In fact, for the general public, the Soldier series has always been a relatively better choice than other LeBron series. As the price of Solider series is cheaper, most of the colorway also have a durable XDR outsole, and most of Soldier series are equipped with front and rear Zoom Air Cushion. To be honest, with these two points, it is already a pair of good basketball shoes.
It’s interesting that LeBron James hasn’t weared Soldier series in 2019 playoff. As LeBron likes to wear Soldier series shoes in some important competitions. Let’s have a look at the performance of Soldier Ⅻ today.
1.Better vamp material, fit
I think the biggest difference between new Soldier 12 and Soldier 11 is the improvement of vamp texture. The shoe head should be made of artificial leather. It is comfortable. It’s easy to put on. The vamp uses some battleknit, although it can’t be compared with LeBron 15’s amazing excellent texture, but it is already prominent in the Soldier series.
▼The artificial leather on shoe head looks excellent
▼The battleknit under the buckle fastener also looks great.
▼ Excellent ductility of shoe collar material, with the double pull-tab, it’s easy to put on.
The previous Soldier series have 2, 3 and 4 buckle fasteners. Now LeBron Soldier 12 only use 2 cross-over design buckle fasteners. The colorway looks cool. It can fit the foot better with the battleknit material on vamp, and it’s more comfortable than Soldier 11. But it’s not real high type, so it can’t protect the ankle well. It should be good enough for the defenders and SF. But if you are forward in strong playing way, it’s not suitable to you.
In other respects, TPU protection on rear sole is indispensable. And the TPU supporting plate is bigger than last generation. The anti-torsion design is also quite good, which is very suitable for defenders. In fact, from Soldier IX to Soldier 12, I think Soldier 12 is the best choice for defenders.
- Great Traction Performance
The outsole grain is similar to the U-shaped design. I rarely slipped when playing basketball about 10 hours. Although Soldier 12 should be positioned as a pair of forward’s shoes, but the traction performance is totally enough for me. I don’t need to worry about slipping or turning. Overall, with the satisfactory traction performance and XDR wear-resistant outsole, it has excellent outsole performance.
- Great Cushion Performance
Soldier 12 maintains the consistent configuration of Soldier series. And the Zoom Air Cushion is excellent. For the Soldier series that I have weared till now, the cushion performance of Soldier 9 and Soldier 11 is great, only the cushion feedback of Soldier 10 is not good. The half sole of Soldier 12 is thicker than Soldier 11. It’s more comfortable than Soldier 11. The starting speed hasn’t been delayed, probably because the air cushion is located near to the outsole.
The rear sole is almost the same as the last generation. The feedback is also obvious, the overall cushion performance is very excellent. It maintains the good reputation of Soldier series. It’s suitable to many positions.
- The shoelaces are easy to be loose.
The buckle fasteners are always one of the greatest features of Soldier series, especially the three buckle fasters without shoelaces design of the champion boot Soldier 10.
Although Soldier 12 is slightly less protective than Soldier 11 because of its soft material, but the real problem is the buckle fasteners on the inner side of the shoe, which is very easy to fall off.
Overall: 8 stars
It’s troublesome for the buckle fasteners which is easy to fall off. I need to solve the problem of buckle fasteners’ viscosity by myself. If you can solve the problem of buckle fasteners’ viscosity. Soldier 12 will be a pair of excellent basketball shoes.