So the Soldier 10 was a really decent performer for bigger and stronger players, including me as well. However, this model received tons of negative feedback from ligter players – rock hard cushioning, too heavy construction and so on.
That’s why they were a truly heavy duty sneaker for the “real man”. But enough talking, we’re here for one reason – the Nike Soldier 11 Review & Scores.
After testing these bad boys for the past 2 weeks, I can strongly say that they have something for you all out there. Let‘s get it!
TECH: ZOOM AIR
TYPE: HIGH TOP
FIT: TRUE TO SIZE
RETAIL PRICE: $140
BD RATING: 8.6/10
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SOFT, PREMIUM & LIGHTWEIGHT
This particular colorway features very soft and nice for your foot Mesh with Nubuck overlays on the sides, heel area & the toe cap.
First of all, the upper felt super nice, it’s hard to even compare this to the soldier 10’s upper. The soft Mesh makes sure that you’re receiving great transition while moving. It has some ventilation holes to give a decent amount of breathability- not the best ventilation out there, but I didn’t receive any suffocating. On top of that, no more pinching or hurting your ankles due to this soft Mesh
Now the nubuck is even more awesome. That’s why, if you have an opportunity, I highly recommend you to pick this colorway over the one that features a budget upper (ballistic Nylon instead of Nubuck). Of course, more premium setup cost $10 more, but for this enjoyable performance & fit I’m not mad about that at all.
Nubuck on the soldier 11 is perfect, it really is. Super soft, gives you that premium feel and after a quick break in time it’s even more enjoyable. Also, it adds quite a bit of support & more structure for the upper, so containment isn’t a problem.
NO MORE HEXOGENS
This time, Nike decided to already proved setup – heel and forefoot ZOOM Air units. So, no more hexogen style Air units in the soldier line.
Personally, I do prefer this setup over the old one just because it’s way more forgiven, more responsive and overall softer.
So, if you had a hard time feeling the ZOOM Air units in the Soldier 10s or even you were not able to feel anything at all, it’s no more a problem in the Soldier 11s. Lighter & smaller players will enjoy this setup as much as heavier dudes. Maybe not as much, but will enjoy nonetheless. It slowly becomes a versatile shoe, does in it?
Now, if you’re anticipating to receive that super bouncy or plushy ride, then I got bad news for you. The Phylon isn’t one of the softest ones, so no crazy bounce like on the adidas Crazy Explosives. However, responsiveness is really a sellout point of this cushioning. That’s why this setup suits every type of player. Also, I didn’t felt high of the ground and that’s another reason why guards should give it a try.
We have nice looking triangle style traction patter which actually works pretty decent. We’re still waiting for a game changing traction that will beat the famous herringbone pattern. Nike cmon, I know you can make it happen.
This colorway has a translucent rubber which does compromise some of the performance. So, if you all about the traction but still want to rock soldier 11s, then wait for a colorway with solid rubber.
However, it still manages to offer solid traction on clean courts – no slippage problems (just a few small slips here or there), great bite to the floor and really awesome move coverage.
Although, as with others Nike models with translucent outsoles, dusty courts will be a pain in the as IF you ain’t gonna keep them nice and clean. With proper wiping they will perform at the level where you can feel confident in any situation.
This time ruber compound is super durable, so it make Soldier 11 an ideal hoop shoe for outdoor players.
Soldier 11’s shilluate seems to be almost the same as the 10’s. However, they feel much lighter on your foot, it’s even hard to tell that this is a Soldier line sneaker.
Of course, the inside of the shoe is A1 – tons of padding in the heel, premium & thick insole. The upper is much improved, although, the textile Mesh & Foam combo performed amazing on the Soldier 10 as well.
While mobility is improved quite a bit, other main aspects didn’t go anywhere. In fact, lockdown is even better due to that extra strap on top.
For wide footers I don’t see any other option to just go true to size. But for narrower or regular feet owners, I still recommend going half a size down since materials are going to loosen up after a while.
A SMALL IMPROVEMENT
So it seems like Nike is adding one additional strap for each year’s model. That means the Soldier 12 will have 6 straps? Probably not, it just no space left for one more strap.
That new strap on top of the ankle area does its job great. I do notice a better ankle lockdown, so it really works. For those players who love strong, manly lockdown in every area, then this is the #1 option for you.
I’m a huge fan of this strap system – it always gives you a super nice lockdown and it’s super easy to adjust or tight them up whenever you need.
Other than that, there’s an internal and external heel counter that keeps you heel locked in, supportive upper with nice premium vibe to it, two beefy outriggers and Phylon extension on lateral sides to protect your foot from rolling over the foot bed- a full package which works as a charm.
So the Nike Soldier 11 is a well-rounded performer for any type of player.
I think that $140 is a golden price range for these shoes and what they can offer on court – durability is super solid, so they will last for quite a bit of time. And with a few tweaks and improvements on every category, this makes a very great deal.
Big dudes will love them so much due to beastly support and great amount of impact protection. As for the guards, the Soldier 11 offer tons of responsiveness, light & mobile construction and solid traction to go with, so I recommend you to give them a shot. They have something for everyone.
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