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Nike Mamba Instinct

Released 1/2017, Low Top, Kobe Bryant, 
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8.4
EXPERT RATING
3 reviews
8.6
USER RATING
6 ratings
Budget Kobe model provides great bang for the buck

Best Suitable For:

Meant for quick guards who want a light shoe

Price Comparison:

Available at 1 shop | Official Retail Price: $99.99
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Category Performance Ratings:

Expert Ratings (3)
User Ratings (6)
Traction
8.3
Cushion
8.0
Materials
8.7
Support
8.5
Fit
8.5
Outdoor
0%

Weight & Sizing:

Weight:
NA
Sizing:
small
large
Width:
narrow
wide

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User Rating8.6NA8.3(0.3)8.2(0.4)NA8.5(0.1)
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Nike Mamba Instinct Review

Pros:
Great price
Extremely light
Cons:
Very basic support
Slightly disappointing traction

Performance of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

The Kobe Mamba Instinct is the successor of the budget model Kobe Mamba Mentality and provides great bang for the buck. This shoe is meant for quick guards who want a light shoe that is very low to the ground. Support is minimal and mainly depends on a great fit. Big and heavy players won't like the firm Lunarlon cushioning with only basic impact protection.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

Expert Rating: 8.4 (ranks #127 of 219)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
1
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
8.6
January 1, 2017
This is my first pass at the Mentality, I mean Instinct line and I am pleasantly surprised. I had a hard time differentiating performance wise between the Kobe 8; both sit low to the ground with excellent traction and fit.
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8.4
January 1, 2017
At $100 you can't go wrong! A very minimal and responsive shoe for guards who don't need a lot of impact protection.
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8.3
January 1, 2017
I really enjoyed playing in the Nike Mamba Mentality. You get to enjoy a Flyweave upper and a full-length Lunarlon midsole which is perfect for all-around players.
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User Reviews of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

User Rating: 8.6 (ranks #117 of 219)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
4
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
8.6
June 14, 2022
Traction was pretty good. Cushion was low and very responsive
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9.0
March 11, 2022
User didn't add a summary.
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8.4
May 13, 2022
User didn't add a summary.
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8.8
January 15, 2022
User didn't add a summary.
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8.7
June 1, 2022
User didn't add a summary.
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Traction of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

Expert Traction Rating: 8.3 (ranks #144 of 219)
User Traction Rating: 8.7 (ranks #113 of 219)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
5
8 - Good
4
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.0
January 1, 2017
I found this traction pattern to work great on clean floors and on dusty floors.
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8.0
January 1, 2017
On a clean court, it's great, but you will have to wipe a lot on dusty courts.
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8.0
January 1, 2017
While it grips the floor well, the traction isn't as consistent or durable as in the Kobe Mentality 2.
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Cushion of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

Expert Cushion Rating: 8.0 (ranks #167 of 219)
User Cushion Rating: 8.3 (ranks #128 of 219)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
4
8 - Good
3
7 - Average
2
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
8.0
January 1, 2017
Even with the firmer setup, cushioning is directly underfoot so it feels good overall.
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7.0
January 1, 2017
Lunarlon cushioning is pretty firm but you feel very low to the ground.
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9.0
January 1, 2017
Lunarlon is light but gives a perfect balance between court feel and impact protection.
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Materials of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

Expert Materials Rating: 8.7 (ranks #61 of 219)
User Materials Rating: 8.7 (ranks #75 of 219)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
5
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.0
January 1, 2017
Overall the materials are great and give a budget shoe a premium feel.
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9.0
January 1, 2017
Flyweave is thin, strong and feels really soft.
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8.0
January 1, 2017
There is a small break-in period but after that, the flyweave materials feel natural.
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Support of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

Expert Support Rating: 8.5 (ranks #115 of 219)
User Support Rating: 8.2 (ranks #147 of 219)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
2
8 - Good
6
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
8.0
January 1, 2017
Overall support and stability is good but midfoot support just isn’t there.
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9.0
January 1, 2017
The support comes from the great fit and lockdown.
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Fit of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

Expert Fit Rating: 8.5 (ranks #97 of 219)
User Fit Rating: 8.3 (ranks #132 of 219)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
5
8 - Good
3
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.0
January 1, 2017
No dead space side to side and very little above the foot. Zero heel slip as usual from the get-go.
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9.0
January 1, 2017
No dead space anywhere.
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7.5
January 1, 2017
Make sure these fit you perfect because support is very basic and depends on a great fit.
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Durability of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

User Durability Rating: 8.8 (ranks #81 of 219)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
1
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0

Outdoor of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

Expert Outdoor Rating: 0.0 (ranks #207 of 219)
User Outdoor Rating: 50.0 (ranks #124 of 219)
Good (100%)
1
Fair (50%)
1
Bad (0%)
4
no
January 1, 2017
The rubber is very soft and pliable so I don’t recommend these for outdoors.
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no
January 1, 2017
The rubber is too soft and shallow for outdoor use.
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no
January 1, 2017
Soft rubber will get worn out quickly if you plan to play in these outdoors most of the time.
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Width of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

very narrow
0
slightly narrow
6
regular
1
slightly wide
0
very wide
0
slightly narrow
January 1, 2017
Wide Footers may need to go up half a size.
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Size of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

very small
0
slightly small
2
true to size
5
slightly long
1
very long
0
true to size
January 1, 2017
Runs true to size.
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true to size
January 1, 2017
Go true to size.
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