Nike PG 2 REVIEW – A Much Improved Follow-Up Model?

Where I‘ve been? I was super sick last week… Couldn’t do shit… Bed mode 24/7. But now your boy is back on track and ready to bring some heat cuh!

Probably everyone will agree with me that it was one of the best signature line debuts in a long damn time with the PG 1 leading the way. However, we have a new kid in town – PG 2. Let’s see what’s up with these bad boys! Is it gonna be an awesome continuation or a hard fall to the bottom? It’s only the one way to find out.



WEIGHT: 369.3 g / 13.03 oz






BD RATING: 8.5/10







Followings its roots, the PG 2 features the same old-school, back in the future Mesh/leather/Neoprene combo for the upper. Actually, this Neoprene inner sleeve isn‘t that old school, so you can say we have a nice past & present collaboration on ‘em.

Anyway, as much as I did enjoy spending my time on the hardwood with the PG 1’s, the 2’s were basically the same – nice step-in comfort, premium materials (not completely, but almost) and enjoyable blend between comfort & supportive fit.

The only difference that I was able to spot was the mesh material feeling stiffer on foot. But it wasn’t something like on the CE ’17 regular version, where you actually feel like playing with cardboards on your feet. That being said, that small issue didn’t take away from me that awesome experience with the 2’s.




While the main idea of having a low-profile, responsive tooling is still alive on the 2’s, the Zoom Air pillow gets a nice update – from 8 to 10mm. in thickness. This 2mm. increase doesn’t sound like a huge game changer (and it actually doesn’t perform like one), but the forefoot still does feel slightly plushier and even more responsive, while still maintaining that low profile ride. By the way, the Air unit is now top loaded which means you can easily feel it sitting under your forefoot & taking care of your joints.

Meanwhile, the heel section is made out of simple foam sockliner, which you can find on its predecessor as well. It would be nice though to receive another Zoom Air unit here for complete impact coverage but oh well… I guess you need to cheap out somewhere to maintain that low price tag.




Straight out of the box, these bad boys have some serious bite, and I’m not talking only about clean courts. I know a lot of you guys do play only on dirty ass courts with dirt, dust & all kinds of debris all over the hardwood (mix everything with a few spits here and there, and you got yourself a killer mixture to deal with lol). For this annoying crap that you have to fight every single day you need some serious stuff. So that’s where the PG 2’s come in with some shades on.

It seems like they were specially made for those ghetto courts – widely-spaced grooves + multi-directional patter + soft/pliable rubber = I got 99 problems but dirty floors ain’t one kind of performance. Still, you’ll need to wipe the outsoles time to time. A few regular wipes you know. Nothing too crazy.




As I mentioned previously, they kept the same materials on, just implemented them differently this time. But that doesn’t change the fact that the 2’s did feel pretty similar on foot. Only two noticeable differences made the fit more one-to-one than on the 1’s. The new lacing system & two forefoot wings instead of one strap were those pieces that did affect this final outcome.

I’m happy that they decided to get rid of that forefoot trap and instead implemented these wings, both on lateral and external sides to ensure better lockdown and prevent your foot from rolling over the foot bed in high stressed situations. Also, this new lacing systems des look like a bunch of randomly placed lace holes that doesn’t do much apart from looking quite bizarre. It’s not true. The laces are strategically shaped & placed in different levels to provide the best possible fit. That’s why the PG 2 does feel closer to your foot and gives you more natural fit.

Talking about sizing, I went true to size and I thing you should do the same move as well, no matter what kind of foot shape you have. Unless you have a very wide foot, then going ½ size up would be a smart move to make.




Although the PG 2 doesn’t have any crazy support tech, just the basic one, support is still outshines everything else that I have mentioned before.

This whole adaptive forefoot band system which takes place from a single band on the PG 1 ensures nearly perfect lateral coverage. I was doing all kinds of lateral moves throughout the test, putting as much pressure as possible to test their limits. Guess what? I couldn’t role my foot over the foot bed no matter what I was doing. So if you’re a blend between Kyrie and Harden or just a super active & explosive player who loves to perform some crazy stuff on the hardwood, these should be your #1 option on the list.

