The LeBron 9, Zoom Kobe VII, and Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 were already considered to be in Nike’s top-tier of performance basketball shoes, so when Nike decides to juice it up and give it an ‘Elite’ tag, you know you’re in for the basketball experience of your life. We just introduced to you both the Home and Away renditions of the Nike LeBron 9 Elite, but here’s a first look at the non-signature flagship basketball model in Elite form – the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Elite; this ‘Home’ colorway features a heavenly when upper with the sharpest touches of metallic gold on the Swoosh as well as on the visible Flywire that spans from toe to heel, with the aggressive carbon fiber used to fortify the exterior heel counter and invisible mid-foot shank. The Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Elite will hit retailers this April 28th and will be featured during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on the feet of Nike’s most explosive athletes like Blake Griffin and other high-flying dunk machines. Check out the gallery below and stay tuned to Sneaker News for complete coverage of the Nike Basketball Elite Series.
Nike Hyperdunk 2011 has always had a full length Zoom Air cushion. Couple it with the Phylon midsole and its heaps cushioned. Kobe VII has the option of interchanging Phylon for Cushlon though which provides better cushioning. Reason they are the same price? One is high top, one is low cut. Plus Hyperdunk is lighter. LeBron 9 is too chunky and uses Max Air 180 at the back instead of Zoom Air. That is a shoe for big guys who don't need to move all that quickly. Verdict? Hyperdunk 2011