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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.