Nike Kobe A.D. Review 2018 [VIDEO] Naked Truth

Did you know this? With Nike Kobe A.D. the zoom Air unit in the heel provides responsive cushioning that lets your explosive athleticism shine. Plus, the half-length mesh bootie provides ventilation for the foot and a comfortable fit. For more features and a more detailed review on this basketball shoe, check this video below…

Click here to check price or buy it from Amazon

Click here to check price or buy it from Amazon

The Nike Kobe A.D. Ah! That hurts me a little bit to say. This is essentially the Kobe 12 but of course it is called the A.D. because this is the first model to release since Kobe retired – A.D. (after death) Mamba R.I.P, we miss you!

These are available right now for anyone who wants to buy a pair and they are a $160.

As far as the fit goes these are a little bit snug on the width, not so much on the length, but just on the width, so I wouldn’t really recommend sizing up. I just think if you have those wide gargantuan Shrek feet, this is probably not going to be the model for you, you know and that’s super important, fit and comfort, when you’re talking about encore performance, nothing is above that. That is the most important thing.

It doesn’t matter what kind of fancy schmancy tech Nike gave us or Nike put into the shoe, if it doesn’t fit you right, it’s not going to be a good look, you’re not going to be able to tap into that tech and really use that to your advantage.

You know, if you’re getting blisters or your pinky toes getting grinded into the side of the shoe or you’re sliding all around, it doesn’t matter how great the tech is, it’s just not going to work so make sure the shoe fits your foot.

I feel like the tech Nike used on these is very similar to some previous Kobe models. Obviously, you see it’s low-cut, but the fly or the Lunarlon, the zoom in the heel, very Kobe-esque.

Nike Kobe A.D. reviewWith fly wire, I think it’s one of those things that’s become so common, that it’s kind of like, whatever, but fly wire is dope and really does a great job with lock down and anyone who plays basketball, you know how important lock down is, that is necessary. You know when you’re talking about the different tech departments or compartments, aspects, whatever, you want to call them, lockdown has got to be towards the top, it’s just got to be.

Now, in that same breath, these laces seem a little extra chunky much more so than a normal basketball lace and chunky laces from my experience are really hard to keep lace tight. You know, when you look at like a Jordan 11 those things are coming unlaced all the time and that is not what you want to be doing on a basketball court, is every five minutes having to get down on one knee and release your sneakers.

Click here to check price or buy it from Amazon

Also do not get caught slipping. You know, the ball is down there, you’re like, you know what, I’m gonna hang back, I’m gonna release my shoe really quick, you look up, they’re already coming back this way, alley-oop, it’s in the air, as you realize what’s going on, it’s too late – boom! Dunk on your neck. You just got banged on and your girlfriend is in the stands. At all games, she came to this one – you just got dunked on in front of your girlfriend.

Don’t get dunked on in front of your girlfriend or she probably won’t be your girlfriend anymore – that’s just some free advice.

Another concern I have is how flat the shoe is, you know – there’s no flex grooves or anything and so flexibility wise, it just doesn’t seem like they’re gonna be good. Me personally, I’ve gotten so used to hooping and sneakers that do have flex grooves and it are flexible, that I just don’t know that I’m really gonna like this setup.

You know the KD 9 is the exact opposite, they’ve got that perfect incision, right at the ball of the foot and it really allows for a ton of flexibility. These will be good, court feel wise, just because there’s not a bunch of cushioning in the forefoot and so, maybe that court feel will make up for it a little bit, but there’s nothing worse than, well there’s a few things worse, but having a clunky midsole and even though this isn’t a clunky shoe, not being able to bend is gonna kind of feel that way.

You know, you don’t want to be just kind of clunking around on the court, you know, in a pair of clodhoppers, that’s not a good look.

If real lacing will get you dunked on, this will get your ankles broken, crossed over, hopped over and your girlfriend’s still on the stand, so, I don’t know, maybe that court field is gonna be good enough, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Click here to check price or buy it from Amazon

I do like Lunarlon, I do like the responsiveness of it and with the setup they have with the zoom units in the heel and nothing in the forefoot, although you do lose a little bit impact protection, you do have that court feel and you do have a little more spring. You know, I like super cushion shoes, you know I loved the KD9 for – that was one of the reasons why I loved it – but if you’re talking …

… about just bounce and explosiveness, you’re better off with nothing in the forefoot, because when you go and when you spring and explode on a hard basketball court, if you have too much cushioning, if you have too much of a spongy setup, yes, it does absorb a lot of the shock and a lot of the pressure and trauma to your knees and your joints and that’s why I like it, but it also does absorb a lot of your explosiveness and explosion too and so, it hurts you in that regard.

So you know, it really comes down to personal preference. Like I said, this is very similar set up to previous Kobe models, so I think it’s one of those things that, if you’ve liked the Kobe line generally, then you’ll probably like these. You know because guys are different. Now some people they hoop in Jordans and Kobe’s and Cadiz and LeBrons and even de Roses and Lillardz– and just pretty much everything. Other people stick to a certain line kind of and when you do stick to a line, I think a little bit you can kind of get the feel of it and you can kind of know what to expect a little bit and I think that’s the case with these.

Just want to touch on the traction pattern, really quick, it’s kind of interesting pattern, but when it comes to traction, that’s the one thing you really can’t predict. You see the little ridge here, you know – that will help with cuts and with support. That’s a good look, but to really really be able to predict the traction, there really is no way to predict it, you have to put them on the pavement, you have to put the hours in on different surfaces, with different dust levels, that’s how you really really get a feel for the traction.

nike kobe ad mid review

You know, with a lot of this other tech, we’ve seen it so much that you know, it becomes very easy to predict. I know what Flywire does, I know what zoom feels like, yes there’s greater or lesser degrees of everything and how it all combines together, but, you know the tech becomes pretty easy to predict, traction not so much.

Click here to check price or buy it from Amazon

Overall, I am excited to hop in these. I think there’s going to be some things I really like about them and like I said, there are some concerns but nonetheless, very excited to get out there and put the hours in.


  • Flywire cables keep the foot firmly locked down even during the most strenuous movements
  • Low-top design doesn’t restrict movement and allows for ankle flexibility
  • The padding around the tongue and sides as well as the thick soles make for smooth sailing on the court

If you liked this ‘Nike Kobe A.D. Review 2018 [VIDEO] Naked Truth’ post then share it with a friend or two. Thank you in advance!

%d bloggers like this: