This year Nike came out really strong with their Hyperdunk 2017 family featuring the newest REACT cushion setup. It definitely wasn‘t a BOOST killer how many of you were expected to be including me as well. But it has its own advantages that still make this setup enjoyable and for somebody even better than BOOST.
So after a BEASTLY Flyknit version of the Hyperdunk 2017, it‘s time to put our hand on less expensive, more budget friendly version. Let‘s see if they can keep up with the Flyknit version.
Weight: 331,6 g. / 11.7 oz
Tech: REACT, FLYWIRE
Type: MID TOP
Fit: TRUE TO SIZE
Retail Price: $140
BD Rating: 8.5/10
So, of course, the biggest difference on the regular version is the upper. As the majority of Nike budget friendly models, the Hyperdunk 2017 features textile Mesh & fuse overlays around the eyelets for additional durability.
The textile Mesh upper is way different from what we used to see in the past. From looking at it up close, you can clearly see knitted upper like pattern, so it does look like “budget Flyknit”.
Now on foot experience was different as well. This mesh upper does not have any other overlays apart mesh itself, so no fuse backing on the toe box, no-sew overlays, nothing. That’s why they feel super light on your foot & offer really solid breathability.
The midsole & outsole is completely identical to the Flyknit or Low top version and that means the same REACT setup as well.
REACT offers something to enjoy for every type of player. Guards will be able to move freely without any lag or delay to their moves due to one of the best response is the market right now. Also, the midsole sits quite low to the ground, so court feel is something that guards will appreciate either.
For Stronger, bigger & more physical players that good amount of impact protection will be the main factor to enjoy this setup as much as I did.
ONE OF THE BEST
This year we received quite a few performers with killer traction and the Hyperdunk 2017 sits right on top of this list with the Crazy Explosive 2017 on the side. Both main team models from Nike and adidas has really phenomenal traction and for me, it’s hard time choosing which one is better.
On clean courts the outsole acts like glue, I’m not joking. Mad traction. Now, on dirty or semi-dirty courts minimal whipping is required, but after that the traction switches on a beast mode again.
However, the rubber compound isn’t so durable, that’s why I don’t recommend using them outdoors. Unless, you’re playing on those tennis like courts.
While the textile mesh does look like knitted upper, it doesn’t have the same properties that true Flyknit has. This upper doesn’t stretch completely, that’s why compering to the Flyknit version, the fit is looser & less adaptive to your foot. But keep in mind, this is a 20$ cheaper version.
There aren’t any Flywire cables, that’s why I missed that snug, one-to-one fit like on the Flyknits and for this price, in my opinion, Flywire system is a must. However, mesh is pretty soft to your foot and by any means doesn’t feel cheap or uncomfortable like other budget models do, so I can’t be completely disappointed because despite lack of stretchiness & snugger fit, this upper is quite darn awesome.
As far as the actual fit goes, just go whatever your true size is and you will be golden.
BETTER AT SOME AREAS
Talking about support features, the regular version does compromise one main support feature and that’s Flywire cables. It would be a disaster if we wouldn’t have received it on the Flyknit version, but on the regular version it’s not a big deal. Other than that, the support tech list isn’t very impressive by any means but it gets the job done and that’s the most importing thing.
We have an external molded heel counter with Nike branding and that’s pretty much it. Of course, mesh itself does pretty solid job keeping your midfoot from rolling over the foot bed, so as I said, Flywires isn’t a factor here.
The heel counter is now external for this model but it does not change anything at all – same solid heel containment all game long.
They won’t be the most supportive shoes out there, but if support isn’t your main concern when choosing a pair, then these should be that sweet spot for you. And then so, if you still decide to increase foot containment, you can always put on an ankle brace.
While the Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 is a better option for those who are looking for cheaper alternative, in my opinion they’re still overpriced. Looking at today’s sneaker market, you can easily grab $20-30 cheaper sneakers with premium upper & TOP 3 cushioning and I’m not talking about sales.
On the other hand, they didn’t let me down as far as performance & esthetics go. The lower part of the shoe is identical to Flyknit version and that’s perfect since the REACT cushioning offers all-around performance for any type of player and that killer traction is what every player will appreciate.
Of course, it goes without saying that the Mesh upper can’t compete with Flyknit in terms of comfort and ability to create sock like fit. But it still gives you enjoyable experience though, especially after a very short break-in period.
Hope you enjoyed my Performance Review on the NIKE REACT HYPERDUNK 2017. Will you be picking them up? Let me know!