Gear Review: Hyperice Hypervolt
The Hyperice Hypervolt is a state-of-the-art percussion massage gun that delivers a powerful massage in an easy-to-maneuver package.
Powered by a long-lasting lithium ion battery, the Hypervolt gives you the precision you need to target stubborn knots with the versatility to work your largest muscle groups. The cordless massage device provides ample force to do the work, but it’s easy on your ears thanks to Quiet Glide technology.
Hyperice says percussion massage therapy can be used to:
- Help relieve muscle soreness and stiffness
- Improve range of motion
- Promote circulation
- Accelerate warmup and recovery
Fleet Feet testers tried out the Hypervolt to review its power and see how it works in the real world. Here’s what they thought.
Up to 3 hours
Up to 3,200 percussions per minute
Hypervolt Build, Materials and Design
It’s clear that engineers put an enormous focus on the Hypervolt’s design.
The device’s weight feels solid in your hand without being too heavy to use for extended periods, and the materials are top notch. With an exceptional build quality and sleek design, the Hypervolt looks and feels like a premium piece of equipment that’s worthy of its price tag.
The Hypervolt comes with a removable and rechargeable lithium ion battery, a wall charger with a four-foot cord, and five interchangeable head attachments. The head attachments include the:
Each Hypervolt head attachment can be used to target different parts of your body. Use the flat attachment to massage your chest or swap in the fork attachment to target your forearms and calves.
Changing the attachments is simple. Each attachment slides easily into the Hypervolt with a little twist, and removing is as straightforward as pulling while turning again. The attachments don’t click into place or lock, but none of our testers had any problems with them falling out or coming loose.
Every attachment pops into place the same way, but the fork attachment requires a little more attention to get the right orientation. The fork has a small alignment key on it that inserts into a notch in the Hypervolt device that prevents it from rotating during use.
The Hypervolt percusses at three different speeds controlled by the power button on the back of the device; three lights on back of the Hypervolt indicate which level you’re using.
The lowest speed cranks at about 2,000 percussions per minute, which is great for more sensitive areas, like your neck and shoulders.
Press the power button again to ramp up to the second level. Level two delivers about 2,600 percussions per minute, which feels great for larger muscle groups in your arms or legs.
The top end of the Hypervolt hammers at roughly 3,200 percussions per minute. It’s meant for denser muscle groups, like your hips or quads.
Two things that really stand out about the Hypervolt are its handheld form and quiet function.
The gun-shaped design makes its use obvious. You hold the handle with one hand and point the other at the spot you want to massage. It’s intuitive.
Hyperice also made it easy to move around. The 2.5 lb weight is easy to hold for extended periods of time, and the battery life gives you plenty of juice for even the longest recovery sessions.
Another thing testers noticed about the Hypervolt is that they barely noticed it when it’s in use. The Quiet Glide technology keeps the Hypervolt well below shouting volume, making it great for using while sitting in front of the TV.
Hypervolt Use and Performance
Reviewers loved the Hypervolt’s performance.
As advertised, the Hypervolt is powerful and versatile. The multiple head attachments give you plenty of options for getting a broad, flat feeling or pinpoint accuracy, and the thoughtful design makes it easy to hold and maneuver around your body.
Fleet Feet testers found comfort to be the deciding factor on which attachment to use where. There are some obvious choices—the bullet head for really precise work or the flat attachment for big muscles—but our reviewers found the fork can be great for forearms after a climbing workout and the cushion works really well for warming up legs before a run.
If you’re looking for a place to start, here are some areas to try out each attachment:
- Flat: Chest, quads, calves; for dense muscle groups
- Fork: Feet, forearms, Achilles*; to work around specific muscles
- Cushion: Traps, shoulders; for any sensitive areas
- Bullet: Quads, calves; for deep, pinpoint work
- Round: Hips, quads, calves, forearms; for general massage
*Don’t use the Fork attachment directly on the Achilles tendon. Put the prongs around the tendon and massage the surrounding tissue
Testers didn’t put the Hypervolt’s battery to the test because it packs plenty of juice for any typical home use.
Hyperice claims the battery will last for up to three hours on a single charge, which is plenty of time to massage every muscle that needs attention—and then some. Testers did exactly the work they needed with the Hyperice and then powered it off or plugged it in to recharge.
The battery life is impressive for such a powerful device, and it’s certainly more than you will ever need in real-world use.
The Hypervolt is a versatile and powerful percussion massage device that makes warmup and recovery a breeze.
Hypervolt reviewers love the sleek design and excellent build quality, saying the Hypervolt’s weight makes it feel like a premium massage device that’s worthy of its price. Throw in Hyperice’s Quiet Glide technology that makes it easy to carry on a conversation or watch TV, and the Hypervolt is one of the best percussion massage devices on the market today.
With five different head attachments, an impressive battery life and serious power, the Hypervolt does everything you need to stay at the top of your game.
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By Evan Matsumoto. Evan played many sports growing up but didn’t go pro in any of them. Now, he’s the digital copywriter for fleetfeet.com and editor for the Fleet Feet blog where he writes about different foam densities and engineered mesh uppers.