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Nike Adapt BB Review

Nike Adapt BB
Nike Adapt BB
Nike Adapt BB
Nike Adapt BB
8.5
Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$349.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
2/2019
Ranking:
Traction
8.5
Cushion
8.3
Materials
9.3
Support
7.8
Fit
8.5
Outdoor
25%
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

Colorways of Nike Adapt BB:

Black / White / Pure Platinum
Black / White / Pure Platinum
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Wolf Grey / Reflect Silver
Wolf Grey / Reflect Silver
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Dark Grey / Mult Color
Dark Grey / Mult Color
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MULTI Color / Black / Whit
MULTI Color / Black / Whit
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Summary of 4 Expert Reviews:

Pros:

Premium materials
Innovative fast-fit lacing system

CONS:

Feels a little wobbly on lateral cuts

Performance of the Nike Adapt BB:

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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Reviews of the Nike Adapt BB:

The 8.4 average overall rating ranks #71 of 123 shoes overall
8.4
RicheeKim
May 8, 2019
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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8.6
PureKicks
May 8, 2019
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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8.2
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
April 6, 2019
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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8.6
The Sole Brothers
March 7, 2019
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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Traction of the Nike Adapt BB:

The 8.5 average traction rating ranks #60 of 123 shoes overall
8.0
RicheeKim
May 8, 2019
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
PureKicks
May 8, 2019
The traction performance is beasty!
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
April 6, 2019
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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8.0
The Sole Brothers
March 7, 2019
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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Cushion of the Nike Adapt BB:

The 8.3 average cushion rating ranks #83 of 123 shoes overall
8.0
RicheeKim
May 8, 2019
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
PureKicks
May 8, 2019
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
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
April 6, 2019
Full-length Cushlon is nice - but not the best cushion system Nike has to offer.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
March 7, 2019
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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Materials of the Nike Adapt BB:

The 9.3 average materials rating ranks #9 of 123 shoes overall
10.0
RicheeKim
May 8, 2019
The materials look nice and feel really premium.
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9.0
PureKicks
May 8, 2019
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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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
April 6, 2019
The materials are soft and supportive.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
March 7, 2019
The materials are super nice and feel great on foot.
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Support of the Nike Adapt BB:

The 7.8 average support rating ranks #108 of 123 shoes overall
8.0
RicheeKim
May 8, 2019
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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8.0
PureKicks
May 8, 2019
Outrigger, internal heel counter, external heel clip, and great overall lockdown coming from the lacing system.
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7.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
April 6, 2019
The support of the Adapt BB is kind of clunky.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
March 7, 2019
Support is good overall, but I felt a little bit wobbly because your feet are pretty high off-the-ground.
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Fit of the Nike Adapt BB:

The 8.5 average fit rating ranks #59 of 123 shoes overall
8.0
RicheeKim
May 8, 2019
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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9.0
PureKicks
May 8, 2019
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
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
April 6, 2019
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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9.0
The Sole Brothers
March 7, 2019
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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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

The 25% average outdoor rating ranks #69 of 123 shoes overall
no
PureKicks
May 8, 2019
Would I take this shoe outdoors? No!
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fair
The Sole Brothers
March 7, 2019
The rubber is super soft, but we didn't experience a lot of fraying.
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Width of the Nike Adapt BB:

slightly narrow
RicheeKim
May 8, 2019
Runs a little bit narrow, especially in the forefoot.
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slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
March 7, 2019
Runs a little narrow.
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Size of the Nike Adapt BB:

true to size
RicheeKim
May 8, 2019
Runs true to size.
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true to size
The Sole Brothers
March 7, 2019
Runs true to size.
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