A spike review? What the heck? I was intrigued to try the Nike Air Zoom Victory Spike. AKA: Nike’s carbon fiber plated spike. I’ll likely do a few events on the track this year, and I haven’t needed or wanted a pair of spikes for a long time. I’ve used the Reebok Floatride Run Fast Pro, and it’s been good for me. But those are slowly dying, and I thought, why not this?
Most people ask:
- Is the Nike Air Zoom Victory Spike worth it?
- Is the Nike Air Zoom Victory Spike fast?
I guess I’ll put them on and see.
Nike Air Zoom Victory Spike Quick Facts:
Weight: 4.6 oz
Nike Air Zoom Victory Spike Fit:
Like most Nike shoes, the Nike Victory Spike is made from Nike’s Atomknit. It’s their lightest upper yet, and you can feel it when you pick it up.
The best-running shoe uppers disappear off your feet. If you’ve ever raced in spikes, you know that’s typically not the case, and it feels like your feet are sausages crammed into the shoe and waiting to burst out. But the Nike Victory Spike doesn’t feel that way and fits well. The laces even have grooves that keep them from untying (stopping to tie your shoe in a track race seems terrifying and dangerous).
Nike claims the breathable mesh upper secures the foot in place but also keeps the weight down. At 4.6 oz, this spike is LIGHT. And it’s all true, my feet have plenty of space and room to breathe but the Victory spike feels secure.
I typically wear between a size 10-11 wide in running shoes, and I’ve found the Nike Victory Spike in size 10 to fit the best. Of any spike, the Victory does fit a little bit long. I was surprised because, typically championship spikes fit more narrow and short.
Nike Air Zoom Victory Spike Ride:
The ride was what I was most concerned with. How does the Nike Victory Spike feel? Is it *that* different from other spikes?
The midsole used in the Nike Victory Spike combines ZoomX foam (the same as Nike’s road offerings), the carbon plate, and the Nike Air Bags (which you can see at the bottom of the shoe).
What makes the Nike Victory Spike different is how much cushion there is. People that have used track spikes know how you feel the ground with every step. With these, there is much more cushion, and it feels weird.
Traction and durability: You won’t see much of either in spike. Most track spikes last between 50 and 100 miles, and the Nike Victory Spike is around the same. You’re paying for the competitive speed for a season.
While the Nike Air Zoom Victory Spike outsole isn’t terrible, you aren’t going to run in these anywhere except the track. No spike will handle great in the rain, but the Nike Air Zoom Victory Spike is okay. Like most brands, you’ll notice almost zero traction/durability on the heel of the spike, but that’s common for any point.
I knew the Nike Victory Spike would be used for track workouts and races, and that’s what I’ve used them for. They don’t have a purpose other than that. Immediately when I put them on, I was like, wow, these do feel weird. After running a few 400s, I liked that you don’t feel the ground with every step. It takes a couple of miles to get used to, but I appreciate them once I do. Because they aren’t minimal, I recover a little faster than traditional spikes.
My experience: When I first put the Victory spikes on and ran a few strides, they didn’t feel great. I ran a hard mile in 6:48 which was kind of disappointing. Considering I’ve done hilly road miles recently in 6:30, I expected to be at least under that. But it didn’t feel great. It wasn’t until after I ran a few more hard effort laps around the track that they felt decently. In all, I think it took me about 2 miles of hard work to starting feeling the magic. Once I did, I felt like fast. As someone who has raced in minimal spikes before, the Nike Air Zoom Victory Spike does feel completely different. It’s weird to not feel the track as much but still feel so fast. In all, the Nike Air Zoom Victory Spike does feel much faster but it might take some time to get used to them. So no-I definitely do not recommend breaking them in at a race.
Nike Air Zoom Victory Spike Conclusion:
Who should buy the Nike Victory Spike? If you are competing on the track in the 800+ and looking for the fastest shoe available.
Who should not buy the Nike Victory Spike? If you are prone to injury or looking for a durable trainer. These aren’t training shoes; they are made for speed workouts and races. If you’ve never worn a spike, consider the Nike Rival to get used to the minimal feeling without paying $180. The Victory Spike is NOT meant for sprint events: 60m-400m. Better spikes for those events are either the Nike Maxfly or Nike Superfly Elite 2.
I’m a fan of the Nike Air Zoom Victory Spike, and it will be fun to use them for speed workouts and races throughout the summer.
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Long Runs: ASICS Superblast
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Questions for you:
Have you tried the Nike Air Zoom Victory Spike?
Have you run in spikes before?