Nike LeBron 13 Review
Barely Any Ventilation
Not Great for Dusty Courts
Nike LeBron 13 Sole – 8.0/10
The Nike LeBron 13 features a story telling pattern that grips well on all surfaces unless it’s extremely dusty.
The actual pattern of the sole is just straight lines with the XIII triangle pattern in the recessed areas – which doesn’t even touch the floor. The rubber sole is soft and extremely pliable which makes it grab every spec of dust.
Since most people do play outdoors in Dubai and across the UAE, dust will play a significant factor in altering an individual’s performance on court.
Nike LeBron 13 Cushion – 9.2/10
The cushioning system is phenomenal in the Nike LeBron 13. It features big zoom units in the forefoot as well as the heel. In fact, according to Nike, it’s the thickest Zoom units ever. The unit that is housed under the ball of the foot did provide an exceptional bounce and a definitive upgrade over the Nike LeBron 12’s.
Nike LeBron 13 Materials – 8.0/10
The Nike LeBron 13 feature a lightweight mesh upper. However it not breatheable as there is a huge fuse overlay in the medial toe/forefoot that seems to beneficial to all the Eurosteppers followed by hyperposite overlays. The overlays on the forefoot do an impressive job of containing lateral movement.
Furthermore, the shoe is engineered with a Phylon midsole, iced-out soles, thickest zoom units so far and Flywire for help with lacing – the magic recipe for success.
Nike LeBron 13 Support – 9.0/10
The support is not as stiff as it looks, even though it has high ankle support that dips low in the back for additional flexibility. The real stability is derived from the lacing and fit which are both great.
The lacing system is asymmetrical and takes the pressure from the top of the shoe and spreads it throughout the foot. Additionally the Phylon wings were engineered into the lateral sides of the shoe extending from the midsole to keep you standing tall.
The Posite lace piece seemed quite pointless at first as it does not stretch. However, it works extremely well on court and it holds the together during lateral movements. It helps to make the reaction time quicker and much more responsive.