Nike streak 6

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Article by Peter Stuart

The Nike Zoom Streak 6 is a 6.4 oz/181 gram road racing flat. The heel is 26mm and the forefoot is 16mm.  As a bit of a disclaimer I haven’t run in earlier versions of the Zoom Streak and have only recently started running in Nikes again. For years every Nike I tried on my feet felt weird and narrow and I had no interest in running in them. In the past year or two I’ve run in the Lunaracer, the Lunar Epic Flynknit and the LunarTempo—all of which I’ve liked quite a bit. The Zoom Streak 6, however, is some next level action from the folks in Oregon.

Here are some specs and features from Nike before we get into the action:

Weight: 6.4 oz/181 g (Men size 9), Unisex shoe;  
Stack Height: Heel (26mm), Forefoot (18mm)

Available now. $110.

  • Flymesh upper with internal arch strap for lightweight support
  • Midfoot shank propels you through your stride
  • Anatomical design allows the toes to push off more efficiently
  • Nike Zoom Air unit in the Phylon midsole provides responsive cushioning
  • Outsole traction pattern optimizes forward motion with variable lug sizes
  • Flex grooves between lugs deliver natural range of motion

Upper and Fit: 

The Zoom Streak 6 runs a bit small. I sized up 1/2 size after trying both, my usual size and 1/2 size larger. Both sizes hug the foot really well, but the arch felt a little better on the larger size. 


The upper is made of what Nike calls ‘Flymesh’. It's a lightweight and supportive mesh upper with varying degrees of perforation throughout the shoe. The appearance is of smaller and larger holes in the mesh—though they’re not really holes—there is an even thinner weave holding those sections together. 

Flymesh upper, varying degrees of structure/breathability
Nike has replaced the flywire closure system with an ‘internal arch strap’. It’s a thin, stretchy material that’s connected to the laces and pulls in to hold the mid foot secure. The tongue is thin and perforated. Overall the shoe is extremely breathable, disappears on the foot and holds the foot securely. 

The ankle collar is nicely padded and the materials are soft and comfortable. 

The one odd thing about the Nike Zoom Streak 6 for me is the feeling under the arch on step in. this was more noticeable on the smaller shoe, but I still notice it on my 1/2 size up pair. When I put on the shoes and stand in them, there is a poking feeling under the back of the arch. It’s been suggested to me that it may be the Zoom Air unit in the back or it might be the Phylon shank (more on that later). From what I can tell it’s actually the inner edge of my foot hanging slightly over the edge of the mid/out sole. While this sounds like it might be a big deal, it’s really not. As soon as I run in them, the poking feeling under the arch seems to go away. The last shape does seem to have a pretty aggressive curve in from the heel to the arch, which is what I think causes this feeling. 

Arch strap is orange. Note the curve of the last.

Midsole and Outsole: 

The midsole is made of Phylon. From what I can find, Pylon is made of compressed EVA foam pellets which are heat expanded and then cooled.Sounds a little like some other boosty midsole materials, no? It’s definitely firmer than Lunarlon, which is part of what makes the Zoom Streak 6 a great go-fast shoe. 

The midsole features a Zoom Air pod under the heel. It’s not really noticeable for me at the beginning of a run as I tend to land midfoot, but it’s a nice relief later in the run when I hit the heel sometimes, or if I gnash the heel on the downhills. It’s a nice addition. 

Pebax plate

The Pebax Shank is a plate under the midfoot that provides some rigidity and really gives a pop off of the ground on toe-off. Again, this becomes incredibly helpful later in the run when feet get tired. One of the things that really sets the ZS 6 above other distance racers for me is the support and structure the shoe provides as my legs get tired. It feels good when I’m running fast, but when I’m running fast and I’m tired it feels GREAT. 

Rubber lugs with flex grooves

The outsole is a combination of exposed Phylon and two different densities of blown rubber. The forefoot consists of different sized pods separated by deep flex grooves. The pods and the flex grooves are both multi-directional so there’s a little give in every direction even though the Streak 6 is not a particularly flexible shoe in the standard sense (as in ‘hey I can bend the toe to the heel’).  Under the heel are two distinct sections of harder orange blown rubber which should wear a bit more slowly than the rest of the shoe. 

