*update 5/18 tech specs up finally, so it is Anafoam and it is EVA just like the 4. Lightweight is a generous term at 14 ounces for a low*
With Curry’s return imminent, I figured this would be an opportune time to post this review.
Go ahead and try some of the combos Curry does here. You’ll look like molasses compared to Steph while building a pile of bricks.
I’ll save everyone the effort from scrolling down: there is no reason to buy the Curry 5 when the Curry 4 does everything just as well or better, especially the traction.
Pros: traction on clean floors, feels low to the ground like the 4, decent fit after break in, stability, containment
Cons: needs a lot more wiping than others on dusty floors, fit could be better with some tweaks, cushioning is underwhelming again
Sizing: true to size, wide footers can go up half a size if needed
Best for: guards or Curry fanboys like myself
Buying advice: Pi day sold out but I’m guessing it was due to limited production numbers, not high demand. General releases will be easier to obtain and will go on sale like all Curry’s except the 1.
Weight: 14 ounces
So 1.5 ounces heavier than the Curry 4 Low as well as the mid.
I’m going to skip all the mumbo jumbo that UA states on their site about PI and squaring a circle.. my goodness, who does UA’s ads?
The Curry 5 uses a blade traction pattern with a section in the forefoot that runs in the same direction but it’s just a different compound and color with a circle running below the blades. Really sticking to the squaring a circle theme huh, UA?
On clean floors I had zero issues (what doesn’t) with plenty of tackiness and no wiping. On dusty floors though, wiping wasn’t just necessary, it was REQUIRED. Let’s just say I got a lot of hamstring curls in during my games in the Curry 5. I don’t mind wiping but it picks up dust very quickly to the point that it just plain gets annoying. I’ll try and upload a vid soon on the traction. It’s very Jekyll and Hyde when it’s clean versus dusty.
Curry V Traction Dusty vs Wiped
Initially I thought the square portion was a softer rubber but it is actually very firm with little to no flexibility and much more shallow than the rest of the shoe.
By being inflexible, the outsole can’t brush away dust and you can see it just sitting on the outsole after I played on a clean court. I think it might have worked better without this solid portion on the forefoot.
Compared to the 4: definitely not an upgrade
EVUA is back and is still boring like the Curry 4 set up although it feels slightly firmer and snoozier to me. There really isn’t any feedback with EVUA on either the 4 or 5. It also uses the exact same insole as the 4.
I had a hotspot on the lateral left foot to start but it went away after a few runs. I’ve read and seen the issues with blisters (thanks to the Marco Rafael who told me about that) and thankfully I didn’t have any even with my wide flat feet. You can see the difference is the shape of the arch on the medial side here:
The pronounced arch area isn’t very flexible (see pic under support) and the foam feels firm so it could easily be a recipe for blisters. If you do get blisters buy some moleskin, tape to the inside of your arches and you should be okay or at least better. Or just buy the Curry 4.
Steph himself probably doesn’t have any issues with these since:
Compared to the 4: pretty much the same but slightly stiffer/less smooth. Not an upgrade in my opinion
I tried both true to size and half a size up and I could fit both but I found half a size up more comfortable and I still only had a little more than finger width of space left. Regular and narrow footers can go true to size though.
Curry lows have always been sketchy for me fit wise. The Curry 1 and 3 fit fine but the 2 and 4 lows had serious heel slip due to the placement of the top eyelets. These started off really poorly for me but broke in enough to the point that it wasn’t really noticeable. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being a perfect heel fit, these sit around an 7.5-8 which is better than what I experienced in the CLB16 before I added extra eyelets. The lateral side has an eyelet that sits further back than on the Curry 4 Low and I think that really helped the fit for me (I had some heel slip with the 4 low)UA definitely could have improved the heel fit by:
The knit doesn’t have a lot of compression so it feels a lot different than something like the Harden V2 set up.
I don’t think the heel fit was bad it just feels a lot different than what I’m used to. It seriously feels like a sock sitting inside a shoe. But as I said above it could have been better
Moving on, I had no issues in the forefoot or midfoot with any movement or sliding. There is some lace pressure near the top eyelets but it went away over time.
