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Nike PG 4 Review

Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$109.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
1/2020
# of Reviews:
4
Traction
8.3
Cushion
9.6
Materials
8.3
Support
7.0
Fit
7.7
Outdoor
25%
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

Colorways of Nike PG 4:

Black / Light Smoke Grey / White
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Football Grey / Laser Blue / Lt Smoke Grey
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 Barely Volt / Total Orange / Volt / Photo Blue
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Regency Purple / Regency Purple
Regency Purple / Regency Purple
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PROS:

  • Super comfortable cushioning
  • Affordable signature sneaker

CONS:

  • Lateral support could be better
  • Sizing is tricky

Summary of 4 Expert Reviews:

The 4th edition of Paul George's signature sneaker changes things up a little. A Nike Air strobel board that sits directly under your feet replaces the Nike Zoom Air cushioning. This setup gives you a softer and super comfortable, cloud-like feeling. The circular traction pattern works well in all directions and keeps performing solidly even on dusty courts. The biggest weakness of the PG4 is the support and lockdown: most critics reported sliding out off the footbed on sharp lateral cuts and some experienced mild heel slippage. Overall, the PG4 is a solid performer that works best for lighter players who don't rely on explosive lateral cuts.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike PG 4:

The 8.3 average overall rating ranks #90 of 121 shoes overall
8.8
The Sole Brothers
February 4, 2020
I love the performance of the PG4. This is one of my favorite shoes to play in right now! Probably the most comfortable basketball shoe you can get right now.
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8.0
RicheeKim
February 4, 2020
For $110, this is a really good shoe. I like the traction, the cushioning is amazing, and for a signature sneaker, the PG4 is super affordable!
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8.3
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
February 4, 2020
Overall, the Nike PG 4 was very solid, but not as well rounded as I would have liked. The cushion is super comfortable but the containment and support are lacking a little.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 14, 2020
Traction and cushioning are really good but materials and especially support are a little disappointing.
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Traction of the Nike PG 4:

The 8.3 average traction rating ranks #74 of 121 shoes overall
8.0
The Sole Brothers
February 4, 2020
The circle traction pattern doesn't seem very durable but works really well on clean courts. On dusty courts, you will need to wipe from time to time but the traction still performed very well.
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8.0
RicheeKim
February 4, 2020
The traction is really good on clean courts and still performs well on dirtier courts. Probably just below the top tier when it comes to traction.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
February 4, 2020
Traction was reliable and consistent, even on the dirtiest courts.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 14, 2020
The traction is pretty solid giving you grip in all directions. The translucent parts of the outsole felt a little more slippy and you will have to wipe from time to time.
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Cushion of the Nike PG 4:

The 9.6 average cushion rating ranks #5 of 121 shoes overall
10.0
The Sole Brothers
February 4, 2020
The Nike Air strobel brings the comfort level of this shoe to the maximum. The cushioning is super soft, but therefore, less responsive than the cushioning in the PG3. This is probably my favorite cushioning setup of all time!!
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9.0
RicheeKim
February 4, 2020
The Air strobel unit is very plush and comfortable. You don't get the springy feeling you would get from a Zoom unit, but this cushioning setup is super soft and comfortable.
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9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
February 4, 2020
The full-length Nike Air cushioning feels soft and pillowy under foot.
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10.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 14, 2020
The cushioning is madly comfortable! The full-length Air is super soft and plush.
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Materials of the Nike PG 4:

The 8.3 average materials rating ranks #73 of 121 shoes overall
9.0
The Sole Brothers
February 4, 2020
The materials are soft, thin, and ventilated. On-foot the materials feel fine, but they look a little cheap.
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8.0
RicheeKim
February 4, 2020
The upper is made from Mesh which doesn't feel great to the touch but it gets the job done.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
February 4, 2020
Materials are pretty standard for today’s modern textile/knit builds.
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7.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 14, 2020
The quality of the synthetic and Mesh materials feels a little subpar. However, they are thin, flexible, and breathable and get the job done.
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Support of the Nike PG 4:

The 7.0 average support rating ranks #115 of 121 shoes overall
8.0
The Sole Brothers
February 4, 2020
I didn't have any issues with lateral moves even though the upper isn't super strong and there is almost no outrigger.
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7.0
RicheeKim
February 4, 2020
The support is the weakest part of the PG4. You can feel your foot slightly moving of the footbed on lateral cuts. I would recommend playing with the shroud zipped up as it improves support noticeably.
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
February 4, 2020
The shoe feels soft overall and doesn't provide as much torsional or lateral support as the previous PG models.
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6.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 14, 2020
The support and lockdown are below average: your feet are not contained well enough on lateral cuts and there is a little bit of heel slippage.
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Fit of the Nike PG 4:

The 7.7 average fit rating ranks #104 of 121 shoes overall
8.0
RicheeKim
February 4, 2020
I didn't feel any pinching pain and the fit of the one-bootie upper was almost 1:1.
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
February 4, 2020
After the break-in period, the PG4 fit comfortably but a little too sloppy for my liking.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 14, 2020
A very plush and comfortable fit.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

The 25% average outdoor rating ranks #63 of 121 shoes overall
no
The Sole Brothers
February 4, 2020
Outdoor use is not recommended as the rubber is super soft.
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fair
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 14, 2020
The traction was solid playing outdoors.
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Width of the Nike PG 4:

slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
February 4, 2020
Runs slightly narrow.
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regularly wide
RicheeKim
February 4, 2020
The materials loosen up over time.
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regularly wide
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
February 4, 2020
Regular
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Size of the Nike PG 4:

½ size small
The Sole Brothers
February 4, 2020
I went true to size, but the fit is really short. I would suggest going up half a size.
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½ size small
RicheeKim
February 4, 2020
I went up half a size and I was perfectly fine as a slightly wide footer.
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½ size small
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
February 4, 2020
They run 1/2 size short lengthwise.
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runs small
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 14, 2020
I went up a full size.
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Black / Light Smoke Grey / White
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Football Grey / Laser Blue / Lt Smoke Grey
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 Barely Volt / Total Orange / Volt / Photo Blue
$119.99
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