At the beginning of June we introduced to you the new Mamba X 2.0 (check that out HERE). The Mamba X 2.0 was the result of DZR sending the original Mamba X back to the drawing board after the outer sole’s vegan glue starting giving out. For the 2.0, DZR decided to add a stitch that connected the body of the shoe to the outer sole. This allowed them to still be able to offer a vegan shoe but in a new and improved way.
After four months of playing on these shoes at tournaments and in soggy Portland, Oregon weather, the Mamba X 2.0 get the official 3-2-1 Polo seal of approval! When we reviewed the original Mamba X after four months (see that review HERE), the outer sole had already started to peel away from the shoe’s body. 3-2-1 Polo was still ran out of the Midwest (where we rarely play polo in the rain) at that time, so for the Mamba X 2.0 to not show any signs of coming undone after a bout in Cascadia, is a huge accomplishment for DZR.
Another problem that I saw in my old Mamba X’s was that the Achilles Notch started to split down the center from putting the shoe on, but there are zero signs of this happening in the new shoe. I don’t believe that anything was changed here, design wise, but since this is something that is doing much better for the new 2.0 Mamba X, I figured it was worth pointing out. It is also worth pointing out that the laces strap on the new Mamba X shoes no sign of damage. As you can see from the first link that we shared, the stitching came off of the strap and the layers started to split. Again, there is nothing different about the straps design (that I’m aware of) from the original Mamba X to the 2.0 version, but I feel that it’s worth noting all of ways that the new version is outlasting the original.
One minor problem that we found in both versions of the Mamba X, is that the ankle protection on the inside of the shoe is too puffy. Actually, this problem only persists on the ankle protection of the right (drive side) shoe. I’m not sure if this has to do with it being on the drive side or not, but it is worth bringing attention. As you can see from the pictures below, no real damage is being done; it is just rubbing the surface of the fabric away. After a year in my original Mamba X shoes this problem never advanced past cosmetic damage, so I imagine that will be the same case for the 2.0 version as well.
All in all, the new Mamba X 2.0 is perfect animal friendly clipless polo shoe. It is shaping up to outlast it’s predecessor and with the stitched outer sole, it could even outlast the horse hoof glued Mamba Blacks. As my good buddy LeVar Burton would say, “But don’t take my word for it,” so pick up a pair for yourself and see how they hold up!
Head on over to the DZR website to snag a pair!