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Full Review - Nike Zoom KD 10
The Nike Zoom KD10 offers unique updates from the KD9, and while it does deliver there are shortcomings in terms of support.
Comfort and flexibility seem to be the primary goal, so if that’s what you crave, you’ll be happy.
Still, if strong support for lateral movements are a top priority, you may be disappointed.
KD 10 Specs
While playing indoors, this pair works phenomenal. Traction grips with an unyielding bite.
When you’re zooming across the court, expect to have all the security you need to avoid slips or twists.
Similarly, if you’re taking off from a jump shot, your landing will be both secure and stable enough to support immediate movement.
However, there is a bit of an issue when playing on an outdoor court. Outdoors, the compound used on this pair simply does not work as it should.
The traction suffers from a lack of bite on dirty surfaces, despite the elaborate appearance of the pads. From the way they look, you’d expect them to perform really well on any surface, but in this regard it might be all show.
If you’re an indoor kinda guy, then the Nike Zoom KD10 will work just right for your needs.
There’s a lot to appreciate in terms of support with the KD10.
First, the shoe’s platform is incredibly solid. The amount of surface area beneath your feet is a bit astonishing, to be frank.
You’ll notice it’s very wide and simple—in a good way. There are not intricate segments in varying heights creating unnecessary complexity where it matters most.
Instead, a consistently flat surface offers a straightforward approach to support.
However, because of the entirely flynet composition of the upper, you may notice moments in the game where your lateral movements are not fully supported.
This seems to be a natural consequence due to the compromise between flexibility and rigidity.
Still, the inclusion of an internal heel counter helps compensate for this shortcoming. The extra stability provided here can make the difference with excessive conditions that befall you on the court.
Flynet material compromises the entire upper, which is actually a great feature for a few reasons.
First, it covers everything from heel to foot—it’s actually a bold approach that could have created some complications in the designing process, but turned out great.
This is also in contrast to the KD9 where the upper was only partially comprised of flynet with a foam and rubber heel.
The result with the KD10 is a pair that breathes maximum comfort and flexibility.
Additionally, the flynet is also infused with TPU yarn which helps ensure some solidity across the upper.
Overall, you’re getting a lightweight pair of shoes that remain breathable yet stable thanks to the infused flynet composition.
There’s plenty of good to say in the comfort department. Flexibility and breathability are through the roof.
However, it might be too much flexibility for its own good. The flynet upper gives you that light, soft feeling of plushness but offers too much yield.
Additionally, the tongue is made of a soft, stretchy material that allows for easy slip-on that only diminishes the overall security you feel.
The lacing system doesn’t help much, either, as it descends nearly all the way to the foundation and feels as if it doesn’t have a foot to stand on—pun intended.
Expect a lighter, plusher model than the KD9 if you go out and purchase the KD10.
What you gain in comfort, though, you lose in support and stability.
Lateral movements may face too much yield due to the flynet upper and unique lacing system.