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Nike Mamba Instinct Review

Nike Mamba Instinct
Nike Mamba Instinct
Nike Mamba Instinct
8.4
Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$99.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
1/2017
Ranking:
Traction
8.3
Cushion
8.0
Materials
8.7
Support
8.5
Fit
8.5
Outdoor
0%
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

Colorways of Nike Mamba Instinct:

Anthracite / Black
Anthracite / Black
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Dark Grey / Anthracite / Cool Grey / Black
Dark Grey / Anthracite / Cool Grey / Black
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Pure Platinum / White / Cool Grey
Pure Platinum / White / Cool Grey
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Black / Dark Grey / Dynamic Yellow / White
Black / Dark Grey / Dynamic Yellow / White
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Turbo Green / White
Turbo Green / White
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Blue / White
Blue / White
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Black / University Red
Black / University Red
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Black / Dark Grey / Dynamic Yellow / White
Black / Dark Grey / Dynamic Yellow / White
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Dust / Electrolime / Pure Platinum / Anthracite
Dust / Electrolime / Pure Platinum / Anthracite
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Fierce Purple / Black
Fierce Purple / Black
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Chlorine Blue / Industrial Blue / Blue / Tint black
Chlorine Blue / Industrial Blue / Blue / Tint black
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Team Red/Black / University Red / White
Team Red/Black / University Red / White
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White / Grey
White / Grey
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Summary of 3 Expert Reviews:

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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Reviews of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

The 8.4 average overall rating ranks #72 of 123 shoes overall
8.3
Analykix.com
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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8.4
The Sole Brothers
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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8.6
Schwollo
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.

Traction of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

The 8.3 average traction rating ranks #72 of 123 shoes overall
8.0
Analykix.com
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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8.0
The Sole Brothers
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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9.0
Schwollo
January 1, 2017
I found this traction pattern to work great on clean floors and on dusty floors.

Cushion of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

The 8.0 average cushion rating ranks #96 of 123 shoes overall
9.0
Analykix.com
January 1, 2017
Lunarlon is light but gives a perfect balance between court feel and impact protection.
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7.0
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
Lunarlon cushioning is pretty firm but you feel very low to the ground.
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8.0
Schwollo
January 1, 2017
Even with the firmer setup, cushioning is directly underfoot so it feels good overall.

Materials of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

The 8.7 average materials rating ranks #46 of 123 shoes overall
8.0
Analykix.com
January 1, 2017
There is a small break-in period but after that, the flyweave materials feel natural.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
Flyweave is thin, strong and feels really soft.
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9.0
Schwollo
January 1, 2017
Overall the materials are great and give a budget shoe a premium feel.

Support of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

The 8.5 average support rating ranks #70 of 123 shoes overall
9.0
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
The support comes from the great fit and lockdown.
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8.0
Schwollo
January 1, 2017
Overall support and stability is good but midfoot support just isn’t there.

Fit of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

The 8.5 average fit rating ranks #65 of 123 shoes overall
7.5
Analykix.com
January 1, 2017
Make sure these fit you perfect because support is very basic and depends on a great fit.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
No dead space anywhere.
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9.0
Schwollo
January 1, 2017
No dead space side to side and very little above the foot. Zero heel slip as usual from the get-go.

Is Outdoor Use recommended?

The 0% average outdoor rating ranks #116 of 123 shoes overall
no
Analykix.com
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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no
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
The rubber is too soft and shallow for outdoor use.
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no
Schwollo
January 1, 2017
The rubber is very soft and pliable so I don’t recommend these for outdoors.

Width of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

slightly narrow
Schwollo
January 1, 2017
Wide Footers may need to go up half a size.

Size of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

true to size
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
Go true to size.
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true to size
Schwollo
January 1, 2017
Runs true to size.