As present the only pair of Nike signatures shoes for defenders, it isn’t shortage of gimmicks and hype for the design and production of Kyrie series shoes. Kyrie 6 has the upgraded ZOOM Turbo air cushion on the forefoot sole. And it adds the Velcro design as many guys complaint that it’s hard to put on and take off Kyrie 5. Now the price of Kyrie 6 is reduced a lot. I want to share the performance review of Kyrie 6 with you after testing. But to be honest, the result is, Kyrie 6 is unsuitable to me.
Position: Small forward
Court: Outdoor synthetic court
Material: knitted vamp, foam padding, rubber outsole, Phylon insole, Zoom Turbo air cushion on forefoot sole
The shoe heel of Kyrie 6 is leather material. So the shoe heel can fit the foot very well. The position of Velcro is good. It’s worthy to mention that the forefoot sole is narrow, it’s very tight for me. But the size is normal size.
The traction performance of Kyrie 6 is great. But it has risk to slide when speeding up and turning. But it doesn’t mean that the traction performance of Kyrie 6 is bad, I have high request to the traction performance, Hyperdunk 2017 and Hyperdunk X get good feedback in the market for the traction performance, but I also slide when testing.
The feedback of ZOOM Turbo on forefoot sole is great. The rear sole uses common foam material. But it has been adjusted very well. I think that it doesn’t need much feedback from rear sole. The suspension of Phylon on rear sole is great. It’s better than ZOOM. As I have fasciitis, my knees were hurt for two days after testing.
Whatever the design of shoelaces or Velcro, the fitness of Kyrie 6 is excellent. The shoe tree is a little narrow. And the strength of vamp is good. So the feet are locked well. But the disadvantage is, it’s tight for me. It’s better to have a try on physical store before purchasing on line.
The supporting performance of Kyrie 6 is perfect. Even if the center of gravity is a little high, but the anti-rollover design of forefoot is good, and the strength of vamp is good, so it’s stable.
After playing some basketball games on the cement court, it doesn’t have obvious abrasion on the outsole. As the grain of outsole is deep, and the durability of stiff rubber is good.
The shoe heel of Kyrie 6 is not ventilated. Although the material of forefoot vamp is thin, but the air permeability is not good. It’s just better than Hyperdunk X, and Jumpman Diamond, but worse than PG 3, PG 4 or KD 12.
The cushion performance, supporting performance, traction performance and fitness of Kyrie 6 is good on static state. Maybe due to my playing way, it’s unsuitable for me. But it also means that Kyrie 6 is not suitable for everyone. It should be more suitable for flexible skillful players.