Nike PG 2 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$109.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
2/2018
Outdoor Rating:
8%
# of Reviews:
10
Traction
 
8.6
Cushion
 
8.4
Material
 
8.5
Support
 
8.5
Fit
 
9.0
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

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PROS:

  • Great price
  • Improved cushioning

CONS:

  • Impact protection in the heel

Summary of 10 Expert Reviews:

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

slightly narrow
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The forefoot starts off snug like the PG 1 but it breaks in slightly.
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slightly narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Slightly narrow.
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regularly wide
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
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
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The width issue of the PG1 in the forefoot is fixed and the PG2 now works well for wide-footers.
very narrow
RicheeKim
Very narrow.
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slightly narrow
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
Slightly narrow but breaks in nicely.
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slightly narrow
Schwollo
The PG2 started off a little tight for me but loosened up with play.
slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
The PG2 fits pretty narrow.
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Size of the Nike PG 2:

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