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Nike AlphaDunk Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$179.99
Type:
High Top
Release Date:
9/2019
Outdoor Rating:
NaN%
# of Reviews:
3
Traction
5.0
Cushion
8.3
Material
8.0
Support
8.3
Fit
7.5
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

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PROS:

  • Huge Air Zoom unit

CONS:

  • Horrible traction
  • Very bulky

Summary of 3 Expert Reviews:

Is the Nike AlphaDunk a worthy successor to Nike's popular Hyperdunk line? Unfortunately, the traction is absolutely horrendous - even on clean courts. Some reviewers didn't even want to play in these because they were afraid to hurt themselves! The huge Nike Zoom unit in the forefoot provides a lot of bounce and impact protection but sacrifices court feel. The upper material is very strong and supportive but doesn't feel great in-hand. The Nike AlphDunk is a good fit for big guys looking for a shoe that feels like a tank. Quick and shifty players shouldn't buy this shoe because of the lacking traction and court feel.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike AlphaDunk:

7.6
RicheeKim
$180 is a huge price for an average performer like that. The traction is just too bad - I can't recommend the Nike AlphaDunk.
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7.5
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The Nike AlphaDunk is not a good performance basketball shoe! This shoe is way too bulky and the traction is horrible. I can only recommend this shoe to slow and heavy big guys.
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7.4
The Sole Brothers
No! Don't get it! Especially for $180, this is a no go. The traction was just horrible and I don't like the aesthetics either.
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Traction of the Nike AlphaDunk:

5.0
RicheeKim
I've played over two weeks in the AlphaDunk and the traction is just really bad and picks up a lot of dust.
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5.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The traction is worse than horrible! I really didn't want to play in these because I was afraid of hurting myself.
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5.0
The Sole Brothers
On clean courts the traction is good but I experienced a little bit of sliding on straight movements. On dusty courts, this shoe sucks!
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Cushion of the Nike AlphaDunk:

8.0
RicheeKim
The cushion is really nice and bouncy, but you lose a little bit of court feel. If you are looking for impact protection, this shoe has you covered!
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Double-stacked Zoom in the heel and a huge Zoom Air unit in the forefoot. I would have preferred more court feel and heel-to-toe transition.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
The extremely large forefoot Zoom unit is super bouncy and feels really comfortable. Great impact protection, okay responsiveness, but you don't get a lot of court feel.
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Materials of the Nike AlphaDunk:

8.0
RicheeKim
The upper material is comparable to the Battleknit of the Lebron 16. The upper is TPU-coated which delivers a lot of support but feels a little rough.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The Flyknit upper material feels a little harder and plasticky than the Battleknit from the Lebron 16. On-foot the materials are comfortable and supportive.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
I don't like the way the "bubbly" Flyknit looks and feels in-hand, but it's soft and conforms nicely to your feet.
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Support of the Nike AlphaDunk:

9.0
RicheeKim
The support is just fine: no heel slippage, no side-to-side movements on the footbed, and a ton of torsional rigidity and stability.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Lockdown and support are great, but mobility and stability were not good at all for me. It was just too bulky for me.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
Good ankle support and lockdown, but I did feel my foot hitting the outside material on lateral movements.
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Fit of the Nike AlphaDunk:

8.0
RicheeKim
The fit is pretty good, but the shoe can be a little tough to get on.
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7.0
The Sole Brothers
The fit was pretty roomy in the midfoot and the lacing system didn't allow me to lace it more tightly. Other than that, the fit was good.
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Width of the Nike AlphaDunk:

regularly wide
RicheeKim
Unless you have really wide feet, you will be okay.
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slightly wide
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
A little bit roomy overall.
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regularly wide
The Sole Brothers
Not crazy wide or narrow.
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Size of the Nike AlphaDunk:

true to size
RicheeKim
Runs true to size.
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true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Fits perfectly lengthwise.
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true to size
The Sole Brothers
Go true to size.
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