Nike PG1 Review

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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$109.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
3/2017
Outdoor Rating:
0%
# of Reviews:
10
Traction
8.4
Cushion
8.0
Material
8.9
Support
8.4
Fit
8.6
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

PROS:

  • material quality
  • only $110

CONS:

  • bootie design
  • durability of insole

Summary of 10 Expert Reviews:

The first release in Paul George's signature line gets great reviews overall. All critics praise the very low list price of only $110. Other highlights are the excellent fit and high-quality materials. Great shoe for guards with regular or narrow feet. However, big guys with wide feet and a need for a lot of impact protection will probably not be happy with the Nike PG1.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike PG1:

9.5
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
At $110 these are by far the best value performance basketball shoes available right now.
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8.8
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
The Nike PG 1 features a consistent traction experience that holds up on a wide variety of court conditions as well as a decent cushion setup that favors quick, low to the ground players. At $110, it’s worth a shot right?
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8.7
KickGenius
Overall I thought that shoe performed great! It's my go-to shoe right now and I will be hooping in them for a while!
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8.6
RicheeKim
For $110, I can absolutely recommend these shoes.
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8.5
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The PG1 performs on a level that far exceeds its relatively low price tag. Its cushioning and stability are top-notch, making it my favorite Nike of the season at any price.
8.4
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I will say that the Nike PG1 is very good if you’re looking for a shoe that feels like an extension of your foot without breaking the bank.
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8.4
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The PG1 is a wonderful shoe to play in, as long as you don’t have wide feet and you can get your foot into the shoe. For a first signature model and it’s $110 price point, I think the shoe is fantastic.
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8.4
The Sole Brothers
I really like to play in the Nike PG1. Cushion and fit are nice and the traction gets good after breaking them in. At $110 they are a real steal!
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8.3
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
For only $110 it is a very, very good performance basketball sneaker. You won't worry about sliding around, slipping on the floor, or the lockdown of the shoe. A
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8.0
Schwollo
Overall, the PG1 is a great start to a new signature shoe, far better than the Kyrie 1 in my opinion. Cushioning isn’t the best or very fun but it works fine while the rest of the shoe performs very well.
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Traction of the Nike PG1:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
These shoes grip to the floor really well.
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9.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
It isn’t quite elite, but the PG 1’s traction is just below that top tier thanks to its consistent performance on multiple surfaces.
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8.0
KickGenius
The traction of the PG1 held it's own and the translucent rubber sole didn't cause me any problems.
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9.0
RicheeKim
The traction bites really hard and I didn't have to wipe a lot.
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9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
From my first run in the PG1, I had secure footing and was making confident movements with minimal swiping.
7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The good news is that the pattern here really helps the rubber compound out and dust doesn’t stick to the pattern much.
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The solid rubber outsole and traction worked above average
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
I was very disappointed at first, but after a while they broke in and got really good. Dust is a problem.
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9.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
The traction is the best aspect of the shoe.
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8.0
Schwollo
Traction on the PG1 is on par with the Mamba Instinct, Kobe AD which is pretty damn good. Well done Nike!

Cushion of the Nike PG1:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The cushioning of the forefoot zoom is by far my favorite part of this shoe because it is responsive like hell.
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9.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
Can you find better value at $110? Probably, but for a signature model, it doesn’t get much better than this.
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9.0
KickGenius
Forefoot zoom might be not enough cushion for some. But for me, this is a healthy balance between Kyrie 3 and Lebron 14. I really can't ask for much more!
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8.0
RicheeKim
I like the Zoom unit in the forefoot. Gives you a good blend of responsiveness and impact protection.
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9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The PG1 doesn’t introduce any groundbreaking cushioning, but it incorporates the best use of standard Zoom Air in recent memory.
7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Some may feel the setup is a bit lackluster if they’re expecting an abundant amount of cushion, but if you are more into court feel then this will prove to be a worthy setup.
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7.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Forefoot Zoom, soft Phylon midsole, responsive court feel — that combination is definitely a setup worth taking a second look at.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
A little bit of cushion in the front, the heel is pretty much dead. Very responsive feel.
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7.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
Impact protection is just not excellent.
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7.0
Schwollo
At $110, I didn’t expect much in terms of Zoom and it feels decent overall but feels just like a budget Nike shoe set up to me.

