Sneaker with the highest amount of units to ever put out for Nike… That’s all you need to know.
WEIGHT: 370.8 g. / 13.08 oz
TECH: Air Zoom Turbo, Flytrap
FIT: TRUE TO SIZE
RETAIL PRICE: $130
BD RATING: 7.8/10
No surprise, mesh upper is back at it again, maintaining that low to the ground price point & high availability.
Am I mad about that? Uh-uh… As long as there’s no hard plastic mixed into the mesh material, which the Kyrie 5 has none of that business, it’s all good.
For the most part, you ain’t getting that straight of the box custom fit – same with the 5s – you’ll need to break them in. Just a quick one to two days adjustability period, afterward, just pure joy. Mesh gets really soft & pliable, as well as that Flytrap contraption placed between the lacing system lets you achieve that sweet spot between support/containment & comfort.
With the release of the 5, Nike introduced yet another version of Air Zoom – the Nike Air Zoom Turbo. Going off-topic for a second, this is why BOOST has lost its hype. That stuff is amazing, but, damn, it’s the same from day one.
So what’s up with that Air Zoom Turbo? Well, it’s definitely not something mind-blowing or innovative that much. Basically, they used a good old Air Zoom unit that we all are familiar with and heat welded to make it segmented. That’s it.
Now – that segmentation suppose to help an Air unit to flex & move simultaneously with your foot – offering even more responsible and controlled ride. Even though, Kyrie line never had an issue with that.
In my case, I couldn’t tell the difference between the upgraded Air Zoom unit and the regular one. But I bet that quicker & shiftier players more or less will notice some type of improvements.
At the end of the day, you still end up getting an 8mm thick Air unit which covers pretty much the whole forefoot section. It’s not on the same level of craziness, like the LeBron 15/16. But that’s not the purpose of it. The Kyrie line is meant to break ankles & do some crazy jelly layups in a low to the ground/responsive fashion, and the Kyrie 5 does exactly that.
The only drawback would be the heel area – it’s just a pure Phylon – which is kind of a bummer considering them going up in price (+10$). At the worst, you would expect to see Cushlon coming back or maybe even a heel Air unit.
This time no herringbone is found on the bottoms, instead, we have a lot of stuff going on. Each colored panel has its own distinctive traction pattern, outside of that, there are two more patterns if that wasn’t enough. So, yeah, the bottoms do look scary (in a good way).
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case taking them on-court. I was expecting them having the same aggressive bite as its predecessors (2 and 3), but that I got only on clean courts.
Dealing with dust and other nasty stuff – the Kyrie 5 performed like Dwayne Wade in his final year – still got game but not as flashy or excited as in his prime. Same with these – they get the job done on dirty courts – but lacks that “straight up glue” bite with the floor, just like the 4 did. Is it bad? It still goes above good, so it’s all good in the hood.
Outdoors? Nope. Rubber won’t last long.
I would say they fitted me almost exactly like the 4s did, probably a tad bit narrower on the sides, but that didn’t make me go half a size up. So if you do own a pair of the Kyrie 4 – go with the same size. Those who don’t – stick true to size for regular footers. Or go half a size up if you have a wide foot. But you know the drill, if possible, always try them in store.
As I mentioned before, the shoe becomes as your foot’s extension after you lace them up, the Flytrap system being the main facilitator of that. Same as with the Air Zoom Turbo, it’s nothing groundbreaking, but it makes so big of a difference by connecting all of the shoe’s parts & your foot into one well-working mechanism. You feel contained. You feel supportive. You feel naturally comfortable. You feel some type of way.
I’m not pretty sure if it’s due to the Flytrap system or much wider/flatter platform, or both, but the Kyrie 5 clearly did feel to me much supportive than any other model from his signature line.
The Flywire cables worked nicely in tandem with wide bottoms to make sure your foot is locked-in onto the midsole at all times, even when going for a killer crossover. Talking about crossovers, that famous curvature of the midsoles still remains on the shoe, it’s just now only on the sides rather than being a whole rounded midsole. That means you still get that buttery smooth transition when performing some crazy moves.
Once more, the fit was awesome, so I did not receive any type of sliding action in the shoe or any other annoying stuff. Everything was fitting like a muscle fit pullover.
I wouldn’t recommend these to players that play 4 through 5 positions since the Kyrie 5 is a serious weapon for dropping your opponents on their asses – not for barbeque chicken in the post. For that occasion, we do have something else, first on the list being the LeBron 16.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to one question: is the Kyrie 5 worth the upgrade? The answer to this question is YES and NO.
Yes – If much-improved support & that sweet as a candy fit is what you have been missing with the 4s. Or you just a deep-pocked guy who loves to throw stacks left to right.
No – if the amount of cushion in the heel acts a huge role in your game. Or you just broke AF.
Hope you enjoyed my Performance Review on the NIKE KYRIE 5. Will you be picking them up? Let me know!