ANTA KAI 1

Released 3/2024, , Kyrie Irving, 
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8.5
EXPERT RATING
4 reviews
NA
USER RATING
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The Anta KAI 1 is a well-rounded performer with excellent support and balanced cushioning.

Best Suitable For:

The Anta KAI 1 is best for tactile players looking for a responsive and low-to-the-ground setup.

Price Comparison:

Available at 1 shop | Official Retail Price: $124.99
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Category Performance Ratings:

Expert Ratings (4)
User Ratings (0)
Traction
8.0
Cushion
8.6
Materials
8.5
Support
9.0
Fit
8.5
Outdoor
33%

Weight & Sizing:

Weight:
NA
Sizing:
small
large
Width:
narrow
wide

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ANTA KAI 1 Review

Pros:
Balanced cushioning
Support feels secure and stable
Cons:
Breathability could be better
Materials need a break-in period

Performance of the ANTA KAI 1:

Anta and Kyrie Irving team up to release Kyrie's first signature shoe with the brand. The traction utilizes a unique design which provides a balanced performance. It feels grippy yet forgiving. Kyrie seems to favour responsiveness in his cushioning. Anta's Nitroedge foam feels low to the ground and balanced. There's impact protection under the heel and responsiveness in the forefoot. The materials become flexible and more comfortable after breaking them in. Some reviewers have minor gripes with the breathability but appreciate the extra padding. The KAI 1 features all the necessary support features. The shoe's base and midfoot strap provide plenty of stability and containment. Anta and Kyrie did a great job with the Anta KAI 1. The performance, particularly the support, feels excellent.
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Expert Reviews of the ANTA KAI 1:

Expert Rating: 8.5 (ranks #107 of 303)
10 - Amazing
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9 - Great
2
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
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5 - Poor
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8.7
March 26, 2024
The Anta KAI 1 feels incredibly low to the ground. The traction and cushioning also allow players to get creative with their movements.
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8.6
April 5, 2024
The Anta KAI 1 has consistent traction and responsive cushioning. I felt fast and quick while playing in this shoe.
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8.4
March 17, 2024
The Anta KAI 1 is a solid first signature shoe with Anta for Kyrie. The support and lockdown are excellent, and the cushioning feels responsive.
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The Anta KAI 1 is an outstanding first signature shoe with the brand. The cushioning feels comfortable, and the materials feel impressive after breaking in.
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User Reviews of the ANTA KAI 1:

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Traction of the ANTA KAI 1:

Expert Traction Rating: 8.0 (ranks #218 of 303)
User Traction Rating: NA 
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
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8 - Good
4
7 - Average
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5 - Poor
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8.0
March 26, 2024
The traction is an impressive combination of forgiveness and grip. I love the tactile profile.
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8.0
April 5, 2024
The traction performs very well after an initial break-in period. It's solid, but not top-tier.
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8.0
March 17, 2024
The KAI 1 traction is flat but performs decently well.
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The traction performance feels good but not great.
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Cushion of the ANTA KAI 1:

Expert Cushion Rating: 8.6 (ranks #131 of 303)
User Cushion Rating: NA 
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1
9 - Great
1
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
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8.5
March 26, 2024
You can feel the top-loaded shank provide push-off power. The nitrogen-infused foam provides a balanced, low-to-the-ground performance.
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10.0
April 5, 2024
The cushioning is my favourite part of the shoe. The heel is soft, and the N2 foam is plush and responsive. This setup is well-balanced.
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8.0
March 17, 2024
The Nitroedge foam provides impact protection under the heel and responsiveness under the forefoot. The cushioning feels close to the ground.
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There's plenty of impact protection under the heel. The foam is Anta's Nitroedge technology, and it feels similar to all of Kyrie's previous Nike shoes.
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Materials of the ANTA KAI 1:

Expert Materials Rating: 8.5 (ranks #78 of 303)
User Materials Rating: NA 
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9.0
March 26, 2024
The upper has a lot of stitching and reinforcing. I'm also a fan of the strap. The tongue is extra padded and secure, too.
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8.0
April 5, 2024
The upper feels soft and comfortable, especially the woven section over the toe box. The internal padding is also plush.
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9.0
March 17, 2024
I'm impressed with the materials. There's lots of padding for extra comfort.
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The materials are a mix of mesh and TPU. The performance becomes better after a break-in period. It feels durable and flexible.
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Support of the ANTA KAI 1:

Expert Support Rating: 9.0 (ranks #18 of 303)
User Support Rating: NA 
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
2
8 - Good
1
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
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10.0
March 26, 2024
The lockdown and containment are outstanding. The mid and rearfoot feel incredibly stable, too.
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8.0
April 5, 2024
Support and lockdown feel good.
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9.0
March 17, 2024
The material usage on the lateral side provides excellent stability and containment. Heel containment and lockdown are solid too.
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The shoe has all the support you need, including a shank plate. The strap and shoe's base also provide plenty of stability.
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Fit of the ANTA KAI 1:

Expert Fit Rating: 8.5 (ranks #81 of 303)
User Fit Rating: NA 
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2
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2
7 - Average
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6 - Subpar
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8.0
March 26, 2024
The fit is a little short but is generous on the footbed.
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9.0
April 5, 2024
The shoe fits me like a glove. My toes go right to the edge.
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8.0
March 17, 2024
The lacing system helps the shoe hug your foot. There's more space in the toe box than in other Anta shoes.
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The strap area can become constricted if you lace up tightly. Otherwise, the shoe fits me perfectly.
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Durability of the ANTA KAI 1:

User Durability Rating: NA 
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7 - Average
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6 - Subpar
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5 - Poor
0

Outdoor of the ANTA KAI 1:

Expert Outdoor Rating: 33.3 (ranks #159 of 303)
User Outdoor Rating: NA 
Good (100%)
0
Fair (50%)
2
Bad (0%)
1
fair
March 26, 2024
The rubber is soft and malleable but still feels durable.
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fair
April 5, 2024
This shoe isn't the best option for outdoor play, but it's not terrible.
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I wouldn't take these shoes outdoors.
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Width of the ANTA KAI 1:

very narrow
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slightly narrow
2
regular
2
slightly wide
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very wide
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slightly narrow
March 26, 2024
The strap can cause cramping for wide feet. Go up half a size.
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regularly wide
April 5, 2024
The width feels normal.
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slightly narrow
March 17, 2024
People with wide feet can go up half a size.
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regularly wide
Most wide-footers can go true to size.
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Size of the ANTA KAI 1:

very small
0
slightly small
0
true to size
4
slightly long
0
very long
0
true to size
March 26, 2024
Narrow and medium feet can go true to size. People with long feet want to consider going up half a size.
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true to size
April 5, 2024
I went true to size.
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true to size
March 17, 2024
Go true to size for people with regular feet.
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true to size
Go true to size.
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