The Nike Hyperdunk 2010 "China"

Introduction

Before the 2008 NBA Playoffs, Nike released the now infamous Kobe Bryant jumping over an Aston Martin online commercial.  The mysterious shoe in the video would be revealed as the Nike Hyperdunk.  Featuring the newly designed Flywire technology, Nike would use the Hyperdunk to introduce the possibilities and capabilities that the flywire would present.  With this, future designs in the nike basketball catalog would use the flywire technology, including the Kobe and Lebron lines.  The success of the original Hyperdunk gave way to the Hyperdunk 2010, released earlier this summer.  As part of the “Hyper” collection, focusing on light weight performance, the updated version of the Hyperdunk looks to improve on all aspects of the original model.  For this performance review, we will see if the Nike Hyperdunk 2010 continues the legacy created with the original 2008 Hyperdunk.

The light weight Nike Hyperdunk 2010 takes the original Hyperdunk to the next level. The features include the following:

  • Nike Zoom cushioning in both the heel and forefoot
  • Light weight flywire upper
  • Mesh tongue and innersleeve
  • Forefoot flex grooves
  • Perforations on the medial side and toe box

Aesthetics and Styling

Light weight performance, while maintaining stability and fit are the hallmark of each shoe in Nike’s “Hyper” series.  So far we have seen the Hyperdunk, Hyperfuse, as well as the Hyperfly, incorporate the flywire technology to lessen the overall weight of the shoe.  Using the lighter next generation flywire, the 2010 model has shed weight on the already light original version of the Hyperdunk.  The flywire is melded with a thin patent leather like material, creating a stylish shiny look throughout the shoe.  For this model (the China national model, made for the FIBA World Basketball Federation Tournament), the upper is designed with a rock like pattern.  The materials and design of the upper lends itself nicely for many possible combinations and patterns.

The shiny upper is accented with a rock like pattern

Taking a view of the side profile, the Hyperdunk 2010 has sharp and pointy lines.  A high pointy collar, shapely outrigger, and long toe box & eyestay attract the attention.  Looking at the outsole, an intricate pattern of segmented shapes covers the the entire area.  The toe area is made up of rectangular cut outs, forming the toe cap and running to the midfoot shank.  On the outside of the toe area we see the red outrigger flaring out, reaching almost to the heel.  The inside toe area has a circle shape cut out, also in red.  Moving all the way to the heel, we again see the segmented rubber, in a “U” shape.  The “U” shape is complete with deep grooves in the form of a “Y.”  Similar to many Nike basketball shoes, the rubber area of the outsole is done with the herringbone pattern.  Last we have a stiff shiny shank placed in the midfood, which displays the holographic Nike swoosh.  Above the outsole sits the thick Phylon midsole.  The midsole runs around the shoe, with two small notches on the medial side.  On the base side, we see the red outrigger sharply popping out, stamped with the  “Nike ZOOM” branding.  A yellow foam piece runs along side the outrigger – a nice stylish touch.

The shiny bright red upper is done in two pieces.  The main piece covers the entire toe area, starting at the forefoot on the medial side.  Running through the toe box, all along the base side, up the collar, and to the heel counter, the piece makes up a large portion of the upper.  Perforation holes are placed on the toe box, near the throat line.  The second piece forms the quarter on the medial side, and is stitched on top of the base piece.  Again, perforation holes are present on this side, with “FLYWIRE” printed in yellow.  Both sides are branded with a large white Nike swoosh print.  Not complete without the flywire, two different patterns are present.  The flywire strands run from each eyelet in a diagonal pattern.  Like shinning rays from the sun, the strands cross each other in certain areas.  On the medial side, the strands run in straight lines from the forefoot area to the collar.

The back side of the shoe has the contoured stiff heel counter.  About 1 1/2 inches in height, the counter is placed in the middle of the heel, between the midsole and collar.  A yellow “NIKE” emblem is placed in the middle of the counter, sized just big enough to hold the heel.  A shiny, patterned yellow material forms the collar outline.  The outline runs from the last three eyelets all the way around the heel counter.  Running diagonally up from the heel, the collar has triangular holes on each side.  Inside, the padded collar is lined with a soft yellow colored material.  In all, the back side of the shoe has a simple, yet eye pleasing design.

