What time is it!?! Review time!! That’s right folks, NYJumpman23 here to give you what you’ve been asking for: the Nike Zoom HyperRev 2016 performance review. Let’s get straight into it.
Traction – Surprisingly, the traction is the highlight of the shoe. The multi-directional diamond grid pattern grips the floor extremely well. With outdoor and/or indoor surfaces, the shoe does the job well. The rubber on the outsole isn’t overly soft or hard, but it’s just the right texture to allow the shoe to grip the floor very well without slippage. Of course, occasionally you’ll get dust pickups like every other shoe, but the occasional wipe will do the trick. I do suggest keeping these shoes indoors; the shoe’s outsole probably wouldn’t last as long on outdoor courts. For a non-signature model to have traction like this, Nike has really done their homework and given us something back that we’ve yearned for so long — great traction.
Cushion – Zoom, Zoom, Zoom! The cushion setup here utilizes Zoom Air in the heel and the forefoot. I can’t but help to believe it utilizes the same responsive cushion setup as the Nike Lebron Ambassador 8, my previous review. With the same slightly thick insole and the cushion setup, there isn’t much to complain about. This cushion setup should be a standard on all future models from here on out, in my opinion. This is the way things should be. Good job Nike.
Materials – The HyperRev utilizes a full-length mesh inner sleeve (or what I call the bootie) for a sock-like fit. It also uses a fuse overlay shell along the velcro strap that wraps around the mid-foot for containment. The Phylon midsole provides an ample, lightweight, stable ride complimented by the Zoom Air units within the heel and forefoot. Implemented on the rear of the shoe is a rubber molded TPU heel counter to provide proper secure fit. The overall use of materials is what we’ve seen in previous models, so it’s not something we can say is new, but I do like the design factor behind it. The shoe just works.
Fit – True to size. I have a semi-wide foot, but I stayed true to size on these bad boys. It is a definite struggle to put on this pair of shoes. You have to get creative with putting your foot into the shoe, but once you’ve done it a few times, you get it down to a science. That being said, if you do wear an over-sized ankle brace, you will most likely not be able to put your foot in the shoe. I’ve also done a personal test utilizing a McDavid ankle sleeve, a McDavid multi-strap ankle brace, and the Adidas Speedwrap (ala Derrick Rose). The only one that didn’t require a struggle for me to get my foot into the shoe was the McDavid Ankle sleeve.
There aren’t many gripes with the shoe utilizing similar properties of the speed lace system from the Jordan Super.Fly 4, but one of the gripes I had was the mid-foot Velcro strap. I had good lockdown, as long as I laced the shoe tight and strapped in place. However, on rare occasions the mid-foot Velcro strap came loose. It’s not a big deal unless it comes loose consistently, which didn’t happen to me. I wish the materials utilized implemented a slight stretch-fit material to counteract the overlay reach of the Velcro strap in order to alleviate the issue of the loose strap.
I did have the same weird issue stated in Duke4005’s review , particularly on my right foot, that even when laced tight I had minor heel slippage during warm-ups. But during active games, I honestly didn’t even think about it, and never had an issue with shuffling my feet during defensive stances and actively starting a fastbreak. A lot of it has to come down to the design lines put into the architectural basis of the shoe, but hopefully Nike will pay more attention to these little intricacies. Generally the shoe fit well; a nice lace-up, strap in, and containment gave a good without much issue.
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I couldn’t even get my foot in with the McDavid multi-strap ankle brace. Meanwhile, I was able to get my foot in with the adidas Speedwrap ankle brace, but with lengthy trouble and I could barely use the overlay velcro strap as it didn’t stay shut.
Support – The support mainly comes from the structure of the shoe and the design aesthetics utilized in the overlay. The way the diamond grid-like pattern is utilized on the shoe, wrapped along the medial side of the shoe, gives the player ease of mind on hard cuts, cross-over moves, and lateral movements because you know that the traction is there to hold you down. Also, on the lateral side there is a very lengthy outrigger that gives the player proper stance and stability, which is plus. The upper materials don’t offer much support other than the lacing system that wraps along the footbed and the Velcro strap. The shoe honestly plays like a low top, which I don’t really complain about, because I’ll play in almost any shoe you give me. Again, if you wear an ankle brace to play ball, this particular model is not for you.
Overall – The shoe’s good…real good. I can honestly say this shoe out-performs even the signature Nike models. This non-signature model also has heel and forefoot zoom. COME ON!? Why wouldn’t you want to put your foot on these plush pillows? The Nike HyperRev line has always performed well, and this model is no exception. This is a shoe for any multi-position player fitting any and all needs — it’s a ball player’s shoe. It even took some design queues from the LeBron Ambassador 8 model, which I love.
If you’re concerned with not being able to wear an ankle brace, or just not mentally able to finesse that fact there is no dynamic upper support, this shoe definitely isn’t for you (again, doesn’t matter if you wear a high, mid, or low top, if you step on someone’s foot and your ankle turns, you’re going to get hurt the same way).
However, those who play fast, are constantly changing direction, and need impact cushioning, proper traction, and decent price, will love this shoe. I hope Nike follows this architectural design and continues to utilize this type of great traction and cushion setup (including the Lebron Ambassador 8) on all future models from now on. It’s back to basics, and Nike really has done a swell job on these.
You can purchase the Nike Zoom HyperRev 2016 at the following retailers listed below: