The KD IV has made some upgrades from last year’s KD III however, as I stated in my Performance Teaser… the aspects which I loved in the KD III never made its way onto the KD IV.
Traction – 9.5/10 (This score is based on usage of a clean hardwood court)
Cushion – 5/10 (Average)
Material – 9.5/10
Fit – 7.5/10
Ventilation – 8/10
Support – 8.5/10
Overall – 8/10
Traction – Traction in the KD III was superb no matter the surface. The KD IV however, you will need to remain either on a perfectly clean floor (awesome traction) or on a rough outdoor surface. Dusty courts you find a ton of slipping due to the rubber compound used on the outsole.
Cushion – The forefoot Zoom unit was not very noticeable as it has been in the previous 3 models. I assume this is due to the firm Phylon and dense rubber they have in place here. NikeiD will have options for a cushioned midsole as far as the Phylon is concerned which is something you may want to consider before making a purchase on one of the regular retail versions.
Material – Fuse based uppers are durable, retain their shape and allow air to flow throughout the sneaker. You won’t find a better value for you hard earned cash than with a Fuse based upper in my personal opinion.
Fit – This was the other aspect in which I thought the KD III was greater than the KD IV. There was some ‘pinching’ of sorts on the right shoe in the forefoot which did eventually go away after quite a few wears on-court. The Adaptive Fit strap was decent but nothing to get overly excited about. In the heel there is little padding which is not sculpted along with a soft and smooth lining… this worked fine with cotton socks yet with Dry-Fit socks there was some heel slip.
Ventilation – This area was better than most Fuse based models as there was nothing blocking or restricting the air flow for the mesh layers. There could have possibly been more of it but for what we were given its nothing to really complain about.
Support – Support was great, as you would expect. The external midfoot shank kept the foot in its natural shape without additional, and sometimes painful, flexing of the arch. Again, the Adaptive Fit strap did what it was meant to do but it did not make me jump for joy. Something I forgot to note in the video was the forefoot’s lateral outrigger which offers additional support and helps prevent pronation which could lead to rolling the ankle/ foot.
Overall – It’s a decent shoe and very durable. Mostly I would rate this as an average performer and nothing higher than that. For the increased price that we received, we really didn’t get anything in return other than an extremely durable material along the upper.