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Curry Flow 9 Performance Review

For the Curry fans, he is the center of attention on the court and his performance tugs at millions of heartstrings. Outside the court, his basketball shoes are also widely enjoyed and attract the attention of many fans. Finally, he was in the media spotlight wearing his sneakers, so here we have the clearest picture of Curry Flow 9 ever.

It has always been said that what UA has been doing in recent years is helping its athletes improve their athletic performance on the court, and Curry Flow 9 is again living proof of this.

This Curry Flow 9 is a co-branded series with Sesame Street, but some reviewers said that there seemed no big difference between Curry 9 and its predecessor. If anything, it has become uglier. However, from the perspective of performance, being lighter, stronger and more durable is the most glaring improvement of Curry Flow 9.

The two colorways of Curry 9 are cartoonish, not least the yellow and pink one that looks quite like “a sweet strawberry ice cream”, as is called by some fans. In terms of the shoe’s weight, it has been made much lighter. For example, the Curry Flow 8 weighs 340 grams, which has been quite a tremendous job of UA. However, when I got Curry 9 in my hand, I was again astonished by its lightness.

Curry 9 is equipped with UA Wrap technology, which has been used in the previous Flow Velociti Wind. After adjustment, the vamp is more supportive and endowed with more excellent wrapping performance. Meanwhile, the vamp, after improvement, can be better attached to the wearer’s feet. Aside from that, the different colored lines on the vamp, as can be obviously seen, are like miniature safety belts, helping fix our feet inside the shoes.

Over and above that, the shoe tongue is different from the previous one. The integral tongue of Curry 8 is now converted into a traditional separated one in Curry 9, which is easy for adjustment so that even people with high instep will find the shoes agreeable.

The midsole is the Flow tech that has been seen in Curry 8. Although the tech has a good reputation, it is not without disadvantage. That is the tech is not durable enough so as to offer its owner a long-lasting experience. In the previous work, the outsole is eliminated to reduce the shoes’ weight. Similar trace can also be found in Curry 9 because the shoes, after all, are tailored to Curry. Although the shoes might not be suitable for the majority of people, I do believe that the shoes will still be the best choice for many fans.

With respect to the grip, just take my personal experience. Last week when I was playing basketball on clean wooden floor, the shoes were always offering me quiet yet outstanding grip. Therefore, I am rather satisfied with its grip. But if you are accustomed to outdoor courts, you’d better take care of the soles before and after your playing.

The midsole TPU has also been changed beyond all recognition. There are now two small visible TPU, which further reduces the overall weight of the shoes. The upturn of the toe is much more conspicuous, and the widening of the sole and the grains both inside and outside indicate that the shoes are positioned entirely for players like Curry.

For the cushioning, one friend of mine highly thought of it the other day when we were playing basketball. However, from my perspective, I don’t think there is much improvement if compared with Curry 8. As a matter of fact, I’d rather the Flow material can be changed to a more durable one. After all, my Curry 8 has accompanied me for only 10 months.

The inside of the heel is not overstuffed, but there is a very obvious concave and the counter is placed in a very high position. Yet I don’t think this a great bother.


In a nutshell, this Curry 9 is an excellent sneaker. It seems like an upgraded version of Curry 8, with its vamp strengthened and its support, protection, wrapping and grip greatly improved, making itself more suitable for more people. It is most likely that we’ll see Curry repeat his feat this season, and Curry 9 will then be endowed with new meaning and values.

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CURRY 9 Performance Review

Probably because of the historic moment when Curry was crowned the “NBA’s 3-point champion” and the great success of Curry 8, this Curry 9 has been the source of heated discussion before it was officially launched. As of today, it has been some time since the shoe’s official release, but it still enjoys great popularity in this circle. Regrading its overall performance which, I think, is what most people are concerned about, the performance review of Curry 9 is necessary and here it is.

The first glance of the shoes has made me obsessed with it. Its various colorways are quite refreshing and finally I picked this pink and yellow one out of personal preference. Some says that this colorway is not only childlike, but also perfectly matches Curry’s adorable image. I think he has revealed the essence and character of the shoes.

