After ten years’ developing, Hyperdunk is end now. The new series of team basketball shoes is called AlphaDunk. For most of the baketball players, Hyperdunk series are the top-level team shoes. For AlphaDunk, it’s not only changed the name, but it needs to improve to conquer the shoe fans’ heart.
Appearance: 8 scores
At the first look of AlphaDunk, I think it’s similar to LeBron signature shoes. The Air Knit vamp is almost the same as LeBron 15. The overall appearance is changing from the slender Hyperdunk series to be rounded and thicker.
The front view: the Air Knit vamp is uneven. The stuffiness of the material is high, maybe due to the MONO knit.
The rear side view, the red Swoosh logo surrounds the shoe heel.
Comfort Level: 8 scores
Generally, the knit vamp has good comfort level. But this pair of AlphaDunk uses Air Knit vamp which can’t make you feel comfortable after wearing. As it doesn’t have the resilience. And comparing with Hyperdunk X high version, the weight of AlphaDunk is heavier.
As the vamp of AlphaDunk is too low, it would press the instep. After wearing it one day, the oppressing sensation from vamp is released a little.
The size of AlphaDunk is normal. But the shoe tree of forefoot is a little narrow. The open type tongue is easy for putting on and taking off. The super big ZOOM Bag on the insole of forefoot is easy to bend. The weight is a little too heavy. The unit weight of AlphaDunk is about 80g heavier than Hyperdunk X high version.
Fit & Support: 8 scores
The strength of Air Knit vamp is good, and it’s similar to knitted vamp. And there is a layer of leather to reinforce the shoe heel. It doesn’t need to doubt the supporting strength. Even if it doesn’t have inner sleeve, it still can fit the foot very well.
It needs time to break in the Air Knit vamp. The forefoot vamp is a little low. The moving space of toes is limited in the shoes. After fastening the shoe laces, the instep is pressed. Although the thickness of foam padding in the shoe heel is not very thick, but the ankle can still be stabilized well.
After touching the vamp, I can feel that the strength of Air Knit vamp is more stiff than normal knit. The supporting performance of Air Knit vamp is almost the same as normal knit. By the leather reinforcement of shoe heel, it can offer a great supporting effect to ankle. It’s very stable when jumping to floor or breaking through.
Traction & Abrasive Resistance: 7 scores
The forefoot sole of AlphaDunk uses oval water ripple design. The rear sole is lateral distribution lines. General speaking, it should not be slipped on outer court. But the actual traction performance is not good. As AlphaDunk uses full-length crystal outsole, you know, the abrasive resistance wouldn’t be durable. It’s suitable to wear on the indoor court.
I has slipped when breaking through. After several times urgent stopping test, AlphaDunk in outer filed is hard to stop. The sliding distance is a little far.
The crystal outsole is more suitable for indoor court. The rough selvedge is already visible after playing one time on outer court. If you want to play on outer court, please you can consider to buy the version with rubber outsole.
Cushion Performance: 9 scores
Is the cushion performance of this big and thick ZOOM Bag air cushion good? Obviously, it’s not. The super big air cushion has advantage and disadvantage. It’s not suitable for players with lower weight. But it’s very suitable for the flexible defenders. So this pair of AlphaDunk with big and heavy Zoom Bag is only suitable to some specific people.
My weight is about 75kg. I can feel the soft and elastic feedback from the air cushion of forefoot on daily wearing. But the cushion performance KD12 is much better. The starting of forefoot is not fast enough, it’s not suitable to the speeding type defenders.
The thickness of shoe heel is very thick. It wouldn’t shock foot when jumping to floor.
Overall: 8.2 scores
The appearance of AlphaDunk has change to be rounded type. The open type shoe tongue is easier for people to put on and take off. The stuffiness of Air Knit vamp is better than any other kinds of knitted vamp. So the supporting performance is great. As the vamp doesn’t have elasticity and it’s a little low, so it can fit the foot well. The shoe heel is reinforced with a layer of leather. After fastening the shoe laces, it can keep the great stability. The abrasive resistance of crystal outsole on outer court is not good. So it’s better to wear it on indoor court to avoid excessive abrasion.
The super big ZOOM Bag of forefoot sole looks great, but it’s not suitable for players with low weight, it will affect you the starting response feedback. So Nike AlphaDun maybe more suitable for frontline and internal line players.
Nike AlphaDunk series will be the pathfinder of new series. Hope that it will be improved in the future to be suitable for every positions and different playing ways.