Harder blown rubber in rear of shoe

Durability looks like it’s going to be right in the zone of most racing flats. Not hundreds of miles, but should be good for some good long runs and races. 

Ride:

The Nike Zoom Streak 6 is perhaps the best riding racing flat I’ve run in. My previous favorite has been the Asics Hyper Speed, but the Nike wins out. As I’ve mentioned earlier, there is a bit of a protrusion into my arch when I’m standing around in these, but when I get out on the road they’re golden. The transition is smooth, they’re decent at any tempo, but they really excel when I speed up. What’s most remarkable about the ride on the Zoom Streak 6 is that they really shine when I’m getting tired and my mechanics are starting to fall apart. The magic trick they pull off is to be relatively invisible early in the run and then noticeably supportive when I need them most. My first run was a 15 mile tempo run with shoes fresh out of the box and I got faster and faster as the run went on. I didn’t feel beaten up at all after the run or the next day. 

The other thing I really love about the ride of the Zoom Streak 6 is that it really seems to set my body up to run efficiently. It’s hard to explain or quantify, but I feel like I’m running lighter on my feet and with slightly better form when I run in them. I think part of that effect is the fact that they are a pretty firm ride. Firm, but not harsh. It’s a tough balance to strike and I think Nike has done it perfectly here. 

Conclusions:

The Nike Zoom Streak 6 is a nearly perfect racing flat. It’s comfortable, light, breathable, supportive and really good looking. It rides beautifully.  It’s a very light shoe, so I would want to make sure to do some longer runs in them before racing a marathon, but I’d race a 13.1 in them any day of the week. I also wouldn’t hesitate to use them in 5 and 10k races. I love racing flats and this is one hell of a racing flat.  I would go so far as to say the Nike Zoom Streak 6 is the Seth Hasty (founder of the famous Running Shoe Geeks on Facebook)  of racing flats: Fast, good looking, a little moody and totally badass.

Comparisons:
Zoom Streak 6 vs. NB 1400 V4

The Streak is a bit firmer and seems to hold up better on longer runs for me. I love the way the 1400 feels on my feet, but I would pick the Nike if I had to choose. There’s a little more energy return—perhaps because of the plate.

 Zoom Streak 6 vs. Asics Hyperspeed 7

The HyperSpeed is a bit more cushioned, and a somewhat softer ride than the Nike. What gives the Nike the edge for me here is the way it feels in the later miles of a long, hard run. 

 Zoom Streak 6 vs. Skechers GoMeb 3

The Zoom Streak 6 is noticeably less shoe. The plates in both feel similar, but I like the barely there feeling of the Nike.

 Zoom Streak 6 vs. Adidas Adios Boost 3

These two have the most similar ride, but the materials on the upper of the Nike are much softer and more comfortable. Both great shoes, Zoom Streak is lighter and softer.

Zoom Streak 6 vs. Brooks Hyperion

I love the way both of these run. The Hyperion would be neck and neck completion for the Zoom Streak for me, but unfortunately it has a very stiff upper that cuts into my achilles. Nike it is. 

Peter's Zoom Streak 6 Score:  4.99 out of 5

-.01 for poking feeling on step in that totally disappears on the run. 





The Zoom Streak 6 was a personal purchase at retail
All Photos Credit: Peter Stuart.

For another take on the Zoom Streak 6 see Brian Shelton's reviewover at Believe in the Run.

Peter Stuart's Running Bio


My running career got off to a slow start…in high school I was told I ran like a race walker and was thus relegated to race walking on the track team. I got back into running about 15 years ago and then into triathlon. Triathlon really rekindled my love for running, so about two years ago I hired a coach and really focused on the half and full marathons. I broke a bad habit of putting in tons of moderately hard miles (and no easy or hard ones) and after plateauing at 3:25 (with some disastrous marathons in there), this past year I brought my marathon under 3:00 and my half under 1:25. Along the way I’ve developed a bit of a shoe problem.
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Nike Streak 6

Outsole & Midsole

For the sixth generation of the Nike Streak, the outsole remains relatively unchanged from its predecessors. It is manufactured using blown rubber and exposed Phylon, providing a good amount of traction for a racing flat. Phylon is created through the compression of EVA (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) pellets which are then set in moulds to create the outsole of the trainer. The result is a cushioned and responsive, yet firm outsole. Additionally, the sole of the Streak 6 is formed into a slightly convex, rocker shape. This makes for a smoother stride whilst being compatible with both heel and forefoot strikers.

