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Nike Zoom KD 11 EP Performance Review

It is widely known that Nike released KD 11 this summer. As a pair of sneaker, we can see that how popular is it since the series was founded. And after some improvement, another sneaker was launched. It is the Nike Zoom KD11 EP. Many remarked that the shoe has packed with Nike’s most innovative technologies. Then is it the case? Let’s see…

To some extent, the shoe which features blue is quite a cool tone. On a personal, I do not like it very much. But it was not until I attended my matches in it did I found that it was such a nice model which can not be resisted by most people.

The upper of the shoe is made of blue and green fabric. And the shoe body is designed for easier putting on and taking off. Besides, the heel is made of suede and embroidered with KD logo. Combined with the new Nike react cushioning technology and full foot Zoom Air, the shoes have taken a real leap in performance.

The blue upper is an integrated Flyknit vamp with an additional TPU in the toe part while the Flywire makes up the shoelace system. And the crystal outsole is super eye-catching and at the heel, there’s a small Swoosh over the blue leather which is embroidered with the letter KD. The leather extending upward also form a collar which helps make putting on and taking off easier.

Again, the Flyknit upper offers enough flexibility and breathability.

The vamp is equipped with Primeknit technology so as to offer flexibility while giving a nice fitting for the feet. However, you had better bear in mind that the Flyknit upper is too stretchy though, it does a terrible job of supporting and containing the foot. So if you mind about this aspect, you are suggested to turn to other ones.

The weight of a single shoe is 436g, which is moderate. There doesn’t seem any obvious feelings of heaviness during exercise. A number of consumers have remarked that the shoe comfortable to walk around in; it is even more comfortable than most shoes they’ve tried before.

When it comes to the shoe’s wrapping and support, I have to mention the vamp once again though it has been referred to time and again. The Flyknit vamp, along with the inner boot design, perfectly wraps the forefoot and the arch; besides,  the heel of the shoe with thick foam, improves the overall wrapping. You will feel you are just wearing a pair of socks or during exercise, you may even feel you are walking on the air.

The Flywire is installed on the inside and outside side of the shoe. With stitches on both sides of the shoe,  the lateral support is enhanced.

When making emergency stops or direction changes or breakthroughs, hardly does the heel deform. The feet simply retains steady in the footbed.

According to some, the traction does a tremendous job on clean courts while on dusty courts, the outsole requires frequent wiping. It is true that it grips nicely, but it is also true that the grooves are spaced really tight, and dust gets clogged easily. The fact that crystal soles have long been criticized for their durability does not fit this Nike Zoom KD11 EP. It simply isn’t the case. The soleis thick enough to stand the tests of durability.

Amazingly, nearly all testers are impressed with the shoe’s cushioning. The setup is highly appreciated: the combination of React and full-length Zoom Air which offers a lot of bounce and provides a ton of protection against impact is enjoyed by most of we fans. Some even said that the React plus full-length Zoom Air cushionin alone can make up for the shoe’s all downsides, from which we see the cushion is really fantastic.

The setup has brought unprecedented cushioning experience when we are walking and running.

The react foam is quite thick in the middle and you can feel much more soft bounce when you are running with clear feedback responding to each step.

Overall:

All in all, with the way the shoe is built, it is surely to get much popularity. It is just more than suitable for daily walking and combat. Though there might be some letdown, you are still most likely to pull your money out of your pocket for it is overall nice. I’ve heard some claim that the Nike Zoom KD11 EP  is more comfortable than the LeBron 15 and I sincerely hope you will think so. Just expect your wonderful encounter with it.

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NIKE KD 11 VS KD 9 Performance Comparsion

NIKE KD11 has got many attentions before releasing. I had a pair of KD9 which is a nice pair of basketball shoes. KD9 uses full-length ZOOM Air Cushion which has great cushion stability. KD11 has been upgraded, it has full-length ZOOM Air Cushion and full-length React insole.

I get the Oreo colorway KD11.

The shoebox of KD11 is black and brown paper two colors design. The front side of the shoebox is printed with KVEIN DURANT XI. The shoebox of KD9 is black with gold words of KD9 KEVIN DURANT. The shoebox of KD9 is better than KD11.

Appearance:

The appearance of KD11 is gray and white colorway. Both sides of forefoot is reinforced with black hot-melting material. The shoelaces is chequered with black and white. It uses socks type shoe tongue and crystal outsole.

The main colorway of KD9 is mixed with yellow, orange and green. It has black shoelaces with thick Flywire and black outsole. The shoe head is printed with the signature of Durant. The high shoe tongue is jointed with chamois leather.

Material: Although both of KD9 and KD11 uses Flyknit material, but the feeling is different. The knit of KD11 is a little stiff. The knit of KD9’s vamp is more tight. Both of KD9 and KD11 use Flywire which are extended to insole to make the shoes fit the foot better. KD11 uses normal Flywire which is hidden in the inner side of vamp. KD9 uses thick Flywire which is similar to shoelaces. So it should be durable.

Comfort Level:

The vamp of KD11 is a little stiff, so it’s not very comfortable if wearing thin socks. The fit is good. But the inner stitch on the shoe heel is uncomfortable. But KD9 is comfortable when wearing thin socks. The comfort level of KD9 is much better than KD11.

Comparing shoe heel, both of KD9 and KD11 has pull-tab. After wearing, KD11’s center of gravity is higher than KD9.

The outsole of KD11 is crystal sole which is very pretty, but it’s not wear-resistant and is easy to yellowing. The outsole is the design of water ripple. There is a hollow out window on the middle of sole.

The insole uses full-length ZOOM Air Cushion and full-length React.  The resilience is great. But the disadvantage is the high center of gravity.

KD9 has black green XDR material. The design inspiration of rhombus grain comes from honeycomb. The insole has full-length ZOOM Air Cushion in separated air chamber. We can feel the resilience from ZOOM obviously.

The detail Picture

It has hot-melting reinforcement for anti-torsion and the area of toes.

The shoe heel is made is made of chamois leather. It has the design of ventilated holes. The outer side is embroidered with KD logo. The rivets are plastic. The outside of gray part above insole is stiff TPU which also has KD’S signature.

The inner side of chamois leather on the shoe heel is Swoosh logo. The inner side of gray part above insole is React material.

The inner side of shoe heel is easy to be rubbed.

Overall:

Advantages: Excellent cushion performance, soft insole, good fit etc.

Disadvantages: it’s not very comfortable, high center of gravity, crystal sole is not wear-resistance and easy to yellowing.

KD11 has obvious advantages and disadvantages. Some guys love it, but some guys don’t like it. We recommend it to the guys who like jumping and the internal line players.