Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Review
Nike’s Hyperdunk line returns this year with 3 varieties, the Hyperdunk 2016 Flyknit, the Hyperdunk 2016 Low, and the Hyperdunk 2016. Today the Sole Brothers bring you a performance review of the Hyperdunk 2016 which features a mesh upper and two Zoom units. The Hyperdunk is considered to be Nike’s signature shoe, so does the Hyperdunk 2016 live up to the lofty expectations?
The traction pattern on the Hyperdunk 2016 looks similar to that featured on the Kyrie 2. The grooves are deep and the rubber is pretty soft, but it does attract dust pretty easily. On a clean court, you stop pretty hard and fast, but it does not stop as fast as the elite shoes like the Kobe 9 or Crazylight Boost 2016 do. You do have to wipe every 3-4 or 4-5 plays depending on how dusty the court is, but even with the dust you never slide or fall, you simply don’t stop very quickly. Since the rubber is soft, it is not recommended that you use these shoes outdoors. The Sole Brothers give the traction a rating of 9/10.
The Hyperdunk 2016 features a Phylon midsole that extends up the side of the shoe to aid with support. The Phylon Nike implemented is surprisingly soft, unlike the concrete they used in the Kyrie 2. The Hyperdunk 2016 also features a Zoom Air unit in the heel and one in the forefoot. Sammy couldn’t really feel the Zoom unit in the heel, but he could feel some give and bounce in the forefoot Zoom unit. The cushion provides good impact protection, good bounce, good responsiveness, and good court feel. The Hyperdunk 2016 earns a rating of 8/10 for its cushion.
The Hyperdunk 2016 is constructed using mesh and textile bootie with screen mesh overlaying it on the lateral side with fuse on the high wear areas. The textile bootie is exposed on the medial side where you don’t need as much support, which is pretty cool since you can see how the Flywire cables connect with the laces and extend down to the midsole for added lockdown. The medial side looks like someone dissected the shoe, but its pretty cool. The lateral side is overlaid with a strong screen mesh, which feels a tad hard. This upper is not Sammy’s favorite, but it is good and does its job well. The Hyperdunk 2016 earns a rating of 7/10 for its materials.
The Hyperdunk 2016 fits pretty nicely, but it does run long so we recommend going down 1/2 of a size. The materials fit tightly over the toe area so there is no dead space in the toe box. The shoe is hard to put on since it is a high top and uses a bootie construction. Sammy said you can really feel the Flywire work with the laces to give you an even more snug and sock like fit. The Hyperdunk 2016 feels very supportive, Sammy did not need to use his ankle brace with the shoe, but when he did it felt nice. The lockdown in this shoe is very good, Sammy reported no heel slipping or slipping in the forefoot area. Overall, the Nike Hyperdunk 2016 earned a rating of 9/10 for fit/support/lockdown.
Ventilation, Durability, and Aesthetics
Ventilation: Sammy said that the shoe is very well ventilated and reported no problems, giving it a rating of 8/10 for ventilation.
Durability: Sammy said that the shoe should last a long time, the outsole may not be ideal for outdoor use, but it is a well made shoe using strong materials. The Hyperdunk 2016 earns a rating of 9/10 for durability.
Aesthetics: The shoe’s design is pretty basic, but we like it. I like it more and more every time I look at it, especially in some of the newer colorways. The Sole Brothers give the Hyperdunk 2016 a rating of 8/10 for aesthetics.
The Nike Hyperdunk 2016 in a size 7.5 weighs in at 13.12 ounces which is not super heavy but is also not the lightest shoe around. This shoe will set you back $140 at its retail price, which is not bad, but Nike probably should have charged a little less for it. Sammy does recommend this shoe, and if he had to put an overall score to it, he said it would be about 7/10. Sammy liked the shoe and said that it is not bad to play in, but it is not one that will make it into his rotation. If you have the Hyperdunk 2016, let us know how you like it in the comments and be sure to check out our scorecard below as well as the Sole Brothers’ Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Review.