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Review: Nike Zoom HyperRev

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Nike Basketball has long been known to try some crazy concepts and ideas. The Nike Zoom HyperRev may just be so crazy it works.

Air Force 1. Air Revolution. Hyperflight. Ultraflight. Foamposite. Huarache 2K4. Kobe 1. All shoes that pushed creative boundaries. All shoes that had doubters going in and believers coming out. I know – I was there for most of them. Now Nike brings the HyperRev – maybe at first look not quite as groundbreaking as some of the above shoes but compared to the market today, completely eye-opening. A shoe with no real structure for an upper? With only Flywire for real support? Yeah, hold King Kong with kite string – ain’t gonna hold. But sometimes it seems those guys in the Swoosh kitchen have a Hardaway-type handle on things.

So let’s look at exactly what we have here. First, full length Zoom midsole. We know because it says it right there on that clear window showing the Zoom unit. Then we have a Phylite midsole housing. Phylite, you say? What is that? Lightweight foam – not exactly responsive but absorbing. Complete open mesh upper that has some of the most open cells I have seen in a basketball shoe. If you hadn’t noticed, the shoe’s body is all one piece – no tongue. It is a sock. A sock with Flywire, that wraps you tight when laced up. And the ankle strap. Aren’t ankle straps just for looks? Not here, locks up like Kentucky free throws in a tourney game. But does it all work? Now, you know who you talking to…

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Great review Bryan! I like how these essentially low and how the strap adds to the lockdown. I feel like they wanted to show the world that flywire does work so they wanted it to be the main support system. I love playing in shoes with with little structure feels so natural and free to me. And Full Length Zoom, these are special !! I hope they continue the line and now that they proved that flywire works they should add laceloops so that the upper lessens the flywire pressure you talked about when laced too tight.

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I was going to buy but was worried when I was watching the Kings and DMC and Rudy went down with ankle injuries both wearing the Hyperrev. Rudy’s ended up being achilles related but wanted to know if you looked into that at all.

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Jeff – Rudy worried me more than boogie. Boogie I think is too much player for the shoe. And if you look, he got tripped by Lin I believe. There is a reason most shoes are marketed toward certain players and DMC is a big man. I wouldn’t worry about average joe like me or most people having that force.

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i held the shoe in a store a couple of days back… i knew that i wouldn’t try to mess with them. IT HAS NO SUPPORT AT ALL.

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I enjoyed the piece, the bits of whimsical references to Jenny McCarthy and Tribe, however, I am not brave enough to wear this shoe. Congrats on the enjoyment, but I’d never try and drop step, then reverse pivot in the paint, in a shoe without a heel counter . . . ever.

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“it is truly a magical time to be a basketball player and shoe buyer”

and we have you (and the supernat review) to blame for for turning the tide ;-)

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Urriah – wow, thanks for going back. My favorite, especially the pictures, is the Rose 1.5. That was great.

Mede – no way in H ell would I suggest you wear these. Cutting, slashing guards, yeah, but heavy work? Nuh uh. I still have felt reasonably covered and stable but I don’t cut near as hard as I did ten years ago. I could see these blowing out on the sides of a Lebron/Jabari/Rose power slasher.

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I was looking forward to this shoe when I first tried on the roshe. Many a moons later I like balance in my shoes, even though I’m fairly young I have old school shoe preferences.I don’t feel confortable seeing the design of this shoe, but if it works for people awesome the pushin if the envelope is what brings amazing models.

Great review love the anecdotes!

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I love this concept, it’s too little shoe for me, but the concept is awesome, free, quirky, and functional.

Awesome review, as always!!! :up:

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It’s all about the FUN, and I will definitely pick these up in the right colourway.

And oh Duke, screw the naysayers who’s always spouting conspiracy theories on the alleged bias’ of reviewers. I use your reviews, NW’s, BL’s and KG’s reviews for my own research, couldn’t really be bothered if anyone is “on the take”, cos I make my own mind on stuff, after taking in different opinions. Thanks again.

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Nene – you are definitely too much for these. I have seen the havoc you bring and would hate these on your feet. But if they ever make a low, for casual, you would
love them.

Syd – just some morons that want to accuse me of hyping a non-worthy shoe after the Cousins ankle roll. No biggie but it really got me going the other day.

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In that Blue/Gold they would definitely be a casual-option *drool*

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Nice review.
Dope looking shoe with a great shoe shape… but I hate the idea of any part of my foot sliding off the foot bed.
If they could’ve raised the side wall up a little around the heel and forefoot mentally I would feel more secure plus
I move to quickly and I need my shoes to keep up… I’m pretty light so I probably won’t have that problem… who knows.

I would actually wear this shoe casually also

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Good review as always duke ! I loved the cushioning and traction (half the time at least ) but my hard cuts were too much for the fly wire as I could feel my foot slide out. As Carlton said, stronger sidewalls would have helped a lot. Sticking to the hd2013 despite the full zoom of the hyper rev

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when having issues with grip try to shuffle your shoes on cement

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I purchased the Grey/Blue Hyperrev 2 weeks ago.

I havent played ball in a while and needless to say, anytime I do I always end up quite sore afterwards.

I was looking forward to playing in these Hyperrevs but after the game I could barely walk. ive injured both my achilles and have bad ankle pain since. They feel great on the forefoot but for the heel they are too soft and havent enough support going up the achilles tendon. ive never experienced this kind of sprain with any other sneaker, even really old And1′s I had.

I will be bringing them back to Footlocker.

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What’s up, yes this post is genuinely fastidious and I have learned lot of things from it
about blogging. thanks.

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your bit about breaking them in on pavement did wonders, when I first got them I tested the traction on my kitchen floor by planting my feet and trying to slide them forward and i almost went two feet, the whole traction just looked greasy too. So i took them outside and beat them up a bit and when i tried again i couldn’t budge them, even my hyperdunks skid a little. Thanks for the tip!

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