Today we want to talk more about NIKE ZOOM Freak 1.
The most disputing part of this sneaker is the supporting performance of insole. We deconstructed it now. Obviously, FREAK 1 doesn’t have TPU supporting plate on insole.
Some guys may don’t like it due to the loss of supporting plate. But after testing it, we find that the big advantage of FREAK 1 is the insole stability. It’s very stable not matter the longitudinal or lateral movements. It’s a big surprise.
So why is FREAK 1 so stable without anti-torsion plate? It may due to below reasons.
- The nice outsole and insole design
The two separated crystal sole is thick and extends to vamp. It’s glued together with vamp. With the big reverse Swoosh logo, it can cover the outer side of shoe heel. It can offer good supporting performance.
If you see the sole clearly, you can find that the sole hasn’t been covered the crystal material on the two areas where are most easy to wear out. The separated outsole design of FREAK 1 assures the flexibility.
- The big grooving of forefoot
After deconstructing FREAK 1, we find that there are three deep grooving lines on the forefoot. This kind of design is similar to Kobe 11 which also don’t have carbon fiber supporting plate. The actual feeling of FREAK 1 is similar to Kobe 5 which don’t have air cushion on forefoot.
For cushion performance, FREAK 1 has double layer ZOOM Air Cushion on the rear sole, but there is no ZOOM Air on forefoot. The Plylon on insole is soft, which is similar to PG3. There is almost no resilience on forefoot.
But the double layer ZOOM Air Cushion performance on rear sole is great.
The traction performance of FREAK 1 on indoor court is excellent. The feedback of outsole is fast. But the abrasive resistance is not good. We don’t suggest you to play on outer court.
FREAK 1 has the inner sleeve and also has the lacing design which is similar to Flywire. The lateral vamp is thick. It also has a layer hot-melting mesh on the vamp. The supportive is good. It is a little empty on the part of toes.
Although the orange one looks cool, but the actual shoes is not so pretty. So we suggest you to purchase other colorways.
Overall, as the first signature shoes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, the performance of FREAK 1 is great, except the abrasive resistance. We don’t need to worry about the anti-torsion performance of FREAK 1.