The Kobe AD NXT is a big upgrade over the disappointing Kobe AD. The biggest change is the completely new lacing system. Critics are split on whether it works or not. Some love it, some hate it. Overall, the Kobe AD NXT is a very good overall performer for quick guards. The only downside is the very expensive retail price of $200.
The NXT version of the Kobe A.D. has much more in common with the Kobe 11 than with the original A.D. -
and that's a good thing. Traction and cushion are solid. The fit isn’t going to be for everyone, but if you have a narrow foot you are going to love it.
The Kobe AD NXT has some exciting high points and I truly enjoyed playing in these thanks to the fantastic upper comfort. Unfortunately, at $200 this is the most expensive basketball shoe model in the 2017 Nike lineup. There are far better values out there.
The new lacing system not only sounds great on paper but also actually works. The feel of the NXT’s upper is second to none. I wasn’t able to achieve a fit quite as snug as with traditional lacing systems, but there was still enough support that the tradeoff was well worth it in terms of comfort.