Today, Nike introduced their latest boot in the form of Hypervenom 3. In the past, the silo has been synonymous with “deadly agility”, but this latest version is all about finishers, each component designed for scoring goals! Cut and Strike: with these critical components of goal scoring in mind, Hypervenom underwent a radical makeover that includes a shift to Flyknit and the introduction of a new plate.
In typical Nike fashion, this is a tech advanced boot with a lot of working pieces. 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 that launched in 2013.
To provide a customizable fit, Hypervenom 3 leverages three meters of Nike Flywire cables (the previous Hypervenom had one meter) 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. In other words, Nike has cut te angle of the mid cut collar, with one half sitting lower than the other side. Boot’s designer, Dylan Van Atta, stated that
The prominent bones in your ankle are offset by up to 10mm and Hypervenom 3 mirrors this. Lateral cutting can subject ankles to an extreme angle and this boot was designed with that in mind.
Hypervenom 3 is also the first Nike Football boot to feature the entirely new, Hyper-Reactive plate that combines a flexible Pebax® material in the forefoot with a sturdier nylon material for support. Building off of Nike Football’s Traction Revolution, Hypervenom 3 also features a new, FEA data-informed traction pattern built for lateral cuts at sharp angles. Internal traction has also been taken into consideration with a Nike Grip sockliner that helps limit shifting of the foot within the boot. At 6.9oz, Hypervenom 3 is 17% lighter than its predecessor.
Hypervenom 3 will be available January 30 in the release Poison Green/Hyper Orange colorway at soccer.com.