The Nike Kobe AD line was launched in November 2016. It was Kobe Bryant’s 12th signature shoe but his first after he retired from the NBA in April 2016.
The AD lineup is a mix of Flywire, mesh Lunarion, and Zoom Air technology. The shoe was debuted by Demar DeRozan in the Drew League in the ‘sail colorway’ design.
The Nike Kobe AD exodus was released on August 24th, 2018 (also known as Mamba Day), with a retail price of $140. The Nike Kobe AD Exodus is the 5th launch in the AD lineup following the Kobe AD, AD NXT, AD Mid, and AD NXT 360.
Nike Kobe AD Exodus Review
The overall look of the shoe will be divisive among buyers and will depend on the personal choice of the user, some will liken it to having a patched-together look, and some will like the funky aesthetic of the shoe.
The AD exodus lacks premium materials; the upper is made of swede, which is not a breathable material that will cause sweating in that area. The tongue area of the shoe is keenly ventilated with the Nike Pro material.
The shoe’s middle has the Nike 2.5x composite technology embedded in it, which serves as a very sturdy material that contains your foot’s movements and supports it, especially when pivoting/ shimmying with them.
Then comes a synthetic swede patch that runs to from the back down to the shoe’s heel. The material is an excellent complement to the 2.5x composite in the middle of the shoe, with its only drawback being that it scratches very easily.
The traction on the AD Exodus looks like little nubs that run from the heel to the forefoot. The shoes are more suited to indoor courts than outdoors as the traction on the shoes tends to suffer from dusty outdoor courts. The nubs tend to soak up all the dust on the court, which will hamper tractions’ performance.
The heel of the AD Exodus houses a 14mm bottom-loaded Zoom Air pillow. This means the heel has exceptional cushioning and impact protection when landing from jump shots and layups.
The rest of the cushion leads something to desire as it is basic injected Phylon, which means it’s basic compressed EVA foam in layman’s terms.
The shoe’s fit is true to size, but there is some dead space in the toe region of the shoe. The mid of the shoe is a bit narrow, so people with wider feet might need to go up half a size to get a better overall fit.
The heel collar is exceptionally padded, completely locking down the foot in the heel area, meaning your foot will not be slipping out from the back.
The base of AD Exodus is flat and wide, which gives it a very stable base. The middle of the sole also slightly wraps up the AD Exodus sides, which provides excellent lateral support.
The AD Exodus does not have a midfoot shank plate, but the sturdy midsole on the Exodus performs exceptionally well in providing torsional support to the wearer.
Overall the Nike Kobe Exodus, in my opinion, is a decent indoor court shoe and is unsuitable for outdoor courts. The Exodus materials fall on the cheaper side, and the $140 price tag is not justified with these materials.
The Kobe AD is a decent performance shoe with good ratings in the cushioning and supports departments.
The traction will be a contention point among buyers, with the shoes taking some time to be broken in. The AD Exodus is suitable for people looking for a quick and fast performance on the court.