Nike Kobe AD Mid REVIEW: The Crappy A.D. FIXED!
After a very disappointing Kobe A.D, Nikey released the heavily altered A.D. NXT and now the A.D. in a mid top fashion. Look out folks, this isn’t just a cosmetic change, the new A.D. has a lot of changes and tweaks from the original. That is why I decided it’s worth putting this one to the test, so I bring you my Nike Kobe A.D. Mid review.
I’ll talk about the shoe’s tech specs, the fit, performance, the upper and decide it it’s worth the price. Let’s start the Nike Kobe A.D. Mid review!
WEIGHT: 341 G. / 12.03 OZ
TYPE: MID TOP
RETAIL PRICE: $160
TECH: ZOOM AIR, LUNARLON, FLYWIRE
FIT: TRUE TO SIZE
MY RATING: 8/10
BUY ON: AMAZON
ZOOM AIR & LUNARLON
The same setup on paper but sooo much better on this one. A nice and responsive Lunarlon midsole along with a large ZOOM unit in the heel for impact absorption sits in the A.D. Mid.
Definitely a pretty premium setup that feels miles different from the regular A.D.
Of course, we got Nikey’s industry standard Flywire cables to lock your foot down properly. The upper is pretty thin and soft, so that’s where the cable system comes to play. And it works just as intended.
STIFF BUT SECURE
I probably shouldn’t have gone true to size with these since I’m a “mediocore” wide footer. Roughly, the first two weeks were pretty damn horrible. The shoe felt super stiff, uncomfortable, way too tight. Flexibility was there but every step or any movement resulted a suffer from stiffness.
I was mad at the shoe and thought it’s gonna be the same case as it was with the A.D. It wasn’t.
Firstly, I’m a wide footer, so regular/narrow footers wouldn’t have this big of a deal during a break-in period in the first place. Secondly, after those two weeks, most of the bullsh*t went away.
So go true to size with these and be ready for a pretty in-your-face break-in marathon. For us wide foot people, DEFINITELY go up half a size and see how it plays.
In a nutshell, the shoe isn’t the most pleasant to wear even if you get the sizing right. But it’s not bad. They’re very stable, secure, no lockdown or containment problems. So I’ll give ’em props for that.
Let’s brighten things up a bit. The standard A.D. almost felt like Kyrie 2-like concrete. This, having the same cushioning, is wayyyyy better. The massive ZOOM unit in the heel provides a nice amount of impact protection without making you sink in too much, thus sacrificing responsiveness.
The Lunarlon midsole offers you a solid balance between court feel and response. It’s not BOOST or Max ZOOM but it’s not that type of shoe.
All in all, good impact protection, maintains court feel and response at the same time. Not a bouncy setup but not too firm either.
Excellent traction with minimal sensitivity to dust. That’s awesome when you think about how many indoor shoes insist players with the need to wipe the outsole or you’re f**ked.
And yeah, it’s an outdoor shoe – the rubber on these is pretty shallow, so don’t expect great durability at the park. I wouldn’t take them outside at all if I wanted to keep ’em going for as long as I can.
I did test them outside and they gripped very well. But that’s about as far as it goes.
Internal heel counter, a torsional shank, excellent outriggers, a wide & flat base and a very secure fit. That’s literally all you need for an optimal and secure experience on the court.
GOOD – COULD’VE BEEN BETTER
The upper is mesh consisting of very thin and soft layers on top of each other. All this talk about the shoe’s materials being super cheap – I don’t give a sh*t. It plays nicely and the upper did NOT bring any annoyances to the table. Simple as that.
That mesh gave me comfort and mobility, while the shoe’s other features covered it up with proper support. That’s completely fine by me.
There are some drawbacks. The material is definitely not on the durable side and it already shows after a few good games. Ventilation is also crappy. In other words – there is barely any breathability, so if you really pay attention to that, this may be a deal-breaker.
PRICE VS. QUALITY
SAME PRICE – SMARTER BUY
The retail price still sits at a pretty hefty $160 compared to today’s prices. Still, that doesn’t make it a bad buy. It’s way nicer than the A.D. with so much better performance.
I’d give it a TIE between price and quality since you can definitely find many bang for your buck options below $160.
BEST FOR ANY ALL-AROUND PLAYER
The Nike Kobe A.D. Mid is a solid product that’s been remade from a sh***y shoe. It’s a versatile piece to add to your collection if you’re looking for balance.
If you can get past the sizing factor and a not-so-cheap price, these are very nice on court.
+ GREAT CUSHIONING THAT GIVES BALANCE
+ SUPERB TRACTION, MINIMAL SENSITIVITY
+ STABLE & SECURE
– WEAK OUTSOLE – OUTDOOR PLAY ISN’T ADVISED
– A MAJOR BREAK-IN PERIOD NEEDED
WHERE DO I GET IT?
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WHY YOU SHOULD BY ON AMAZON
- Extremely fast shipping (1-3 days)
- Free shipping most of the time
- You can return the shoes to get your money back
- Very fast & easy buying process
- Lots of sales and discounts
Okay, that’s it for the review! I hope you found it useful!
I like to hear your thoughts on this. Will you be picking it up? Have a question?