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Nike PG 2 Review

Nike PG 2
Nike PG 2
Nike PG 2
Nike PG 2
8.6
Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$109.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
2/2018
Ranking:
Traction
8.6
Cushion
8.4
Materials
8.5
Support
8.5
Fit
9.0
Outdoor
8%
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

Colorways of Nike PG 2:

Anthracite / Hot Punch / White / Wolf Grey
Anthracite / Hot Punch / White / Wolf Grey
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White / Photo Blue
White / Photo Blue
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Dark Obsidian / Navy / Kinetic Green
Dark Obsidian / Navy / Kinetic Green
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Blue Lagoon / Hyper Violet / White / Black
Blue Lagoon / Hyper Violet / White / Black
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Olive Canvas / Obsidian / Light Silver
Olive Canvas / Obsidian / Light Silver
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Black / Black / White / Solar Red
Black / Black / White / Solar Red
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Pure Platinum / Neo Turquoise / Wolf Grey / Aurora Green
Pure Platinum / Neo Turquoise / Wolf Grey / Aurora Green
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Black / Racer Blue
Black / Racer Blue
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Dark Obsidian / Metallic Silver
Dark Obsidian / Metallic Silver
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Cannon / Volt / Purple Venom
Cannon / Volt / Purple Venom
No stores found
White / Multi-Color
White / Multi-Color
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Clay Green / Black
Clay Green / Black
No stores found

Summary of 10 Expert Reviews:

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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Reviews of the Nike PG 2:

The 8.6 average overall rating ranks #52 of 123 shoes overall
8.3
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
August 8, 2018
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.
8.4
Schwollo
March 25, 2018
The Nike PG2 is all any player would need, everything about it is solid.
8.0
PureKicks
March 25, 2018
This shoe is an absolute steal! I especially loved the incredible fit and traction.
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8.6
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
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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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
March 25, 2018
The PG2 is honestly the best all-around shoe that Nike has on the market right now (especially at $110).
9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
March 25, 2018
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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8.2
The Sole Brothers
March 4, 2018
At this price point, you will have a hard time finding another shoe of this quality.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
March 4, 2018
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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8.6
RicheeKim
February 26, 2018
The PG2 performs well across all aspects and comes at an extremely fair price.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
February 26, 2018
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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Traction of the Nike PG 2:

The 8.6 average traction rating ranks #59 of 123 shoes overall
7.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
August 8, 2018
The traction of the PG2 required regular swiping and never provided the reassuring squeak I am looking for.
9.0
Schwollo
March 25, 2018
Thin and pliable rubber on a multi-directional pattern is always a good sign.
8.0
PureKicks
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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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
March 25, 2018
The traction was excellent no matter the court.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
March 25, 2018
This translucent colorway attracts a lot of dust but works very well on clean courts.
9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
March 25, 2018
Overall, I give the PG 2’s traction a solid thumbs up.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
March 4, 2018
The bite is not very aggressive, but even on dust, you will never slide out.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
March 4, 2018
The traction is awesome!
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9.0
RicheeKim
February 26, 2018
I had no problems at all - even on dustier courts.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
February 26, 2018
The aggressive pattern is multidirectional and works well under pressure - even on dusty courts.
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Cushion of the Nike PG 2:

The 8.4 average cushion rating ranks #71 of 123 shoes overall
9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
August 8, 2018
The balance between cushioning and court feel is exceptional after a rather lengthy break-in period.
8.0
Schwollo
March 25, 2018
Overall, cushioning feels good, softer than the PG1 with a little more fun in the forefoot.
8.0
PureKicks
March 25, 2018
The thick forefoot Zoom feels incredible. There is very little cushioning in the heel.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
March 25, 2018
I love how the top-loaded 10mm Zoom bags feel.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
March 25, 2018
The top loaded Zoom unit makes the forefoot area of the PG2 bouncy and responsive without feeling unstable.
9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
March 25, 2018
Cushion quickly became my favorite part of the shoe .
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6.0
The Sole Brothers
March 4, 2018
This ride is rough.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
March 4, 2018
Forefoot Zoom unit feels bouncier and plusher compared to the PG1.
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8.0
RicheeKim
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
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
February 26, 2018
Lightweight Phylon and 10mm Zoom air unit in the forefoot feels light, stable, and supportive.
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Materials of the Nike PG 2:

