Verdict from 7 hours of research from the internet

6 reasons to buy

  • The stylish, good looking appearance of this shoe is appealing to many Nike lovers.
  • It is a comfortable shoe that can be worn all throughout the day.
  • Training is enhanced with while wearing this shoe while it also allows safe and comfortable work outs, according to some testers.
  • The Max Air units in the sole improve the underfoot comfort, based on a couple of reviews.
  • A snug fit feel is noticed and felt by many runners.
  • The clear rubber outsole of this shoe provides plenty of traction on different trails as noted by quite a good number of users.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The support is not enough as complained by some runners.
  • It is a heavy shoe for high performance and speed works.
  • It is a very expensive shoe according to many runners, especially for beginners.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Max Tailwind 8 is a heavyweight running shoe designed for endurance training. With Air Max as the main feature of the shoe, it is expected to meet the line’s benchmarks of comfort and performance. A supremely comfortable shoe made of high-quality materials that is as expensive as it looks.

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User reviews:

  • The 8th version of the Nike Tailwind 8 ups the ante of its breathability by sporting a lighter mesh with larger holes in the forefoot. This is bound to make runs cooler than before.
  • The new Flywire cables that are directly connected to the laces and the sole are quite visible. These sturdy cables are renowned for providing very solid support and enhancing personalized fit.
  • Comfort gets a shot in the arm through a slightly more padded collar and tongue. These improvements will make the comfortable ride even more plush.
  • Lastly, the outsole treads now feature little nubs, which make the traction better. These nubs will augment the sticky rubber for better grip, even on wet surfaces.

Fit and sizing are on the money with the latest Tailwind version. It is standard from the heel to the forefoot with a nice midfoot that cradles the foot very well. Runners with average widths can get the most out of this fit. Available sizes are 7 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s. Regular widths, D and B, are offered as well.


Durable BRS 1000 carbon rubber in areas prone to wear and tear provide better durability. Nike designed the outsole with deep flex grooves for more flexibility and better transition. As mentioned, the treads are topped with nubs for improved traction.


Nike’s patented Air sole units are located in the midsole for shock-absorbing features. This technology is paired with a full-length Cushlon foam for responsive cushioning.


The upper uses slightly wider mesh netting for breathability while the Flywire cables deliver superior lightweight support. A very soft inner sleeve increases comfort and makes sockless running a very good option.

Size and fit

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Same sizing as Nike Air Max Tailwind 7.

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How Air Max Tailwind 8 compares

This shoe: 86
All shoes average: 86
53 98
This shoe: $110
All shoes average: $119
$40 $350
This shoe: 13.4oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 16.2oz
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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