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Review: Jordan Super.Fly 2

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The Jordan Super.Fly started the performance chain last year for Jordan Brand and the links just got stronger as the year went on, ending with my pick for shoe of the year, Air Jordan XX8. Summer is now almost over and we are hit with the Super.Fly 2, prominently endorsed by Blake Griffin (who tells us all about it on video here). Will 2013-14 be a banner basketball shoe year for Jordan or stall out before it gets going?

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Jordan Brand crushed it last year. I loved every signature shoe they put out and the team shoes were right there with any other brand. Matter of fact, I would rank Jordan Brand as the best performance shoe maker on the market based on the XX8, CP3 and Melo lines, and Super.Fly. Before I started writing reviews here I fell back under the Jumpman spell with the Air Jordan XVI.5. It reminded me of everything Jordan was when I was a kid — it looked good and performed great. Jordan Brand has always put performance ahead of appearance for the most part (excepting Air Jordan XV) regardless of what people think these days. Air Jordan III was ugly to some in 1988 because of the elephant print, yet those who ‘got it’ loved it. The IV with the wings, VI with the holes in the tongue, VIII with the straps, the patent leather XI, all way off the grid of aesthetic convention but built for performance. Being on Mike’s feet, which can make strips of burlap cinched with birthday ribbon look good, helped a little. Now we have beastly performers that no one buys because they aren’t retros. The best thing about the first Super.Fly was it took existing concepts and materials and just did them well. Hyperfuse, Lunarlon, Zoom Air, it was all there. This year we get Hyperfuse, Zoom Air, Fit Straps, Flight Plate — nothing just-introduced but together they work.

For anyone who was lucky enough to grab a pair of XX8, you know how well the Flight Plate works with the Zoom forefoot. For those who didn’t want to pay the $250 price tag or just couldn’t find a pair, Super.Fly 2 is the closest to a copy I have seen. Feeling like a shroudless XX8, I was instantly on board when these first surfaced in the spring. After getting them on the floor, I am not only on board, I am flying the plane. Let’s get it…

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Great review, I love how practical Jordan Performance have been the last 2 years again, the focus is back on function, rather than just trying to justify the brand with style.

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I thought the super.fly 2 also incorporate the unlocked zoom? That’s what I saw from the description and also from other review site (e.g. kicksoncourt)

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Rico – I looked every where I could before writing that and I could not find any official interview or spec that said unlocked. The unlocked term came about because the XX8 has no carrier per se in the shoe – the Zoom is stand alone right under the flight plate. If you try them on they are extremely low riding and close and you can feel the Zoom respond to just walking. the SF2 has the Zoom in a Phylon housing – it is directly under the plate but the Phylon dulls the feeling a little more than the XX8.

I am wearing one on each foot right now just to test out and see if I am right. You can definitely tell a difference in the ride and the bounce.

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Good stuff as usual, Duke! Just one thing I wanted to point out – the throat of the shoe is where the bottom laces are, not at the opening. Just think of it as an actual throat on the human body (tongue connects around the throat area and tip of the tongue is at the opening). Also, did the squeaky traction ever come back? I always love squeaky traction – I know it doesn’t mean anything but it’s a state of mind thing for me hahah

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Ah I see, thanks for the clarification. I thought unlocked zoom means using the zoom with the flight plate.

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Long- never thought of it that way. Always assumed since your throat was opening to the stomach the throat of the shoe was the opening. Wish I had talked to you beforehand. Thanks for the future.

The traction was plenty loud on clean courts.

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Haha, it’s no big deal. Thanks for getting back to me. Are you gonna be doing the HD2013s at all? I’m wanting both of these but not down to pay CAD retail for both ($175 for the HDs and $170 for the S.F2s).

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I haven’t gotten the HD yet – nike makes me buy their shoes and I haven’t gotten to them. I have worn a pair for a couple of try-ons and I like the fit and the cushioning.

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Regarding what a “throat” of a shoe is…

You can either go by generally posited definition that it’s the interior of the shoe that stops where the vamp and quarter meet (closer to or further from the toe cap/toe box depending on the style of shoe, thereby enlarging or shrinking the “throat”), or simply by the entranceway area.

The former definition is a stretch from an anatomical viewpoint; human throats don’t extend downward and then horizontally. The latter explanation paralleling the vertical nature of a throat – the one most people are going to lean toward – is the common sense approach that probably should win the day. Bryan, you’re well within reason on this point.

Shoe anatomy definers far and wide, let practicality be your guide.

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Great review Duke. I’m tempted to pick up a pair of the super fly 2s. I’ve been playing in the M9s a lot lately – they are very good shoe overall, but I wish the forefoot zoom was top loaded. How does the cushioning of the super fly 2s compare to the M9s?

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Feels REALLY similar – pretty much the same, really. The SF2 rides a little lower and the base is a bit wider but otherwise very similar in playability. The fit of the M9 is a little easier to tighten with the flywire straps. Those are a very good comparison all the way around.

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Thanks Duke. Sounds like I should pick up a pair but not rush out to get them since my M9s are not worn out yet. Maybe the SF2s will be on sale when I get around to picking them up…

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Well folks, never said I was perfect, and now I have proof. With the debate over the unlocked Zoom I went straight to the source – Jordan brand. And they completely… Blew my theory. According to the designers the Zoom is of the unlocked variety. I still stick by my words that it is not the same feel as the XX8, although just as functional and comfortable. Now, about the world being flat…

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I can never trust you again!

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How will I recover from this? My days as a reviewer or over!!! Seriously, we found some assembly line pics of the SF2 that we will be posting later and it shows the Phylon-zoom setup in great detail. Should be up soon.

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Looking forward to the assembly line pics.

Finally got around to trying these on in the store. Very impressive shoe. Fit and traction seem great. The forefoot zoom is amazing out of the box. Very similar in feel to the XX8s. Definitely better than the M9s. The heel cushioning is pretty firm to start. How long does it take to break in?

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S, not long at all. It is already broken in out of the box for what it is. I like it stiff in case I happen to land a little back I know it won’t give on me, especially as tall as these are. The CL3 (writing the review right now – best CL yet) has really soft heel cushioning but is very low to the ground so you won’t roll much.

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Duke, I have a question about the width on these…are they a bit wider set than your normal Nikes? I tend to have to go a 1/2 size up with their running shoes and the like…it seems like this is a problem for most modern ball shoes from every brand though.

Any input here?

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They are normal to wide but the lacing lets you loosen them up a lot – unlike a true Fuse upper. I would get your normal size or maybe even a half down if you like them extremely fitted.

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Great post. I saw these shoes recently at a sport shoe trade show. They look really cool, but that price is a little steep for me.

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If you had to choose between the Jordan Fly Wade 2 EV and these, which one would you choose? Is the Lunarlon cushioning better than Zoom according to you? It’s all about saving my knees…

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