The Jordan Brand has been improving their team for a couple of years now, and this is their latest work – the Jordan Jumpman Diamond Mid. Will this be the next ultimate bang for your buck performer that is worth your attention? There’s only one way to find out, read on…
WEIGHT: 399 g. / 14.07 oz
TECH: ZOOM AIR
FIT: TRUE TO SIZE
RETAIL PRICE: $120
BD RATING: 8.2/10
That’s right, no shockers or surprises, just a full-length mesh doing its regular thing. To be more specific, it’s a two-type mesh setup. The toe box is featuring a lighter/thinner textile so that natural flexion & movement of your foot won’t be hindered in that section. While the rest of the upper is rocking a more dense, foam-backed mesh version for tons of support & containment on the sides, and in the rare portion as well. And all of that is done without holding it down as far as step-in comfort goes since that foam does feel really nice once on your foot, not only that, but the whole set-up actually feels really well put together not only considering their price but also in a general sense.
The Jordan brand didn’t put out any specification about the forefoot Zoom Air unit used in the Jumpman Diamond Mind, but based on personal experience, it doesn’t feel like a regular one, obviously, in a good way. The way the forefoot has played for me it heavily reminded me of the Kyrie 5’s Air Zoom Turbo that covers pretty much the whole forefoot. If that’s the case on these then I’m very surprised to see that on a team model. Now without confusing anyone, I was talking about the actual size of the unit, not that I think the Diamond Mid is actually featuring the Air Zoom Turbo.
As far as performance goes, you already know the drill when dealing with Zoom Air: it’s damn responsive with some bounce & impact protection, and the ability to play low to the ground. Whereas the heel area is pure phylon which isn’t as exciting as things in the forefoot but surely will be enough of everything that a big man or those who frequently utilize the heel require.
Does the herringbone and diamond traction pattern duo sound awesome to you? Well, it surely is awesome on the hardwood, as a matter of fact, it’s beastly.
Talking about balling on clean courts with these, the bite was exceptional, and even too much in some cases. I would say that the same performance transfers onto some dirtier courts, but that main core of aggressive & tacky bite is definitely here if you keep them clean. Which is pretty easy to do since the bottoms of the Jumpman Diamond Mid didn’t have much trouble dealing with dust – a light wiping routine will do the trick. Now if you won’t take care of them, trust me, they will warn you, though.
The only downside, this only touches our street ballers out there, is that the rubber compound is freaking awesome for indoor, but too mild for rough surfaces.
These bad boys do feature an OG construction where you have a full-length tongue, two side panels & a toe box. Obviously, that doesn’t have any effect on the shoe’s performance or overall fit. Just a heads-up for OG heads. Definitely a hard-find in today’s one booty world.
Aside from that old-school build, the two-type mesh did exactly what you would expect a mesh upper to do: soft & free-flowing in the toe area, but more support/containment focused on the sides, and in the heel sections that don’t require some break-in time.
As far as the break-in process goes, the Diamond Mid starts off pretty snug, and it’s pretty much the same situation as with the PG 3, where that suffocating-snug after a few sessions becomes a good-snug fit. So if you’re going for that snug one-to-one fit, go true to size and quickly suffer through that break-in process. Whereas for those who enjoy playing with some extra room in their shoes; or just simply have a wide foot, I would suggest you go half a size up.
As there was a downside in the traction department, the fit has one of its own too. Since the side panels do have some more rigidity than in the front, and it’s a high-cut silhouette with a few sharp edges on top, pain or pressure in the ankle area is more likely to be inevitable to you, at least while breaking them in. Personally, it wasn’t anything major or deal-breaking after I broke them in – just a light pressure while tilting the ankle which could be fixed with another pair of socks or an ankle brace. Of course, if you don’t do any of that, just pick a low-top version- problem solved.
While performance of the traction was killer, here comes support to become the two brightest highlights of the Jumpman Diamond Mid. Yep, I called them the Why Not Zero.2’s brother not without a reason.
Although these do not have many layers for that tank-like foot containment, the chunky side panels definitely make up for that, and together with that heavily expressed heel curvature completely lock down your foot. At the same time, the lower portion of the shoe does not lack behind any bit either. The midsole is on a wider side, no outrigger, but that midsole protrusion is enough to keep you stable while still offering you that smooth heel-to-toe transition if you don’t like adidas’ flat ass platforms.
So the Jordan brand has hit yet another jackpot with these bad boys – a super solid team model that brings a lot of performance to the table. The only temporary “it’s great, don’t buy it” statement is there because of the retail price. $120 puts them in the mid-price category, right before the Why Not Zero.2, which you can pick right now for $90, crazy value for the money. And that’s exactly why I can not recommend the Jumpman Diamond Mid for now, while they are still going for its full price.
Now if the Jordan Why Not Zero.2’s design seems too much sauce for you, and the Jumpman Diamond Mid does attract your eye more, I suggest you just wait for a few weeks for them to hit a discount.