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Nike Mamba Focus Review

Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$99.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
4/2019
# of Reviews:
2
Traction
7.0
Cushion
7.0
Materials
8.0
Support
8.0
Fit
7.5
Outdoor
100%
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

Colorways of Nike Mamba Focus:

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White/Wolf Grey/Metallic Silver/Black
$74.97
from Nike
2 more shops
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Gorge Green/White/Metallic Silver/Black
$74.97
from Nike
1 more shops
-25%
Black/Dark Grey/Metallic Silver/White
$74.97
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2 more shops
-25%
University Red/White/Metallic Silver/Black
$74.97
from Nike
2 more shops
-25%
Game Royal/White/Metallic Silver/Black
$74.97
from Nike
2 more shops
-25%
Midnight Navy/White/Metallic Silver/Black
$74.97
from Nike
1 more shops
-20%
Black/Optimum Yellow
$79.99
from DICK's
-20%
Black/Anthracite/White
$79.99
from DICK's
2 more shops
-20%
White/Black/Gum Light Brown
$79.99
from DICK's
1 more shops
-15%
Coastal Blue/Team Red/White
$84.99
from Eastbay
2 more shops
-10%
University Red/Anthracite/Black
$89.99
from Eastbay
1 more shops
-10%
 Black/Amarillo/Field Purple/White
$89.99
from DICK's
2 more shops
Phantom/Metallic Gold
Phantom/Metallic Gold
No stores found

PROS:

  • Very lightweight
  • Affordable price

CONS:

  • Flimsy materials
  • Slippery traction and hard cushioning

Summary of 2 Expert Reviews:

The Mamba Focus is Kobe Bryant's latest budget model. Unfortunately, the performance is disappointing overall: The traction starts off really bad and gets slightly better over time, but you never get the hard stops you want. The cushioning in the heel is very hard, and the bottom-loaded Zoom unit in the forefoot gives you only a very minimal bounce. The materials feel cheap in-hand but get the job done. A large outrigger and sturdy heel counter provide good support and lockdown. Even at the affordable retail price of $100, this shoe is still underwhelming overall and not recommended by sneaker critics.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike Mamba Focus:

The 7.4 average overall rating ranks #114 of 116 shoes overall
7.6
The Sole Brothers
April 12, 2019
The Mamba Focus is really cheap and the performance is okay, but there are much better shoes even at similarly low prices (Nike PG3, Kyrie Flytrap 2).
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7.3
RicheeKim
April 12, 2019
I wouldn't recommend the Kobe Mamba Focus. The traction isn't good, impact protection is very minimal, and the fit was really uncomfortable for my wide feet.
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Traction of the Nike Mamba Focus:

The 7.0 average traction rating ranks #108 of 116 shoes overall
7.0
The Sole Brothers
April 12, 2019
Traction did get a little better over time, but overall it was a little disappointing. Doesn't pick up a lot of dust.
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7.0
RicheeKim
April 12, 2019
The traction was really, really bad at first, and even after breaking in it never got really good.
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Cushion of the Nike Mamba Focus:

The 7.0 average cushion rating ranks #111 of 116 shoes overall
7.0
The Sole Brothers
April 12, 2019
The heel is made of super-hard Phylon which provides good court feel but impact protection is not good. The Zoom bag in the forefoot gives you a little bit of bounce.
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7.0
RicheeKim
April 12, 2019
The cushioning is very minimal which makes you feel very quick, but I just need more impact protection in a basketball shoe.
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Materials of the Nike Mamba Focus:

The 8.0 average materials rating ranks #88 of 116 shoes overall
8.0
The Sole Brothers
April 12, 2019
Materials are very lightweight, feel cheap and flimsy in-hand, but are really comfortable on-foot.
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8.0
RicheeKim
April 12, 2019
Considering the price, I really like the aesthetics and performance of the materials.
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Support of the Nike Mamba Focus:

The 8.0 average support rating ranks #93 of 116 shoes overall
8.0
The Sole Brothers
April 12, 2019
Heel counter, big outrigger, and lateral support from the Nike swoosh.
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Fit of the Nike Mamba Focus:

The 7.5 average fit rating ranks #104 of 116 shoes overall
8.0
The Sole Brothers
April 12, 2019
It's not the most comfortable shoe but overall the fit is okay.
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7.0
RicheeKim
April 12, 2019
Very uncomfortable as a wide-footer. Other than that, the materials are pretty comfortable.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

The 100% average outdoor rating ranks #8 of 116 shoes overall
good
RicheeKim
April 12, 2019
Outdoors should be pretty good because of the hard rubber.
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Width of the Nike Mamba Focus:

slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
April 12, 2019
Pretty damn narrow.
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very narrow
RicheeKim
April 12, 2019
Runs really narrow, if you are a wide-footer stay away from this shoe.
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Size of the Nike Mamba Focus:

½ size large
The Sole Brothers
April 12, 2019
Runs a little bit long after breaking-in.
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½ size large
RicheeKim
April 12, 2019
Runs a little long.
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Deals from $74.97:
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White/Wolf Grey/Metallic Silver/Black
$74.97
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Gorge Green/White/Metallic Silver/Black
$74.97
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Black/Dark Grey/Metallic Silver/White
$74.97
from Nike
-25%
University Red/White/Metallic Silver/Black
$74.97
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Game Royal/White/Metallic Silver/Black
$74.97
from Nike
-25%
Midnight Navy/White/Metallic Silver/Black
$74.97
from Nike
-20%
Black/Optimum Yellow
$79.99
from DICK's
-20%
Black/Anthracite/White
$79.99
from DICK's
-20%
White/Black/Gum Light Brown
$79.99
from DICK's
-15%
Coastal Blue/Team Red/White
$84.99
from Eastbay
-10%
University Red/Anthracite/Black
$89.99
from Eastbay
-10%
 Black/Amarillo/Field Purple/White
$89.99
from DICK's