The Nike Air Zoom BB NXT was officially unveiled by the Swoosh in February of this year and have just made their official retail debut within the past couple weeks. My Nike Air Zoom BB NXT Performance Review showcases my thoughts on the brand’s latest basketball shoe release, which arrives jam-packed with all of Nike’s latest innovations.
The Air Zoom BB NXT arrives with a full length, triple stacked React foam midsole, encasing two circular bottom loaded forefoot Zoom air bags, which rides atop a translucent outsole, featuring a multi-directional circular inspired traction pattern. The build utilizes an engineered mesh upper with rubberized TPU coated overlays the forefoot and rear, as well as a nylon cabled lacing enclosure to complete the shoe.
The Air Zoom BB NXT was overall a solid debut basketball shoe by the Swoosh. They didn’t neccesarily “excel” in any department of the shoe, but got the job done all around. The traction was absolutely stellar, and was pretty much everything you could have asked for (little to no dust pick-up, great grip), but one thing, and that is durability. The cushioning was good, but I would have preferred if they sat lower to the ground. It was a bit disappointing that the overall sensation and feeling of the “triple stacked” (not really) React underfoot wasn’t as springy and bouncy as I thought it’d be, since Nike hyped it up, and advertised it that way. Since the two circular forefoot Zoom Air bags are bottom loaded, I couldn’t feel much feedback underfoot. However, even though I couldn’t feel the “springiness” of the Zoom Air bags, they still did their job of absorbing impact and offering impact protection when on foot. The materials, and overall support features of the shoe (fit, lockdown, support, containment, stability), aren’t anything to write home about, but they just got the job done.
Overall, including the price and durability of the Nike Air Zoom BB NXT, they definitely aren’t a versatile, and suitable option for me. $180 for a basketball shoe that uses a very soft grooved outsole that will wear down quickly, and an engineered mesh upper does not constitute that expensive of a price point. And to be honest, the React was more disappointing than impressive in my opinion. Nothing about the “innovation” of the “triple stacked” React screams $180 to me, and I hope it doesn’t for you either. Price aside, if you can get these for cheap, you might have a lot of fun playing in them. They definitely won’t be a rotational sneaker for me personally, due to the huge durability flaw, as well as the shoe lacking court feel.