Our verdict

We think the Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 is a top choice for advanced track sprinters looking for a high-quality spike that ensures direct contact with the track, as it offers minimal cushioning. We really appreciated the Atomknit upper and its snug feel—though it might not suit those with wider feet. In our view, for athletes moving up from entry-level spikes, this model could be a game-changer.

Pros

  • Snug, performance-oriented fit
  • Premium design and materials
  • Ideal for 60-400m sprints
  • Suitable for hurdles
  • Designed for raw speed
  • Notched, Alphafly-like laces
  • Lightweight build
  • Enhances foot strength

Cons

  • Demands superior technique
  • Not cushioned
  • Narrow platform

Audience verdict

93
Great!

Who should buy

We think the Nike Superfly Elite 2 is a great choice for:

  • Advanced sprint enthusiasts looking for a propulsive spike perfect for short distances ranging from 60 to 400 metres.
  • Runners willing to invest a bit more for a high-quality spike that delivers exceptional performance.
  • Nike fans familiar with their road racers who want to experience short intervals on the track with the renowned Atomknit upper from the Superfly Elite 2.

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2

Who should NOT buy

We think the Nike Superfly Elite 2 isn't the best choice for everyone—particularly those new to track or not yet at high speeds. We recommend considering alternatives like the Nike Ja Fly 4 or the Adidas Sprintstar, which offer sufficient performance for amateurs at a more affordable price—plus a roomier fit.

Additionally, we've concluded that runners seeking some cushioning underfoot will be disappointed with the Superfly Elite 2, as it features only a minimal insole and lacks any foam. Instead, we suggest the Nike Air Zoom Maxfly, which includes two Air Zoom units plus ZoomX foam, providing a far superior cushioned experience.

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 parts

Breathability

When we first unboxed the Superfly Elite 2, we were immediately struck by its striking appearance and the Atomknit upper, the same advanced technology Nike employs in its ultra-expensive racing shoe—the Alphafly 3.

Based on our previous lab experiences with the Alphafly series, we anticipated good breathability from this upper. Our smoke test confirmed our expectations, yielding a strong score of 4/5, which we found good enough.

Using a light, we demonstrated the distinct differences between the upper’s structure in the heel—focused on overall support—and the forefoot, which prioritises ventilation.

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Atomknit

Then, we took a closer look at the Atomknit upper, as the resulting images are always captivating. Indeed, we discovered the classic, random pattern characteristic of this knit type. Isn't it stunning?

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 microscope

Finally, we examined the upper manually, searching for any inconsistencies.

Despite its advanced knit construction, it is not stretchy, and we also noted that it provides adequate padding in the heel counter.

Test results
Zoom Superfly Elite 2 4
Average 3.6
Compared to 9 running spikes
Number of shoes
1
Breathability
5

Durability

Toebox durability

In our tests using a Dremel, the SE2 showed no resistance—the sandpaper tip destroyed the Atomknit upper.

Although it's uncommon for running spikes to show premature wear overall, runners who typically wear holes in this area with their big toe should be cautious of this potential issue.

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Toebox durability
Test results
Zoom Superfly Elite 2 1
Average 2.9
Compared to 8 running spikes
Number of shoes
1
Toebox durability
5

Heel padding durability

Fortunately, the heel padding presents a much more positive scenario.

After applying the Dremel to this area, we discovered strong resistance from the lining and padding used by Nike, rightfully earning a solid score of 4/5.

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Heel padding durability
Test results
Zoom Superfly Elite 2 4
Average 4
Compared to 8 running spikes
Number of shoes
1
Heel padding durability
5

Outsole thickness

The incredible outsole, with its 6.4-mm thickness, not only doubles as a propulsion plate but also grips exceptionally well on the track thanks to its aggressive design.

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 outsole

It is undoubtedly one of the most standout features of this shoe, offering both remarkable performance and durability.

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Outsole thickness
Test results
Zoom Superfly Elite 2 6.4 mm
Average 3.1 mm
Compared to 9 running spikes
Number of shoes
1.6 mm
Outsole thickness
6.4 mm

Cushioning

Heel stack

As expected in a shoe designed for super-short, exhilarating efforts, the tongue is quite minimal. At a razor-thin 1.0 mm, it offers little protection against the laces.

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 tongue

By the way, speaking of the laces—we discovered that these are inherited from Nike's top-tier supershoes, such as the aforementioned Alphafly and the Vaporfly 3. That's a neat feature!

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Heel stack
Test results
Zoom Superfly Elite 2 12.3 mm
Average 13.9 mm
Compared to 9 running spikes
Number of shoes
10.4 mm
Heel stack
19.8 mm

Forefoot stack

We discovered the same thickness in the forefoot as well, which was precisely what we expected from this shoe. So, once again, it measures 12.3 mm!

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Forefoot stack
Test results
Zoom Superfly Elite 2 12.3 mm
Average 13.2 mm
Compared to 9 running spikes
Number of shoes
8.6 mm
Forefoot stack
17.8 mm

Drop

You don't need to be a math genius to realise that the Superfly Elite 2 boasts an impeccably precise 0.0-mm drop, right?

