Summary

We spent 10 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Hyperdunk X’s traction is pretty effective and extremely reliable, most testers comment.
  • These Nike basketball shoes have fantastic cushioning, almost all reviewers exclaim. The Zoom Air cushioning feels quick, bouncy, and it also offers phenomenal impact protection.
  • The materials are pretty nice, a good number remark. It is comfortable, supportive, and does not require any breaking-in.
  • Nearly all reviewers report that these mid-top basketball shoes fit true to size. They are also stating that the Hyperdunk X fits like a glove and can accommodate any foot shape.
  • A good number of testers note that these widely praised Nike basketball shoes also provide excellent support. They claim that there is no heel slippage and side-to-side movement.
  • The TPU wing does an excellent job of containing the foot, several players observe.
  • A couple of reviewers point out that the widely spaced lacing system delivers enhanced lockdown.
  • The step-in comfort is just incredible, a user describes.

7 reasons not to buy

  • According to a small number of testers, the Nike Hyperdunk 2018’s traction loses its grip on dusty courts.
  • Several reviewers are reporting that the Nike Hyperdunk 2017 has better materials than the Hyperdunk X.
  • These Nike basketball shoes run narrow at the forefoot, a few wearers claim.
  • The cushioning could have been better, a handful of players gripe.
  • A tester gripes that these mid-top basketball shoes are a pain to put on.
  • Some wearers warn that the heel and collar area are very firm. They are reporting of having terrible cuts and blisters after playing in these mid-top basketball shoes.
  • Most testers are reporting that the rubber outsole is pretty soft. They do not recommend the Nike Hyperdunk X for outdoor play.

Bottom line

Nike went back to basics with the 2018 version of the Hyperdunk line. However, since this is the 10th-anniversary model of the Hyperdunk series, testers are quick to point out that Nike could have done a better job with the Hyperdunk X. Nevertheless, most reviewers are still quite satisfied with the shoe’s on-court performance and recommend grabbing a pair.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated basketball shoe
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this June

Expert Reviews

84 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 | RicheeKim | | Level 5 expert

    There are other models that perform slightly better, but they are also at a higher price point.

  • 80 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    Tractin on these guys look awesome.

  • 90 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    If you need a dependable shoe for any indoor surface, with great cushioning, a semi-durable upper, and killer fit, look no further. The Hyperdunk X achieved what Nike always looks for in the shoe: it works. It isn’t flashy (although I like the way it looks) and it gets the job done. From high-flying wings to quick guards to mobile big men, the Hyperdunk X is your slide. There isn’t much else to say — it’s a great shoe for every player you will ever be.

  • 89 / 100 | Schwollo | Level 5 expert

    This version of the HD was so close to being perfect but I really wanted the traction and containment to be better. The fit is amazing right out of the box and I really loved the cushioning as well. The HD X is just a jack of all trades per usual which I really love.

  • 87 / 100 | BBallEquips | Level 5 expert

    From the Hyperdunk 2011 to the 2013, the performance was pretty awesome. The 2016 and 2017 was pretty good as well. However, the 2018 model was just subpar. With the hype of it being the 10th shoe of the line and all the advertisements, you would have expected something exceptional. Nike can really step up seeing that it has come out with so many good Hyperdunks before so they really have to manage this inconsistency to prevent the downfall in Nike’s “most reliable” team model.

  • 80 / 100 | BasketballDiagnostics | | Level 5 expert

    When you lace-up a pair of ball shoes before the match and then completely forget about them even existing on your feet the first second you step on-court, letting only basketball control your mind & body – that’s my definition of a well-made basketball sneaker. And the HP ’18 was exactly IT. There’s no gimmicks… Just pure performance… If that’s what you need – I wouldn’t look any further than that.

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In 2008, Nike revolutionized the way non-signature models were made with the introduction of the Hyperdunk. Ten years later, the Hyperdunk line has continued to deliver high performance.

Nike’s flagship team model allows you to keep your head in the game. The Hyperdunk X boasts no-frills performance with its ¾-bootie design, dynamic lacing system, and wavy traction pattern.

Cushion. The Nike Hyperdunk 2018 is equipped with forefoot and heel Zoom Air units. This cushioning setup ensures a responsive ride.

Traction. These Nike basketball shoes are designed to deliver excellent on-court grip with its wavy traction pattern.

Length and Width. Reviewers are reporting that the Nike Hyperdunk X fits true to size. However, wide-footers are warned that the narrow forefoot may cause some pinching. Because of this, they suggest going up half a size for comfort.

Lockdown. The Hyperdunk X features a dynamic lacing system with oversized laces. The oversized laces wrap around the foot for a secure fit without hindering movement. At the midfoot, TPU wings enhance support and stability.

The Hypedunk X has a textile upper for lightweight comfort. The plush woven jacquard upper also creates durability.

These Nike basketball shoes feature a mid to high-cut style for enhanced ankle support. The Hyperdunk 2018 also boasts a stretchy ¾-bootie design for a snug fit and easy entry.

Other details include “HD” on the heels and the Swoosh logo on the TPU wings.

This Nike team model is available in various hues.

  • Anthracite/Black/Hyper Violet/Metallic Silver ‘Flight Huarache’
  • Black/Black-White
  • Black/Pink Blast ‘Kay Yow’
  • Black/White
  • Brilliant Orange/Black/White
  • Clay Orange/Black/White
  • Cool Grey/Team Red
  • Court Purple/Black-White
  • Game Royal/White/Black
  • Gorge Green/Black/White
  • Midnight Navy/Black-White
  • Midnight Navy/White/University Red ‘USA’
  • Team Orange/Black-White
  • Team Red/Black-White
  • University Blue/Black-White
  • University Gold/Black/White
  • University Red/Black-White
  • White/Black
  • White/Brilliant Orange
  • White/Clay Orange
  • White/Coast
  • White/Field Purple
  • White/Fir
  • White/Team Orange
  • White/Team Red
  • White/University Red
  • White/White ‘White Ice’
  • Wolf Grey/White/Black

Nike Hyperdunk X ‘Flight Huarache’

Dressed in the Air Flight Huarache’s OG colorway, the Nike Hyperdunk X Flight Huarache features a black-based upper with hits of berry purple and blue throughout.

Nike Hyperdunk X ‘Kay Yow’

This special edition colorway comes in black and pink. Pink ribbons on the heels complete the design.

Nike Hyperdunk X ‘USA’

Nike is set to launch the ‘USA’ colorway as Team USA prepares for the 2020 Olympics. The Hyperdunk X ‘USA’ features a Navy blue upper with red accents. This colorway is capped off with a white midsole and a prominent red Swoosh.

Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.

dimitrije@runrepeat.com