It’s time for a second Splash Brother to show off his brand new signature release – the ANTA KT3.
And even though this isn’t a well-known brand in USA or Europe, that doesn’t mean they can’t deliver solid or even above solid performance for y’all. Men… You’re sleeping on them. And I’m about to show you why.
Welcome to my ANTA KT3 PERFORMANCE REVIEW.
Let’s get it!
WEIGHT: 14.42 oz / 370.2 g
FIT: TRUE TO SIZE
RETAIL PRICE: $120
BD RATING: 8.5/10
BEST PLACE TO BUY: ANTA
YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT. A FULL-LENGTH KNITTED UPPER
Opposite to its past two predecessors, the KT3 does feature a full-length knitted upper to keep up with today’s market. No more of that Mesh nonsense.
And while this isn’t something with a fancy name, like “Primeknit” or “Flyknit”, don’t make it distract you from the fact that ANTA’s take on making a knitted upper was simply awesome. It’s different. It’s original. And I LOVE it.
The knit itself isn’t the stretchiest one in the business due to used Nylon backing & some glue to make the whole deal as versatile as possible. That’s why I don’t mind that glue.
You’re still getting that awesome knit experience and it does have some stretch to it nonetheless. While the Nylon backing & glue combo is what makes a heavy lifting there, creating more structure within the upper without hindering that sweet comfort. Okay. Maybe a little bit. But it’s totally worth it.
DOUBLE STACKED HEEL
Klay Thompson is straight up “run & gun” type of player who appreciates stability & responsiveness while coming off the screen and planting his feet for a quick bucket. It’s basically what Shef Curry does. That’s why they’re splash brothers. Daaah…
An upgraded version of ANTA-EVA is what hides inside that midsole. In other words, there’s an EVA midsole carrying two different density foam pads in the forefoot & heel areas.
The heel is actually double stacked (using two pads) adding a solid amount of impact protection & making it feel less or more active in comparison of the forefoot.
From a bigger & heavier dude perspective, the back portion of the midsole was very solid, giving me enough impact coverage while fighting in the paint or running a fast break. However, due to relatively rigid external heel counter and a torsion plate which goes above the midsole, the heel area did not feel anywhere as squishy as on the KT 2’s.
Now talking about the forefoot, it’s like the lowest ride that you can get right now. Just pure court feel & responsiveness. So if you’re a heavy forefoot striker, shooter or both in one, you’re gonna fall in love with these instantly.
Everyone is going now for those circular, multi-directional traction patters and ANTA isn’t an exception. Hey, if it delivers I’m not mad. And believe me; the KT3’s traction is able to DELIVER quite a bit (in this case “quite a bit” means A LOT).
Widely-spaced grooves + multi-directional coverage + tacky rubber = TANK. I mean, I don’t care on how bad & dirty court you’re playing, these bad boys are ready to bring you that beastly BITE with the floor.
Wiping? Just wipe them outsoles once in a while and you’re gonna be fearless.
How about outdoors? Of course, why not.
WIDE FEET FRIENDLY
So the toe section length & height wise does offer a ton of space to fit in any type of foot, making the KT3 a one hell of rare option for wide footer these days. While the midfoot & heel is partially tighter keeping your foot locked in place once laced up. That’s why I would recommend going true to size for no matter what type of foot you have.
Inside, there’s a Nylon backing acting like an internal sock, again, to build a more solid construction. Let me tell something, it seems like ANTA just stole that Nylon from the adidas Crazy Explosive ’16 regular edition. Just a PURE spandex-like experience around your foot. At some point this stuff does a better job of treating your foot even nicer than a knit. The only downside of it is that it does make the shoe a tad bit too hot in some cases. Considering it features a knitted upper. But it’s really not at a level when your foot suffocates.
CRAZY LATERAL COVERAGE
Once again, the heel portion of the shoe is VASTLY reinforced with that heavy-duty heel counter, which not on only locks your heel into place but also acts like a lateral move protector. So the whole back of the shoe is completely isolated from any kind of unwanted move or slip.
Going further, we can find an oddly shaped torsion plate underneath the midfoot/heel section making a perfect tandem with completely flat & wide base to make the ride incredibly stable. And with those extended midsole wings on the forefoot area with fairly aggressive outriggers, you’re pretty much getting 360⁰ coverage. Pretty damn good for a sleeper, right?
This is just simply an ideal setup for a guard who’s very active on the floor, does a lot of running, loves poppin’ threes in opponent’s faces and does his part on the defensive side. Yet, I found this setup working really solid for me as well, so if you’re more of a powerhouse player or maybe even a true big man, you’re gonna fall in love with them nonetheless.
So the anta KT 3 made an enormously huge step further over its predecessors. Just a huge one. From top to bottom the shoe does look & perform as a grown, polished, well-made performance model which has a tremendous value.
The full-length knit upper is something similar to the Kobe 10’s tooling. Still, it does its job much, much better than that – way softer knit backing makes the whole wearing experience more natural & fluent yet keeping you stable and locked-in in any type of situation.
Traction is just phenomenal not only for an under-dog performer, but giving an example how it supposed to be done for some of the signature models from mainstream brands.
And although the KT 3 isn’t a perfect shoe, none of them are. I’d prefer having a plushier cushion tooling and the heel to toe transition are the only two areas where they should improve upon. Yet again, this is only my personal opinion as it might be different for you.
Overall, I REALLY enjoyed spending my time & making the performance review on the KT 3 as I’m definitely gonna back to them again and again. Brand doesn’t matter. Performance does.
Hope you enjoyed my Performance Review on the ANTA KT3. Will you be picking them up? Let me know!
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