Tried and Tested: Nike’s Hypervenom 3

Sport360 staff 13:10 26/01/2017
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Al Ain striker Omar Abdulrahman debuted Nike’s new Hypervenom 3 in the Boss’ 3-1 defeat to Al Jazira at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in the Garden City last Monday, showcasing the much-anticipated new iteration of the football boots.

“Nike’s new Hypervenom 3 is very cool. When I tried it for the first time I felt I was able to cut, strike and finish swiftly and naturally. I feel confident wearing it and excited to play in it on pitch for the first time this week,” says the UAE international superstar.

Designed to do two things above all else – cut and strike – the Hypervenom underwent a radical makeover that includes a shift to Flyknit and the introduction of a new plate. “This is a finisher’s boot,” explains Max Blau, vice president of Nike Football Footwear.

“Every component of this boot was built for goals.”

The emphasis on scoring is most evident in the strike zone of the boot, which contains multi-layered Poron foam pods integrated into a Flyknit upper.

The pods are rate dependent, creating a dampening soft touch at low velocity contact, but activating rigidity when striking the ball with high velocity to create a firm launching pad for a true strike. The pods in the strike zone are 2mm thick.

The visible texture built into the rest of the Flyknit upper is hollow, flexible, and designed to enhance touch. The texture is also a nod to the scaly upper of the original Hypervenom boot launched in 2013.

Omar Abdulrahman (credit: NikeME Facebook)

Omar Abdulrahman (credit: NikeFootballME Facebook)

“We wanted a softened, flexible upper on Hypervenom 3 and knew Flyknit was the best way to achieve this,” explains the boot’s designer, Dylan Van Atta.

“By designing down to the pixel, we’re able to bond the texture only where necessary to keep it supple for comfort and touch.”

To provide a customised fit, Hypervenom 3 leverages three metres of Nike Flywire cables (the previous Hypervenom had one metre) within floating channels that can be adjusted to preference via the lateral lacing system.

This enables the player to fine-tune the fit at each loop for more precise lock-in to support lateral cuts. Further lateral stability comes from Hypervenom 3’s new Dynamic Fit Collar, which features a redesigned agility cuff.

“The prominent bones in your ankle are offset by up to 10mm and Hypervenom 3 mirrors this,” says Van Atta. “Lateral cutting can subject ankles to an extreme angle and this boot was designed with that in mind.”

For players who prefer a low-cut boot, Hypervenom 3 is Nike Football’s first boot to feature Flyknit in a low-cut version. Hypervenom 3 is also the first Nike Football boot to feature the entirely new, HyperReactive plate that combines a flexible Pebax material in the forefoot with a sturdier nylon material for support.

“The Hyper-Reactive plate has been in development for six years,” states Van Atta. “We drew inspiration from Nike Free to create a more flexible forefoot that stays in contact with the ground while the heel is lifted for sharp cuts.”

Internal traction has also been taken into consideration with a Nike Grip sockliner that helps limit shifting of the foot within the boot. At 196g, Hypervenom 3 is 17 per cent lighter than its predecessor.

“We crafted over 200 prototypes before achieving just the right balance for what players are trying to achieve,” concludes Blau.

We rate it: 9 out of 10: This is what cutting-edge technology is all about. Style, comfort and performance all rolled into one excellent footwear.

Where to Buy: Available on Nike. com and in Nike stores across the Gulf region.

Price: Dh1,399

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