Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Shoes Reach New Heights

Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) has created a $300 shoe that increases your vertical jump. APL was founded by twins Adam and Ryan Goldston who combined their passion for basketball and their father's experience in the shoe industry to make this remarkable product. A spring based system is used to increase lift.

Unfortunately, the NBA has decided to ban APL's shoes due to its ability to increase vertical jump. It has been said that an average athlete can increase his/her jump by about 3.5 inches and an elite athlete can increase his/her jump by up to 8 inches! The NBA made the following statement Tuesday:
"Under league rules, players may not wear any shoe during a game that creates an undue competitive advantage"

In addition, apparently many NBA players (including about 30% of the rookies) expressed interest in the shoe. Too bad they will not get the change to wear them. Below is a video by Sports Illustrated to test the APLs. Take a look and tell me what you think...

(Click on " Video" to view)


  1. If they are available to all, where is the unfair advantage? Do you think Reebok and Nike had anything to do with the ban? Nice FactSnack!

  2. these should definitely be banned from the nba.... there are many training efforts that can be made to increase vertical leaps. A 3.5 inch vertical increase for me would turn a regular two handed slam into an alley oop two handed slam or a reverse two hander. big difference

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