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 Nike Air Zoom GT Jump locks down the foot well

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.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 17.6oz
Top: High
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Air, Nike Air Zoom GT
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Black / Grey / White / Purple
SKUs: CZ9907001 / CZ9907002 / CZ9907100 / CZ9907101 / CZ9907500

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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.