Compared to the 4: not an upgrade vs the mid. Slightly better for me than the low.
Knit inner and an Annafome or Anafoam outer shell
The inner sock is composed of knit while the outer shell is purportedly Anafoam even though it isn’t stated on the UA description. It looks like Anafoam with its texture but it is much stiffer than what was on the Curry 1. You’re only as flexible as your stiffest part (that’s what she said?) so just because it might be named Anafoam, it doesn’t mean it’s the Anafoam you know and enjoy. It does break in with play so big deal to me but some people are big on materials.
Compared to the 4: about the same
Honestly, if UA left the shell off, the shoe might have play better. There are several other ways to provide support, containment and durability to a shoe. I feel like it’s there for no reason other lacing and aesthetics.
Support and Stability
Since this is a low, support comes from the fit and the heel counter. The heel counter is much firmer (and it exists!!) than the Curry 4 low but isn’t as firm as what you’d find on the Kobe 4-6. Heel fit is decent so you have an average supportive low overall.
Midfoot support is weird.
There is a shank but I can roll it into a ball just like the Mamba Instinct. As you can see below everything bends except the middle of the midsole. Quite the paradox eh UA? It’s like squaring a circle!!
I don’t think these would work well for plantar fasciitis sufferers
On the bright side stability is excellent with the Curry 5 thanks to a very wide and flat outsole. Imaging slapping a mini ironing board on the bottom of a shoe and you have the Curry 5.
Compared to the 4: slightly more stable, similar support
No issues at all thanks mostly to the raised midsole and partially due to the outer shell.
Compared to the 4: same
I’ve played in hundreds of shoes over the years and I usually don’t get overly excited or down on shoes. The Curry 5 is what I call a pretty average shoe with some minor flaws and poor dusty floor traction performance. On clean floors or freshly wiped it works great though.
I can say without a doubt that there is zero reason to “upgrade” to the Curry 5 from the 4. I got a better lockdown from the the Curry 4 mid even though the fit was very fickle. As I’ve said numerous times, mids have a more reliable fit than lows which is a good thing if you can’t try them on. With the 4, you also get much better traction and a little smoother cushioning for the same price or less. And if you like rollie pollie shoes, get the Mamba Instinct; Better traction, materials, cushioning and less than half the cost of the Curry 5.
If you do get the Curry 5, don’t give up on the heel slip after one or two wearings because it should improve as the midsole softens up. I recommend bending it like an accordion for a new minutes to help accelerate the process. Overall the shoe works well enough but doesn’t really do anything extremely well other than stability. There are plenty of other good options under $130 especially as the NBA seasons winds down.
If you’re a Steph fan like me, grab the limited editions at retail and don’t feel bad, it’s Steph’s shoe so who cares about the performance aspect if you’re a fan. Depending on how the Dubs do this post season will really affect demand more than any performance reviews because sneaker nerds really make up a tiny percentage of sales. I expect these to be around $100 after coupons then drop into the $75-85 range. Overall, these are going on the third team and most likely staying there.
Now while we wait for more colorways of the Curry 5, let’s just enjoy these ridiculously unpredictable and competitive playoffs. Rockets or Dubs, Dubs or Rockets? Pelicans? Lebron and the Crapaliers? Sixers ? TheSix?
I freakin’ love this game!!
Thanks for another solid review Schwollo.
I’ve been wanting to jump back in on the Curry line since the 2 and was really excited for these – but ultimately these aren’t for me.
I really enjoyed the Curry 2 even though the cushioning was a bit minimal for me – but almost everything else on the shoe felt great so it was still fun to play in.
But with the cushioning getting firmer, and it feels like other performance aspects are getting slightly worse with the Curry line – I can’t help but feel disappointed. I love the look of the Curry 5 but I guess the Curry 2 and original Clutchfit Drive set a high standard for me when it comes to basketball shoes from UA.
What’s next on the list? Any initial thoughts on the Soldier 12’s?
