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Nike PG1 REVIEW: Paul George’s First Signature Shoe

So we finally have Paul George’s very first signature basketball shoe. After a few weeks of testing, I managed to form an opinion on these completely. Here’s my detailed Nike PG1 review.

I’ll talk about the shoe’s tech specs, fit, performance, materials and decide it it’s worth the price. Let’s start the Nike PG1 review!

SPEC SHEET


Nike PG1 REVIEW: Main Specs
WEIGHT: 370 g. / 13.05 oz
TYPE: LOW TOP
RETAIL PRICE: $110
TECH: ZOOM AIR, FLYWIRE
FIT: TRUE TO SIZE
COLORWAYS: 1+
MY RATING: 9/10
BUY ON: AMAZON | FINISH LINE

 

THE TECH


Nike PG1 REVIEW: Front
ZOOM AIR

We got a simple setup here – a bottom loaded low profile ZOOM unit in the forefoot and the rest is a Phylon midsole. Something you would see in Nike’s recent budget models. Nothing awesome but nothing terrible either.

FLYWIRE

Nike’s standard cable system tied to the laces for proper lockdown and containment. The upper is pretty strong so it holds well and gets the job done.

 

FIT


Nike PG1 REVIEW: Top

REALLY F**KING SNUG

So the shoe has a very narrow and tight construction, so the fit itself is very tight and snug. Some players prefer this kind of setup but being a wide footer like myself, I found them to be a bit too tight and bothering. It was pretty uncomfortable to play in them for the first week or two.

I broke them in and they’re much better now but the fit is till not as optimal as I’d like it to be. They do fit true to size, containment and lockdown are awesome, that strap also enhances they way the shoe feels and there are no slippage or dead space issues.

However narrow or regular footers will like these best. Stay away from them if your foot is slightly or very wide, or try going up half a size.

 

PERFORMANCE


CUSHION

A basic ZOOM unit and Phylon midsole setup won’t offer you a crazy soft, bouncy experience but what it can offer is response, court feel and speed. There isn’t that much impact protection and you won’t feel that awesome bounce like you would in something like the KD 9 or Crazy Explosive.

Still though, it’s a great setup for those who like low profile cushion setups. It’s stable, comfortable and you forget that you have a shoe on while playing (if the fit is right).

Nike PG1 REVIEW: OutsoleTRACTION

I think you know what to expect from Nikey’s translucent rubber outsoles. Some were really f**king bad, some were decent. This one, pretty damn good actually. I didn’t experience any slippage or lack of grip on decent indoor AND outdoor courts. Dust doesn’t stick much to this outsole and the rubber compound looks decently durable.

Wouldn’t recommend these as a primary outdoor shoe but they should last a bit outdoors.

SUPPORT

Since the fit for me was crazy tight and the shoe has all the primary support features you’d need, this is a very supportive low top. An internal heel counter, Flywire, a strap for extra security, a sturdy upper and the midsole cups around your foot.

This is a killer setup that any low top wearer will find supportive, that’s all you need to know.

 

UPPER


Nike PG1 REVIEW: Side Panel
MESH UP FRONT, NUBUCK AT THE BACK

The upper is mesh with Fuse in the forefoot and nubuck in the back area. That’s a pretty unusual setup for these days but it’s definitely a good one.
Not super soft or light like Primeknit but not crazy tight or plasticy like HyperPosite.

There’s a good amount of ventilation at the front, the setup is durable and comfortable if you get the fit right. Great job in my opinion.

 

PRICE VS. QUALITY


QUALITY WINS

A budget signature shoe. And a great bang for your buck I’d say. Definitely something I didn’t expect to be honest. Balanced performance, basic but working tech and a great upper. I think it’s easily worth your $110.

Quality wins this one by far.

 

FINAL VERDICT


BEST FOR ANY GUARD WHO LIKES LOW TOPS, LOW PROFILE CUSHION

The Nike PG1 surprised me. I’m not the perfect player for the shoe since I do prefer more cushion with softer materials but I can surely see it’s a great option for those who want awesome response, stability, outdoor capabilities and lots of support.

Comfortable but tight, solid traction, solid low profile cushion, killer support and a great upper.

Nike PG1 REVIEW: Final Verdict

+ A GREAT CUSHION SETUP FOR THOSE WHO PREFER RESPONSE
+ SOLID TRACTION, DECENT FOR OUTDOORS
+ KILLER SUPPORT, LOCKDOWN & CONTAINMENT
DIFFICULT TO PUT ON
MATERIALS NEED SOME BREAK-IN TIME, ESPECIALLY FOR WIDE FOOTERS

 

WHERE DO I GET IT?


AMAZON AND FINISH LINE

I currently see the biggest variety, sizes and best prices on Amazon and Finish Line. I always order from them and made a cool little summary why. Check this out, if you’re not familiar.

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
WHY YOU SHOULD BY ON FINISH LINE
  • Free shipping
  • Great shipping speeds (ranging from 1 to 6 days)
  • You can return the shoes to get your money back
  • Very fast & easy buying process
  • User reviews are often very detailed & helpful
  • All the latest releases are here first most of the time

GET IT ON AMAZON

GET IT ON FINISH LINE


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?

LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW AND I’LL GET BACK TO YOU! 🙂

12 thoughts on “Nike PG1 REVIEW: Paul George’s First Signature Shoe”

  1. Carl says:

    I wish it was released with more colorways!

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      It has two now, but more are definitely coming!

  2. hoangphuc.vo says:

    I’m 10.5 us, should I go true to size with this one? My feet is little bit wide, just a little bit. What’s your idea? (I’m struggling to find a 11 us pair, so should I take a risk on a 10.5 us? xD )

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      You best bet would be going with an 11 but if you can’t find it, go with your regular size and be prepared for a pretty lengthy break-in period. It’s not a nightmare but it’ll take a while to reach the shoe’s true potential.

  3. nlienhiep says:

    Will this shoes good for my son? He’s 175 cm, 75 kilograms and mostly play on cement floor courts so I wondered if this outsoles can survive through that court xD He told me that he likes PG1, Lebron Soldier 9, Kobe Mentality 2, Mamba Instinct and the Venomenon 5. Which one’s outsole do you think that can lasts the longest? (he plays alot, about 3-4 times a week) Thank you!!

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      It should hold up for some time but it’s not a dedicated outdoor shoe, like the Venomenon 5, Mentality or the Kobe Mamba Instinct are. If you want optimal outdoor play, I’d go with the Mamba Instinct or the Mentality 2.

  4. Mustafa says:

    PG 1 or Lebron soldier 11?

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      PG1 for me ’cause it plays better for a guard. It really depens on what kind of a player you are.

      1. Mustafa says:

        Sorry i meant the cushioning

        1. Julius Kralikas says:

          As for specifically the cushion, the Soldier 11 has a more present, bouncy feel to them but not the point where it’s a lot and it’s slowing you down. I’d go with the Soldier 11 if solely by the cushion but as an overall shoe for ME, I’d still go with the more guard-orientated PG1.

  5. Ted says:

    Hey man,
    thanks for the great review, you really seem to know what you are doing. Can you tell which is better for a light guard, th PG 1 or KD 9?
    thanks

    1. Julius Kralikas says:

      Like I always say, depends on what you want as a light guard. I’d go with the more responsive and light option, which is the PG1. If you prefer a softer upper and a cushion setup that’s very bouncy but not as stable, go with the KD9.

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