Jordan CP3.V Wake Forest

Jordan CP3.V Wake Forest

words // Brandon Richard

In two seasons at the University of Wake Forest, Chris Paul led the team to two NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2004. As a freshman that season, Paul was named the ACC Rookie of the Year, Third Team All-ACC, an All-American Honorable Mention and National Freshman of the Year by various publications. He averaged 14.8 points, 5.9 assists and broke five Wake Forest freshman records; three-point percentage, free throws, free throw percentage, assists and steals.

Paul also earned ACC All-Defensive Team honors during his time at Wake and was among the Consensus First Team All-Americans in his sophomore year. By the time he declared for the 2005 NBA Draft, he had finished near the top of almost every offensive category at Wake Forest.

As a tribute to Chris Paul’s collegiate career and as a celebration of March Madness, the Jordan Brand plans to issue this Wake Forest inspired colorway of the CP3.V. The black-based shoe is accented by metallic gold throughout, leaving a translucent outsole to finish off the look below.

Stop by Eastbay to pick up these new Jordan shoes today.

Available: Jordan CP3.V – Wake Forest

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Performance Review: Jordan CP3.V

Performance Review: Jordan CP3.V

Jordan CP3.V | The Low For Everybody

words // Zac Dubasik
images // Nick DePaula

At first glance, the changes from last year’s CP3.IV to this year’s CP3.V seem minimal. The CP3.IV almost appears like it could have been an earlier sample for the V. And in a way, I guess that’s accurate. This is much more of an evolutionary than revolutionary design. It may not be a major design shift or breakthrough, but the V’s small tweaks have led to improved performance in pretty much every possible area. The IV had potential, but was flawed. The V nailed just about everything.

One of my biggest gripes with the IV was its collar cut. It fell somewhere in that area of not low or high enough, and ended up just being uncomfortable. It didn’t offer the range-of-motion benefits of a low, nor the perceived support benefits of a mid. It kind of just fell in a no-mans land of 5/8ths discomfort. The collar on the V isn’t drastically lower, and unless you hold them next to each other, it may be hard to even see a difference. But the change is huge on the court. The CP3.V offered outstanding range of motion. The collar foam isn’t as secure and perfect as the gold standard – the Kobe line – but when laced tightly, offered excellent lockdown.

The entire Flywire upper provided excellent lockdown, and over 3 ounces in weight reduction compared to last year’s CP3.IV. The shape of its last is more generally accommodating, and less sleek, than that of the best fitting shoes out there, but in turn, it should fit a wider range of players. The only real issue caused was that when laced extremely tight to get the best fit, I had comfort issues with too much lace pressure. The only other negative with the upper was some minor pinching at the flex point, which, thanks to the materials and pattern, was reminiscent of the Hyperdunk 2010’s flex point issue. This one isn’t nearly as much of an issue, but worth noting.

The next area of improvement over the IV was the traction. It’s not that the pattern or materials were bad on the IV, but thanks to the bi-level design, aimed at highlighting the Podulon cushioning system, there just wasn’t enough rubber touching the floor at times. This has been completely corrected with a flat and leveled forefoot outsole on the V, which provided excellent traction in all directions. I felt like I wanted to cut in them – always a sign of confidence in traction.

Cushioning wise, I’m a big fan of Podulon. As far as foam-based cushionings go, it’s probably my favorite. The dual-density based Podulon is extremely smooth, and offers just the right amount of protection, without being too soft. It’s not exactly responsive, but about as close as it gets in a foam. Both the heel and forefoot cushioning provided excellent protection, but also maintained a high level of court feel. Add to that a large TPU midfoot shank, and you’ve got an outstanding tooling that is fast, has excellent transition, and is still very supportive.

The Zoom Kobe IV launched a low-top revolution. It wasn’t the first low-top signature shoe, but it was the first one to be so widely accepted. And if you’ve been paying any attention to the NBA over the past few seasons, you’ve seen players of all shapes and sizes hitting the courts in lows. The CP3.V may not be the fastest and most minimal of its low-top siblings, but I did find it to be the most supportive – and in a good way. For small and fast players, it offers the speed and range of motion that lows are known for. What’s so impressive though is that for larger players, it offers a level of support and security not typically found in a low. The CP3.V is an easy recommendation for all players who favor low-tops, but an especially strong recommendation for larger and stronger players who do.

Grade Breakout:

designed by: Tom Luedecke

best for: Players of all sizes who prefer a low-top

colorway tested: Black / White / Stealth

key tech: TPU midfoot shank, Flywire upper, dual-density Podulon cushioning system, 3/4-length innersleeve

pros: Cushioning, weight, range of motion, stability

cons: Lace pressure, flex point pressure

improvements: Thin and targeted padding on tongue to aid in comfort; more refined last

buying advice: The CP3.V may have the logo of one of the game’s fastest players, but this shoe isn’t exclusively for speedy point guards. The Zoom Kobe IV made it acceptable for players of all positions to start wearing low-tops

Available: Jordan CP3.V


Chris Paul’s Jordan CP3.V Shoes Launched

Chris Paul’s Jordan CP3.V Shoes Launched

Chris Paul's Jordan CP3.V Shoes Launched (1)words // Brandon Richard

via Press Release

A week ago, the Jordan Brand celebrated Chris Paul’s Los Angeles arrival with a special launch event for the Jordan CP3.V. Paul himself started things off by escorting media through an installation that featured his new signature Jordan shoes, and rooms modeled after the basketball court in the backyard of his childhood home, his high school gym and the area at his college alma mater, Wake Forest. Each room represented definitive moments in Chris’ life that helped mold him into the player that he is today. Like the installation, the CP3.V features several details that tie back to Paul’s life. From a traction pattern made to aid CP’s quickness, which he developed early as a child, to his high school career through 61 cut outs on the shoe to represent the 61 points he scored in honor of his late grandfather. Wake Forest was also saluted with a requested Black/Vegas Gold colorway that will be released in March for the NCAA Tournament.

Following the media tour of the installation, Chris Paul and Jordan CP3.V designer, Tom Luedecke sat down for a Q&A with the media in attendance.

The Jordan CP3.V was custom built for Chris Paul and his unique high-speed style of play and for players looking to be a step quicker than the competition. Designed with the most lightweight, supportive technology available, the next generation Flywire construction has made the Jordan CP3.V the lightest CP3 model to date. Innovative Podulon technology and the Phylon midsole combined with a Cushlon upper gives players an impossibly quick response when flying down the court.

The first colorway of the CP3.V is available to purchase at Eastbay now. Additionally, a White/Black-Cement Grey colorway will release in February 2012, with a third colorway, Black/Vegas Gold releasing in March 2012.

Available: Jordan CP3.V

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