Our verdict

It's bouncy and fast - it's everything most of the track running spikes we've tested aren't. In other words, the Nike ZoomX Dragonfly is the best of its kind! It's a track shoe that makes you run like an elite in high-mileage efforts, and it does so at a hefty price. After putting it through the paces, it's a premier choice for distances 3K to 10K!


  • Perfect for 3k-10k
  • Works for 400m-1600m as well
  • Bouncy and fast
  • Full-length spike plate
  • Super breathable
  • Perfect laces
  • Wow looks
  • Elite-level spike
  • Worth the price


  • Tongue bunches up
  • Pricey

Audience verdict



Nike ZoomX Dragonfly review 

This Nike spike is an elite track spike that is designed and performs remarkably for distances 1500-10k. It’s bouncy, lightweight, responsive, and a real pleasure to race in.

I have used it for many distances and can say this is one of the best, if not the best track spike on the market. 



Who this shoe is (not) for 

Buy this shoe if you’re looking for: 

  • Nike’s newest, elite-level distance track spike 
  • Spike made for distances 1500m - 10k
  • The Vaporfly Next2 % (one of Nike’s fastest and most advanced marathon racing shoes) of the track.

I think you should not buy this shoe if you’re on a budget or want a spike for shorter distances. In this case, Nike Zoom Rival S 9 is worth checking out. 

Nike ZoomX Dragonfly was made for 3k-10k

The longer races are where this spike really shines, 3k-10k. I personally have used it for 3k-5k but not 10k (though I know many people who have and can attest this spike is great for it). 

Nike ZoomX Dragonfly spikes

For shorter races such as 400m-1600m, the spike was fast enough to still perform really great. It may be too soft for others to enjoy at those distances but I personally really liked it.

Bouncy and fast ride 

It's extremely bouncy and supportive enough to get you through races without your legs or feet feeling beat up. 

The plate is a full-length stiff Pebax plate that contributes to a smooth, and efficient ride. It had a great blend of snappiness (not as much as a carbon fibre plate) and toe-off while also keeping a smooth transition. 

The midsole of this spike consists of Nike’s premium ZoomX foam. ZoomX is Nike’s lightest and most responsive foam.

I found it to be exactly that while racing, which is why it's comfortable enough for distances 1500-10k. I also love the high amount of arch support which is good for keeping the feet feeling fresh during the longer 3k or 10k races. 

Premium spike plate

The outsole of this spike consists of a full-length spike plate, sharkskin heel for extra traction, and outsole foam for some extra durability. 

Nike ZoomX Dragonfly plate

This spike utilises 6 removable stainless-steel pins to grip the track and ensure no slipping.

Spikes on Nike ZoomX Dragonfly

In terms of flexibility, this spike has very little flexibility which is what makes it so fast and versatile. 

Nike Dragonfly is super breathable

The upper of this spike is Nike’s Fly Mesh upper, which was updated with extra perforations for extra breathability. 

Upper on Nike ZoomX Dragonfly

It also utilises a Matumbo hole in the heel which cuts down the weight and adds comfort. 

Matumbo hole on Nike ZoomX Dragonfly

Tongue doesn't fit properly

The only problem I have with the upper is that the tongue bunches up when tying the laces down.

Tongue on Nike ZoomX Dragonfly

Perfect laces 

A small detail I really enjoyed is the notched laces which ensure they don’t become undone during the race.

Laces on Nike ZoomX Dragonfly

Sleek and comfortable 

In terms of looks, I really enjoy the look of this spike. It looks fast, sleek, and very comfortable, which it is. 

Inner side of Nike ZoomX Dragonfly

Costly at £160, but worth it

The price of this spike is £160, which I feel is justified by the amazing quality you get in this spike. 

Nonetheless, it's still one of the more expensive spikes on the market. That being said, you get a versatile spike that can produce extremely fast times in the 1500m-10k (even 800m which I have raced it in).