The 8.5 average materials rating ranks #57 of 123 shoes overall
8.0
Schwollo
March 25, 2018
The materials on the PG2 are flexible and strong and require no break-in
8.0
PureKicks
March 25, 2018
At $110, the materials perform very well!
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
March 25, 2018
Nice mix of suede, neoprene, and mesh.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
March 25, 2018
Ballistic-style mesh with a nice touch of suede does its job.
9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
March 25, 2018
The mesh upper with some suede panels makes for a good combination.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
March 4, 2018
Materials are astonishingly nice.
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8.0
RicheeKim
February 26, 2018
Soft mesh enforced with suede and nubuck.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
February 26, 2018
Durable. Flexible. Comfortable. All-in-one.
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Support of the Nike PG 2:

The 8.5 average support rating ranks #67 of 123 shoes overall
8.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
August 8, 2018
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.
8.0
Schwollo
March 25, 2018
Stability is very good thanks to a low-to-the-ground ride, flat outsole, and forefoot outrigger
7.0
PureKicks
March 25, 2018
I liked the forefoot lockdown but there was a little bit of heel slippage.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
March 25, 2018
All the standard support features are there.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
March 25, 2018
Wide base, stable foam, locked-in forefoot — that's everything you need for a solid support shoe.
9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
March 25, 2018
The overall support was solid.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
March 4, 2018
Sturdy materials, really good lateral containment, pronounced outrigger and great lockdown.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
March 4, 2018
Forefoot wing-straps and outrigger provide great lockdown and lateral containment.
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9.0
RicheeKim
February 26, 2018
Zero lateral movement issues and great lockdown in the heel.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
February 26, 2018
The support isn’t anything extravagant, but I felt safe and stable at all times.
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Fit of the Nike PG 2:

The 9.0 average fit rating ranks #23 of 123 shoes overall
9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
August 8, 2018
The fit is much improved compared to the PG1. Forefoot lockdown is second to none, the heel isn't bad either.
9.0
Schwollo
March 25, 2018
I had no heel slip and no movement side to side.
9.0
PureKicks
March 25, 2018
The fit of the PG2 is sensational!
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
March 25, 2018
The two straps work very well and the shoes broke in very nicely!
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
March 25, 2018
Nice lockdown in the forefoot but I had a little more dead space in the ankle collar than I like.
9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
March 25, 2018
Lockdown is great and the shoe is versatile enough to accomodate different foot shapes.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
March 4, 2018
The PG2 is easy to get on and super comfortable.
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9.0
RicheeKim
February 26, 2018
Overall the fit was very nice.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
February 26, 2018
Lockdown is a standout feature of the PG 2
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

The 8% average outdoor rating ranks #88 of 123 shoes overall
fair
PureKicks
March 25, 2018
Don't use the translucent colorway outdoors, but the solid colorway should work decently.
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no
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
March 25, 2018
I wouldn't use those outdoors - there are a lot of better options.
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no
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
March 25, 2018
I’m thinking indoors only for my pair though.
no
The Sole Brothers
March 4, 2018
The Nike PG2 won't hold up very long outdoors because of the soft and pliable rubber.
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no
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
March 4, 2018
I would not suggest hooping outdoors.
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no
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
February 26, 2018
If you play outdoors then I’d go for something else.
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Width of the Nike PG 2:

slightly narrow
Schwollo
March 25, 2018
The PG2 started off a little tight for me but loosened up with play.
slightly narrow
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
March 25, 2018
Slightly narrow but breaks in nicely.
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regularly wide
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
March 25, 2018
The width issue of the PG1 in the forefoot is fixed and the PG2 now works well for wide-footers.
regularly wide
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
March 25, 2018
Wide footers shouldn’t have a problem getting their feet into the Nike PG 2 for a comfortable ride.
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slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
March 4, 2018
The PG2 fits pretty narrow.
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slightly narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
March 4, 2018
Slightly narrow.
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very narrow
RicheeKim
February 26, 2018
Very narrow.
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slightly narrow
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
February 26, 2018
The forefoot starts off snug like the PG 1 but it breaks in slightly.
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Size of the Nike PG 2:

true to size
Schwollo
March 25, 2018
True to size
true to size
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
March 25, 2018
Go true to size.
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true to size
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
March 25, 2018
The best option is to probably stay true to size.
true to size
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
March 25, 2018
True to size is the way to go, for everybody.
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true to size
The Sole Brothers
March 4, 2018
True to size.
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true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
March 4, 2018
True to size.
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true to size
RicheeKim
February 26, 2018
They run pretty true to size.
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true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
February 26, 2018
True to size worked best for me.
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