Verdict from 1 expert and 53 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Most runners took note of the durable and comfortable construction of the Air Zoom Fly 2.
  • This shoe features a lightweight sandwich mesh upper that is really breathable and stretchy.
  • The no-sew overlays that provide seamless fit and comfort gained positive reviews.
  • It has the Dynamic Support platform for added stability without making the shoe look bulky.
  • The waffle rubber outsole promotes responsive cushioning and gives added durability.
  • The shoe feels light for some runners.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Too narrow for some runners.
  • Some runners noticed that the heel area does not give a good fit.

Bottom line

Runners can expect stability in every stride in the Nike Air Zoom Fly 2. It offers a low-profile and responsive ride. This light weight and durable running shoe is best used on the roads and a great partner during race days.

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Good to know

  • The Nike Air Zoom Fly 2 comes with an enhanced outsole. It uses the brand’s notable carbon rubber outsole material that offers durable traction. With this update, the outsole of the shoe becomes more reliable without adding weight.
  • The 2nd update of the Air Zoom Fly has an updated midsole, combining the two additional technologies in order to provide a lightweight resilient cushioning.
  • The upper was also updated in order to enhance the shoe’s breathability and comfortable attributes. It uses a lightweight mesh in its upper.

The Air Zoom Fly 2 has a standard running shoe length. This shoe fits well to those runners with medium foot measurements. It can also give a nice fit to narrow footed runners since the heel and midfoot is a bit narrow than the usual. The fit and sizing of this shoe were not changed and are identical to its original version.

The outsole unit of this Nike running shoe uses the BRS 1000 outsole technology. The textured waffle-patterned allows impressive traction on different surfaces. It also adds durability to the shoe’s outsole. The carbon rubber also wraps the shoe’s heel area, giving additional protection especially to high-wear areas.

The Nike Air Zoom Fly 2 features the combining power of the Cushlon foams and Compression-molded Phylon. These are combined together to deliver a dual-density cushioning. It gives a lightweight, plush, and resilient cushioning.

It also uses the brand’s notable Air Zoom that consists of discreet pressurized air pockets. These air pockets naturally flex while running, giving an enhanced responsive cushioning.

The upper uses a lightweight mesh that delivers impressive breathability. It keeps the foot well-ventilated throughout the run without adding weight to the shoe’s overall construction. The seamless upper was engineered to provide a smooth environment for the foot, reducing blisters and irritation. Lastly, the bonded overlays were designed smoothly for a lightweight and comfortable fit.

How Air Zoom Fly 2 compares

This shoe: 82
All shoes average: 81
54 93
This shoe: $90
All shoes average: $119
$40 $350
This shoe: 8.5oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 15.4oz
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.