When Nike launches a brand new racing shoe, it sells out. Rumours of the ZoomX Streakfly have been circling since early final 12 months and again in February 2022 when it launched in some components of the world, it bought out instantaneously.
Such was the advertising and marketing hype surrounding the Streakfly. Sadly I wasn’t capable of buy a pair within the first spherical of launch so I needed to wait 2 months till its wider launch in April. There are actually sufficient pairs to go round, at the least right here in Malaysia.
Over the previous 3 years, shoe corporations have been specializing in the excessive stack racing sneakers in addition to the super-thick, unlawful racing sneakers (above 40 mm in stack peak) however the low stack peak racers have been an untapped market.
Adidas was first to the marker with their 5K/10K racer, the Takumi Sen 8. Later within the 12 months, New Stability will launch their Tremendous Comp Pacer and there are rumours of the Saucony Sinister however proper now, it’s Nike’s flip to wow us with their short-distance racer.
The ZoomX Streakfly is an evolution of the Zoom Streak sequence which was Eliud Kipchoge’s weapon of selection earlier than he switched to tremendous sneakers.
The Zoom Streak 6 prototype was that notorious shoe that rose to fame as a result of when Eluid used them within the Berlin Marathon, their insoles got here free and had been flapping round his ankles. He nonetheless managed to run a 2:04 in that race.
The Streakfly is a totally completely different beast from the Zoom Streak. It now has a brilliant foam midsole, a skinny, knit higher, and a design which resembles the bestseller, the Vaporfly Subsequent% 2.
It weighs 0.9 oz (25.5 g) lower than the Zoom Streak 7 and it prices a considerable $50 extra as effectively.
Nike ZoomX Streakfly First Impressions
When first pictures of the Streakfly emerged, I used to be hopeful that it might have a full-length, stiff carbon plate in its midsole however I used to be dissatisfied to search out out later that it’s solely a Pebax shank within the midsole, just like the plastic shanks discovered within the Zoom Streak sequence.
A full-length carbon plate would have made it a brilliant shoe however it might even have made it rather more costly. I knew from the get-go that the Streakfly wouldn’t be comparable within the journey to the Vaporfly in any respect.
My first run was a ten km steady-paced run. The adjectives that stood out probably the most throughout the first run within the Streakfly had been clean, minimal, and tender. It additionally felt very versatile and pure.
The shoe that the Streakfly jogged my memory most of on the primary run was the Nike Pegasus Turbo 2. Each sneakers are low-profile ZoomX sneakers however the distinction is that the Peg Turbo 2 had a layer of React foam in its midsole as a substitute of being full ZoomX so the Peg Turbo 2’s cushioning felt extra substantial underfoot however not as bouncy.
Nike ZoomX Streakfly Sole Unit
The Streakfly has an total tender journey character. The super-soft ZoomX midsole of the Streakfly has a really excessive charge of compression so that you get a excessive stage of floor really feel (in contrast to within the Vaporly and Alphafly) as a result of there isn’t any carbon plate in its midsole. I craved for a bit of extra stack peak despite the fact that it’s solely a 5K/10K shoe as a result of the ZoomX compresses a lot when loaded.
The Streakfly has a stiff Pebax shank in its midfoot which supplies some midfoot rigidity and stability. The shank doesn’t lengthen into the forefoot just like the Ultraboost 22’s LEP System or the Takumi Sen 8’s EnergyRods so the Streakfly stays very versatile within the forefoot.
The versatile forefoot makes transitions within the Streakfly really feel very relaxed. To me, the Streakfly looks like a coach and never a racer. I loved it for regular runs between 4.45 minutes per km as much as 5.half-hour per km however nothing sooner.
When doing strides and quick distance sprints within the Streakfly, I used to be lacking the highly effective toe-off that I get in stiff, carbon tremendous sneakers. There’s nothing to launch you ahead within the Streakfly, no springboard impact. This makes it exhausting to advocate the Streakfly for racing as a result of there are such a lot of higher choices that may offer you an even bigger benefit.
