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Nike PG 2

Released 2/2018, Low Top, Paul George, 
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8.6
EXPERT RATING
10 reviews
8.8
USER RATING
5 ratings
Bouncy forefoot Zoom Air cushioning and traction that performs even on dusty courts.

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Affordable all-around performer without any weaknesses.

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Category Performance Ratings:

Expert Ratings (10)
User Ratings (5)
Traction
8.6
Cushion
8.4
Materials
8.5
Support
8.5
Fit
9.0
Outdoor
8%

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heavy
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large
Width:
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wide

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Nike PG 2 Review

Pros:
Great price
Improved cushioning
Cons:
Impact protection in the heel

Performance of the Nike PG 2:

The second signature sneaker of Paul George improves on all aspects compared to the PG1. The bigger Zoom air unit in the forefoot provides more cushioning and the traction works better on dusty courts. Lockdown and lateral containment have been improved by the use of sturdier materials and the introduction of forefoot wing-straps. Overall, the Nike PG2 is a great allrounder without any weaknesses. At $110 retail it is one of the most affordable signature sneakers on the market but performs just as well as much more expensive models.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike PG 2:

Expert Rating: 8.6 (ranks #85 of 233)
10 - Amazing
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9 - Great
6
8 - Good
4
7 - Average
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6 - Subpar
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5 - Poor
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The PG 2 is a really fun shoe to play because it enhanced nearly every feature found on the PG 1.
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The PG2 has slightly improved in every aspect: better cushioning, nicer materials, more comfortable fit and slightly improved traction make them a contender for best shoe of 2018.
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The Nike PG 2 is a well-rounded shoe and great for people all shapes and sizes. I’d say its definitely an upgrade from the PG 1.
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The PG2 is honestly the best all-around shoe that Nike has on the market right now (especially at $110).
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8.6
February 26, 2018
The PG2 performs well across all aspects and comes at an extremely fair price.
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8.6
March 25, 2018
The Nike PG2 is a slight improvement over the PG1 and in the competition for the best bang-for-the-buck basketball shoe on the market.
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8.4
March 25, 2018
The Nike PG2 is all any player would need, everything about it is solid.
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Lockdown and fit have been greatly improved, the cushioning offers exceptional response after a break-in period and $110 remains a great deal! Unfortunately, the shoe still isn't the most comfortable and traction has taken a small step backward.
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8.2
March 4, 2018
At this price point, you will have a hard time finding another shoe of this quality.
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8.0
March 25, 2018
This shoe is an absolute steal! I especially loved the incredible fit and traction.
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User Reviews of the Nike PG 2:

User Rating: 8.8 (ranks #94 of 233)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
3
8 - Good
1
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.6
November 16, 2022
Overall fit is great which really gave ton of support for my foot. Cushion is stiff and lacking on heel comfort but super responsive and amazing court feel. Durability is pretty excellect due to foam type and suede materials which gave premium and old school aesthetics. Traction does have a good bite although durability of the outsole is my major concern. It really burns quickly the traction pattern of the shoe. I think the shoe is perfect for players with smooth style of play like PG himself.
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8.5
January 28, 2022
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8.4
November 17, 2022
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9.2
May 31, 2022
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8.5
January 9, 2022
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Traction of the Nike PG 2:

Expert Traction Rating: 8.6 (ranks #108 of 233)
User Traction Rating: 8.8 (ranks #117 of 233)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
11
8 - Good
3
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
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5 - Poor
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The aggressive pattern is multidirectional and works well under pressure - even on dusty courts.
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The traction is awesome!
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Overall, I give the PG 2’s traction a solid thumbs up.
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This translucent colorway attracts a lot of dust but works very well on clean courts.
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9.0
February 26, 2018
I had no problems at all - even on dustier courts.
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9.0
March 25, 2018
The traction was excellent no matter the court.
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9.0
March 25, 2018
Thin and pliable rubber on a multi-directional pattern is always a good sign.
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The traction of the PG2 required regular swiping and never provided the reassuring squeak I am looking for.
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8.0
March 4, 2018
The bite is not very aggressive, but even on dust, you will never slide out.
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8.0
March 25, 2018
The solid traction pattern worked well on clean and dusty courts. The translucent traction pattern started to wear-off quickly.
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Cushion of the Nike PG 2:

Expert Cushion Rating: 8.4 (ranks #133 of 233)
User Cushion Rating: 8.8 (ranks #96 of 233)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
8
8 - Good
5
7 - Average
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6 - Subpar
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5 - Poor
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Lightweight Phylon and 10mm Zoom air unit in the forefoot feels light, stable, and supportive.
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Forefoot Zoom unit feels bouncier and plusher compared to the PG1.
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Cushion quickly became my favorite part of the shoe .
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The top loaded Zoom unit makes the forefoot area of the PG2 bouncy and responsive without feeling unstable.
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8.0
February 26, 2018
The cushioning feels a little more forgiving compared to the PG1. The impact protection could be a little better.
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9.0
March 25, 2018
I love how the top-loaded 10mm Zoom bags feel.
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8.0
March 25, 2018
Overall, cushioning feels good, softer than the PG1 with a little more fun in the forefoot.
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The balance between cushioning and court feel is exceptional after a rather lengthy break-in period.
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6.0
March 4, 2018
This ride is rough.
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8.0
March 25, 2018
The thick forefoot Zoom feels incredible. There is very little cushioning in the heel.
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Materials of the Nike PG 2:

