Nike Kyrie 4 REVIEW – Now That’s A KILLER!

So 2017 has come to an end and this is gonna be my last performance review this year. But let me say something, it was one hell of a journey and unforgettable experience for me. And I‘m blessed to finish things up with an incredible shoe – the Nike Kyrie 4.

Low profile cushion, non-existing impact protection, paper lightness & killer traction – that‘s the Kyrie line. But then the Kyrie 4 comes in, and hell yeah it‘s different.

So without any further ado, let‘s see how they did!

 

MAIN SPECS


WEIGHT: 13.06 oz / 370.2 g

TECH: ZOOM AIR, CUSHLON, FLYWIRE

TYPE: LOW-TOP

COLORWAYS: 2+

FIT: TRUE TO SIZE

RETAIL PRICE: $120

BD RATING: 8/10

BEST PLACE TO BUY: FINISH LINE

 

PERFORMANCE


 

MATERIALS

LAYERS UPON LAYERS

It‘s now safe to say that throughout these years Kyrie line didn‘t receive enough love from Nike in terms of material quality – cheap-looking & plastic-like mesh is unacceptable even on a $120 performer. Doesn‘t it?

But then the Kyrie 4 comes is breaking all the standards, except the one about mesh… It still does feel cheap to me, even though you can feel a tinny improvement. Cmon Nike… You can better than that.

Now let‘s talk a few exciting things, shall we? Apart from that god damn mesh on the front, the rest of the shoe does feature some freaking premium & old school stuff. Going towards the back, we got huge suede panels both on medial and lateral side, giving the shoe that awesome premium look & feel, while adding support/containment in crucial areas.

While on the heel area there‘s a small synthetic leather panel to spice things up even further. Damn… That‘s a lot of layers for $120. Now I‘m almost happy about the upper.

 

CUSHION

SIMILAR TO DAME 4’s

Again, the cushion toolings used every single generation of the Kyrie line, counting from 1 to 3, was always the reason why they were directing only very specific group of people. And that was the main reason why I didn‘t enjoy them being a bigger dude who needs ton of impact protection & bouncy ride.

But guess what? All of a sudden the Kyrie line takes a drastic turn and delivers a well-balanced tooling with Zoom Air & Cushlon in charge. Oh man… That caught me off guard. A versatile Kyrie shoe? Hell yeah!

So now I don‘t care whether you‘re a Kyrie line fan who did enjoy previous stuff or a player who is hunting for a well-balanced  & premium looking performer which doesn‘t break your bank, all of you will definitely enjoy having them in your rotation or as a main shoe to hoop in.

The Zoom Air unit in the heel does feel sufficiently plushier, offering you quite bouncy yet super responsive ride. It‘s not eventually something on a same level as BOUNCE, but I still did enjoy it quite a lot. It‘s definitely an enormous step further what we had.

Finally, the Cushlon forefoot is freaking no joke, man. It‘s just pleasure to strike from your forefoot every single time. It gives you that plushy feel while still maintaining that famous rapid response.

 

TRACTION

KILLER BADGE IS GONE

The Kyrie 4‘s outsole is equipped with the multi-directional herringbone pattern, which straight off the bat does look particularly aggressive as any other version of the Kyrie line. And although they kept that famous aggressive look, the on court performance wasn’t so aggressive. They kind of lost it somewhere.

I’m definitely not saying that they did perform trash. No way! I’m just saying that the 4’s have lost that unique, beastly bite that the previous generations had and was famous for.

While you’re gonna be money on a clean court #straightupglue, these god damn dirty courts will get you wiping them outsoles whenever it’s possible. But if you keep them nice & debris-free they will deliver some good ass grip both on the inside and outside.

And those crocodile teeth looking traction extensions are capable to carry on & continue even your craziest moves on the court. You can legitimately go 90 degrees with them.

 

FIT

WIDE-FOOTERS BEWARE

Let‘s chill out a little bit now as there‘s no drastic changes in terms of how they fit. So if you had a pair of Kyrie‘s before, the 4‘s did fit basically identical and that means there‘s any downsides that could potentially ruin your whole experience with them. It just solid from any angle you‘d look.

Just don‘t freak out after taking them out of the box for the first spin, as they gonna be tight in the mid-foot section. So just give them a few hours to break in and you‘ll be good to go.

Still, wide footer should be aware of that narrow fit. Make sure you try them in store if possible. For anyone else I would suggest going true to size.

 

SUPPORT

SOLID ALL THE WAY

Thanks to suede & leather backup, the Kyrie 4‘s received a solid amount of additional structure within the upper without upgrading or implementing new support tech that would have led to a bigger price tag.

