Summary

We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Mamba Fury is a great basketball shoe, most buyers assert.
  • According to a good number of owners, these budget Kobe basketball shoes offer excellent value for the money.
  • Several users are surprised that these low-tops provide excellent ankle support.
  • The traction is just impressive, some players comment.
  • Nearly all purchasers are satisfied with the Nike Mamba Fury's cushioning. According to them, these basketball shoes are super comfortable to wear.

2 reasons not to buy

  • According to some wearers, the Phylon midsole remains stiff even after the break-in process.
  • The toe box of the Nike Mamba Fury is quite roomy, a few users gripe.

Bottom line

Nike basketball's latest Kobe Bryant silhouette delivers no-nonsense performance on the court. These low-top basketball shoes have excellent ankle support and long-lasting traction. Owners of the Mamba Fury also love the comfortable and responsive feel of the forefoot Nike Zoom Air cushion. 

Although there are much better performance models for a few bucks more (such as the Nike PG 4), the Nike Mamba Fury remains a must-cop for any player who would like to pay tribute to the late Lakers legend.

For more, check our guide to the best basketball shoes

Facts

Video reviews and unboxing

Employing a sleek and stripped-down design, the Nike Mamba Fury allows you to move with ease with its minimally structured upper, responsive cushion, and aggressive traction.

The Mamba Fury makes use of a minimally structured upper that offers a light and nimble feel on the court. The shoe's low-profile Zoom Air cushion creates a burst of responsive energy to help you strike at a moment's notice.

The Nike Mamba Fury's snake-skin inspired traction design keeps you in total control as you make quick cuts to the basket.

Who will like the Nike Mamba Fury? Because of its lightweight build and aggressive traction, these pocket-friendly basketball shoes are perfect for shifty guards. Players who value court feel and responsiveness will also enjoy the Nike Mamba Fury's low-profile Zoom Air cushioning. 

Cushion. The Nike Mamba Fury makes use of an Injected Phylon midsole with a forefoot Zoom Air unit for all-day comfort. Generated by your force, the responsive Nike Zoom Air cushion is designed to provide a burst of energy to help you drive past the defense.

Traction. These Kobe Bryant basketball shoes employ a snakeskin-inspired tread pattern for optimal grip on the court. The aggressive traction pattern helps you stay in complete control, no matter your movements.

Closure. Like most Kobe sneakers, the Nike Mamba Fury features a low-top cut that provides support without sacrificing agility. These Nike basketball shoes also make use of a lace-up closure that feeds through webbing loops for a locked-in and secure fit.

The Mamba Fury also has small TPU heel clips behind the Achilles for added stability.

These Kobe basketball sneakers use a minimally structured upper that provides lightweight support and an agile feel. A padded ankle collar provides added cushioning and support.

The Nike Mamba Fury features a slithering aesthetic that pays tribute to the Black Mamba's deadly-fast strikes on the hardwood. The minimally structured upper boasts a textured scale design that is reminiscent of a skin-shedding snake.

Signature details include Kobe Bryant's Sheath logo and the Mamba DNA logo. 

Nike Basketball's latest Kobe Bryant silhouette comes in the following hues:

  • Black/Smoke Grey/White
  • Black/University Red/University Gold 
  • White/Wolf Grey/Pure Platinum

From the design to performance, the Nike Mamba Focus and Nike Mamba Fury are very similar. 

Cushion. Both these Nike basketball shoes make use of a Phylon midsole with a forefoot Zoom Air unit. This cushioning setup is designed to provide a burst of responsive energy to help you dominate both ends of the floor.

Traction. The Nike Mamba Fury and Nike Mamba Focus both employ a snakeskin-inspired traction design that provides complete control on any court surface. Both these basketball shoes are also equipped with a durable rubber outsole for long-lasting grip.

Support and Lockdown. Both the Mamba Focus and Mamba Fury feature a low-top design that provides support without compromising mobility. The low-cut collars offer players the freedom to move quickly and allows them to strike with precision. Both these Kobe sneakers also utilize a lace-up front and a molded Swoosh-shaped framework that provides increased stability and containment. 

Material. The Nike Mamba Fury and Nike Mamba Focus both symbolize Bryant's metamorphosis into the Black Mamba with their snakeskin-embossed uppers. The minimally structured uppers offer a lightweight and fast feel on the court.

Price. Both these affordable Kobe basketball sneakers retail for a hundred dollars.

All in all, players who want a light, fast, and durable basketball shoe can pick up either of these budget-friendly models. However, what makes the Mamba Fury special is that it continues the late Kobe Bryant's sneaker legacy.

The Nike Mamba Fury and Nike PG 4 are two affordable signature shoes that are competing at almost the same price point. Let's see how Kobe Bryant's takedown model stacks up against Paul George's signature series.

Cushion. Designed for low-to-the-ground cushioning, the Nike Mamba Fury employs a Phylon midsole with a forefoot Zoom air unit. Replacing the traditional Strobel, the Nike PG 4 uses a full-length Nike Air bag for increased responsiveness and comfort.

Traction. Both these Nike basketball shoes feature a rubber outsole that provides long-lasting grip. For increased court control, the Mamba Fury comes with a snakeskin-inspired traction design while the PG 4 has a circular tread pattern.

Support and Lockdown. Made for versatile players, the Nike Mamba Fury and PG 4 features a low-cut collar that provides the freedom to make quick moves to the basket. Both shoes also utilize an internal webbing system that provides a locked-in fit. However, Paul Geroge's fourth basketball shoe has a zippered overlay for added support and containment.

Material. Kobe Bryant's Nike Mamba Fury features a minimally constructed upper for a light and nimble feel on the hardwood. The Nike PG 4 utilizes a dual-mesh upper construction that provides increased support and containment without sacrificing breathability.

Price. Kobe Bryant's takedown model retails for an affordable 100 bucks while the fourth installment of Paul George's signature line retails for ten dollars more at $110.

The Nike Mamba Fury and Nike PG 4 are designed to deliver a responsive and supportive feel on the basketball court. However, based on their tech specs, Paul George's fourth signature sneaker has more to offer than Kobe Bryant's takedown model. 

 

Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.

dimitrije@runrepeat.com