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Performance Review: Nike LeBron 8 V/2

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Performance Review: Nike LeBron 8 V/2.

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If you read the performance review of the Nike LeBron 8 V/1, you would know about the luxury feel, amazing fit, traction and cushioning. But where the V/1 was like the BMW M3 with its combination of performance and luxury, the V/2 would be like BMW M3 CSL. The M3 CSL was a limited edition version of the E46 generation M3. The CSL drops 110 kg (240 lbs) of curb weight from the traditional M3 while gaining a total of 17hp as well. To achieve the dramatic weight savings and desired performance, there were many considerations taken. The M3 CSL used carbon fiber reinforced polymer body pieces, lightweight exhaust manifold and thinner exhaust piping, refined suspension components, upgraded brakes, and an aerodynamic lightweight body kit that helps improve downforce by 50% but also even features a hole in the front bumper to help draw cool air from outside the engine bay into the intake system of the car. All these performance improvements helped the M3 CSL go around the world famous Top Gear test track in 1:28.0 (with the help of a certain tame racing driver), while the regular E46 BMW M3 clocked in at 1:31.8. A HUGE difference.

In the automotive industry and motorsports, generally the lighter you are, the faster you can go. Nike and Senior Basketball Designer Jason Petrie took the same approach to the LeBron 8 signature line. LeBron started the season with the luxuriously padded and flywire/leather wrapped V/1. For the mid-season when teams are jockeying for position, or even on the hunt to take the lead in their conference, Petrie gave LeBron something familiar for the post-season hunt, but also slightly different at the same time. Anyone who’s into motorsports or racing knows that trying to cut weight while maintaining key components and a 50/50 weight balance is so hard. Like replacing the windshield glass for a thinner one to save maybe a pound? Doing this in a shoe? Even harder. But Jason Petrie managed to lighten up some of the interior padding, as well as eliminating the leather panels to give the V/2 a slight advantage in the weight department while keeping the same lockdown fit and ensuring the shoe itself is still very stable.

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why you did a performance review now? this shoe ‘s been on the market like forever…wtf?its nosense… i ‘d need a review just after the release date..

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It’s interesting to see how the target player for the LeBron shoes has switched from the big power-players(up to around the 5), to more of a guard-shoe. Around me, the average weight of the guys wearing LeBrons has gone done by around 30-40lbs.

They were too soft for me, GR FlyWire just doesn’t hold me on the footbed unfortunately, but the colorways have looked great on the V2, very runner-esque. 8)

Great review, BTW, hit all the spots!!!

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goodwork, keep them coming

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@Ready4war13: It’s for posterity. Also, I’m backed up on content and this happened to be one of the pieces that slipped through. Winston had it finished up a while back so give him props on it. I’ll take the blame for the delay. As to the second part of your comment, we really haven’t had it where companies are releasing multiple signature versions over the course of a year and even playoff specific now, so this is all cycling much quicker than in the past. Most guys had ONE shoe they wore all season and into the playoffs. Now companies are throwing out three or more different styles. Times are changing. And speaking of time, I’m always getting hit up asking for thoughts and reviews on shoes that have well been out at retail. Just today I received a message asking about the Kobe VI that launched last year and we did a review on around that time. People still want to know. People will want to know if they’re picking up styles now. If they’re buying on eBay later. Or if the shoes get retro’d in the future. It’s not throwaway content, people will always be interested regardless. So, to answer your question, I’m going to go with posterity again. We’ll hit these quicker in the future though, no doubt…

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Storm, killin’ it, as usual. Wish I could still make myself like Air Max shoes, because there is really no other look when stepping on the court than that full-length bubble. May have to actually look at these anyway. Again, great job.

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Great review Winston, very professional and detailed, almost felt like buying me a pair of those pillows that nike sells as shoes…i was thinking about those problems with your tendons that you mentioned and i wanted to drop my 2 cents on the subject: i don´t think its a good idea to rely on a shoes to solve tendinitis problems…that´s a band aid solution and with time it can get worse! look at the heel raise, the lack of natural sensing input your blocking with those soles / insoles! c´mon! it´s great how you played with the beemer analogy but this shoe is anything but trouble for the feet! listen, anybody that believes the nike mkt pitch really has to be crazy…they try to sell heavy, unstable shoes like it´s the most advanced thing that you can have on your feet and then they drop some ounces saying “Oh, it´s the postseason blah blah” c´mooooooooooon! stop buying this things

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Another great and in-depth review. I’m not too heavily involved in what’s going on in the automotive world so I didn’t care too much for the BMW comparisons. However, it did give me a good general sense of the changes Nike made from the V1 to the V2. So I see why you made that comparison and included all that detail.

