Traction – The traction on the Hyperdunk 2013 is definitely the highlight of the shoe. We’ve had good traction throughout the entire series overall but this is the first time that Nike has really gone all out with such an aggressive usage of herringbone.
Front to back they were adequate but it isn’t until you begin to move laterally that the pattern really shines. We’re all so used to herringbone spanning from heel to toe that when we make lateral cuts or crosses, you expect a slight delay before the grip adheres to the court… this isn’t the case with these at all so your response and reaction time will increase slightly as the pattern can really keep up with your movements.
Something that is just a cool bonus feature of the herringbone being placed horizontally is that it ends up creating flex grooves throughout the shoe and this is the most flexible Hyperdunk so far from my experience.
Cushion – Targeted Lunarlon is placed in the heel and forefoot once again so this aspect really feels like last year’s setup with the Hyperdunk 2012. The only real complaint I had about the setup is that it wasn’t implemented full length and that Zoom might have been a better option when using targeted sections of cushion… especially for those that thoroughly loved the previous Hyperdunk models that featured Zoom Air.
My opinion hasn’t changed at all and with shoes like the Kobe 8 featuring full length Lunarlon; why can’t the Hyperdunk?
Material – I went over materials within the Hyperdunk 2013 Performance Teaser Pt. 2 and it pretty much sums up my overall thoughts… Hyperfuse has come a long way and I like it more and more. Sure, I’d rather have leather but if you are going to have Fuse then this is the way to go.
It’s flexible, durable and there are no hotspots… Nike has literally perfected the material’s usage on performance sneakers so there are no complaints here.
Fit – The fit might just be my favorite part along with the traction.
I really enjoyed the close fit of last year’s model but this time around the Fuse is a bit more forgiving and much more flexible. The lacing structure utilizes what started in the Nike Zoom Hyperenforcer and enhances it tenfold. That finger lacing system fits tighter and moves better with the foot when in motion and the Dynamic Flywire does what Dynamic Flywire does… holds the foot onto the footbed.
The heel features their most notorious feature, the foam heel, and it is the shoes heel counter. It keeps your heel locked into place perfectly and I personally like the way it looks.
Lockdown in the Hyperdunk 2012 was pretty much perfect and the same goes here… these just have slightly better materials and I like the finger lacing system a bit better.
Ventilation – The overall ventilation is pretty much on par with what we received last year. This is something that you may never notice but if you go from a shoe with little ventilation – say the Air Jordan XV – to this shoe… it’ll feel like you’ve turned on the A/C.
Support – The overall support features are the TPU midfoot shank and the foam heel counter – both of which do their jobs perfectly fine. It’s the awesome fit and lockdown that really helps support you while it keeps your foot and the shoe feel as if they are one with each other… feel The Force, Luke.
Overall – This is the Hyperdunk 2012 but with some improvements… improvements that a Guard will love. Larger players will enjoy these as well – if they enjoyed the Hyperdunk 2012 – but quick and speedy players will be the ones that are going to be able to really utilize the minor changes made between the two Lunar Hyperdunks.
I personally liked the increased traction and flexibility of this shoe more when directly comparing it to last year’s model and I really liked the Hyperdunk 2012. Those would be my two key factors is choosing this model over the 2012 because essentially… they are the same shoe.