Welcome to my Hyperdunk 2016 review! I’m actually super excited to talk about this shoe since last year’s model was quite a disappointment. The beauty about Hyperdunk shoes is that they’re very versatile and if these end up to be good, they’ll fit pretty much any player.
I’ll talk about the shoe’s tech specs, performance, comfort, materials and decide it it’s worth the price. Let’s start the Hyperdunk 2016 review!
Shoes: Nike Hyperdunk 2016
Weight: 425 g. / 15 oz
Type: High Top Sneaker
Retail Price: $140
Technologies: ZOOM AIR, FLYWIRE
Fit: True to Size
Available Colors: 4+
My Rating: 8.5/10
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ZOOM AIR – The shoe’s cushion setup is ZOOM AIR units in the heel and forefoot. Just like most of the Hyperdunks. I can strongly say it’s miles better than the Hyperdunk 2015.
FLYWIRE – That’s a cable system under the shoe’s upper. It’s connected to the laces and in result you get proper lockdown & containment. Works really well here.
I didn’t really like how the 2015’s model felt, but this is a bit different. It’s definitely not the most comfortable shoe in the world, part of that is the weight and bulky construction. But generally no problems or dealbreakers, so I guess I could say they’re comfortable.
It’s just that big, bulky shoes aren’t my thing, maybe you’re gonna dig these more. I don’t have complaints though.
Cushioning on the shoe would be the gold standard of versatility. It’s not firm or very bouncy. It doesn’t give you that much responsiveness, but it doesn’t compromise court feel that much.
I seriously can’t directly describe the cushion on the shoe. The best word to decribe it would be normal. Like I said, this will fit a guard, a forward, a center, anyone! It’s not amazingly bouncy/responsive, but it’s still good and well-balanced.
Traction was completely fine, regardless of the floor condition. The pattern isn’t too small or dense, not a lot of wiping required. There were no slipping or sliding issues, they gripped the floor very well.
The rubber compound actually looks reasonably solid, so I think this might be a decent outdoor model. Definitely not on a Kobe Mentality level, but it should last longer than your regular indoor shoe.
So since the shoe is also for bigger players, support was very good. We have FLYWIRE which did its job, a heel counter for heel lockdown, a pretty wide base to work on and a supportive upper.
It’s a high top, my ankle sits inside very comfortably and confidently. Huge amounts of padding and the collar itself is pretty sturdy, so all the checks are there for support. I’d say it’s a bit of an overkill for a light guard, but for anyone bigger than that, the setup is killer.
The upper is your traditional mesh with Fuse on high-wear areas. No complaints, this is a trusty and proven setup that’s relatively comfortable, breathable, durable and balanced.
It’s also outdoor-friendly, so I would actually suggest trying them out outdoors.
PRICE VS. QUALITY
I can say that a sh*tload of budget friendly shoes have been released the past couple of years. This year’s Hyperdunk sits comfortably at $140 and I think this is not a bad deal.
Decent tech, good performance and a solid upper. If you’re looking for a versatile shoe, this is definitely not a rip-off. I’d say it’s a TIE between price and quality.
So the Hyperdunk 2016 made some great improvements from last year’s model. It turned out to be a solid versatile option at an affordable price.
They fit normally, very versatile cushioning (though nothing awesome), great traction, awesome all-around support and your regular mesh & Fuse upper.
I would definitely recommend this for a big guard or a forward.
+ Cushion setup would fit anyone
+ Great, outdoor-friendly traction
+ Awesome support
– Not super pleasant to play in
– The upper needs some break-in time
BEST PLACE TO BUY THE SHOE
The main store to buy from right now would be Amazon. They have three colors available at some pretty killer prices. I will also list why you should buy from them, check this out (if you didn’t already know):
Benefits of Buying from Amazon
- Extremely fast shipping (1-3 days)
- Free shipping most of the time
- You can return the shoes to get your money back
- Very fast & easy buying process
- Lots of sales and discounts