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Review: PEAK Team Lightning TP9

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After making a splash in the last few years with players like Shane Battier and George Hill, PEAK jumped right onto center stage early this year with the signing of NBA All-Star Tony Parker.

Is his first branded PEAK shoe, the Team Lightning TP9, worthy of the big stage?

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I first heard about PEAK when Shane Battier signed with the company in 2005 after a forgettable couple of years with sunglasses maker Oakley (yes, they did make basketball shoes). Having been relatively new to the sneaker side of the world, Oakley garnered little or no attention from sneakerheads. Then we started seeing more athletes wearing the PEAK triangle – Jason Richardson, Carl Landry, JaVale McGee, Jason Kidd.

Wait, J-Kidd? No, he’s a Nike lifer, right? Nope, won the 2011 NBA title wearing PEAK. That got some attention. If they are good enough for a future Hall of Famer, then maybe there’s something to these Chinese kicks. Now we see Tony Parker, another future Hall of Famer (check the numbers, especially playoffs), wearing the triangle. And playing completely above everyone in the Finals not nicknamed King James. Is it the shoes?

Let’s find out…

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Great Stuff, Duke! Was looking forward your review on this since I actually own the shoe as well. I feel it has to be one of, if not the most underrated performer of the year. The Gradient Dual cushioning is just different from anything else out there. Not superior than zoom or micro g, but different for sure. I was wearing my Way of Wade’s Friday and some of Saturday and switched to my TP9’s yesterday and today and I can definitely feel that difference between the BounSe/CushioN setup of Li-Ning to the lower to the ground, denser, but still giving you a more than adequate cushion of gradient dual. Not sure when you’ll get the chance, but you’ve got to give a Peak shoe with Cushion-3 a spin when you get around to it. I’ve said it before as I’ve experienced Cush-3 with the Kidd 4 and the McGee II, as far as responsiveness, I’ll put it up against any of the other cushion systems in terms of performance and comfort.

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To further add, the TP9 is a play fast, guard shoe. Other Peak shoes have a fairly stiff (yet still comfy after break in) upper. The fuse and build of the TP9 makes for one of the best right out of the box shoes on the market. Definitely a bang for your buck performer. I’ve heard rumors of the upper tearing after awhile, but to date I have not had that issue and only time and wears will tell that tale. So far, I am good. That stabilization bar in the back reminded me of the Li-Ning Villain in terms of keeping things even in the back as far as compression. I’ve seen many a baller end up with uneven heels after some time and that bar should become standard issue with a lot more shoes IMO. It won’t eliminate the problem outright, but will def help in the long term life of the shoe.

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The thing I am liking about the Chinese brands right now is they don’t seem to be caught up in lightweight or any other technology competition. I know they want to beat each other, but on the basis of construction, comfort, cushion, and materials, and if the shoe is light or not, it is what it is.

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google PEAK CHALLENGER

FYW-ish tooling.. and looks awesome O_O

congrats on another awesome review duke :up:

for peak fans out there.. i saw javale in aj13s.. his slam dunk contest relentless were phenomenal

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Outrigger in the midfoot? Very interesting :) and that insole sounds serious…

I’ve totally forgotten that Battier wore Oakleys…damn, Duke, you sure dig them up :)

Excellent review, as usual; precise, fluid, and with a dash of wit

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The shoes sound really nice, I love how the focus is more on fundamentals, and how they’re making great progress at it lately(Chinese companies invested a lot the last couple of years in ‘getting it’, and it’s paying off, across the board).

Personally I like they’re not trying to win a ‘lightweight’ battle, because I’m not build for ‘lightweight’, I need a strong shoe, with plenty of reserve to add comfort(my feet are too worn-out to do Formula-1 style shoes anymore).

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Syd – those challengers do look serious. I may order a pair. To tell you how much I think of the TP9 – I have only bought one pair I shoes in 3 years – Kobe VIII. I would buy these.

And that outsole is translucent showing the Gradient cushion. Very nice little touch.

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Duke – after seeing the visuals of the new sig from Peak for TP, I think the Lightnings look better. Might head down to the shops this weekend and try them on, thanks! :)

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Go down a half size and check them out. I think I fit TTS very well but I can see a half down working as well.

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those tp9s are so good but i think they’re inferior to the battier 5 in terms of comfort.

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Wow – I had never tried a Peak shoe before these and you guys are opening all kinds of ideas to me.

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