Now the Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Mid really impressed me with the high performance in all areas – versatility at its finest. The shoes do not have any weak spots, so you can surely rely on them. However, I had one minimalistic issue with the ankle collar, but it’s hardly noticeable.
So, Low top lovers buckle up, because today we got the Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Low. Let’s get it!
One more thing, the Low version is actually identical to the Mid version, so I highly recommend you to check my performance review on the Hyperdunk 2016 Mid for more in-depth information.
Weight: 369 g. / 13 oz
Tech: ZOOM AIR, FLYWIRE
Type: Low Top
Fit: True to Size
Retail Price: $130
BD Rating: 9/10
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So the Lows’ feature exact same setup – screen Mesh with Fuse overlays & textile Mesh on the medial side. Again, a really solid setup for those who prefer more supportive uppers over more flexible ones.
Screen Mesh adds right amount of support in the toe/midfoot and heel areas. Personally, I’d prefer more softness in the toe department since the screen Mesh & thick Fuse overlay create stiffer surface. Of course, it’s by any means not a deal breaker or huge flaw, it just for you to consider. Maybe they will fit you perfectly.
Although, that textile Mesh on the medial side hit you with almost Flyknit like comfort with nice transition and flexibility in high stretch spots.
Segmented ZOOM Air units & soft Phylom midsole combined creates a very versatile cushion setup that fits any type player with any type of play style.
Heel & forefoot Air units offer quick responsiveness, solid impact protection while the Phylon layer adds nice bounce to it, without sacrificing court feel.
This cushioning isn’t on the same level with the KD 9’s full-lenght cushion. However, I really enjoyed the performance that this setup was able to give me, so I’d say it still sits on the high level nonetheless.
This time, the translucent rubber performed at the same level as the solid rubber on the Mids’. Maybe Nike finally fixed this annoying issue with translucent outsoles? I hope so.
The multidirectional herringbone pattern really and I mean REALLY grips the floor. Those deep grooves do help to maintain that killer grip on dirty courts as well, so you’re covered on any type of surface.
In addition, this is a perfect option for outdoor players since the rubber compound seems to be fairly durable and with deep grooves you will be able to enjoy them quite a long time.
NO ANKLE EXTENSION – NO PROBLEM
I’d that small issue with the ankle extension on the Mid version. However, I didn’t receive the same problem with these for one obvious reason- it’s a low profile sneaker.
Other than that, the fit is identical – Flywire cables nicely co-operates with the upper to create that snug & supportive one-to-one fit. Also, they still do feature huge padding inside the heel area, so comfort doesn’t suffer from fact that there isn’t extra material around your ankles.
Now, for narrow/regular footers I highly suggest trying them on before buying if it’s possible, because they run a bit long. If not, then try to go ½ a size down. Wide footers should go true to size.
They kept the same support features from the Mid version, so it’s pretty damn BEASTLY.
The screen Mesh & Phylon midsole protect your foot from rolling over while making stops or changing directions. Also, Flywire cables connected with the lacing system tightly locks your foot and pushes into the heel area, while wide base ensures solid stability underneath.
That’s been said, The Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Low has a few improvements on top of that solid performance – better mobility, lighter construction and lower price tag.
Personally, I enjoyed these more over the Mid version due to unrestricted ankle area, overall lightness and the fact that the lower construction offers same amount of support.
If you’re looking for a versatile sneaker which offers every single aspect that you need to dominate on court then the Hyperdunk 2016 Low is your #1 option. They’re worth every penny.
-MOBILITY & LIGHTNESS
-VERSATILE & WELL BALANCED CUSHION
-SUITABLE FOR OUTDOORS
Hope you enjoyed my Performance Review on the NIKE HYPERDUNK 2016 LOW. Which version is your favourite?
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment down below! 🙂