Search Shoe

Nike Zoom Freak 1 Review


Nike Zoom Freak 1_1
Nike Zoom Freak 1_2
Nike Zoom Freak 1_3
Nike Zoom Freak 1_4
Nike Zoom Freak 1_5
Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$119.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
7/2019
Outdoor Rating:
50%
# of Reviews:
7
Traction
7.4
Cushion
7.3
Material
7.5
Support
8.7
Fit
8.8
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

Best Deals for Nike Zoom Freak 1:

shop_banner4 From $120.00
shop_banner4 From $120.00
shop_banner5 From $120.00
shop_banner4 From $120.00

PROS:

  • Great support and lockdown

CONS:

  • Inconsistent traction
  • Firm forefoot cushioning

Summary of 7 Expert Reviews:

Are Giannis Antetokounmpo's first signature sneakers MVP-worthy? Unfortunately, the traction is very inconsistent on dusty courts and requires a lot of (heavy) wiping. The cushioning is rather minimal and feels very responsive and low-to-the-ground but doesn't offer a lot of impact protection. Lockdown and support are great - your feet won't move at all in the Zoom Freak 1! The materials are very comfortable and fit well but could be a little more premium considering it's a $120 signature model. Overall, the Zoom Freak 1 is a solid performer, but traction and cushion are a little underwhelming. At $120, there are much better basketball shoes out there!
See all 7 reviews

Expert Reviews of the Nike Zoom Freak 1:

8.5
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The Zoom Freak 1 is a solid first signature sneaker for Giannis Antetokounmpo. Support and lockdown are great but cushioning and traction feel pretty standard and the quality of the upper materials could be better.
Watch the video
8.2
The Sole Brothers
I enjoyed the Zoom Freak 1, but the cushioning and traction could be better. Unfortunately, this shoe is one tier below the top-performers and, at $120, a little too expensive for what you get.
Watch the video
8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
A solid on-court performer. I' give it a B performance-wise, because there are better shoes out there that give you more bang-for-the-buck.
Watch the video
8.0
PureKicks
The Nike Zoom Freak 1 has definitely a place in my sneaker rotation because it is super comfortable to play in.
Watch the video
7.8
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Nike Zoom Freak 1 is a good shoe, but not a great one. Court feel and one-to-one fit are great, but impact protection and traction are disappointing.
Watch the Video|Read the article
7.8
Schwollo
The Freak 1 does nothing outstandingly well but that’s okay because it does everything well enough.
7.5
RicheeKim
If you like Kobe models - you are probably going to enjoy the Zoom Freak 1. But for $120, there are better performers out there.
Watch the video
Get the SneakerGeek App!
Sneaker Geek App
Find basketball shoes that fit your playing style and stay up-to-date with all the latest releases!
iOS App Store
Play App Store

Traction of the Nike Zoom Freak 1:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The traction is not the greatest, but it's not bad either. The outsole attracts a lot of dust. Overall, traction is solid, especially on clean courts.
Watch the video
7.0
The Sole Brothers
Once there is a little dust, you will be wiping very, very often! Also, the dust is really hard to wipe off the translucent rubber part of the outsole.
Watch the video
8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The traction feels really solid and tacky. The translucent rubber gripped just as well as the solid rubber parts of the outsole.
Watch the video
7.0
PureKicks
The translucent rubber parts of the outsole attract a lot of dust. If you don't wipe you're going to slip.
Watch the video
7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The traction was very inconsistent, sometimes it was REALLY good, other times I had to wipe my outsoles a lot.
Watch the Video|Read the article
8.0
Schwollo
I was pleased that they stuck pretty well after the break-in period.
7.0
RicheeKim
The traction wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. Worked well on clean courts, but on dusty courts you will not stop on a dime and slide just a little bit before you come to a stop.
Watch the video