The Nike Hyperdunk 2010 comes packed with standard flat laces.  Red in color, these laces have a yellow Nike patch on the throat line.  Their are eight eyelets that the laces go through, with two lines of stitching running the length of the eyestay.  The tongue is made up of mesh, with a patent leather top.  In the middle is a lace holder with “2010” embroidery.  Moving to the top of the tongue, a square cushioned piece breaks up the otherwise very thin tongue.  The flaring top piece piece contains the “HYPERDUNK” logo in yellow, and has perforation holes on each side.  Connected to the inside of the upper, the tongue forms an inner sleeve.  The inner sleeve has a soft red lining around the foot, and a cushioned yellow lining at the top.  Finally, an all yellow insole is installed, with the Nike basketball logo placed on the heel.

Comfort and Fit

A roomy and easy fit can best describe the Hyperdunk 2010.  Although there is room for the foot to move around freely, the shoes fit true to size.  The foot sits on soft cushioning, and the Zoom bags can noticeably be felt on the forefoot and heel.  Standing, there is a flat, but not uncomfortable feel to the shoe.  As the upper does not crowd the foot, a lockdown of the midfoot and toe areas is not felt.  Conversely, it feels as though the foot is not touching the upper.  Two aspects can explain this feeling, including the very thin upper, as well as the soft inner sleeve created with the tongue.  The toes sit nicely in the toe box, as the outrigger can be felt on the sides.  Moving to the back end of the shoe we have what can arguably be the best aspect of the fitting.  The wide tongue wraps comfortably around the front of the foot, with the collar providing ankle protection.  Although the collar may feel flimsy, a secure fit is felt when laced tightly.  Furthermore, the heels are cupped nicely in combination with the tongue and collar.  In the end,  the ankles and heels feel as though they are wrapped in taped.

Performance

Known for their light weight performance, the Hyperdunk does not give an initial feeling of lightness.  The shoe locks in the back end, with plenty of room for the foot.  Only when in motion you truly feel how light the shoe is.  Running is light and easy, with good flexibility of the upper.  The shoe has great comfort and cushioning, with the Zoom units providing an excellent foundation.  With the materials of the shoe at a minimum, transitions from jumping to slashing are performed in stride, as there is no excess weight holding the foot down.  For jab steps and abrupt stops, the flared outrigger works seamlessly.   Landing from jumps is absorbed evenly with Phylon midsole, working nicely with the Zoom units.  The versatility of the Hyperdunk is evident with the back end of the shoe.  The heels and ankles are fully protected and supported, which is ideal for playing in the post and on defense.  Spin moves and moving backwards feel natural and quick, with very little hindrance from the shoe itself.  Overall, the Hyperdunk 2010 is suited for a variety of players and positions.

A stiff midfoot shank plate on the outsole provides excellent stability

These days basketball shoes with thin, stable uppers are the norm, and the Hyperdunk 2010 is no exception.  Although very thin, the shiny upper is not flimsy.  The stability of the shoe can be broken down to the construction of the upper, and the quality of the collar system.  Beginning with the upper, the two piece construction lends itself well when pushed to the limit.  The upper flexes and conforms as a whole, without any hitches.  Furthermore, they upper provides balanced pressure on either side of the foot, unlike other shoes where pressure can be unbalanced.  Next, the collar system and tongue hold the heel and ankles securely.  Stability for moving forward or with you back to the basket is exceptional, with very little movement around the area.  And as mentioned earlier, it feels as though the ankles are taped.

With the herringbone outsole, traction is great on any surface.  The outsole holds up well for a variety of moves from abrupt stops to turn around jumpers.  Ventilation for the Hyperdunk 2010 is satisfactory.  Although the inside of the shoe provides excellent comfort, the shiny upper does little to help ventilation.  That said, air does pass through  the ventilation holes as well as the cut outs on the collar, to provide some relief.

Conclusion

From the original Hyperdunk, to the Hyperize, the Hyper series has proved to be a very popular line for Nike.  With each successive shoe, the expectations in performance, comfort, and durability increase.  The designers of the Hyperdunk 2010 have made a great effort in improving upon the original Hyperdunk.  Complete with a new flywire construction and updated styling, the Hyperdunk 2010 leaves the preceding model behind.  The versatility of the Hyperdunk makes them ideal for any type of player.  From small and quick to power players, the shoe has much to offer.  Available in over 30 different colors and styles, the Nike Hyperdunk 2010 is out now.