Leborn 16 is launched in Los Angeles. As one of the present leader figures in NBA, the sneakers of Leborn definitely has kinds of top technology. The new generation continues the insole configuration of last generation. Let’s see its performance on the basketball court.
For the first sight of Lebron 16, most of people feel that the shoe shape is highly consistent with last generation. It just has the difference in details. As it were the improvement of Lebron 15.
The front view of this sneaker. BattleKnit 2.0 vamp is chequered with black and white.
The side view of this sneaker. The insole still use the same configuration of last generation.
The rear view of this sneaker, the heelpiece with leather texture to increase the stability. The left heelpiece is embossed with BBZ and the right heelpiece with 330.
Leborn 16 is integrated shoe body design. But the moving space of shoe tongue is big. It’s easy to wear.
BattleKnit 2.0 vamp is soft and comfortable. It’s not tight.
The size of Leborn 16 is normal. You can choose the normal size that you wear.
After wearing, the width of shoe tree on forefoot is moderated.
Wrapping Performance & Support：8 scores
The lacing system of Leborn 16 hasn’t use dynamic Flywire design. So it doesn’t have obvious improvement of wrapping performance. You can feel that the feet fit well with the vamp, but not tight. For the supporting performance, BattleKnit 2.0 vamp has been improved comparing with last generation.
The lace hole of Leborn 16 is different with the normal design. The normal lace hole across the whole vamp. But the lace hole of this sneaker only exist in the knit vamp, not passing though the inner sleeve. But this design will make it difficult to tension the laces to improve the wrapping performance. It needs to be adjusted after wearing. You can feel that the vamp fit well with the vamp, but lacking the tight oppressing sensation. The foam padding in heelpiece is not thick enough.
BattleKnit 2.0 vamp improves the intensity comparing with last generation. It can offer great support when moving. The heelpiece is reinforced by leather, which can increase the support to ankle. The stability of Leborn 16 is obviously better than last generation.
From this side view, we can see that the design on heelpiece position which can increase the area of insole thrust surface, then it can improve the stability.
Traction & Abrasion Resistance：8 scores
The outsole of Leborn 16 uses herringbone texture deisgn. The traction is excellent. But the abrasion resistance of crystal outsole is not good. We only suggest to wear it for playing on wood floor.
When testing the sudden stop on outfield, Leborn 16 can stop at once.
On wood floor, the crystal outsole hasn’t been abrased. But the crystal outsole has obvious rough selvedge in out-field.
Cushion: 9 scores
For configuration of insole, LeBorn 16 uses 3 stops separated air cushion as last generation, which including ZOOM Air Cushion on forefoot and arch and ZOOM with MAX air cushion on heelpiece. The match of ZOOM+MAX on heelpiece can be said to be top level. It doesn’t need to talk about the comfortable sensation. And it has big area of ZOOM Air Cushion on forefoot, I can feel the resilience feedback from insole.
The small Zoom Air Cushion on arch doesn’t have big effect when wearing. It’s mainly for stabilize the insole.
General Comment：8.3 scores
As LeBorn 16 uses the same insole model as last generation, the variation of whole vamp appearance is not obviously. If only looking from the appearance, Leborn 16 is just the improvement of Leborn 15.
The tenacity of BattleKnit 2.0 vamp has been improved. The support of vamp is better than Leborn 15.
For insole cushion, LeBorn 16 uses 3 stops separated air cushion. You can feel the obvious resilient feedback due to the big ZOOM Air Cushion on forefoot. The stability of ZOOM+MAX air cushion on heelpiece is good. The normal body weight can keep the supporting stability after jumping to the floor. The crystal outsole is only suitable to infield. The wear-resisting property when playing on outfield is bad. We suggest the power and ponderal type frontline players to wear it for actual combact.