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First Look at the Nike Hyperdunk 2017

The season is coming to a close, but Nike Basketball continues their efforts with their latest flagship model, the Nike Hyperdunk 2017.

Over the past several years, the Hyperdunk series has been overshadowed by other Nike models.  Be it signature from Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving or the successful HyperRev line, the HD ’17 is looking to return to the spotlight this year.

Changing the game a bit, Nike has decided to drop the Zoom Air responsive cushioning and switch back to the soft and lighter Lunar cushion system.  They also retooled the outsole incorporating a new foot mapping system, similar to the Nike Kobe 9 series.   If the information from the Nike catalog is accurate, the Hyperdunk 2017 could very well have the best grip of the whole series.

Men’s Nike Hyperdunk 2017 Basketball Shoe helps keep you fresh with new Lunar cushioning that’s softer and lighter for running and impact, but returns energy better for liftoff. It features a supportive mid-top design and a pressuremapped outsole for improved traction.

Another addition for the series is the new upper described to be, “woven jacquard” inspired by Flyknit, providing breathable support for lockdown.  It does seem to have a Flyknit esque pattern, so don’t be surprised if Swoosh produces a Flyknit version of the model sometime in the future.

It wasn’t too long ago that the Nike Hyperdunk was the main go-to sneaker for all hoopers.  It provided exceptional support for any player type and can withstand a full season of heavy hooping.  But with much competition, it took a back seat to other brands and its fellow Swoosh brothers like the HyperRev and Zoom Crusaders.   It’s been a rough time, but it’s great to see Nike switching up the design and key tech.  Personally, the choice of going back to Lunar from Zoom isn’t my preference, but at least Nike is taking steps into changing up the model with an awesome looking outsole.

Photos below showcase both high and low top version of the HD ’17 in team bank colorways.  Other than the cut, the low-top has a different upper materials and patterns.  The lows will offer the same performance benefits as the highs with an addition of a 1/2 inner bootie for a snug fit (according to the catalog).

We wont see the release until the start of the next NBA season dropping August 08, 2017 for $140.00 USD.  Stay tuned for more updates as we get close to the 9th iteration of the Nike Hyperdunk.

H/T Nike Catalog

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