The Nike Zoom Flyknit Streak is a light weight racing shoe, something I have never used before. In the past the lightest shoe i have run any distance with has been my Zoom Elites which ave lovingly taken me up to half marathon distance. This shoe is my eyes will begin as a 10km racing shoe! This week I’ve taken them for a spin on the track and on the road and here is what I found…
Firstly this shoe is unbelievably light. The incredible flyknit upper helps to give a seamless feel and breathability around the mid foot. The bigger the holes in the flyknit material the more flexible and breathability there is. The fly wire which is incorporated within this, compliments the upper in order to give that lockdown feel. Overall the upper is seam free and thus is great for preventing friction in certain areas, as well as comfortable accommodated issues such as bunions.
Here, the combination of phylon foam and a zoom air unit in the heel allows for super responsive movement off of the ground. Phylon is so special as it is so light weight but also very resilient so does not break down easily.
The shoe is also anatomically shaped to help with natural propulsion and toe off mechanics. Simply put it really helps you to generate force off of the ground! It is not a negative, but with the mid foot being so narrow a slightly wider foot may struggle to feel totally supported in this shoe. However, with it being a racing flat, performance is key of comfort most of the time!
The outsole of this shoe combines blown rubber (known as BRS 1000) straight on top of the phylon midsole. This adds superior grip and traction. The flex grooves are also placed strategically in the sole , to add flexibility and suspension where it is needed. This sole is not just for forward and backward movement; the sole flexes multi directions in the forefoot to help aid turning round the bend of a track or corners when racing.
Overall fit of this shoe? Well in general, the shoe fits a low volume foot. As most racing shoes wish to encompass the foot with minimal material, volume is at a minimum. This however does not mean this shoe is not comfortable. The heel of the shoe feels great looking the foot in nicely so you feel held and surprisingly supported also. Here are a few key pointers on this epic shoe:
Gait Style: Neutral
Drop height – (Stack height is 26mm to 18mm) An 8mm drop
I really love this shoe and will certainly be incorporating it into my shoes as a racing shoe. I feel so far my muscles are strong enough to use this shoe for anything more than 10km but in the future who knows! I would highly recommend this shoe if you have used shoes such as Adidas Boston, Brooks Hyperion, Mizuno Hitogami, New Balance Zante or Saucony Kinvara.
Happy shoe finding 🙂