Verdict from 4 experts and 26 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Most seasoned runners like the Nike Zoom Victory 3 for its lightweight design.
  • A lot of reviewers praise the length-injected Pebax spike plate for delivering rigidity in areas that needed support and flexibility.
  • Plenty of athletes appreciate the sharkskin heel pad saying it gave them an improved grip and helped decrease the shoe's overall weight.
  • A couple of users like that the Zoom Victory does not cost too much for its excellent performance.
  • Most reviewers have mentioned that the shoe's midsole cushioning offers a lot of comforts.
  • A reviewer has said that the shoe feels lightweight but has a robust, strong feel to it.
  • According to a few users, the Zoom Victory 3 does not need time to be broken in and can be used to race right out of the box.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of users say that the Zoom Victory 3 was great the first few weeks but broke down very rapidly after a month or two.
  • The shoe's grip and traction do not hold well on wet weather conditions, according to a couple of users.

Bottom line

The Nike Zoom Victory 3 is a track racing shoe that is known for a variety of reasons. Its avid users praise the shoe for its minimal design, ultra-lightweight feel, and the innovative spike plate. All these features combine zones of flexibility and stiffness for better and incredible propulsion. Despite the shoe having drawbacks about its durability, it still definitely deserves a spot in one’s track racing shoe armory for its excellent overall performance.

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Our reviews

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The Nike Victory spike line is known for being fast, ultra-lightweight, and extremely elite. They are designed specifically for 800m-5,000m track races. It is an extremely well-engineered spike and was extremely well thought out for the most part.



The ride of this shoe has pleased me overall, and it’s clear that this is an elite shoe meant for very experienced runners. I have run multiple races in these ranging from 800m to 3200m (with paces being anywhere from 4’30-5’10 a mile).

I have also run workouts in these, with most of them being 400m repeats on the track. These spikes gave great spring off during the faster races, such as the 800-1600 races, also the 400m workouts.

Though the spike didn’t feel as smooth in the 3200m, it did help in the last 400m kick when I needed it the most. I really enjoyed the races I’ve done in these spikes though there were a couple of tiny problems I’ve experienced with the spikes.

(Disclaimer: I’ve been developing plantar fasciitis, so my thoughts on the comfort/protection might be different than most.)

Those problems came into comfort and protection of the feet, with the spikes leaving my feet feeling pretty beat up after each hard effort in this during longer races and I feel as though the spike could have had some more cushioning in the forefoot for the longer distances that this could be run at (3200-5k).

I personally wouldn’t wear his over 3200m, 800-1600m would be the optimal distance I would race this at. People who are lighter on their feet and are midfoot/forefoot strikers could get away with racing up to 5k.


These spikes are the best-looking spikes I’ve ever owned, and the best looking spikes I’ve seen on the market. They look fast as well as very breathable. 



In terms of the midsole, track spikes don’t have much midsole in general. With the little midsole, this shoe has (really only in the heel to the midfoot), it is made of a blend of Phylon and rubber.

That midsole blend is made to provide good responsiveness and the comfort that’s just right during racing. 

Outsole/ spike plate

The spike plate of this shoe is very aggressive and very well thought out. It is a 3/4 length injected Pebax spike plate. It uses a honeycomb design, which provides optimal flexibility in the respected areas.

It is very aggressive, especially in the last 200m sprint of the race. It keeps the runner on their toes and provides amazing propulsion. It also grips the track very well, with the help of six removable pyramid spike pins.

The outsole also features a Sharkskin heel pad that provides even better traction, and for heel strikers, it distributes impact across the entire foot better.


Breathability & upper

The breathability is very good as the upper is a very thin Flymesh material. The tongue of the upper wraps around the whole midfoot, providing a secure lockdown. The heel of this shoe has a hole cutdown, which brings down the weight of the shoe.

At first, I wasn’t very sure of how it could possibly keep my heel stable and locked in, but it does as long as you tie the shoe tight. I was pretty happy with the upper and how breathable it was.



This shoe has a good amount of flexibility while still providing good propulsion. The spike plate’s honeycombed pattern uses a certain algorithm to help the areas of the outsole that need stiffness and flexibility the most.



This spike is probably the most responsive distance spike I’ve ever worn and probably one of the most responsive on the market. That is heavy due to the very aggressive spike plate and the responsive midsole as well.



The traction of this spike is very good. It has six removable spikes that provide an adequate grip on the track. The spike plate and Sharkskin heel pad also help very much in terms of traction.


In terms of durability, there is little concern, but it being a racing spike durability shouldn’t be a huge concern in performance.

The only real issue I can see is the wear in the Sharkskin heel pad where I strike, and the photo is only after a couple of races. Other than that, it’s fine in terms of durability in the spike plate, upper, etc. 



