Most of guys should have known the Antetokounmpo’s playing way. His strong bounce have high request for the cushion performance. This time, Nike make the first pair of signature shoes for the MVP Antetokounmpo.
The double layers of ZOOM Air Cushion on rear sole is to satisfy Antetokounmpo’s cushion request, and it’s also to be different with other series. For example, Kyrie 5 uses round air cushion on forefoot, PG3 is fan shaped air cushion, ZK4 is single air cushion on rear sole and LeBron 16 is full-length MAX Air Cushion etc. These designs make each series has the independence and difference.
The inspiration of sole design comes from Antetokounmpo’s father’s favorite flower–Rose. And the sole is embossed with the words ‘I AM MY FATHER’S LEGACY’. The grain of rubber part is the territory of Africa, Europe and North American which are very important to Antetokounmpo.
The sole of shoe heel part is embossed with the name of Antetokounmpo’s brothers. The inner side of insole is embossed with the name of Antetokounmpo’s parents who are the most important person to him. ZOOM FREAK 1 also designs the ‘ROSES’ colorway for Antetokounmpo’s father Charles. You know, Antetokounmpo loves his father deeply.
Before wearing Kobe series, Antetokounmpo loves Nike Hyperfuse, and he weared it for a long time.
We can see that ZOOM FREAK 1 also has some features of Nike Hyperfuse, such as the ventilated vamp, ZOOM Air cushion and the similar upper height. Antetokounmpo knows well his request for the basketball shoes.
BTW, the designer of ZOOM FREAK 1 is Thomas Durand who used to design NIKE Hyperdunk X Low, ZOOM Live 3, ZOOM Rev 2, KOBE Venomenom 6. Moreover, LeBron Ambassadors 12 will also designed by him.
The unit weight of EUR43 is about 355g. It’s very light. It should be the lightest basketball shoes that I have weared in this year. If you has high request for the weight, you can choose it.
Fit: The forefoot has enough space, but the ankle can’t be fit well
The light weight also has the disadvantages. The mesh vamp is thin, so the support is not good enough.
But the inner sleeve can fit well the foot. As the upper is not high, it doesn’t have good protection to ankle. It’s better to wear high type socks.
The sole is made of crystal sole and rubber. This kind of configuration has great traction performance. You can control it well. But the abrasive resistance of the crystal sole is not good.
Although it doesn’t have TPU supporting plate, but the reverse Swoosh logo can offer great anti-torsion performance. The Phylon foam which are extended from the outer side of the shoes to shoe heel also can undertake the effect of TPU. The crystal sole which extend from outsole to vamp also increase the stability. I’m satisfied at it.
Cushion Performance: great cushion on rear sole
The light weight of FREAK 1 is also due to the thin Phylon material on forefoot. The cushion of forefoot is not obvious. But the feedback from the double layer Zoom Air Cushion on rear sole is fast and obvious. I like this feeling after breaking-in.
Overall, as the first pair of Antetokounmpo’s signature shoes, NIKE hasn’t brought much surprise to us. The integrate performance of FREAK 1 is above average. The price of ZOOM Freak 1 is also not high, and it should be going to reduce in the near future. We expect that NIKE will bring us more surprise in the further series.