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Shoe Review: Nike Air Max Courtballistec 4.3

Sunday, April 15, 2012 /by


MSRP: $130
Weight: 15 oz.
Sizes: 6-13, 14, 15

Dr. Sharnoff's Ratings; Weartesters' Ratings

Stability: 9; 7.2
Cushioning: 9; 7
Arch Support: 9; 8.2
Weight: 7; 8.8
Ventilation: 9; 8
Break-in Time: 8; 8
Overall Satisfaction: 8.5; 7.9

Combined Rating: 8.2

Ideal foot types: Supinated, Neutral, Pronated
Best surface: Clay, Hard
Outsole warranty: 6 months

Final Analysis: Shoe of choice for Rafael Nadal, the Nike Air Max Courtballistec 4.3 is built to withstand the rigors of the modern game. For greater durability, the outsole is thicker at the toe and ball of the foot, areas that typically wear out first. There’s also Lunarlon cushioning in the forefoot and Max Air in the heel for softer, more responsive shock absorption, according to Nike. Additionally, the Courtballistec has a mid-foot shank on its outer edge for better lateral support during quick changes of direction. Although the Courtballistec tips the scales at 15 ounces, weartesters still thought the shoe felt relatively lightweight and maneuverable. And both weartesters and Dr. Sharnoff agreed that the shoe exhibited great ventilation and arch support. The Courtballistec has an exceptional flexpoint, which allows the foot to bend appropriately when pushing off the court.

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