Nike Air Zoom Elite 2

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Nike Air Zoom Elite 2
A softer feel than the previous Zoom Elite, and a little heavier, but version two is still a very nice performance shoe.

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In the past, Nike made some decent performance trainers, but never really challenged the favourites from Asics, Mizuno and New Balance. On its release late last year, though, the Zoom Elite came in close to the top. The first incarnation of the Zoom Elite was a smashing shoe, and Nike ...  Continue reading

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27 user reviews of Nike Air Zoom Elite 2 See all

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Get rid of the Nike + and get the cost of these fantastic trainers back to manageable prices for real runners! Continue reading...
Been running for twenty years and took up marathons three years ago and these are the model i always buy Very comfortable and never had a blister Continue reading...
Will buy them again. Continue reading...
Really happy with this shoe although it is slightly heavier than my others. Would defn buy another pair. Continue reading...
I have had all the Nike air Zoom Elites I am currently using the 3rd one in the series and I recon it's the best out of the three it has well cushioned and supports very well. I also use it for racing and it do Continue reading...

Discussions

I have tried these shoes at Niketown and like them.
Are these suitable for everyday use ?
I have seen air zoom elite 1's on special offer.
Wouled i be best off getting 1's for everyday and 2's for racing ?
Thanks in advance.

Posted: 17/10/2005 at 14:58

That all depends on you, your running style & pace.

Shoes are a personal choice - I wold suget goingto a specialist running shop to get fittted up & seek their advice - they will question you about your running & ask you to run around in a variety of shoes or on a machine until you find whats right

Posted: 17/10/2005 at 15:19

Not a massive fan of these... The transition from heel - midfoot - forefoot isn't terribly smooth.

Posted: 17/10/2005 at 15:37

The support on 1 is all on the heel and on two is in the mid-foot. They are suited to different styles of runner to be honest.

If you suit the 1, then the 2 may be too much support for you, and vice versa.

I liked the 1 for racing, but it didn't suit me at the time :-(

If you need the support of the 2, then the appropriate every day shoe from Nike would be the structure triax. If you suit the 1, then the perseus is the equivalent everyday shoe. However, it might be that the Nike offerings aren't right and you would be better off with a different make.

Posted: 17/10/2005 at 17:26

Thanks
For a little more background...
I've been running in asics 2100 for the last 6 months or so on advice from my physio. Over pronator. These are the first shoes i've had and have only been running since march.
Since then my posture is much improved and along with it my running action (straighter back)
Miles have increased steadily over the last 6 months but getting blisters from my asics.
So..
I had a gait analysis done at nike town by video a week or so ago, and it showed the over pronation to be very mild, and the zoom elite 2's corrected it (as seen on video)

I know the 2's are the right shoe for me but are they going to last ?

My other question was whether 1's are the same as 2 and from what you've said they are not, so i'll (unfortunately) avoid the pair i've seen for £25!

DB2 - What doesn't quite tally is that you have said the everyday equivalent of 2 is the structure triax, yet i was also recommended perseus after my gait analysis at Nike???

Posted: 17/10/2005 at 18:40

Booze ,

Where did you see a pair for 25 quid if I may ask

Posted: 17/10/2005 at 19:15

what size are you ?

Posted: 17/10/2005 at 19:35

11uk

Posted: 17/10/2005 at 19:51

It was a listing on ebay.

Posted: 17/10/2005 at 21:20

Sounds like the gait analysis is giving more information than I can guess at over the net.
The Zoom Elite 2 has the 2nd density in the mid-foot rather that just in the heel; the structure triax also supports in the middle of the gait; whereas the perseus has the control in the rear foot.
If the perseus works on gait analysis then that's the one to use...

djb

Posted: 19/10/2005 at 08:27

didn't actually get to try the perseus on the video, just the elite's. but they were recommended as a result of it.
Thanks again.
I think i'm going to get the zoom elite 2 and just see how long they last :-)

Posted: 19/10/2005 at 12:19

I've got ZE2's but mine are fairly new. I use them for everyday running.

Posted: 19/10/2005 at 16:23

I agree that the lycra is best......very comfy etc. Some are OK commando, but for some reason I am yet to identify....some are not. The seam down the middle can, lets say, "irritate". Underneath, and it's suprising, athough quite nice, how many men are talking about this. I thought it was only the sort of talk women had when they went to the loo. I wear anything from the days underwear (because I'll be showering afterward) (baggy boxers wouldn't work though) to thongs, or the old fashioned jock-strap, which I think was a good invention but they aren't always that comfy nowadays. You need a bit of a layer of protection and a bit of support I guess. That was wht they offered, but perhaps they have been superceded.

Posted: 21/10/2005 at 18:05

Well...thanks for that Sportsmad.

I can't believe a thong, although it is admittedly lightweight, is going to help with slight over-pronation.

Did you try them out on the treadmill in the shop in front of the video is the real question?!

Posted: 21/10/2005 at 19:35

Are Nike now doing "Zoom elite" pants ??!!
When I was told the new pair have more support I hadn't realised what was meant :-)

Posted: 21/10/2005 at 22:23

Bought the Zoom Elite 2's today after much deliberation.
Will keep you posted on how I get on..

Posted: 29/10/2005 at 18:53

Hey, cool cross-post DS!!!

Posted: 31/10/2005 at 10:40

Have been injured so haven't given these as many miles as i would have normally.
Very light, and comfortable, but not going to be my everyday shoe. i'll keep them for races.
I'll be getting the asics 2110 when they come out.
I think the blisters in the 2100's came from having the wider width fitting rather than standard...

Posted: 11/11/2005 at 14:20

hi, sorry to bring up an old thread, just wondering how these fit? the shoes not the lycra... been running n asics latley, mostly my nike are ears old...

Posted: 29/12/2005 at 08:19



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