Nike Zoom Bandon - Yah Or Nay?
By Kickntrue on 11/7/09
I'm usually pretty good at gauging the success or failure of a product when I see it- but the Nike Zoom Bandon has me caught in the middle. Part of me thinks it's the most ridiculous golf shoe I've ever seen, while the other half of me is dying inside because I don't have a pair.
Designed for the avid golfer who won’t be kept away on a rainy day, the Nike Zoom Bandon features a seam-sealed synthetic upper as well as a waterproof lining that provides an unmatched level of waterproof protection as well as a breathable barrier to moisture. More flexible and durable than leather, the unique seam-sealed synthetic technology won’t stretch out or break down over time, resulting in a more flexible and durable shoe that offers comfort, fit and performance round after round.Blah blah blah.. it's a sweet-looking hightop golf boot!
I can't really stomach the idea of paying $130 for a pair of shoes, but these are about as close as I've come since 1994 when I bought the Penny Hardaways. Poor Penny Hardaway. Who would've guess the voice of Lil' Penny (Chris Rock) would go on to be much bigger than Penny turned out to be?
So - winter golfers- would you buy it?
Buy The Zoom Bandons
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Nay... I've never really found "hightops" as comfortable.
Yeah, I don't see these working. Most golf shoes tend to look more like dress shoes than tennis shoes. Can't imagine making the leap straight to basketball shoes. If it's really that wet, you probably aren't playing anyway.
I thought if it was that wet, you were suppose to take a drop! Seriously though, like the above, I don't care too much for the look or the idea of the hightops for golf shoes. JMHO
Cool beans, Probably go well with my gym shorts & tank top that are allowed at the muni...
Strangely - I like this shoe. It makes a lot of sense for the swamps in the Northeast.
these shoes definetly put the ug in ugly
As a credentialed pedorthist I'm a little bemused by this product. I believe there's an important market segment for this shoe; however, some of the design elements appear to be thrown together to make a good story rather than providing critical performance. The upper comes straight from Nike's basketball department, which creates one problem. The lateral side demands on a golf shoe are quite different than in court sports, especially in the heel counter. Without an extended counter, or a more substantial external reinforcement, a golfer could easily break down the existing componentry, leading to errant shots and potential injury. Skeletal outsoles, like the one on this shoe, also tend to have reduced torsional strength. With that performance criteria being the most important in a golf product, it's very likely that it will lack necessary stability in the kind of messy conditions this product was intended to improve.
@jezskates - That's exactly what I was going to say. Took the words right out of my mouth.
If people don't like how they look then of course they won't sell but I think we can all say that the most successful athletic shoe company has made a bold play in the golf shoe industry. The Zoom models have done very well and the Bandan, this shoe, technically is no different in the sole. Just as flexible, just as supportive. Much like @jezskates, I would be concerned with the heel but not because of lateral movement but more in the conforming cup that will have to support a person walking 7000yds. Winter=no carts plus you should always walk. HA! Personally I like a shoe that has the looks of golf history. Nike shoes definitely don't do that but the industry is changing, equipment is changing, and it has become much more diverse sport and I think this is the trend. Technically specific equipment that caters to a new generation of golfers.
if you're going to be playing in that kind of weather, you'll most likely have on rain pants, which will cover the shoe, right? so what's the point?
@hackman.. i thought about this too- but when I'm in rain paints- I always end up with dirty/wet ankles because of the way the rainpaints flip a little at the heel when you walk. A hightop would prevent this. Still- though to argue with @jezskates and his expertise- though I'm sure Nike could find someone with a similar degree to counter his points.
Oh god no. I wouldn't wear these on, or off for that matter, the golf course. And I tend to wear pretty unusual golf shoes ( www.13thgreen.com/radioactive-golf-future-golf-s ). I'd like some more "traditional" shoes though for when I'm wearing pants and not shorts (which is very little of the golf season, but still...)
Bryan K says:
First off....when it's raining outside, the wet grass is just as much of an issue as the rain. However, I have a pair of Footjoy Countour Series shoes, that keep my feet very dry. In fact, the biggest problem with them is when the bottoms of my pants get wet. That will make my socks wet, and the water will, in turn, seep down into my shoes. Waterproof shoes just don't dry out. That said, I also do not like rain pants. If it's raining, I'm content if my torso, head, hands, and feet are dry.
Now...on to the high top part. I would definitely be intrigued to try these. I'd love to have extra ankle support for walking long hilly courses. I have flat feet and weak ankles which need a lot of support when doing a lot of walking. However, it's hard to argue with a pedorthist when it comes to how these shoes will affect an actual golf swing.
Since this page allows only a limited number of characters, I'll complete the thought started in my last post.
This concept was actually addressed several years ago by Bite Shoes. Unlike their much larger marketing competitor, they did not borrow shoe components from other categories. They provided an appropriately supportive upper on a golf specific sole with an extended shank for more challenging conditions. It's a shame the brand was purchased by Crocs, then summarily split apart and disbanded. For someone possessing a flatter foot shape, like bjohn13 states, this brand offered an excellent fit and support option.
These look great for wet winter golf. Search "Oregon Mudders" on ebay for an alternate, and far less athletic version. These look more nimble than Oregon Mudders (duck boots with spikes, and gaiters) and way more comfortable than golf boots. Yes, boots. Actual rubber boots with spikes. I believe UK golfers wear these a lot. We do in BC too. I was on the practice range today, next to a course. After 4-5 days of rain, today's sunny day had a few foursomes out. Many of them were wearing golf boots or mudder style golf hiking boots. Those without boots had wet pantlegs up to mid-shin. Wet feet in 45* temps = no fun. Hi-tops like these start looking pretty good.
looks a lot like a saucony trail running shoe the "razor"
When I saw this my first thought was... www.oregonmudders.com/ This is a local company up here in the North West. I read recently that they were doing pretty good with their new High Top (Rain Play) Shoe. Looks like Portlands Nike is going after the Local Companies Niche.
Bryan K says:
Thanks for the link to the Oregon Mudders. I need to get me a pair of those. I like to golf every day, rain or shine, as long as the courses are open. That often results in some sloppy conditions.
The new version of mudders looks more like a golf shoe and less like a work boot. Here's a elder mudder: cgi.ebay.com.my/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3
Bryan K says:
Yeah...I'll be checking out ebay regularly for the next couple of months for a pair of them. The problem is that I wear a size 8.5. I imagine that's not really common. If I haven't found one on ebay my mid-March, I might just have to splurge $100 of my tax return money to get a pair directly from the manufacturer.
No way, I'm hoping to find a cheap pair of the Adidas Tour 360. But right now they are rediculous.
I saw a golfer wearing something similiar to these rain boots about 10 or so years ago when playing golf in Ireland/Scotland. I wish I had a pair then. The rain, wind, and wet grass soaked our feet/shoes. Trying to dry leather golf shoes while traveling was also difficult.
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