The Hyperdunk X celebrates a decade since the line began in 2008. Thus, you won’t find anything new in this Nike Hyperdunk X deconstruction.
Like past setups — most recently the Hyperdunk 2016 — the Hyperdunk X features heel and forefoot Zoom Air units; this offers impact protection at the heel and responsiveness at the forefoot. However, what’s notable in this latest Hyperdunk is just how much Zoom we’re getting.
The heel Zoom Air unit in the Hyperdunk X is 14.10mm thick — that’s nearly double the 8.20mm thick heel unit in the Hyperdunk 2016 (scroll down to the bottom for a comparison). The forefoot unit is only 6.87mm thick, on-par with what we’ve seen in several Nike Basketball models. The units are top-loaded and protected via small 1.24mm thick windows that create 7-8mm gaps between the unit and the outsole.
Gone is the React foam from the Hyperdunk 2017, which many of our WearTesters thought was lackluster in its basketball implementation, but the small support plate at the midfoot (used in past Hyperdunk models) is back.
Moreover, it looks like wearers will sit within this tooling, although it is a bit higher off the ground than past Hyperdunk models. Beneath the thick insole is a layer of white EVA that shows the tooling’s curvature around the foot.
Finally, the upper of the Hyperdunk X is minimal and seems to be designed for breathability. A fairly open-celled mesh is backed by a thin film for reinforcement while the toe (above the mesh) is covered in fuse/TPU to protect against toe-drags.
The Nike Hyperdunk X has retained its $130 price point and is available now at Nike.com in both men’s and women’s sizes.
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