I really enjoyed the performance that the Air Jordan 31 gave me. Also, it’s nice to see Jordan brand’s comeback with their elite flag ship model – comeback baby! We just wanna to forget about the Air Jordan 30 as quick as possible… Does in it?
So, today I have very awesome performance review for Jordan fans out there – The Air Jordan 31 Low. I have been waiting for this sneaker for a while now. You know why? Cuz low profile sneakers have unnoticeably become my favorites – love that unbeatable mobility.
Don’t waste no more time and let’s dive into my initial performance review on The Air Jordan 31 Low. Can they beat the Mids?
WEIGHT: 343 g. / 12.08 oz
TECH: FLYWEAVE, ZOOM AIR, FLIGHTSPEED
TYPE: LOW TOP
FIT: TRUE TO SIZE
RETAIL PRICE: $160
BD RATING: 8/10
BEST PLACE TO BUY: AMAZON
NOTE: Before reading this, I highly recommend you to check out my performance review on the Air Jordan 31 Mid for more info.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
The low version of Jordan 31 features exact same material combo – Flyweave in the forefoot and synthetic leather in the heel area.
Personally, this is one of the most comfortable uppers to play in this year, I’m telling you. That superior transition between Flyweave and synthetic leather is something that everyone will love – snug & comfy fit, solid breathability and a lot of freedom in front. While the back area offers more structure and support to keep your foot locked in. You really can’t ask for more.
Again, they kept the same cushion setup as on the Jordan XXX1 Mid and that’s AWESOME. The full-length ZOOM Air cushioning gives you the ability to feel that full potential of Air technology. However, BOOST still sits in my #1 place in terms of best cushion tooling, but the second place isn’t bad either, right?
While it’s unlocked, you can actually see and feel Air units popping out through the midsole. That’s why you’re getting super quick response time without any delay – this is a crucial aspect for guards or quick players.
Of course, any type of player will find this setup suitable for their personal playing styles due to great impact protection (especially in the heel area), amazing responsiveness & bouncy ride. But at the same time keeping solid court feel and mobility too. Love that versatility.
Now that’s something to be very excited about
I honestly was expecting the same shitty performance out of Lows from traction perspective. I mean, it has the exact same traction pattern, same translucent rubber, now way it can do better. That was my thoughts before putting them on for the first time.
For my huge surprise, the traction on Jordan 31 Low performed completely different from what I was expecting (of course in a good way, very good way). I received some solid grip with the floor, stopping power was great too. Also, move coverage is another aspect that guards are going to love. Overall, it isn’t one of the best tractions out there, but it offers solid performance at level where you’re really enjoying it.
They still do have a little bit trouble dealing with dusty courts but it’s far from terrible. The Mid version was DISGUSTING on semi dusty/dusty courts – I was slipping all over the place. The performance was so bad that at some point it was too dangerous to play in them.
However, the Lows were a completely different story. Now you can easily play on dusty courts without hurting yourself or feeling unsecure. Still, wiping will be required since the outsole is sensitive to dust.
Again, rubber compound is durable enough to handle outdoor surfaces with no problems.
Something new to the table
The AJ 31 was a perfect shoe for wide footers – wide construction and tons of room in the toe area. Now this version does not offer such a comfortable and suitable fit for wide feet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still wide footer friendly model, but just with a narrower silhouette and probably less comfort. So, wide footers should go ½ up. For anyone else out there, I recommend going true to size.
Personally, the Low version fitted me even better – tighter, more supportive fit & better lockdown not only in the heel area but also in forefoot area too. Other from that, they felt the same.
The only part I missed was that heavy padding around ankles, this sh*t was amazing.
Support was one of the greatest aspects of the AJ 31 Mid and this is no different. Without an ankle extension they still managed to give top notch support and lockdown no matter what.
Of course, I have received additional lockdown & containment from that narrower construction. So, if you’re searching for a sneaker which is able to provide you fit crazy good support then the AJ 31 Low is an ideal option.
Check out the Air Jordan 31 Performance Review for more detailed information.
The Air Jordan 31 Low has some nice tweaks and improvements – Traction is most important one. As I said in my AJ 31 Mid review, if not that inconsistent and sensitive traction, they would be on my TOP 10 list of 2016. So, the AJ 31 Low has everything to be on that list, unfortunately, it’s now 2017 and we got plenty of beastly performers out there for less than $160.
Anyway, if you’re a Jump Man fan and willing to spend $160 for a pair of solid performers then it’s a great investment for you. I mean, they offer better performance for less money – traction is finally here, killer support, premium materials and all-around cushion setup for any type of player, it’s a win win situation.
-VERSATILE CUSION SETUP
-SNUG & COMFY FIT
-SENSITIVE TO DUST TRACTION
-LACK OF STABILITY
Hope you enjoyed my Performance Review on the AIR JORDAN 31 LOW.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment down below! 🙂