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Sleek and tough — two words that can be used to describe this wrestling footwear and the man it was named after. Jordan Burroughs, that’s what the ‘JB’ stands for, is lightning-fast on the mat and can plow through opponents like they’re domino tiles being toppled. This trainer is flexible, helping when the wearer drives forward but still offers stability with the almost flat construction of the heel. The breathable top ensures the foot is kept comfortable as they take down the competition.
The JB Elite V2.0 is a playful update to the brand’s wrestling line. This model comes in a graphic-laden upper that’s so eye-catching, people will find it hard to take their eyes off you when you’re on the mat. Some differences between the two models include the reduction of synthetic overlays on the upper and the updated outsole. Meanwhile, the lace garage on the tongue remains the same for both versions.
Another model with a similar silhouette to the JB Elite V2.0 is the Asics Snapdown 2. The high-top collar provides 360-degrees ankle coverage and support. Meanwhile, the plush lining offers a comfortable fit. What sets these two models apart is the outsole construction. The Snapdown 2 uses a full-length rubber outsole, whereas the JB Elite V2.0 has suede overlays at the bottom for varying traction on the mat.
The JB Elite V2.0 features a split sole construction. Rubber lines the forefoot and heel areas, while the middle portion is covered in suede. The grip afforded by the rubber is enhanced by the serradial traction pods. The rounded edges of the outsole help with quick side-to-side movements. As for the presence of suede, it reduces adherence, allowing for fast transitions to get out of tricky situations.
Its low-to-the-ground construction mimics the barefoot experience. It gives better ground feedback, aiding in the agility and steadiness of the wrestlers.
A single-layer mesh makes up the top of the JB Elite V2.0. This material is soft, allowing movements. It is also breathable, which keeps the interior ventilated.
Both the tongue and collar are lined with a thin layer of foam. These elements deliver a snug fit that amplifies comfort and support. The lacing system helps with fit adjustments. On top of the tongue, an integrated lace garage ensures that the shoestrings won’t get in the way while wrestling.