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Nike Zoom LeBron 15 Performance Review


It was about time I shared my Nike LeBron 15 Performance Review, so here are my thoughts.

15 years is a career in professional sports — unless you are LeBron James. If you haven’t noticed, he is having arguably the best statistical year of his career when most athletes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

And he is racking up those numbers, for the most part, in the LeBron 15 Sale. The last few years have seen him wear mostly shoes from his Soldier line, so the 15 must be doing something right, right? Well, you know how we do…

Turf spikes for the hardwood — that’s really the best way to describe the pattern, and it is really a shame, because on dusty floor spikes don’t work.

For the first three days of testing I was on a severely unfinished wood floor at 24-hour Fitness (no clear coat at all). On quick lateral moves or curls for jumpers, while planting the lead foot, slides were impossible to stop no matter how much I wiped. Heel strike, toe strike, whatever — it was like the shoe was allergic to stopping.

On clean courts I had no problems at all. Stops were quick, directions were changed immediately, and all was right in the world. Still nowhere near the best, or even great, but it was good enough.

As for durability outdoors — I wouldn’t. Once the peaks wear off outdoors, the rubber will be quick to go, and then the Zoom Air unit will wear with the quickness. Better leave these for the indoor ball on clean courts.

Best. Zoom. Ever. I know I said that last year about the KD9 (I think), and a few years ago about Unlocked Zoom in the Air Jordan 28, but this is the stuff you dream about (what, you don’t dream about shoes and basketball? Just me?).

The huge Zoom units, blended with the Max Zoom in the heel, provide impact protection beyond anything not made of little white pebbles that still bounces back to provide responsiveness underfoot. The segmented units allow for a flex never felt in a 360° Zoom unit (or Air Max for that matter) and let the shoe roll underfoot — no stiffness here.

I was a little worried about the height of the midsole, and did actually feel the Zoom compress along the edges on hard drives and cuts to the rim, but a complete rollover never occurred, and again, all was good.

For a bigger player that puts some serious impact on his or her feet, this is almost a perfect setup. Smaller players who are lighter and shiftier, well, there is always the Kyrie or Curry line. If you are needing some intense impact protection because of age or injury, the LeBron 15 Black Gold will have your knees feeling, well, not so damaged.

Otherwise known as a really thick Flyknit, Battleknit sounds better — especially when dealing with an athlete like LeBron. The comfort is still there, the flexibility is freaking awesome, and the durability, so far, seems to be way better than past builds.

The thicker weave seen above is stronger and tighter in areas needing containment while over the foot there is more elasticity for better comfort and fit. This, seriously, is the best knit Nike has put on a basketball shoe.

Flywire cables run the lacing system and can be felt pulling the shoe around your foot. The pull tabs are leather and add a perfect contrast of old and new to the LeBron 15’s appearance.

Debate and discussion time. Some have said half size down because the knit stretches. Some have said half size up because the shoe fits snug. I say stay true to size because it just feels better to me.

The ankle area is stretchy and should accommodate even the widest of feet, and once inside, the padding from the Battleknit wraps perfectly around your foot without feeling restrictive. Because of the knit, all of the little differences in foot shape and bone structure are covered because the knit fills in the gaps. The heel stays locked in using the Flywire lacing. Midfoot and forefoot fit is rightonthefoot, but because of the knit there is no discomfort.

Length, for me, was perfect. In a 10.5, there was about an index finger width between my big toe and the end of the shoe. This fits right along with most other shoes I play in, including the Kyrie 4, Curry 4, and Jordan Zer0.1. This lets my feet have enough room to spread and push off on drives, and at the end of the day my feet just feel better.

It’s no secret LeBron needs support — dude is 6’8″ and around 265 pounds. He puts some serious torque on a shoe. A few years ago, Nike tried to keep up with him by adding Posite to the uppers, giving us the LeBron 11 through the 13, but if you remember, those didn’t stay on his feet very long (he went to the Soldier model more often than not).

What did the Soldier lack that the signature shoes did? Stiff uppers and Foamposite. The designers seemed to listen last year, so the LeBron 14 had a mesh upper and Flywire lacing. The LeBron 15 takes that thinking farther, and while the lateral support isn’t as contained as the LeBron 12, my foot never slid off the footbed.

Just trying on in the store, there was no way in my mind this shoe would be able hold on hard cuts. On court, the Battleknit held me down, but there was still a feeling of being uncontained that never had me feeling confident. The shoe still played great, but in my mind I kept thinking bad thoughts.

