Who should buy the Nike Zoom Ascention

The Zoom Ascention is another budget basketball shoe from Nike. It was released in early 2016 at $90. The outsole has an aggressive herringbone traction pattern with deep grooves for stabilized moves on court. This pair is for you if:

  • You're looking for a budget-friendly Nike model.
  • You're more of an outdoor player and need a thick rubber outsole to support your game.

Nike Zoom Ascention logo

Nike's midsole technologies for Zoom Ascention

The Nike Zoom Ascention features a full-length Phylon and a Zoom unit. Phylon is a lightweight foam carrier that provides a comfortable ride. The Zoom unit is strategically placed at the forefoot to give wearers bounce and low-to-the-ground feel.

Nike Zoom Ascention forefoot

Powerful outsole of Nike Zoom Ascention

Traction is considered as the most important aspect of a basketball shoe. They say it brings credibility and fame to the shoe. The Nike Zoom Ascention has a full-length herringbone traction.

Nike Zoom Ascention outsole top

It is favored by most basketball athletes because of its capability to grip indoor and outdoor floors well. The grooves of the pattern are designed to be thick and deep to support the multidirectional footwork of the wearer.

Nike Zoom Ascention outsole

Unique lockdown system

The Zoom Ascention utilizes a unique lacing system. Instead of eyelets, a single cord on both sides is used to anchor the laces. It helps speed up lacing.

Nike Zoom Ascention lockdown

Because of this setup, it is also easier to adjust the tightness of the shoelaces. The heel area has enough padding and an internal heel cup to prevent extra side-to-side movements.

Nike Zoom Ascention collar

Zoom Ascention's material setup

The upper of the Nike Zoom Ascention is a combination of foam underlays and mesh. Mesh provides the lightness and continuous airflow that keep the foot dry. The foam underlays provide comfort and build to the shoe.

Nike Zoom Ascention upper

Nike Zoom Ascention's solid style

The Nike Zoom Ascention is a low-top shoe with a half-bootie construction. The tinsel stitches on the side panels of the shoe locks the foot down with style.

Nike Zoom Ascention style front

A small “ZOOM ASCENTION” callout is found on the tongue. The Swoosh logos are seen on the outsole and both sides of the shoe.

Facts / Specs

Top: Mid
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Grey / Blue / Black / White
SKUs: 832234001 / 832234002 / 832234003 / 832234004 / 832234100 / 832234101 / 832234400 / 834319600

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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.