The Curry 3's Are as Wet as His Jumper
It has been over 3 years since the Curry 1’s debuted back in 2015. Times were much simpler then. The Warriors weren’t stacked like the Big Mac at McDonalds, Lebron and Kyrie were best buds, and Lavar Ball wasn’t better than Michael Jordan. Since then the there have been 3 new releases to Steph’s best-selling shoe-line. On the chopping block today are the Curry 3’s. Sometime in the future I may review the Curry 4’s and beyond, but for now I feel that the 3’s are more important.
The Curry 3’s have a different pattern then the previous versions, but it is still a variation of herringbone. They worked great on both clean and dusty courts requiring very little wiping in between stops. There was no slippage, but it wasn’t the screeching halt that I was used to in the Mentality lines. I like shoes that give me a lot of court feel so that I can change directions on a moments notice. These came close to giving me that feeling, but the cushioning is what takes away from that aspect.
The cushioning and fit of these things was superb. UA utilized a combo of Charged Cushioning for impact resistance and an Ortholite Insole for good fit. The tandem worked well together and gave the sensation that your feet were resting on a thin cloud of foam that conforms to the exact shape of your foot. While this did feel quite nice, this effect is what takes away from the court-feel. If you don’t mind trading in some comfort for some tactile reception, then you’ll be just fine.
Solid. The Curry 3’s don’t release a ton of heat like the Mentality 2’s, but they don’t retain a lot like the Anatomix Spawn 2’s. Its breathability is about average for most sneakers and for me they worked just fine.
As you can see from the photo above, there are no tears or scrapes anywhere at all on the shoes. They have been worn for several months now and are still going strong. They used Threadborne technology on the lateral sides to keep the structural integrity of the shoe sound even while cutting. Hyperfuse was used in stress areas to prevent tears which as we have seen in the past, does wonders for longevity.
When I first picked these up to try them on, I was surprised to see that an angular tongue was used to secure the foot. I wasn’t sure if I would like it at first, but after a while, it started to grow on me. The angled design gives it a tapored feel that conforms to your foot making it feel more like a part of your body rather than a piece of footwear. This sucker stayed on me nice and tight all day and I had no need for any in-game reties.
The Curry 3’s deliver the goods once again and are capable of hitting a 40-footer on performance in my opinion. The traction is sweet, the fit was nice, and the shoe has a great lifespan. If you’re not completely sold on this shoe you might want to take a look at the 2016 Nike Hyperdunks down below.