Nike Max Hyperposite - Dynamic Blue/Fireberry

The Nike Max Hyperposite

Introduction

Before the season began, one of the anticipated releases for Nike Basketball saw the return of the Foampostie material to the performance line.  This performer was blended with Hyperfuse construction to fit into the push for light weight performance.  The shoe would have a following on the NBA courts, worn mainly by Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat and LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trailblazers.  With few shoes on the market dedicated to big men, this Max Air based performer was the only shoe in the Nike catalog this season that seem to cater to this somewhat neglected sector.  Before the Summer season hits, we take a late look at the Nike Max Hyperposite in this Performance Review.

Combining a Max Air foundation with a Foamposite & Hyperfuse based upper, the Max Hyperposite has been one of the more popular performers on the court this season.  The features include the following:

  • Foamposite based upper with Hyperfuse construction for stability and light weight support
  • Cushioning provided by Phylon midsole with 360 degree Max Air unit
  • Data-informed rubber outsole for responsive traction
  • Cut outs on the upper for increased ventilation
  • Lateral outrigger

Aesthetics and Styling

As one of the most popular retro models in the Nike Basketball catalog, the Foamposite One/Pro featured a full Foamposite based upper.  The Hyperposite takes the same styling, with the swirly foam material used for support and stability.  As the new era is all about light weight, Hyperfuse construction makes up the quarter panels and center potion (eyestay) of the shoe.  A 360 degree Max Air unit makes the shoe applicable for the big man.  Put all together, the style of the shoe is comparable to a Lebron signature shoe with Foamposite material.  The Hyperpsite is in the premium level of Nike Basketball, and the initial releases featured bold color schemes.  This Performance Review looks at the Black/Dynamic Blue/Fireberry combo.

Nike Max Hyperposite - Dynamic Blue/Fireberry

Foamposite and Fuse combine with Max Air technology for this Hyper performer

Swirls from the Foamposite material run from heel to toe.  The full length Max Air unit, bulky look, and sharp collar look to be taken from the Lebron 8.  Fuse material breaks up the Foamposite, but in the end, the shoe looks built for damage.  Starting our look below, the flat rubber outsole is molded with a swirl traction pattern.  The rubber forms a toe cap up front and a flaring outrigger on the lateral side.  With discreet, diagonal flex grooves, the forefoot area has three portions shaped like lakes.  Each portion has a wavy traction pattern molded in.  At the mid foot, the Fireberry base is broken up by a Dynamic Blue swoosh logo.  Finally, the heel has two circular portions with the center grey portion slightly inset.  Above the sole, the signature Max Air bubble sits below the thick Phylon midsole.  This midsole has the swirl pattern from the upper and a “MAXAIR” logo molded at the heel.

Foamposite and Fuse material dominate the upper.  At the toe box, the foamposite material forms a barrier at the front.  The material, with the wavy design, extends to the medial forefoot (which has a reflective Nike swoosh logo) and all the way around the lateral side to the heel.  Towards the middle of the toe box, there are four openings for ventilation on the Hyperfuse material.  The Hyperfuse material has a nubuck-like feel.  On the sides, the quarter panels have openings for ventilation with the lateral side having the Foamposite base.  A large reflective Nike swoosh logo finishes off the side on the lateral collar.

At the rear, the Foamposite upper covers the heel.  The tail end of the swoosh logo sweeps through.  Hyperfuse material lies above the Foamposite, and extends up to outline the collar.  An Achilles notch tops off the back end.  The collar rises sharp and ends at a point, sloping down 90 degrees.  Padding on the inside is dense and plush, while the Fireberry lining is a silky synthetic.

High quality flat laces are equipped with the Hyperposite.  There are eight eyelets running straight up the shoe.  The first five eyelets are segmented on the Hyperfuse upper, while the final three are cut through the collar.  Connected on the inside at the forefoot, the thin mesh tongue has Hyperfuse overlayer.  The tongue has the silk lining and the top has soft padding.  On top of the tongue, there is a lace holder and a plastic emblem featuring the “HYPERPOSITE” logo.  Rounding out the shoe is a plush insole which has four descriptive logos on a Fireberry base.

Comfort and Fit

The very stiff and rigid Hyperposite brings a tight true to size fit once laced up.  The Foamposite areas have a hard, protective feel, while the Hyperfuse construction down the center brings a grip around the foot (which is where most of the lace pressure is felt).  Make no mistake about it, the foot does not press through the upper like most of the light weight performers on the market today.  Up front, the toe box area leaves very little room anywhere, but crowding is a non-issue.  The posite toe cap insures maximum protection.  On the backend, heel lockdown is excellent.  Here, the slight angle upward works with the Foamposite to lock down the heels from the slightest of movements.  The Achilles notch up top brings comfort and also breaks up the rigidness with some ability to bend back.  For the ankles, the collar and tongue wrap is comprehensive, but not too tight (unlike the upper).  It does not feel as rigid as the heel or the base of the shoe (on the sides).  Moving to the cushioning set up, the Phylon/Max Air has a stiff and very thick feel.  The insole provides plush comfort, and the heel area is a bit recessed.  Because of the design of the shoe, the foundation has a flat base.  Luckily, the tight Hyperfuse fit brings some arch support.  In the end, the Max Hyperposite feels very rigid and protective, with a thick, responsive base.

