When Nike created the “breaking 2 project”, they created two shoes: the Nike 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 is a bit heavier and made for the everyday runner (or any runner not trying to break 2 hours in the marathon).
It’s made more for training. When we first brought them 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.
The Zoom Fly is more narrow than many of Nikes training shoes including the Pegasus and Vomero. The upper 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 shoe weighs about 8.75 ounces for men and 6.5 for ladies. While it’s not the lightest, it’s definitely a lighter shoe.
The Zoom Fly has 10 mm heel-toe drop so it isn’t minimal either. The focus of the shoe is for “everyday” training. It’s 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 Zoom Fly and Zoom Vapor Fly.
I’ve run just over 100 miles on it and I like the fit and feel a lot. It’s 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 to not feel as much contact with the ground.
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.
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 Zoom Fly, I personally need more cushion.
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)
Questions for you:
Did you watch the Nike Sub 2 hours documentary?
What is your current favorite running shoe?