Now Paul leads the Rockets to the second round of the playoffs to compete with Warriors. He worn Jordan CP3 12 in this competition.
My first feeling of Jordan CP3 12 is not good. It looks very generic if putting it in the exclusive shop of NIKE or Jordan.
For the price, CP2 12 is almost twice as cheap as last generation. But is there any big discount in the performance? Yes, it is.
The biggest problem of the performance is the support of vamp.
The overall vamp is loose. It’s not workable if fastening the shoelaces. The vamp can’t offer good support to the foot.
The main reason of the bad support should be the design of vamp. For previous most of the sneakers, whether the overall performance is good or bad, at least the vamp design, they will make some efforts to improve the performance of the sneakers.
We can have a look at other sneakers, such as Zoom Kobe 4 which has a upturning design on the outsole of forefoot and has reinforcement on the vamp, and Kyrie 3 which has two Flywire to lock the vamp.
Jordan CP3 11 is similar to the design philosophy of Jordan Supreme Elevation PF. It just changes the TPU to Valcro. It has great supporting performance.
Jordan CP3 12 doesn’t have the upturning design on outsole and extra reinforcement on vamp. And it doesn’t have the design of Valcro which is Paul’s favorite design.
My best satisfied part of this sneaker is the traction performance.
The traction performance of CP3 12 is excellent. And it doesn’t have obvious wear track. The abrasive resistance is much better than AJ33 & KD12. For the durability of outsole, CP3 12 is good. If you like to play basketball on concrete floor, you can consider it.
Whether it appears slippery phenomenon, it can’t prove if the shoes have good traction performance or not.
It has three main reasons for slippery phenomenon：firstly, the ground reason. If you are playing basketball on wood floor, but the wood floor is not clear enough, 99% of the shoes will be slipped. Whether if it will be slipped on out-field, it depends on the dust and water on the field.
Second, the outsole. In the same ground, the traction of KD12 and AJ33 is worse than CP3 12. Except the advantage of grain and stiffness of outsole, the outsole of CP3 12 is not easy to absorb dust and can let the shoes to maintain great traction performance for a long time.
Third, the reason of playing way. Because of different body quality, feedback of the shoes’ traction is different.
For such price level, I’m surprised that the forefoot of CP3 12 has a fan shaped ZOOM Air Cushion. As you know, CP3 11 only have a hexagon ZOOM Air Cushion on the heel part, but the price is much higher. If judging the configuration of insole, CP3 13 is worthy for its present price.
For the actual experience, the feedback of cushion is normal, the resilience is good. But as the thickness of cushion is too thick, it effects the touch between air cushion and foot. The soft and resilient feeling is mainly from the shoe-pad.
But the cushion performance of CP3 12 is better than Kyrie 5.
As the vamp support is not good, CP3 12 has the same problem with Ross 4.0, so that the design of rollover prevention is not good.
If you are worried that the ankle will be hurt due to vamp support, we don’t suggest you to purchase CP3 12.
As CP3 12 don’t have support plate inside, maybe Nike think that the TPU support is unnecessary or just want to save the cost, so the anti-torsion performance is not good, as the anti-torsion cooperates with rollover prevention.
But it doesn’t mean that the rollover prevention is good with the design of rollover prevention. So it doesn’t mean that the anti-torsion must be bad without TPU supporting plate on insole. But the anti-torsion and rollover prevention performance of CP3 12 is not good.
The wrapping performance is also not good. The air permeability is normal.
If you like to play basketball in high strength, pay attention on protecting the ankle, and like great wrapping performance, we don’t suggest you to purchase CP3 12. We recommend you to purchase it if you are fans of Paul or you want to purchase a pair of basketball shoes in lower price level.