If you’ve seen my reviews, you might find that I’m a bit of a Hyperfuse fan. However, I’m also a Kevin Durant fan. I liked the Zoom KD IV enough, but skipped on the KD V. However, the KD V Elite is a whole ‘nother level—after all, it’s what KD himself wore during the 2013 NBA Playoffs. The model is a little pricey, but I saved up enough to be able to get the white/tour-yellow/photo-blue variant.
As I’ve mentioned, the KD V Elite is quite pricey. It’s at $180 in the US, but it’s at around PhP8,500 here, which translates to around $20 price padding. Still, any Nike
sneaker branded ‘Elite’ is sure to fetch for a considerable sum. Let me tell you now, you’re bound to get better value with the normal KD V than the Elites if you’re going to use the shoe extensively for playing hoops. I imagine the premium materials used in the construction of the shoe, like carbon fiber and the Nike technology Flywire, contributed considerably to the final price tag.
Unlike other low-top Nike models, the KD V Elite is more faithful to the listed size, so keep that in mind if you’re purchasing this model (especially when you order from online stores). It’s just wide enough to keep the foot secure but still comfortable enough during long stretches, though comfort is a bit of an issue during extended court time.
The outsole features pretty much the same pattern as the one on the KD V, and it offers enough traction on wooden floors. There’s caged Zoom Air for cushioning and some Phylon for the midsole, but I can’t help but think this isn’t the best Zoom unit made by Nike. Cushioning pretty much stays the same even after breaking in the shoe, and it gets pretty stiff sometimes.
As for ventilation, there are some slits in the tongue, and that’s pretty much it. Your foot gets to breathe ...