Another area that contributed to my evil inner thoughts was the cushioning. The Max Zoom sits extremely high and gives the shoe a tippy feeling. On two or three drives I did feel the edges of the Zoom buckle on lateral plants and even though the shoe didn’t roll, there was a sense of the midsole angling over and slowing me down. Again, I never completely rolled over, but the times I felt the movement it was a little scary.

Transition is serious, especially for a shoe and player of this size. The LeBron 15 looks huge on foot and it feels like a boot. The segmented Zoom and flexible midsole give the shoe a smooth feel in running and change of direction. The upper, again, is such a sock-like fit that there is no stiffness anywhere.

This may be the best playing LeBron shoe ever. Some will argue that the LeBron 10 is, and it was a classic, but the midsole was too stiff for a smooth transition because it was clunky.

The upper of the LeBron 15 and the comfort of Battleknit give it an obvious edge over the Posite series, and the Max Zoom is still the best blend of bounce and impact protection Nike has in its cushioning stable.

If you are looking for the absolute best Nike cushioning in basketball shoes that bleeds technology, the LeBron 15 is your ride. If you need a low-riding midsole with biting traction and a strait-jacket fit, you may want to skip this LeBron.




















Battle of the Store Openings: Bottega Veneta vs. Aquazzura

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Arm Shaper An old brand and a young brand celebrated store openings on opposite coasts on Thursday night. Bottega Veneta, the 50-year-old fashion house helmed by Tomas Maier opened its second maison in Beverly Hills, while the five-year-old shoe company with a cult following, Aquazzura, celebrated its first brick in mortar in New York. Following cocktail events at each shop, the designers both invited a smaller crew to iconic hotels in each city for dinner and dancing. Here, a side by side comparison of the two events.

The Designers Bottega Veneta: Tomas Maier, who Shapewear Tank Tops has been the brand’s creative director since 2001.Aquazzura: Edgardo Osorio, who launched Aquazzura in 2011.

Location, Location, LocationBottega Veneta: The brand’s second maison touched down on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA.Aquazzura: For his first store, Osorio selected Madison Avenue in Manhattan, NYC.

Dinner for two (or more)Bottega Veneta: 85 guests dined at the Tower Bar in the Sunset Tower Hotel.Aquzzura: 100 people were invited to dinner at a suite inside The Carlyle Hotel.

The TribesBottega Veneta: Hollywood stars from the big and small screens.Aquazzura: New York society types.

The A-ListBottega Veneta: Maggie Gyllenhaal, January Jones, Selma Blair, Minnie Driver, Liz Goldwyn.Aquazzura: Peter Dundas, Lauren Santo Domingo, Anna Ewers, Linda Fargo, Brandon Maxwell.

The RoyalsBottega Veneta: Gillian Jacobs and Odeya Rush, current princesses of Hollywood.Aquazzura: H.R.H Princess Beatrice of York, H.R.H Princess Olympia of Greece.

Double TroubleBottega Veneta: Screenwriter Mitch Glazer and his wife, actress Kelly Lynch.Aquazzura: Siblings Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton Rothschild.

The Goody BagBottega Veneta: Instagram-worthy views.Aquazzura: Signature Aquazurra stationary.


Nike Kyrie 4 performance reviews


Traction on the Kyrie 4 is comprised of multi-directional herringbone — a favorite of mine. I love when traction patterns are aggressive yet traditional; this one mixes a little bit of the old with a little bit of the new.

This type of coverage worked really well on a variety of courts and conditions. Although the outsoles started off a bit slick the first couple of nights — I think there’s some residue on the soles to start — they consistently got better with each wear. That made wiping the outsoles something that wasn’t required very often.

I still feel that the the past two Kyrie models offered a bit more bite than the Kyrie 4, but I don’t think that that’s a bad thing. This traction pattern worked really nicely without feeling like you could break your own ankles at a moment’s notice.

Cushion is the best it’s ever been in any Kyrie model with the Kyrie 4.

The heel still features a Zoom Air unit, that I felt was unnecessary for the most part as I tend to stay off my heels. However, if you happen to use your heel then coverage from the Zoom unit is there.

What I loved about the shoe is that the design team brought Cushlon back into the fold — something that I’ve been waiting on for a very long time. Not only is Cushlon used, but it makes up the entire midsole. Usually Cushlon is implemented with a Phylon carrier to the softer/bouncier foam mixture, but not this time around.

The midsole is still on the thin side (at the forefoot) so the bounce-back that Cushlon usually offers is minimized, but much like adidas’ Bounce, this setup proved to be a well balanced offering of cushioning and court feel.

If Cushlon is used on the Kyrie line from here on out then the line may go from being one of my least anticipated models of the year to one of my most anticipated models.