The Pebax plate is a new addition to the midsole of the shoe, this provides impact protection and a light weight stability. Pebax is a light-weight (up to 20% lighter than similar plastics), flexible and soft plastic that is a prime choice of material for a midsole plate in a sporting shoe. The energy required to flex the Pebax plate, during a stride, is transferred back in the rebound of the plastic, resulting in a much welcome bounce to the wearer’s strike.

Upper

The upper of the Streak 6 consists of a thin Flymesh design, comprising breathable holes of varying sizes to ensure feet are kept well ventilated and cool. In comparison to the Streak 5, the mesh of the Streak 6 is more open in its construction, making a huge improvement to its ventilation. Although the Flymesh design offers limited water resistance, it certainly offers superior comfort to the wearer.

Weight

The Streak 6 weighs in at approximately 6.4 oz. for a men’s size 9, making it extremely lightweight and a pleasure to run in. As it is a unisex shoe the weight remains the same for men and women. The Streak 6 is approximately 0.3 oz. lighter than its predecessor, the Streak 5. This light weight composition is a welcome change, however there have been a few reports citing less rigidity in the midsole, which some runners might dislike.

Breathability

The Flymesh upper ensures that the Streak 6 is very well ventilated and that the wearer’s feet remain cool at all times. This allows great airflow and circulation to the feet mid run, helping to prevent the formation of blisters. The breathability of the Flymesh material is visually apparent to the wearer, as the foot remains visible through the shoe. The toe box has also been re-designed into a wider, square shape, allowing more room for air circulation and thus adding to the ventilation properties of the shoe.

Comfort

It is of great importance for the user to feel comfortable when wearing a running shoe, in order to optimise their performance and ultimately increase their enjoyment of sport. The Streak 6 combines several of Nikes innovative technologies to ensure that the user is not disappointed. The Flymesh upper, despite being lightweight and breathable, creates a sense of stability and support, allowing the feet to be supported effectively on different running surfaces and undulations in the environment. In addition, the internal arch support, the Zoom air pods and the Pebax plate all add to the rigidity and optimised comfort of the shoe. Altogether, this proves a highly comfortable experience for the runner.

Style

The Nike Streak 6, in true Nike fashion, has a clean and sleek design and is aesthetically pleasing and desirable. This is what we have come to expect from the Nike brand. It is available in a choice of colours, including a vivid bright crimson, a distinctive football blue and a subtler black, this selection ensures that everyone’s style choice is catered for. European and American markets have some variations in the colours that are available.

Durability

The Nike Streak 6 is a racing trainer, therefore it is designed to be lightweight, responsive and breathable for optimal performance. The downside to this is that it is not built to be as durable as standard trainers. It is however more than capable of handling long distance runs and the sole is built to be sturdy and strong. Although, the upper of the Streak 6 may present a problem as it is constructed using a very thin mesh and so may be prone to tearing. However, Nike running shoes all have a good reputation to be a long lasting and reliable investment.

Protection

The Streak 6 incorporates several of Nike’s well-known technologies which help to provide protection to the wearer. A Pebax plate in the midsole enhances rigidity and thus helps to protect against bruising from ground stones and debris. Additionally, the Flymesh upper improves breathability and protects against overheating of the feet and subsequent development of blisters. The blown rubber outsole helps to provide a good grip, protecting runners from the dangers of slippery running surfaces and race conditions.

Responsiveness & Flexibility

As a racing flat you would expect the Streak 6 to be a responsive shoe and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The anatomically-designed, square-shaped and wider toe box ensures that the toes are able to push off in their natural position. The Pebax plate provides optimal energy return, as mentioned previously, as well as a grounded rigidity for the wearer. Finally, the Phylon midsole foam provides a good level of cushioning and the presence of a Zoom airpod under the heel provides responsiveness where it is most needed.

The Streak 6 is not a particularly flexible running trainer, as it has been designed to provide a more rigid structure. However, the Flymesh upper does provide a mild amount of flexibility to the shoe. Additionally, the sole of the shoe has been designed without any specific flex points, but the sole will flex where required based on the wearers stride and positioning.

