Last week, Flyknit 360 made its first appearance in Nike Basketball product with Kobe AD NXT 360, debuted by Toronto Raptors guard DeMar Derozan against the Cleveland Cavaliers.With the Raptors facing off against the LeBron James-led Cavaliers. The Kobe AD NXT 360 also was the latest in Kobe’s signature series.
The Kobe AD NXT 360 is the first implementation of Flyknit 360 in Nike’s basketball line and the brand has paired that with new cushioning: a dual-density drop-in React and Lunarlon midsole.In addition they feature dual density drop in foam midsole which is constructed with Nike React technology .
As we know that unguarded shots are easier. However, few people know the specific value between offensive and defensive players (5 feet or 4 feet or 3 feet) , which will affect the hit rate. Fortunately, scientific calculations test it : A study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology showed that attacking players VS a defensive player, each one foot away (about 30 cm) space, shooting percentage Both can rise 2%. Although this number may seem small, this is what is Kobe’s unlimited possibilities
In order to improve the 2% hit rate, the KOBE NXT 360 is designed with a three-stage structure of Flyknit uppers and a double-density embedded midsole and outsole for excellent stability.
Getting the money requires hitting the bank.Of course, under the background of KOBE 360’s shoes design, the “Bank” here is interpreted as improving the traction and the smoothness of the movement when changing direction. The KOBE sneakers were tested by the Nike NXT team and the Nike Sports Research Laboratory. The performance around the 50-foot-long arc of the three-point line was tested . Tests showed that the sloping uppers of the stilettos could be obtained instantly. Greater strength and speed， this is the key to distance from defenders.
Then in each game, the average running distance of each NBA player is about 4 kilometers, but it is rarely a straight line. They need to constantly cut in and move quickly. Compared to defense, players need to do more than 50% arcing movement , just like the three point line.
Although there is no direct correlation more then the 2% hit rate and the embedded midsole in the open space, the design around the incision and incline leads to Nike used the density midsole. The embedded design of KOBE NXT 360 balances the performance of Lunarlon foam on the outside, provides a support platform, and matches Nike REACT technology to ensure the comfort of each game.
Usually, each sole layer design will make the shoes more and more stability and it is more difficult to pull away from the defensive player. The wraparound Flyknit structure of the KOBE NXT 360 will be lockdown the feet,the improvement of the fit not only succeeds in making the embedded midsole more conform to the ground,lockdown is the highlight of the NXT and it is truly fantastic. But also enhances the sense of wrapping of the shoes and reduces the sliding of the feet.
For the traction , it is seems followed the Kobe A.D. — which is the only performance feature the NXT has in common with the original A.D, seems it is not eays to keep If dust was present there would be some wiping needed periodically.
Overall, Kobe AD NXT 360 shown features Black uppers which more comfortable , iridescent on the branding,Also it is the first Implementation of Flyknit 360, I am expecting it for a long time . It will retail for $200 on April 13,Dont miss it .