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Nike Lebron 16 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$184.99
Type:
Mid Top
Release Date:
9/2018
Outdoor Rating:
83%
# of Reviews:
8
Traction
9.1
Cushion
9.0
Material
9.0
Support
8.7
Fit
8.4
very narrow
very wide
runs small
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PROS:

  • Premium materials
  • Traction works well even on dusty courts

CONS:

  • Expensive retail price

Summary of 8 Expert Reviews:

All sneaker critics agree: The Lebron 16 is a huge improvement over the XV and one of the best shoes of Lebron's signature line in a long time. The traction works on all surfaces, the cushioning is a little more versatile but still very comfortable, and stability is much-improved thanks to the use of tiny lateral outriggers on the outsole. The Battleknit 2.0 looks and feels very premium and provides great lockdown and containment. Overall, the Lebron 16 is an outstanding performance hoops shoe that is especially recommended for explosive and powerful wing players.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike Lebron 16:

9.4
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The LeBron 16 will suit any play style or move — be it slashing, cutting, shooters, defense, rebounding.
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9.3
The Sole Brothers
I really, really like the Lebron 16. The price is expensive but justified by the amazing tech and ultra-premium feel.
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9.0
RicheeKim
The Lebron 16 is an outstanding performer!
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The Lebron 16 is an upgrade in every aspect! They look better, they feel better, and they perform better!
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8.8
Schwollo
Everything I didn't like about the Lebron 15 was fixed! Better traction, better stability, and containment. This is the best Lebron to come out in years!
8.8
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The cushioning setup is super fun to play in, the traction worked on every court and the Battleknit 2.0 is super comfortable. The Lebron 16 is a very versatile shoe, but explosive and fast wing players will particularly love this hoops shoe.
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8.8
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
Awesone impact protection, really good traction, but the court feel is minimal and the Lebron 16 is pretty heavy.
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8.0
PureKicks
Cushioning and traction are awesome but the fit and support were a bit of a letdown for me.
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Traction of the Nike Lebron 16:

10.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Lebron 16 features gripping, thick traction that needs no wiping, and no breaking in.
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8.5
The Sole Brothers
Not amazing - but pretty damn nice. Dust doesn't seem to be a problem.
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9.0
RicheeKim
The traction on the Lebron 16 is really nice! Even on dusty courts, you will have to wipe only very occasionally.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Super hard rubber and deep grooves work well, but don't expect a lot of squeaking or insane grip.
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9.0
Schwollo
The best traction of a Lebron since the X.
10.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The Lebron 16 held up extremely well even on the worst courts.
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9.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
The traction is really good!
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9.0
PureKicks
The wavy herringbone traction pattern was super impressive.
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Cushion of the Nike Lebron 16:

10.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The LeBron 16 has a stiffer overall setup that still provides serious impact protection but feels quicker and smoother from the jump.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
The cushioning of the Lebron 16 is high up off-the-ground and provides insane impact protection and bounce. The responsiveness is okay, but the court feel is minimal.
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9.0
RicheeKim
Lower ride and not as bouncy as the Lebron 15. This cushioning is still made for bigger and heavier players and I would have liked more responsiveness.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The cushioning is a little more responsive and less bouncy than the cushioning of the Lebron 15. This setup works a lot better for guards like me.
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9.0
Schwollo
The high-off-the-ground Zoom cushioning provides the perfect balance of impact protection and responsiveness.
9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The cushioning isn't as crazy bouncy as it was in the predecessor. This time we get a more versatile and responsive setup.
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9.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
The court feel isn't great I love the impact protection!
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9.0
PureKicks
The Zoom Max cushioning is super comfortable and provides a ton of impact protection. The cushioning is pretty high off the ground which means you lose a little court feel.
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Materials of the Nike Lebron 16:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
It isn’t the most premium of materials, but it’s nicer than most and performs well.
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10.0
The Sole Brothers
The Battleknit 2.0 is pretty soft and pliable from the start.
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9.0
RicheeKim
Battleknit 2.0 is really, really nice. This version is thicker and stronger which fixes the containment issues of the Lebron 15.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Battleknit 2.0 feels a lot stronger and more durable than the Battleknit used in the Lebron 15.
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9.0
Schwollo
I really like the use of the thicker and less stretchy Battleknit 2.0
9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The materials are a standout feature of this shoe.
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9.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
The upper is a bit more rigid and supportive compared to the Lebron 15.
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8.0
PureKicks
The materials are super comfortable, soft, and wrap around your feet very nicely.
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Support of the Nike Lebron 16:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Battleknit 2.0 is tighter and less stretchy which improves lateral containment. The wide and stable base, as well as the added outriggers, provide stability on lateral cuts.
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10.0
The Sole Brothers
The support is amazing! Materials don't stretch at all and the lateral stability problems of the Lebron 15 are a thing of the past.
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9.0
RicheeKim
Zero heel slippage, no side-to-side movement, and the tiny outriggers improve lateral stability a lot!
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The support and lockdown are much improved compared to the Lebron 15.
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9.0
Schwollo
Stability is drastically improved compared to the Lebron 15 by adding a tiny outrigger.
8.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
Lockdown is pretty good but the ankle support is only average.
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7.0
PureKicks
The dead space and the fact that the cushioning is pretty high off the ground negatively impacted the stability for me.
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Fit of the Nike Lebron 16:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
After my fourth wear everything about the shoe just formed around my foot when laced tight and there is now no movement at all.
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10.0
The Sole Brothers
The Lebron 16 fits like a glove!
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9.0
RicheeKim
The one-bootie upper is easy to put on thanks to the flexible tongue and the additional lower eyelets provide a lot of flexibility to get the perfect fit for your feet.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Nice and comfortable fit after a short break-in period.
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8.0
Schwollo
Í did have a little heel slip in the beginning that was fixed by using the lower eyelet and breaking in the midsole.
7.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I went down half a size but the fit was still sloppy for me. I tried to adjust the lacing but couldn't get rid of the dead space in the toe box.
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7.0
PureKicks
The fit is perfect for wide-footers, but I experienced a lot of dead space in the toe box and midfoot.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

fair
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
As far as outdoors goes, you should actually be good for a few months.
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good
The Sole Brothers
Thick and heavy rubber that should work well outdoors.
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good
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The outsole will probably hold up well outdoors.
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Width of the Nike Lebron 16:

slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
The fit is rather narrow.
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regularly wide
RicheeKim
As a wide-footer, I didn't have any issues with the fit.
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slightly narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Maybe slightly too narrow for wide-footers.
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regularly wide
Schwollo
No dead-space at all for my fat feet.
slightly wide
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The toebox and forefoot was a little too roomy for me.
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slightly wide
PureKicks
I had to wear an additional pair of socks with my slightly narrow feet.
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Size of the Nike Lebron 16:

true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Go true to size.
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½ size large
The Sole Brothers
We went own half a size for a really snug and tight fit.
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true to size
RicheeKim
Runs true to size.
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true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I went true to size.
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½ size large
Schwollo
I went true to size but I feel narrow-footers can go down half a size.
runs large
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I went down half a size and it still felt roomy.
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true to size
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
They fit true to size.
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