Support & Drop

The foot feels well supported when encased in the Streak 6. Notably, the wider toe post with a narrower midfoot and heel help to ensure that the foot is held in the optimum position for performance. The shoe also contains an internal arch strap, which helps to hold the midfoot securely in position.

The heel to toe drop of the Nike Streak 6 is lower than its predecessor, at 8mm. A lower drop helps to keep the shoe light weight and to improve responsiveness and performance. A lower drop also helps to hold the foot in a more natural running position which may help to prevent heel striking and subsequent knee injuries.

Terrain & Traction

The Streak 6 is a racing flat and therefore is designed primarily to be used for road racing. As such, the outsole of the shoe is not really appropriate for tackling uneven terrain. The materials used will not protect the users who go off road or cross-country. Anyone who does runs the risk of getting soaked feet and subsequent soreness. But use the Steak 6 as intended, and you will be fully supported on undulating roads, potholes and changes in the road surfaces.

Good traction is important in a racing trainer as a strong grip helps to maximise the forward movement, and propel the runner up and down rolling terrain. The outsole of the Streak 6, whilst not as durable as the average trainer, does provide adequate grip for road racing and the necessary traction and support for the runner.

Price

The Streak 6 is very competitively priced for a racing trainer, as these can often come with a large price tag. In the current sales, retailers are discounting these trainers and they can be found online for as little as $75 (up to around $120). Given their delivery on responsiveness, comfort and support this seems like definite value for money. The Nike brand also offers the runner a desirable product that many will be happy paying a premium for.

Stability

The Pebax plate and the Phylon cushioning both provide the Streak 6 with a good amount of stability. The wider toe box helps to enhance stability across the forefoot when compared with earlier models which had a narrower front. The fit of the shoe does feel firmer compared to its competitors which also helps the feet to feel more stable throughout the running experience.

Key Features

● Flymesh upper for enhanced breathability
● wider toe box for a more comfortable, anatomical fit
● Pebax plate in the midsole to improve rigidity and responsiveness
● Phylon cushioned midsole
● Zoom air pod under the heel
● Heel to toe drop of 8mm
● Internal arch strap
● Convex, rocker shape of the sole
● Padded ankle collar

Verdict

Nike have made some very successful modifications on the previous models of the Streak to create a racing flat which is not only comfortable and light weight, but also very responsive to the runner. The Streak 6 is very well designed and has both style and substance. The trainer looks great, is available in some very appealing colours, and above all delivers to the runner. One slight word of caution would be to ensure that, in order to get the best fit possible, you may need to purchase the trainer in the next size up. In summary, this trainer is an ideal choice for long distance runners and if you are looking for a racing flat that fits well and provides optimum performance, then you cannot go wrong with the Nike Streak 6.

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Nike Zoom Streak 6 Review

Guest Post by Brian Shelton

I’ve experimented with a lot of racing flats, and here’s what I’ve learned…no shoe is perfect. It seems there is always a compromise of some sort. Being that the Nike Streak 6 was designed based on the input and needs of some of the best marathoners in the world, it is made to be both fast and protective. It is minimal enough to allow some very fast running, but substantial enough to let you relax a bit so your pace is more sustainable.

I’ve done five track workouts in the Nike Streak 6 (paces ranging from 4:00 to a little over 5:00): 16×400, combo session of 800s & 200s, 8×200, 10×500, 10×800, and another 8×200.
I’ve also done six road sessions in the Nike Streak 6 (paces ranging from 5:17 to 5:25): 5k tempo, session of 3M/2M/1M/1M, 5M tempo, session of 1M/4×400/1M, 4M tempo, 8k road race.

Nike Zoom Streak Bottom

The Good

The Nike Streak 6 feel light. The feeling of lightness was so convincing that I actually had not even weighed them until writing this paragraph. I weighed them on the same non-digital food scale that I’ve weighed my other shoes on. At 7oz for my men’s size 10.5, they are ½ an ounce lighter than my LunaRacer or Streak 5 and a little over an ounce heavier than the New Balance 1600 or Streak LT2 (I haven’t weighed my LT3). It is approximately the same, maybe ¼ of an ounce heavier, than the New Balance 1400v3.