Cushion of the Nike Zoom Freak 1:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The double-stacked Zoom in the heel is nice and the Phylon midsole is really responsive.
Watch the video
7.0
The Sole Brothers
You feel very low-to-the-ground, that's about it.
Watch the video
7.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The double-stacked Zoom in the heel feels plush and comfortable. But why is there no cushioning in the forefoot? The Phylon in the forefoot is okay but just can't compare to the heel.
Watch the video
7.0
PureKicks
The double-stacked Zoom unit surrounded by a very soft Phylon carrier in the heel does its job, but we would have preferred it to be in the forefoot.
Watch the video
7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
No cushioning in the forefoot and double-stacked Zoom Air in the heel. Great court feel but not a well-balanced cushioning setup.
Watch the Video|Read the article
7.0
Schwollo
Cushioning is not ultra bouncy or exciting to play in.
8.0
RicheeKim
The cushioning feels very familiar from the Kobe signature line. The Phylon in the forefoot is not super hard and provides a little bit of comfort and impact protection, the Zoom unit in the heel feels nice.
Watch the video

Materials of the Nike Zoom Freak 1:

7.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The quality of the materials feels a little below average. Feels pretty standard for a first signature shoe and gets the job done.
Watch the video
8.0
The Sole Brothers
Materials are not super high-quality, but they look great and feel very comfortable.
Watch the video
9.0
PureKicks
Breathable, lightweight and really flexible. There is almost zero break-in time and the materials are very durable.
Watch the video
7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The materials are not premium, but require no break-in time and are very durable.
Watch the Video|Read the article
7.0
Schwollo
If you are looking fir premium-feeling or looking materials, this is not your shoe.
7.0
RicheeKim
The Mesh upper feels really rough and hard but breaks-in after a while. Overall, I think Giannis deserves better materials.
Watch the video

Support of the Nike Zoom Freak 1:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Lockdown works extremely well - my feet were not moving at all!
Watch the video
10.0
The Sole Brothers
Support and lockdown are amazing.
Watch the video
8.0
PureKicks
Feels like a Kobe with more support - perfect for an explosive player like Giannis.
Watch the video
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The midsole sculpt keeps your foot on the footbed and the flat base and small outrigger provide lateral stability.
Watch the Video|Read the article
8.0
Schwollo
The heel counter and fit are so good that they feel supportive - but the omission of a midfoot shank could be a no-no for some.
8.0
RicheeKim
No side-to-side movement, no heel slippage, and a wide and stable base.
Watch the video

Fit of the Nike Zoom Freak 1:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Once you tighten up the shoe, you're good to go. Not super comfortable, but not painful either.
Watch the video
9.0
The Sole Brothers
Fits like a glove!
Watch the video
9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The soft upper and padding feel super comfortable.
Watch the video
9.0
PureKicks
The Nike Zoom Freak 1 feels really nice on-foot.
Watch the video
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Zoom Freak 1 started off really tight, but after breaking them in they fit like a glove.
Watch the Video|Read the article
9.0
Schwollo
Overall I had the right amount of toe space, zero side to side movement and an awesome heel fit.

Width of the Nike Zoom Freak 1:

slightly wide
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The fit was a little loose.
Watch the video
slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
The fit is snug.
Watch the video
slightly narrow
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Very snug.
Watch the Video|Read the article
regularly wide
Schwollo
The shoe isn’t ultra-narrow.
slightly narrow
RicheeKim
A little bit narrow in the forefoot.
Watch the video

Size of the Nike Zoom Freak 1:

true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I went true to size but I experienced a little dead space. I tried a half size down, but that was way too tight.
Watch the video
true to size
The Sole Brothers
I went true to size and it fits like a glove.
Watch the video
true to size
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
Go true to size.
Watch the video
true to size
PureKicks
Go true to size.
Watch the video
½ size small
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I went true to size but this shoe fits very snug.
Watch the Video|Read the article
true to size
Schwollo
True to size.
true to size
RicheeKim
Runs true to size.
Watch the video
The "SneakerGeek" App
Find the best performance basketball shoes and keep you up-to-date with all the latest releases!