Playing volleyball in hoop shoes? We’ve got you covered.
The traction on these shoes are awesome. A multidirectional pattern, which features hollow diamonds, runs full-length and it even runs up part of the midsole on the medial side of the shoe. Straight out the box they were providing traction the moment they hit the floor. They squeak too (and I love hearing that as it’s a immediate response for me to know the traction is ready to be played on) and wipes make them even squeakier. The diamonds are pretty close together on the outsole so dust and dirt can get caught in the grooves but the diamonds are hollowed out so they provide good traction despite the presence of dust and dirt.
I played basketball with Nightwing in these, while he was wearing the Kobe XI, and there was dust and dirt present on the court we played on. I think I wiped once prior to the start of each game and that was usually the only time I needed to wipe. Having played on multiple court conditions, these provided great traction. They allowed me to make any move I wanted without thinking about the traction — that’s something I feel like everyone desires. If you’re slipping around on the court you’re not thinking about playing the game, you’re more concerned for the lack of traction. This is not the case for the HyperRev 2016.
If you’re reading my review for the volleyball standpoint, then here it is. These have great traction on multiple court surfaces. From sportcourt to hardwood courts to composite courts, the HyperRev 2016’s traction works on all of them. Traction for lateral movement is great; the medial traction area helps with shuffling side to side.
I liked the traction of the OG HyperRev and I thoroughly enjoyed the traction of the HyperRev2015, but these just beat both of those out. I liked that the 2016 model was just straight rubber so the whole outsole would stay consistent (the OG and 2015 model had parts of traction that were textured Phylite/Phylon from the midsole). If you like traction these are good in that department. I think the traction should last a good amount of time if played only indoors as my pair shows little to no wear or fraying. This is a good thing. Outdoors…this depends. Try them outdoors and let me know how long they’ll last you.
Returning to the HyperRev 2016 is the same set up that the HyperRev 2015 had: a Phlyon midsole with heel and forefoot Zoom Air units. I STRAIGHT LOVE ZOOM AIR, it’s my favorite. So I was excited to try these out.
I think the heel unit is bottom loaded as you can see it through the Swoosh window but I’m unsure about the forefoot (it might just be top loaded). In the forefoot it feels like the Zoom unit is protruding out a little bit but in reality there are just flex grooves around it. It’s not unlocked Zoom but it’s pretty darn close — you feel like you are directly on top of the unit. The heel unit, like the last model, provides good heel impact and also provides pretty good heel to toe transition if you’re the type of player that runs like that. I typically run on my forefoot but when I go to jump with two feet I plant my heel hard then transition to my toes and the heel Zoom unit is much preferred for me instead of just straight Phylon.
In the last model I loved being able to feel the Zoom through the Phlyon. This is no different for the 2016 edition. The moment you put them on and stand in them the Zoom is felt underfoot. If you have tried the 2015 model, the 2016 feels very similar. Now, Zoom units in the heel and forefoot, along with a Phlyon midsole, are nothing new but are a nice set up when done right. They may have moved on from Phylite and full-length Zoom but the softer Phylon and responsive Zoom units perform just as well.
So the HyperRev line has always been mesh uppers and added materials with each new model. The OG model was a straight mesh upper with little Fuse overlays. With the 2015 edition there was added neoprene to the ankle area and added Fuse to certain areas for more durability. The HyperRev 2016 has all of that and now has a Hyperfuse one-piece outer shell that runs from the lateral side of the shoe to the toe area. I think that this was a good decision for this shoe because of the soft materials used — durability would be an issue. Now, the Fuse isn’t restrictive and hard like on the Kyrie 2 but it’s more like the LeBron X with the soft Fuse. However, the HyperRev 2016 has some rubber texture over it. Durability should be good now with the added material. The materials provided really don’t need in any break in time so upon first wear you’ll be ready to play at full speed.
Fit & Support:
Remember I said that the 2016 model blends the OG and the 2015 model into one? Well it does. Elements from both models are in the HyperRev 2016 like the inner bootie of the 2015, and a similar lacing system and strap like the OG. The 2016 silhouette even looks like the OG model on foot.
The inner bootie of the shoe provides a sock-like fit. It’s still difficult to get your foot into the shoe, just like the 2015 and OG models (I guess that’s good continuity). In addition to added durability, the Fuse outer shell provides pretty good containment and support. I could do without the strap as it would get undone from time to time but when it stays down and out of the way it works.
The lacing system reminds me of dynamic fit which was on the XX9 but acts like the Flywire nylon strands that were on the last two HyperRev models. When you tie the laces tighter you can definitely see them hugging your foot tighter. There is an internal heel counter and added padding on the inside of the bootie near your achellies as well as a rubber heel piece to refrain your heel from moving side to side. There is an outrigger that is more pronounced on this shoe than the last model and helps with stability and lateral support. And speaking of lateral support, there is a piece of the Phlyon midsole that creeps up the side of your foot which is just above the area of the outrigger.
Now is the shoe supportive? Yes you are literally covered. How’s the fit? The shoes fit a little longer than usual but I feel like it’s just me. Sometimes they feel longer, sometimes they don’t, but wearing thicker socks like Nike Elites or Stance basketball socks helped remedy that. There were times where I would re-lace, looking for better lockdown in the ankle/heel area, but that’s just me being nitpicky. Other than that, they fit fine. If you are interested in trying these out go to your local Foot Locker or Nike retailer and try them on — only way to know if they fit you or not.
I really enjoyed playing in this shoe. The HyperRev line has become my favorite line from Nike because every model, so far, has been able to perform and provide good materials and tech for pretty good prices.
My only problem with the shoes, other than the straps getting undone, was that after playing in them my arches would be super sore. I know that the midsole is sculpted in a way to provide a type of “arch support” but the shoes lacking in a mid-foot shank (consistent with almost every shoe) for added rigidity and support kinda sucks if you ask me. If Nike added something internal that would be a nice little touch. I mean I could just add some insoles in and call it a day but I’m reviewing the shoe so that’s what it is.
Other than that I loved the traction and the cushion set up, especially if you love Zoom. I liked the added Fuse, usually something that people don’t like, and I like how the shoe is practically the OG and 2015 together in a newer fashion.
Now if you’re here to find out if you can play volleyball in these things my answer is: yes. I was talking to Nightwing the other day about this and practically this is what I think good performing volleyball shoes, wait no, good performing court shoes should provide: good traction, some type of cushioning, support (in forward and lateral movements), and containment (which is pretty much fit).
These perform well in each of those categories just for $110 (the HyperRev 2015 retailed for $130). These are basically what I thought the Hyperdunk 2015 were gonna be like. Boy was I wrong about those.
Anyways, if you’re looking to try out a pair right now you can grab these here.