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Nike Air Force Max 2: Light and Forceful

The game of basketball has evolved. Even the biggest of players need basketball shoes that allow them to be quick on their feet as they veer away from their traditional posts and drive toward the basket and defend against their opponents. The Nike Air Force Max 2 is of big help by providing the following:

Reliable cushioning. The shoe has full-length Max Air that provides much-needed impact protection. 

Barely-there lightness. True to the "Air" in its name, these Nike basketball shoes are made of light materials that do not get in the way of the wearer's explosive movements. 

Support. The shoe has features such as its adjustable strap and rigid plastic heel overlay that deliver reliable support.

Nike Air Force Max II vs Air Force Max

The Nike Air Force Max 1 and 2 have almost the same features except for the material and aesthetics of the upper:

  • The original Air Force Max uses durable ripstop while the 2 makes use of engineered mesh.
  • The heel counter of the 1 is made of TPU. It is thicker and has more coverage than the Nike Air Force Max 2's plastic heel counter.

The two models stick to the line's apparent mission of supporting powerful movements through secure closure features, reliable full-length cushioning, and noticeable lightness. 


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