I finally managed to fully test Anta’s latest performance basketball sneaker. For those of you who are stuck into the popular brand trap, look closer. Here’s my Anta KT3 review proving why people should look outside the box a bit.
I’ll talk about the shoe’s tech specs, the fit, performance, the upper and decide if it’s worth the price. Let’s start the Anta KT3 review!
WEIGHT: 409 G. / 14.42 OZ
TYPE: MID-HIGH TOP
RETAIL PRICE: $120
FIT: TRUE TO SIZE
MY RATING: 8.5/10
I’m not 100% sure if this is actually the shoe’s cushion name since the source isn’t straight from Anta, it is very similar to the KT2.
This is basically a foam midsole that’s separated from the heel and forefoot into pads that feel a bit different. The heel area is also double-stacked for increased impact protection, so it sounds promising so far.
NOTHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT
Right away I could tell the Anta KT3 will be one of the best fitting basketball shoes for a wide footer. And it was. So wide footers, if you’re looking for that lifesaver for your problem, this is a great option. Being a slight wide footer myself, going true to size didn’t cause any problems at all.
The shoe does fit in a roomier other than a tighter manner. But I think all foot types will like these best by sticking with their regular sizes.
All in all, I didn’t have any problems with comfort or with the way the shoe fits. The upper is pretty soft and feels nice, I felt locked-in but really not too snug which some people don’t like but it all comes down to personal needs. No slippage or containment issues, so I give props to Anta for the shoe’s fit.
For those who played in the KT2, this feels pretty different. I haven’t played in the KT2 yet, so this is what I was introduced with. The cushion setup is a pretty good one in my opinion – it’s more of a balanced style, which is why the heel provides tons of impact protection but the forefoot definitely feels firm and there’s plenty of court feel from that.
I think it’s an interesting setup and one that not everybody’s going to like. If you use your heel a lot during game time, you’re quick, mobile and need speed without losing protection, I can see the KT3 being a solid option.
However, if you’re expecting a BOOST-like experience with tons of bounce and energy return throughout the whole foot, you might want to stay away from this one.
The KT3 gripped the floor extremely well thanks to that aggressive and spaced out pattern on the outsole. I barely had to wipe the soles ’cause they barely pick up any dust, thus hindering the traction.
Outdoors wasn’t a problem either. After a short adjusting period to the park’s floor, the KT3 performer very, very well. I wouldn’t put these into a top 10 best outdoor performers in terms of traction and durability but they’re close.
The shoe is constructed to support a player while minimizing any kind of restrictions or other factors of hindering speed/mobility. I think it does achieve that.
I’d put the shoe somewhere in the middle between pure support and complete freedom, which is not a bad thing. For any versatile player who needs to have all attributes in check, this might work pretty well.
POOR MAN’S KNIT IS LOOKING GOOD
This ain’t Flyknit, Primeknit or any other fancy named knit by a mainstream brand but, give or take, it’s very similar. What we have here is a knit material backed up by fuse and nylon for extra reliability.
The setup doesn’t feel as super light or free as pure Primeknit would but this isn’t the shoe for those goals. It’s meant to provide you comfort along with stable performance and I think it does that fine.
I felt secure, stable and not restricted, all nicely welded together with how nicely the knit felt while playing.
I guess the only drawbacks were lack of ventilation and this version of a knit setup will require a break-in period to feel properly, which is felt the most by wide footers since it will feel a bit more snug for them at the start.
PRICE VS. QUALITY
A GREAT DEAL YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
Seriously, $120 is way more than acceptable for how much you’re getting. Sure, you ain’t getting that Nikey swoosh or adidas’s three stripes but if care about who makes the shoe rather then how the shoe performs, you should look away from this review.
Solid all-around performance, a pretty good cushion setup that offers a little bit from both worlds and a not-so-cheap knit upper. I say this is a great bang for your buck model.
BEST FOR A PLAYER WHO’S QUICK BUT NEEDS PLENTY OF SUPPORT
The Anta KT3 is one of those shoes that are pretty versatile and would accommodate a lot of different player’s needs. This isn’t the bounciest but neither it is the firmest, it’s not heavily focused on support but neither it’s super free or wobbly.
For anyone who wants a good, trustworthy shoe that offers balance at a low price, the Anta KT3 might be it.
+ FANTASTIC, OUTDOOR CAPABLE TRACTION
+ NICE BALANCE BETWEEN SUPPORT AND MOBILITY
+ A NICE KNIT UPPER THAT’S COMFY AND PRETTY DURABLE
– THE ANKLE STRAP BARELY HELPS WITH LOCKDOWN
– MINIMAL VENTILATION
WHERE DO I GET IT?
OVERSEAS-EXCLUSIVE, SO NO MAJOR RETAILERS
Since the shoe isn’t really available at retail in the U.S, your best bet would be to check them out directly on Anta.com or visit eBay and see what people are selling.
Okay, that’s it for the review! I hope you found it useful!
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