Materials of the Nike PG1:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The materials are really nice and feel soft and flexible.
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10.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
The inner-bootie construction uses an extremely soft mesh/neoprene material that just feels too luxurious to be valued at $110.
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8.0
RicheeKim
Materials are on the budget side but get the job done
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10.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
This is one of the best material options we’ve had from Nike Basketball in a long time.
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10.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The materials here are absolutely the star of the show.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
For a budget model the materials are really good.
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8.0
Schwollo
It’s a nice blend of old and new school materials that really gives the feel of a much more expensive shoe.

Support of the Nike PG1:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Support and lockdown are excellent. The forefoot strap really locks your feet in.
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7.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
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9.0
RicheeKim
The strap provides great forefoot lockdown and there was zero heel slippage.
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8.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
Lockdown was secure in all directions. Stability inspired confidence yet still allowed for optimal range of motion.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Gives you the feeling that you’re not just wearing a shoe, but that the shoe is part of you.
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Wonderful lockdown, solid traction, responsive ride — I’d say it’s pretty supportive, especially for a first signature model that is a low-top.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
Heel feels a bit loose because of the bootie design.
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9.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
The lockdown is really good thanks to the forefoot strap.
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8.0
Schwollo
No issues with the support at all. Stability is fantastic on the PG1 thanks to a large forefoot outrigger and flat outsole.

Fit of the Nike PG1:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
A little snug and a little tight but the fit felt really nice.
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9.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
The PG 1 provides a close one-to-one fit that stays with your foot during every cut, drive, jab and stop.
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9.0
KickGenius
The overall fit was the best feature of this shoe. After a break in period the feel crazy good!
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9.0
RicheeKim
The one-bootie construction was a nice fit for my feet.
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8.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
I ultimately found the fit to be great. But the method in which its achieved isn’t ideal from an ease-of-use or comfort standpoint.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Lockdown is incredible. The midfoot feels perfectly secure and there are only four lace loops.
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7.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Even 1/2 size up, the PG1 required some break-in time due to the snugness.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
Fit is pretty good.
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9.0
Schwollo
To me, the fit is the highlight of the shoe.

Is Outdoor Use recommended?

no
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
I wouldn’t recommend the PG 1 for outdoor use because the outsole will probably wear down quickly.
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no
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Outdoors the durability might not last as long due to the thin nodules.
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no
The Sole Brothers
The rubber is really soft so outdoor use is not recommended
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no
Schwollo
Forefoot upper might get beat up outdoors since it is mesh.

Width of the Nike PG1:

slightly narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
It's really hard for athletes with wide feet to get into the shoe.
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slightly narrow
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
Wide-footers beware because you’re going to have to go up half a size.
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slightly narrow
KickGenius
Wide footers: you need to try them on first!
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slightly narrow
RicheeKim
The PG1 runs fairly narrow.
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slightly narrow
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The shoe is very tight, even before lacing up.
slightly narrow
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
They are very snug — just the way I like it
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very narrow
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The shoe is hella narrow and fits super snug
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slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
Pretty snug, you could go half a size up if you have wide feet.
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slightly narrow
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
The fit is really narrow.
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slightly narrow
Schwollo
The thick sockliner probably contributes to the tighter than normal fit of the PG1.

Size of the Nike PG1:

true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I went true to size and had no problems.
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true to size
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
In my case going up half a size wouldn’t have been the best choice.
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true to size
RicheeKim
Runs true to size.
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true to size
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The PG1 runs true to size
true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The PG1 fits true to size
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runs small
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Fit was like a glove, a size too small.
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true to size
The Sole Brothers
Runs true to size.
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½ size small
Schwollo
I opted for half size up and all was better though
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