Nike Max Hyperposite - Dynamic Blue/Fireberry

A protective and stable fit is what the shoe brings

Performance

The stiff Foamposite portions of the shoe have a dominant feel out of the box.  What is interesting is the fact that the court feel and profile of the shoe is lower than the bulkiness the aesthetics may portray.  The outsole does sit flat, but the forefoot feels close to the court surface.  Once up to speed, there definitely is a break in period to ease in the Foamposite material.  Running brings good heel to toe transitions as the Max Air cushioning feels very solid, with the insole adding soft comfort.  The Hyperfuse areas give the shoe flexibility down the center and on the sides as the contrast between this and the stiff posite material is prominent.  Weight wise, the shoe is a bit on the heavy side, but the close fit and good court profile make it feel more balanced than blocky.  For performance, the Hyperposite is fit for the power or perimeter player.  Fast and quick players looking for a shoe for all those short & nimble movements may not be accommodated by the shoe because of the lack of flexibility of the Foamposite, as well as the bulk of the foundation.  That established, the shoe shines with balanced responsiveness and stability.  For the power player, the shoe plays well in the post.  It has a combination of a secure feel, with a responsive base.  The Max Air unit, flat outsole, and good court feel gives the player a solid base for post up play.  Backing down is responsive and feels tight.  The court feel gives the player a sense of being able to use good footwork while working down low.  In other words, it just has a natural feel in this context.  For the perimeter player, the shoe seems best for those who play off the ball.  Playing through screens and changing directions while running across the court are aided by the low feel of the forefoot.  The lateral outrigger and foamposite on the lateral side make for an excellent base to push off of when stopping to change directions.  And when raising for a catch and shoot, the Max Air unit is very responsive.  The player has a slight spring up – a bit explosive.  In general, jumping off the Phylon/Max Air is very tight.  Although the base is on the thick side, there does not seem to be any hindrances into getting up fast.  For landings, the cushioning set up is solid.  The shoe has no problems with taking hard and heavy strikes, all without setting off a shock to the whole foot.  A very solid and responsive performer, the Hyperposite brings a secure feel with a responsive set up.

Stability is perhaps the best aspect of the Hyperposite.  Once the shoe is put on, the Foamposite layers feel like a barrier around the base of the shoe, toe box, collar, and through the heel.  Although it may not be the most flexible, those who look for a shoe that can take hard and heavy play on the court will be well suited.  The first aspect of stability felt is around the lateral base.  Here the Foamposite acts as a stiff barrier.  Jabs, lateral slides, and quick stops feel very stable.  The posite has very little give, holding the form of the shoe.  A similar feeling is felt with the collar.  Ankle protection is very good, so bending and spinning causes no need for concern.  As the Foamposite is the basis of stability, the rest of the areas, such as the toe box and heel, always have a protective sense.  In the end, there is not too much revealed about stability as the tight fit and Foamposite upper do an excellent job of providing a very protective feel during intense play.

Traction performance for the Hyperposite is very good.  The performance leans more towards being responsive than providing sticky grip.  For the most part, the outsole has a flat design.  The traction pattern is not molded deep, so traction is based more on pressure and the separated areas of rubber at the forefoot and heel.  Putting hard pressure on the Phylon/Max Air, the player can gain traction for stops and jabs off the forefoot.  The segments in the rubber can be felt gripping the court surface.  Being able to move out of cuts comes from the flat design and the fact that the traction pattern is not deep that it sticks the player in place.  The heel area performs just as well.  With a small inset at the center, the flat sole is somewhat broken up.  Playing off the heel is both comfortable and is not as rigid as the design suggests.  The player can back pedal or play in the post as traction feels responsive for transitions and spins.  Overall, the movement based traction fits the bulky design of the shoe.  Ventilation sees a few problems.  The Foamposite material inherently keeps the shoe from being properly ventilated.  Heat and moisture can be issues as the smooth lining and side openings do little to help the cause (especially during long sessions on the court).

Conclusion

Five years in, the Nike Hyper line is fully entrenched as a staple for Nike Basketball.  In the past couple of season, there have been many Hyper releases which seem rather redundant from the top Hyper shoes – the Hyperdunk and Hyperfuse.  In the Max Hyperposite, Nike has moved the line away from a light weight focus and created a performer that looks to be catered to the power player.  The result is really a more versatile shoe than can be an option for both the big man and perimeter player.  A very protective build with good responsiveness & balance, the Hyperposite  just solidifies the 2012-2013 line up for Nike, and all in all, is an exceptional performer.  Released this past fall, the Max Hyperposite is currently available at the Official Nike Online Store.

This shoe is comparable to:

Nike Lebron X (only in terms of aesthetics)