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I missed out on the launch colorway ofnthe Soldier 12 but I don’t really like blacked out shoes anyways. Traction looks solid but who knows about the Zoom.
I agree with the assessment of the curry line. I’m still using the 2’s religiously. I think the Curry’s are decent but UA messed up with the 3 pricing and they realized that they can skimp elsewhere and still make money while staying at a lower price point.
Thanks for the review! As usual, this line leaves a lot to be desired. Ever since the 2s, I’ve been waiting for the Curry line to improve, but the past 3 shoes just feel so underwhelming. At least with their new 6 month timeline, we can hopefully see the Curry 6 by the end of this year and FINALLY get some fun cushioning in a Curry model (UA better not be holding out on HOVR any longer for their ball shoes)
Every six months is ridiculous imo.. but if they are doing that I lieu of the .5 series it makes sense ..but man that’s too much too fast. Hovr feels good I don’t expect us to be that dumb about using it in the curry line soon
Good stuff – Was interested to see your thoughts on these. My immediate concern when I first saw them was the placement of the top eyelet, so I guess I’m glad it didn’t totally compromise the fit – just seems like that is always an issue when you’re dealing with a sock-type construction. I’ll probably avoid these as I’m cautious about that midfoot support, and I’ve been enjoying the Harden 2s and AJ32 (two totally different shoes, I know).
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Nice ! When are your reviews coming ? I’ve actually been more impressed with the harden dusty floor traction over the past month. Both shoes have a lot of midfoot support for you. Been using the Kobe VI a lot lately and think oh I see why Jake loves these so much .
Hey, sorry to hijack the Curry 5 post, but I wanted to ask if you think I’d be able to fit the Zoom BB II in a size 9 if I’m an 8.5 in the Rose 5? Saw a pair on eBay for a decent price and it’s one of the older shoes with a cushioning setup I’d really like to try.
It will fit but it might be a little bit roomy inside. The bb2 doesn’t have as good of a fit as the bb1. Length wise you should be ok maybe a touch long
Would you say it’s still worth a purchase? I hate a sloppy fit.
I’d wait for the right size and the bb1
Thinking back to how much momentum the Curry line had when the Curry 2 was out….that was only 2 years ago. So many mis-steps since then. His line was off to an incredible start and was in good position to become THE signature shoe line.
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Yep .. ua execs really screwed up but gsw losing in 2016 didn’t help either.
It’s too bad because I think the Curry 5 actually looks good. If it was a top performer I’d definitely buy it.
I think it looks great and most consumers will as well. Add the spotlight of the playoffs and probably another ring and that all equals $$$$. Performance wise its adequate enough except on dusty floors
Aj 11 low CG, true to size?
Half size down. I have a thumb with w true to size and finger width half size down. No issues with heel slip either way though
what about wide foot? i heard that they are not wide foot friendly?
I have a pretty wide foot and I’m good half a size down. True to size will work if you have wide feet but expect some space at the toe.
any upcoming reviews?
Been really busy with work so haven’t had time to write anything unfortunately.
Hey man, need to ask your opinion on something: I mail ordered a Dame 3 and it just arrived. I always wear size 11s because of my obscenely wide feet. However the Dame 3 on size 11 has almost 1 inch from my big toe to the edge of the shoe and even with my ankle brace and messing with the lacing system, my heel slips a little bit. Now here’s the catch: in Brazil there’s no 10.5s. So, I either keep the 11s or go to the 10. Atm it is VERY comfortable, but I am afraid my feet would be dancing too much inside the shoe when playing. So…by your experience do you think the 10s would be too tight ?
For comparison’s sake, the Dame 3 is 1 inch big whereas my old Hyperrev 2015 is a little over half a inch ‘big’ (but also was tight for a while before the mesh loosened down).
Size ten sounds too tight. The toe box is on the pointier side so you’d be pretty squished. Heel should improve with wear as the shoe gets more flexible. Hope that helps !
It would be interesting to do cool gray11 low review!
I’m thinking it over hahah or maybe just an xi review overall
Just do it ! 🙂
Like Nike just do it ?! Lol
yes ! don’t know if they changed their slogan 🙂
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