The internal heel counter is in place as well and while it might not be the strongest one out there, it still gets the job done perfectly by holding your heel tightly in place. As in the forefoot area these extended traction teeth work in tandem with the Flywire cables to keep your foot from unnecessary side to side movements while making hard cuts or moves.

And of course, this wouldn‘t be a Kyrie sneaker without its famous rounded outsole which just takes that heel to toe transition and put it to another level. Straight up buttery smooth motion.

 

OVERALL

Looking at this year‘s Nike releases, the Kyrie 4 really stands out for it‘s incredible versatility & an opportunity to grab a solid performer without breaking your bank. It‘s pleasure to see the Kyrie line evolving to the right direction and reaching out bigger group of people.

You really don‘t need to spend a fortune to get a pair of sneakers which gonna give you everything you can possibly need to be the best on the hardwood. And the Kyrie 4‘s are perfect example of it.

 


GRAB A PAIR NOW AT FINISH LINE


Hope you enjoyed my Performance Review on the NIKE KYRIE 4. Will you be picking them up? Let me know!

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment down below!

13 thoughts on “Nike Kyrie 4 REVIEW – Now That’s A KILLER!

  • January 9, 2018 at 2:08 am
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    Hey!

    I have heard that the traction on the kyrie 4s is inconstant. Traction is a top priority for me in a shoe. Is this true?

    Thanks

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    • January 9, 2018 at 10:51 pm
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      Hey man!

      Unfortunately, yes. That’s true. There’s some inconsistency when playing on dirty courts. So you need to wipe the outsoles whenever you have a free sec or two to keep traction performing well.

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  • March 13, 2018 at 4:38 am
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    Will the traction last long outdoors?

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  • June 28, 2018 at 10:41 am
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    Kyrie 4s or Dame 4? I’m trying to pick between these 2.

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    • June 29, 2018 at 8:45 am
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      Hey man,

      I need more info about yourself… Which position do you play? What’s your play style? What aspects of a shoe are the most important ones to you?

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      • June 29, 2018 at 12:37 pm
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        I play the guard position. More of a scoring guard. Usually, driving to the hoop, playmaking, catch and shoot and creating off the dribble. Aspects I look at is Cushion, Durability and Fit.

        Thanks for responding. I would really love to get your opinion. I have to say your reviews are incredibly good. They’ve become my main source of info for reviews. Youtube channel next?

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        • June 30, 2018 at 9:33 pm
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          So they’re both pretty similar performers, however, the dame 4 does have a slight edge over the Kyrie 4 in terms of the amount of cushion. That’s why you should go with the Dame 4’s.

          Oh man… I just love to receive this type of recognition. It means that I’m doing the right thing. Thanks for the support bro! Btw, Youtube channel is on its way.

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  • July 12, 2018 at 6:49 pm
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    hey D,

    I’m looking for a very well cushioned shoe, that has very good traction and high durability (only play outdoors).

    Is there a good shoe for me right now?

    I was thinking kyrie 4, lebron soldier 12 -> was going to use NikeID and get XDR outsoles for both.

    What do you think

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  • July 12, 2018 at 6:52 pm
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    Hi D,

    I’m looking for an outdoors shoe – that has great cushion, very durable and sticking outsole.

    I was thinking lebron 12 with XDR or Kyrie 4 with XDR.

    I hear that boost is better, but I cant find one that is good performer outdoors.

    I have knee problems so cushion is #1 priority and traction durability is #2

    thanks

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    • July 14, 2018 at 9:38 pm
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      Hey bro,

      The Kyrie 4 doesn’t really fall in that “great cushion” category. Obviously, it made a huge improvement over its predecessors, counting from the very first Kyrie 1. However, it still is a strictly guard oriented sneaker, and if you’re searching for great cushion, these bad boys have nothing to offer you.

      On the other hand, the LeBron Soldier 12, especially with this XDR upgrade is one hell of an outdoor sneaker with everything you named as your main priorities, that is cushion & rubber durability.

      Lastly, you mentioned that you couldn’t find any adidas shoes that perform well outdoors. I’m not sure if you missed them or not, but the adidas D Rose 8 hands down the most durable & the most suitable adidas ball shoe you can buy right now. If you would like to know more about them, I linked my performance review here.

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  • July 15, 2018 at 11:19 am
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    I’m looking for a shoe for my son that plays post. He needs a low top because he wears rigid ankle braces. He likes the Kyrie 4, but after reading your review, maybe this line isn’t his shoe. Any suggestions? Thanks

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    • July 16, 2018 at 8:39 pm
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      If he is ok with having less impact protection, then these should fit your boy’s play style perfectly. On the other hand, if your boy prioritizes cushion, then I can’t think of a more cushioned low-top sneaker than the Nike LeBron 15 Low.

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