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Review: Nike LeBron 8 PS

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Performance review: Nike LeBron 8 PS.

Respect the Process

Getting to the Postseason doesn’t happen by accident. The countless hours put in the gym in the off-season working on your weaknesses and enhancing your strengths is where it starts. Learning from the previous year’s mistakes and turning it around for the next season is what this time of year is all about for most ball players that aren’t lucky enough to be hanging banners or playing in June.

This is not only true for LeBron James, but also for Nike Senior Footwear Designer, Jason Petrie.

The season doesn’t stop as soon as the first LeBron signature is released. This year in particular saw 3 signature LeBron 8 releases. The luxuriously padded, combination leather and Flywire Nike LeBron 8 V/1 was the shoe for the first half of LeBron’s season. The lighter weight midseason V/2 changed up the upper to a composite Flywire base that shaved almost an ounce off the V/1 while keeping the same familiar Air Max 360 cushioning platform and was perfect for LeBron’s drive to the playoffs. But for the actual post season, Jason Petrie and Nike gave LeBron a new weapon in his quest to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy. Hyperfuse.

Hyperfuse technology was first used in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse basketball shoe and was introduced as a revolutionary footwear construction process due to the fact that the upper is essentially built stitch free. The material is a composite of 3 layers – a synthetic base layer, a mesh and a protective skin layer over top. The base layer can be engineered to provide support in key areas and be open and breathable in other areas. I found that by opening up some of these areas allowed the shoe to not only breathe better, but also provided some much needed flexibility, especially in the toe box area. The mesh layer provides much breathability and essentially holds all the pieces together. While the top “skin” layer provides added support and abrasion resistance. The skin layer of the LeBron 8 P.S. is much more textured (almost feels like a seatbelt nylon or a bullet-proof vest) than that of the original Hyperfuse and gives the upper a unique touch and adds depth to the finish. The Flywire panels of the V/1 and V/2 are replaced by beefed up Hyperfuse sections that are noticably more rigid and thicker than the rest of the LeBron 8 P.S. upper.

These Hyperfuse panels did a great job on-court by providing lateral support and locking the foot into the shoe while staying somewhat flexible and out of the way. I found the fit of the LeBron 8 P.S. upper to be as good, if not better than than the LeBron 8 V/2. Depending on how you like your shoes to fit of course, I felt the LeBron 8 P.S. was more flexible and felt a bit free-er while the LeBron 8 V/2 felt more rigid and firm, but both did a great job of locking the foot down.

The interior of the LeBron 8 P.S. is amazingly comfortable with a full-length inner bootie, a generously padded tongue that features the now familiar LeBron Lion logo, and an amply padded ankle collar. The front portion of the inner bootie is made of mesh and and aids in dissapating heat and drawing air in and out of the shoe through the Hyperfuse upper, while the rear of the inner is lined with a smooth, comfortable textile. One piece of the Nike LeBron 8 P.S. that is shared with the LeBron 8 V/2 is the perforated open-cell foam insole. While the insole provides a great step-in feel and gives good comfort, I feel it took away from the directness of the new Zoom Air / Air Max 180 cushioning setup. By replacing the insole with a standard EVA one, I felt closer and more connected to the court and it felt like the shoe almost woke-up and was more responsive on drives, spins and cuts.

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I will look to pick these up in the near future as the Hyperfuse, imo, were a great shoe to ball in. Great copmarisons showing the positives and negatives through all 3 Lebron 8 versions.

Another great review Winston. Hope that we don’t have to wait till the Lebron 9’s come out for another.

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Great review. I like your reviews because they go very much in depth. They are very thorough and consist of original content (as opposed to just comparing them to other shoes).

I tried the Hyperfuse and was not a fan. I felt that they weren’t very durable and supportive for lateral cuts and change of direction. It seems like the Lebron 8 PS addresses some of these concerns. I’ll have to give them a shot in the near future.

Thanks! Can’t wait to read your next review!

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The guru at his finest, adding yet another superb review to his resume.

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Winston taking pictures in the weight room trying to get all swole up. Nice try. Kidding. Great as always my brother in words. Love the pics of the details. Great job.

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I like the pictures and how it was weaved into the story.

the shoe looks like a performance beast. The 7PS was a good shoe and I wanted to pick it up. Once I had decided to get it, well, I couldn’t find it anywhere.

Then there was the decision…ugh! I’m torn between trying these out and not supporting the guy.

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Great review, I really like how they’re working on a little more shapely mid-foot.

