Nike Kobe 4 Protro Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$174.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
2/2019
Outdoor Rating:
25%
# of Reviews:
4
Traction
 
8.8
Cushion
 
8.0
Material
 
8.3
Support
 
9.3
Fit
 
8.5
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

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PROS:

  • Great herringbone traction

CONS:

  • No full-length Zoom

Summary of 4 Expert Reviews:

The Kobe 4 started the low-top trend in basketball shoes and is the second shoe of the Kobe Bryant signature line that got the Protro treatment. Even though Nike promised full-length Zoom in this updated version, they disappointed by keeping it OG with Zoom in the heel and simple Phylon in the front. The old-school herringbone traction pattern still works like a charm and needs very little wiping - even on dusty courts. The synthetic leather and plastic overlays with Flywire cables perform well but feel a little cheap compared to modern knits materials. Overall, the Kobe 4 Protro is a very solid performer, but there are very little improvements compared to the original Kobe 4 and the retail price of $175 is very steep.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike Kobe 4 Protro:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Even though this isn't really a performance upgrade to the Kobe 4, this is still a really good performance shoe. However, I don't think they are worth $175.
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8.6
Schwollo
I love that Nike didn’t change a thing. And why should they when it’s one of the best low tops of all time?
8.6
The Sole Brothers
This shoe feels more Retro than Protro. They will probably make it into my rotation, but the price of $175 is pretty steep.
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8.6
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Nike Kobe 4 is one of the greatest basketball shoes of all-time but I expected the inclusion of forefoot cushion for a performance-upgraded shoe. For $175 they could have, and should have, given us more.
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Traction of the Nike Kobe 4 Protro:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The traction is aggressive and works well. Some wiping is needed on dusty courts.
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9.0
Schwollo
This herringbone traction pattern is just about as perfect as you can get.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
Most Kobes have a crazy bite, but these were a little disappointing on dusty courts.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Kobe 4 Protro offers the same pattern and the same soft bite as the original Kobe 4.
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Cushion of the Nike Kobe 4 Protro:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Springy and bouncy Zoom in the heel and soft and responsive in the forefoot.
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8.0
Schwollo
Heel Zoom is fantastic and can be felt from day one. I didn’t have any issues at with the forefoot (yet) but I would have loved full-length Zoom.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
The Zoom unit in the heel is really nice but the forefoot is pretty dead. I am a big fan of this setup because it's very responsive and low-to-the-ground.
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
There is a Phylon midsole and a large volume Zoom Air unit in the heel. The setup feels similar to the original but the foam seems to be a bit softer.
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Materials of the Nike Kobe 4 Protro:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
We still get synthetic leather and plasticky mid-panels. They absolutely get the job done, but I would have loved an upgrade to the materials.
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8.0
Schwollo
The materials feel plasticky feel they confirmed to my foot quickly with no hot spots or pinching!
8.0
The Sole Brothers
You need to break-in the materials for a little bit. I am not a big fan of synthetic materials but they are super durable and will last for a long time.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
It works. It’s durable. It breaks in nicely.
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Support of the Nike Kobe 4 Protro:

9.0
Schwollo
Support comes from the excellent fit and heel counter and the stability is excellent thanks to the large outrigger.
10.0
The Sole Brothers
This shoe is crazy supportive, no issues with lateral containment or lockdown.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The heel counter, carbon shank, and wide forefoot provide a lot of support and stability.
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Fit of the Nike Kobe 4 Protro:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The comfort of this shoe is slightly above average. I did have pinching issues around the ankles when lacing them very tightly.
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9.0
Schwollo
Even half a size up I had zero heel slip no side to side movement and it still fit like a glove.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
I did have slight issues with the top eyelet sawing into my ankle bone. But, overall, the fit was pretty good.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The fit is awesome.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

no
The Sole Brothers
The rubber is pretty soft and frays easily.
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fair
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Outdoor hoopers will receive great traction, but due to the softer rubber compound I’m not sure if it’ll be quite as durable as the OG
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Width of the Nike Kobe 4 Protro:

slightly narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
It's a bit snug in the beginning, not as bad as the OG though.
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slightly wide
The Sole Brothers
The fit is not as narrow as I am used to from the Kobe line.
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Size of the Nike Kobe 4 Protro:

true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
True to size.
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true to size
Schwollo
I suggest true to size for regular feet and half a size up for wide footers.
½ size large
The Sole Brothers
Runs a little bit long.
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true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
True to size.
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