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The Nike PG 2 is the latest to be deconstructed

The Nike PG 2 is the latest to be deconstructed by the good folks over at

Yes, it pains us to look at images such as these as well. The fact that these shoes could have gone to someone in need of a new pair of sneakers makes images like this hard to see. However, chopping them up is for educational purposes and taking apart the shoes long after they’ve been used doesn’t do anyone any good as this type of information should be available as soon as possible.

With so many product descriptions being wrong or outdated nowadays, we feel this type of thing is important — which is why we support the folks over at So, we feel your pain. Just know that we’re at least learning something.

The profile shot is a simple one; it shows us everything without saying anything at all — where the cushion is located, and how thick/thin it is. You’re also able to see how padded the interior of the shoe is, whether there is a heel to toe drop, which there almost always is, and how significant it is. Beautiful. Isn’t it?

Layers. So many wonderful layers. Here you can see the partial internal bootie, which makes it much easier to get the shoe on and off, and the upper’s build and external Adaptive Fit forefoot straps. The heel padding sticks out to us the most; that area of the shoe was really well done and features lots of nicely sculpted padding for comfort and proper fit.

Reinforcing soft textiles when they’re placed in stress zones is essential, not only for the longevity of the material but also for the safety of the player wearing the shoe — no matter the player’s skill level.

In my performance review I had stated that this Zoom Air setup felt as close to being Unlocked Zoom as possible without it actually being Unlocked Zoom. What this image shows is that it’s exactly like Unlocked Zoom Air with the exception of a moderator plate.

You can also see one of the reasons why the heel portion of the foam midsole is more comfortable than that of the Nike PG 1. This heel section of the midsole is cored out around the impact zone which allows for the foam to compress a lot more. This, coupled with a slightly altered foam density, made for a very comfortable and well balanced ride during our testing.

Don’t get too excited regarding cushioning; the forefoot Zoom Air unit is 10mm thick according to Nike. Yes, this one is over 11mm, which makes us think that quality control isn’t perfect and there will be variations and/or defects within production runs of footwear. This isn’t a Nike problem though, it’s normal for any company manufacturing something at such a high volume.

Torsional support comes in the form of this tiny TPU bar, which is now the norm for most models. It works just fine, but definitely could be better or more substantial.

There looks to be an 8mm drop from the heel to toe. Some don’t mind the drop while others loath it. Below is a side by side comparison of the PG 1 and PG 2. The Nike PG 2 is definitely an upgrade in the cushion department. Nothing about how the shoe feels on-foot and on-court makes you feel as if you’re wearing a budget model — despite its $110 price tag.

We hope you enjoyed the detailed look and breakdown of the Nike PG 2 deconstructed. Feel free to share your thoughts on the dissection below in the comment section.

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Nike PG 2 Performance Reviews

The Nike PG 2 is an evolution of the platform the brand introduced with the PG 1.

It’s better than the original. The Nike PG 2 brings an aggressive pattern to the outsole — something the original Nike PG 1 lacked. It’s multidirectional and works well under pressure.

Dust on the floor? No problem. If it starts to become a problem then a quick wipe is all you’ll need. The grooves are widely spaced so clogging will rarely occur, making these an ideal shoe for most players that maneuver their way around the court with or without the ball.

If you play outdoors then I’d go for something else. The rubber used here is very soft and pliable. Great for indoor use — not so much for those wishing to have a shoe that’ll last a while on the blacktop.

Another aspect that is better than the original is the cushion. Lightweight Phylon is back but it doesn’t feel as clunky as it did in the PG 1. It also doesn’t feel as unstable in the heel. Now, the PG 2 offers a setup that is light, stable, and supportive that features 10mm of Zoom Air in the forefoot. That Zoom adds a nice spring to each step of your stride.

Even though the cushion has been amplified a bit I never felt like court feel was lost in the mix. Transition is as smooth as butter and that roll into the toe feels so nice it’ll make you want to run liners — okay, maybe not. Liners suck.

The materials here are pretty similar to what was used on the PG 1 so if you so if you enjoyed the build of that shoe the PG 2 will be familiar.

Suede is placed at the rear of the shoe while the main body is built with a thicker and stronger mesh than what was used on the PG 1. While the mesh is a bit stronger, there still isn’t any real break-in time required. However, a small area that will need breaking in is the base of the lacing where the adaptive fit straps are located due to the way the tongue area closes up.

Durable. Flexible. Comfortable. All-in-one.

True to size worked best for me. The forefoot starts off snug like the PG 1 but it breaks in slightly, something wide footers will enjoy. If you’re like me and loved the PG 1’s fit then you’ll really like the adaptive fit straps; once you adjust your laces to fit your specific foot you’ll feel securely locked in at all times.

Speaking of being locked in…lockdown is a standout feature of the Nike PG 2 OKC. There are multiple laces in various locations allowing you to really customize the shoe to your foot shape and needs. I personally used every lace loop provided and I felt like I wasn’t going anywhere within the shoe.

The rear section is sculpted a bit funny aesthetically but when you wear the shoe you’ll understand why the brand made that area swoop the way it does. It sucks your foot into the shoe in a way that is comfortable. Plenty of padding cups your Achilles to ensure a great fit.

The support isn’t anything extravagant, but it’s better than the PG 1 overall. I always felt that stability in the PG 1 was a little off, yet I never felt that way while wearing the PG 2. The base of the shoe isn’t wide or anything, something I usually enjoy, but there is a mini outrigger in place. While it could have been a bit bigger, I’m at least happy there is one there. It could have been a bad idea to leave it off seeing as how the tooling is rounded in certain areas.

There is a small torsional shank in place, nothing new for the budget Nike models at this point, along with an internal heel counter. Like the outrigger, I would have liked to have had a slightly sturdier heel counter in place. I didn’t ever notice the need for one while playing in the shoe but its a piece of mind thing that never really hurts to have.

Better than the original is the best way to describe the Nike PG 2. I know people prefer the aesthetics of the PG 1 over the PG 2, and I happen to agree, but when it comes to performance the PG 2 is a really fun shoe to play because it enhanced nearly every feature found on the PG 1.

Cushion and traction will be the most noticeable upgrades while the forefoot fit may go unnoticed by those with normal shaped feet. However, wide footers may end up appreciating the change in that area.

Nike has hit a stride with releasing really solid performance models that come in well under $150. It’s something I really hope continues as it gets pretty expensive buying most of these shoes. Yes, I bought these and I’m 100% satisfied. (Eastbay is our sponsor but that doesn’t mean every pair is provided to us.)

With that being said, if you liked, or even loved, the PG 1 then I think you’re in for a treat with the Nike PG 2 On .

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