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Nike KOBE Mamba Focus Performance Review

Even if Kobe has retired for many years, but the Kobe series are still popular in the market. In Kobe series, there is a lower price branch line, that is, KB Mentality series. Although the names always changed, but we know that it’s the same series. Today, let’s have a look at NIKE Mamba Focus.


  1. Excellent Traction Performance and Abrasive Resistance

The biggest advantage of Kobe Mamba Focus is the outsole. The grain of outsole is similar to snake scales. The rhombus scales grains are deep and stiff. The all-directional traction performance is excellent. This model that I test today has the XDR outsole. I haven’t slipped even in indoor court. The traction performance is quite excellent.

The abrasive resistance is also great. After testing, I almost completely can’t see any abrasion. It’s suitable to the guys who like to playing basketball on outdoor court. And the outsole is easy to clean. So I love it.

▼ The outsole looks great, and traction performance is excellent

▼ Great Abrasive Resistance

  1. Good Fitting

The vamp of Kobe Mamba Focus is thin mesh fabric. The vamp also has some scale grains. The ankle part has good fitting and stability. Overall, the material is very fitting to the foot. The low type is also convenient for putting on. As the shoe shape is narrow, if your instep is high and the foot is wide, it maybe not suitable for you.

After all it’s a pair of mid-low price shoes, it doesn’t use high technology material. The thin vamp is suitable to wear in Summer.

▼ The vamp is thin and fitting to the foot

▼There are some scale grains on the vamp

▼Low model


  1. Insufficient supporting performance

As a pair of mid-low price shoes, I think that the supporting performance of Mamba Focus is not good. And the design of Mamba Focus is too narrow, and the width of forefoot is not wide enough, so the stability is not good. When turning and jumping, I also feel that it’s not stable enough. Although it has obvious anti-torsion design, but the effect is not good. If making wider outsole, the anti-torsion performance should be better.

The thin vamp is suitable for Summer, but if you playing high strength basketball games, you will feel that it can’t protect the foot very well. It’s worthy to mention that the TPU on the shoe heel is very thick.

▼The TPU on shoe heel is stable

▼The supporting performance is not good.

  1. Cushion Performance is not good enough

Nike Kobe Mamba Focus has the quadrate ZOOM Air on insole of forefoot. We can also see the shape from outsole. But I feel that the cushion performance of Nike Kobe Mamba Focus is not obvious. It’s not good enough for me.

I still remember that Kobe Mentality series use full-length Lunar which has good cushion performance. But many people doubt about its durability. I still think that full-length Lunar is better. But the anti-torsion performance of Mamba Focus is better than Mentality.

▼Bad Zoom Air cushion performance of forefoot sole

General Comment:

Shoe shape: narrow, I don’t suggest the high instep or wide foot to wear it.

Size: Normal size

NIKE Kobe Mamba Focus has released many colorways at present. And the price is good. So I give 8 scores for NIKE Kobe Mamba Focus.

As it’s a pair of Kobe series shoes, and the price is cheap, so it attracting many young people. And many young people like to play basketball on outdoor court, as Mamba Focus has good traction performance and abrasive resistance, so it’s very suitable to these guys. So the location of Mamba Focus is clear.

But I has to admit that the supporting performance and cushion performance of Mamba Focus is not good enough. It’s not suitable for the players who like high strength exercise.

If it’s only a interest for you to play basketball, and the strength is not high, it’s a good choice to buy Mamba Focus.

▼Mamba Focus has many colorways

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NIKE KOBE Mamba Rage Performance Review

Many shoe fans want to see the performance review of NIKE Mamba Rage. So I will talk about Mamba Rage for your reference today.

The vamp uses Flyweave technology. KD8 also uses Flyweave on vamp. Actually, Flyweave is a kind of knitted vamp. It can fit well with your foot. As the advertisement is that the vamp likes your second layer of skin.

The supporting performance of vamp is also great. When urgent stopping and turning, there is few deformation of the vamp.

But I suppose that the good supporting performance is due to the extending part from outsole which offer the extra support to vamp.

As the TPU area on shoe heel is not big, so it can’t lock the heel well. It’s similar to Harden 3.
The biggest disadvantage of Mamba Rage is the narrow shoe tree. So it’s easy to pinch the toes. If you are normal or fat foot shape, please choose half size or one size bigger.

Actually, the insole of Mamba Rage is the shoe-pad. As I used to wear the shoes with ZOOM Air Cushion, so the insole feedback of this sneaker is not good.
When jumping, the forefoot will be a little shocked. But I can feel the feedback obviously when starting to breaking through. It will be a good choice for you if you like breaking through.

The grain of outsole is weird, it looks like grapes. But the traction performance of Mamba Rage is above the average. The traction performance is excellent when jumping, urgently stopping and turning.

As it has the mark of XDR, so the abrasive resistance should be not bad.

As I mentioned, the fit and support of vamp is good. But the strength of vamp is not good enough. And the vamp is a little thin.

It makes an extension on the lateral side of forefoot. It can improve the anti-torsion performance.
The biggest problem of this sneaker on the protective is the ankle. As it’s low type. The low type shoes can liberate your feet, but it will sacrifice the safety of your ankle.
The anti-torsion performance of this sneaker is bad. As it doesn’t have TPU supporting plate. It’s better to wear ankle guard when wearing it.

Overall, the Lunar air cushion performance is just so so. But it’s still acceptable for me. The traction performance is excellent. It’s light. But the air cushion, protection and anti-torsion performance is not good enough. The appearance is cool. Anyway, the cost performance is good.

Fit:6 scores
Support:6 scores
Air Cushion:5 scores
Feedback of Insole:6 scores
Protective:4 scores
Anti-torsion:3 scores
Traction Performance:8 scores
Stability:5 scores
Cost Performance:7 scores
Suitable Court: Indoor court and outer court
Suitable Position: Defender
Suitable People: Light Weight and the guys who are looking for cheaper Kobe series shoes.

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Nike ZOOM KOBE 1 PROTRO Performance Review

Before and after releasing KOBE 1 PROTRO, it’s very hot sale. And the price is keeping rising. That is the charm of Kobe. Before Manba Day, I make a simple test to KOBE 1 PROTRO. Let’s have a look at the revised ZOOM Kobe 1 Protro.

And I take the 2K4 Protro and the full-length ZOOM AJ31 to compare with ZOOM Kobe 1 Protro.

  1. Cushion: Most of people pay high attention on the cushion performance. ZOOM Kobe 1 Protro has been changed to full-length ZOOM. The feedback is not excellent. It’s soft but doesn’t have enough elasticity. The cushion performance of ZOOM Kobe 1 Protro is better than 2K4, and the resilience is worse than AJ31.

2. Fit: The ankle part has been full filled. But I still feel that the ankle part can’t be covered well. And the round shoelaces are easy to loosen.

3. Stability: I’m satisfied at the stability. The wide half sole is very suitable for me who like stopping jump shot. So it’s free for me to change directions. But the half sole is a little soft. So I prefer to previous elliptical ZOOM.

4. Traction Performance: The outsole of ZOOM Kobe 1 is still herringbone, which has great traction performance. But the abrasive resistance of Kobe series shoes is always not good.

Overall: Sentiment over practicality, it makes a little adjustment for improving the performance. But the heavy weight and soft insole should be only suitable for the players who like Old School way. Personally I prefer to ZK11 and NXT. Anyway, only if it has the retro type of Zoom Kobe 1, I will still buy it if I can.