Nike Adapt BB Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$349.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
2/2019
Outdoor Rating:
25%
# of Reviews:
4
Traction
 
8.5
Cushion
 
8.3
Material
 
9.3
Support
 
7.8
Fit
 
8.5
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

PROS:

  • Premium materials
  • Innovative fast-fit lacing system

CONS:

  • Feels a little wobbly on lateral cuts

Summary of 4 Expert Reviews:

The Nike Adapt BB is the first ever basketball shoe that laces itself! The fast-fit system is a real head-turner and works well, but doesn't offer as much customization possibilities as a regular lacing system. Another highlight of this shoe is the high-quality materials that feel nice and look premium. The Cushlon cushioning system performs well but is a bit disappointing considering the hefty price tag. Overall, this is a really good performer and a must-have for sneaker geeks that want to experience the latest technology!
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Expert Reviews of the Nike Adapt BB:

8.6
The Sole Brothers
Even ignoring the fast-fit adaptive lacing system - this is a really nice performance basketball shoe. On top of that - this is a real head-turner!
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8.6
PureKicks
The first-ever self-lacing basketball shoe is here - and it's one of the best basketball shoes we have ever played in.
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8.4
RicheeKim
The Nike Adapt BB is a good performance basketball shoe. But there are better performers for much cheaper. So if you are a sneakerhead, or really into innovative tech, then this is a great shoe!
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8.2
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I had a lot of fun playing in the Nike Adapt BB. The self-lacing system works well and the overall performance is really solid. Pick these up if you are interested in the latest tech and you can afford the hefty price tag!
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Traction of the Nike Adapt BB:

8.0
The Sole Brothers
The circle and lines traction pattern using translucent rubber is screaming loud and works really well on clean courts. On dusty courts, you will need a while to break-in but it never gets really good.
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9.0
PureKicks
The traction performance is beasty!
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8.0
RicheeKim
Even though the rubber is translucent I found the traction to be rather good. Works very well on clean courts, but dusty courts can be problematic.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The traction is clearly the best performance aspect of the Nike Adapt BB! Squeaky, responsive, but a little inconsistent on dusty courts.
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Cushion of the Nike Adapt BB:

9.0
The Sole Brothers
The Cushlon cushioning is super nice. Really nice compression in the heel and super bouncy. The only downside is that you don't get a ton of court feel.
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8.0
PureKicks
I love the full-length Cushlon cushioning setup, but I would have preferred to see a Lunarlon or React setup.
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8.0
RicheeKim
The full-length Cushlon insole feels super comfortable, especially in the heel! I really like the cushioning setup, but for $350 I had hoped for a little more.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
Full-length Cushlon is nice - but not the best cushion system Nike has to offer.
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Materials of the Nike Adapt BB:

9.0
The Sole Brothers
The materials are super nice and feel great on foot.
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9.0
PureKicks
Nike used some of their best materials, and they all came together really nicely! Light, breathable, flexible and the break-in time is minimal.
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10.0
RicheeKim
The materials look nice and feel really premium.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The materials are soft and supportive.
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Support of the Nike Adapt BB:

8.0
The Sole Brothers
Support is good overall, but I felt a little bit wobbly because your feet are pretty high off-the-ground.
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8.0
PureKicks
Outrigger, internal heel counter, external heel clip, and great overall lockdown coming from the lacing system.
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8.0
RicheeKim
I didn't have any heel slippage and no side-to-side movement in the forefoot. The shoe felt a little bit "tippy" at times, mostly because of the soft cushioning.
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7.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The support of the Adapt BB is kind of clunky.
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Fit of the Nike Adapt BB:

9.0
The Sole Brothers
The adaptive fit system is insane! Don't worry that you can't get it tight enough - this system will crank your laces tighter than you ever could!
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9.0
PureKicks
The self-lacing mechanism does an amazing job and remembers the perfect fit. This is really a smart shoe!
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8.0
RicheeKim
The self-adjusting automatic system really works! But you won't be able to customize your fit like you are able with regular laces.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The fit is pretty good for what it is. But I feel that a traditional lacing system allows you to better customize the fit to your feet.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

fair
The Sole Brothers
The rubber is super soft, but we didn't experience a lot of fraying.
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no
PureKicks
Would I take this shoe outdoors? No!
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Width of the Nike Adapt BB:

slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
Runs a little narrow.
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slightly narrow
RicheeKim
Runs a little bit narrow, especially in the forefoot.
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Size of the Nike Adapt BB:

true to size
The Sole Brothers
Runs true to size.
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true to size
RicheeKim
Runs true to size.
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