Performance Review: Peak Challenger II
|Leather overlays in high-wear areas|
|Ventilation on the median and lateral side of the shoe.|
|The insole shows where the cushion is strategically placed.|
|Heel cushion is very good. A plus for big men.|
|The insole also gives that step-in comfort which also adds impact protection.|
Peak used their Gradient Dual in this particular model. Basically, their midsole have different densities placed on strategic points. When landing after a rebound, I encountered no problems at all. With that said, this shoe can be suited for a big man who is eager to crash the boards. Forefoot cushioning is good although I would personally prefer a bit more court feel. They even added a more padded insole for extra cushion and I can say that I love that step-in comfort everytime I wear them. Overall, I can say that the Peak Challenger II can be enjoyed by guards and bigs as well.
|Herringbone pattern on the translucent area.|
|Good padding at the collar and the zipper gives that snug fit.|
|The Foothold 3D plate does a good job providing that wide stable base.|
Fit is true to size and would accommodate more foot types with a little wiggle room on the toe area. However for players with wide feet, it is still best to try them on in stores as the shoe's upper has a zipper to give you that lockdown feeling so the fit might be different for them. The materials composed of synthetic and leather added a more secure fit with no irritation felt on flex points and at the back on the heel area. Ample padding in the collar was provided that even wearing low-cut socks there was no chafing on the collar area. The lockdown fit comes from the materials effectively being utilized where you need them and the zipper. I tried playing a full game with the zipper unzipped and I'm impressed that the fit did not feel sloppy at all. Support comes from the fit along with the zipper which help the materials give you that snug fit, their Foothold 3D plate that provides a wide stable base and giving you that arch support, and an outrigger that also helps you prevent from rolling your ankles.
The shoe is priced at Php 3,995 which is a pretty decent price range considering the materials used. I bought these at Olympic Village Trinoma. They have other branches as well so finding these wouldn't be a problem.