Nike Zoom Mamba 3 vs. 2

Nike Zoom Mamba 3 logo

  • Upon first look, the Nike Zoom Mamba 3 appears to be a completely new model because of its fresh upper composition. Redesigned to be more breathable and tight-fitting, this track-and-field jumping spike features an open mesh with a neoprene collar. 
  • Another notable update made to the shoe is its split-plate design. It is the first-ever track spike to feature such a layout. The engineering of the shoe is intended for a smooth and propulsive ride. Moreover, a fixed six-pin spike plate configuration allows for an improved close-to-the-ground feel and responsiveness. 

Nike Zoom Mamba 3 spikes

Wraps like a second skin

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Giving the Nike Zoom Mamba 3 a secure, breathable fit is its updated open mesh upper. It wraps snugly around the natural contours of the foot, providing lockdown.

Nike Zoom Mamba 3 sock-like wrap

Its neoprene collar allows a sock-like fit around the ankle, preventing any slippage. For structural integrity and added support, an arch bandage is supplemented to the midfoot. 

Nike Zoom Mamba 3: Made for speed

The Pebax® plate of this track spike presents a split-type design. The first shoe to offer such construction, the Nike Zoom Mamba 3 delivers a propulsive and grippy ride.

Nike Zoom Mamba 3 snappy toe-off

Moreover, such composition allows for a more flexible and pronounced lateral to medial transition.

Nike Zoom Mamba 3 grippy 

Featuring six permanent pyramid spikes, this track shoe enables an articulated ground. With the implementation of this fixed spike pin design, the overall weight of the shoe is reduced. 

Fast and stable

For torsional rigidity, a carbon fiber shank is integrated into the shoe’s midfoot. It promotes propulsion and stability- integral parts of a powerful performance. 

Nike Zoom Mamba 3 shank

To complement the lightweight structure of the Zoom Mamba 3, it employs a Phylon midsole. The same midsole component is found in the Nike Zoom 400.

Nike Zoom Mamba 3 midsole

It consists of compressed EVA foam pellets that deliver a responsive cushioning, heightening the rebound properties of the shoe. 

Nike Zoom Mamba 3: Cozy and supportive

For an eye-catching new look, the Nike Zoom Mamba 3 sports an open mesh upper that enhances its breathability. The perforations in the cover material allow an ample amount of air into the foot chamber.

Nike Zoom Mamba 3 snug

The coverage of the shoe also enables water drainage, keeping the foot dry and light, thus enabling a maintained speed. 

Nike Zoom Mamba 3 lace-up

To give a sock-like wrap around the ankle, a neoprene collar is fused into the upper. To further the fit of the shoe, it has an arch bandage that also acts as the midfoot support. 

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 142g
Update: Nike Zoom Mamba 5
Closure: Lace-up
Event: Jumping
Spike Type: Pyramid
Spike Size: 1/4-inch

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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.