Nike ZoomX StreakFly review | Tech Radar

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Nike’s newest silhouette, the ZoomX StreakFly, bridges the gap between their more substantial marathon road running shoes and their minimalist trail running shoes. Good news: it does not disappoint.

Brilliantly executed, it’s fitted with a portion of weight-conscious ZoomX foam, ensuring you feel connected to the ground but still with a very good level of energy return, certainly more than you’d expect from a shoe. this weight. Our UK size 10 weighed just 191g in micro scale.

The technical mesh upper offers good support while being highly breathable and comfortable, without any chafing. Although there is no carbon, a Pebax midfoot plate helps with stability and elasticity. It’s great for 5k and 10k, but I would also be very happy to run a half marathon in this shoe.

Nike ZoomX StreakFly

(Image credit: Fergus Scholes)

Price and release date

Released on January 27, 2022 and priced at £134.95 (about $180 / AU$240), the ZoomX StreakFly is a little more expensive than Nike’s entry-level performance running shoe, the Pegasus 38, but significantly less than the Vaporfly, which starts at $250 / £209.95 / $310.00, while offering similar high-end performance.

Design

With such a defined manifesto and focused use case, the design of the StreakFly should always have been simple, and indeed it is, balancing enough of what you need without unnecessary detail.

Elliott Heath, Footwear Product Manager at Nike Running, explains the rationale: “To better serve athletes who run and train on the roads for the 10k and 5k, we decided to develop a shoe which would still offer them a comfortable and lightweight shoe. , propulsive ride with more ground connection.

This shoe is indeed lightweight. Oddly enough, Nike never seems to quote a shoe’s specific weight on the product web pages, but instead largely labeling it “lightweight”, so we put the men’s UK size 10 on the micro scale where it weighed 191 g. To give some context, the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next %2 weighs 220g, the On Cloudboom Echo weighs 237g and the Hoka Rocket X weighs 234g, so that’s a good margin less than those alternatives.

Nike ZoomX StreakFly

(Image credit: Fergus Scholes)

The upper is minimal and partially transparent (colored socks would show slightly), made from an engineered mesh with perforations. As with the Alphafly and Vaporfly, there’s a foam tab around the heel for comfort and to keep it in place on the foot – and that’s about it.

The midsole is armed with 32mm of ZoomX foam under the heel and 26mm under the forefoot. A Pebax midfoot plate provides stability and smooth propulsion – it’s a lightweight and flexible polymer compound, and more forgiving than carbon.

The front half of the outsole features a grippy black rubber compound on the forefoot section and exposed ZoomX foam on the rear half. There are two small strips on the left and right outer edges made from a harder version of the foam for durability. Wave-like ripple effects a few millimeters deep run laterally along the entire length of the sole, intended to provide good traction throughout the stride while reducing weight.

Nike ZoomX StreakFly

(Image credit: Fergus Scholes)

Performance

Right out of the box this shoe is a winner – zero hassles and no adjustment period to get used to what is a truly natural ride. The ZoomX foam has the perfect level of springiness that helps with performance and speed, and the more conventional stack heights mean a nice connection to the ground without the risk of rolling your ankle or feeling unstable in the turns. Combine that with the Pebax midfoot plate for stability and balance, and we couldn’t fault its spirited ride.

It would also work for a slower paced runner or for more relaxed jogging, unlike the Alphafly or Vaporfly, which really only work for fast runners and tempo work. This makes it a much more versatile trainer that you can use for all types of road racing.

The upper is also very well executed. A contoured heel counter combined with a foam band provides secure comfort and light heel support, and the engineered mesh upper is lightweight, breathable and comfortable. Our only slight criticism of the shoe is that the tongue is a bit too narrow, meaning it barely tucked in. Anyone wearing a thicker pair of socks or with differently shaped feet might have trouble overlapping.

Nike ZoomX StreakFly

(Image credit: Fergus Scholes)

For some reason, it’s quite noisy to run on – perhaps because of its slightly contoured side lugs, which means a lot of the outsole is in contact with the ground. Other riders can definitely hear you as you approach from behind.

We couldn’t test the shoe in really wet conditions, but the grip proved to be totally sufficient on all types of urban surfaces – drain cover, cobblestones, slabs, asphalt.

In terms of longevity, it’s hard to say for sure. We’ve clocked around 60km testing the shoe, and the grooved edges are starting to wear down on the rear half of the outsole, although its fast performance still seems to be on top. However, as is the case with any performance trainer, a shorter lifespan is inherent and one of the biggest drawbacks to weigh up when considering a purchase.

Overall, this shoe is sublime and we would definitely recommend it to almost any runner, from newcomers to top athletes.

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