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Nike Kobe 5 Protro

Released 1/2020, Low Top, Kobe Bryant, 
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8.8
EXPERT RATING
5 reviews
9.2
USER RATING
9 ratings
An updated version of the Kobe 5 with softer cushioning and improved traction

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Must-have shoes for fans of the original Kobe 5

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Available at 1 shop | Official Retail Price: $179.99
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Category Performance Ratings:

Expert Ratings (5)
User Ratings (9)
Traction
8.4
Cushion
8.6
Materials
8.2
Support
9.2
Fit
9.1
Outdoor
100%

Weight & Sizing:

Weight:
light
heavy
Sizing:
small
large
Width:
narrow
wide

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Nike Kobe 5 Protro Review

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Plastic upper materials feel out of date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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Expert Reviews of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

Expert Rating: 8.8 (ranks #38 of 233)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
4
8 - Good
1
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
Ten years later and the Nike Kobe 5 is still just as bad ass as it was before.
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9.0
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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8.8
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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8.8
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!
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8.2
January 19, 2020
This is still a great performer! But $180 is a little steep for the tech you get.
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User Reviews of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

User Rating: 9.2 (ranks #25 of 233)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
7
8 - Good
1
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.4
December 31, 2021
Perfect for people who want to feel speedy and springy. These are a visually stunning shoe that have been proven to perform at the highest levels. Traction is nuts, cushion feels fast and the materials, though plasticky, mold to your feet and contain you well. I'd buy these ten times over regardless of the namesake, but resell inflation makes it not worth your while. You can get equally good if not better with your money, but if you can go there price-wise then I recommend. These are nuts.
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9.4
March 25, 2022
Traction is an absolute beast. After having these for a while there is dust on the shoe but it still performed extremely well. The cushion was close to being a 10 but I have another shoe with better cushion. But the cushion is extremely nice. The insole was extremely squishy and the heel compressed very well. The cushion had very nice impact protection and court feel.
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9.2
November 9, 2022
I'm stuck in-between sizes and had to sell and find the bigger half size. The grip and security make it one of my favorite shoes. Super comfy.
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9.1
November 15, 2022
User didn't add a summary.
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9.0
November 22, 2021
User didn't add a summary.
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Traction of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

Expert Traction Rating: 8.4 (ranks #134 of 233)
User Traction Rating: 9.7 (ranks #19 of 233)
10 - Amazing
6
9 - Great
5
8 - Good
3
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
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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8.0
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
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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9.0
February 17, 2020
Nike changed the pattern on the outsole to create more points of contact and improve the traction compared to the OG.
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8.0
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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Cushion of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

Expert Cushion Rating: 8.6 (ranks #113 of 233)
User Cushion Rating: 9.3 (ranks #39 of 233)
10 - Amazing
6
9 - Great
5
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
1
5 - Poor
0
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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9.0
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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9.0
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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8.0
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.
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8.0
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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Materials of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

Expert Materials Rating: 8.2 (ranks #124 of 233)
User Materials Rating: 9.0 (ranks #48 of 233)
10 - Amazing
2
9 - Great
6
8 - Good
6
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
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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8.0
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
February 4, 2020
The fuse upper materials feel stiff at first but break-in quickly.
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8.0
February 17, 2020
The upper materials are thin and pliable but take two hours to break-in.
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8.0
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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Support of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

Expert Support Rating: 9.2 (ranks #7 of 233)
User Support Rating: 9.1 (ranks #39 of 233)
10 - Amazing
3
9 - Great
10
8 - Good
1
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
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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9.0
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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10.0
February 4, 2020
Support and lockdown are incredible thanks to the sharp outrigger and sturdy upper materials.
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9.0
February 17, 2020
Zero issues thanks to the great fit, stable heel counter, lateral outrigger.
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9.0
January 19, 2020
No heel slippage, no side-to-side movement, thanks to the big outrigger and tight lacing system.
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Fit of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

Expert Fit Rating: 9.1 (ranks #10 of 233)
User Fit Rating: 8.9 (ranks #74 of 233)
10 - Amazing
4
9 - Great
6
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
Snug and secure. Wrapping my foot up like a glove.
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9.0
February 4, 2020
Almost a 1:1 fit after the break-in period.
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10.0
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.
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8.0
January 19, 2020
The fit is really good but wide-footers should maybe go up half a size.
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Durability of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

User Durability Rating: 7.8 (ranks #185 of 233)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
2
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
1

Outdoor of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

Expert Outdoor Rating: 100.0 (ranks #16 of 233)
User Outdoor Rating: 62.5 (ranks #97 of 233)
Good (100%)
2
Fair (50%)
3
Bad (0%)
0
good
February 4, 2020
The rubber is super hard and should work fine outdoors.
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Width of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

very narrow
1
slightly narrow
9
regular
3
slightly wide
1
very wide
0
slightly narrow
The fit is rather snug.
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slightly narrow
The fit is snug and tight.
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slightly narrow
February 4, 2020
True to size was super narrow at first but stretched out after a while.
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slightly narrow
February 17, 2020
Go true to size if you like a super snug fit.
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very narrow
January 19, 2020
Super narrow.
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Size of the Nike Kobe 5 Protro:

very small
0
slightly small
6
true to size
6
slightly long
2
very long
0
true to size
I went true to size, and that is what I’d recommend.
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true to size
I went true to size.
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true to size
February 4, 2020
I went true to size which was perfect lengthwise.
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½ size small
February 17, 2020
The safe play is half a size up.
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true to size
January 19, 2020
True to size.
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