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Nike Mamba Focus Review


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

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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:

7.6
The Sole Brothers
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
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:

7.0
The Sole Brothers
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
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:

7.0
The Sole Brothers
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
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:

8.0
The Sole Brothers
Materials are very lightweight, feel cheap and flimsy in-hand, but are really comfortable on-foot.
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8.0
RicheeKim
Considering the price, I really like the aesthetics and performance of the materials.
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Fit of the Nike Mamba Focus:

8.0
The Sole Brothers
It's not the most comfortable shoe but overall the fit is okay.
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7.0
RicheeKim
Very uncomfortable as a wide-footer. Other than that, the materials are pretty comfortable.
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Width of the Nike Mamba Focus:

slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
Pretty damn narrow.
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very narrow
RicheeKim
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
Runs a little bit long after breaking-in.
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½ size large
RicheeKim
Runs a little long.
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