Flip the boots on their head and what meets the eye is certainly also worlds apart from what we saw on the second and first version of the boot. The new soleplate is named the Hyper-Reactive plate and has been under development for a no less than six years, which is well before the first Hypervenom in 2013 and back when strikers were still rocking the T90. The influence of the T90 can somehow still be felt on this Hyper-Reactive design, and that vibe is in no way misplaced, because everything about this Hypervenom 3 is closer to the way players experienced the Nike T90 laser boot. Sharp focus on the ‘cut and strike’-style and scoring goals.
Hyper-Reactive is made with a combination of flexible Pebax material and sturdy nylon. This is based on learning from the Nike Free running shoe, which flexes more in the forefoot and has more stability further up the boot. Nike and the boots designer, Dylan van Atta, discovered that this made your sharpest cuts more stable, as the forefoot would be more in contact with the ground, while the heel was lifted.
In 2016, Nike kicked off what can only be described as a traction revolution, as they launched boots that had been created following extensive FEA data testing. As with the Mercurial Superfly V and with the Magista Obra 2, the stud-configuration on this Nike Hypervenom Phantom 3 comes off the back of extensive data-collection on how to best create a boot for lateral cuts and push-off bursts. Nothing has been left to chance and every single angle of every single stud has been placed, because that was the best possible way to unlock the goal Nike set for this boot. ‘Cut and strike’ is once again the name of the game.