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Can this review be any more generic? The writer essentially reiterated every single tech spec on the Nike website without offering any original insights. By the way, I overpronate and have a medium to flat arch and I feel that the carbon fiber shank plate supports arch as well as aid in the heel to toe transition. Most stability running shoes provide increased arch support, therefore I find it curious that the writer would say that those with flat arches should be cautious of the shank plate. I think it’s a welcome addition as I have the V2 and I had to buy a stability insole but not with the PS. The typo for “STABILITY’ should have been caught before publishing. This review is extremely overdue as it has been released for months now.

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^ Wow. Clearly you need to learn how to read better.

He basically commented on every possible performance aspect there is to talk about: comfort, lockdown, support, breathability, flexibility, heel and forefoot impact protection and responsiveness, cushioning with and without the insole, court feel, transition, traction… What more do you want?

And by the way, I have flat feet and found the shank plate to be uncomfortable for me. It’s a good thing he mentioned that for those who may want to buy them online without trying them on.

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Thanks for the support to all that read the review.
Thanks KC7, took alot of the words right out of my mouth.
@TheGonzo, give em a try in store and see if the shoe meets your needs. Definitely a great all-around shoe.

Also, thanks for the criticism, where would anyone be without some CONSTRUCTIVE criticism?

@Hotexla,
First of all, hilighting tech features and benefits is for the average consumer that may not be as much of an expert as you may be.
If you couldn’t find any original insight in this review, maybe you should try reading it again.
Speaking of reading the review, did you actually read and fully understand the comment regarding the shank plate and flat feet?

“people with extremely flat feet should definitely try LeBron 8 P.S. before buying to ensure the midfoot plate doesn’t rub their arch in the wrong way.”

Sure, the sculpted midfoot shank plate helps to support the arch but if your arch isn’t shaped the same way as the midfoot shank or if your arch doesn’t sit right in the shoe, that’s going to cause rubbing, maybe blistering and alot of pain in the arch. Anyone who remembers the Nike Air Signature Player will know what I’m talking about.

Where is the word “stability” mis-spelled anywhere in the review? The word is only used once and is correctly spelled. Also, the Nike LeBron 8 P.S. released on April 16th 2011. This review was officially posted June 16th 2011. So is the review really “overdue” since the shoe has been released for “months”?
Thanks for coming out though…

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Hated how they felt at first on the court..Really stiff and harsh on the foot. Bought them day before they released and I just broke them in. Now, I don’t wanna play in anything else. They also rock tuff with jeans or cargos IF you know what you’re doing.

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i just wanted to know if the cushioning of the forefoot of the v2s are better than the p.s?

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@Kennotstop_23

That depends on your definition of “better”.

The forefoot of the V/2’s are alot more firm. If you’re a bigger/heavier player then you might be able to benefit more from the 360 air max than a lighter player would because you’d be able to activate the firmer cushioning more.
The P.S. is slightly softer in the forefoot, but not mushy (well aside from that insole that they use). The zoom doesn’t have that super-responsive feel, but it’s definitely more responsive than the v/1 or v/2’s air max 360 up front and gives a nice ride overall.

Hope this helps. Definitely get out there and try a pair on if you can. Reem brought up a good point about the break-in for the Lebron 8 PS. The shoe took one good solid wearing to really start to break in.

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Great Review! I like the attention to detail you put regarding all the aspects of the shoe, but i have a quick question. Compared to the V1 and V2, will playing in the PS make you feel significantly quicker? I have not picked up any of them yet because i want to make an informed decision. I have wanted to pick up the V1 (because of durability, lockdown, and impact protection) but i don’t want a shoe that will make me feel sluggish on quick moves.

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@Rodney,
Thanks, glad you enjoyed the review. Personally, I prefer the V/2 to the V/1. But I’m quite torn between the PS and the V/2. If you put a big premium on court feel along with durability, lockdown and impact protection, then definitely go with the PS version. If you take my advice and replace the standard insole, the PS starts to feel alot more direct and responsive when compared to the V/1 and V/2. The Hyperfuse material can take a pounding as well and the added breathability and subtracted weight is a plus. With the midfoot shank’s help, it’s also very nice stable ride. Hope this helps, if you go with the PS, dont be discouraged by the break-in. Re-lace while you take a break from playing through your first few runs.

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@Winston Chen
Thanks for your feedback. I will definitely take a strong look at these now and i will make sure to replace the insole if i end up getting them.

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@Rodney
No problem, just make sure that new insole isn’t too thick or soft.
If you have other shoes in the same size just swap em out with a set from another pair of your shoes.
You definitely DON’T want to be using something like the Spenco’s they try to sell you at Footlocker with that big yellow wedge in the heel. Wouldn’t work well at all with these shoes.

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great 8PS pics!

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