Verdict from 5 experts and 5 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Speed: Runners agree that the Nike Air Zoom Victory was created for personal bests. They describe it as "aggressive," "snappy," with "great acceleration" and push-off.
  • Cushioning: A combination of ZoomX foam and forefoot Zoom Air pods offers elite-level cushioning and responsiveness.
  • Breathability: The see-through upper makes you feel like there is no shoe on the foot. In addition, it wicks sweat and moisture instantly.
  • Featherlight: Even with the number of technologies in it, the Victory stays "insanely light."
  • Race-ready fit: There is no slipping around as the shoe locks down your foot permanently. The notched laces stay tied as well.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Takes some getting used to: If this is your first spike with a carbon plate, an adjustment period is required. The shoe may feel combative and a bit unstable, especially on corners and uneven areas.
  • Quality issues: A couple of runners reported that the foam started to detach from the plate after only a few races.

Bottom line

The Air Zoom Victory is a ground-breaking track shoe from Nike. Made for advanced-level runners and breaking world records, this short-distance spike packs the brand's latest and greatest technologies.

It is touted as a Nike Vaporfly/Alphafly Next% counterpart on the track. Although Nike recommends it for distances up to 5K, runners feel that it's most efficient on 800 meters to 3K.

Tip: see the best tracking shoes.

Nike Air Zoom Victory: a pioneering spike made for records

Released together with its long-distance sibling Nike ZoomX Dragonfly, Air Zoom Victory is a short-distance spike made for speed.

Introducing a brand new approach to the track spike design, Victory carries over the technologies from Nike's most advanced road racing shoes. This move even put it on the verge of being banned by the World Athletics for "technical doping", something that's happened to the Nike Viperfly track shoe.

But the Nike Air Zoom Victory managed to avoid the trouble.

What you'll love about Nike Air Zoom Victory

Killer combo underfoot - all meant to minimize energy loss and maximize response

  • ZoomX foam - the brand's most responsive foam that keeps the foot cushioned while being ridiculously light 
  • Zoom Air unit in the forefoot - split into two chambers, it helps to boost springiness with added stability on turns
  • carbon Flyplate - gives a snappy, propulsive sensation

Barely-there upper

  • Atomknit (the latest version of Flyknit) - featherlight, transparent material with maximum breathability and no water absorption

Nice bonus

  • Sharkskin under the heel for durability and traction
  • Matumbo heel (a round cutout in the back) keeps the weight down while enhancing heel fit
  • Removable spikes


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