Our verdict

The Nike Flyknit Racer is perfect for runners who want to outrun the competition. It's a racing flat that shines in 5Ks all the way to marathons. With its responsive ride, we think that it's also a great pick for beginners who are still trying to incorporate speed training into their routine.


  • Fast
  • Snug yet comfortable
  • Race-ready lightness
  • Breathable


  • 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
  • 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 long-lasting, 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, which we loved for their peppy ride. 

Nike Flyknit Racer zoom air

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. 

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 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.

Race-ready lightness

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. 

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 durable

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! 

Nike Flyknit Racer swoosh