We last reviewed a performance training shoe called the Zoom Elite way back in 1998. Then it was a decent middle-to-long distance-racer, but didn’t quite cut it as an everyday trainer. Five years on, Nike has resurrected the name and pitched the shoe in the same, albeit now much more competitive, sector. This time it has a definite hit on its hands.
Apparently, the Zoom Elite was known as the Spylon during its early development, as Nike was aiming for a shoe that combined the stability of its Span
model with the lightweight cushioning of the Skylon
. In fact, Nike seems to have improved on the best bits of both those models with the Elite. It boasts a cushioned, flexible forefoot that is comparable to the ‘benchmark’ performance trainer, the Asics Gel DS Trainer
. The Elite also feels as stable as the DS trainer – and more so than the Span or Skylon – thanks to its second midsole density, midfoot support and great heel-to-toe-transition.
It is softer than the Asics shoe, though, due to a full-length Zoom Air pad encased within the midsole. The initial feedback from our weartesters has been extremely positive, and they especially liked the glove-like fit and its stable, ultra-responsive ride.
It’s taken a while but Nike has at last created an exceptional performance trainer. The Zoom Elite is an ideal marathon shoe for recreational racers as it offers good cushioning and stability, and a superb ride. Faster, lighter runners will love it for almost any run.
Try it on if you liked Asics Gel DS Trainer
(£75); New Balance 830