The Zoom Fly is a new performance shoe in the family of shoes Nike created for its attempt at a sub–2-hour marathon. The upper is a thin, engineered mesh that offers good support, wraps the foot securely without extra material, breathes well, and conforms nicely to hold the foot securely. The tongue is offset, snugging in near the base of the shin bone in front of the ankle, enhancing the fit. The midsole is a maximal design with a rather tall stack height—33 millimeters—and a heel shaped to optimize the heel-to-toe roll-through. A rigid plate embedded in the midsole material propels the foot, minimizing energy loss while also preserving the Lunarlon foam’s longevity. The outersole features a traditional forefoot of thin blown rubber, with minimally applied carbon rubber in the heel and toughened foam managing the low-wear areas. The ride, performance, and innovation earned the Zoom Fly our award for Best Performance Shoe.
Testers: ”Great firm cushion, effortlessly rolls through the stride. Light and minimal upper.”
Sizes: Men 6–13,14,15; Women 5–12
Weight: Men 9.7 oz. (size 11); Women 7.8 oz. (size 8)
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted
Geometry: rocker bottom