We’re going, going. Back to, back to. Basics, basics…
Traction – You can never really go wrong with herringbone. Well… you can, but it’s really hard to mess things up when using it. The grooves in the Hyperfuse 2014 were nice since it catered to both indoor and outdoor usage, so there was ample coverage no matter the surface. Dust didn’t get clogged up either, so that was a big plus. Only thing you can really complain about with this setup is that the rubber is a bit on the soft side in terms of outdoor usage. Other than that there wasn’t anything to really complain about.
Cushion – Heel and forefoot Zoom Air are in place, and while they used a traditional forefoot unit vs the rectangle unit, I still couldn’t feel the forefoot the same way I was able to feel the heel. I think this was mostly due to the dense Phylon they used… it was really lightweight Phylon, but a bit dense. While the cushion is adequate, I can’t help but wonder when we’re going to get the old Zoom Air back… or if we ever will. I really miss that setup and the new stuff just doesn’t compare.
Materials – If you enjoyed the original Hyperfuse then you’ll love these. The built is similar, but the Fuse isn’t as stiff. You will retain the durability of the Fuse without sacrificing mobility. Other than that, what you see is what you get. Hyperfuse…
Fit – They run true to size length wise, but width wise they were a bit wide. This was an obvious downside for me on a personal level, but if you have wide feet then you’ll likely enjoy how they fit quite a bit. Again, they fit true to size length wise so I’m not sure if going down 1/2 size will help you out at all… I suggest trying them on just in case. In terms of lockdown, the forefoot area was sloppy due to the wider fit. The heel was nice and secure, but the forefoot left me unsteady when changing directions quickly or stopping suddenly.
Support – Most of the support comes from a shoes fit, and with the forefoot on these fitting slightly sloppy… you can imagine that I didn’t experience the best support. Wide footers won’t have this problem as they’ll receive that one-to-one fit that I wound up missing. in addition to their fit, the midfoot features an internal support shank and the midsole itself cages your foot for lateral support. My favorite aspect was their wide/ chunky looking base. It acted as an outrigger, and its something that I enjoy whenever its present on a performance model. Most shoes today are made to be really streamlined and these aren’t… this was more like a chunky 90’s midsole, but chunky in a good way… like chunky Chips Ahoy.
Overall – Had they fit me as nicely as last year’s model then I would’ve enjoyed these a lot more. But for those looking for something that will fit their wide foot without breaking the bank, the Hyperfuse 2014 is a good option. You can use them indoors or outdoors & you’ll receive pretty solid performance.
If you were interested in grabbing a pair, you can do so now (on-sale) at Finish Line.