If you thought the Nike Skin upper of the previous HV amplified touch, just wait until you check out the 100% Flyknit construction Nike bonded to the new rate-dependent strike zone. Nike pulled out all the stops in part by designing the Flyknit down to the pixel to make this a true finisher?s boot.
The new strike zone incorporates 2mm thick, multi-layered, rate-dependent Poron® pods. Being rate dependent means that the scaly pods remain stiff when you hit the ball at high velocities while managing to provide a dampening effect when hitting the ball at low velocities. ?Best of both worlds,? you say? Brilliant.
Did you notice that the scaly upper texture is a nod to the upper on the original Hypervenom boot launched in 2013?
DYNAMIC FIT (DF) COLLAR
It?s back! And this time around, less is more. The DF collar we?ve come to know and love has been revamped to naturally mirror the ankle?s bone structure. It?s been dubbed the “Agility cuff,” and it exists to enhance lateral stability. It turns out that prominent bones in your ankle are offset by up to 10mm which is what the HVIII is mirroring. Also, making a lateral cut tends to subject ankles to extreme angles. The agility cuff is here to help imbue wearers with the confidence to make those extreme cuts. Cut-Strike-Score and repeat with confidence (in that order).
HYPER-REACTIVE SOLE PLATE
Made to provide more stability when performing aggressive cuts, the Hyper-Reactive sole plate was under development for more than 6 years. Similar to the HVII, the HVIII sole plate is made of flexible Pebax® (in the forefoot) and sturdy Nylon. Strong yet flexible, just how we like our sole plates.
HYPER-REACTIVE: AGILITY TRACTION
Nike built upon the “split-toe” plate of the HVII through utilizing FEA. Their data informed the creation of a new “traction pattern,” which is built for – lateral cuts at sharp angles. The Designer of the shoe, Dylan Van Atta said they “Leveraged hexagon studs for rotation and push-off so players could cut confidently, while incorporating sidewall chevrons for lateral and medial traction.” The optimal stud configuration also enhances responsiveness. This boot is truly a impressive.
You said, ?customizable tightness,? and Nike listened. They?ve added an additional 2 meters of Flywire (3 vs. 1 meter in previous HVII) and a new loop lacing system.
The lateral lacing system is made of floating channels that can be adjusted to your preference. Translation: players can fine-tune the fit at each loop for a more precise lock down feel with the added bonus of more support during lateral cuts. The two additional meters of Flywire helps provide lightweight lateral stability . The Flyknit means that being locked down is also comfy.