The back is slightly more laid back (less supportive) as that partially soft internal heel counter isn’t strong enough to hold down a bigger dude, but for more guard oriented type of player it’s all good. All in all, I didn’t receive any slippage or containment problems whatsoever.



While the PG1 has more appealing looks & slicker silhouette, the PG2 has better overall performance. So as a true baller and sneaker reviewer I’m looking at performance first and then everything else fallow. That’s why, in my opinion, the PG2 is a better ball shoe than its predecessor.

Adidas has its Dame 4 and now Nike has the PG 2 – the best two value for the money performers in the business right now. So if you want to save some money, you know the rest.



Hope you enjoyed my Performance Review on the NIKE PG 2. Will you be picking them up? Let me know!

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

10 thoughts on “Nike PG 2 REVIEW – A Much Improved Follow-Up Model?

  • March 26, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    hey man,
    i really enjoy ur website. im new to all this bball shoes stuff and am getting into it. what is the differene between a cushion being bouncy and being responsive?

    • March 26, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      That’s so DOPE! Welcome to the game bro. I’m always here to help you out with any question.
      Bouncy cushion is pretty much like running on springs – it does offer you really springy ride & a ton of impact protection, however, you lose some precision in your step (there’s a small delay while performing moves on the hardwood). This type of cushion set-up is more suitable for heavier, more explosive or athletic players who requires as much impact protection as possible. Meanwhile, lighter & quicker guards most often choose responsive cushion set-ups, it allows them to feel light and quick on court to accomplish all type of moves without any delay whatsoever. Keep in mind, this type of cushion is lower to the ground which means you have more control and stability over your moves. Yet, it doesn’t offer that much of impact protection as a bouncy cushion does.
      Hope this helps!

      • May 6, 2018 at 11:48 pm

        Why is the rating 8.5 while the PG 1 8.6? No more score board like last year Shoes?

        -Nice reviews keep it up wish you put the score board back

      • May 7, 2018 at 11:18 am

        Why is the rating at the PG 1 and PG 2 the same? No more scoreboard.

        – Looking forward to your reviews keep it up

        • May 8, 2018 at 10:13 pm

          Hey man!

          Oh shoot… That’s my bad, I’m gonna rerate the PG 2’s. Thanks for the heads up! Talking about scoreboards, I’m really don’t have an excuse why I stopped doing them, probably too busy with my studies, this website’s backstage stuff and other stuff. But I’m seriously thinking of bringing it back again.
          Appreciate for your support bro!

  • May 6, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    How is the PG 2 8.5 rating while PG 1 a 8.6 rating?

    -Nice Review keep it up

  • June 1, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Hey guys just bought this Nike PG2 Home Craze. Just wondering why the shoes not making sounds or sounds of having contact on floor when you kicking it. (Hope you got what I mean) As well, it is slippery when it got contact to tiles with some soap or usually at the restaurants (lol they mopping the floor with some soap, idk what really is). I never tried it to play a basketball game. Maybe it is really designed for wood floor or some sort like that.
    Thank guys.

    • June 3, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      Hey man,

      Every shoe is different, some of them are squeaky af while some of them are quite. This stuff depends on what kind of rubber compound brands are using on different models. That’s why the PG2’s happened to have those quite bottoms. Now talking about slippery, it’s most likely because they wasn’t made to grip on surface like tiles, especially when they use soap or similar stuff to that. Try to play ball in them! They’re awesome performers bro!

  • July 17, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Hi! I just want to ask about the difference in performance of GS sizes. I am currently looking for GS size shoes that has okay traction and cushion and the PG model comes to mind since it is readily available. But I went in store and seems like the GS sizes have harder foam

    • July 17, 2019 at 8:57 pm

      That might be the case, I’m not familiar with GS sizes, so not sure about that. However, they still do feature the exact same forefoot Zoom Air unit found in men sizes, which should feel nice nonetheless.


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