inner heel area; these worn-off sections irritated their skin. Anyway, it is a shoe used for running. Therefore, phenomenon as such is inevitable.

Since there are many tech equipped as to perfect its performance, the shoe’s can’t be very light. And this is the disadvantages of piles of technologies in it. It feels like  it is equivalent to a pair of basketball shoes weight.

Overall:

In general, if irrespective of the shoe’s weight, Gel Nimbus 18 meets most of my demands for running shoes and is very outstanding in support and protection, which cannot be achieved in some other brands.The Gel® Cushioning, the smoothness of the upper fabrics, and the quality performance  all impress me deeply and I enjoy it very much. Although it has some downsides, it also reflects Asics’ initial intention to make a pair of running shoes, which is more a reflection of perfection. I am just wondering what I can expect of the next model of Asics.

 

 

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HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 3 Performance Review

At the 2017 UTMB event, among all the runners, there were 809 participants chose HOKA running shoes to complete the ultimate cross-country race and most of them are Speedgoat. As for me, my first encounter with HOKA, however, was not with HOKA, but with another hot seller under the brand, which is CLIFTON. But this HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 3 has also received many positive comments that are geared toward the shoe’s traction, sizing, and zero-drop design. Here let’s check together.

For CLIFTON, the shoe’s big and thick outsole, if put among other running shoes, appears somewhat  alternative or in other words, it even looks  a bit “ugly”, but anyway, I fell in love with this kind of soft and super bouncy  feeling and it also makes me look like grow taller. When I have matches or even in daily life, I will unconsciously choose it ahead of other shoes. But shortly I got another CLAYTON. I even completed many marathons with the help of it.

But finally , I came across Speedgoat3 which is the third HOKA I’ve had. For this one,  I’ve asked many buyers about their views toward this shoe before this review. And here are their answers: they admired the impressive traction of the shoe even on uneven surfaces. Well, they are just telling the truth. Compared with the former two models which both have soft, thick collars and large, sloped heels, Speedgoat3 is still very comfortable. According to most users, the Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 is very comfortable even when worn for long hours. Another difference is that the Speedgoat3 uses a Vibram Vibram outsole designed to vibrate in outdoor rough courts. Though it is is expected to be stiffer, it is actually softer and more flexible.

Maybe the awesome foot feeling is resulted from EVA foam added in midsole. Anyway, this is what I have always been dreaming. Since the first day I got this shoe, I have run nearly 100 kilometers with it. I’ve run over wet wet roads, climbing steps, and stiff mountains.

However, the rains in recent days have resulted in especially wet grounds, which are dangerous for running. But when there is some need, I have to go outside as well. However, wearing this Speedgoat 3, I am quite relieved because its Vibram outsole shaped like a velcro-stick can grips the ground tightly just like running on a dry road. These tests all prove that the shoe lives up to those buyers’ expectation and never fails us. 

Before I got this Speedgoat 3, I was used wearing another running shoes which was lightweight though, its thin and hard midsole setup  caused pain in my joints. But now, Speedgoat 3 becomes my reliable companion.The shoe offers reliable cushioning, as noted in some user reviews. And it is its cushion and bouncy feedback that impresses me deeply. At the same time, the shoe can be said to be full of power. Every step down from the top of the mountain, you will feel the cushioning effect of the foam on the midsole, and then it bounces back instantly. This rebound is not only from the heel, but also can be obviously felt in the forefoot. Well, it was like stepping on a big spring, and the more you apply to it, the more you can receive feedback. For powerful runners, it’s even more rewarding, so it’s never surprising that it’s the top choice among elite runners.

But what needs to be mentioned is that in spite of this soft projectile feel, it can also be counter-productive to the speed gain because it’s so soft that it seems to slow down when you need to accelerate.

For trail running shoes, constant support is especially important. And support is reflected in the large TPU thermal film on the vamp, the padded padded collar, the heel stabilization module, and the wider midsole design. During my outdoor experiences, my feet were firmly locked in the shoes during the whole process, and there is no toe injury caused by the foot sliding inside the shoe when going up and down the slope. A benefit of a wide sole is that it maintains balance and stability even when stepping on the uneven road surface. Every time when my exercise was ended, I just can’t wait for my next time’s running.

