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Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro Performance Review

The five-time NBA Champion continues to push the footwear teams at Nike to think outside the box. He isn’t satisfied with where the team has been, and always wants to focus on where it can go next.

Bryant initially scoffed at the prospect of a retro line to pay homage to some of the iconic footwear he wore throughout his career. “It just didn’t fit right with everything I stood for, with the Mamba Brand,” says Bryant.

So what is the Mamba spirit and what is concept of Protro?

“Protro is about evolution and improving on things that were,” says Bryant. So  what showcase in the sneaker.After three-plus years of working on the idea and determining the right modifications and timing, the Zoom Kobe 1 Protro has become a reality.This updated version of the Zoom Kobe 1 carries the same aesthetic but has been upgraded with 2018 technology. The result is the translation of the shoe Bryant famously scored 81 points in on January 22, 2006.

For the cushioning : it updated version of the Zoom Kobe 1 carries the same aesthetic but has been upgraded with 2018 technology. The result is the translation of the shoe Bryant famously scored 81 points in on January 22, 2006.  Zoom Air and a top-loaded rectangular heel Zoom Air unit  will help a lot in the court .it is comfortable .While I prefer the cushioning setup worked well. I would honestly say it’s an upgrade over last year’s model.

For the grip ,it is not easy to keep it , the abrasion resistantis not great,if you play in out side  for one hours ,it will be wear so quickly .

For the material : it is used the entirely leather upper with fuse overlays in high wear areas. The shoe pretty  great, but the ventilation is not great  . That isn’t to say that’s bad because everything used on the Kobe 1 works well in unison.


For the supporting : The ankles are fully filled from the net and foam, but they feel tight at the ankles, and the round laces are particularly easy to loose. After being accustomed to weaving the uppers, they are not accustomed to thick leather shoes, and when they change their direction, they can feel the crushing effect of leather deformation.

There is the  logo of  Mamba. 

We can see the details of the shoes ,the logo of the tongue.

They were also able to improve the ride by eliminating foam and decreasing the size of the carbon fiber shank to create a more engineered feel.

The stability is quite satisfactory, and the wide forefoot is suitable foe one who likes to stop the jumper. The change of direction is also very comfortable, also the forefoot is a little soft, or I like the ZOOM of the previous egg type, and change to the breakthrough will be much easier;

For fitting : it is true size . Even on a wide-footer like myself, the shoe fit like a glove. I’d stay true to size, regardless of having a wide foot or narrow one.

Overall ,The material is flexible and stability , the zoom unit is amazing , also the supporting is nice , the traction also great, it help a lot in the court , the performance is nice .

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Nike Kobe 1 Protro Performance Review

Kobe Bryant is one of the most prolific basketball players of all time. His dominance on-court paired with his win-at-all-costs attitude made him a demon to face in-game. though he was not in the court now , but the  mamba sprits still occur to us .“Protro is about evolution and improving on things that were,” says Bryant. “I wanted to build a business that wasn’t just based on things I have done in the past. It is important that the brand stands for performance and that everything we do is innovative, even if we are releasing shoes from the past they still must be built on performance.”And now, his original Nike shoes are making a comeback, equipped with everything you need to take command of the court today. The new Nike Zoom Kobe 1 “Protro” released .

Nike Zoom Kobe 1 ProtroRelease

Date: February 17th, 2018$175

Color: Black/Black-Varsity Maize

Style Code: AQ2728-003

The Zoom Air bag in the sole has been upgraded for a smoother, more comfortable wear, as well as a reduction in the size of the carbon fiber shank. This reduces stress on the wearer’s foot, and the subtraction of some extra interior foam will make the shoe even lighter.

So is it right ?The original Kobe 1 was an absolute killer on court, so does the “new and improved”  we will check it as below :

For the material , the black and yellow upper came constructed from a premium leather, and suede  with a white Nike Swoosh and Kobe branding throughout. I remember that it wrinkles with age and time just like my skin for the Kobe 1, but for the Kobe 1 Protro , it is seems improved this time , It will be more comfortable then is follow the Kobe 1 that made up of a nubuck ,I  feel  like the best you can get at this price point for basketball.

It is smooth and soft and should take a couple of wears to with the Kobe 1,Kobe 1  Protro material used the ankle collar and the missing leather circles that covered the ankle bones. Though it is not a big change and neither one makes a difference in performance.

Nike also noted in their announcement that DeMar DeRozan loved the performance feel so much that he wore the shoe in a game a few weeks ago.


For the cushioning : Full-length Zoom used again,it is nice .The air cushion and supporting, There  added a cushion rubber  to the forefoot which cushioning effect was also significant.

The Kobe I uses forefoot and heel zoom air. Nothing fancy (well I guess nowadays it sort of it) and it works great . You can actually feel the zoom in the heel and forefoot although it is not as bouncy as the 2K5.

As we know the  Zoom appeared, it was the low, fast, speedy, responsive cushioning while Air Max was the impact protection.But  it seems Zoom is marketed as impact protection.The Zoom unit can be felt as soon as you step down on that first wear and it only gets better as the midsole foam begins breaking in.

