The next NBA season is still months away, but Nike Basketball has already released their main flagship model, the Hyperdunk 2017.
One of the mainstays of professional basketball, the Nike Hyperdunk has always been a sneaker to rely on. Hoopers from all levels regard the Nike flagship as a reliant sneaker that provides excellent performance on court. However, over the past few years, the Hyperdunk has slowly lost its momentum as it has been over shadowed by other models from adidas, Under Armour, and even Swoosh’s own signature athletes. This year however, Nike Basketball looks to bring the spark back into their line with this new Nike React cushioning system.
Nike React is a new foam developed by Nike promises to deliver a soft, springy sensation to help keep the user comfortable for the court. This isn’t the first time that Nike has created a foam cushion, but in 2008, Lunarfoam was developed and is still used to this day. The problem with Lunarfoam was the longevity of its use. Its initial run with the original Hyperdunk and Zoom Kobe IV were short lived as cushion would bottom out after several wears. It was a very comfortable platform, but for it to not last a whole season of games is unfortunate. Thankfully, Nike has made proper improvements through the years and by no surprise resulted in this new innovation, Nike React.
Aside from the React cushion, Nike has chosen to use Flyknit on this specific model. Accompanying the upper is a breathable Flyknit fabric integrated in targeted zones for the right amount of support and flexibility. We have seen this before with adaptive Flywire cables for a customized user fit for players. Lastly, you have a rubber outsole with pressure points mapped throughout to provide intricate placement and footing during play. The rubber looks to be thick and depending on the colorway could be translucent or solid.
The Nike Hyperdunk 2017 is available now in Flyknit form for $160.00 USD on Nikestore.com. There will also be a base model for the sneaker at a lower tier price as well as a low-cut version. Stay tuned for more updates.