We’ve been a couple of weeks removed from the FIBA Trophy Tour we’re only a couple more weeks away from the Basketball World Cup in Spain. Recently, we did a Sole Review on Tony Parker’s signature shoe with PEAK, the TP1. This weekend, we were able to try out another signature silhouette from the brand. We were fortunate enough to try the GH3– George Hill’s signature shoe. Although the TP1’s considered their pinnacle shoe, Hill’s isn’t too far behind in terms of looks and performance.
From the onset, what captures your attention aside from the bright yellow upper would be the elastic shroud partially covering the laces. The Peak logo’s pretty big although fits in just nice as the design blends with the cut of the shroud. Hill’s PE logo is found on the heel and right below it a patent leather strip that wraps around the upper. A clear rubber heel counter is perforated to provide additional ventilation and breathability. We’ve asked our friend Kristian to try them out on court and here’s what he had to say about the Peak GH3.
Cushioning is pretty good. The Cushion-3 technology performed well in terms of absorbing shock with every landing. If you’re a player who likes that springy feeling, the GH3 is for you. With regards to Cushion-3, Peak uses three different forms of materials to absorb, distribute and thus create that bouncy, springy feeling for a better set up. score: 9
I normally wear a shoe half size up for basketball but we decided to use my actual shoe size for this one. The padding by the ankle area kept it snug but still comfortable as they used a mix of foam and the mesh you normally see on jerseys. The shroud made it easier to move around even though the laces started a little higher than usual. I would recommend going a size bigger for comfort. score: 8
Although the build is far from the pairs we’ve been seeing from the other brands, the breathability was adequate. There are only a few mesh areas seen on the shoe (heel counter, medial mid foot area and the tongue), but there’s not much to complain about. I tried using the shoe at night so it might fare differently during the day or if you play on concrete. score: 8.5
With the use of a traditional herringbone pattern throughout, you’re getting a solid shoe when it comes to traction. The herringbone on the forefoot and heel are modified quite a bit from the middle section but performed well, especially for lateral movements. Starting and stopping was pretty easy and did not disappoint. score: 9
The high top cut of the GH3 reminded me of my old Reebok Shaqnosis from back in the day. As mentioned, the added foam/mesh padding helped keep you in place while the additional outrigger on the lateral side kept you balanced. This is definitely a good shoe for guards who love to run and gun. I’m not sure if the patent leather strip had something to do with support but the placement makes it seem as if it does aid in the shoe’s overall performance. score: 9
Overall Score: 8.7
The Peak GH3 performed well above expectations and looks to be a good buy for it’s price range. Three colorways are currently available for the GH3- White, Yellow, and Navy. The shoe retails for Php 4,995 and is available at the following stores: Hoopsville Galleria, Hoopsville Gateway, OV Sta. Lucia, OV Megamall, OV Trinoma, OV North EDSA, SM MOA, SM Cubao, SM Makati, SM Megamall, SM Fairview, and Toby’s Taytay. For more information on Peak, follow Sole Movement and Peak Sport Philippines on Facebook and on Instagram (@peakshoesph).
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