Evaluation To our mind, the Zoom Swift is a more successful rendering of Nike’s caged Zoom Air concept than the Zoom Spiridon. Rather than the Phylite midsole/outsole, Nike has married the cage to a more traditional midsole. This means the shoe is heavier than the Spiridon, but also that it’s more supportive and suitable for a much wider range of runners.
The cage on the medial side of the Swift is beefier than that on the Spiridon, so it offers a little more stability. The midfoot shank, too, is bigger, which also adds to the support. That said, it’s still a shoe best suited to efficient, lighter runners.
The really nice thing about the Swift is its ‘caged air’ unit. It won’t appeal to everyone, but the cushioned, springy heel strike provides a feeling that this is a shoe to run quickly in. The forefoot feel is better than the Spiridon’s, too – far more protective and cushioned – and the transition from heel to toe is particularly smooth.
In short This is the best of the two new caged Zoom Air shoes. The smooth, cushioned and responsive ride means that the Swift should find fans among runners looking for a shoe for quick training runs.
Try it on if you liked Asics Gel DS Trainer (£80); Nike Air Zoom Elite (£70)