Who should buy the Nike Flyknit Racer

Whether you're a seasoned athlete or a newbie, the Flyknit Racer from Nike is a lightweight racing flat perfect for: 

  • races from 5Ks to marathons
  • speed training
  • sprints

Nike Flyknit Racer nike shoes

Who should NOT buy it

If you want a plush and comfortable shoe, you can skip the Flyknit Racer. And if you want a shoe that's built to last, this won't make the cut. 

Nike Flyknit Racer plush

Explosive ride

Sporting a full-length Phylon midsole, the Nike Flyknit Racer provides bouncy lift-offs.

It is coupled with the renowned Zoom Air pods in the forefoot for a springy toe-off. The same material is found in the Nike Pegasus 35 and Nike Vomero 14, known for their peppy ride. 

Nike Flyknit Racer zoom air

With so much energy return, all experts agree that the racer paced them. Some even say they set new PBs in the shoe. 

Comfortable and locked-in fit

The shoe's Flyknit upper, according to a wide array of testers, has a "sock-like" wrap that doesn't cause any irritation. 

Nike Flyknit Racer sock-like wrap

It also has a stretchy collar that allows for easy on and off. Even better, its flexibility allows it to mold into the feet, giving runners a "customized" and "comfortable" fit. 

Even better, it's coupled with the dynamic Flywire system. It consists of stretchy wires that adapt to the tightening or loosening of the shoelaces, thus giving a snug yet customizable in-shoe hug.

Race-ready lightness

Weighing in at 5.6 oz (US M 8), everyone is blown away by the shoe's "ridiculously" light weight. It's insanely light, athletes say it felt like they had nothing on. 

Nike Flyknit Racer flywire


The upper is not only light, it's also very airy. It has ample perforations, maintaining a cool and dry in-shoe experience even under humid conditions. 

Nike Flyknit Racer upper

Not built to last

Although created with Nike's top-tier technologies, some testers are disappointed with the shoe's lack of durability. According to them, a hole has already appeared in the forefoot section only after a month of use. 

Nike Flyknit Racer swoosh

Too stiff to be comfortable

According to a runner, the underfoot platform of the Flyknit Racer wasn’t very effective when it comes to all-day use.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: 5.6oz
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Collection: Nike Flyknit
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch

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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.