Nike Kobe AD NXT Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$199.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
4/2017
Outdoor Rating:
0%
# of Reviews:
6
Traction
 
8.9
Cushion
 
8.6
Material
 
9.0
Support
 
9.0
Fit
 
8.8
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

PROS:

  • Great Traction
  • Very responsive shoe

CONS:

  • Expensive
  • Fit is very specific

Summary of 6 Expert Reviews:

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.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike Kobe AD NXT:

9.3
KickGenius
I think this is a very good shoe. Great traction, nice materials and an outstanding fit (for narrow feet). This is a BIG upgrade over the original Kobe AD
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
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.
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8.8
Schwollo
It is just a well-rounded performer with great traction, fun cushioning, excellent fit and stability and decent containment. These edge out the Curry 3 Low for my favorite of 2017.
8.8
The Sole Brothers
For $200 this shoe is a no-go. Disregarding the price, the Kobe AD NXT is a really good performer.
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8.8
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
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.
8.3
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
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Traction of the Nike Kobe AD NXT:

9.0
KickGenius
I really enjoyed the traction.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The traction had no issues on any surface no matter the condition.
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9.0
Schwollo
I had no issues at all with the NXT traction, well done Nike!
8.5
The Sole Brothers
Traction bites really hard on clean courts. On dusty courts, you will need to wipe a lot.
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9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
From game one, the Kobe A.D. NXT’s traction was top-notch.
9.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
I was very happy with the traction.
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Cushion of the Nike Kobe AD NXT:

9.0
KickGenius
Lunarlon midsole with a Nike Zoom unit in the heel - one of my favorite setups.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The large volume heel Zoom Air unit coupled with a Lunarlon midsole works very well.
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9.0
Schwollo
I could feel the heel Zoom and Lunarlon from the get-go. Well done Nike!
8.5
The Sole Brothers
Heel Zoom unit provides you with decent impact protection.
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8.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The Zoom bag provided plenty of impact protection, but Lunarlon quickly lost a lot of its initial cushioning.
8.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
I thought the cushioning setup was pretty good on these. A great balance between cushioning and court feel.
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Materials of the Nike Kobe AD NXT:

9.0
KickGenius
A mixture of mesh and knit provides the best Nike has to offer.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The shoe is made out of a mesh textile build that is very breathable.
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8.0
Schwollo
No issues here but for $200 you’d think you’d get all Flyknit.
10.0
The Sole Brothers
The materials are very nice and super soft from the get-go.
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Support of the Nike Kobe AD NXT:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
You sit low to the ground so stability is great while the overall containment (from the fit) is wonderful.
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9.0
Schwollo
Overall, I really liked the mobility of wearing a low without any fear or turning my ankle.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
Support is very good.
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9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
Great heel lockdown and two subtle outriggers help the shoe to excel in this area.

Fit of the Nike Kobe AD NXT:

10.0
KickGenius
I don't think there is another shoe that will fit as great as this one.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
For those that enjoy that really snug feeling on-foot then you’ll likely enjoy the hell out of these.
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9.0
Schwollo
I had no movement side to side and zero heel slip. I really enjoyed the one to one fit with the NXT.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
The new lacing system is a no-go. You can't really get it to securely lock down your forefoot.
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9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
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.
8.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
I had a little heel slippage, the lockdown was fine and the shoes were really comfortable.
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Width of the Nike Kobe AD NXT:

very narrow
KickGenius
The shoe features a very narrow setup.
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slightly narrow
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I went up half a size due to the narrow width.
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slightly narrow
Schwollo
Wide footers can go up half a size.
slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
The fit is rather narrow similar to other Kobe models.
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slightly narrow
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
They are a little narrow.
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Size of the Nike Kobe AD NXT:

true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The length is pretty true to size.
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true to size
Schwollo
These fit true to size lengthwise.
½ size large
The Sole Brothers
Go down half a size if you have narrow feet.
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true to size
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
They're true to size.
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