Nike Kobe AD Exodus Review

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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$139.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
8/2018
Outdoor Rating:
10%
# of Reviews:
9
Traction
8.2
Cushion
8.4
Material
7.6
Support
8.3
Fit
8.3
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

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PROS:

  • Comfortable cushioning in the heel
  • Great traction on clean courts

CONS:

  • Cheap materials
  • Outsole attracts a lot of dust

Summary of 9 Expert Reviews:

Reviewers tend to like the latest release of Kobes AD signature model, but they don't love it. The traction of the Kobe AD Exodus works very well on clean courts but attracts a lot of dust and isn't made for outdoor use. The huge 14mm Nike Zoom Air cushioning in the heel is very comfortable and the Phylon in the forefoot is low-to-the-ground and responsive. Support and lockdown are solid and the materials may look and feel cheap in-hand, but they get the job done! Overall, the Kobe AD Exodus is a very solid performance shoe that is especially recommended for quicker guards.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike Kobe AD Exodus:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Good traction, good cushioning and the support and lockdown are on point. The materials may look cheap but they perform well. Overall, a very solid hoops shoe!
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8.5
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The latest Nike Kobe A.D. isn't spectacular, but it is an easy recommendation for players whose priorities lean towards light, minimal, and low shoes.
8.5
RicheeKim
It's a great performing shoe, but for a Kobe signature model, the look and in-hand feel of the materials are disappointing.
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8.4
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
I like everything about this shoe! I just wished they would have taken the cushion from the Kobe AD NXT 360, because then it would have been my shoe of the year!
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8.4
Schwollo
It doesn't have the latest and greatest tech but this is definitely one of the more fun shoes I played in this year.
8.3
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The Kobe AD Exodus isn't the best Kobe ever, but it does almost everything well on-court and is smooth on foot. Works especially well for quicker "Kyrie-like" guards.
8.2
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I like the Nike Kobe AD Exodus but I don’t love it. The Exodus is lightweight, low profile, and provides aggressive traction — it’s a shoe built for a fast-paced player that gets up and down the court.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I am having fun in the Kobe AD, but the traction is problematic.
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7.1
The Sole Brothers
Tech-wise it's not great but performance is solid and it looks good. Overall, we are a little underwhelmed though and the Kobe AD Exodus probably won't make it into our rotation.
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Traction of the Nike Kobe AD Exodus:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The traction is a strong suit of the Kobe AD Exodus and works especially well on clean courts.
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9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The translucent rubber provides outstanding traction and required very little wiping.
8.5
RicheeKim
Overall, the traction was pretty good but I did have some slip-ups on a very dusty court. After a quick wipe, you are ready to go again.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The Kobe AD Exodus picks up a lot of dust, but it didn't affect performance at all.
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9.0
Schwollo
Looks similar as the NXT360 but performs better for me. Feels a little tackier and picks up little dust.
9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Traction works well on clean courts but on dusty courts, you have to wipe every 4-5 possessions.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I've had nothing but a positive experience with the traction.
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6.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I was slipping all over the place.
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6.5
The Sole Brothers
It started off really bad but got better with time. The Kobe AD Exodus picks up a lot of dust and is hard to wipe.
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Cushion of the Nike Kobe AD Exodus:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The cushioning is responsive, bouncy and springy - I like it!
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8.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The Phylon forefoot lacks the dynamic response of Air Zoom but provides excellent court feel and a very speedy feel which works perfectly for fast guards. The Air Zoom in the heel provides decent impact protection.
8.5
RicheeKim
The forefoot is low-to-the-ground and responsive with a lot of court feel. The Zoom unit in the heel provides bounciness and impact protection.
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7.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The stiff Phylon in the forefoot did tire my feet after a while of playing.
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8.0
Schwollo
The Zoom Air units in Phylon carrier feels plush, absorbing and springy enough. I think most players will like this setup - I sure did.
9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Huge 14mm Zoom Air unit in the heel and basic injected Phylon in the forefoot. Not bad, but I would prefer full-length Zoom cushioning.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
At $140 I expect better forefoot cushioning than injected Phylon. The heel Zoom Air unit is nice.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I liked the bouncier cushioning setup of the Exodus compared to other current Kobe models. I felt very explosive and responsive.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
The cushioning in the heel feels great. The forefoot has very little cushioning but is therefore very responsive. Overall, the shoe felt high-off-the-ground.
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Materials of the Nike Kobe AD Exodus:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The materials are not premium but feel good, fit good and get the job done.
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8.0
RicheeKim
The materials used in the Exodus are not up to par with other Kobe models like the AD NXT 360. On-court performance of the materials is solid.
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8.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The synthetic felt-like upper materials looks a little cheap but offered great containment and performance.
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8.0
Schwollo
The materials feel kinda cheap but work fine.
7.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
I’ve seen better, but the materials work.
7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The performance wasn't hindered by the materials, but the synthetic felt-like suede upper feels and looks cheap.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The materials feel a little cheap but perform well.
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7.0
The Sole Brothers
The materials don't feel premium on-hand or on-feet but perform well.
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Support of the Nike Kobe AD Exodus:

