Who should buy the Nike ZoomX SuperRep Surge

Nike’s SuperRep series is designed for high-intensity training and the Surge is the most expensive, and consequently, the most advanced one. This trainer won’t let you down if you are after the following:

  • a premium quality shoe packed with Nike’s latest technologies
  • a cross-trainer for bodyweight training like HIIT and short treadmill runs
  • a rowing machine-friendly shoe

Nike ZoomX SuperRep Surge logo

Who should NOT buy the trainer

The Surge is a pricey one, so if aim to stay on a budget, check out the Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 2 or an even cheaper one, the Nike SuperRep Go. Note, that cheaper doesn't necessarily mean a bad thing. These shoes just don’t use the same cutting-edge materials as the Surge.

Nike ZoomX SuperRep Surge best use

If your typical workout sessions are Crossfit-based or if you do lots of weightlifting, a more suitable training companion would be a Nike Metcon. These shoes have a firmer and thinner sole and extra side stability to keep you steady and grounded as you lift or squat.

One of the best shoes for HIIT out there!

The reviewers unanimously agree that the SuperRep Surge is a fantastic shoe for intensive, high-impact exercises. Rope jumping, burpees, step-ups, treadmill runs — anything that involves jumps and hundreds of repetitive foot motions becomes a breeze thanks to the trainer.

The credit for it mostly goes to the shoe’s ZoomX cushioning. "Wow, these feel like air," "so bouncy," “amazing springy feel,” "makes me work out longer" - that's how most gym-goers feel about the foam.

Nike ZoomX SuperRep Surge cushioning

ZoomX is the brand’s most premium cushioning technology which is used in its elite, world-record-breaking racing shoes. It is designed to feel extremely soft on landings and above-average springy on the toe-off. “feels like I'm jumping every time I take a step,” - says one reviewer.

SuperRep Surge keeps you steady at all times

The first thing you notice in the design of the Surge is its prominent Arc containment system. Those large rounded sidewalls are meant to provide lateral support as you move energetically side-to-side.

Nike ZoomX SuperRep Surge arch support

The shoe wearers rave about how supportive it feels for their agile, multi-directional movements. They also added that there is no tripping or rolling over the sides, which really makes them feel surefooted.

Fan of rowing? This is the shoe for you

The Nike SuperRep Surge has become a game-changer for those who use the rowing machine a lot in their gym sessions.

This is all thanks to the hard plastic rower clip at the back. The clip is placed on the heel part of the midsole to help make the transition to and from a rowing machine easier.

Nike ZoomX SuperRep Surge heel clip

As one expert reviewer puts it, the shoe “fits nicely into the cutout on the Conept2 rower…hooks right in.”

Lets your toes breathe

According to the users’ feedback, the breathable mesh upper provides adequate ventilation, keeping the feet dry and comfortable. One reviewer also mentions that he “ran in these for 3 miles and my feet didn't get hot.”

Nike ZoomX SuperRep Surge breathable

Nike ZoomX SuperRep Surge has got some style

Plenty of fitness enthusiasts adore the SuperRep Surge's “sleek yet expressive” and “fun” design. They report receiving a lot of compliments when wearing the trainer.

The shoe’s color schemes are just as well-loved. Some people describe them as "vibrant but not too wild" and "just right to keep the look upbeat."

Nike ZoomX SuperRep Surge style

Nike definitely went beyond conventional with the SuperRep collection. If you want to explore more eye-catching options, consider its sibling, the Air Zoom SuperRep.

Comfy from the moment you step in

Another shoe component that received lots of appreciation is the footbed. The reviewers loved how soft and cushy it feels from the moment you put the shoe on. Some compare it to walking on clouds or even marshmallows, others are happy with its accurate fit that “cradles the foot.”

Nike ZoomX SuperRep Surge insole

Unfortunately, the comfort is not enough for wide feet

Fitting on the snug and tight side is a pretty common issue for Nike shoes. And to some people’s disappointment, the SuperRep Surge is not an exception.

Nike ZoomX SuperRep Surge forefoot

So, wide footers are better off trying the Reebok HIIT or consider other trainers that are available in Wide.

This Nike trainer lives up to the quality standards

The shoe owners praise various parts of the SuperRep Surge for being well-made and resistant to abrasion. They have commented on the following:

  • well-done stitching that doesn’t break apart
  • a tough rubberized upper mesh which is “quite dense and thick”
  • a durable toe guard that takes a hit, protecting the toes
  • lots of rubber on the outsole which “is going to last”

Nike ZoomX SuperRep Surge outsole rubber

The outsole could be grippier though

A few commenters warned that the traction could be better as the rubber started to feel “a little slippery on wet surfaces.”

Nike ZoomX SuperRep Surge traction

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 345g
Drop: Men 10mm
Use: Workout, HIIT / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Normal
Release date: Dec 01, 2020
Features: High drop
Collection: Nike Metcon, Nike SuperRep

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Author
Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.