words // Luis Sanchez
Breast Cancer Awareness month has arrived a little early here at Eastbay with Nike Basketball recently releasing the “Think Pink” Lunar Hyperdunk 2012.
The innovative Hyperdunk 2012 Nike Basketball shoes are the latest addition to Nike’s “Think Pink” footwear collection, released in conjunction with the Kay Yow Cancer fund. Pinkfire brings to life the “Think Pink” color scheme, with hits of white and wolf grey taking care of the Swoosh and outsole. A breast cancer awareness ribbon adorns the tongue to complete the “Think Pink” colorway.
The Kay Yow “Think Pin” Lunar Hyperdunk 2012 is now available here at Eastbay.
words & images // Nick DePaula
Sometimes you’ll read paragraph after paragraph about a shoe before finally making it to the verdict and main chunk of the performance review.
This is not that review.
That’s because the Hyperdunk Elite is the best shoe of the season – the best shoes in years, actually – and a complete joy to play in.
During that first week after I got my pair, I was looking forward to the clock hitting 6:30 every day so I could bounce from work and go play in them. They’re the best-fitting shoe I’ve ever worn. They’re incredibly supportive, lightweight, cushioned, responsive and stable. Everything you’d want in a sneaker, these have. (Well, maybe not the price tag …)
The Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 was already my favorite shoe of the year when it launched, with its sweet blend of cushioning, fit, traction and support. When I first heard about the Elite Series that Nike Basketball was kicking off this spring, I really wasn’t sure how they could improve on it.
It’s pretty easy to see that pretty much the entire upper has been revamped here, and while the launch Hyperdunk 2011 fit damn well, the Elite version takes things to an entirely new bar-setting level. The upper has actually half the layers, and it hugs better than anything I’ve ever worn.
On top of that awesome fit, the Pro Combat tongue is tremendously plush and padded, but unlike the LeBron 9 Elite, it’s only incorporated right over the top of your foot and then thins out towards the top of the tongue, resulting in less puff and exact lockdown around the collar. The shoe is flooded with Kevlar Flywire, and in tandem with the actual carbon fiber heel counter, you’re locked right in.
This is the first shoe in a while that I have zero complaints about. Perhaps the breathability could be better, but literally everything about them is money. The traction is squeaky and perfect on even a dusty court. The lockdown and support are perfect for slashing players and speedy guards. And the sheer comfort that comes from the beefed-up insole, Pro Combat tongue and heel / forefoot Zoom Air combo is unmatched.
You won’t read many reviews this brief, and in this case, it’s because the Hyperdunk Elite is simply that good. If you have any specific questions that you’re curious about, fire away in the comments section and I’ll be sure to answer. Literally everything about these is awesome, and they’re also great for any position on the court. (Unless you cut powerfully and plan to have Marc Gasol stepping on your foot.)
If you’re up for the $200 price point (even though you can definitely buy two pairs of the launch Hyperdunk for that much now that those are on sale), you won’t regret it all. They’re one of my favorite shoes in years.
Grade Breakout //
designed by: Leo Chang
best for: all positions
colorway tested: Black / Metallic Gold
worn by: Blake Griffin
key tech: two-layer bonded upper with Kevlar Flywire strands throughout, sizable real carbon fiber heel counter and midfoot shank, heel and forefoot Zoom Air units, Pro Combat tongue, anatomical sockliner with grip nubs, Kevlar laces
pros: The best combination of fit / support / cushioning / traction and total performance in years.
improvements: I seriously can’t think of any.
sizing: true to size
buying advice: The Hyperdunk Elite is my favorite shoe in years. Right out of the box, everything about them is amazing. The fit and feel, cushioning and ride, and support and traction are all industry leading. All in all it’s a monster of a sneaker that I’d recommend to everyone. That is, if you’re ok with the monster price tag.
Available Now: Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Elite
words // Brandon Richard
In a lot of ways, the Nike Zoom Huarache Trainer Low is a complete throwback to the original Tinker Hatfield designed Air Huarache runner from 1991. The low cut, neoprene inner bootie construction and leather exoskeleton support overlays are all concepts Mr. Hatfield introduced 20 years ago. The inspiration for that classic? A water-skiing trip where Tinker noticed that the neoprene booties he wore gave him a secure feeling. That was the moment his “less is more” philosophy was born – along with Nike’s Cross-Training range.
The latest Zoom Huarache Trainer to release pays homage to one of the original Air Huarache colorways. Featuring a white leather exoskeleton, the trainer is lined with a varsity royal and volt neoprene bootie. Royal is also used for the heel pull-tab, Swoosh branding and outsole. Performance technology includes a Zoom Air bag in the heel for cushioning, modified delta nodes in the forefoot and Waffle traction on the heel.
words // Brandon Richard
Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant is Washington D.C. born, so it should come as no surprise that he’s a die-hard Redskins fan. Durant’s Zoom KD III signature shoe has already dropped in a colorway said to be inspired by the Baltimore Orioles, which used to be the D.C. team by default until the Nationals stepped on the scene. Now the shoe is set to drop in a colorway linked to KD’s beloved Washington Redskins.
Sporting a team red leather upper, the “Redskins” KD III is accented by white on the Swoosh, Flywire notation, laces, upper tongue and rear midsole. Del Sol is used for the Swoosh border and textile along the inner liner. Finishing off the look below is a gum rubber outsole.
This excerpt from our exclusive interview with Leo Chang and the Nike Design Team explains how this colorway came about:
NDP: What about the Redskins burgundy and yellow colorway?
Leo Chang: That actually came from our trip to China with him, and we were asking him what other colors he wanted. Right away, he said, “I want a Redskins based colorway.” So we ran that version and it has a gumsole.
Will Eberhart: That was just insight from the athlete. And, not what’s your favorite team, but what’s your heritage? Where are you from? The kid represents DC all day, and what’s most notable about DC? Redskins. So we ran with the Redskins, and it was a fight, but it’s been well received.
Available: Nike Zoom KD III – Team Red/White-Del Sol “Redskins”
words // Brandon Richard
Chlorine Blue appears to be Nike’s color of the summer, as the soft hue has turned up on several of the brand’s releases in recent weeks, including the latest Air Max 90 look to hit Eastbay. Perhaps Nike’s most iconic running model, the Max 90 is seen here sporting a fresh new look, mixing chlorine and obsidian synthetic layers with white mesh and leather on the upper. The tongue, textile inner lining and midsole are also done in white, while obsidian and chlorine finish off the window-surround and rubber outsole below.
Available: Nike Air Max 90 – White/Chlorine Blue-Obsidian