Nike Max Air 97 Ultra ’17

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The Nike Max Air 97 Ultra ’17 running shoes were inspired by the look of Japan’s bullet trains and give you a lightweight, comfortable, and all around great shoe. The Air pockets that make up the midsole ensure that they are responsive and comfortable which customers will appreciate. The price tag seems like it is a bit high, but they are extremely durable so you will not have to replace them for quite a while. Customers have stated that they were worth the money that they spent on them as they are a great pair of shoes. Runners like the look and the style of these shoes thanks to the aesthetically pleasing woven jacquard upper that still incorporates Nike Air’s distinct reflective quality.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Soft and flexible upper
  • Great fit
  • Good style and design
  • Wider width
  • Affordable price tag
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • Can cause blisters
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Nike Max Air 97 Ultra '17 is made out of a rubber compound that covers most of the bottom of the shoe. There is a small window carved out of the sole so you can view the air pocket in the midsole. The pattern that dons the bottoms of these shoes provides you a decent amount of traction to help you stay on your feet while you are on the run.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Nike Max Air 97 Ultra '17 has a visible Air bladder that gives you excellent shock absorption which is important in shoes as it can help prevent the risk of injury to your joints while you are on the run. The midsole is super comfortable and customers love that. The Air midsole is made using little air pockets that are similar to the blown rubber molding that NASA used to make their helmets back in the time this technology was introduced. Customers have the ability to see the air pocket through a window that is placed in the midsole. The air pockets help keep the shoes comfortable as well as lightweight.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Nike Max Air 97 Ultra '17 is made out of jacquard fabric which is textured and woven to give it a more intricate design than other shoes who use a printed fabric. The woven design of the upper ensures they are durable and will not suffer from premature wear and tear. Nike uses their unique lacing pattern that helps keep your feet locked in and secure. Some customers have mentioned that the design helps keep debris and some water out of their shoes while they are on the run which is much appreciated.
Weight
Weight

Weight

When you are looking at buying any shoes, but especially shoes you will be running in, it is important to find something that is going to be lightweight. The Nike Max Air 97 Ultra '17 are designed to keep the weight down. The upper and outsole both have lightweight construction, but it is the midsole that does the most to cut it back with the air pockets located throughout. Unfortunately, there is no information on exactly how much these weigh but most customers can agree that they feel light when they are wearing them.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Breathability is super important when it comes to your running shoes. You are going to want something that is going to give you adequate ventilation so you can keep your feet both cool and dry. The air will flow into your foot chamber keeping you cool and it will allow your sweat to quickly evaporate and escape the foot chamber keeping your feet dry and healthy. That being said the Nike Max Air 97 Ultra '17 running shoes are designed to give you good ventilation due to the woven jacquard upper. Not only will they let the air in but they are good about keeping moisture and debris out as to not irritate your feet while you are on the run.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Customers love how comfortable the Nike Max Air 97 Ultra '17 are to wear. Whether you are going for a run or standing on your feet all day, these sneakers will give you great cushioning that your feet will fall in love with by the end of the day. The Nike Air pockets located through the midsole gives you a nice, squishy feeling to keep your feet happy. This version of these sneakers is designed slightly wider than the past iterations which customers appreciate as it increases the comfort level. The upper works with the rest of the shoe to help your feet comfortable, as they are made out of a soft and woven material that hugs your feet. The one problem, however, is that a couple customers mentioned that they have caused them to get blisters while they were running so that is something you might want to keep in mind when you are purchasing them.
Style
Style

Style

Customers really like the look and style of these sneakers. There are only a couple of color options to choose from but that does not seem to stop deter customers away from purchasing them. They are available in black and pure Latinum-anthracite; metallic silver, black, white, and varsity red; or metallic gold and varsity red. Nike uses woven jacquard materials which gives you a textured woven pattern that is much more aesthetically pleasing than other shoes on the market made out of printed fabrics. This remake of the classic sporty shoe took a more minimalist approach giving it a more streamlined style that customers fell in love with.
Durability
Durability

