Nike Zoom Fly Review

Nike Zoom Fly Shoe Review

Keep in mind, the Nike Zoom Fly 3 is now out which is an all-around better version of the zoom fly.

When Nike created the “breaking 2 project”, they created two shoes: the Zoom Fly and the Nike Zoom Vapor Fly 4%.  The Nike Zoom Fly retails at $150, while the Zoom Fly 4% comes in at $250.  That is, if you can find a pair of Zoom Vapor fly 4% in your size.

The Zoom Fly Shoe is a bit heavier and made for the everyday runner (or any runner not trying to break 2 hours in the marathon).

The Zoom Fly made more for training.  When we first brought The Nike Zoom Fly into work, I wanted to try them because “everyone was”, however, I had plenty of shoes in my rotation.  Waiting enough time also gave me the option to buy a flashy red colorway too.

Nike Voom fly red

The Nike Zoom Fly Fit:

The Nike Zoom Fly is more narrow than many of Nikes training shoes including the Pegasus and Vomero.  The upper of the Nike Zoom Fly is seamless, so it’s able to fit wider feet.  They don’t make either in a “wide”.  I bought a women’s size 10 which is fine, but I do believe a 10 wide would be a slightly better fit.  The flymesh upper makes it more forgiving.

Nike Voom fly red

The Nike Zoom Fly Ride:

The Nike Zoom Fly weighs about 8.75 ounces for men and 6.5 for ladies.  While the Nike Zoom Fly is not the lightest, it’s a lighter shoe.

The Nike Zoom Fly has 10 mm heel-toe drop so it isn’t minimal either.  The focus of The Nike Zoom Fly is for “everyday” training.  The Nike Zoom Fly is not the shoe meant to run sub 2 hours in a marathon but the shoe to keep you healthy during training.  Nike is in the process of changing many of their running shoes to the new technology you see in the Nike Zoom Fly and Zoom Vapor Fly.

I’ve run just over 100 miles in the Nike Zoom Fly and I like the fit and feel a lot.  The Nike Zoom Fly is soft and cushioned but not too squishy.  It’s responsive enough that I like to do workouts in it without my feet feeling too beat up.  I was doing workouts in either the Saucony Type A or the Altra Escalante but have found the extra cushion to be nice and better to recover faster.

One thing I will say is, similar to the Nike Lunarglide, there isn’t a whole lot of traction at the bottom.  On a rainy day or mud, be prepared not to feel as much contact with the ground.

Nike Voom fly red

Finally, something I shouldn’t comment on, but I will is these are a good looking pair of shoes.  It’s always fun to run in a shoe that you’re like…wow these are sharp.

The Nike Zoom Fly Conclusion:

Personally, I see the Nike Zoom Fly as a tempo, speed, or racing shoe.  While I know many people who do the bulk of their mileage in the Nike Zoom Fly, I personally need more cushion.

Current Rotation:
Saucony Freedom (daily runs, easy runs)
Brooks Glycerin (daily runs, easy runs)
Brooks Levitate (easy runs)
Hoka Clifton 4 (daily runs, easy runs)
Nike Zoom fly (workouts)
Altra Escalante (workouts)
Saucony type A/Endorphin (racing)

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Questions for you:
Did you watch the Nike Sub 2 hours documentary?
What is your current favorite running shoe?