The CP3.V has been available for nearly 2 weeks and so far so good. With that, let’s jump into a small teaser on their on-court performance.
The cushion system on all of Chris Paul’s signatures has been Podulon. It’s yet another foam based cushion that works very well and works even better when greater force is applied.
In the heel you have the pillar setup in which Phylon surrounds the Podulon pillar, it’s a dual density system so you get a bit of firmness with the Phylon and cushion where your weight is being distributed.
As a Guard, the heel has been an area that isn’t used too often but when it is this setup helps out quite a bit. You can feel the compression between your heel and the floor which gives you a pillow effect of sorts. Honestly, I loved the Fly Wade 2’s Lunarlon as a whole but for what I need, the targeted cushion works out much better. One thing to note is that the compression is fairly gradual; you won’t get that sunken in feeling when the cushion is in use… it’s hard to explain but it’s almost as if the cushion is reacting and moving with you… I thought Lunarlon was a weird feeling cushion but Podulon takes first place in that category.
The forefoot is much of the same just more widely dispersed. It’s still a dual density setup but it’s working with you not against you. You don’t feel any delay in your reaction time even when making a hard stop; say you are chasing a loose ball and end up not being quick enough and need to change direction quickly to catch up with player that beat you to the ball… with a mushy cushion your reaction would be slowed down a bit while with this setup you already feel so close to the ground that with that extra little push you get right back on track.
I think the cushion is great, strange but great. I’ve been enjoying foam based cushions more and more and with so many different varieties I almost begin to think that maybe Air based cushions are becoming a bit outdated. For larger players, there is truly nothing that can absorb the impact better than Max Air yet it’s only a matter of time before they fix that with foam that will give larger players just as much impact absorption and keep the shoe lighter in weight… adidas has already started with their adiPower line.