Who should buy the Nike ZoomX Streakfly

The Nike ZoomX Streakfly is a must-buy for runners who: 

  • want a value-oriented option for 5K to 10K races
  • are used to low-stack running shoes for a full marathon
  • are new to running and want a racing shoe that can also be a great option for:
    • intervals
    • tempos
    • track workouts

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Who should NOT buy it

If you prefer a cushioned running shoe for marathons, go for the Nike Alphafly Next%. And for a versatile racing option, pick the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2 instead.

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Bolts you forward

It's "responsive," and "rebounding," everything about the shoe's ZoomX foam screams speed-ready. On top of this, runners highly appreciate the stiff midfoot shank that creates a snappy toe-off for a quicker pace. 

Nike ZoomX Streakfly zoomx cushion

More stack, less weight

Compared to the Nike Streak 6 (26 mm heel and 18 mm forefoot), the ZoomX Streakfly has more cushion (32 mm heel and 26mm forefoot).

Nike ZoomX Streakfly stack

Despite this, it still remains as Nike's lightest racing shoe to date, barely weighing on the scale at 6 oz (170 grams in US M 9).

Cushy all day

Because it's more padded than the Streak 6 from Nike, runners say they don't mind using the ZoomX Streakfly the entire day. 

Nike ZoomX Streakfly lockdown

This is also the same reason why many see it as a suitable option for marathons although it's only touted as a short-distance flat. 

The Nike ZoomX Streakfly locks the foot in place

This is thanks to its secure heel counter, form-fitting upper wrap, and tongue. According to a horde of testers, the lockdown is "incredible." 

Nike ZoomX Streakfly heel hold

The heel and midfoot are very snug, preventing slips and excessive rolling of the foot. They even compare it to a running spike's fit, particularly the renowned Nike ZoomX Dragonfly 

Nike ZoomX Streakfly knit upper

A safe space for wide feet

Reviewers with broad feet are happy about the spacious toe box. It's roomy in terms of length and width. 

Nike ZoomX Streakfly toe room

Steady strides comin' through

Apart from giving this shoe a propulsive kick, the midfoot shank also keeps the Nike ZoomX Streakfly anchored. Its firmness keeps the arch supported every footstrike. 

Nike ZoomX Streakfly midfoot shank

The Nike Streakfly latches to the ground

Sporting a similar outsole configuration to its Vaporfly and Alphafly siblings, the Streakfly from Nike is "very tacky," reported multiple experts. 

Nike ZoomX Streakfly outsole

If only looks could kill

Almost everyone agrees that the ZoomX Streakfly "nails it" in the style arena. The engineered knit looks like a "modern art" with its stunning pattern. 

Nike ZoomX Streakfly design

So much so, several athletes say there's "nothing better looking" out there. 

Forefoot is too wide for narrow-footed runners

Those with narrow-width feet recommend sizing down for a more dialed-in fit. 

Nike ZoomX Streakfly toe

The laces could be better

The laces are too thin, especially compared to the Alphafly, Vaporfly, and the Dragonfly. This hurts the shoe's security, making it hard to cinch down. 

Nike ZoomX Streakfly lace lockdown

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: 170g
Drop: 6mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 26mm
Heel height: 32mm
Collection: Nike Zoomx

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.