Nike Air Zoom Elite 8

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Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 Facts

First off, the Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 is one of the most perfect performance trainers ever. Their lightweight which is ideal for neutral runners looking for fast grip on various terrain and an ever quicker transition while providing the most efficient responsive cushioning in every step. With a combination of Flywire and the new Flymesh for the upper comfort is right at your fingertips.

The newly added Flymesh makes the look of the shoe seamless and is down-right the most noticeable update to the Elite 8. Often compared to the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus. Lately, Nike has been designing most of their running shoes with this new mesh material making most new versions oh so comfortable. Something that runners will ultimately love, not to mention their pretty stylish and the price is not bad at all. The Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 ($115) just might be what neutral runners have been waiting for.

Pros
  • The Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 has a consistent upper
  • Phenomenal transition quality
  • Unbelievable forefoot cushioning
  • Flywire provides secure fit
  • Outsole perfectly designed for traction as well as performance
  • Newly made seamless, Flymesh upper
Cons
  • Some runners agree that the platform is not very flexible
  • The running shoe has zero reflectivity
  • Lugs on sole are not as durable as they should be
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 features an ultra-thin outsole that is good for traction but doesn’t bulk up weight. On the lateral side there are blown rubber crash rails that provides added traction and cushioning. Multi-surface traction is made possible throughout the heel with the help of environmentally preferred rubber. If you enjoy a touch of cushioning, the waffle outsole designing does just the job. The outsole consist of hexagonal lugs that provide extreme grip that are wonderful for quick tempo runs. The Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 are great on wide-ranging surfaces.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

Composed of Phylon, Nike’s amazingly lightweight, resilient cushioning makes the midsole feel like a million bucks while wearing the Zoom Elite 8. Upon foot strike, the landing is made smooth with the beveled heel. Zoom Air in the forefoot gives runners a swift response on and off the road. Also, there is an EVA sockliner designed to increase support and comfort. Some would call it a compression molded EVA midsole.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper has supportive Nike Flywire technology with lightweight mesh that wraps around the foot in such a snug fit that your foot can adapt to. Flymesh offers seamless support with lightweight breathability that makes the shoe a must-have. And you won’t believe there’s no-sew overlays. In the midfoot and forefoot there is a notched inner sleeve for enhancement of fit and comfort. While runners are running, their heels are kept stable in the shoe by the heel counter that wraps the back of the foot.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Undoubtedly, Nike’s lightest running shoe in the Zoom family. The average weight of the Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 varies among sizes of course. For a men’s size 11, the weight is 10.37 oz/ 294 gms. If we had to compare the 2014 Air Zoom Elite 7, they are 5 gms/0.2 oz heavier, but for the most part they are indeed lightweight.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The lightweight mesh body makes breathability not a problem at all. For those who like to take early morning runs while in the sweltering sun that can leave you in a sweaty situation would love these shoes. In fact, while you’re running you can feel the air breathing through at the toe front of the shoe. It is not too much air coming through so you won’t feel uncomfortable or as if you were in sandals. Yes, breathability is important in running shoes, but no one wants to feel too much air throughout the toe front. A small amount of air is good enough to make the best out of a good run or workout.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

With the Zoom Elite 8 comfort is key. They are hands down a comfortable shoe. Thanks to Nike’s Phylon foam it helps to make the shoe even more comfortable with the cushion base. It doesn’t have a feel of a free sole or a LunarLon cushioning, so it falls right in the middle, which is great for those who can appreciate a natural ride.

In comparison to the Nike Frees they are equally comfortable as the shoe give zero blisters while wearing them and no excessive heel rubbing unless you buy too small of a size for your foot. Something that clearly is a no no for daily runners. If your feet are a bit wider than most, it’s recommended that you buy a half size up to give yourself more toe room. However, the Nike Air Zoom Elite runs true to size.
Style
Style

Style

The Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 are quite stylish. They look pretty good. The different color schemes are very appealing to the eyes and the effortless design speaks for itself. The Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 women’s running shoe comes in color schemes such as Black/Wolf Grey/Dark Grey/White, Hyper Cobalt/Bluecap/Blue Tint/White and Bright Grape/Pink Blast/Peach Cream/White. The Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 Men’s running shoe comes in other color schemes like Black/Wolf Grey/Dark Grey/White, Loyal Blue/Palest Purple/Dark Purple Dust/White and Total Orange/Team Orange/ Wolf Grey/Black. Talk about decisions, decisions.
Durability
Durability

Durability

When looking for the very best running shoe the first thing that comes to mind is durability. Most runners want a shoe that can hold up through all conditions. They want to know that their shoes will last until the end of time. Something that is not realistic because not all shoes go without wear and tear. The Zoom Elite 8 are ideally durable and makes you feel good from the beginning to the end of each run. For a design that seems to be a little on the fragile side the Zoom Elite 8 has proven to be extraordinarily durable.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Yes, there may never be such a thing as a perfect running shoes, but it doesn’t hurt to try to come close to it. Starting with what most runners look for in a good running shoe, protection. For the most part, running shoes should always protect your feet, especially from the road while running and the Nike Air Zoom does not disappoint.

