Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$174.99
Type:
High Top
Release Date:
4/2018
Outdoor Rating:
100%
# of Reviews:
6
Traction
 
8.9
Cushion
 
9.3
Material
 
9.1
Support
 
9.2
Fit
 
8.3
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

PROS:

  • Nice leather materials
  • Very durable

CONS:

  • Very heavy
  • Fit can be problematic

Summary of 6 Expert Reviews:

The performance retro of the original Kobe 1 Protro turns out to be very divisive. Some reviewers love the retro materials and sturdy feel of an old-school basketball sneaker, while others complain that these are too heavy and bulky compared to current performance sneakers. Traction and cushioning perform very well and the support is absolutely amazing because of the solid materials used. The fit is more problematic as the leather doesn't conform to your feet as well as modern textile materials do. If you like old-school basketball sneakers then you will love the Kobe 1 Protro, but if you are looking for a minimal and fast shoe then this isn't for you.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro:

9.5
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
It may be an opinion clouded in sentiment, but there is no denying it: the Protro is a great, great, great performer.
9.4
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I miss shoes that are built like this. Nike reduced a bit of bulk from the original and created a shoe that I didn't want to take off again.
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9.0
RicheeKim
At $175, I wouldn't really recommend the Kobe Protro for on-court use. This is a great performer, but there are cheaper shoes that perform just as well. If you are a big Kobe fan or you like the old school materials, then go ahead and buy these!
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8.8
Schwollo
The Kobe 1 Protro feels and plays like the OG which is a good thing! From traction to containment and balanced cushioning - it does everything right and gets a first-team rating from me!
8.5
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
At the end of the day, the Kobe 1 Protro still feels like a throwback sneaker. The materials feel heavy and restrictive compared to current basketball shoe models.
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8.4
The Sole Brothers
The Kobe 1 Protro is a decent big-man shoe. But for me, it was way too clunky and heavy. I feel like this is more of a lifestyle sneaker.
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Traction of the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro:

10.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The Kobe 1 Protro sticks like glue to any floor.
9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
It’s the tackiest of tractions it grips the court — any court — like nobody’s business.
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9.0
RicheeKim
Herringbone traction pattern always works. Whether I played on clean or dusty courts, I had no problems after a short break-in period.
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9.0
Schwollo
The traction takes a little to break in but Nike did an awesome job with this multi-directional herringbone pattern.
8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The outsole isn't as tacky as I would have liked it to be.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
The traction wasn't as good as I hoped it would be.
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Cushion of the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro:

9.5
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Nike Zoom Ari cushioning like it was originally designed to be: low, fast, speedy and responsive.
9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The full-length Zoom Air here is low-to-the-ground, ultra responsive and has some nice feedback.
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9.5
RicheeKim
Full-length Zoom is my favorite cushioning setup and it feels amazing in the Kobe Protro.
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9.0
Schwollo
I thoroughly enjoyed the full-length Zoom cushioning which provides a great blend of fun, impact protection, and court feel.
9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
This is a very versatile cushioning setup which is very responsive, fast, with decent impact protection. Perfect for explosive wing players.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
The cushioning feels very responsive and fast.
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Materials of the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro:

9.5
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
This is it: leather, suede, and leather, and more suede. Takes a while to break-in but then it feels great.
10.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I had forgotten just how nice leather is to play in!
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9.0
RicheeKim
Super-nice, old-school, real leather.
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8.0
Schwollo
The leather and suede are a little stiffer than the original and need some time to break in.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
The leather is very soft and feels great on foot.
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Support of the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro:

9.5
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Wide base, large outrigger, lateral support from foam teeth on the lateral side of the midsole and the sturdy leather provide all the support you need.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Tthe forefoot stability is some of the best around — maybe even of all-time.
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8.5
RicheeKim
I experienced slight heel slippage even when cranking down the laces. No side-to-side movement on the footbed, great torsional stability, and the lateral outriggers protect your ankles from rolling.
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9.0
Schwollo
The ankle is very flexible and provides you with a wide range of motion but not a ton of support. The outsole is very wide and flat which helps to prevent ankle sprains.
10.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
If you feel like basketball shoes are too flimsy these days, then you will enjoy the Kobe 1 Protro because the materials are tough enough for even the most explosive players.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
Your feet are going nowhere in these shoes!
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Fit of the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro:

9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
In the beginning, the shoe will feel bulky and disconnected because the leather takes a while to conform to your feet. Fit becomes much better after playing in the Kobe 1 Protro for a few days.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Once the leather is broken-in the fit was great and almost provided the mobility of a low-cut.
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9.0
RicheeKim
Hugs my feet nicely and the leather feels comfortable after breaking it in.
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9.0
Schwollo
No heel slip. No movement side to side. Well done Nike!
7.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
Even though I spent a ton of time trying to lace the Kobe 1 Proto as tight as possible, I didn't feel locked-in because the leather didn't conform to my feet.
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7.0
The Sole Brothers
I felt the fit was bulky and cumbersome.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

good
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The rubber is thick and hard enough to hoop in outdoors
good
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The Kobe 1 Protro should last a long time, even outdoors.
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good
The Sole Brothers
Outdoor use should be good because of the hard and thick rubber.
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Width of the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro:

regularly wide
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
There is a little bit of dead space in the forefoot in the beginning.
regularly wide
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
If you don’t have a drastically wide foot then the leather should break in around your foot.
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slightly narrow
RicheeKim
Slightly narrow in the forefoot but loosens up over time.
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slightly wide
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The leather doesn't create this second skin feeling and will stretch out over time.
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slightly wide
The Sole Brothers
The Kobe 1 Proto runs wide.
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Size of the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro:

true to size
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Length-wise, stay true to size.
true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I’d recommend true to size.
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true to size
RicheeKim
Runs true to size.
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½ size large
Schwollo
I went down half a size and they fit me just fine.
½ size large
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I should have gone down half a size.
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true to size
The Sole Brothers
Runs true to size.
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