Nike Flyknit Streak – Two birds. One stone.
By Shaun Lee
Runner and intraining Sponsored Athlete
I have worn Nike shoes for the majority of my running life, including a variety of training shoes, racing shoes and even track spikes. I didn’t initially think there was a room for another racer type shoe in the Nike range. However when I first slipped on the Flyknit Streaks I was pleasantly surprised with a shoe that offers the best of both worlds of cushioning, flexibility and a lightweight responsive feel.
At one end of the racing and speed work spectrum you have the Nike Lunar Racer which is predominantly used for speed sessions as well as racing my go-to racing shoe for 5km and 10km (it is even used by many for distances up to a full marathon!). Although the Lunar Racer is a great shoe, it’s definitely not for everyone due to the with a spongy feel underfoot.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Nike Flyknit Racer and Nike Zoom Streak LT take care of racing and training for any non spike event up to 10km. Whilst ultra lightweight, there is minimal cushioning and it doesn’t offer enough support for anything other than your short speed sessions and race day where you want to pull out all stops in your quest for a PB.
Then, you have the Nike Flyknit Streak which is an extremely versatile shoe that “kills two birds with one stone” and essentially covers about 80% the spectrum offering a lightweight responsive shoe, which still offers the protection of a much heavier shoe thanks to Nike’s innovative technology. The Flyknit Streak has a mild ‘rocker type sole’ which offers protection for your Achilles and a smooth transition from heel to forefoot. The upper of the shoe features Nike’s Flyknit technology. The ultra light weight upper conforms to your foot shape and ensures a super comfortable fit that feels like you are wearing a second sock. Caution though, this Flyknit shoe is more suited to a narrow foot and is promotes a firm but comfortable feeling.
I would recommend this shoe if you are looking for a versatile shoe that doesn’t compromise on weight or cushioning for your next assault on your personal best.
Who should give these shoes a go
- Neutral footed runners looking for a light responsive shoe for racing and speed training
- Triathletes looking for a shoe that is easy to get on in transition
- Runners looking for a fast race shoe that offers enough cushioning to protect the Achilles and calves.
- Runners with narrower feet
Similar shoes: Brooks Racer ST | Mizuno Hitogami
Who these shoes wouldn’t suit
- Runners with wide feet (especially around the middle of the foot- the shoe features a ‘curve’ last)
- Runners who over pronate
intraining Running Centre have one of the largest ranges of racing shoes available in Queensland from all the major brands. If you are looking to maximise your potential in running, triathlon or track running, visit us in store and try on our range of racing shoes to find your Cinderella fit.