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The Asics JB Elite is constructed to support quick foot movements. The underside features a split-sole layout that delivers the right kind of traction depending on the situation. The upper is made of a single layer of breathable material that facilitates ventilation as well as supporting natural foot movements. Its low-profile sole unit ensures that the foot has excellent ground feedback to help them strategize their next move.
Traction. The JB Elite employs a split outsole design. Grippy rubber is only found under the forefoot and the heel areas. The rest of the unit is wrapped in suede. The use of these two materials allows the foot to grip the mat when the weight of the wearer is in the ball or the heel and slide when the foot is on its side. Another Asics model that uses a split-sole construction is the Dan Gable Evo.
Flexibility. The sole unit has a very thin profile. This construction makes the material more pliable compared to trainers with thick cushioning, allowing the foot to bend and move naturally.
Cushioning. There’s only a thin layer that separates the foot from the ground. However, the comfort offered by the JB Elite is not diminished.
Breathable. The JB Elite employs a seamless, single layer mesh upper. This fabric is light, thin, and allows air to pass through to keep the foot chamber well ventilated. The interior of the shoe is lined with a soft cloth that helps with moisture and heat management.
Protection. Protecting high-wear areas are the thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) overlays and the suede fabric. The TPU is placed on almost the entire top to reinforce it and enhance support to the foot. As for the suede element, it wraps the bottom part of the upper to facilitate quick movements aside from preventing premature tearing of the mesh.
Lockdown. A traditional lacing system adorns the midfoot of the JB Elite. This component affords users a customized fit and amplified ankle hold. At the top of the tongue is the integrated Lace Garage. This pocket allows wearers to tuck the shoestrings in so they won’t get in the way during the match.
Fit. It is crafted to deliver a sock-like fit for reliable support and fluid foot movements. The plush collar and tongue add to the snug feeling it produces.
- The JB Elite is a collaboration between Asics and Jordan Burroughs, a freestyle and folkstyle wrestler who holds an Olympic and world champion titles.
- Burroughs signature appears on the lateral side of the heel on the JB Elite.
- This trainer was launched as part of Asics’ Jordan Burroughs Collection which also included the Asics JB Elite TR workout footwear.