@Nene33 – you bring up an interesting point. Especially with Lebron’s signature line, we used to see a shoe that provided heavy padding and solid support to accommodate a player of his size and stature (the stiff upper of the Lebron 3 or the foam-based Lebron 4, for example). Now we’re seeing a much heavier focus on keeping a shoe light.

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Great work on the interview Storm

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V/2’s look whole lot better then V/1 too. Nice review.

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Thanks for the comments guys!

@John: thanks for having my back on that one! Not all your doing, it did take me a while to get the review and pictures together. But I do agree, its nice just to have the review available for reference with the PS’s coming out now, the price on the v/2’s are probably dropping and more people may become interested.

@Nene: Yeah, these hit the sweet spot for me in terms of fit, containment, cushioning feel and effectiveness but you’re a different beast all together!

@Duke: Thanks man! Much appreciated. Definitely give them a try at your local spot. See if you can deal with the court-feel. But knowing you and your affinity for more low to the ground shoes you might not like em.

@Gus: Thanks for the comments. I do notice the height of the heel, good observation. I don’t really rely on shoes to help with the tendonitis, its just certain shoes i’ll have a flareup alot quicker, IE: Zoom Kobe V, my knee doesn’t even flare up as bad wearing a shoe that supposedly doesnt have any cushioning like the adiZero Rose. The marketing pitch doesn’t really get to me. To me it’s more about the new construction and materials on the v/2 that really intruiged me. The shoes really aren’t really heavy at all, and they’re actually quite stable (Although, yes, air based cushioning by design is more unstable than foam based cushioning). In the end, different shoes work for different people. These just happened to work for me, what should I do?

@MattyIce: Thanks man! The BMW comparison was made more because I was reading up alot about the M3 while I was playing in the Lebron 8 v/1 and v/2. But also I knew Jason Petrie had some kind of automotive influence with the Lebron 8 line, and he showed that off with the release of the PS and drawing comparisons to Lamborghini.
Great point regarding the previous Lebron shoes. Its also about the availability of better technology and evolving the products. Major complaints regarding the 3 and the 4 were the weight, so I’m glad they’re trying to keep the weight down.

Thanks to everyone else that read the review. Keep the comments coming. Let us know how you liked the Lebron 8 v/2 as well.

I’m excited to give the v/3 a run.

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Unlike Matty, I really enjoyed the automotive comparison and the details given with each comparison of the M3 to the V1 and the CSL to the V2. It really helps put into perspective and explain the differences between the shoe, not just visually but through a tech perspective.

Another great detailed review Winston. I look forward to the V3 review too.

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Great Review, you touched on a lot of details that i haven’t seen in other reviews. I gotta quick question though, which of these shoes would you recommend the most for a a big guard (5’10” 195 lbs). The V1, the KDIII, or something else? My game is built mostly of quickness so i need something that can support that but i also need some impact protection cause i am coming off a fractured growth-plate on my left leg. I got injured playing in the hyperfuse but it wasn’t really cause of impact cause it was while i was jumping off the leg, thanks and i appreciate a reply

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Hi James,

Sorry to hear about your injury.
I probably wouldn’t suggest the KDIII if one of your main concerns is impact protection. Personally I like the Lebron 8 V/2 better performance wise over the V/1, but if you need a little bit more feel and quickness, maybe try the PS. The good thing about the PS also is that it has a large midfoot shank to support your foot maybe a little bit better than the 360 air max midsole would.

Another shoe I really like and that can be found at outlets right now for under $100, the Air Jordan 2010. Full length bottom loaded zoom air, double stacked at the heel. Great fit and support. Not the lowest to the ground for a full zoom shoe, but provides great impact protection and pretty good feel. Just a terrific all around shoe.

Hope this helps!
-WC

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the lebron ASG has a different material for the sole, does this affect the traction performance??

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@Kennotstop_23:
I found both colorways to have exceptional traction.
I can’t really tell if one was better than the other really.

Just go with the colorway that you like.

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