For the supporting : the supporting is nice  which from the bottom,upper,and the base is wide and features a large outrigger on the lateral forefoot. So whole the supporting is nice ,we get foam teeth rising from the midsole over the side of the foot. We can feel a good court feeling.

KOBE 1 PROTRO is more suitable in the court, with the advantage of height and weight ,it is the best one for choosing. I don’t think  it is  the best choice for a slim breakthrough player. After all, player rely on speed to break down will hate the feeling of being bound.

Of course, the court  is relatively rough and frictional,it  will be more nice   of the grip . The interior floor space will be more smooth, and how the KOBE 1 PROTRO performance ?

It is a high top design, but the TPU support plate of heel can only protec the Achilles tendon, so that the whole ankle can only be wrapped by the help material. If without help of the shoelace, it will be completely empty. For people who love breakthrough can be considered for more flexible ankle.

For the ventilation ,it is just so so .

Overall, The  KOBE 1 PROTRO is great,the nice cushioning and  supporting will help the player breakthroughin the court, the  speed back the pursuit of ankle flexibility, and it can take care of the need to support the weight of general strike.The Kobe 1 Protro should suit any player at any position, period, dont miss it .

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Nike Kobe 1 Protro Deconstructed Report

NIKE ZOOM KOBE 1 was released in December 2005. It was the first  signature shoe  for Kobe, created by designer Ken Link. The cortex structure of the upper is full of texture, and the Zoom and carbon plates in the midsole ensure the cushioning performance and stability of the shoes. Kobe’s personal LOGO was inspired by the scabbard of the samurai sword. NIKE ZOOM KOBE 1 will be released  in 2018. Let’s take a look at the details.

Nike Zoom Kobe 1 ProtroRelease Date: February 17th, 2018$175Color: Black/Black-Varsity MaizeStyle Code: AQ2728-003


Black shoe box with front Kobe personal LOGO and handwritten signature

Though it is simply black and there is a details of site


It appears that Nike has big plans for Zoom Kobe 1 as we’ve already learned of a collaboration with LA-based UNDEFEATED, while the timing of the releases appear to coincide with the NBA All-Star game taking place in Los Angeles, the city where Bryant made his name.

For the material :Protro is about evolution and improving on things that were,” said Bryant told Nike in a statement. it used the  Flyknit or making it a lifestyle shoe. For the colorway , the Zoom Kobe 1 is back and ready for ball with a new lightweight build.Outfitted in a clean black and yellow makeup. I am thinking it is bright colorway for spring .


With UPTEMPO printed on the heel, NIKE was once one of the three major series of basketball

For the traction:

There are the details as below ;

For cushioning : While the Zoom Kobe  has been an obvious trend setting sneaker with the low-top cut, one of the main elements Kobe wanted to shed from the Huarache series was the strap on the collar because even then, he wanted to experiment with a lower line for the collar.the Kobe I boasted excellent cushion and support, despite being minimally heavier than the other kicks the Mamba had worn with Nike.How low he could go was still up in the air at that time, but even on the Zoom Kobe I, we can see a lowered collar line, with the collar itself made of a perforated soft fabric.

With UPTEMPO printed on the heel, NIKE was once one of the three major series of basketball

The forefoot midsole draws on the design concept of FREE and the rollover design is quite practical


Midsole surround carbon fiber grain trim strip

For the traction :it used great rubber with great grip.


We can see the carbon fiber  support plate which improved the supporting

Breathable insole with heel upturned to better fit the shoes

On the back of the insole, cushioning glue is added to the main force of the front and back palms

The  insole about 278 mm for US 9/42.5

insoles forefoot width 94.86 mm for the size US 9/42.5

The  insole thickness of about 4.88 mm for the size US 9/42.5

About 453.4 grams of shoes for the size US 9/42.5

Let’s take a look at the difference between the  KOBE 1 and the 18th version . Here is the picture : The size of the first version (white) ,and the 18th version(black and yellow)

For the box : it is different colorway and design .

The first version used the  Red/khaki shoebox, and the 18th version  using pure black shoebox.

The first version Name: ZOOM KOBE 1, The 18 version name: KOBE 1 PROTRO

It is almost the same design for between the first version and 18th version.

It will be higher compare with the 1 st version .

For the supporting : it is seem the same design for the heel ,but for the 18 version , ht foam will be more firm.

For the traction : they used the same traction . but differenct colorway .

For the system , it also the same design .

For the detail of inside : The first year version of the ankle was added to the leather material, and the 18th version canceled this design.

There are different of details of the tag

The first year version  and the 18th edition insole are added with cushioning glue on the back, that is a great design .

Overall, KOBE 1 is the first basketball shoe of Bryant’s career. The 18th version is following the the first version ,also the  color brought me a surprised  . It is a small regret to cancel the leather patch on the ankle. It is said that the midsole configuration has been upgraded,we are exception for this one .