Summary

We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  •  Several testers claim that the Zoom Fly 3 has a sizing scheme that follows their expectations.
  • Some consumers feel that the underfoot experience of this Nike running shoe is reactive enough to permit speedier toe-offs.
  • The generous height of the midsole unit allow for extended running sessions, according to most runners.
  • The aesthetics of this neutral running shoe are praised for being highly appreciable and street-ready.
  • A couple of purchasers welcome the traction capacity of the outsole, likening it to a car tire that can handle the wet and dry ground.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several consumers have complained about the too-soft underfoot experience of the Nike Zoom Fly 3, comparing it to a recovery shoe.
  • A handful of testers have observed the outsole rubber wearing off after only a few months of use.
  • The weight e is subjected to criticism for being a bit heavy for a racing shoe.

Bottom line

The Nike Zoom Fly 3 enjoys its fair share of positive reviews from consumers. Its quality is mostly held in high regard, save for the outsole which is apparently quick to wear off. Furthermore, the performance of the midsole has its critics, with some stating that the underfoot experience is a bit too soft for extended runs. But the same part also savors praise from those who like its push-off power. The design is also noticed by admiring eyes.

Fans of road running shoes who are neutral pronators are the target market of the Nike Zoom Fly 3.

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Among the better Road running shoes
A top rated Nike running shoe
Top 1% most popular running shoes
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  • The Nike Zoom Fly 3 is advertised as a racing shoe which means that it is for those who like to participate in contests or extended running sessions. The midsole unit is updated from the Zoom Fly 2 as it is now made of React, one of the brand’s premier cushioning technologies. The stack height is also thicker than almost all Nike performance shoes, boasting a touted 40-millimeter heel height. A carbon plate is embedded in the React to help with steadiness and push-off power.
  • On the upper of this product is a material called Vaporweave. This feature is made of a transparent mesh exterior and an inner sheet that is stretchy and seamless. Arch bands on the left and right sides replace the Flywire cables. The heel collar has a leaf shape to responsibly maintain steadiness without causing pressure on the Achilles tendon.

When it comes to size, Nike has used the standard measurements to accommodate the expectations of consumers. Half and full sizes are available from the get-go, so people can make adjustments if they feel that they need to do so. It is recommended to personally test the shoe or check online reactions from testers to achieve an in-shoe feel that is agreeable.

When it comes to width, the available options are D - Medium and B - Medium for men and women, respectively. It is worth noting that the lasting board of this product is optimized for racing which means that it has an arrowhead-like shape to emphasize speed and forward momentum. Arrowheads have tout tips, so the forefoot may be a bit snug near the forefoot.

The outsole unit of the Nike Zoom Fly 3 is made of rubber. This material covers the majority of the forefoot section and the contact points of the heel part. It has a waffle design to heighten the traction capacity of the shoe, especially since the bumps or nodes that make up this waffle are naturally grippy.

The waffle design of the rubber exterior also has shallow flex grooves to help the foot with its capacity to bend as it goes through the gait cycle. The toe-off phase of the step is the part that benefits the most from such inclusion because it is where the foot flexes the most.

Underfoot cushioning is the responsibility of the Nike React foam. This full-length cushioning unit is designed to be lightweight, flexible and capable of lasting longer. The brand especially touts its role as an all-around cushioning unit that responsibly handles impact shock during the landing process and gives back energy during the toe-off. The React foam started in the realm of basketball but is now slowly taking over running shoes, with rosters like the Nike Epic React Flyknit taking the lead as examples of its full utilization.

A carbon fiber plate is placed inside the React foam. This layer is flexible enough to blend with the motion of the foot, yet it is also able to spring back into its original shape when there is no force bending it. The push-off part of the step is the act that benefits from this feature because it bends the plate during the preparation phase then allows it to whip itself into its relaxed state when the foot lifts off.

The upper unit of the Zoom Fly 3 is made of Vaporweave. This material is an innovation from Nike. It is comprised of a see-through exterior that has a close-weave construction to maintain its durability, as well as a seamless inner layer that serves as the thing that wraps the foot. It is breathable, form-accommodating and relatively lightweight.

Arch bands are placed on the sides of the shoe. These stretchy panels replace the Flywire cables that have graced many older Nike shoes. The purpose of these accoutrements is to help the lacing system in providing a snug and secure fit by having their tips as the lace-holes that cause the rest of the upper unit to adapt to the adjustment of the fit.

A one-piece opening is used for this shoe. Such a design makes sure to evoke the feeling of being wrapped by a sock instead of a collar and a separate tongue unit. The stretchy material used for the cleatie also accommodates the shape and movement ability of the foot.

The tapered heel construction holds the heel without irritating it or causing hot spots to develop. This leaf-like shape also aims to relieve any pressure on the ankles, especially when running for extended periods. Heel security is, after all, important during every run.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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