It’s laborious to imagine the Hyperdunk line is 9 years outdated this yr after Kobe famously debuted them on the 2008 Olympic Video games.  We’re welll previous the “ultralight” period of selling, err, I imply shoe expertise and again to a heftier 14-16 ounce shoe that doesn’t sacrifice efficiency for weight. After all the principle story of the HD17 isn’t the load or the higher, it’s Nike’s new React cushioning. How does the HD17 and React foam examine to Hyperdunks of the previous? Effectively learn on you lazy bum..or simply learn the professionals or cons. Okay Okay I’ll prevent the time, that is the very best Hyperdunk so far and can someplace in my prime ten rotation now.

Professionals: incredible traction, clean cushioning, match, stability, containment 

Cons: Though barely higher, React foam isn’t a lot totally different from Lunarlon

Greatest for: any place (see Draymond Inexperienced)

Sizing: barely brief size smart however most will match true to dimension. Broad footers will wish to go up half a dimension. 

Shopping for Recommendation: wait to purchase. Honest value is $100 or much less, backside is round $70 for FK model


As said in my first look, these run about common by way of weight. Gone are the times of sub 10 ounce footwear and in case you can’t deal with one other few ounces go hit the health club. 


Virtually Kobe IX degree.. nearly. Virtually is greater than acceptable on this case although. Very minimal wiping if in any respect so there actually isn’t some extent in splitting hairs over it. Positively higher than the HD16 traction which wasn’t a push over both. For these folks evaluating the traction throughout manufacturers, these are simply higher than the Hardens, Loopy Explosives, Curry Three and on par the Crazylight Boosts.  Effectively finished Nike! 


React foam..a REACTion to Enhance

React Foam doesn’t really feel so much totally different than customary Lunarlon however it feels higher tuned to basketball. As I stated in my first look, React feels appreciated my Lunarglides or Blackfoam however decrease to the bottom. It has just a little extra bounce to it than Lunarlon however in case you’re anticipating Enhance, Bounce, or Micro G really feel, you’ll be dissatisfied. As odd as this may sound, I feel React looks like a greater a Charged foam; it’s smooth when transferring slowly however appears to agency up when transferring shortly.  Plus it doesn’t have that total mushy really feel to it like Lunarlon.  I’d want Zoom however this feels good as nicely however another way. 

I also needs to observe that the insole is skinny and low cost feeling although the angle of this image makes it look thicker than it truly is. 

General I actually appreciated the total size React foam arrange even when it isn’t probably the most enjoyable feeling or bounciest arrange. I didn’t undergo any bottoming out and it felt so much higher than earlier Hyperdunk focused (ie forefoot heel) Lunarlon set ups. I’m hoping long run sturdiness is healthier than Lunarlon since that was one among its fundamental points. 


Just a little brief size smart however true to dimension total. I’ve a couple of pinky finger value of size after I go true to dimension and a forefinger width half a dimension up. Broad footers will wish to go up half a dimension. 

I had no motion aspect to aspect or any heel slip on laborious cuts or stops from day one so I used to be more than happy with the match of the HD17. It’s wonderful how a shoe can look completely totally different yr to yr however nonetheless carry out nicely and really feel acquainted.. besides the HD2015 after all.


Possibly I shouldn’t write First Appears anymore as a result of a variety of this looks like I’m repeating myself. 

The HD17 options Flyknit with TPU strands just like what we noticed on the Kobe XI Elite. It’s backed by nylon so it’s a good steadiness of power and suppleness. I had no points in any respect with the supplies. It isn’t as stretchy or smooth as pure Primeknit however it feels softer than the Kobe XI Elite. They should have gone right down to four lbs take a look at line for the TPU . (Fishing joke, in case you don’t get it that’s okay)

Assist and Stability 

Though the HD17 is a mid, the ankle collar does nothing by way of assist is is solely there for proprioception and match functions. 

This can be very skinny and versatile and nearly unbiased of all the shoe. You may see the mesh reduce out within the pics above that provides much more flexibility. The heel counter is customary HD honest and isn’t extraordinarily stiff or versatile. Midfoot assist was excellent and because the HD17 didn’t contort and bend just like the Kobe Intuition. 

With the shortage of a real assist system across the ankle, the HD does a fantastic job with stability due to the pods alongside the lateral aspect of the shoe. Type of laborious to see from the highest so here’s a reused shot from the underside. 

No tippiness on the heel and secure on the forefoot makes me really feel protected throughout play. Even enjoying with my unhealthy ankle, I didn’t actually fear about tweaking it after I finished utilizing the Zamst this previous week.  Full vary of movement with out concern is the very best of each worlds. 


Zero points in any respect with containment. Raised midsole from heel to toe actually creates a pleasant foot bucket that forestalls any aspect to aspect motion on laborious cuts I knew at some point I’d make a distinction on the earth …


I’m all the time on the lookout for a shoe that does the whole lot nicely and it’s surprisingly laborious to come back by given the abundance of footwear that come out yr over yr. Some footwear are expertise showcases whereas others simply can’t even get the fundamentals proper. The Hyperdunk line has been a superb staff shoe that works nicely yr over yr with 2015 being an exception to that rule… examine that, 2008 wasn’t that nice both however bought to start out someplace I suppose. 

I feel altering the title and advertising React as a brand new and improved springy foam, Nike raised expectation so don’t be stunned when folks poo poo over the same Lunarlon really feel.  But when I rated footwear on commercial claims to precise reality, nearly each shoe would fail.  Lunarlon isn’t Nike’s prime of the road cushioning so I’m not dissatisfied by the texture of React since I feel it’s improved albeit barely. And if the sturdiness is healthier with React, then Nike addressed one among its main flaws which is a plus in my ebook. If I needed to pay $200 for the HD17 then I might have some points for paying for this new and improved foam however at $160 it isn’t off by way of retail pricing. Don’t overlook that Hardens, Loopy Explosives, and Curry 3’s retails $160, $150, $140 respectively. 

Talking of value, as with all Hyperdunks and staff footwear, anticipate large value drops because the weeks and months move. A good value for the FK model could be $100 whereas I anticipate the underside be round $70. The mesh model will go for below $60. 

So the place does the HD17 rank within the Hyperdunk Hierarchy? Effectively since I’ve by no means formally written a assessment for 2008-2014 I’ll simply rank them shortly. I beloved the 2012 although traction wasn’t the very best and the Lunarlon died so right here goes. 

  1. 2012, 2013: appreciated the match and containment higher on the 2012 however appreciated traction of 2013 extra
  2. 2016 common: nice the whole lot
  3. 2011: actual Zoom nice traction. 
  4. 2014: extra of the identical of 2012/2013 
  5. 2016 FK: not an ideal match within the heel however good Zoom, first rate traction 
  6. 2010: I appreciated the Zoom, not the traction although or plasticky higher
  7. 2008: good heel Zoom, meh traction, plasticky higher, an excessive amount of motion in forefoot. 
  8. 2015: poor Zoom, stiff higher. Good traction 

I can’t keep in mind the 2009 I skipped it. 

And with that  being stated the,  HD2017 has taken the highest Hyperdunk spot. Higher traction than earlier Hyperdunks, higher cushioning than the 2012-14 model, nice match, good stability and wonderful containment… what extra would you like? And with that wonderful total efficiency, the HD17 earned a spot into my prime 10. Probably not positive the place it but or who will get kicked out however it I’m placing it into play this coming weekend at a match with none reservation. And once we win, the HD17 will get a lift up the rankings as a result of nothing can prime constructive recollections and outcomes.