Nike Air Mags
Photos by Magic Tractor. Published on Jun 15th, 2016.
In 2011 Nike released 1500 pairs of "replica" movie prop MAG's via a special charity auction. These pairs go for between 10-15 thousand nowadays, depending on where you look. The reps that were out for a while looked like this (retail on the left, rep on the right), not so much a futuristic anti-gravity shoe, rather a fucking work boot.
David took upon the task of attempting to perfectly replicate the 2011 Nike MAG about a year ago. He purchased a genuine pair, disassembled and recreated what I have to present to you guys today. Honestly, when he told me the MAG's would be 85-90% accurate I didn't believe him, its a fairly complex shoe with electronics and all the other stuff that meant that reproducing something like this would have inevitable flaws (as is the case usually with reps), however I am super happy to announce this isn't the case today. These are perfect. Fucking perfect. There's a few issues, and even a few improvements to the originals (more on that shortly), and these are a godsend for the kind folk who have been buying the old MAG's (RPF i see you) and painstakingly modifying them in order to look like the real ones.
QUALITY - Strictly speaking about the shoes, they are fantastic. I have heard the retails have some quality issues, as they are meant to be for display only, and these feel fairly similar. That being said they are most certainly wearable, and don't feel like they will fall apart, but these definitely don't feel like a shoe you could beat around every day, and that's okay because that isn't what they are. (to quote Nike in the disclaimer in the poster, Your Nike MAG shoes are not designed or intended for normal wear and use as footwear.) (still wont stop me rocking these Tinker, still wont stop me)
COMFORT The easiest way to describe wearing these is like...wearing a snowboarding boot..A very light snowboarding boot, but regardless, ankle support is unprecedented. I could walk around in these for a while but they aren't the most comfy shoes. These weigh 544 grams each, which is stupid light for a shoe that is this big and chunky (my ultra boost's weigh 288g and they are also crazy light, and small too)
THESE FIT TTS. TRUE TO SIZE.
ACCESORIES These come in an enourmous box, and they come with the little poster that the retails came with, however there is no metal keytag the real ones came with, and the box is missing a size sticker for some reason. There is an indent for it however. (I have spoken with David and he has told me future pairs will come with a sticker. It doesn't really phase me since I don't really care about the box, but it will be there for future orders.) There is also a universal charger for them that is proprietary, I have included photos of everything in the album attached so feel free to pixel peep and suss everything out to your hearts content.
DEM LIGHTS THO The lights are definitely the coolest feature of the shoe, and they look sensational indoors. So damn bright and beautiful. They turn on with a button on the top of the shoe (exact same placement as the genuine MAG's) and last for...wait for it...90 hours on a single charge. Ninety hours. I don't know how long the original MAG's lasted on a charge, but I sure as hell don't think it was nearly 3 days of constant on time. (this is the improvement I touched on earlier, battery tech has come a long way in 5 years)
The rear LED's are easily distinguishable between colors, red/orange/green, they just aren't very easy too see on the photos (however one picture shows it well), this is due to the exposure being all funny on camera, and me trying to accentuate the lights.
It takes 3.5 hours to charge them fully from empty with the use of the included adapter, and unlike the real ones which blink and stuff to indicate they are charging, these don't show any activity at all, unfortunately.
Outdoors, the lights are fairly muted, however i'm not sure if my pair was just a bit discharged and the EL panels were a bit dim, i've got them charging at the moment and will report if anything changes. (Report, charged them up fully and they are now nice and bright even outdoors, see last photo this one here in the dark to see what the EL panel looks like charged up 100%.) I would just rock them out and turn them on before you go inside, to not waste battery. I have included a few photos of them in the album of them turned on outdoors to give you an example, the heel LED's are visible easily but the EL panel's, not so much. (This is because my EL panel's were slightly discharged, 3 hours charging and they are good to roll)
FLAWS I mean...In person, on feet, and the sheer fact they are so accurate and also so damn rare means no one will call you out on these, at all (how you choose to explain how you have the money to afford them is on you though) but if we are nitpicking, the wires are slightly visible on the strap, and toebox might be like a nanonmeter too thick, i'm not sure. Otherwise I can't tell if there's anything wrong with them at all to be honest. Maybe a few rough edges here and there the retails didn't have but considering these are so so much cheaper means there is little to complain about I feel.
THE PRICE $629. Six hundred and twenty nine.