DiscontinuedUpdate: Nike Air Max Excellerate 5
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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WeightMen: 12.2ozWomen: 10.3oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 12mmWomen: 12mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
Updates to Nike Air Max Excellerate 3
- Nike deals minimal changes in the Air Max Excellerate 3’s upper and outsole. A very clear modification in the upper is a new engineered mesh, which is lighter and provides support or flexibility in the right areas. Breathability remains to be the same while support is enhanced without the added weight.
- The Flywire technology appears in this version as well. These cables go right from the midsole to the eyelet rows and are directly connected to the laces. A more customized fit is in the offing with this development.
- The fused on overlays of the past model is replaced with a pliable heel counter. There is still enough locked down mechanism in this area without the stiffness.
- The outsole gets a total makeover as well. Nike uses different outsole pattern and rubber material to increase durability and traction in the outsole.
Nike Air Max Excellerate 3 size and fit
Now in its 3rd instalment, the Excellerate continues to resemble the fit of the past models. It has a relaxed heel with adequate security while the roomy toe box is perfect for long distance runs and for those with slightly wider feet. The little change comes in the form of the snugger midfoot courtesy of the Flywire cables. Sizing runs true in the Excellerate 3.
Nike uses two rubber compounds in the outsole. In the forefoot and medial side of the midfoot is blown rubber for enhanced traction while the lateral side of the midfoot and all the way to the heel is made of translucent rubber for traction and durability. Numerous, but small square nubs are used in lieu of the large rubber pods used before. Flex grooves abound in the forefoot for flexibility.
The midsole is comprised of a single slab of full-length compression molded EVA. It does most of the cushioning work of the Excellerate 3. Beneath this midsole foam in the heel is the patented Air Max cushioning unit for shock-absorption and cushioning.
A lightweight engineered mesh keeps the run free from sweat as it allows excellent air flow. Putting some muscle in the midfoot lockdown ability of the shoe is the Flywire technology. Nike uses cords to influence the fit and security to keep the foot guided. The collar and tongue of the Excellerate 3 has plush padding. A traditional lace-up closure keeps the fit secure with every stride.