They’re responsive. These babies can get up and go! Compared to the LunaRacer, the Streak 6 feels much less removed from the road. Relative to the Streak 4 and 5, the Nike Streak 6 is much less squishy in the heel. I’ve had a lot of success with both the LunaRacer (half marathon PR) and Streak 5 (marathon PR), but the Streak 6 really feels more dialed in for aggressive running. I like the increased firmness relative to the other two Nike racers. It’s without a doubt protective enough for a marathon, but when you really want to get after it and run your most aggressive paces, the Streak 6 feels like a much better tool for the job. If I were going out for a long run at moderate paces, I’d still choose the LunaRacer, but if I am going to do a real workout or a race (anything from 5k to marathon), the Streak 6 is easily the better choice. A true speedster, especially those with an extensive or recent track background, might prefer a thinner or lighter shoe for shorter races like the 5k and 10k, but I doubt he/she would ever complain that these are squishy. I have never once felt inclined to label these as such, which is something I occasionally struggled with on the old Streak 5. For me, these strike a perfect balance between cushioning and responsiveness.

They lace up well. The lacing system used here, previously seen on the Streak LT, is wonderful. I’m not saying Flywire is bad. It works great on the Pegasus, but I would personally be thrilled if the system used here were used in all Nike trainers (it was used, with stiffer materials, in the old Vomero 8). The wrap system seems to do a better job of really locking you in, while still being accommodating for variations in foot shape and/or volume. I get no weird pressure points, and I never feel loose like I did in the Flyknit Racer. There is enough room in my forefoot so that I don’t get those annoying blisters on my pinky toe (I’m looking at you New Balance 1600!), but things are snug and secure in the midfoot and heel. If you’re going to run fast, you need a shoe that feels securely attached to your foot. The Streak 6 succeeds here, and I suspect it will do so for a lot of different foot shapes.

They’re durable enough for a racing flat. I’ve done a fair amount of running in these so far. I’m not going to go to the trouble of adding up the miles, but in addition to the workouts mentioned above, I’ve also worn them for the strides/drills portion of my warmups and sometimes for a mile or so of my cool down if I finished my workout away from my house or car. The wear seems visually appropriate for a racing flat, and more importantly, they still feel good!

They’re versatile. The tricky thing about choosing a racing flat is finding a shoe that threads that needle between feeling aggressive yet also allowing you to feel like your effort is sustainable. This balancing act becomes more important as the distance of your race increases. A lot of shoes feel great for the marathon or half marathon, only to be a bit cumbersome at more aggressive paces. Being that I have primarily focused on the half and full marathon for the past 2-3 years, I have tended to wear my marathon shoes for those faster workouts and races, because they allowed me to put in the work, without getting beat up, and hopefully recover quicker. That said, I always felt like I was leaving a little bit out there performance-wise. With the Streak 6 however, I don’t feel like I’m making a big compromise if I wear them on the track or in a fast 5k-pace road workout. Even during a session of fast 200s, I never felt like the Streak 6 was in the way. On the flip side, when I am running a road tempo, there is enough substance under foot to feel like I can relax at pace and ultimately feel like my effort is more efficient and sustainable than it would be in a more aggressive shoe like the Streak LT or Saucony Type A.

The convex, rocker shape of the sole works really well. It feels very smooth and should accommodate a lot of different strides. I read in a competitor.com article about how the Nike designers made the sole of the Nike Streak 6 so that it didn’t have a specific flex point, but instead would be able to flex wherever it needed to based on your stride. That’s sort of what a Nike Free or other more minimal shoe would do, but the Nike Streak 6 manages to maintain that snappy racer feeling (unlike a quirky, minimal shoe) thanks to the plastic plate embedded in the midfoot. I think this decision is part of what makes the shoe so versatile. It really has a rolling sort of feel to it, regardless of whether you are running aggressively on your midfoot and forefoot or relaxing a bit and running farther back on your heels.

Nike Zoom Streak 6 back

The Bad

Some of you will want something a little thinner. Plenty of Nike pros have run very fast in these already, but I recognize that some people just prefer thinner shoes. I will gladly race the 5k in these, as I generally don’t feel like I perform as well in lower profile shoes such as the Streak LT or Saucony Type A. I usually feel less efficient during the race and my calves hate me when it’s over. Those runners that enjoy a really aggressive, low-to-the-ground feel in their shoes might prefer something else, though.

