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Nike Kobe AD Mid Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$149.99
Type:
Mid Top
Release Date:
8/2017
Outdoor Rating:
0%
# of Reviews:
9
Traction
8.9
Cushion
9.0
Material
7.3
Support
8.4
Fit
8.1
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

PROS:

  • Very good traction
  • Well-balanced cushioning

CONS:

  • Stiff suede upper material
  • Break-in period

Summary of 9 Expert Reviews:

The narrow (and very squeaky) traction pattern of the Kobe AD Mid performs amazingly on clean courts but has slight issues on dust courts. Outdoor use is not recommended as the rubber is very soft and will wear off quickly. The full-length lunarlon cushioning setup with an Air Zoom unit in the heel is universally liked by reviewers. The colorways with synthetic suede upper have very poor ventilation and the material needs a little while to lose its initial stiffness. Overall, the Kobe AD Mid is a solid performer, but at $150, there are better performance options out there.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike Kobe AD Mid:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Overall, the Kobe AD Mid is a solid performer with phenomenal traction, nice cushioning and solid support. The suede material is a little too stiff for my liking, but hopefully, future releases with a Jacquard or Flyknit upper will fix this issue.
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9.0
KickGenius
I think the Kobe AD Mid is the best Kobe shoe out right now! Better than the NXT or the regular AD.
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8.9
RicheeKim
The Kobe AD is an amazing performer but I just wish they had used a different upper material.
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8.6
Schwollo
I think the Kobe AD Mid is an excellent all-around performer on the court. Not surprisingly, it’s one of my top five for the year due to its great overall performance.
8.5
PureKicks
The Kobe AD Mid is a beautiful and comfortable shoe that unfortunately suffers from bad ventilation and a small amount of heel slippage. Otherwise, I really like this shoe!
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8.4
The Sole Brothers
This shoe feels very different than any other Kobe shoe I ever played in. It provides less responsiveness and court feel than other Kobes. It seems like after his retirement, Kobe wants a little more cushioning and a more "old school" vibe from his shoes.
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8.2
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
This is a very well performing shoe but there are no standout features. Great pickup for Kobe fans, but there are cheaper shoes that perform just as well.
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7.8
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The shoe plays and performs really well. Traction was awesome and the cushion was solid — especially for guards. Ventilation and material quality are where the Kobe AD Mid’s could improve.
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7.8
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The Kobe AD Mid is a beautiful shoe. The only real complaint I have is with the lacing system digging into my foot.
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Traction of the Nike Kobe AD Mid:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Traction is super squeaky. On these, that is a good thing! On dusty courts, the traction pattern is not ideal.
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9.0
KickGenius
The traction pattern is excellent!
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9.5
RicheeKim
The traction is beastly!
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9.0
Schwollo
The traction is excellent and just outside the elite group.
10.0
PureKicks
This traction is beastly!
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
On a clean court, the traction is superb, but the traction pattern collects a lot of dust.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The traction pattern is pretty tight and picks up a lot of dust. After a significant break-in period, the traction got the job done.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
This sh*t was beastly!
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Traction was designed to be a beast and that it was!
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Cushion of the Nike Kobe AD Mid:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I really like the Lunarlon in the front and Zoom Air in the heel setup.
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9.0
KickGenius
I am a big fan of the Lunarlon cushioning. Great balance between impact protection and court feel.
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9.0
RicheeKim
Full-length Lunarlon with Zoom in the heel gets the job done. Decent impact protection and good court feel.
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9.0
Schwollo
The Lunarlon in the ADM feels great from heel to toe with a nice Zoom bag in the heel and provides a nice balance of court feel, impact protection, and bounce.
9.0
PureKicks
The cushioning setup feels really nice!
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
Full-length lunarlon feels super nice. Good impact protection but a little less court feel than what we are used to from the Kobe line.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The cushioning setup is very well balanced and should work for all types of players.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The midsole is Lunarlon and the heel features a large volume Zoom Air unit. You will not be disappointed with this setup.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The impact protection in the heel was excellent, and some very nice Lunarlon cushioned the rest of the foot.
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Materials of the Nike Kobe AD Mid:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The synthetic suede upper is pretty stiff and doesn't feel as nice as a Flyknit or Jacquard.
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8.0
RicheeKim
The materials feel cheap, the tongue could have used more padding and the ventilation is pretty bad.
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7.0
Schwollo
The materials Nike chose just look and feel unfinished.
8.0
PureKicks
The mesh materials feel like Nubuck which is nice, but the breathability is pretty horrible.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
The material is very firm in the beginning but becomes comfortable pretty quickly.
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7.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
Fit and comfort of the materials are above average, but ventilation and durability are horrible.
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5.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
For a $150 shoe, a $150 signature shoe at that, the materials used should have been much nicer.
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7.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
I think Nike could have done better in this category. Ventilation is bad - this material is like a sauna.
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Support of the Nike Kobe AD Mid:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Support and lockdown are solid.
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9.0
RicheeKim
No heel slippage or side-to-side movement. External heel counter and interior heel padding lock you in like crazy.
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9.0
Schwollo
Stability and support are excellent with a flat outsole and large outrigger.
7.0
PureKicks
The support wasn't as good as I hoped it to be as I experienced some heel slippage.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
Firm upper, great lateral containment, very nice outrigger that provides a lot of stability.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
Flat base, internal heel cup, and external outrigger provide great support.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Kobe AD Mid uses the traditional heel counter and lateral outrigger that we’ve all come to know and love.
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7.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
A broad base with a small outrigger keep your foot from rolling and an internal heel counter holds your foot in place.
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Fit of the Nike Kobe AD Mid:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
There was some back-to-front slipping in the shoe because I couldn't tie it tight enough.
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9.0
KickGenius
The overall fit is a strong point of this shoe.
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9.0
RicheeKim
The fit is really nice.
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9.0
Schwollo
I had no movement side to side and no heel slip from the get-go.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
I had a little too much dead space in the toe area, other than that the fit was okay.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
Forefoot and midfoot fit are perfect, but the heel feels too small. The tongue should have used more padding,
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Once you get your size down I don’t think you’ll have any real issues.
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7.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Lockdown was solid. However, the lacing system is too tight and caused me some discomfort.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

no
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Very soft rubber.
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no
The Sole Brothers
Outdoor use is not recommended because the rubber is super soft.
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no
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Outdoor use is not recommended if you want traction that lasts because the rubber is pretty soft.
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no
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Don’t waste your time or money playing outside in these.
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Width of the Nike Kobe AD Mid:

slightly narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
A little narrow on the lateral side.
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slightly narrow
RicheeKim
The Kobe AD Mid is pretty narrow.
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slightly narrow
Schwollo
Wide footers can go up half a size but expect some extra length.
slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
Fits slightly narrow.
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slightly narrow
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Wide footers, y’all definitely need to go up a 1/2 a size.
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Size of the Nike Kobe AD Mid:

true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Snug in the beginning but the Kobe AD Mid fits true to size.
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true to size
RicheeKim
Runs true to size, but wide-footers may need to go up a size.
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true to size
Schwollo
True to size.
true to size
The Sole Brothers
Go true to size.
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true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Kobe AD Mid runs true to size
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½ size small
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The Kobe AD Mid fits snug. I went true to size, but it wouldn’t have hurt if I went a 1/2 size up.
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