Who should buy the Air Zoom Elite 8

The Air Zoom Elite 8 from Nike is designed for runners looking for a responsive and fast-paced shoe. This shoe is recommended if:

  • You are a neutral pronator who prefers a cushioned running shoe
  • You need a running shoe that is ideal for daily use, as well as speed training

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Updates to the Nike Air Zoom Elite 8

  • An updated upper construction that includes their signature Flymesh material for impressive breathability and adaptive fit
  • An enhanced tongue with additional padding for a more comfortable support
  • The lacing system is changed to an asymmetric layout
  • The toe box is more spacious to provide a relaxed yet snug fit
  • The Air Zoom Elite 8 is slightly heavier than the previous version due to changes in the upper 

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Traction and cushioning in the Zoom Elite 8

The blown rubber crash rails placed in the lateral side of the shoe provides durable traction on varied surfaces and added cushioning. This works perfectly with the waffle-pattern outsole that delivers an impressive multi-surface traction. The Duralon blown rubber is also located in the forefoot that delivers additional cushioning.

Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 crash pad rails

Lightweight and resilient

The midsole of the Nike Air Zoom elite 8 uses the full-length Phylon midsole foam that offers a lightweight and resilient cushioning. It also has a beveled heel that delivers a smooth landing and powerful toe-offs.

Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 phylon

A responsive ride by the Zoom Air

Lastly, the shoe uses the brand’s Zoom Air technology that is strategically located in the forefoot for a more responsive cushioning. This midsole element is also used in the Elite 10 running shoe and other Nike shoes.

Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 zoom air midsole

The Flymesh advantage

The Flymesh upper delivers a highly breathable and comfortable environment for the foot. It is also stretchable, offering an adaptive fit. This works well with the brand’s Dynamic Flywire that provides improved fit and necessary support. It also has a heel counter that wraps the foot securely and gives additional stability.

Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 flymesh

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 269g / Women 244g
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Nike Air Zoom Elite 9
Forefoot height: 19mm
Heel height: 27mm

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