The Streakfly is much more steady than the Takumi Sen 8 and carbon racers just like the Vaporfly/Adios Professional attributable to its wider midfoot nevertheless it’s nonetheless very unsupportive and unstructured so something longer than 10 km turns into uncomfortable.
On the outsole, the complete forefoot is roofed in thick, however tender ribbed rubber with two vertical strips on the rearfoot defending the outer heel. There’s plenty of tender, uncovered midsole foam on the midfoot which can be ribbed so I didn’t have any issues with grip.
Sturdiness is the Streakfly’s greatest weak point. After simply the primary run, which was 10 km, I seen plenty of scuffing on the lateral facet of the rearfoot not coated with rubber. The issue with ZoomX is that it’s extraordinarily brittle so it must be protected with rubber.
The Streakfly is designed for racing so there isn’t full outsole rubber protection. It will have been an amazing coaching shoe if it had extra outsole rubber, just like the Pegasus Turbo 2.
Nike ZoomX Streakfly Higher Unit
The Streafly’s higher feels very roomy and accommodating for a racing shoe, particularly within the midfoot and toe field so I feel it’s appropriate for wide-footed runners.
The size is true to measurement however I needed to put on my thickest socks so as to fill the house within the shoe and get a very good lockdown. Even with thick socks, I seen plenty of materials bunching on the highest of the toe field so it’s not your typical, dialed-in racing match.
The higher is hyper-thin and marketed by Nike as a knit materials nevertheless it feels extra just like an engineered mesh. It’s so porous that I may see my socks by means of the fabric however I couldn’t really feel any breeze on my toes as a result of I needed to put on thick socks with it.
There isn’t any padding within the collar or the heel tab to save lots of weight and the heel tab is lengthy and skinny so it folds over when you’re operating however I feel Nike designed it to fold over. Heel lockdown is nice as a result of there are double final row eyelets so you should use a runner’s knot.
The tongue of the Streafly is hooked up to an inside sleeve so there’s no tongue motion and the lacing space is offset just like the Vaporfly’s lacing to alleviate stress on the highest of the foot. I don’t thoughts this offset lacing setup however I additionally don’t suppose it’s crucial.
Nike ZoomX Streakfly Conclusion
The Streakfly is a very enjoyable shoe due to its featherlight weight and its tremendous tender journey. Its draw back nevertheless is its fragile construct so it might probably’t be used for normal coaching.
At $160, it’s nonetheless comparatively reasonably priced. The Pegasus Turbo 2 was $180 and its midsole wasn’t even full ZoomX just like the Streakfly’s. The Pegasus Turbo 2’s outsole was nevertheless much more sturdy and it was an amazing shoe for coaching.
The ZoomX Streakfly is a vastly completely different shoe to its predecessor, the Zoom Streak 7. It’s a lot softer, lighter and extra versatile. It’s additionally rather more costly nevertheless it has a contemporary, partaking journey. For my part, it’s an improve nevertheless it doesn’t reside as much as the advertising and marketing hype.
The Streakfly doesn’t have a spot in my shoe rotation as a result of I’d choose a brilliant shoe over it for any racing distance. The Streakfly doesn’t provide a lot velocity help, primarily due to the dearth of an aggressive carbon plate.
It’s additionally not nice for coaching due to its fragile build- it’s even much less sturdy than the Vaporfly/Alphafly and I will likely be very shocked if you may get 400 km out of it.
In comparison with the Takumi Sen 8, the Streakfly has a greater match for my foot form; it didn’t give me blisters just like the Takumi did. It’s additionally softer and extra relaxed than the Takumi so it doesn’t really feel as quick. It’s much less sturdy nevertheless it does value much less as effectively. If I needed to choose one, I’d choose the Streakfly.
I’d advocate the Streakfly to you in case you worth a light-weight construct above the rest as a result of, at 6 oz, the Streakfly is among the lightest trainers in the marketplace. I’d additionally advocate it to you in case you liked the super-soft journey of the Pegasus Turbo.
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