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Nike Zoom Freak 1 Review

Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$119.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
7/2019
# of Reviews:
7
Traction
7.4
Cushion
7.3
Materials
7.5
Support
8.7
Fit
8.8
Outdoor
50%
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

Colorways of Nike Zoom Freak 1:

-28%
Atmosphere Grey/Cool Grey/White/Oil Grey
$86.97
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-25%
Hyper Royal/Blue Hero/White/Metallic Gold
$90.00
from Finishline
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$90.00
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4 more shops
-20%
Noble Red/Bright Crimson/Bicycle Yellow/Blackened Blue
$95.97
from Nike
3 more shops
-20%
White/University Red/Metallic Gold
$95.97
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3 more shops
-20%
Black/White/Lucid Green/Black
$95.97
from Nike
3 more shops
Orange/Dynamic Yellow/Black
$119.99
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2 more shops
Black/Red Orbit/Opti Yellow/Black
$130.00
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Total Orange/Midnight Navy/White/Photo Blue
Total Orange/Midnight Navy/White/Photo Blue
No stores found
Metallic Gold/Black/White
Metallic Gold/Black/White
No stores found

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!
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Expert Reviews of the Nike Zoom Freak 1:

The 8.0 average overall rating ranks #96 of 116 shoes overall
8.0
PureKicks
August 18, 2019
The Nike Zoom Freak 1 has definitely a place in my sneaker rotation because it is super comfortable to play in.
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7.5
RicheeKim
July 26, 2019
If you like Kobe models - you are probably going to enjoy the Zoom Freak 1. But for $120, there are better performers out there.
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7.8
Schwollo
July 18, 2019
The Freak 1 does nothing outstandingly well but that’s okay because it does everything well enough.
8.2
The Sole Brothers
July 13, 2019
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.
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7.8
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
July 10, 2019
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.
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8.5
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
July 9, 2019
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.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
July 2, 2019
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.
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Traction of the Nike Zoom Freak 1:

The 7.4 average traction rating ranks #99 of 116 shoes overall
7.0
PureKicks
August 18, 2019
The translucent rubber parts of the outsole attract a lot of dust. If you don't wipe you're going to slip.
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7.0
RicheeKim
July 26, 2019
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.
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8.0
Schwollo
July 18, 2019
I was pleased that they stuck pretty well after the break-in period.
7.0
The Sole Brothers
July 13, 2019
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.
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
July 10, 2019
The traction was very inconsistent, sometimes it was REALLY good, other times I had to wipe my outsoles a lot.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
July 9, 2019
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.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
July 2, 2019
The traction feels really solid and tacky. The translucent rubber gripped just as well as the solid rubber parts of the outsole.
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Cushion of the Nike Zoom Freak 1:

The 7.3 average cushion rating ranks #107 of 116 shoes overall
7.0
PureKicks
August 18, 2019
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.
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8.0
RicheeKim
July 26, 2019
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.
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7.0
Schwollo
July 18, 2019
Cushioning is not ultra bouncy or exciting to play in.
7.0
The Sole Brothers
July 13, 2019
You feel very low-to-the-ground, that's about it.
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
July 10, 2019
No cushioning in the forefoot and double-stacked Zoom Air in the heel. Great court feel but not a well-balanced cushioning setup.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
July 9, 2019
The double-stacked Zoom in the heel is nice and the Phylon midsole is really responsive.
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7.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
July 2, 2019
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.
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Materials of the Nike Zoom Freak 1:

The 7.5 average materials rating ranks #108 of 116 shoes overall
9.0
PureKicks
August 18, 2019
Breathable, lightweight and really flexible. There is almost zero break-in time and the materials are very durable.
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7.0
RicheeKim
July 26, 2019
The Mesh upper feels really rough and hard but breaks-in after a while. Overall, I think Giannis deserves better materials.
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7.0
Schwollo
July 18, 2019
If you are looking fir premium-feeling or looking materials, this is not your shoe.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
July 13, 2019
Materials are not super high-quality, but they look great and feel very comfortable.
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
July 10, 2019
The materials are not premium, but require no break-in time and are very durable.
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7.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
July 9, 2019
The quality of the materials feels a little below average. Feels pretty standard for a first signature shoe and gets the job done.
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Support of the Nike Zoom Freak 1:

The 8.7 average support rating ranks #48 of 116 shoes overall
8.0
PureKicks
August 18, 2019
Feels like a Kobe with more support - perfect for an explosive player like Giannis.
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8.0
RicheeKim
July 26, 2019
No side-to-side movement, no heel slippage, and a wide and stable base.
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8.0
Schwollo
July 18, 2019
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.
10.0
The Sole Brothers
July 13, 2019
Support and lockdown are amazing.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
July 10, 2019
The midsole sculpt keeps your foot on the footbed and the flat base and small outrigger provide lateral stability.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
July 9, 2019
Lockdown works extremely well - my feet were not moving at all!
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Fit of the Nike Zoom Freak 1:

The 8.8 average fit rating ranks #33 of 116 shoes overall
9.0
PureKicks
August 18, 2019
The Nike Zoom Freak 1 feels really nice on-foot.
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9.0
Schwollo
July 18, 2019
Overall I had the right amount of toe space, zero side to side movement and an awesome heel fit.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
July 13, 2019
Fits like a glove!
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
July 10, 2019
The Zoom Freak 1 started off really tight, but after breaking them in they fit like a glove.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
July 9, 2019
Once you tighten up the shoe, you're good to go. Not super comfortable, but not painful either.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
July 2, 2019
The soft upper and padding feel super comfortable.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

The 50% average outdoor rating ranks #41 of 116 shoes overall
fair
The Sole Brothers
July 13, 2019
Thick and deep grooves, should work decently well outdoors.
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Width of the Nike Zoom Freak 1:

slightly narrow
RicheeKim
July 26, 2019
A little bit narrow in the forefoot.
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regularly wide
Schwollo
July 18, 2019
The shoe isn’t ultra-narrow.
slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
July 13, 2019
The fit is snug.
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slightly narrow
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
July 10, 2019
Very snug.
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slightly wide
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
July 9, 2019
The fit was a little loose.
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Size of the Nike Zoom Freak 1:

true to size
PureKicks
August 18, 2019
Go true to size.
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true to size
RicheeKim
July 26, 2019
Runs true to size.
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true to size
Schwollo
July 18, 2019
True to size.
true to size
The Sole Brothers
July 13, 2019
I went true to size and it fits like a glove.
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½ size small
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
July 10, 2019
I went true to size but this shoe fits very snug.
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true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
July 9, 2019
I went true to size but I experienced a little dead space. I tried a half size down, but that was way too tight.
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true to size
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
July 2, 2019
Go true to size.
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