Durability

When you are looking into buying a pair of shoes you are going to want something that is going to last you a long time and not suffer from any premature wear and tear. It can be very frustrating to spend your money on a product only for it to fall apart shortly after you get it. You will not have to worry about that with the Nike Max Air 97 Ultra '17 sneakers as they are made to be tough. The outsole and midsole are made to withstand your repeated pounding into the ground while you are running mile after mile. The upper is designed with an interlaced pattern to ensure they are made tough and will last you a quite a while.
Protection
Protection

Protection

There are a few protective features designed into the Nike Max Air 97 Ultra '17 sneakers that will help you stay safe when you are on the go. First is the reflective details in the upper, making it easier for you to stay visible when you are running in low light conditions. The pattern on the bottom of these shoes helps give you decent traction which also works to keep you safe by helping reduce the risk of slipping and falling when you are running. The secure lacing system helps keep water and debris out of your shoes when you are running which is just one more added layer of protection for your feet.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

When it comes to responsiveness, you want something that is going to give you that bounce in your step that will let you push yourself a little harder. With each step that you take your feet will sink into the midsole and then it will quickly spring back to its original shape propelling you into your next step, saving you the energy you would have normally used to take that step. The Nike Max Air 97 Ultra '17 running shoes give you a decent energy return due to the Air pocket located in the midsole. Runners can appreciate the spring in their step they get when they are running in these shoes.
Support
Support

Support

The Nike Max Air 97 Ultra '17 running shoes offer you a decent amount of support which is nice and appreciated by runners. The unique lacing system helps keep your feet locked into the shoe giving you a nice and snug fit.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Nike Max Air 97 Ultra '17 sneakers are considered to be road running shoes and as such you should stick to more flat and non-abrasive surfaces when you take these out. If you are going to be doing running it is recommended that you stick to paved roads or sidewalks, tracks (indoor or outdoor), or treadmills. These sneakers will not give you the protection that you would need to take them off the beaten path so if you are looking for something to wear when you hit the trails then you should consider a different pair that will suit your needs better.
Price
Price

Price

When it comes to purchasing your running shoes it is important to keep in mind that you are making an investment. That being said, the Nike Max Air 97 Ultra '17 sneakers are a good investment as they will not suffer from premature wear and tear and you can expect them to last a long time. The MSRP of these shoes rings up at $160 but can generally be found online for a cheaper price. This is a little high for some runners when it comes to shoes, but they seem to be worth the money. Runners do not regret their decision to purchase these.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The pattern that is designed on the outsole of the Nike Max Air 97 Ultra '17 sneakers helps ensure you get a decent amount of traction while you are wearing these shoes. These hold a decent grip on many surfaces, so long as you stick to the recommended terrains, you will reduce the risk of your feet slipping out from underneath you while you are on the go.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Flexibility is important for running shoes, as you will want to make sure your feet can move as freely and naturally as possible while still giving you the support and protection that you need from a pair of sneakers. The Nike Max Air 97 Ultra '17 shoes offer a decent amount of flexibility. The midsole and the upper allow you to move your feet naturally while you are running to give you a more comfortable ride.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Nike Max Air 97 Ultra '17 running shoes are designed for those runners who are looking for a neutral pair of sneakers. If you are in the market for a pair of stability shoes then these might not be the best option for you. However, there are a few customers who have problems with overpronation or supination who said that they got some of the support that they needed from these shoes. That being said, these were designed with neutral runners in mind and are not meant to be a stability shoe.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop of your shoes is simply the difference in how far off the ground your heels are when compared to your toes. In other words, it is the measurement of the incline of your shoes. The vast majority of running shoes come with an average of a 10mm drop. Unfortunately, there is not really any information on what the exact drop of the Nike Max Air 97 Ultra '17 measures in at, however, some reviewers stated that they do have a low heel to toe drop so we can assume that is lower than the 10mm average.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-Full-length Air pocket midsole
-A single piece of woven jacquard material makes up the upper
-Offers a great fit for those with wider feet
-Unique hidden lacing system to lock your feet down
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Nike Max Air 97 Ultra '17 is an all-around great pair of running shoes that most customers praise. There were a few reviewers who mentioned that they got blisters from the shoes rubbing on their feet. With the exception of the blisters, customers stated that these are extremely comfortable and they love the look and design of the sneakers. If you are in the market for a classic throwback to the 1997 Nike's then these are going to be a great fit for you.