They say it does look like a running shoe… But how about its performance? Read on to find out.
Welcome to the Nike PG 4 performance review. Let’s get it!
WEIGHT: 386.9 g. / 13.65 oz
TECH: NIKE AIR
FIT: HALF A SIZE UP
RETAIL PRICE: $110
BD RATING: 8.1/10
It’s a dual-mesh body with hand-full of bits and pieces of synthetics that in conjunction with those dope collab colorways make the shoe really pop out. The same goes for performance itself, with that material variety you do have tons of freedom to make some areas more durable while others are more contained or flexible. And they executed that really nicely on these. The upper requires minimum break-in time, which was nowhere near as cruel as it was on the PG3.
After that short and unpainful break-in process, you will end up feeling like wearing socks. One to one fit, soft & breathable materials, forgiving construction – all of that good stuff is here, which can be easily transformed into play mode by only one zip action.
Under the hood, or I should say, under the foot, the PG4 is rocking the Air strobel technology injected into a pretty plush foam carrier. But don’t get twisted, this isn’t the same Zoom Air strobel found in the KD12, nope, it’s a different animal. Though, it would have been super dope having the same Zoom Air implementation here in the PG4, since that stuff is one of the best cushion systems of the decade. Yep, that’s one hell of a strong statement, but it’s true.
Now what’s the difference between the two stroble Air implementations? Well, it’s pretty straight forward. While the Zoom Air is all about that springy response as a primary ability and some enjoyable amount of plushness as a secondary ability. Whereas the Air stroble is complete the opposite – emphasizing plushness with less responsiveness. Either way, it still the most cushion we have ever seen in the PG line, which for some people it might be an instant buy, for others, a turn-off.
Those who consider upgrading from the previous models (1 through 3), you shouldn’t be disappointed as far as cushion goes since the PG4 has still kept its DNR by catering the forefoot to guards. A bit less than previous models, but enough to still love and enjoy it on the hardwood. Plus, that heel is way more impact heavy.
We do have a multi-directional circle/dash traction pattern that has nothing in common with the one on the D Rose 10 in terms of the style, however, the performance is highly comparable. And if you didn’t read my D Rose 10 performance review (shame on you if you didn’t) – it’s a good thing.
It does require a standard amount of maintenance which comes in the form of wiping. Just a few wipes from time to time and they going to deliver some beastly bite even on nastiest courts.
When it comes to outdoors, I wouldn’t recommend making them as your daily outdoor beaters, but occasional usage should be all right.
The PG4 has two wearing modes. Turns out it can be done without having the Adapt technology. They have done it the old way. Wanna get comfy rocking them off the court? Keep them unzipped. Ready for a hard ball session (that’s what she said)? Just zip up the shroud in order for the shoe to go into ball mode. They really do work that way, though, if you choose the right size which can be challenging for some of you. That being said, you should consider going half a size up since they do run short. By doing that, regular or narrow footers might end up having a looser fit in width, but that can be easily fixed with the lacing system. But there’s something you can’t fix…
While the upper did a pretty reliable job of covering my on-court moves, the lower portion of the shoe was a different story. You would think that the flatness of the midsole should offer a sturdy ride, well, in some cases, it just went “I don’t care about your ankles” mode. Yep, it’s the lateral support that was lacking behind once I made a harder cut or direction change. Didn’t roll my ankle on any of those situations, but that feel of insecurity isn’t something you need in a ball shoe. So if you’re one of those flashy players with a huge arsenal of crazy moves, these could be too dangerous. On the other hand, our spot-up shooters or more passive players shouldn’t be considered about that.
The love for cushion packed midsole setups made the PG4 the most enjoyable iteration of them all in which, unfortunately, I can’t play competitive basketball. That lackluster support in the midsole section is something that will turn off quite a few ballers. However, not giving them a chance to shine would be an incredibly dumb idea. These still might work for you, they just didn’t for me. And that’s a huge bummer since the rest of the performance was like a tasty candy – enjoyable.