Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$150
Weight
Men: 10.5oz
Women: 9.1oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 12mm
Women: 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.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

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.

Summary

We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

13 reasons to buy

  • A good number of the reviewers really loved the upper comfort of the Odyssey 2.
  • Most of the users appreciated the stable and supportive ride of this shoe.
  • The price tag is right around the average of its competitors, according to several.
  • A few of the comments mentioned that there is still noticeable flexibility, particularly in the forefoot despite being a stability shoe.
  • Excellent heel security was noticed by a handful of runners.
  • There are 5 excellent color options to choose from.
  • Several runners prized the cool looks of the 2nd version of the Odyssey.
  • It provides a smooth landing to take-off cycle.
  • Ground feedback was noticeable, according to a small group of users.
  • It is lighter than some of its competitors.
  • A handful of runners marvelled that the Nike Odyssey 2 was very breathable.
  • The interior feel and fit were praised by more than a few.
  • There is better heel security from this version compared to its predecessor.

7 reasons not to buy

  • It is a bit narrow in the toe box, as most Nike shoes are, observed a handful.
  • A small number of users wished for more responsiveness.
  • The cushioning is significantly stiffer compared to the original model, which defined the soft and responsive marketing promise of Nike, according to some.
  • A few runners narrated that it runs small.
  • The 12mm heel drop felt too high for some runners.
  • There were several who wished for other width options.
  • Zero reflectivity from a $150 shoe.

Bottom line

The Air Zoom Odyssey 2 is Nike’s response to runners looking for a light, supportive and stable ride that should allow moderate to severe overpronators to enjoy their training. It has superb comfort and smooth transitions that can handle mid-distance training sessions. The shoe also offers the Nike benchmark of cool-looking shoes that makes it a very nice casual or everyday option.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 68 ratings

5 star
74%
4 star
13%
3 star
7%
2 star
3%
1 star
3%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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74 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 70 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Kristin Lassen • Level 4 expert

    In my opinion this shoe does not aid in prevention of overpronation (stability) as well as some competitors’ stability models.

  • 70 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Kristin Lassen • Level 4 expert

    The Nike Air Zoom Odyssey 2 shoe lives up to many of its claims, particularly that its low-profile cushioning is ideal for faster-paced runs and that the heel clip provides plush support to the back of my foot.

  • 74 / 100 by Gear Institute • Cory Smith • Level 3 expert

    While the upper was very comfortable, it offered little support which lead to an unsecure feeling during test runs. 

  • 90 / 100 by Women's Running • Kristin Lassen • Level 2 expert

    Nike maintains their sock-like feel in Odyssey 2 with their Flymesh upper. It is interwoven with Flywire cables that wrap around the laces to provide customized lockdown. The cables in this second version are flat and wide on the lateral side and divided out with two cables per lace, medially. This secures the upper more comfortably than did the version in the first Odyssey.

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Updates to Nike Air Zoom Odyssey 2

  • For the 2nd instalment of the Odyssey, Nike focused on the upper section to ramp up its fit and performance. Most noticeable in the changes is the use of more Flywire cords. In this version, there are double loops of cords attached to the laces and the midsole. Besides adding more bite to hold the foot down, there should be more durability with these cords.
  • More than just the bite, Nike also changed the structure of the cords. From mere flat or “straps,” the new versions resembles more like, well, cords or cables that Nike originally designed them to be. Nike reverts to this design for more hold and durability.
  • The Flymesh gets a little reboot as well with more support and firmness in the midfoot for support and security while the holes all over are slightly larger than before, particularly around the heel.
  • The heel clip that Nike uses in this version is more substantial than the one used in the earlier model. It is for this reason that the shoe is able to hold the heel in place really well for added stability.

Nike Air Zoom Odyssey 2 size and fit

Nike’s Odyssey 2 brings in the fit of the original version in a lot of ways. The shoe is quite snug from the heel to the forefoot. With an improved heel counter and double loops of the Flywire cords, there is an enhanced wraparound feel in these parts. The fit should be great for those with narrow to average foot. Sizing runs true in the shoe.


Outsole

The underfoot of the Air Zoom Odyssey 2 is the classic Nike waffle pattern with sturdy carbon rubber from the heel to the midfoot. For better traction, the forefoot is covered with Duralon blown rubber. The forefoot also uses deep flex grooves for flexibility. Nike continues to use crash rails in the outsole or the two strips of rubber that run from the heel and to the medial and lateral sides of the midfoot. It is a design that makes transitions smoother.


Midsole

The main midsole component is a mixture of Nike’s proprietary Cushlon and Lunarlon foams. With this combination, Nike offers adequate responsive cushioning. For stability purposes, Stock Fit medial post covers the heel until just below the toe section on the medial side. Providing even more muscle to curb overpronation is the stiff midsole foam, the Phylon, which runs from the heel to the midfoot. Nike uses a ribbed design in the midsole and intersperses the stiff foam with slightly softer ones to prevent the medial support from being too stiff or jarring. Giving the Odyssey 2 excellent shock-absorbing features and a little propulsion in the forefoot are the air cushioning units in the heel and the forefoot.


Upper

The Flymesh upper of the Zoom Odyssey 2 provides an almost sock-like fit for a supportive, breathable, and comfortable coverage. Nike’s Flywire cables are attached to the midsole and are looped around the laces for better fit and midfoot hold. To keep the cords from putting pressure on the foot, a plush inner sleeve is found inside. There is also an Ortholite Sockliner for added cushioning and comfort. Helping the midsole provide that secure and stable ride is the heel clip, which really helps lock down the heel.