The laces are really long. I always double knot my shoes…every day…on every run. For these, I even triple knotted to help take up all the slack. Maybe one of these days I’ll remember to cut them back an inch or so. Truth is, it has never really caused a problem, but I wanted to find something negative to say so you won’t think I’m just blindly drinking the Kool-Aid here.

The Nike Streak 6 aren’t as durable as your trainers. Duh! I know this is obvious, but I still feel like it has to be said. It always blows my mind when people complain about racing flats not being “very durable.” They aren’t made to be durable. They are made for performance! Lighter weight almost always means less durability. Generally speaking, these are durable enough, and despite some wear on the sole, they still feel really good and responsive when I’m running in them. For those of you who like to wear racing flats on your long runs or even on your easy days, I suggest looking elsewhere, or at least remember that real racing flats are not typically made with durability in mind.

Conclusion

The Nike Streak 6 really hits a sweet spot for me. It is light and responsive but has enough substance that I can relax a bit. I can finish a workout without feeling beat up, and I can maintain an efficient stride even when there’s some fatigue in the legs. It gets out of the way when I’m running fast on the track, and it’s there to provide the perfect dose of cushion when I’m 5 or 6 miles into a tempo workout. The cushioning is adequate, but not too soft. The shoe is responsive, but never harsh. You get a smooth experience regardless of your footstrike (forefoot, midfoot, heel, or whatever part of the foot the latest propaganda is promoting). And finally, they fit well. There is more than enough room in the forefoot, and the wrap system (seen previously on the Streak LT), combined with the minimal heel counter, does a great job of strapping the shoe to your foot when you’re running fast. My foot always feels locked in. My heel never slips. And my toes never feel cramped or get blisters.

I’ve had lots of great flats, but I’ve always felt like there was a compromise being made. Maybe it was fast, but I couldn’t feel comfortable over much distance (Streak LT or Saucony Grid Type A). Maybe it was good for the marathon, but still, just a bit more bulky (LunaRacer) or softer (Streak 5) than I would really want if I could create a shoe myself. Maybe it had that elusive mix of cushioning that could go both fast and long, but the fit was off (New Balance 1600 & 1400) or the offset was too high (Brooks T7). In training, I love this shoe…it seems like it should do everything. The only drawback for me is that I still haven’t felt 100% at home in it during a race. I’m still used to a slightly higher offset (Streak 5), or at least more of a wedge setup (LunaRacer or old 1400v1), as opposed to a rocker setup. I notice the differences in training, but in a race, when I’m more fatigued, the differences really stuck out. I’m not saying one way is better, but I do recognize that I’m still not 100% used to the shoe change. I need more time. I need to experience it during some longer marathon and half marathon workouts. That’s when I’ll really know if the shoe is going to become something I reach for when fitness is top-notch and I’m ready to take a stab another personal best.
About Brian Shelton

Brian is a life-long athlete. He ran cross-country and track in high school, but “wasn’t very good.” He then spent his college years racing road and mountain bikes, on his own during the summer and with the Lindsey Wilson College cycling team in the spring (road) and fall (mountain). After being relatively inactive for about 3 years after graduating college, his wife inspired him to sign up a for a half marathon. He ran approximately 7 minute pace and felt like he “was sprinting the entire time.” Fast forward to today, and it’s rare for him to ever run as slow as a 7-minute mile. He ran 2:24:15 in the 2014 Twin Cities Marathon and 1:09:24 in the 2016 Mercedes Half Marathon. He has been entered into two USA Marathon Championships (Twin Cities 2014, LA 2015) and has won countless small-town road races. He’s been humbled by big mileage and competitive races, but at 37 years old, believes he can still run personal bests at every distance from the mile to the marathon. He has been coached by Luke Humphrey (Hansons Coaching Services) since December 2012. In 2011, he opened his hometown’s first and only running store, Foothills Running Co.  (Instagram)You can follow along with his personal journey of parenting and running via his Instagram account @brian1shelton

For another look at the Nike Streak 6, check out Peter Stuart’s Review on Road Trail Run.