Comparing Curry 9 to Curry 8, I found that the integral design of the tongue of Curry 8 has been changed to a more conventional separated one, which makes the shoes become suitable for a wider range of people and improves flexibility at the meantime.

Aside from the colorways, the most obvious upgrade to the Curry Flow 9 is its vamp. It adopts the Warp, a tech once used in Flow Velociti Wind, whose multi-layer woven structure can firmly fix the wearer’s feet in the shoes. Besides, the tech is also extremely breathable, and during nearly two hours of combat yesterday, I didn’t feel sweltering in my feet.

If you have also a pair of Curry 8, you must have an intimate knowledge of its lightness. However, it is still beyond my imagination that Curry 9 is made more lightweight. A single Curry 9 of size 42 weighs about 300 grams, which is actually second to none at the moment. And thanks to its brilliant wrapping, you can expect a pleasing wearing experience.

Compared with the upgrade of the vamp, the improvement in the midsole stability is not that conspicuous. The special treatment of the additional TPU in the arch is impeccable in both its area and the excellent midsole rigidity in actual combat. Such design is just right with the enlarged outsole of the forefoot, which ensures excellent stability without losing ankle flexibility.

The excellent of the Flow tech has already been proved by many sneakers, not least by Curry 8. Despite that, however, you’d better wipe the soles clean before playing so as to put your capacity to good use. As a matter of fact, it is a shoe’s wrapping and grip that are the core need for a player when it comes to high intensity exercises. Therefore, for many players, this Curry 9 will be a best choice for the shoes are endowed with both excellent wrapping and nearly perfect grip.

Nevertheless, the shoes are not without disadvantages. The fly in the ointment is that the wear resistance of Flow outsole is relatively poor, so the shoes is more suitable for playing in the indoor wooden floors or rubber fields. For those who are accustomed to the asphalt fields, I think the shoes might not perform as well as it is expected.

Many reviewers have said that they are also attracted by Curry 9’s cushion so that the shoes have become also a daily necessity for them. In my case, whether I am to make breakthroughs or to start up, Flow always provides instant feedback for me.


If you’re the one who are in need of extreme flexibility and lightness, and are good at shooting, Curry Flow 9 is your best choice. Like Curry’s magic “3-point”,  the shoe is in a sense a magic as well and may even help reverse the outcome of a match, which, I think, is beckoning and hard to refuse.

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UA Curry 9 Performance Review

With the advent of Curry 9, many fans are set to get thrilled at its performance review before they buy the shoes. Hence my bringing Curry 9’s performance review today.

To begin with, let’s take a look at its appearance. The pair I’ve got here is powder blue gradient, quite a refreshing one in this drab and dull winter. Among the several colorways that were first launched, the one I got in hand is, on a personal note, the nicest and just what the doctor ordered. However, you can keep your own opinions to yourself in this aspect.

As regards its performance review which I think is what you are most concerned about, I’d like to share with you my experience with it of the past week. Compared with Curry 8, this Curry 9 is far removed from it in several respects. In terms of Curry 8, the most eye-catching is the integration of its midsole and outsole, ditching the traditional outsole design. The other compelling thing of it is its simple design, which certainly caters to the tastes of many people who are in pursuit of simplicity. Ostensibly, there aren’t distinct differences between the two versions. However, taking a loser look at Curry 9, you’ll find that the vamp of Curry 9, among other things, is somewhat eye-popping. Besides the tech adopted in the vamp, the different colorways alone are enough to offer you a glimpse of its uniqueness.

With respect to the vamp, the brand has exploited a brand-new tech, the warp vamp. About two thirds of the entire upper is knit together in different directions with both thick and thin threads, and pink and blue ones. Such a design not only adds weight to the shoes’ sense of beauty, but also enhances its performance of offering lateral support at the side.

