This model may still be available on clearance. But we've reviewed a newer version since we published this.
Nike prides itself on innovative shoe-building (for example, the new Shox) so its unexpected when the company uses a similar technology to on weve seen elsewhere. In the case of the Skylon, Nikes one-piece midsole/outsole designis very similar to Reeboks. The Skylon series has a long history of lightweight, flexible shoes; some have been exceptional, others not so great. This new version of the Skylon is not so great. Its not the design, or its use of the one-piece midsole/outsole which falls short, its the midsole foam. The midsole is light and responsive enough, but too firm for a lightweight, cushioned shoe, and the heel-to-transition is not nearly as smooth as the old Skylons.
The Skylon feels great when you first try it on: the upper is light and fits like a glove. But the chances are that it will disappoint you. If youre wondering how it differs from the previous, conventional Air Skylon Triax, its lighter and feels quicker, but doesnt absorb shock nearly so well.
Its not the second-hand technology thats the disappointment, its the fact that the lightweight Air Skylons ride is firm and unfriendly. If you want to experience a one-piece midsole/outsole performing properly, you should try the heavier, but infinitely smoother, £50 Reebok Electrolyte.