Who should buy the Nike Air Zoom GT Jump
Given the amount of cushioning that this shoe has, it's quite clear that it is made for players who are heavier and in need of a lot of impact protection. As its name suggests, this shoe will also be great for those players who do a lot of jumping movements such as rebounds and blocks.
Who should NOT buy this basketball shoe from Nike
The Air Zoom GT Jump won't be as effective for the following players:
- Nimble guards who value court feel, they are better off with the other GT variants or Nike's signature offers such as Nike KD 14.
- Outdoor players who might be distracted by the exposed Zoom units; they should get the Kyrie 7 instead.
Nike Air Zoom GT Jump means bounce. Period.
It promised to deliver bounciness, and deliver bounciness it does. Impact protection was still there, too.
It feels like a synergistic combination of the cushioning systems of the Nike LeBron 19 and the Air Jordan 36.
But yeah... court feel just wasn't there
Because of the thick cushioning system, the shoe sits high off the ground. This effectively sacrifices the wearers feel of the ground.
Grip was dependable with or without dust.
Though it's always better to play on cleaner courts, it must be noted that the Air Zoom GT Jump did not falter on dusty surfaces.
Upper? You bet it's sturdy!
The materials that make up the upper may be thin, but they sure are resistant to abrasion. Even after being stepped on several times, they still don't show serious signs of wear and tear.
These materials are also provide much needed response especially during aggressive cuts and side steps.
The support features in this shoe work as they should. For example, the wide base keep rides stable. Also, the cushlon that comes up the sides cage the foot in
The GT Jump needs some getting used to
This Nike shoe, particularly the Jump Frame in the rear area, has to be broken in. It doesn't take long to break this one in though.
This shoe delivers comfort all around
The upper materials are lined with fabric underneath to ensure next-to-skin comfort. The soft cushion also ensures underfoot goodness.
Avoid outdoor games, perhaps?
The Nike Air Zoom GT Jump is expensive, so you might want to rethink subjecting it to the harsh outdoors. While the actual outsole is durable, the shoe's Zoom units are also exposed; keeping it indoors is actually a necessary precaution.