As we know , the guards require speed and agility on the basketball court. A difficult position to play, guards need to be able to bring their “A” game every night. So the shoes required is really different .Shoes are among the most important piece of equipment in a guard’s arsenal.
The key most important thing for a guard is a shoe’s traction,with supreme grip, allowing the guard to stop faster,traction to allow the guard to accelerate faster,better overall quickness
So how to choose the guard shoes ? Here we go .
There are two options and popular guard shoes :2K4 and ZOOM BB.
The Nike Zoom Huarache 2K4 is a basketball sneaker from Nike originally released in 2004 (as referenced by the name). The sneaker is recalled by many as one of Nike’s greatest basketball designs, and was worn early on by the likes of Kobe Bryant.
The Nike Zoom BB 1.5 certainly looks the same as the Nike Zoom BB, the performance very well .
The Nike Zoom Huarache 2K4 features a soft inner sleeve in its design, and the protection is great ,but the most important is the great traction which let us to stop faster, running fast.With the Nike Zoom Huarache 2K4 features a soft inner sleeve in its design and the 8 mm zoom ,that is great and perfomanc well .
The ZOOM BB seems like the same as 2K3 for the design . The performance well .The price is acceptable for the this setting.The Zoom is did a great work.
Here is picture as below :It is a little similar but different material , traction, cushioning ,but a little similar look maybe .
ZOOM BB released a lot of PE versions ,the upper is completely redone in Hyperfuse material for the uber-breathable feel. For the material , it is great , the ventilation is nice , especial for the summer, I can feel the air through the shoes.
There are some version of ZOOM BB as below :
Those version will be popular in these year.though they are a little similar for the performance .
For the supporting :
The supporting of 2K4 is nice , You’ll find that some shoes have heel counters that will provide you with more support in the heel area.There are a lot of symptoms that your feet are trying to tell you when you wear the wrong shoes.but this one , it can help you a lot when you playing , also I feel that the 2K4 have a little stiff. some player will like it , but for some one , it is not the best options.
The ZOOM BB’s supporting is will better .Absorb more impact when hitting the floor from jumping,protecting your ankles and feet on the court.The leather version actually has more support than the suede because of the materials. I actually left the top loop undone on the leather pair because it was almost too restrictive. This suede pair is a little more flexible and conforms to the foot like a sock. .unlike other shoes which you can’t maximize your performance if you’re nursing bruised ankles or toes.
For the lace system , it is great, plus the strap is useful , it can lockdown the heel a lot.
Then for the material of 2k4, the suede material also is nice ,it is soft but compare with ZOOM BB , it is will be soft .
For the ZOOM BB ,we can see the detail as below : the zoom cushioning,The leather version actually has more support than the suede because of the materials. I actually left the top loop undone on the leather pair because it was almost too restrictive. This suede pair is a little more flexible and conforms to the foot like a sock.
For the cushion : it is full length Zoom,then it do not use any fillers such as EVA or Phylon. Before Pure Boost there was Pure Zoom.This is as pure of a Zoom set up as you’re going to get. Low profile and springy or every guard’s wishlist. No foam allows the player to feel the Zoom and eliminates any extra ride height.
For the 2k4, it is the strap that it is very effective in fixing ankles. There is no laced hole in the top. There is only a magic bandage. The large area TPU behind the sneakers extends to the position of the Achilles tendon.
For the Zoom BB , Lace up to the top can clearly feel the wrapping, the heel has a vertical TPU played a fixed role, but in fact, the 2K4 more reassuring.
Using the disassembly chart, we can see that not only the whole middle bottom part has a large area of carbon plate, but also a small piece of separated carbon plate inside the front part.
Here is the TPU surround.
Both shoes have the Anti rollover part, that is the guard shoes.For the Zoom BB .There is a plastic piece behind the upper that sits where that leather rand is. I’ve worn my BB down so it’s a little flimsy now but still miles better than the new generation of mesh and knits that have a total disregard for this performance aspect.
For the traction : 2K4 used the heeringboe traction ,Herringbone traction provides traction and grip on the court. The shoe also incorporates Anafoam to provide support and structure while keeping the shoe lightweight. Charged cushioning provides first-step speed and change of direction needed to outpace the competition.
We can see the details as below :
For the ZOOM BB ,when moving to the shoe’s outsole, you’ll find continental rubber, which provides maximum grip on and off the court. The outsole offers grip in wet and dry conditions, so anyone playing street ball can confidently wear these shoes, too.
The 2K 4 add durability to the shoe while the forefoot has a flyweave join design. What this design does is allows the foot to maintain natural movement, while providing the player with the agility and traction to make quick transitions and cuts.
Overall , which shoes will you like ? Though it is a little difference , but both are great guard shoes .