Traction – Some of the best traction currently available on shelves right now comes attached to a shoe that retails for $110. You do not need to spend a lot of money to have a shoe that performs well. There is not much else to say about the HyperRev 2016’s traction. It just works. Period.
Cushion – How this shoe retails for $110 and features heel and forefoot Zoom Air while a signature retails for $125 and has no forefoot cushion at all is beyond my level of comprehension. It’s literally mind boggling. While the forefoot isn’t felt the way I prefer my Zoom Air to feel, it’s still there and provides protection upon impact while providing plenty of court feel. The reason for not feeling it is due to it being bottom loaded versus sitting directly under foot. Again, on a personal level I’d have preferred to have it directly under foot, but this isn’t a deal breaker as it’s an ideal Guard setup.
The heel on the other hand feels awesome. Almost feels as if it’s unlocked – even though it isn’t – and reminded me a bit of the LeBron 12’s heel setup. If you strike with your heel and want to ensure your knees and lower back get a little extra cushion while you’re push’n… these do just that.
Materials – I love the use of materials on the HyperRev 2016. Neoprene is used throughout the shoe while Fuse is used in strategically placed sections. These sections of Fuse provide you with durability and support. Adding structure where it’s needed whilst never offering you a feeling as if you’re wearing a plastic sneaker.
The only downside to this setup is the fact that they’re a pain in the ass to get on. Yes, the collar does stretch a bit which makes them easier to get on. But they’re still the hardest HyperRev model to get on-foot.
Fit – Glove-like fit is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about their fit. The shoes are quite literally socks with Fuse layers. Going true to size is recommended, failing to do so will compromise their fit thus negatively affecting support.
Lockdown is one of their best features – other than their traction – however, the strap wasn’t implemented well. My right strap would never stay secure which did not ruin the shoes lockdown, surprisingly, but it was annoying to have a piece of material flapping around while you’re trying to play. Talk about a distraction.
Support – While the fit and lockdown are solid features, this is still a minimalist setup. If you’re expecting phenomenal support then you’ll be a bit disappointed. Again, this is a sock with a sole and some plastic overlays – very minimalist just like the rest of the HyperRev line. Support on the lateral side of the shoe is greater due to the overlays of Fuse, while the medial side is very free. If you’re looking for a shoe that will allow you to have absolute free range of motion then this would be a perfect match.
Overall – Traction, cushion, and fit are their highlights – all while coming in at a mere $110. Keep in mind that support is minimal, but if you enjoyed the previous HyperRev models then you already know what to expect – and you won’t be disappointed. Nike’s team line has been getting better with each passing year, and should be considered before any of their signature offerings. If you’re serious about performance and less about a name then you’ll be more than happy with what they’ve got going on right now. If anything, you’ll be confused as to why the shoes are priced so ‘low’ with the amount of tech they have in them.
If you needed another shoe to compare them to that offers similar performance then think of the HyperRev 2016 as Nike’s version of the Curry 2. They have similar attributes and both come in at a reasonable price.