Comparing the "Big Three" Nike Shoes

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  1. Epictennis

    Epictennis New User

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    Hi All,

    My barricade 7s are starting to smoothen out quite a bit, so in the meantime I need some opinions. I would like some comparisons of the 2K12 Breathes, Vapor 9, and Ballistec 4.3 shoes. I am leaning towards the Vapor 9, (the black one that is on sale now) because it doesn't have any trouble with the eyelets (as I've heard for 4.3) and I like to move as fast as possible. I still would like to keep open mind for all choices though. The 2K12 seems to be in the middle? Support, yet lighter than the 4.3?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. OldFedIsOld

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    Vapor 9 for people who like to stay lightweight on their feet.

    Ballistec 4.3 for people who want more comfort and durability.

    2K12, meh it's a downgrade imo of both shoes. Poor durability in the outsoles imo.

    I personally wish I purchased more Vapors then purchasing all three, fits my game the most.
     
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  3. JDMasFCK

    JDMasFCK Semi-Pro

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    Why not get the 4.3 wear them out and send them back to TW for store credit and use that store credit to get the Vapor 9?
     
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  4. The_Question

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    I have never heard of anyone but you to describe 4.3 to be that...
     
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  5. Dave_D

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    I agree, I don't think the CB's are that comfortable at all, if anything very stiff and hard on the feet.
     
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    It feels comfortable to me, nice and stable and theres enough cushion to not need a new insole.
     
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    JDMasFCK Semi-Pro

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    I also find the 4.3 very comfortable and not hard on my feet at all.....
     
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  8. smirker

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    Depends on your foot shape. Tried all three and the 4.3 is too narrow for my wide feet. Vapors light but not enough support for me. I find the 2K11 Breathes to be a good compromise. Light weight but enough support and wide enough for my feet. Durability not so much of an issue as I play on grass primarily.
     
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  9. Strut99GT

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    So, having worn all three lines at various times:

    Ballistecs: the most cushion in the sole, objectively speaking, but the least comfortable overall. Claustrophobic upper, too narrow for those with anything but narrow feet. Heavy, ponderous. They are almost indestructible, though. The most durable shoe I've ever owned. Yes, any shoe has its limits and will wear out at some point, but these will last at least twice as long as the others.

    Vapors: the most elegantly executed. Lightweight, stylish. Great cushioning but still feels connected to the court. The only fault with these is the 9's tongue is too cushioned; between the plush tongue and the lacing system it's hard to peg down just how tightly to lace them up.

    2Ks: the most well-rounded. plenty of room in the forefoot. Better lateral stability than the Vapors. They don't feel as cushioned as the vapors but functionally feel identical. These are probably my favorites for doing everything well, even though they aren't perfect.

    Outsole on the Vapors/2Ks is identical and will last the same amount of time. Ballistecs will take a beating, but at the price of stiffness and weight. You make the call.
     
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