BrandBlack Rare Metal Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$109.99
Type:
Mid Top
Release Date:
10/2016
Outdoor Rating:
0%
# of Reviews:
4
Traction
 
7.5
Cushion
 
9.0
Material
 
8.8
Support
 
8.5
Fit
 
9.0
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

PROS:

  • Nice Materials
  • Comfortable Cushioning

CONS:

  • Inconsistent Traction

Summary of 4 Expert Reviews:

The BrandBlack Rare Metal works well across all categories - except the traction. Especially on dusty courts, you will need to wipe hard and often to get the stopping power you need. The new Jetlon EVL foam cushioning is on par with Adidas' Bounce cushioning and provides comfort, impact protection while still being responsive and low-to-the-ground. As always with BrandBlack, materials are premium and do a great job. Overall, if it wasn't for the lacking traction, this could have been the perfect budget sneaker for guards with slightly wider feet.
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Expert Reviews of the BrandBlack Rare Metal:

9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The Rare Metal gives you premium materials, great cushioning, and damn near great traction.
8.6
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
If you are looking for a highly cushioned, low profile and low-cut rocket for your feet, especially on clean courts, then the Rare Metal is your pick.
8.4
Schwollo
The Rare Metal is a shoe that does nearly everything well. If the traction was more consistent and more aggressive, I wouldn’t hesitate to put this into my rotation maybe even into my top 5.
8.2
The Sole Brothers
I was really disappointed by the traction - otherwise this is a great shoe. If you play on clean courts, then the BrandBlack Rare Metal is a great choice.
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Traction of the BrandBlack Rare Metal:

9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Good, not great. The blade traction does its job well.
9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
On clean floors, you are great, but the rubber attracts a lot of dust.
7.0
Schwollo
Personally, I don’t like how the traction plays because I prefer more bite and consistency.
5.0
The Sole Brothers
On dusty courts, the traction is absolutely horrible, and you need to wipe extremely hard to get a few good stops.
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Cushion of the BrandBlack Rare Metal:

9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The Jetlon EVL felt more responsive and slightly bouncier without the instability, which in this case, is super comfy.
9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Jetlon EVL has a bouncier, livelier feeling, and provides great court feel.
9.0
Schwollo
BB calls this Jetlon EVL or Plus and I really like it a lot.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
Really, really nice premium cushioning that feels similar to Adidas' Bounce cushioning.
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Materials of the BrandBlack Rare Metal:

9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The Jacquard upper on the Rare Metal feels great on foot.
9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
One thing Brandblack has never skimped on is materials.
8.0
Schwollo
I personally don’t mind the slightly stiffer upper but I know lots of people want a sock-like upper.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
The upper is freaking nice!
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Support of the BrandBlack Rare Metal:

9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Everything you need, and nothing that you don’t.
7.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Support isn’t overbearing, just enough to where you don’t have to worry.
9.0
Schwollo
Stability is excellent thanks to a flat outsole, forefoot outrigger and a stable heel that easily passes my heel test.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
Nasty outrigger and supportive upper material make you feel very secure.
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Fit of the BrandBlack Rare Metal:

9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The shoe sculpts around your foot very well.
9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Spot on, in every way.
9.0
Schwollo
The fit in the midfoot is also fantastic and my wide feet filled the forefoot just fine.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
The fit is absolutely amazing - no dead space at all!
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Width of the BrandBlack Rare Metal:

slightly wide
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Even with a wide-foot base like myself, going true to size fit well without any restriction.
slightly wide
Schwollo
The Brandblack Rare Metal is a little wide.
regularly wide
The Sole Brothers
Perfect for my feet.
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Size of the BrandBlack Rare Metal:

true to size
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The shoe fits perfectly true to size.
true to size
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The length is perfect.
½ size large
Schwollo
These run a little long lengthwise.
½ size large
The Sole Brothers
Go down half a size.
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