Nike ZOOM Shift REVIEW – Do They Suck?

Nike just dropped another budget/team model – the Nike ZOOM Shift. They’re really into the budget world this few years, baking like pancakes.

It isn’t official, but I think this is the sequel to the Nike Hyper Shift. Remember them? They were pretty legit in terms of performance and price ration. So, does the Nike ZOOM Shift is able to bring something similar to that?

Welcome to my Nike ZOOM Shift Performance Review & Score table.

LET‘S GET IT!

 

MAIN SPECS


WEIGHT: 366 g. / 12.91 oz

TECH: ZOOM AIR

TYPE: MID TOP

FIT: HALF A SIZE UP

COLORWAYS: 3+

RETAIL PRICE: $100

BD RATING: 7.8/10

BEST PLACE TO BUY: AMAZON

 

PERFORMANCE


 

MATERIALS

IT DOESN‘T FEEL CHEAP

Nike changed things a little bit by upgrading a budget setup – Mesh (which looks & feels a bit differently), Fuse backing in the toe box for additional durability and Nylon in the back area & tongue.

Firstly, let’s talk about that Mesh. From distance it does look like Flyknit or some kind of knitted upper, but by touching it feels like Nike’s regular Mesh. However, I would say that this Mesh was a tad softer and not as plasticky as on some budget models out there. It nicely adapts to your feet by giving solid amount of comfort, softness and straight out of box comfort. Pretty good.

Now the back and tongue of the shoe features soft & forgiven Nylon material which offers enjoyable put-on experience, as well as, comfy one piece bootie fit.

 

CUSHION

STRICTLY FOR GUARDS

As it becomes like a tradition, Nike budget models usually cater towards guards by offering super responsive, low to the ground cushioning and the ZOOM Shift isn’t an exception.

There’s a ZOOM Air unit in the forefoot but it’s a very small one, so even me being a big guy, I had no chance to feel it. It’s kind a bummer for me, but for $100 and the fact that they’re made for guards, I can be mad at all.

The rest of the Phylon midsole performed pretty much the same – responsiveness & speed is the #1 priority here. So it’s like a budget version of the Kyrie 3s’.

Personally, I think that this is a very solid setup for guards as it will react to all of your moves without any lag or delay and you will be able to make striking first steps to beat your opponents.

 

TRACTION

THEY GOT IT RIGHT THIS TIME

We got a very and I mean VERY dense traction pattern featuring on the ZOOM Shift. As we can see, Nike is always trying different traction pattern designs and that’s because they wanna to find a replacement or option for the Heringbone. They’re not quite there yet, but I think the crunch time is coming.

This time, they made everything right and I’m super happy with that. The outsole performed solidly well on any type of court – strong stopping power, great bite with the floor and respectable move coverage as well.

Although, the outsole do clogs up with dust after a while due to really small gaps between grooves. That’s why periodical whipping is required to maintain that solid grip. Don’t worry, it’s not a big deal since almost any outsole with this density pattern does have this problem.

I would recommend them for outdoor tho, the rubber compound seems to hold up pretty well.

 

FIT

WHAT I EXPECTED AND THEN SOME

I was kindly surprised how these felt on my feet. It definitely doesn’t feel like some kind of crapy, low-quality sneaker, not even a bit.

As I mentioned before, Mesh & Nylon combo works perfectly and creates really comfortable experience from the first step – no break-in time, no gimmicks. Just don’t expect them to be on the same level as Primeknit or Flyknit uppers, you will get disappointed. But comparing to other budget models on the market, they’re sitting on a highest level.

On top of that, the ankle collar stretches pretty wide, so there isn’t a pain in the ass putting them on.

As far as the fit goes, regular or narrower footers might want to go true to size for that really snug fit. But for wide footers I really recommend going ½ up since they run a bit narrow.

 

SUPPORT

A HIGHLIGHT OF THE SHOE

It’s probably the best performing aspect of the shoe. The shoe isn’t fully stacked with all up to date support features but it has that main core which performs even better than a few sneakers with all of these newest features.

The main support comes from the proper fit and that aggressive external heel counter, so it’s really not too much. But it works and that’s the most important thing.

The external heel counter strongly locks your heel where it’s supposed to be and hold the entire playing time. Also, it has two wings that are connected with lacing system, so you can either make the fit more or less supportive.

Finally, one piece bootie constructions with adequately supportive Mesh upper contains & secures your foot from unnecessary feet motions.

 

OERALL

I admit, Nike has released quite a few really impressive budget models this year that actually perform great. And the Nike ZOOM Shift worthy made its way into this list as well.

Explosive, quick guards or lighter player will enjoy them quite a bit due to super light construction, responsive cushion setup, reliable traction and killer support. Personally, they got every single aspect you would need on court as being a guard.

Although, if I were you, I would wait a few weeks or so for them hitting the Nike outlets, because the Kyrie 3s are now on sale at Finish Line for $100. So it wouldn’t make sense buying them now.


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Hope you enjoyed my Performance Review on theNIKE ZOOM SHIFT. Will you be picking them up? Let me know!

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

 

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