Hey guys! Today we have the latest model from LeBron James second signature line – The Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier X. Now the Soldier 9 was my TOP 5 hoop sneaker of 2015 – unbeatable traction & amazing support.
We all know LBJ likes to play in his Soldier line sneakers and the Soldier X was not an exception for him – remember 3-1? James played in these during the final game and made the greatest comeback in NBA history. So let’s see if the Nike Soldier X has what it takes to be the one of the greatest basketball shoes of 2016!
WEIGHT: 398.3 g / 14.05 oz
TECH: No-Lace System, Zoom Air
FIT: TRUE TO SIZE
RETAIL PRICE: $130
BD RATING: 7.5/10
BEST PLACE TO BUY: AMAZON
So the upper is constructed from textile Mesh and perforated Foam layer underneath. This sh*t is simply amazing. It just so comfortable to wear them – flexible materials, it doesn’t restrict your natural feet movements and requires no break – in time. Just put them on and you’re ready to ball hard.
Also, the Soldier X has one bootie construction. You already know what that means… But for those who don’t know yet, I will explain it. It’s very simple – one bootie upper offers perfect one –to one fit with no major restrictions. The shoe becomes a part of your body and lets you to play without noticing them. Of course, great materials act a big role to provide that amazing fit. In this case, the Soldier 10 has a full package – one piece upper with soft & flexible materials to go with. However, they are a little bit hard to put on for the first few times (more likely pain in the ass) but after a short period of time I was able to put them with no problems. To conclude – the upper performed 10/10.
Inside the midsole we have very thick forefoot and heel ZOOM Air units and around it – Phylon. Now I heard a lot of negative opinions about how hard and unresponsive the cushion tooling was. Personally, it performed great for me. I mean, not the best cushion out there but still gets the job done.
I’m a heavy guy like LeBron James. So what they made is that you need to put more power, more weight on the midsole to activate these ZOOM units. That’s why lighter guys received rock hard cushioning. Yes, Phylon could be much softer and more forgiven, but still I was able to receive solid impact protection nonetheless. One thing I don’t liked in this cushion setup was lack of bounciness. The midsole absorbed impact really nicely but it doesn’t return anything back, so yeah. However, I was super impressed with this setup.
For lighter players I do not recommend these since the cushion is too tough for them. On the other hand, big guys will LOVE this cushioning – solid impact protection and unbeatable stability – perfect combo.
The Soldier X has interesting traction pattern – bunch of squares all over the outsole. I will be short with this. Again, this traction is truly made for a big man. As long as you don’t make quick moves the traction will perform decent for you, but for those who like to play aggressively they ain’t gonna work. You will end up slipping all over the place.
Smaller squires on the outsole were like dust magnets – wipe it, wipe it all day. Still, after tons of wiping the grip was not that good.
Great news for outdoor players – the rubber compound seems to be durable enough for outdoors.
Damn son! I love how they fit. One piece bootie construction with comfy & soft materials gives you that perfect, glove like fit. Also, inside we have massive padding to protect our ankles from hurting and rubbing. It just so comfortable to play in them – after a few minutes of playing, it was hard for me to feel them on my feet, so I had to double checked it. LOL
For wide footers I recommend going ½ up because they are a little bit on the narrow side. Now, for everybody else going true to size should be perfect. Anyway, if you have any doubts about sizing, just go to your local sneaker shop and try them on.
The Nike LeBron X has no laces, it sounds crazy and really unsupportive right? Not at all. They have plenty of support and then some. Instead of a lacing system they implemented three strategically placed straps to fully secure your foot. It’s very unusual but it works and it works great. The first strap locks your ankle and the second one in the midfoot pushes and locks your foot in the heel area. Now, the last one, in forefoot area provides you with some extra protection and saves your foot from rolling over the footbed. In addition, the outsole has huge outrigger to make sure your foot is really not going anywhere.
As I mentioned before, the midsole is on the harder side so you are getting amazingly stable base. Overall, I felt very safe on court – you just can feel that thick and stable midsole underneath.
The Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 is a true big guy shoe – it’s like real man’s deal. So if you’re looking for very responsive & bouncy cushion with killer traction to go with, then you should look somewhere else. In this case, the adidas Dame 3 is what you need (just a recommendation).
On the other hand, if you are a big, heavy guy who likes to play strong basketball then the Soldier X will be your great performer on the hardwood. The upper really impressed me – simple but at the same time super comfy and custom fit made these bad boys very enjoyable to play in. Of course, they are far behind to be one of the best sneakers in the market, especially with the cushion setup they offer (Only heavy players are able to break through the firm Phylon and release that full power of Zoom Air) but still, the Nike Zoom Soldier X is worth attention.