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Nike Zoom Streak 6

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The defacto shoe for elite Nike athletes until the recent release of the radical and pricier Zoom VaporFly, the Streak 6 can still be seen on the feet of many of Nike’s top runners as they compete in world class marathons.

It builds on the success of the Streak 5 by replacing the cushier flyknkit upper with a lighter weight unit based off of the one used in the Streak LT series, which is Nike’s elite shoe for shorter road races.

Seeing as the Streak LT series have been loved by elite runners for years for their incredible fit, this should have been a recipe for success for Nike.

Out of the box they fit incredibly well, with the Streak LT style upper comfortably yet very securely looking in my feet. Walking around, however, showed what seemed to be some sloppy manufacturing.

At the bottom of the tongue, near where it attached to the shoe, the reinforcement stripped glued along the edge of the tongue ends at a right angle that sticks out past the rest of the material.

This stiff fabric is made even stiffer by the dried adhesive in which it had been doused and dug into my foot right from the start.

Nike Zoom Streak 6 – Inside

Nike Zoom Streak 6 Sole Unit

One of the highlights of the Streak 6 is definitely whats underfoot. The midsole is the perfect amount of responsive and firm for a long race, with just enough support to keep the focus away from your feet.

Seriously, the shape of the midsole unit is nirvana-esq. And while running down hills Nike’s time-proven air pod helps take most of the harshness out of heel strikes without feeling too soft or squishy while running normally.

Nike Zoom Streak 6 – Medial Side

The plastic plate, seen as the shiny green peeking through the cutout holes in the midsole, helps increase the rigidity of the shoe without adversely affecting the cushioning.

While lots of shoes have moved to using carbon here to save weight, including some of Nike other racing offerings, the plastic gets the job done and probably contributes to the Streak 6 being more affordable than many of the other elite racing shoes in the market.

The outsole is beefier than what is normally seen in racing shoes. The rubber is seriously thicker than some of my daily trainers, so much so that if it weren’t for the issues with the upper I probably would have used these as such.

Back to the outsole, though, it is a pretty impressive unit. The soft grippy rubber has grip to spare, even when kicking to the finish on a wet road.

Nike Zoom Streak 6 Upper Info

The upper, being modeled after the venerable Streak LT series which built up an almost cult like following in the 5k racing world, had incredibly high expectations to live up to. Spoiler alert: it didn’t.

Lets start off with the good. The upper has a kind of double layer wrap in the midfoot area.

If you look at the last image accompanying this review, you’ll see it as the layer of yellow fabric that bends back over into the outer fabric of the shoe. At the bend is where the laces attach.

Nike Zoom Streak 6 – Inner

What this does is evenly distribute the pressure of lacing, so no matter how tightly you lock your foot in there aren’t any real pressure spots. The new flymesh material used is also incredibly breathable.

But the Flymesh is also a source of some issues. First off, it tears. Apparently a lot. Expect about 100-200 miles out of these shoes based on my personal experience and other runners forum posts/complaints.

Additionally, the glued reinforcement strip on the tongue I mentioned earlier is a real buzz kill, even wearing socks it rubbed my skin a bit raw for the entirety of my first 50 or so miles, though it did slowly improve throughout my test and was pretty much ok after 75 or so miles.

Finally, the rear ankle collar on these shoes goes pretty high up to help achieve a tight heel lock, which is by no means uncommon in racing shoes.

Uncommon, however, is the lack of a v shaped cutout in the collar, as seen on every other pair of Nike Racing shoes I own. This means the top of the collar does rub uncomfortably on my Achilles unless I’m wearing at least ankle high socks.

Nike Zoom Streak 6 Conclusions

While the Nike Zoom 6 is built on an incredible base, with a wonderful mid and out- sole, the upper is a complete letdown.

I’d not only recommend buying the Flyknit Streak instead, which uses the same lower half but with a much softer Flyknit upper, but am actually am doing just that.

Nike Zoom Streak 6 – Lateral Side

With the upgraded upper, this has the workings of an amazing racing shoe with the durability to be used regularly for hard and fast training runs.

Nike Zoom Streak 6 Price Comparison

Sours: https://www.runningshoesguru.com/2017/08/nike-zoom-streak-6-review/

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Nike Zoom Streak 6 Review

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