7 users: 4.6 / 5
2 experts: 93 / 100
Weight: Men 3.9oz
Update: Nike Zoom Matumbo 2
Closure: Lace-up
Event: Running

Verdict from 8.7 hours of research from the internet

5 reasons to buy

  • The majority of users appreciate the enhanced comfort that the Zoom Matumbo 3 offers.
  • According to some users, the shoe is extremely lightweight.
  • The Zoom Matumbo 3 is said to be a fast performing shoe by a lot of users.
  • The shoe is recommended by some wearers for its reliable support.
  • Some wearers say the spikes on the Zoom Matumbo 3 offer a good grip on the ground.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Nike Zoom Matumbo 3 comes with non-removable spikes which are not liked by most users.
  • A more aggressive plate would be a welcomed addition, agreed by the majority of wearers.

Bottom line

The Nike Zoom Matumbo 3 is a lightweight and dynamic running shoe that will be your partner for your events. With a low profile and low to the ground is ideal for races ranging from 3km to 10km on many surfaces. This is the perfect shoe to get your best time.

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Use - The Nike Zoom Matumbo 3 is crafted for professional athletes that run the long-distance events ranging from the 3k to 10k. This track shoe offers extremely lightweight support and an exceptional grip for multi-surface traction. It also to help runners blaze down the track in breathable comfort.

Spike Type - This track running shoe incorporates four non-removable 6.35mm Pyramid stainless spikes. These pyramid spikes are heat-tested to ensure maximum durability. 

Spike Plate - The shoe incorporates the Horseshoe-shaped Pebax spike plate with a four-spike layout and robust heel foam. It delivers exceptional traction and reduces impact with each stride.

  • The Nike Zoom Matumbo 3 is fitted with a flymesh upper with anatomical toe design. It makes the shoe's upper more lightweight, breathable, and it gives a fit that contours to the foot's natural shape for improved propulsion.
  • The Zoom Matumbo 3 uses the Nike Cushlon midsole that offers maximum lightweight responsive cushioning to keep athletes comfortable all race long.
  • The Horseshoe-shaped Pebax spike plate with a 4-spike layout and robust heel foam delivers exceptional traction and reduces impact with each stride.
  • A Sharkskin heel pad offers you enhanced grip and speed at all times. It does not only provide a better grip on a magnitude of surfaces, but it also aids in reducing the shoe's overall weight.

The Nike Zoom Matumbo 3 comes in standard track running shoe length, and it is released in the market in men's standard sizes. The shoe is meant to be for unisex use, that is why for women, it is suggested to go down two sizes than the usual shoe size they would go for.  The Zoom Matumbo 3 is noted to run narrow in both the forefoot and heel area. The shoe's anatomical shape design makes up for it by making the shoe fit more snugly and comfortably.

The Zoom Matumbo 3 track shoe by Nike utilizes a horseshoe-shaped Pebax spike plate. This aggressive construction of the outsole's spike plate guarantees even more excellent traction with the least amount of weight.

The shoe's Pebax spike plate has four fixed spike pins that were designed to provide support and increased propulsion while providing a low to the ground feel. The Nike Zoom Superfly Elite is another track shoe that uses a Pebax plate.

This track shoe also incorporates the Sharkskin heel pad on its outsole, which is a thermoplastic grid-like piece that enhances grip and traction. It helps reduce the overall amount of the track shoe.

The Cushlon midsole foam technology powers the midsole of the Zoom Matumbo 3.  It is a full-length midsole foam that is a mix of Phylon and rubber additives which makes this material lightweight and responsive. It also creates just the right amount of bounce and cushioning needed to run smoothly through track events. Meanwhile, a robust heel foam helps cushions the runner's foot from the crash.

The Nike Zoom Matumbo 3 has further improved the breathability and comfort of its upper by using a single layer flymesh material paired with an internal arch wrap. This seamless construction minimizes the risk of abrasion while the inner arch wrap secures the midfoot lockdown.

The track shoe's upper also features zones of ventilation that helps regulate the foot's temperature and guarantees a healthy environment inside the shoe. The upper's material does not only help reduce the shoe's weight, but it also offers a snug, and close to the skin feel. This makes the Zoom Matumbo 3 a great choice for sockless use.

The shoe's upper is then complemented with a thin tongue with mesh for an even better fit and greater comfort while running.

The first Nike Matumbo was launched on the market in 2008. The American brand has kept on revising it for several seasons to keep it in its catalog with small updates and new colors. Finally, they were discontinued when they presented the Matumbo 2.

Also curious to note is that the first athlete who used the Matumbo 1 was Bernard Lagat, a World Champion in 1.5k and 5k track running events. He wore the Nike Zoom Matumbo 1 during the USA Olympic Trials 5k meter final in 2008.

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