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Air Jordan XXXVI PF ‘First Light’ Performance Review

One of the most anticipated basketball shoes of the year is Jordan brand series. The inspiration of the brand-new AIR JORDAN XXXVI ‘First Light’ (AJ36) is from ultraviolet ray. AJ36 also contains the elements and details of Air Jordan VI.

Testing Information:

Model: AIR JORDAN XXXVI ‘First Light’

Size: US10.5

Testing Court: Outdoor cement court

Air Jordan XXXVI- Detail

From the preliminary sketch of AJ36, we can find the elements and details of Air Jordan VI.

The vamp of AJ36 is thin and ventilated.

The AJ36 keeps the traditional elements. It keeps the classic ‘AIR JORDAN’ and ‘NIKE AIR’ of Air Jordan VI on the shoe tongue and shoe heel.

The JUMPMAN logo on the outsole echoes the outsole of AJ6.

The hollow-out design of outsole echoes the visible Air cushion of AJ6.

It absorbs the elements of AJ6 and uses the innovative technology to make the brand-new AJ36.

  1. Eclipse Plate 3.0

The Eclipse Plate technology was firstly used on AJ34. And AJ35 expands the Eclipse Plate structure. Now AJ36 still use the Eclipse Plate technology.

The Eclipse Plate technology of AJ36 is designed to be lighter and better.

  1. The simple and durable Leno-wave vamp

The vamp of AJ36 uses brand-new Leno-weave vamp. The knitted vamp can reduce the weight, and also can guarantee the good supporting performance.

  1. It uses full-length ZOOM AIR STROBEL cushion. It also adds a piece of ZOOM Air cushion on the forefoot sole.
  2. ‘∞’ on the shoe heel represents the infinite possibility of the new stars.
  3. The shoe box design of AJ36 is special.
  4. Do you know what does the spiral symbol on the insole of AJ36 represent? Does it represent the 6 champion rings that MJ got in his career?
  5. The buckle on the shoe tongue has 36 dots.

On Court Performance-Upper material & Support & Fit

The brand-new AJ36 uses wear-resisting Leno-Weave material. And it’s matched with flexible shoe tongue.

AJ36 vamp uses brand-new Leno-weave. The knitted way of Leno-weave is intertwining two pieces of warp yarn and a piece of weft yarn.

The knitted vamp not only can reduce the weight, but also keep the good supporting performance. I’m satisfied that AJ36 has moderate lining on the shoe tongue, shoe collar and shoe heel. The lining improves the comfort level, fitness and supporting performance. For the size, you can choose the standard size. The shoe heel is suitable for most of people. The vamp has high air permeability. It’s flexible, light and tough. When playing basketball, the shoe heel is not easy to loose, it fits the foot very well. The shoe heel of AJ36 has built-in TPU.

AJ36 is middle type. It has enough foam surrounding the shoe collar, which can offer the support to ankle.

On Court Performance-Midsole

AJ36 uses full-length ZOOM AIR STROBEL, ZOOM Air cushion on forefoot sole and Eclipse Plate 3.0 technology. I’m satisfied at the configuration of the insole.

Eclipse Plate 3.0 technology has big change comparing with previous ones. It needs time to break-in the previous ECLIPSE PLATE.

But the Eclipse Plate 3.0 of AJ36 has obvious change. It solves the previous problems. And it can offer better stability and anti-torsion performance when exercising. It cooperates with the ZOOM Air cushion very well.

The ZOOM AIR STROBEL cushion is built-in design, so it becomes a part of the shoes. It adds a extra ZOOM Air on the forefoot sole. So you can feel the good resilience of ZOOM Air after wearing.

The hardness of AJ36 insole is moderate. And the appearance design of insole surrounds the vamp, it has upturning design on the middle position, which can improve the supporting performance and anti-torsion performance.

The shoe-pad of insole has many holes, which not only has good air permeability and  skid resistance, but also reduce the weight.

On Court Performance-OUTSOLE

The outsole of AJ36 uses traditional herringbone pattern. The outsole area of AJ36 has enough space and can reinforce the balance and supporting performance.  The traction performance of AJ36 is better than my expectation.


