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The Nike Zoom Elite 9 is a shoe all about performance. It’s designed to make you feel light and snappy and ready to rumble. Take a look at the adidas Ultraboost for something similar.
First Impressions? The Elite series has always been about pacier days and the 9 is no exception. It looks like a faster shoe thanks in part to the last shape and the slightly lower profile (8mm heel to toe). The question is: does it perform like one? Let’s take a look
This shoe is built with the neutral runner in mind, working off a racing last. The shoe rides very well. It is extremely responsive and this model feels softer than the previous Elite 8.
The midsole features a Zoom Air unit in the forfoot and this makes the shoe feel quicker than before. You get a lovely quick bounce-back from it which works best at speed.
The Elite 9 makes running enjoyable. This misole rides smoothly but swiftly so we think it's versatile. You'll love running long in these shoes but obviously, the Elite 9 is also built for speed so great for tempo and longer races.
The shoe features a seamless flymesh upper which we found breathable and the shoes are good to wear without socks if that's what you like. The inner sleeve has a very smooth and comfortable feel.
The Elite 9 also features asymmetrical lacing for a better fit and more efficient lock down. The shoes certinly feel comfortable on the foot and the fit is nice and snug, ideal for a swifter shoe. However, we think the toe box is a little shallow.
There’s a reworked waffle outsole which offers durable, sticky traction and the shoe offers top loaded zoom air in forefoot for increased responsiveness
A rubber crash rail on the lateral side helps promote smooth transition from striking to pushing off.
This is a cool looking shoe and the 8mm heel to toe, working with such a comfortable fit means you can use these for most of your fast runs and if you fancy adding one or two other runs as well, well that’s not a problem thanks to the cushioning. We love pace work and anything up to eight or nine miles. A really nice shoe that is at home on most road and path trails.
How far do you take the Elite 9? Let us know.
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Zoom Air located in the forefoot consists of a low-profile pressurized air pocket that flexes on contact for responsive cushioning.
Cushlon is a full-length midsole foam that delivers plush, resilient cushioning.
Duralon is a thin layer of blown rubber, now running the full length of the outsole for improved cushioning.
Waffle outsole design provides multi-surface traction and a touch of cushioning.
Flymesh offers breathability and seamless support for an adaptive fit, updated to reduce weight for a fast, lightweight feel.
Dynamic Flywire provides necessary support and unmatched fit while reducing the shoes overall weight.
Notched Inner Sleeve in the midfoot and forefoot for enhanced plush comfort and snug fit.
Asymmetrical lacing wraps the foot to the shoe and relieves pressure over the top ridge of the foot.
Heel Counter wraps the rearfoot and keeps the heel stable in the shoe.
EVA sockliner mimics the curvature of the heel and arch for increased comfort and support.