Then take a look at the shoelaces. Although there are three kinds of shoelace holes, they are all firmly attached to the vamp, thus providing the wearer with sufficient support. On the top of the shoe tongue, there is a big chamois with a “Curry” embedded on it. Different from the vamp of Curry 8, this Curry 9 is equipped with traditional shoe tongues with exactly enough lining. With all these, the wearer can be assured that there is enough support and that his feet are firmly fastened in the shoes.

At the back of the vamp, there is a Roman numeral “Ⅸ” and the latest logo of Curry. Actually, the vamp at the heel is made of chamois, which makes the shoes very durable. On top of that, the logo of Curry and Under Armour are respectively engraved on the Flow at the heel. Looking at it from the outside, the heel of the shoe, with sufficient lining, is thick enough so that it also guarantees a comfortable wearing experience.

The outsole is still made of the Flow which has been used in Curry 8, but its grains are slightly different from that of Curry 8. Another difference lies in the shape of the midesole TPU of Curry 9, which is exposed to the air.

During the past week, Curry 9 accompanied me in at least 5 matches, and luckily it didn’t fail me. In fact, I am most satisfied with its vamp which greatly improves the shoe’s wrapping performance. Besides, with the vamp, the shoes fit tightly to my feet, which also makes it easy for me to enjoy their comfort. The most glaring shortcoming of Curry 8 is that it easily hurts my toes. When it comes to Curry 9, I had the same experience the first time I wore it, but the second time I wore it for one of my important matches, it turned out that I got quite familiar with it and it also did a tremendous job for me. Nevertheless, Curry 9 is not above criticizing. With its particularly low-lop design, I was on the verge of hurting my ankles when I first wore it. Therefore, some protection is necessary if you wanna try Curry 9. As for its support performance, it is put to test in practice and has successfully stood these relentless tests. The lateral part of the forefoot is widened so that the overall shoe is quite prominent in offering support.

Still, Curry 9 is excellent in its grip performance, which is no less outstanding than Curry 8. While I was engrossed in my matches, it was always there to offer its assistance provided that it wasn’t on smooth wooden ground. If you have experienced Curry 8, then you must have your own ideas about what kind of grounds are suitable for this Curry 9. In the midsole, there’s a big anti-torsional device, which is put to good use so that the shoe’s performance in this aspect will only stand out. Over and above that, a large cushioning device is at work, which further improves the shoe’s support.


In this fast-paced society, constant innovation is essential in almost every field. For a shoe brand to survive in the face of cruel competition, it is nigh impossible without innovating products. Therefore, for this brand’s innovation, Curry 9 is a case in point. However, despite the new changes, I think there is still room for improvement for the shoes.

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UA Curry 6 Performance Review

When Curry 6 Fox Theater was released, it was a huge hit in the market. And as the new year on the corner, you may want to pick a pair of UA Curry 6 to reward yourself for the hard working over the past year.

Stephen Curry has upended the trend in the NBA, and in basketball in general, with his groundbreaking way of playing basketball. So we remember mostly his excellent skills and the records he broke one after another. However, what ensues this is that we overlook the NBA superstar’s creativity in other fields.

As the superstar matured, he’s honing every aspect of his skill. So since he is becoming more prominent, he needs a handier device, and Under Armour Curry 6 rises in response to the proper time and conditions.

As regards the shoebox, it is mainly gray with Curry’s Logo in the center and the other part of the box is decorated with Curry’s signature and UA’s Logo, giving the shoe a low-key look.

The Curry 6 of this review is the all-red colorway which is named “Heart of the Town” and aims at paying tribute to Auckland that witnessed Curry’s growth and gave him endless energy.

This Curry 6 is also a low-top model. Such design has appeared in the previous versions and is predicted to become the mainstream of the series in the future.

Undoubtedly, Under Armour  trying to continue the design style of Curry series and  make its reputation unshakable. As Curry said, “This is where we are fighting for. This is where we feel proud to win a championship and bring it back and see everyone out in the street celebrating after the game. Everything we do is for the fans because they are the driving force behind all the things we do.”

Then when asked my first impression of the shoes, I would say that they are quite lightweight. The vamp made of woven material and the midsole made by HOVR technology match each other very well, and indeed have a good performance in reducing weight.

