Who should buy the Nike Zoom Rival SD 2

The Nike Zoom Rival SD 2 is a track and field shoe that is best suited for:

  • entry-level track athletes
  • glide and rotational movements
  • athletes in shot put, discus, javelin, hammer, and weight throw events

Nike Zoom Rival SD 2 nike

Updates to the Nike Zoom Rival SD 2 

  • Some refinements found on the shoe enhance its quality and help power your performance. 
  • Newly contoured design of its BRS 1000 rubber outsole delivers better surface traction. 
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning and a protective layer of the shoe prevents dirt and debris from entering.

Nike Zoom Rival SD 2 updates

Secure lockdown to the foot

The Nike Zoom Rival SD 2 is available in unisex sizing, following men’s sizing scheme. Thus, female athletes are advised to go 1.5 sizes down in order to get the perfect fit and sizing. 

Nike Zoom Rival SD 2 secure lockdown to the foot

The synthetic leather upper of the shoe gives a secure lockdown to the foot. Meanwhile, the lace-up closure system of the shoe gives it an adjustable and comfortable fit. Wrapping the midfoot section is the shoe’s support strap. 

Zoom Rival SD 2 delivers excellent traction

Acting as the protective layer of the Nike Zoom Rival SD 2 is its BRS 1000 carbon rubber with a contoured design. It provides durability for an extended life span of the shoe and it also secures excellent traction on varied surfaces.

Nike Zoom Rival SD 2 excellent traction

In the medial forefoot of the platform is its pivot point. This is added in order to permit ease of rotation. 

Lightweight yet durable cushioning

Engineered for flexibility and unrestricted foot movements, flex grooves are furnished to the outsole which is strategically placed at the heel and forefoot.

Nike Zoom Rival SD 2 durable cushioning

For the Nike Zoom Rival SD 2’s midsole, an EVA foam is embedded, providing a lightweight yet durable cushioning. This complements the shoe’s promise of comfort. This material is also found in the Adidas Distancestar.

Protection from dirt and debris

The synthetic leather upper of the Zoom Rival SD 2 provides contoured support to the foot. It is configured to give it protection from dirt and debris while securing in-shoe comfort.

Nike Zoom Rival SD 2 synthetic leather upper

In some sections of the shoe, an open mesh increases the breathability of the foot chamber. 

Allows air-flow in the toe box

Some perforations are also incorporated into the toe box in order to further increase the shoe’s ventilation.

Nike Zoom Rival SD 2 air flow

One of the things that athletes have to consider when getting a pair of shoes is the security it offers. That is why the Nike Zoom Rival SD 2 is locked down with 2 closure systems. 

Nike Zoom Rival SD 2 offers an adjustable fit

The first closure system is the traditional lacing system employed by the shoe. It gives an adjustable fit and prevents premature removal of the shoe. Second, a support strap runs across the midfoot further locking down the foot to the midsole. 

Nike Zoom Rival SD 2 adjustable fit

Lastly, the rubber toe tips help in maintaining durability during planting and forward movements.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 11.6oz
Closure: Lace-up, Hook and loop
Event: Throwing
Collection: Nike Zoom Rival
Spike Type: Blank
Surface: Asphalt
Use: Discus, Shot Put, Javelin, Hammer Throw

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Zack Dunn
Zack Dunn

I race distances between 800 meters and 10K whether it be on the track, the roads, or on cross country courses. My typical training consists of easy days, long days, workouts (fartleks, tempos, interval training, etc.). My typical training paces range from 7’30 a mile on easy days to sub-5 minutes a mile on fast interval days, and with many paces in between. I run anywhere from 40-60 miles a week. My personal bests are 2:00 for 800m, 4:30 for 1600m, 9:50 for 3200m, 15:57 for 5K, and 34:10 for 10K.