We have examined every aspect of the Concept 1 basketball shoe, from the materials used to the placement of our Load ‘N Launch® technology. Our wear testers indicated they had seen a noticeable increase in their vertical leaps, felt lighter on their feet, and were more explosive for longer periods of time which was then verified through independent testing.
Above: Photos of the APL Concept 1 basketball shoe testing conducted at a leading West Coast University using Kistler force plates and the Vertec device. Test participants achieved up to 3.5 inches of increased vertical leap in APL Concept 1 shoes.
We tested our shoes at a leading United States university's biomechanics lab with two biomechanics Ph.D's who specialize in vertical leap. To measure the vertical leap of the participants, we used both a vertec and Kistler Force Plates. We chose to use both a vertec and Kistler Force Plates because the vertec is what both the NBA and NFL combines use to measure the official vertical leap of the participants and Kistler Force Plates are considered the gold standard for measuring vertical leap within the scientific community. The Ph.D's compared Athletic Propulsion Labs® Concept 1 against a leading brands most expensive high performance basketball shoe.
The two biomechanics Ph.D's, who specialize in vertical leap, concluded that Athletic Propulsion Labs® Concept 1 provided a STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT increase in vertical leap compared to a leading brands most expensive high performance basketball shoe. Furthermore, they concluded that the participants were able to jump higher using less energy which translated to the wearer feeling lighter on their feet and more explosive for longer periods of time. The researchers independently observed and concluded participants were able to jump higher instantly. The Ph.D's noticed that the more the participants wore the shoes, the more they used the proper technique needed to correctly engage the device, which translated to higher jumps.
In the testing environment at this university's biomechanics lab, 11 of the 12 participants jumped higher instantly in Athletic Propulsion Labs® shoes compared to the leading brands most expensive high performance basketball shoe. In addition, some participants saw an increase of up to 3.5 inches instantly in their vertical leap. In a game that is all about inches and explosiveness, any extra increase a player achieves in vertical leap can potentially translate into grabbing more rebounds, blocking more shots, and even scoring more points.