I’ve had more inquiries about this shoe than almost every other pair I’ve previously reviewed… so here it is, the Nike Zoom Hyperenforcer’s full Performance Review.
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Traction – While herringbone is abundant, it wasn’t the best use of the pattern. Most of the surface was great – as expected – however, the section beneath the ball of the foot was flat in shape instead of being peaked ‘^’ so there was some unwanted slipping when moving quickly around screens or performing crossovers. The slipping wasn’t enough to make me fall but it was enough to delay my reaction time which wasn’t something that I had anticipated.
Cushion – The cushion is exactly the same as previous models within the Hyperfuse family. Forefoot Zoom Air and a Phylon midsole made for a comfortable and responsive ride, something a Guard or fast moving Forward would appreciate. There is some break-in time required with the midsole itself but once that’s taken care of its pretty much smooth sailing from there on out.
Material – The overall materials are nice but there is quite a bit of break-in time needed in order for you to enjoy the shoe completely. Once the break-in process is complete then there are no issues to be found with the materials themselves. Having Fuse and Flywire together isn’t 100% necessary – in my opinion – so it would have been nice to have one or the other instead of both. One thing you can always count on with a Fuse based model is their durability… you can’t go wrong with a shoe that can take a beating and keep on going as if it were nothing.
Fit – I had to go ½ size up – as I have with most other Fuse models – but other than that the fit was great. The heel offers near perfect lockdown while the midfoot is the most impressive with the almost independent lacing design. Each Flywire section acts as fingers to harness your foot into place for an almost custom-like fit. I would more than welcome this type of lacing structure if they decide to use it again.
Ventilation – You wouldn’t expect the latest Fuse model to suffer in the ventilation department but that’s what ended up happening here. I thought the original Hyperfuse offered a good amount of ventilation along the upper and hoped these would have surpassed them. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case here as all of the open vents were covered along the interior with a thick – yet durable – lining. This resulted in more heat being trapped inside the shoe than the thick lining could handle. While it does offer above average ventilation, it wasn’t an upgrade in my eyes.
Support – There are TPU panels placed at the heel acting as an internal heel counter. This offered a great lockdown fit in the rear section of the shoe which is something that the original Fuse models needed. In addition to the heel cup, there is support ‘wings’ placed on the medial & lateral sides at the ankle. The wings offered additional stability and did limit range of motion a bit. Had they reversed the placement of the wings it would have restricted movement in the appropriate areas while offering support.
Overall – They are a good all-around shoe but they fell short in certain areas while excelling in others. For the price, you can probably find something better both within the Nike brand and outside of the brand as well.
For those of you who play outdoors, there is an outdoor version that features thicker materials for increased durability and an XDR outsole. The traction pattern is also outdoor specific on the outdoor model as well.
Traction – 8.5/10
Cushion – 7/10
Material – 8/10
Fit – 9.5/10
Ventilation – 7.5/10
Support – 7.5/10
Overall – 8/10