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Nike Kobe 5 Protro Review

Nike Kobe 5 Protro
Nike Kobe 5 Protro
Nike Kobe 5 Protro
Nike Kobe 5 Protro
$179.00 from StockX
8.8
Overall Rating:
8.8
based on 
5 expert reviews
An updated version of the Kobe 5 with softer cushioning and improved traction
Must-have shoes for fans of the original Kobe 5
Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$179.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
1/2020
Ranking:
Traction
8.4
Cushion
8.6
Materials
8.2
Support
9.2
Fit
9.1
Outdoor
100%
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

Colorways of Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

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White / Metallic Gold / Black
White / Metallic Gold / Black
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$179.00
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Court Purple / Black / University Gold
Court Purple / Black / University Gold
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$195.00
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Forest Green / Metallic Red Bronze / Speed Yellow
Forest Green / Metallic Red Bronze / Speed Yellow
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$200.00
113 likes
White/Cyber Purple/Red
White/Cyber Purple/Red
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$240.00
119 likes
Del Sol / Metallic Silver / Comet Red / Black
Del Sol / Metallic Silver / Comet Red / Black
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$490.00
91 likes
White / Black / Comet Red / White
White / Black / Comet Red / White
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Summary of 5 Expert Reviews:

Pros:
Zoom Turbo cushioning
Great fit and support
Cons:
Expensive
Plastic upper materials feel out of date

Performance of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

The Kobe 5 Protro switched up a few things from the OG Kobe V. For better or worse? The traction pattern is tighter spaced which provides more contact points and more consistent traction on clean courts. Nike replaced the Zoom cushioning of the original Kobe V with Zoom Turbo known from Kyrie's shoes. The cushioning is responsive in the forefoot and the Cushlon foam in the heel is super soft and comfortable. The materials are super lightweight and flexible and hopefully more durable than in the original version. Support and fit are still as excellent as they were 10 years ago. Overall, the Kobe V Protro truly is an improved version of one of the most popular shoes in the Kobe signature line.
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Reviews of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

The 8.8 average overall rating ranks #31 of 142 shoes overall
8.8
Schwollo
February 17, 2020
Nike improved the traction of the OG Kobe 5 and changed it up with the Zoom Turbo cushioning. I give it a first-team rating!
8.8
The Sole Brothers
February 4, 2020
I really enjoyed playing in the Kobe 5 again! It takes a little time to break-in, but then you get a super lightweight, minimal, and super comfortable basketball shoe.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
February 4, 2020
This shoe truly is an updated and improved version of the Kobe V. I really like what Nike did by taking all the good things from the OG and updating traction and cushioning.
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8.2
RicheeKim
January 19, 2020
This is still a great performer! But $180 is a little steep for the tech you get.
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9.1
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 14, 2020
Ten years later and the Nike Kobe 5 is still just as bad ass as it was before.
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Traction of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

The 8.4 average traction rating ranks #77 of 142 shoes overall
9.0
Schwollo
February 17, 2020
Nike changed the pattern on the outsole to create more points of contact and improve the traction compared to the OG.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
February 4, 2020
The traction bites really hard on clean courts, but on dusty courts, I had to wipe pretty frequently.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
February 4, 2020
The traction needs a little to break-in and the tighter spaced rubber treads provide better grip but also attract more dust than in the OG.
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8.0
RicheeKim
January 19, 2020
On clean courts, you will stop on a dime, but on dustier courts, you will need to wipe from time to time.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 14, 2020
The traction pattern was updated with a little more tread compared to the original Kobe 5. The rubber picks up some dust but it's still a very good and reliable setup.
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Cushion of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

The 8.6 average cushion rating ranks #76 of 142 shoes overall
8.0
Schwollo
February 17, 2020
I couldn't really tell where the Zoom Turbo starts and where the foam ends. Overall, this cushioning feels like a wash compared to the OG setup.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
February 4, 2020
The Zoom Turbo in the forefoot feels really nice and the full-length Cushlon foam is super soft and comfortable.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
February 4, 2020
The Nike Zoom Turbo in the forefoot feels very responsive and is a great improvement. The Cushlon midsole is super spongy and soft.
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8.0
RicheeKim
January 19, 2020
The full-length Cushlon midsole is very soft and plush in the heel and the Zoom Turbo in the forefoot gives you nice bounce, responsiveness, and court feel.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 14, 2020
The new Zoom Turbo in the forefoot keeps you low-to-the-ground while still offering a bit of impact protection and springy under-foot responsiveness. The Cushlon midsole feels bouncy and responsive but sometimes it's a little bit too soft for my liking.
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Materials of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

The 8.2 average materials rating ranks #82 of 142 shoes overall
8.0
Schwollo
February 17, 2020
The upper materials are thin and pliable but take two hours to break-in.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
February 4, 2020
The fuse upper materials feel stiff at first but break-in quickly.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
February 4, 2020
The super lightweight construction is flexible and provides a ton of containment but the OG was not very durable.
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8.0
RicheeKim
January 19, 2020
The materials give you great containment and durability and perform just well. But the materials feel a little outdated to modern textiles and knits.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 14, 2020
The super-thin skin-fuse material is thin enough to flex and maneuver while being strong enough to keep you contained.
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Support of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

The 9.2 average support rating ranks #6 of 142 shoes overall
9.0
Schwollo
February 17, 2020
Zero issues thanks to the great fit, stable heel counter, lateral outrigger.
10.0
The Sole Brothers
February 4, 2020
Support and lockdown are incredible thanks to the sharp outrigger and sturdy upper materials.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
February 4, 2020
The lockdown is great - your foot is not moving! The flat base and lateral outrigger keep you safe on lateral moves and quick stops.
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9.0
RicheeKim
January 19, 2020
No heel slippage, no side-to-side movement, thanks to the big outrigger and tight lacing system.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 14, 2020
The heel features one of the best heel counters of all-time while the midfoot utilizes a glass composite shank plate.
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Fit of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

The 9.1 average fit rating ranks #10 of 142 shoes overall
10.0
Schwollo
February 17, 2020
The fit is fantastic out of the box with zero heel slip, no side-to-side movement, and no dead space anywhere. One of the best-fitting basketball shoes I've ever worn.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
February 4, 2020
Almost a 1:1 fit after the break-in period.
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8.0
RicheeKim
January 19, 2020
The fit is really good but wide-footers should maybe go up half a size.
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9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 14, 2020
Snug and secure. Wrapping my foot up like a glove.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

The 100% average outdoor rating ranks #7 of 142 shoes overall
good
The Sole Brothers
February 4, 2020
The rubber is super hard and should work fine outdoors.
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Width of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

slightly narrow
Schwollo
February 17, 2020
Go true to size if you like a super snug fit.
slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
February 4, 2020
True to size was super narrow at first but stretched out after a while.
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slightly narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
February 4, 2020
The fit is snug and tight.
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very narrow
RicheeKim
January 19, 2020
Super narrow.
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slightly narrow
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 14, 2020
The fit is rather snug.
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Size of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

½ size small
Schwollo
February 17, 2020
The safe play is half a size up.
true to size
The Sole Brothers
February 4, 2020
I went true to size which was perfect lengthwise.
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true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
February 4, 2020
I went true to size.
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true to size
RicheeKim
January 19, 2020
True to size.
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true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 14, 2020
I went true to size, and that is what I’d recommend.
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Nike Kobe 5 Protro Performance Review