This was first published on Sports Illustrated Philippines on July 15, 2016.
It’s not every day you get to hoop in a fresh pair of kicks.
When Migs Rocha of SLAM Philippines reached out to me the other day to invite me to a special Titan Trial Run, I was both excited and nervous. It’s been months since I last played pick-up basketball.
But who was I to pass up on the chance to try out the new Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Flyknits?
Fellow members of the media and basketball personalities (Von Pessumal and Ray Parks Jr., BTV’s Jinno Rufino, GMA’s Mark Zambrano, Sports5’s Carlo Pamintuan and Jutt Sulit, and SLAM PH’s Nikko Ramos to name a few) and I laced up our Hyperdunks to see how well they would perform in action.
Honestly, it was my first time to experience any kind of Nike flyknit technology on the hardwood.
The Hyperdunks, at first impression, looked like a lowcut shoe that just extends above your ankles. But after having them on for a few minutes, I realized there was more to the shoe than what I initially perceived.
I thought I would have a tough time wearing the boot, but the elasticity of the upper Flyknit was just perfect — no hassle sliding your feet in. The flyknit material wrapped around my foot nicely, especially in the midfoot area. I did run into some trouble with the laces, which were hard to adjust because of the eyelets.
The real test, however, came on the court.
I’m the type of player who likes to get out on breaks a lot and often changes speed and direction on sharp cuts, so the outsole and midsole of the shoe worked to my advantage. With its lightweight built, the new Hyperdunks also allowed me to move in and out the paint with no complications.
Because of the nice cushioning, my feet felt comfortable even during constant lateral movements. The Hyperdunks had great traction, and the responsiveness was fantastic, thanks to the “full-length Zoom” — providing a lot of bounce for quick take-offs.
Overall, I was impressed with the shoes. The Hyperdunk Flyknits performed extremely well and can suit different type of players and can cater to any kind of playing style. In one word: versatile.
The Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Flyknits will be available in three colorways — Oreo and USA Home and Away — starting Friday (July 15) at all Titan stores for P9,895.