So we haven’t had a review for some time. In fact we haven’t had anything on beardedrunner.com for a long time. My bad. Basically I have been training super hard so I sort of have an excuse. But basically don’t!. I have been saving up loads and loads of stuff to write about from reviews on <breathes in> Nike Flyknit Racer, New Balance LD500 spike, Adidas Adios Boost 2, Garmin 620 watch (could be a long write up) to training with Run Dem Crew, track routines, etc. So in the interim, let me apologise and furnish you guys with a little review on the Zoom Streak 5. Here we go.
The Nike Zoom Streak 5 is basically like the Nike Zoom Streak LT2 see my review but designed to be able to take you that little bit further. It’s a racing flat still, but whereas the LT2 is designed for track, road, cross country (apparently) and I’d say probably up to 10k for the ambitious, the ZS5 is a little bit more shoe the idea being it can take you to marathon distance if need be.
The ZS5 is effectively a racer for half/marathon. As you can see it is pretty much designed for the road. In the past several Nike sponsored athletes have gone with the Zoom Streak as there go to marathon shoe (although increasingly it seems adidas are scooping up the leading lights). Priscah Jeptoo won the NYC marathon 2013 in the Streak – in fact the top 5 lady finishers all wore the shoe. On the guys side Tsegaye Kebede wears the shoe along with Stephen Kiprotich. However Nike seem to be moving away from kitting their marathon guys out in the Steak now in preference of the Flyknit Racer (slightly firmer, lighter shoe – more on this in another post). As you can see from the above, the shoe is made with a flat no nonsense carbon-rubber sole with wishbone type bridge in behind the midfoot. The upper is made of engineered mesh and is super breathable. The most innovative technology used for the shoe (unlike the LT2) is the ‘Flywire’ lacing system which are stiched to and support the eyelets for the laces; these provide real wrap around tight feel. Nice. The shoe is light, definitely designed with the midfoot (not really forefoot as there is too much heel which you do end up transitioning off when tired) striker in mind. The action of the shoe is such as it tilts you forward somewhat and encourages quick cadence which is cool if you want that racer type vibe. It certainly isn’t as minimal as the LT2, it provides more cush (higher stack in forefoot, midfoot and heel) whilst however using the same ‘Zoom Air’ cushioning. This material is nowhere near as firm as the Flyknit Racer and whilst responsive, I’d say is middling firmness. I think if you ran a number of miles, this cushioning would gradually become even softer and become less responsive, thus rendering the shoe a trainer rather than a racing flat. But still it’s nimble, lightweight and does offer spring initially so I’d be tempted to race this at longer distances until such point as they deaden off a bit if you know what I mean.
What you’ve all been waiting for, some stats!
Stack Height: 30mm (Heel) – 18mm (Forefoot)
Heel to Toe drop: Er 12mm (maths)
Similar shoe: Mizuno Wave Hitogami, New Balance MR1400, adidas adiZero Boston 5
Score: er I just made this up, this is of course completely subjective and depends on a number of criteria etc but 7/10?!
Basically I got this shoe as I wanted something light, still quite zippy, to train in at say 7:30 / 8 mile pace. Something for recovery but able to run fast in if need be. I’m going to use as a trainer as the feel is just a little too soft for me to race in, I’m gonna save the for the Takumi-Sen at 5k/10k and the Flyknit Racer or Adidas Adios 2 at half marathon/marathon. I do really like the shoe though and as an intermediary shoe between the LT2 and the FNRacer they really fill a gap. I might even end up running a marathon in them. Oh and they look awesome. Obviously.
Keep it locked, more on the way. Train hard. Party harder!