When almost might not be good enough…
Traction – Besides the fit, the traction is the best part of the Nike Hyperfuse 2013. The rubber used is perfect for any court or condition… even on dusty floors I didn’t have to wipe at all. Outdoors, they played perfectly… and playing perfectly outdoors is pretty hard to do. It doesnt hurt that herringbone was used but I still think the rubber had a lot to do with their performance, especially seeing as how the entire outrigger is traction-less yet played perfectly fine this time around.
Cushion – Their cushion is horrible. By far their worst quality. An insole is recommended unless you enjoy this dense cushioning. One thing’s for sure, some of Nike’s most recent implementations of Zoom have been a huge hit or miss… these air balled.
Materials – Hyperfuse – hence the name – is used along the entire upper and I enjoyed the way they played. They start out slightly stiff in the toe but after a few hours that goes away entirely. What you end up with is a shoe that fits like a glove without loss of structure or support. This is the best Hyperfuse as far as their materials are concerned. Tough in the right places and forgiving where you need it.
Fit – They fit true to size and like I mentioned above, once you break the toe in a little the fit just gets better and better. You are completely contained inside the shoe despite have the Adaptive Fit system at the collar which is nearly detached from the rest of the upper. I didn’t notice the collar at all so I assume that was the goal. Lockdown without restriction.
Ventilation – Air flow and ventilation aren’t bad this year. Last years model was a giant piece of plastic and these actually have plenty of ventilation points so you wont be sitting in a puddle once you’re done for the night.
Support – The overall support is great. Most of the support is provided to you by the fit and lockdown while the outrigger helps on the lateral end. There is also a small shank (bar) in place at the midfoot which isn’t noticeable but works fairly well since there are multiple flex grooves up front. Can’t complain.
Overall – The shoe is almost perfect but sorely lacks in one of the areas that happens to be a make or break attribute for most. They just aren’t comfortable from a cushion standpoint. A slightly softer or more forgiving foam midsole would have worked well but with the way they are currently, they weren’t too pleasing after long hours on-court. All in all… I loved everything about the Hyperfuse 2013… except for the cushion.