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Drop
Test results
Zoom Superfly Elite 2 0.0 mm
Average 0.7 mm
Compared to 9 running spikes
Number of shoes
-5.8 mm
Drop
4.1 mm

Insole thickness

The 3.1-mm insole is the only cushioning offered by the Superfly Elite 2, so we highly recommend this shoe for those who prefer a straightforward, old-school sprinting experience.

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Insole thickness
Test results
Zoom Superfly Elite 2 3.1 mm
Average 3.0 mm
Compared to 9 running spikes
Number of shoes
1.8 mm
Insole thickness
3.9 mm

Flexibility

Stiffness

We previously mentioned that the outsole also serves as a plate, but due to its design and plastic-based material, we found it have average flexibility. In our 90-degree bend test, it registered just 31.5N, clearly showing the absence of carbon fibre in its composition, but also that it has a somewhat stiff ride.

Test results
Zoom Superfly Elite 2 31.5N
Average 29.1N
We use an average of four tests. The video shows one of those tests.
Compared to 9 running spikes
Number of shoes
10.9N
Stiffness
66.6N

Stability

Torsional rigidity

We also discovered that it's not overly rigid from a torsional standpoint, scoring a balanced 3/5.

This results in a perfect harmony between comfort and propulsion. In our track tests, we found that this flexibility was particularly advantageous when taking the curves during 200 and 400-metre intervals.

Test results
Zoom Superfly Elite 2 3
Average 2.8
Compared to 9 running spikes
Number of shoes
1
Torsional rigidity
5

Heel counter stiffness

The heel counter is exactly what you'd expect from a top-tier sprint spike—it feels just like a sock, offering absolutely zero stiffness. However, as we rate on a scale from 1 to 5, it scored a 1!

Test results
Zoom Superfly Elite 2 1
Average 1.7
Compared to 9 running spikes
Number of shoes
1
Heel counter stiffness
5

Midsole width in the forefoot

The Superfly Elite 2 proved to be extremely nimble and required advanced running technique, so we anticipated a modest measurement here.

Indeed, with just 87.6 mm in the forefoot, this sprint spike is clearly not suited for everyone. In other words—the faster and more skilled you are in the sport, the more benefits you'll gain from this model.

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Midsole width in the forefoot
Test results
Zoom Superfly Elite 2 87.6 mm
Average 92.8 mm
Compared to 9 running spikes
Number of shoes
87.6 mm
Midsole width in the forefoot
99.6 mm

Midsole width in the heel

The heel mirrors the same design principles, being exceptionally narrow at 54.0 mm. Once again, proficient sprinting technique is absolutely recommended with the Nike Superfly Elite 2.

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Midsole width in the heel
Test results
Zoom Superfly Elite 2 54.0 mm
Average 59.7 mm
Compared to 9 running spikes
Number of shoes
54.0 mm
Midsole width in the heel
67.9 mm

Size and fit

Toebox width at the widest part

As typical for a sprint spike, the fit is extremely tight, clearly designed for competitive use. We measured the widest part of the upper at just 82.2 mm, making it ideal for those with narrow feet.

We also discovered that the SE2 sports a very low-volume toebox, typical of most spikes.

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Toebox width at the widest part
Test results
Zoom Superfly Elite 2 82.2 mm
Average 87.9 mm
Compared to 9 running spikes
Number of shoes
81.9 mm
Toebox width at the widest part
96.4 mm

Toebox width at the big toe

However, we discovered a pleasant surprise from Nike when we took our second measurement—the Superfly Elite 2 doesn't taper much in the big toe area at 75.0 mm, allowing some room for the toes to splay.

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 toe splay

In this region, our digital callipers recorded a surprisingly generous width (for being a track spike) of 75.0 mm.

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Toebox width at the big toe
Test results
Zoom Superfly Elite 2 75.0 mm
Average 73.1 mm
Compared to 8 running spikes
Number of shoes
68.3 mm
Toebox width at the big toe
77.1 mm

Removable pins

The Superfly Elite 2 boasts an 8-pin configuration for enhanced traction at maximum speed, with all pins being fully removable.

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Removable pins

Comfort

Tongue padding

As expected in a shoe designed for super-short, exhilarating efforts, the tongue is quite minimal. At a razor-thin 1.0 mm, it offers little protection against the laces.

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 tongue

By the way, speaking of the laces—we discovered that these are inherited from Nike's top-tier supershoes, such as the aforementioned Alphafly and the Vaporfly 3. That's a neat feature!

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Tongue padding
Test results
Zoom Superfly Elite 2 1.0 mm
Average 3.0 mm
Compared to 9 running spikes
Number of shoes
0.4 mm
Tongue padding
7.5 mm

Heel tab

The heel includes a handy finger-loop heel tab, which isn’t just striking visually—we discovered it greatly simplifies sliding into the Atomknit upper!

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Heel tab
Test results
Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Finger loop

Weight

Weighing in at just 5.5 oz or 156g, we consider the Superfly Elite 2 a remarkably lightweight option in the market. It's noticeably less hefty than the average sprint spikes offered by competitors.

From our point of view, it's a standout choice for advanced athletes seeking speed and agility on the track. 

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 Weight
Test results
Zoom Superfly Elite 2 5.50 oz (156g)
Average 5.57 oz (158g)
Compared to 9 running spikes
Number of shoes
4.59 oz (130g)
Weight
6.46 oz (183g)