Hi, guys, before starting, I want to ask you a question: who is your torchbearer of basketball? Your friend? Your elder? some basketball stars? Or… the carton ‘Slamdunk’?
I think most of guys like to play basketball after watching ‘Slamdunk’.
So what’s the relation of Slamdunk to ASICS Gelhoop V11?
Today, let’s have a closed look at ASICS Gelhoop V11.
Unit Weight: 320g
ASICS Gelhoop V11 is the most popular and classic one on the 3 models of ASICS. And I also expected it.
In ‘Slamdunk’, you maybe familiar with the AJ that Rukawa Kaede and Sakuragi Hanamichi wore. But the ASICS basketball shoes that Mitsui wore is also classic.
After getting ASICS Gelhoop V11, it looks like a pair of shoes from the comics.
The shoebox doesn’t look like basketball shoes’ shoebox, but like for casual shoes. It doesn’t have extra design, except the big blue logo on the navy-blue shoebox.
We have two colorways now, one is white with red, and another one is black with gold. But I prefer to the white with red one.
The first feeling when holding ASICS Gelhoop V11 is light. The unit weight of size US8 is only 320g. If you like light weight shoes, it will get your attention.
Although it’s light, but it doesn’t means that it doesn’t have good configuration. We can see many details.
The shoe head is a piece of leather. It looks like the leather of ZOOM Kobe 4’s forefoot. And it also has a big piece of thermoplastic stiff design on the lateral half-sole.
Most of vamp is made of mesh fabric. If you look it clearly, there are several layers of material that are overlay. The inner material is good, so the air permeability and protection performance are qualified.
ASICS Gelhoop V11 uses half-sole inner sleeve design. The shoe tongue is thick and soft. And it also has ventilated design on the shoe tongue.
The brightest part of the vamp is the red logo design. The stiff material also has some supporting performance to the vamp.
There is a red stiff plastic on the shoe heel which is embossed with GELHOOP. And the semi-rounding design also has the supporting performance.
The built-in counter is thick and stiff. The height is high. And it also has a white surrounding TPU on the outside. It’s two-double reinforcement.
I’m not familiar with the Asics technology. I check it on the official website. ASICS Gelhoop V11 use GEL cushion, Flytefoam insole and Spevafoam cushion. The Flytefoam insole should be the shoe-pad. As it’s written the words Flytefoam. The Spevafoam cushion should be the blue part under shoe-pad.
And we can see that the sole has the ventilated design. And the ventilated holes are nonopaque.
The grain of outsole still uses most of the Asics basketball shoes’ design. The grain is several discs and line interlaced rubber outsole. I expected its traction performance.
We can also see the stiff supporting design on the midsole. It has good rigidity. The arch part won’t deform when bending it.
There is also a round anti-rollover design on the outside of forefoot. But it’s not big.
From ASICS Gelhoop V11, we can see the consistent characteristic of Asics series, that is, stable. It doesn’t mean that the shoes is stable, but the performance is stable. We will also introduce Asics Gelburst and Nova Glide soon. See you next time.