Like the outsole, the materials along the upper are a mix of the old and new. Engineered mesh is featured at the forefoot and that provides you with a lightweight material that requires hardly any break-in time. Nylon is glued to the underside which restricts all of the air flow, but in turn it strengthens the material.

Meanwhile, the heel panel is a suede material that, while not premium, doesn’t feel cheap at all. In fact, it only makes me scratch my head at the materials used on the Kobe AD Mid even more than I already had. For $120, the Kyrie 4 feels like it could’ve been priced at the Kobe AD Mid’s $150 (I’m glad it wasn’t though).

Prices on these shoes are still ridiculous even with basketball market sales dropping over the past couple of years. Having some of the best performers of the year being priced under $150 is great for consumers and a head scratching moment for brands because some of the $150 and up models are not as well rounded.

I suppose it can be compared a bit to the movie industry. Films with smaller budgets tend to have greater impact and story telling even though they have to stretch a limited budget. That forces creatives to be, well, creative. Nowadays, the films with massive budgets often are lackluster and filled with eye candy but not much payoff.

Durability of the rear panel has been great thus far and the durability of the mesh should be okay with the nylon glued to it. Without it I think it’d likely rip over time time as it had on the Kobe 8 after extensive use.

The shoe fits snug but true to size. Wide footers may want to consider going up 1/2 size. If you’ve worn any of the past Kyrie models, I’d highly recommend you stick with the same size you wore comfortably in those because they feel like they’re all built on the same last.

Lockdown was solid up and down. The lacing is traditional so there’s little room for error there. As stated above, the forefoot is snug, which is something I personally enjoy. I always felt secure in the shoe and never felt my foot sliding around at any time — much like my experiences in the Kyrie 1-3.

Support on the Kyrie 4 was something I had no issues with. The midsole doesn’t cradle you in the way that I personally prefer (like a Dame 4 or Curry 4) but the rubber outsole’s exaggerated “teeth” offer a similar feel. The teeth wrap up and around the forefoot to stabilize the Cushlon a bit while also slightly caging the forefoot.

You can’t see it, but the Kyrie 4 has an internal heel counter at the rear. It isn’t quite as strong as something like external TPU or carbon fiber, but it more than gets the job done and ensures your heel remains atop the footbed without sliding over.

There isn’t a traditional outrigger in place, but the midsole up front is wide and sits low. The way it’s sculpted also acts as like an outrigger, which is a huge bonus.

Overall, the Nike Kyrie 4 is Nike’s best performer this year. Its very well-rounded on all fronts in a way that makes the Kyrie 4 more like a nike lebron 15. There’s just enough cushion for most, solid traction, fantastic fit and adequate support — and all of comes at a “team” friendly price point of $120.

I’m not a huge fan of the Kyrie line overall but if this is the direction Nike plans on going with the line then may change. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved aspects of the past models, especially the traction, but the brick-like Phylon has been anything but forgiving. Even the Curry 4’s foam midsole is more forgiving than the Phylon used on past Kyries, so the return of Cushlon was a great choice to bring a bit more balance to the low profile tooling.

I don’t believe I’ve said this all year, because it hadn’t been deserved, but great job Nike Basketball. This is the kind of shoe that I’ve been waiting for all year.

Poponáhľajte sa, tento rok kolá na poukážky na OZE budú už len v 1. polroku


Najvyšší čas vybrať si dodávateľa OZE


Slovenská inovačná a energetická agentúra (SIEA) zverejnila harmonogram plánovaných kôl projektu Zelená domácnostiam na prvý štvrťrok 2018. Budú sa konať štyri kolá s poukážkami na podporu inštalácií zariadení na využívanie OZE (Obnoviteľných zdrojov energie) za viac ako 7 mil. eur. Prvé kolo je plánované na 23. 1. 2018 a bude zamerané na podporu inštalácie fotovoltických panelov v mimobratislavských regiónoch. Nasledovať budú dve kolá (6. 2., 27. 2.) na podporu inštalácií slnečných kolektorov a tepelných čerpadiel. Na 13. marca je naplánované kolo, v rámci ktorého bude možné požiadať iba o príspevky na inštaláciu kotlov na biomasu v mimobratislavských regiónoch.

Konkrétne termíny kôl v 2. štvrťroku budú zverejnené v najbližších mesiacoch. Poukážky na tepelné zariadenia bude možné získať vo viacerých kolách v apríli až júni. Podľa SIEA v druhom polroku je zámer už len dokončovať inštalácie, aby sa na jeseň mohli preplatiť posledné poukážky, keďže projekt Zelená domácnostiam sa v roku 2018 končí. Kolá sú otvárané v určený deň o 15. h. Celkovo je v roku 2018 určených na poukážky necelých 14 mil. eur.

