Verdict from 4 experts and 49 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • According to one tester, the woven textile material feels very nice and soft. He claims that it provides a lot of flexibility and breathability.
  • Most reviewers declare that the synthetic leather shroud adds durability and enhances forefoot containment.
  • The Achilles pillows feel really comfortable, the majority of testers report.
  • Because of the ventilation holes, a commenter says that the Jordan Ultra.Fly 3 is not as hot as it looks.
  • The cushioning feels great on foot, a good number of reviewers remark. According to them, the heel and forefoot Zoom Air units provide plenty of impact protection and responsiveness.
  • The full-length herringbone traction gets the job done, most testers assert.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The forefoot shroud is not that flexible, one tester observes.
  • A reviewer is concerned that the smooth number 23 logo that extends to the outsole may cause some slippage during play.
  • A tester gripes that the traction is not the best when playing on dusty courts.
  • According to one tester, impact protection is not the best since the heel lacks compression.

Bottom line

The Jordan Ultra.Fly 3 has a few good things going for it. It boasts heel and forefoot Zoom Air units that offer substantial impact protection and court feel and supportive materials that look and feel premium. It would seem that the only issue with this shoe is its inconsistent traction.

Overall, these Jordan basketball shoes are decent performers on clean courts. However, there are much better options (like the Why Not Zer0.2 and PG3) at its price point.

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Good to know

Make your presence felt on both ends of the floor with the Jordan Ultra.Fly 3.  Crafted for the do-it-all two-way player, these basketball shoes provide the ultimate combination of containment, speed, and response with its lightweight materials, comfortable cushioning, and multidirectional traction.

Cushion. The Jordan Ultra.Fly 3 is equipped with heel and forefoot Zoom Air units that provide cushioning and explosiveness as you run up and down the court. A Phylon midsole adds responsiveness and offers a stable ride.

Traction. These basketball shoes feature a multidirectional herringbone traction pattern that provides a 360-degree grip and allows you to make explosive movements on the court. The Ultra.Fly 3 is also equipped with lateral outriggers that enhance stability.

Length and Width. Retailers advise going true to size when ordering these and other Jordan Brand basketball shoes like Chris Paul's CP3 11 and Russell Westbrook's Why Not Zer0.2.

Lockdown. A synthetic forefoot shroud secures the foot while a webbing lace system delivers dynamic lockdown.

The Jordan Ultra.Fly 3 is constructed with a woven textile upper that delivers lightweight containment and provides a speedy feel. The sleek upper is designed to secure the fit without weighing you down.

Because of its synthetic forefoot shroud, the Ultra.Fly 3 bears some resemblance to the Air Jordan 18, Air Jordan 19, and Jordan Why Not Zer0.1. Its sleek and modern aesthetic delivers a comprehensive look and feel.

Stretching from the lateral heel to the outsole is a number 23 graphic that completes the heritage-inspired silhouette. These basketball shoes also boast a dynamic color blocking that allows Jordan Brand designers to create attention-grabbing hues.

These Jordan basketball shoes are available in the following color combinations:

  • Black/Black
  • Black/Light Smoke Grey/White
  • Black/White/Infrared 23
  • Gym Red/Black/White


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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.