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Nike Zoom Freak 1 Performance Review

As a shoe fans, I’m always excited to see the new released shoes, especially the new player’s signature shoes. As most of people should be familiar with Giannis Antetokounmpo. It doesn’t need to talk more about him. After releasing, ZOOM FREAK 1 have caught many people’s attention. This time we get the black and white colorway ZOOM FREAK 1.

The tester’s information:

Height/Weight: 175cm/86kg

Field: Indoor wood floor

Appearance:

The appearance of ZOOM FREAK 1 is not amazing at the first eye. The obvious part is the big reverse Swoosh logo. After knowing the design story, we can find many details in this sneaker. I like the GA logo which representing his family. The word A is bigger than G, which means Giannis put his family in the first place. The black and white colorway is simple. The ‘ALL BROS’ colorway is more attractive. We’re expecting the further colorways.

Fit & Support

The support and fit of FREAK 1 is great. I always like the engineering mesh vamp. It can fit the foot well. And the support and strength is also better than knitted vamp.

The foam filling in the shoe heel is sufficient. It won’t affect the flexibility and can also protect the ankle well. The stability is also great not matter what kind of movements. The performance is totally unexpected. So I want to give high score for the fit and support of FREAK 1.

Great Traction Performance

Frankly I’m worried about the traction performance of FREAK 1 after seeing the outsole. But after testing, we find that the traction performance is excellent.

The outsole is combined with two different material. The transparent sole is rose grain and the white sole is geometric graph. The good traction should due to the material. The traction of transparent sole is quite excellent. It can grip the floor quite well not matter in what kind of movements. I haven’t slipped when changing direction, step back jumping…

Yes, the transparent sole is easy to absorb the dust. You need to clean it frequently. But I don’t care this problem as it has great traction performance.

Cushion Performance

The shoes for GA should be configurated with full-length ZOOM Air Cushion or the fan shaped ZOOM Air Cushion on forefoot. But the forefoot of FREAK 1 don’t have special cushion material. But it has double layers of ZOOM Air Cushion on rear sole. There is nothing special feeling in the beginning. But after testing, we find that the forefoot is not stiff and the rear sole is very comfortable. The feedback of air cushion is obvious.

The shoes that Giannis Antetokounmpo weared in last season is 2018 version KOBE A.D. It also don’t have air cushion on forefoot and it has a piece of ZOOM Air on rear sole. The vamp is made of mesh and kinds of material. The configuration of ZOOM FREAK 1 is similar to KOBE A.D. I also live the configuration of KOBE A.D.

Overall

NIKE ZOOM FREAK 1 is very suitable to me. Many people are doubt about the anti-torsion performance. Although FREAK 1 don’t have the TPU or carbon fiber plate, but I don’t feel that the anti-torsion performance of FREAK 1 is bad. It’s ok for me. The outrigger anti-torsion structure of forefoot sole and the built-in stiff supporting plate design, with the great traction performance, the stability of FREAK 1 is good. Of course, it won’t be suitable for everybody. You can have a try in the physical store.