Alfréd Gottas, riaditeľ najväčšieho slovenského výrobcu slnečných kolektorov a zároveň aj predajcu fotovoltických zostáv, firmy THERMO|SOLAR Žiar, hovorí: ,,Kto chce získať finančné prostriedky z projektu Zelená domácnostiam ešte tento rok, nemá čo váhať. Mal by si vybrať seriózneho zhotoviteľa, ktorý mu poradí, aké zariadenie je pre jeho domácnosť najvhodnejšie a nechať si vypracovať ponuku na mieru. Napríklad len pri slnečných kolektoroch má na výber spolu viac ako 300 typov registrovaných slnečných kolektorov. Naďalej platí, že domácnosti do 30 dní od vydania poukážok na kúpu a inštaláciu zariadení na využívanie OZE ich musia odovzdať spolu s podpísanými zmluvami zhotoviteľom. Na ich využitie a podanie žiadostí o preplatenie majú tri mesiace. Individuálni žiadatelia môžu byť sklamaní, ak sa im poukážka v konkrétnom kole neujde a už s ňou rátali. Preto, ak chcú uspieť, by sa mali pripraviť už v predstihu, mať k dispozícii dobrý počítač a kvalitné pripojenie na sieť, aby sa mohli hneď registrovať, keď kolo začne. Tradične zrejme potrvajú aj kolá v tomto roku iba niekoľko minút.“

V súčasnosti SIEA pripravuje pokračovanie projektu Zelená domácnostiam tak, aby bolo možné od roku 2019 využiť ďalšie prostriedky vyčlenené na podporu využitia obnoviteľných zdrojov energie v domácnostiach. Do roku 2020 je na túto formu podpory z európskych a štátnych zdrojov na inštaláciu zariadení na využívanie OZE vyčlenená suma vo výške až 115 miliónov eur.  Teda od roku 2019 by sa malo rozdeliť zvyšných 70 miliónov eur.

V prípade solárneho systému a slnečných kolektorov z akciovej ponuky THERMO|SOLARU môžu domácnosti dostať podporu vo výške 781 až 1750 eur podľa typu a počtu kolektorov. Podpora predstavuje 35–50 % z ceny, ale nesmie presiahnuť 50 % z nákladov na kompletnú inštaláciu solárneho systému. Ročne tak môže domácnosť v rodinnom dome ušetriť aj viac ako 250 EUR za prípravu teplej vody pri solárnom systéme z THERMO|SOLARU. Návratnosť systému bude so štátnou podporou na úrovni 5-7 rokov a praxou overená životnosť je 40 rokov. Na výber má THERMO|SOLAR spolu 11 registrovaných slnečných kolektorov. Najčastejšie si zákazníci zvolia slnečné kolektory TS 300, ktoré majú najlepší pomer ceny a kvality.

Zariadenia na využívanie OZE sú dlhodobou investíciou a majú slúžiť svojim zákazníkom desaťročia. Najčastejšími kritériami, ktoré rozhodujú v prospech výrobkov THERMO|SOLARU oproti konkurencii, je pomer cena a kvalita, životnosť, výkon, referencie, garancie až 12 rokov, servis a poradenstvo. Výsledkom je, že v doterajších kolách patrili slnečné kolektory z produkcie THERMO|SOLARU medzi najčastejšie inštalované zariadenia zo všetkých.

Ďalšie informácie sú na www.thermosolar.sk alebo na tel.: +421-45-601 6080


Harmonogram 2018

Harmonogram plánovaných kôl v projekte Zelená domácnostiam s indikatívnymi alokáciami na 1. štvrťrok 2018. Výška vyčlenených prostriedkov na jednotlivé kolá v roku 2018 je indikatívna. Môže byť vyššia v závislosti od miery využitia už vydaných poukážok

Kolo Dátum Zariadenie Alokácia BS (€) Alokácia mimo BSKK (€) Odhad počtu poukážok Vydaný počet poukážok Termín rezervácie Podanie žiadosti o preplatenie do
18. 23.1.2018 elektrina 1 650 000 581 22.2.2018 23.4.2018
19. 6.2.2018 teplo 2 350 000 1163 8.3.2018 6.5.2018
20. 27.2.2018 teplo 770 000 350 29.3.2018 27.5.2018
21. 13.3.2018 teplo 2 350 000 1567 12.4.2018 13.6.2018
od 4/2018 teplo 6 350 000
Spolu 770 000 13 200 000