Nike Air Zoom Tempo Next% FlyEase
One of the perks of having a website and doing reviews on products is that you can always use it as an excuse to buy more stuff.
And boy did I take full advantage of it for my new acquisition – The new Nike Air Zoom Tempo Next% FlyEase!
Nike.com is partly to be blamed for making it so easy to execute an online purchase. The futuristic design of the shoe definitely did not make it any easier. So before you could say “Nike Air Zoom Tempo Next% FlyEase”, I received my email confirmation on when the shoe will arrive.
After only 3 days, the shoe was at my doorstep. It was that quick. Hats off to Nike.com for the fast and hassle free delivery.
One of the few times I was actually looking forward to that long run and track session just to try out the shoes.
After 37km of long runs, intervals and a 12km track session, these are my non-technical, no bulls*t jargon review of what has to be one of the most futuristic looking shoe.
Long runs are usually 18km and above and done on cement pavements and bitumen road surface. I have included one run that has threshold intervals in them which provides a good opportunity to test out the air pods and ZoomX foam.
Right off the blocks, the air pods really did what Nike says it does – provide a bounce off. It is almost like a carbon plate feel without the discomfort.
I felt the air pods were also helping the push off and the ZoomX foam was cushioning the landing.
In the tropical humidity, the flyknit material kept my feet cool and adapts to the expansion of the feet.
Track sessions are usually about 12km and done on synthetic rubber track. Basically the softer compound track material.
Warm up was ok, but when the threshold runs started, the air pods somehow did not work as well for me. Maybe I am not fast enough or the softer track absorbs the push off, but I felt the carbon plated shoes provided better response.
Though it looks heavy, but somehow, it does not feel heavy. At 232g, it is comparable to some tempo shoes but the soft ZoomX foam provides better cushioning. Sorry, ever since I put on a pair of Pegasus Turbos, I have always been a fan of the ZoomX foam.
- Nike has set the benchmark on laceless shoes. The FlyEase design makes it so easy to slip on and fits perfectly. This has to be one of the go-to shoes for triathlon.
- FlyKnit wraps around the feet like the Nike FlyKnit React. Nike definitely has a winner in this new material. Plus it is really cooling in the humidity.
- The Zoom Air Pods provides great push off. Great for long tempo runs.
- The ZoomX foam is legendary for its softness and energy return.
- I just like the design of it. It is just so cool!
- Bloody expensive! On my first run, every step I take I was looking out not to step on anything too rough so as to preserve the outers.
- And with every step, the Zoom Air Pods sound hitting the ground reminds you of it. There is a “thud” sound when you land your feet, but it is not as loud as some of the reviews state it to be. Good thing though is that people tend to move away before you reach them. Great!
- ZoomX foam is known not to last long. Hopefully the new iteration would be better
- At $279, it is expensive…oh I did mention it in my first point. Just wanted to make sure I did not leave it out.
1. Got to try it to believe all the hype
2. Really good for tempo and long runs
3. ZoomX foam is just amazing
4. FlyEase is a great design for triathlon shoes
5. Expensive shoes
All products were purchased and none were sponsored