I’ve got a few new shoe reviews coming out soon. Some of my favorite shoes have been updated, but I’ve also branched out to try a few new ones as well.
Anyway, I rarely do a running flat review, because they are all basically the same. Lightweight, used for racing. With the release of the Nike Vaporfly 4% last year, the running flat game has changed.
That being said, I’ve been a Nike LT Streak fan since it the first version came out. Something about putting on a brand new pair has always made me feel fast. It’s a lightweight, racing shoe, that has been great for both workouts and races. I’ve done everything from 400s to a half marathon and never had any issues. That being said, it’s so important to work yourself into a flat. Don’t go from a trainer to a half marathon because you will get injured.
Like any racing flat, the Nike Streak LT fits narrow. I wear from a women’s 10-11 wide. Since the shoe is unisex, I found the mens 9.5 to fit the best (women’s 11).
New for the Streak LT 4, is a Flymesh upper. According to Nike, the Flymesh makes the shoe more durable as well as breathable. There are also vents along the forefoot and sides to eliminate hotspots.
I appreciate this year, the overlays that give the shoe more overall structure. It’s not you’re your foot is just free floating around in a shoe. Of all the versions of the Streak LT, I think the 4th version fits the best. It has the most structure and your feet feel most secure in a flat.
The Air Zoom Streak LT 4 is one of the lightest racing flats out there. It’s possibly what drew me to this shoe way back when. Lighter (whether it’s body weight or racing shoe), doesn’t mean faster, especially in distance. The Lt Streak hits a good spot with about the most amount of cushion for the least amount of weight.
So how is it so light? Nike uses a Cushlon LT midsole, aided further by “Zoom Air” in the shoe’s heel. The cushioning is durable for paved roads, track, and trails. While I personally wouldn’t do a fast workout with them on the treadmill, they should be fine there too.
The Air Zoom Streak LT 4 is a 4mm drop. This is a drastic difference between most trainers so if you’re using them for the first time, take a few weeks or workouts to get used to them. The lower drop allows the foot to move more natural and there isn’t additional support there. You feel more of the road or terrain.
Another important feature to look for in a racing flat: traction without weight. This is one of Nike’s best “bad weather” racing shoe (unless you race in a trainer). I’ve run races like Shamrock in torrential downpours and slicker conditions and still had traction. Not every racing flat is great in bad weather and both the Nike Zoom Fly and 4% do not perform well in rain.
I like the Zoom Streak LT 4 and will continue to use them. Typically I go through 2 pairs of racing flats a year. They last 100-200 miles (as most racing flats do before your cushioning is gone).
Workouts: Nike LT Streak 4, Nike Zoom Fly
Races: Nike LT Streak 4, (I think the Vaporfly will just be a marathon shoe for me and I have no plans to do another one for a while)
Questions for you:
Do you use different racing and training shoes?
What is your favorite racing shoe?