Expert Materials Rating: 8.5 (ranks #83 of 233)
User Materials Rating: 9.0 (ranks #57 of 233)
10 - Amazing
2
9 - Great
6
8 - Good
4
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
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5 - Poor
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Durable. Flexible. Comfortable. All-in-one.
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The mesh upper with some suede panels makes for a good combination.
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Ballistic-style mesh with a nice touch of suede does its job.
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8.0
February 26, 2018
Soft mesh enforced with suede and nubuck.
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8.0
March 25, 2018
Nice mix of suede, neoprene, and mesh.
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8.0
March 25, 2018
The materials on the PG2 are flexible and strong and require no break-in
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9.0
March 4, 2018
Materials are astonishingly nice.
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8.0
March 25, 2018
At $110, the materials perform very well!
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Support of the Nike PG 2:

Expert Support Rating: 8.5 (ranks #120 of 233)
User Support Rating: 9.2 (ranks #34 of 233)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
10
8 - Good
3
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
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The support isn’t anything extravagant, but I felt safe and stable at all times.
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Forefoot wing-straps and outrigger provide great lockdown and lateral containment.
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The overall support was solid.
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Wide base, stable foam, locked-in forefoot — that's everything you need for a solid support shoe.
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9.0
February 26, 2018
Zero lateral movement issues and great lockdown in the heel.
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8.0
March 25, 2018
All the standard support features are there.
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8.0
March 25, 2018
Stability is very good thanks to a low-to-the-ground ride, flat outsole, and forefoot outrigger
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I would have preferred a little more padding around the ankle to improve heel lockdown. But when you lace the PG2 tightly enough you will feel secure and safe.
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9.0
March 4, 2018
Sturdy materials, really good lateral containment, pronounced outrigger and great lockdown.
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7.0
March 25, 2018
I liked the forefoot lockdown but there was a little bit of heel slippage.
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Fit of the Nike PG 2:

Expert Fit Rating: 9.0 (ranks #32 of 233)
User Fit Rating: 8.8 (ranks #88 of 233)
10 - Amazing
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9 - Great
11
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
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5 - Poor
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Lockdown is a standout feature of the PG 2
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Lockdown is great and the shoe is versatile enough to accomodate different foot shapes.
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Nice lockdown in the forefoot but I had a little more dead space in the ankle collar than I like.
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9.0
February 26, 2018
Overall the fit was very nice.
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9.0
March 25, 2018
The two straps work very well and the shoes broke in very nicely!
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9.0
March 25, 2018
I had no heel slip and no movement side to side.
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The fit is much improved compared to the PG1. Forefoot lockdown is second to none, the heel isn't bad either.
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9.0
March 4, 2018
The PG2 is easy to get on and super comfortable.
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9.0
March 25, 2018
The fit of the PG2 is sensational!
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Durability of the Nike PG 2:

User Durability Rating: 8.7 (ranks #102 of 233)
10 - Amazing
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9 - Great
2
8 - Good
1
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0

Outdoor of the Nike PG 2:

Expert Outdoor Rating: 8.3 (ranks #179 of 233)
User Outdoor Rating: 50.0 (ranks #137 of 233)
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Fair (50%)
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5
If you play outdoors then I’d go for something else.
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I would not suggest hooping outdoors.
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I’m thinking indoors only for my pair though.
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no
March 25, 2018
I wouldn't use those outdoors - there are a lot of better options.
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no
March 4, 2018
The Nike PG2 won't hold up very long outdoors because of the soft and pliable rubber.
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fair
March 25, 2018
Don't use the translucent colorway outdoors, but the solid colorway should work decently.
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Width of the Nike PG 2:

very narrow
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slightly narrow
6
regular
5
slightly wide
1
very wide
0
slightly narrow
The forefoot starts off snug like the PG 1 but it breaks in slightly.
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slightly narrow
Slightly narrow.
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regularly wide
Wide footers shouldn’t have a problem getting their feet into the Nike PG 2 for a comfortable ride.
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regularly wide
The width issue of the PG1 in the forefoot is fixed and the PG2 now works well for wide-footers.
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very narrow
February 26, 2018
Very narrow.
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slightly narrow
March 25, 2018
Slightly narrow but breaks in nicely.
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slightly narrow
March 25, 2018
The PG2 started off a little tight for me but loosened up with play.
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slightly narrow
March 4, 2018
The PG2 fits pretty narrow.
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Size of the Nike PG 2:

very small
0
slightly small
1
true to size
12
slightly long
0
very long
0
true to size
True to size worked best for me.
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true to size
True to size.
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true to size
True to size is the way to go, for everybody.
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true to size
The best option is to probably stay true to size.
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true to size
February 26, 2018
They run pretty true to size.
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true to size
March 25, 2018
Go true to size.
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true to size
March 25, 2018
True to size
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true to size
March 4, 2018
True to size.
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