The retail price of this spike is $125, which I feel is the right price for high quality, elite track spike. 


In conclusion, these spikes are top of the line for the competitor looking to go fast. They are extremely light and very fast but sacrifice comfort and protection for those things, so choose carefully what you would prefer.

They will keep you on your toes and give you that extra spring you need in that last kick of your race. I recommend these for people who are used to the little comfort the more experienced spikes give and people who don’t have a severe heel strike.  


| Level 1 expert Verified
My name is Zack Dunn. I have been running for 9 years. I have personal best of 4:30 in the 1600m, and sub 16 minutes in the 5000m, and other personal best in the distances in between. I typically run around 50-60 miles on a weekly basis. I do both road and trail running but mainly road. I compete in many races, anywhere from 1600m to 5k. My typical training paces is anywhere from 5:00 per mile on workout days to 7:30 per mile on recovery days.

Good to know

Use - The Nike Zoom Victory 3 is recommended for distance events ranging from 1500 to the 5k.

Spike Type - The shoe uses six 1/4 inch Pyramid spikes which offer the option to be removable. These traditional spikes are used for track and cross country events. It delivers reliable performance on grass and rubber. The Adizero Finesse from Adidas is another track spike that features the same number and type of spike pins.

Spike Plate - The Zoom Victory 3 incorporates the Pebax spike plate. It provides stability with minimal bulk, and the removable spikes offer custom traction for multiple distances, hurdles, and jumping events. 

  • The third update in the Zoom Victory lineup took off unnecessary weight to deliver a sleek, aerodynamic package that pushes any athlete across the finish line.  It is done so with the shoe's seamless flymesh upper. It also zones of ventilation engineered into the material which provides breathable comfort
  • The shoe features an anatomical toe design that follows the natural contours of the runner's foot. This innovative design also enhances propulsion by increasing space in the forefoot, allowing the toes to splay naturally and push off the ground.
  • A cushioned midsole provides an even more lightweight and better responsive cushioning.
  • Now incorporated in the Zoom Victory 3 is a 3/4-length injected Pebax spike plate with generative design. It uses an algorithm to identify where zones of stiffness and flexibility are needed. It also uses six detachable pyramid spike pins that deliver the shoe's optimal grip.
  • An addition of a unique Sharkskin heel pad helps in enhancing the grip for multi-surface traction and reduced overall weight.

The Nike Zoom Victory 3 is a unisex track racing shoe, but it is offered in men's standard width. This shoe typically runs true to size so men should go for their original shoe size. Women, on the other hand, are suggested to order one and a half or two sizes down from their standard running shoe size.

The shoe was also built to have an anatomical toe design that follows the foot's natural contours. This makes the toe box spacious enough to allow natural toe splay, creating a more powerful push-off. 

The Nike Zoom Victory 3's outsole is fitted with a 3/4 length injected Pebax spike plate. It is responsible for providing a solid platform of propulsion that makes for powerful, reactive strides.  The spike plate's generative design, which has a honeycombed-inspired pattern, uses a smart algorithm to help recognize which areas of the outsole need stiffness and flexibility the most. Areas that require more flexibility have larger cutouts and uses less material to reduce the shoe's weight significantly.

The shoe's outsole has six removable pyramid spike pins which are made of stainless steel. These spikes deliver excellent, gripping traction during track races.

Lastly, a Sharkskin heel pad offers additional grip for better multi-surface traction, without sacrificing the shoe's weight. The Sharkskin heel pad also helps in resisting the traumas of heel-strike, making sure that the impact is distributed evenly along the runner's foot.

This third version of Zoom Victory has a lightweight foam material for its midsole. The cushioning material is a blend of Phylon and rubber which minimizes energy loss an creates a smooth and bouncy, but resilient ride. It also offers enough support to prevent injuries yet still allowing the athlete to race fast down the track. The shoe's midsole cushioning supplies the comfort and responsiveness underfoot. With the shoe's reduced weight and low profile, it helps in sparing the runner's joints when striking down too hard on unforgiving track surfaces.

The Zoom Victory 3 is engineered with the Flymesh upper. It is incredibly thin and comfortable that it feels just like a second skin rather than a shoe. This minimal mesh upper encases each foot in great comfort. It was also made to have different zones of ventilation and structure that are engineered into the material. There are perforations on the flymesh to increase airflow for a healthier environment within the shoe. The shoe's lightweight support wraps the runner's foot in a firm fit which helps to reduce in-shoe slippage. Overall, this Flymesh upper material provides excellent support and comfort for the whole duration of the run, preventing discomfort and injury.


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