The joy of a new release of the Nike Air Zoom Streak series can be a double-edged sword: there is the high of the expectation for great improvement and the low if those expectations are not met. The evolution of the Streak 3 to the Streak 4 was not an easy one, with the fans of the 3 remaining loyal to it. However, the Nike Air Zoom Streak 5 brings the joy and you can feel it as soon as you put them on. The shoes are essentially a family of technology partnerships working together to provide a lightweight, comfortable, ventilated, snug but with a relaxed forefoot fit, low profile shoe which are the characteristics of a very fine distance road racing shoe.
The shank also plays a part in the greater efficiency of the Nike Zoom Streak 5 during transitions: the firmer midsole complements its lower profile to noticeable effect and propels you through your stride. The Zoom heel unit is covered by a thin fabric strobe which covers a contoured but non-removable insole, which should be a great way to prevent slippage. However, the insole is fixed in place with a series of adhesive dots and you can hear them peeling and re-sticking when you move at walking speed: it sounds like you have left your sticky price tag on the bottom of your shoes (even though you know what the source of the sound is, you will repeatedly check). The solution to this minor annoyance is to stop walking, and run!
The absence of overlays means that the foot is not squeezed in any way and allows a greater than expected foot splay. The greatest development to the Zoom Streak 5 is the use of Flywire technology which is a fully customizable, ultra-lightweight lacing system that performs like the cables on a suspension bridge. Every element of the Flywire design is function aware. The cables wrap the midfoot and arch for a dynamic, sock-like fit and yet they relate only from the second row of eyelets to allow the runner to have a relaxed forefoot fit whilst cradling the foot and giving exceptional support. Details such as the eyelets being punched rather than needing additional casings and the reflective heel strip show the extent as to how the Streak has advanced.
It is a terribly well thought out shoe with details like the tongue being padded at the top to prevent lacing pressure and edged with a soft synthetic material t and that encourages the tongue to lie flat over the foot. The fact that the Nike Zoom Streak 5 allows your toes to play out in a more natural way, adds to the overall comfort of the shoe and heightens the chance of you keeping your toenails intact post-marathon. The previous versions of the Streak are great, but the design finesse of the Streak 5 is evident and offer a surprisingly relaxed fit for what is essentially a distance racing shoe.
• Engineered mesh provides lightweight superior breathability
• Full-length Phylon foam midsole gives plush and resilient cushioning
• Duralon blown rubber is found under the metatarsal area for extra cushioning