Fall Shoe Guide

22 Shoes Tested and Re­viewed

Canadian Running - - SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2017 -

Our team of testers put these 22 shoes through their paces – run­ning ev­ery­thing from short, hard re­peats and 5K races in the lighter mod­els de­signed for faster per­for­mance to three-hour long runs in those de­signed for pro­vid­ing a soft, plush ride for the long haul

NIKE ZOOMFLY Uni­sex 248 g (8.7 oz.); Drop ra­tio: 10 mm; $200

The Zoomf Fly was in­tro­duced along with the Va­porFly 4% and the Pe­ga­sus 34 at Break­ing2, Nike’s bold sub-two-hour marathon at­tempt in May at the F1 rack in Monza, Italy. While this model lacks some of the cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies of the Va­porf ly 4% (in­clud­ing the ZoomX mid­sole foam and car­bon spring plate – both of which con­trib­ute to that shoe im­prov­ing run­ning econ­omy by its name­sake), the ZoomFly does ben­e­fit from its big sib­ling’s pro­gres­sive de­sign ideas, in­clud­ing a more ag­gres­sive drop, lots of cush­ion­ing and a plas­tic ver­sion of the spring plate.

The ZoomFly is still one fast shoe. Its Lu­narlon mid­sole is a tried and true ma­te­rial used on many of Nike’s quick­est train­ers and rac­ing f lats. The stack height also em­braces Nike’s new ap­proach to shoe de­sign. Our testers loved this ac­ces­si­ble yet for­ward-think­ing shoe, and it’s bound to be a hit for both train­ing and a goal marathon, even if most of us have to set­tle with sub-three or four.

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