Maybe $100 or $90 is too much for you to pay for a basketball shoe? Then we got you covered! Meet the Nike Air Precision FlyEase – the cheapest hoop shoe that you can get right now with unique tech and some design details taken from the Soldier 10.
Let’s see if the Nike Air Precision FlyEase will be the next ultimate budget performer.
WEIGHT: 382 g. / 13.5 oz
TYPE: MID TOP
FIT: TRUE TO SIZE
RETAIL PRICE: $70
BD RATING: 7/10
BEST PLACE TO BUY: NIKE.COM
SOMETHING THAT I WAS EXPECTING
The Air Precision FlyEase features most impressive Flyknit upper in the business. Naaah. Just kidding. But it would be nice though.
We got that traditional „budget” setup – Mesh & Foam combo with synthetic backing for additional support, structure and durability. This is the case when it‘s really hard to tell whether the materials do perform well or it just something that you want to avoid. Simply because I just hope out from the adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit version. Which is by the way, my go to sneaker on court.
So it‘s not even fair to compare them with all of these top tear models since they‘re not on a same page in terms of build quality and of course, performance. However, there‘s one BUT. The Air Precision does look great upon all of these budget models, which is quite impressive due to the fact that these cost even $30 less than an average „budget“ category sneaker. And hey man, they do feel much much better than the regular version of adidas Crazy Explosice 2017.
The Mesh & Foam upper, as usual, feels hella light on your foot and after a short break in time gets pretty soft. It does feel just a little bit cheap to me but for an average consumer it shouldn‘t be a problem or a big turn-off.
Now the cushion tooling really caught me off guard this time. Who even imagine that this minimalistic full-length Foam midsole is capable to do all of these things. Nike really squeezed out everything possible from this Foam. I mean, this is the highest point that a Foam tooling can possibly go.
It‘s soft. It‘s bouncy. It‘s low to the ground. And it has great responsiveness as well. That doesn‘t sound like a setup for 70 bucks, doesn’t it? It reminds me of BOUNCE cushion on the D. Lillard 3 – not quite the same performance but pretty darn close.
All in all, I do recommend them for pretty much any type of player, weather you‘re a light guard who needs responsiveness or a strong big man who prefers ton of impact protection.
DOES REQUIRE A LOT OF CARE
As usual, you‘re gonna be fully covered on a clean court, while on more dusty surfaces you‘re gonna need to put some care for traction to perform on a same solid level.
The pattern has those pretty narrow gaps between each groove, that‘s why it does collect ton of dust. But the main reason why this outsole is so sensitive to dust, it‘s because the pattern itself doesn‘t have any exits for dust to come out, it‘s completely closed. So for this particular reason, consistent wiping is required if you want to keep your ass safe.
TRUE TO SIZE
First of all, let‘s talk about this zipper thing for a sec. This is what Nike calls the FlyEase system – just a fancy name, nothing too innovative or jaw-dropping. It just so funny how companies are always came up with these fancy names. And it gets even more hilarious when you try to implement them in a real life situation, like: „Hey man, let me FlyEase my hoodie real quick. It‘s cold outside.“
Despite all of this, the Nike Air Precision is just a second hoop shoe featuring the FlyEase system. First was the Soldier 10, where this system was a real difference maker by making your on & off experience way way more easier. And this time was no difference either.
While this is a one bootie construction and there’s no Flyknit to be found, it probably would be a disaster trying to put them on. But in this case, you just unzip the whole heel part, easily slide your foot, then zip it back and pull down these two straps. It’s easy like counting to three.
On top of that, the ankle area is heavily padded, so you do feel pretty comfy. While the Mesh upper gives that super lightweight feel and softness once they break-in.
SHOE’S WEAKEST POINT
So a shoe for that cheap supposed to lack in one or another area, it can’t be perfect. In this case, it happens to be support that I missed out in this model. I mean, this isn’t one of the most unsupportive sneaker or something. They still do their job decent. But decent is not enough for me, I prefer support to be on a high level. Since at the end of the day, it can cost you a major injury and you really don’t want to experience it.
Two straps are not enough for this construction – no laces, no Flywire cables that would keep your midfoot tightly and protect your foot from rolling over. Despite this being a problem, I didn’t receive any heel slippage or any other slippage that you can experience.
To finish things up, if you that type of guy who’s into this whole ankle brace game, there’s plenty of ankle room for any type of ankle brace.
Well, what can I say… For my and probably your huge surprise, I did enjoy spending my time with these budget underdogs. Never thought in my life that a $70 shoe has so much to offer – soft & bouncy, yet responsive, low to the ground cushion for everyone, super lightweight construction, breathable and soft upper as well as, respectable traction not only for indoor, but also for outdoor bball.
Still, I think that spending your $70 for this shoe is just not worth it. Why not?
Listen, just take a trip to the nearest Nike outlet store with those 70 bucks in your pocket, man. I bet you will find some signature fire under this price range like, some KD 9’s or something. But yet again, you can wait for Air Precision FlyEase to hit Nike Outlets’ shelves real soon for $50 – $40. Now that’s an ultimate bang for your buck deal.
Hope you enjoyed my Performance Review on the NIKE AIR PRECISION FLYEASE. Will you be picking them up? Let me know!
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