The Jordan Fly Wade 2, for me personally, is the performance shoe of the year. For most of the categories involved within its performance features, I feel it performed above average in key areas.
Traction – Very good traction despite the the use of story telling aspect. As I stated in the Fly Wade 2 Performance Teaser Pt. 2; if the smaller traction design had been used throughout the shoe rather than a mixture of large and small design. It would have also been nice to see the traction cover all of the shoe including the outrigger and up and around the forefoot’s instep but that’s just me being picky.
Cushion – I really love foam based cushions, its not always about a gimmick. There are plenty of options available that utilize foam based cushions and I feel they are much easier on your joints. As for the Lunarlon, I loved it! From what I understand, Lunarlon is a mixture comprised of Phylon and Lunar Foam which gives you impact protection and cushion while being able to withstand the rigors of impact that it received while on-court. I haven’t noticed any bottoming out but only time will tell, if I notice the cushion starting to loose its resiliency I will be sure to update you.
Materials & Fit – With the Fuse base uppers, the shoe is durable and retains its shape well. There is a slight snug feeling around the base of the midfoot just before the toe, this is something I prefer personally since I do have a narrow foot. There was no dead space or bunching at the toe which, for me, is hard to find nowadays. Bottom line… the shoe can take a beating and still provide the wearer with everything they need while on the court.
Ventilation – I loved the ventilation. Much better than previous models which used Fuse uppers. There was plenty of perforations throughout the upper, the tongue was light and airy and when all was said and done, I’d take off the shoes at the end of the night and the entire midfoot section of my socks were noticeably more dry than the toe and heel areas. There was still moisture but there was far less of it than what I usually have… great ventilation in the Fly Wade 2.
Support – The support was a nice surprise with the extended shank plate. Allowed full range of motion on the medial side and a bit more rigidity on the lateral side to help prevent roll overs and injuries caused by roll overs.
Overall – Great performance shoe! Could still use a few tweaks here and there but for what we are given, its a beast on-court.
Pros – Great fit and ventilation. Wide footers may want to try them on to be sure sizing is antiquate. Lunarlon is a great lightweight cushion source. Uppers are as durable as they come.
Cons – $145 is a bit steep for a non ‘Air Jordan’ but it was worth its price overall. Traction could undergo slight modification if they’re persistent on using story telling traction.
Traction – 8.5/10
Cushion – 9.5/10
Material – 9/10
Fit- 9/10 (may not fit everyone perfectly)
Ventilation – 8.5/10
Support – 9/10
Overall – 8.9/10