Overview

A new upper and Nike Plus compatibility has now been added to this shoe. It may not be as light and speed as some of the Elite shoes of old. That upsets some of the purists (including some among our testers) but this shoe still allows you to push the pace far better than when you are wearing a regular pair of support shoes. While hardcore may be looking for something a little more slimmed down these are now going to appeal to a more diverse range of runners. The speedier guys will find this to be a shoe they can do more of their training in. Good cushioning and support that focussed on the midfoot for when you are running at pace.

Road Race Suitability

  Elite Performance Protection
5K
10K
10M
Half Marathon
Marathon
A review by timgrose
July 16, 5782
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Impressions after 1st week

I've had several pairs of the Elite 1 and 2 but skipped the 3. Got the 4 a week ago and am generally impressed. Don't seem quite as fast as the earlier Elites but reckon I can easily do all my steady road runs in these and some longer tempos. So feel more of a lighter than average trainer than a racer/trainer as such. Feels like quite a fat sponge under my feet and certainly would not want to race in them. Initially got a blister on my heel but not entirely sure that was due to these. Seems better now. Fit true to size unlike many of Nike's spikes & flats which seem to be getting smaller by the year.
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Shoe details

Gender Mens
Year 2008
Season Spring/Summer
Current model
MSRP $

Suitabilty

Off Road Use
Short Trail
Long Trail
Adventure
Shoe Type
Neutral
Support
Motion Control
Trail
Lightweight
Racer
Surfaces
Road
Treadmill
Light Trail
Trail
Severe Trail
Weight
Light
Regular
Heavy