Nike HyperLive REVIEW: A Brand New Shoe for Action

Chances are you’re interested in how the shoe performs. That’s what you’re gonna find out in this detailed Nike HyperLive review.

As always, I’ll take a look at the shoe’s tech specs, performance comfort, materials and decide if it’s worth the price. Nike HyperLive review is rolling now!


MAIN SPECS

HyperLive: Angled

Shoes: Nike HyperLive

Weight: 345 g. / 12.17 oz

Type: Low Top Sneaker

Retail Price: $100 

Technologies: Breathe Tech, Nike FLYWIRE, HyperFuse

Fit: True To Size

Available Colors: 5+

My Rating: 8.5/10

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THE TECH

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So we got some good tech for the money here. I’m actually pretty surprised since this is supposed to be a budget model.

FLYWIRE is the cable system under the shoe’s upper, which is connected with the laces for lockdown. Works well, just like most Nike’s FLYWIRE shoes. It’s also pretty effective because the upper is sturdy enough to hold that cable pressure.

Then there’s Breathe Tech which is basically the upper construction. High quality mesh that’s light and breathable. Also, very flexible. I think this is the best type of mesh you can get, at least in my opinion.

Lastly, HyperFuse is a material on top of mesh in some high-wear areas for durability.

 

PERFORMANCE


FIT/COMFORT

So they’re true to size and fit pretty damn tight. A very snug and supportive fit. If you like your shoes to be a bit loose and want that extra freedom for your foot, you might want to go half a size up. But generally, I would go true to size.Nike HyperLive Review: Top

Definitely not a good option for wide footers because of the tight/sturdy material. As for general comfort, very good indeed. That super light & breathable upper grants a very enjoyable experience on the court.

CUSHION

Cushioning is I think where the shoe could be better. But again, it’s made for a specific type of player – a low-profile guard who needs a lot of court feel and doesn’t need bounce. That’s excatly how the shoes feel. The drop-in Phylon midsole is firm, so great court feel, responsiveness, but not a lot of impact protection or bounce.

The cushion setup is very similar to the Hyperchase or the Mentality II.

TRACTION

Traction is probably the strongest aspect of the HyperLive. The oustole pattern is made out of multi-directional rubber knobs that are very sturdy. So these are good for outdoors and you also won’t need to wipe often because the pattern is not too dense. Traction is overall very sticky, guards will definitely enjoy these.

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SUPPORT

Support is great overall, definitely no complaints. It’s a low top, so you won’t get any ankle lock-in. But the support itself is great. Very strong and supportive upper, internal heel counter, a pretty wide sole base and a snug fit makes the support awesome all-around. Containment is fine, no slippage or stability issues.

MATERIALS

Lastly, materials of the upper are mainly that awesome Breathe Tech mesh and HyperFuse is some spots for extra durability. A very well-balanced setup I think, it even fits outdoor players nicely. Very lightweight upper and also a durable one, so a win-win here.

Even a smaller forward could rock these on court I think.

 

PRICE VS. QUALITY

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So the shoe costs $100. Seriously, you can’t wrong with that price.

Good deal of tech and awesome materials could make this shoe cost like $140 and I still wouldn’t be mad.

Nike has been owning it with their cheaper shoes and the Nike HyperLive’s QUALITY wins this over price. 

 

FINAL VERDICT

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An awesome bang for your buck, no questions asked. No major issues or complaints, good all-around performer with some decent tech. And everything at $100.

A tight one-to-one fit, awesome traction that works outdoors, responsive cushion setup for guards, good support and durable materials. Can’t really go wrong with anything here.

Light, quick and low-profile guards that don’t drive to the basket like crazy or dunk like crazy will like these best.

PROS

+ Awesome traction that’s outdoor-friendly
+ Very good support for every type of guard
+ Light, flexible and durable

CONS

The tight fit could be a bit uncomfortable for some people
Cushion setup isn’t for someone who needs bounce/impact protection

 

BEST PLACE TO BUY THE SHOE

I see one main store to buy from and it’s on Amazon. Check this out:

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

So yeah, there’s a reason I always recommend to buy from Amazon. 

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Alright, the review is done! I really hope I helped you make up your mind here. Not everyone is brave enough to buy a new shoe that doesn’t have a lot of opinions yet.