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

11 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.
  • Several runners prized the cool looks of the 2nd version of the Odyssey.
  • 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.

4 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.

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.



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Expert Reviews

76 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 | Solereview | Level 5 expert

    The Odyssey 2's ride is the same as the Odyssey 1 - firm, with minimal motion control behavior. The forefoot fits slightly smaller and tighter because of the redesigned heel area.

  • 70 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

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

  • 70 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 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 | Gear Institute | | Level 3 expert

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

  • 90 / 100 | Women's Running | | 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.

  • First look | Running Warehouse | | Level 4 expert

    Along with Zoom Air units in the forefoot and heel, this shoe creates a plush responisveness ideal for daily road training.

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  • 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’s Odyssey 2 brings in the fit of the original version in a lot of ways. The stability 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.

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.

The main midsole component is a mixture of Nike’s proprietary Cushlon and Lunarlon foams, which are also used in the Nike Structure 22 running shoe. 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.

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.

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.