Nike Mamba Instinct Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$99.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
1/2017
Outdoor Rating:
0%
# of Reviews:
3
Traction
 
8.3
Cushion
 
8.0
Material
 
8.7
Support
 
8.5
Fit
 
8.5
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

PROS:

  • Great price
  • Extremely light

CONS:

  • Very basic support
  • Slightly disappointing traction

Summary of 3 Expert Reviews:

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:

8.6
Schwollo
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.
8.4
The Sole Brothers
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
Analykix.com
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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Traction of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

9.0
Schwollo
I found this traction pattern to work great on clean floors and on dusty floors.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
On a clean court, it's great, but you will have to wipe a lot on dusty courts.
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8.0
Analykix.com
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:

8.0
Schwollo
Even with the firmer setup, cushioning is directly underfoot so it feels good overall.
7.0
The Sole Brothers
Lunarlon cushioning is pretty firm but you feel very low to the ground.
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9.0
Analykix.com
Lunarlon is light but gives a perfect balance between court feel and impact protection.
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Materials of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

9.0
Schwollo
Overall the materials are great and give a budget shoe a premium feel.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
Flyweave is thin, strong and feels really soft.
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8.0
Analykix.com
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:

8.0
Schwollo
Overall support and stability is good but midfoot support just isn’t there.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
The support comes from the great fit and lockdown.
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Fit of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

9.0
Schwollo
No dead space side to side and very little above the foot. Zero heel slip as usual from the get-go.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
No dead space anywhere.
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7.5
Analykix.com
Make sure these fit you perfect because support is very basic and depends on a great fit.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

no
Schwollo
The rubber is very soft and pliable so I don’t recommend these for outdoors.
no
The Sole Brothers
The rubber is too soft and shallow for outdoor use.
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no
Analykix.com
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:

slightly narrow
Schwollo
Wide Footers may need to go up half a size.

Size of the Nike Mamba Instinct:

true to size
Schwollo
Runs true to size.
true to size
The Sole Brothers
Go true to size.
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