- Snug yet comfortable
- Race-ready lightness
- Not durable
- Too stiff
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 long-lasting, this won't make the cut.
Sporting a full-length Phylon midsole, the Nike Flyknit Racer provides bouncy lift-offs.
With so much energy return, we felt as though the racer paced us. We even managed to set a new PB one time!
Comfortable and locked-in fit
We felt that the shoe's Flyknit upper offered a sock-like wrap that didn'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 us a comfortable, customized fit.
Even better, the Flyknit is 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), we were blown away by the shoe's ridiculously light weight. It felt like we had no shoes 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.
Although created with Nike's top-tier technologies, we were disappointed with the shoe's lack of durability. After less than a month of use, a hole appeared in the forefoot section!