We‘re back again with yet another budget model from Nike. Wohoo… So excited to test these bad boys… (SARCASM).
To be honest, I‘m sick & tired of these Nike monthly budget releases – same stuff over and over again. Yes, we do have a few really awesome bang for your buck options to choose from and that’s how it supposed to be. But why you need to spend all of those hours and resources to create a yet another weak hoop sneaker which will end up sitting in Nike outlets for 30 bucks, and still nobody will buy them. I don’t get that.
Instead of this bullsh*t, Nike needs to take some damn time, chill out a little bit and create a shoe which will be worth attention, a shoe that performs.
Anyway, the Nike ZOOM Assersion takes a heavy inspiration from the Kyrie 3’s and that’s the only reason why they caught my eye. Let’s see if they any good.
WEIGHT: 306.1 g. / 10.8 oz
TECH: ZOOM AIR, FLYWIRE
FIT: TRUE TO SIZE
RETAIL PRICE: $80
BD RATING: 6.5/10
Oh yeah… The good old Mesh upper is in the house again. What a surprise Nike.
HOWEVER, that rock solid “mesh” upper on the Kyrie 3’s do look like ass over this one. And that’s a pretty huge statement. The mesh is much much softer, no break in time is needed AND breathability is just another aspect that is better. Although, that’s all she wrote.
The Mesh itself always reminds you that you own a cheap budget model not only while holding in hand, but also wearing them on feet. That’s not good Nike, not good. You can put this cheap stuff on a $30 sneaker, but not on this one. Nope.
So now, I’m not pretty sure if this tooling is capable to beat the one that’s on the Kyrie 3. It’s like 50/50 scenario. Weather you do prefer softer, more breathable but then again, cheaper upper. Or maybe a stiffer & a bit more premium setup is your thing. It’s your choice.
FOR GUARDS ONLY
The Nike Assersion features a standard Phylon midsole and as a nice bonus for that, we do have small ZOOM Air unit in the forefoot area. Not gonna lie, this is pretty crazy to receive ZOOM Air tech at this price range. Although this small Air unit doesn’t make much of a difference since the midsole is still super stiff as many other hoop sneakers at this price.
So again, I could only recommend this stuff for our guards who love that low-profile, really responsive cushion with pretty much non existing impact protection. If you’re not this type of player, you should look somewhere else. And that somewhere else is something with BOUNCE tooling if you want to keep your business on a lower budget. My recommendations are: Dame 3, Dame 4 or older BOOST models that are now on sale – that would be the D Rose 7 or 6.
Technically, this weird looking outsole somehow supposed to be a herringbone pattern. Yeah, I know. It doesn’t look like one. But looking from a distance, you can see some glimpses of it. So maybe this actually is the herringbone traction.
For me personally, this stuff does look like chill version of herringbone. No aggressive, multi-directional lines that make this pattern so beastly. Instead, we have those wavy, one- directional lines. It’s like comparing today’s NBA with NBA in the ‘90. WEAK.
So as you probably already guested, this stuff didn’t perform well. I mean, how it could be beastly traction when it has those weak ass waves on. It’s not gonna happen, man.
Stopping power & lateral movement coverage was alright but then again, it heavily depends on what type of court you’re playing since this pattern does pick up quite a bit of dust. So frequent whipping is required.
Talking about outdoors, the rubber compound has enough beef to deal with outdoor surfaces. Therefore, you shouldn’t receive any durability problems at all.
SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT BUT…
They do run a bit long so going ½ a size down would be a great idea. Still, wide footers should stay true to size due to regular shoe’s width.
Again, that cheap mesh upper wasn’t something that I wouldn’t enjoy regardless of the situation. Nope. It’s not gonna happen. Nike cheap out real good this time.
BUT. There were a few things that I DID enjoy in this shoe (what a pleasant surprise). First of all, the ankle area is heavily padded with God knows what kind of material, but it does its job really nicely by making your ankles super comfy. Secondly, they do feel super light on your foot, which is a very common thing on low-tear sneakers. And that’s pretty much it folks.
For what support tech it has and it’s really not much, the shoe is capable to do a pretty impressive job. Throughout the whole test I didn’t experienced any major support flaws or issues – they held my foot tightly no matter what kind of moves I did perform. Very similar performance to the Kyrie 3’s or something in that range.
We have a SUPER minimalistic, probably the smallest external heel counter which doesn’t do much in terms of locking your heel in the right place. For this occasion, we have way tighter, stiffer mesh which actually acts like an internal heel counter and locks your heel nicely. And on top of that, there’re intergraded Flywire cables, just like on the Kyrie 3, to tighten up your forefoot & improve lateral containment.
Finally, to make thing even more similar to the Kyrie 3, Nike added that famous rounded outsole/midsole to make toe to heel transition smooth & flawless.
At the end of the day, the Nike Assersion isn’t the worst performer of all time, but then again, isn’t worth too much attention either, especially at this price. For me, they did perform as a $50 sneaker.
The mesh upper feels cheap, build quality isn’t that good as well and this cushion setup is just another copy paste scenario that Nike is famous for, when talking about those monthly budget releases.
If you really want to keep that money to quality & performance ratio on a high level, grab the Nike ZOOM Live. You’re going to love them.
Hope you enjoyed my Performance Review on the NIKE ZOOM ASSERSION. Will you be picking them up? Let me know!
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