Besides, it also impressed me by its thin vamp. The vamp that is made by weaving technology and whose texture feels quite like that of Curry 5 is both light and thin, but it is also hard at the mean time hard enough to offer solid support.

The highlight  of Curry 6 is the HOVR in the midsole. As the prominent tech of UA, it has a mesh structure and is quite unique externally, making itself very identifiable. Together with the TPU in the heel that offers enough stability and protection , it is very outstanding among many sneakers of today.

For the outsole, it is very special and  is designed to enhance traction and flexibility, and with the help of full-foot Speed Plate technology, the midsole is able to offer a more excellent performance.

Frankly speaking, the shoes’ wrapping has won my heart. At first, I was not accustomed to it. But some time later, I got the hang of it and I found its wrapping performance quite surprising, especially with the help of the socks of UA.  The appropriate tightness really makes me obsessed with the shoes.

The shoe, focusing on creativity, is clearly stated that it is a shoe that pays more attention to feedback and grip performance, indicating that those who attach great importance to cushioning had better turn to other shoes. In another word, the cushion of this shoe is just enough for using, and it is not so soft and elastic. So just do not expect too much of it in this respect.

As a pair of guard shoes, Curry 6, without adding carbon fiber plate, is really a nice surprise for it offers great support and stability. And as an elite player who is at the top level in skills, Curry has a high requirement for the support and stability of a shoe and Curry 6 is the right one.

When it comes to wear resistance, Curry 6’s translucent crystal outsole are inherently less wearable than the regular rubber. But it does work well in outdoor field. However, when faced with complex environment, there would be some material loss, which is quite a fly in the ointment.


As a superstar in the field, Stephen Curry is creating his own legend and is transforming the game of basketball in his own way. And Curry 6, with a more versatile performance, will givce Curry more new energy after his three championships and two MVPs. 

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A Close Look at UA Curry Flow 8

The protagonist of today is the UA-Curry Flow 8. However, to tell the truth, my first glance of this signature shoe has determined its fate: I’d add it to my list of “one of the ugliest shoes”. But, there is always a “but” that my opinion of this UA-Curry Flow 8 is so completely reversed after I get to know more about it.

First of all, in terms of the size, my suggestion is that if you have some interest in it, you might as well have try because it fits very well for many people.

Different people have different views on the same thing. So personally, even though I  love the Curry shoes very much, I still think that this UA-Curry Flow 8 can not stand out in terms of its appearance. Some may say that I am too picky to be pleased with, but it just gives me a feeling that it looks quite like a pair of running shoes from the perspective of its style.


Notwithstanding that, one of the magic things about the shoes is that the more ordinary you think about it, the more it might surprise you.

Probably a lot of people think the same thing as I do that the most compelling part of the shoes is the brand new FLOW tech in the midsole. Rumor has it that when Curry first got to know the tech, he told the relevant staff that this tech should be adopted in his next signature shoes as soon as possible. So what is it on earth that makes Curry so obsessed with this tech?

All I can tell you here is that FLOW is a tech that is completely different from the Hovr Micro G. To be more exactly, the former is much softer and more responsive.

Another highlight is the outsole. The pattern of the shoe’s outsole is actually  a bold design. But its grip performance is also very surprising.

If you check the shoes more carefully, you’ll find that the thickness and density vary greatly in different part of the vamp. Simple as the shoe looks, it is in fact distinguishing in its design.

On the outside there is a black leather strip that gives support to the vamp and on the inside there is also a leather that extends from the arch to the heel.

Besides, he collar is elastic; the lining is thick and the outside is hard-TPU-reinforced. As you can see that there are 5 stars on the leather which represents  five appearances in the Finals in Curry’s career to date while the three of which are not hallow and represents the three championships of Curry.

And the visible arch support plate in the midsole is to enhance rigidity of the shoes and sufficient support.

In fact, I’d rather call it Curry Flow 1 because it marks the beginning of a new era. But for most of us, it is the shoe’s overall performance that counts. So let’s wait and see what surprises  could it bring to us.