9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The sculpted collar padding and external heel counter provide the excellent stability we know from the Kobe line.
9.0
RicheeKim
No heel slippage, no slipping on the footbed and no lateral instability.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Not once did I feel insecure in these shoes! No lateral movement, great lockdown, and stable base.
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8.0
Schwollo
The support was fine for a Low-cut. Stability is great in the forefoot and just a little unstable and squishy in the heel.
7.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Standard heel counter and raised midsole in the heel do an okay job. The missing lateral outrigger and midfoot shank didn't negatively impact stability.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The outsole is flat and the forefoot section is slightly wider to provide stability. Your foot sits within the midsole which acts as a natural outrigger - a setup I love.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The lockdown in the forefoot is absolutely fantastic, the midfoot and heel felt a little slippery out-of-the-box.
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7.0
The Sole Brothers
I didn't feel as stable on lateral cuts as in previous Kobe models.
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Fit of the Nike Kobe AD Exodus:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Feels light and comfortable.
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8.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
I am not a fan of the sock-like construction and its lack of adjustability. But the Kobe AD Exodus provides above average fit considering the limitations of this construction.
8.5
RicheeKim
Feels like it hugs my feet except for the flimsy and soft toebox.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The lacing system is fire!
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9.0
Schwollo
The fit is great with no heel slip or other movement inside the shoes.
9.5
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Lockdown is complete and total.
7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Lockdown is pretty good but a standard, separate tongue would have made it much easier to customize the fit to your feet.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The fit is very good overall.
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7.0
The Sole Brothers
The fit was kind of weird. Narrow but a little too much space in the toe-box.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

no
RicheeKim
I would not recommend outdoor use because of the nubs used in the traction pattern.
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no
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Do not even think about playing the Kobe AD Exodus outdoors.
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no
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Outdoor? Next...
fair
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
For what it's worth - after playing in the Kobe AD Exodus for a while, I didn't have any fraying or missing teeth.
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no
The Sole Brothers
No outdoor use for these!
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Width of the Nike Kobe AD Exodus:

regularly wide
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The fit is comfortable going true to size.
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regularly wide
RicheeKim
These felt perfectly fine for me as a wide-footer.
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slightly narrow
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Wide-footers should try this shoe first because it is a little narrow.
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slightly narrow
Schwollo
The midfoot is pretty narrow.
slightly narrow
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Schnug. Not unbearable-in-true-to-size snug, but a really close, tight fit.
regularly wide
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Regularly wide.
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slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
The fit is rather narrow.
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Size of the Nike Kobe AD Exodus:

true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The Kobe AD Exodus runs true to size.
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true to size
RicheeKim
Runs true to size.
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½ size large
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
I went true to size but they run a little bit long.
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true to size
Schwollo
Go true to size unless you have very wide feet.
true to size
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Lengthwise the Kobe AD Exodus runs true to size.
½ size large
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I initially wished I had gone down half size in the Kobe AD, and I still feel like I could have.
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true to size
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
True to size is absolutely fantastic.
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½ size large
The Sole Brothers
I experienced a good amount of toe-space.
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