In fact, Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 offers moderate protection as the shoe is made with newly engineered Flymesh which is seen on most new Nike models. The material is integrated with Nike Flywire cables in the Flymesh adding additional support especially around the midfoot. Something that runners generally like because they are able to customize the shoe to fit to their foot.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

On a scale from 0-5, responsiveness would be around a 3.5 only because some runners enjoy the spring into action feeling that the Zoom Air cushion brings to the table, while others just focus on the sole of the shoe. Zoom Elite 8 are very responsive while running and this is proven by just how much faster runners are running while wearing these amazing shoes.
Support
Support

Support

These neutral shoes really let your feet do the work, but with additional support. The sole is very supportive and the actual shoe is very planted which says a lot about the Zoom Elite 8’s support. Even though some runners have mentioned that these running shoes are not necessarily good for long runs. A majority of runners have disagreed. In fact they believe that the Zoom Elite 8’s give just enough support even for long runs.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Runners usually look for running shoes that can handling pretty much all road conditions. Unfortunately, you don’t always get a chance to pick and choose where you run. There are times when you might have to run in an urban area full of nothing but concrete as opposed to a much more grasser area like the suburbs. So it’s important to choose the right shoe for the right surface. They are pretty light for the most part so it makes running a lot easier. Since they are light trainers there is an automatic smooth transition throughout each run.
Price
Price

Price

The Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 is listed at $115 through Nike website. This price would be an ideal price for most performance trainers. Some runners might still consider them to be on the high priced side as most try to be frugal when it comes to purchasing running shoes. Runners love to find good quality in shoes but rather pay less to get it. I know it doesn’t always make sense, but finding the best deal does require much needed research. But let’s be happy that there’s always room for a sale. Most runners have found the Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 for even cheaper, but despite the moderately high price quality always wins over quantity. The Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 are every bit worth it.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The ultra-thin outsole offers traction minus feeling bulky. The Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 has a lateral crash rail that flexes has it touches the ground making a smooth yet soft landing to takeoff. As a runner who doesn’t love a smooth and easy transition? Not to mention, the shoe provides a natural motion with the help of the extra room under the forefoot, thanks to the deep flex groves.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Since Nike Air Zoom Elite 8’s are so lightweight the enhanced cushioning underfoot along with Blown Rubber Crash Rails on the lateral side and the Duralon in the forefoot helps to increase the flexibility. The Duralon rubber in the forefoot is equivalent to that of the Vomero 10 adding just the right amount of flexibility while running. Perfect for neutral runners.
Stability
Stability

Stability

When it comes to stability, most are quite pleased with the Nike Air Zoom Elite 8. It offers awesome levels of lightweight stability from start to finish and what helps to ensure both support and stability within the shoe is Phylon. Plus the Nike Zoom cushioning is so very thin it helps to enhance stability and ensure a great workout.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The basic drop on the Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 is 8mm. If you’re trying to develop a more natural gait then this is a good place to start off at. This is where you’ll notice a more prominent heel ideal for a running shoe. Definitely for light heel strikers who don’t like flat shoes but are not thrilled with those thick and bulky heels that a majority of runners often get stuck with. Thankfully, the shoe’s heel does not get in the way.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Highly responsive cushioning provided by the forefoot Zoom Air

• Comfortable support delivered by the combination of Flywire and Flymesh upper

• 8 mm heel drop offset

• Lightweight cushioning provided by Phylon midsole

• Asymmetrical lacing that prevents digging in on the top of the foot and reduces lace pressure

• Forefoot composed of soft blown rubber for assured flexibility and cushioning

• Lateral outsole includes rubber crash rail that enforces smooth transitions on all surfaces
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Nike always aims to please and the Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 is ever bit proof of this. The Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 is a lightweight trainer that can be used on a daily basis. A trainer just perfect for neutral runners that are looking for a performance shoe that can provide a fast, smooth transition along with responsive cushioning right under your foot. The Nike Air Zoom Elite has proven to have outstanding speed, comfort, protection and durability on varying running surfaces.

This running shoe will forever be known for handling fast-paced workouts, weekend runs or even longer races. The Elite 8 is all about performance, so why not give it a try? The Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 will forever be compared to the Nike Pegasus because they are very similar in more ways than one. Both Nike shoes provide effective lightweight cushioning (Zoom Air), but in different parts of the shoe. Pegasus have cushioning in the heel and Zoom Elite 8 has the cushioning in the forefoot. But ultimately, The Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 is a faster shoe. So it seems Nike developed an even better version something that runners can have their best performance with. Overall, neutral runners definitely favor this running shoe.