words // Zac Dubasik
Flywire debuted in basketball all the way back in the summer of 2008, for the Beijing Olympics. It was first seen on the original Hyperdunk, and has been used on pretty much every high-end hoops line since.
We’ve seen many different iterations of it since too. There was the original found on that first Hyperdunk, which utilized a Vectran material, followed by a thinner 2.0 edition sometimes referred to as “Skinwire,” and most recently, nylon-based Dynamic Flywire. One thing each and every version has had in common though, has been that the Flywire itself didn’t really do a whole lot in terms of providing support.
The support in all of those shoes came primarily from what the Flywire was encased in. It seemed that Dynamic Flywire might change that, but even then, the support came from the main structure of the shoe, with the actual Flywire often showing slack, even when fully laced.
Up until now, at best, Flywire may have provided a secondary level of support. But finally, after over 5 years, the HyperRev changes that. And as it turns out (not surprisingly), thin strings aren’t exactly the best way to provide support.
The Zoom HyperRev is a uniquely built shoe, when it comes to basketbal...