Summary

We spent 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The soft cushioning and luxurious interior of the Nike Tailwind 7 provide excellent out of the box ride based on most comments.
  • It has a reasonable price.
  • 12 different color options.
  • Looks really great, is a common comment from a large number of reviews.
  • The heel cushioning is superb because of the thick Air sole unit.
  • It runs light as noted by some.
  • The open mesh offers superior breathability.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few complained about the upper durability.
  • There is very little arch support, even for neutral runners as experienced by a handful.
  • Traction needs a lot of improvement, according to several reviewers.

Bottom line

The Air Max Tailwind 7 blends great looks with decent performance on the road. It really stands out because of its ultra-breathable and comfortable ride. The shoe has adequate arch support to work as a reliable trainer. For a very reasonable price, runners can have a running shoe that can double as an everyday casual option.

Facts

  • Most of the updates in the Tailwind 7 falls on the upper part of the shoe. In the new version, Nike makes the previously minimal upper even more so by removing all overlays in the midfoot except for the printed Swoosh on both sides of the shoe. It creates a really forgiving fit that mainly relies on the laces to hold the foot together.
  • The heel gets more help in the 7th version of the Tailwind. It now sports a substantial welded overlay to help with the stability. Another modification in the upper is the mesh material. It is lighter and has bigger holes for an ultra-breathable ride.
  • The outsole gets a slight remodelling. Instead of fairly large lugs, Nike uses numerous square, but moderately aggressive lugs this time around. There should be better traction has the number of lugs help with the grip on different surfaces.

The fit of the Tailwind 7 slightly varies in comparison to the previous model. For one, the removal of midfoot overlays makes the upper generally more forgiving. The opposite happens in the heel as it is now reinforced with fused on overlays. There should still be enough security overall to run in security and comfort in this shoe. Runners should love the ample toe room as well. Nike offers standard D and B for the men’s and women’s widths. Sizing is accurate in this shoe.


A Waffle outsole is utilized in the Air Max Tailwind 7. BRS 1000 carbon rubber, the same outsole material found in the Tailwind 8, occupies the heel for better durability. Nike uses smaller square lugs compared to past versions for a more aggressive traction on the road. There are also deep flex grooves for added flexibility.


The midsole is made of Cushlon foam that runs the length of the shoe. As it is full-length, transition should be improved. The cushioning is quite soft with good responsiveness due to the foam pellets that have been compression molded. In the heel and the forefoot, just beneath the midsole foam, are thick Air Max or Air units that absorb shock.


The open mesh ensures runners of a really cool run while the mostly devoid of overlay construction creates a more relaxed fit. Nike enhances heel support by adding fused on materials in this area. Comfort remains to be plush because of the moderately padded tongue and collar.

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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