The AJ36 is very light. The LENO-WEAVE vamp has high air permeability, translucency and suppleness. The shoe collar has enough foam padding which can offer good support to ankle. You don’t need to worry about the overall supporting performance of AJ36. AJ36 can satisfy the request of flexible players. It can keep the good flexibility and supporting performance. But I’m doubt the durability of the vamp material. The adjusting Eclipse Plate technology can offer good stability and anti-torsion performance when playing basketball. It can satisfy the request of most of people. The insole configuration of full-length ZOOM AIR STROBEL and ZOOM Air cushion on forefoot sole can offer great resilience and cushion performance. AJ36 is not only light, but also has good stability and resilience.

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Unboxing and Closed Look: AIR JORDAN 36

Many guys are interested in the new released Air Jordan 36. AJ36 uses more air cushion than AJ28. And the vamp of AJ36 is about 33% lighter than AJ34 vamp. The gold line of AJ36 is to salute to AJ6 insole.

The vamp of AJ36 is made by Leno-Weave techology which twist two pieces of longitudinal warps and traverse horizontal warps to constitute the jacquard weave. The Leno Weave vamp can satisfy the high intensity request of support, fitness and air permeability.

The structural hierarchy around the ankle is evident. There is a piece of TPU plate around the shoelaces and shoe heel, which salute to the design of AJ6. The big pull-tab on the shoe heel is convenient for putting on and taking off, and it’s printed with NIKE AIR logo, Jumpman logo and 36.

AJ36 uses the Eclipse Plate structure. There is a hollow-out design on the insole, and there is a piece of stabilizer wings piercing in it.

AJ36 is also designed by Tate Kuerbis who is also in charge of AJ34 and AJ35. AJ34 and AJ35 also uses the Eclipse Plate structure. By using the design of Eclipse Plate, AJ36 realized the aim of biggest Zoom Air cushion and lightweight.

The Air Jordan 36 uses full-length Zoom Air cushion with fan shaped Zoom Air cushion on the forefoot sole. It has the biggest Zoom air cushion on the Air Jordan series shoes.The dense herringbone pattern is the guarantee of traction performance. The gold Jumpman logo comes from the element of AJ6. From the hollow-out design of rear sole, we can see the ZOOM Air cushion.

From the front side, we can see the outrigger design on the forefoot of AJ36. The outsole has prominent Zoom Air cushion.

The leather above the shoe tongue of AJ36 has the function to fix the shoe tongue. The white and gold colorway AJ36 is named as GLORY. The shoe-pad is printed with colorful pattern, but it doesn’t punching design like other colorways.

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Air Jordan 36 Performance Review

Many fans complaint that Air Jordan 36 looks ugly after it’s exposed. Recently, it’s finally released, it looks not bad, but I don’t like the firstly released colorway. What about the performance of Air Jordan 36? We will share some reviews of the performance of Air Jordan 36.

Air Permeability:
The air permeability of Air Jordan 36 is good. It’s said that the vamp of Air Jordan 36 is made of brand-new Leno-weave material which can reduce the unit weight of the shoes, so that the AJ36 can keeps lightweight and good strength.
The fitness of AJ36 is good. Although the vamp material is light, but the fitness is good. And we don’t need to worry about its supporting performance and anti-rollover performance.
Cushion Performance:
The insole of AJ36 uses full-length Zoom Air Strobel cushion with forefoot fanshaped Zoom Air cushion. The forefoot sole has double-deck cushion.
Abrasive Resistance:
The AJ36 has two kinds of outsole for your choice, that is, crystal outsole and XDR wear-resisting outsole. I suggest to choose the XDR outsole which is suitable for both indoor and outdoor courts.
Skid Resistance:
For the outsole, Air Jordan 36 still uses herringbone pattern. As you know, the traction performance of herringbone outsole is good. So that the skid resistance is also excellent.

AJ36 is more suitable for defenders, PG and shooters. When guaranteeing the lightweight, AJ36 also keeps good actual performance. But it’s unsuitable for center forward.
Size: The size of AJ36 is standard. But the shoe head of AJ36 is similar to AJ30, it will be a little tight.Overall, the center of gravity of AJ36 is a little high, you need to pay attention on the anti-rollover performance. But the vamp strength of AJ36 is good. The air permeability is excellent. The crystal outsole is soft, but as you know, the abrasive resistance will be worse if playing on outdoor court. If you like to play basketball on outdoor court, it’s better to choose the XDR outsole version.