Overall:

Speedgoat 3, as the name suggests, is a high speed tool for people. It is also a reliable trail running shoe for neutral runners. The zero-drop design is admired by most users; the traction is appreciated; the cushion is thought highly of although some complaint  that the toe box is not roomy enough. It just bother a little.  In summary, HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 3 is still a successful update to the Speedgoat model.

 

 

 

 

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New Balance FuelCell Performance Review

New Balance, a well known sneaker brand, has existed for many years since it was established in Boston in 1906. The brand is also known as the “king of jogging shoes”, which shows that the brand is thought highly of. Here I feel very flattered and honored to bring this review for you. Let’s check…

As a pair of memorable running shoes, its amount is quite finite. But different from most shoes which have a very bright appearance, this  New Balance FuelCell looks very cold and reserved because the shoe mainly features black, which is very simple. Looking at the front, there is the glittering NYC logo in the laces and the tongue. Well, if you don’t like the theme of this colorway and feel it unsuitable to match your daily wearing, then you can try other color scheme as well. Surely, there is always a color that can fit your taste. 

There are two layers making up of the upper — the outer layer is TPU which provides breathability and support while the inside layer, which is very thin, offers better comfort and wrapping. The whole upper, made of fabric, is super breathable and light. According to one reviewer, it felt lighter than expected and is relaxing on the foot. However, as observed by one buyer, the upper fabric was misaligned and it blocked the lacing holes. But in my opinion, it won’t be a deal breaker because this downside will not bother too much. And the “NB” at the heel makes people excited and want to run around in it immediately.

Owing to an integral boot design, New Balance FuelCell Impulse offers excellent wrapping, thus avoiding slippery problems inside the shoe. However, on the other hand, it will be a problem when putting it on because the “mouth” is a bit narrow. The tongue of the shoe is printed with the golden logo, which echoes the gold metal in the shoelace head. On top of that, the breathable insole has also printed with the symbolic logo. Well, it seems the logo is virtually seen everywhere in the shoe.

Surely, I will recommend the shoe to my friends who are fond of exercising. In hot summer days, New Balance FuelCell will become a necessity. For those who are bothered by sweat yielded under their feet, this shoe is more than suitable for them for it is super breathable.

In terms of midsole, it consists of RevLite EVA foam and FuelCell nitrogen. Most midsole we commonly see is cushioned by RevLite in the heel while FuelCell has only a thin layer. When running, the foam offers you unexpected feedback which is awesome. You are to experience a quick reaction and get off the ground faster under your feet. The most remarkable part about the running shoes is the technology in the forefoot, which gives you efficient cushioning while giving you high-intensitive rebound. And magically your feet are seem to automatically make forward without being at the mercy of you .

The shoe delivered a firm and steady ride, as reported by some testers. I think this should greatly be credited to the outsole. Many reviewers also  commented that  the shoe provided the right amount of traction and was durable enough for daily use.  For the materials used, the heel and the fore part are made of rubber, which can be clearly seen in the pictures. And the design of the forefoot part looks very novel. Stepping on the raised part of the shoe, you feel like being pushed — a kind of accelerating forward constantly. For the back part, one buyer wrote that the sole had separated and cracked after one month of usage. Well, it isn’t the case for me. And maybe the buyer had made some high-intensitive exercise during that month. But anyway, at the heel that is easily worn there is placed with thickened rubber. At the middle part is RevLite foam. Resulting from this,  the shoes becomes lighter and more suitable for road running. A single shoe weighs only 232 grams. 

Most runners said the FuelCell is comfortable to wear.  Well, this is the feeling I had when I first wore the shoes.  A couple of users even said the shoe fit nicely and had no discomfort during wear. How the shoes are thought highly of !

But there is another problem: some user have experienced pain in their heel while wearing the shoes. With respect  to this, I should say it is resulted from friction. You just need some time getting along with it.

Overall:

To summarize, my evaluation of this shoe is the FuelCell’s technology gives features that enable the foot to be ready to run anytime. You can have a try in the flesh.