Evaluation Most of Nike’s rugged, winterised shoes are simply core models – like the Moto and Pegasus – with hard-wearing, water-resistant uppers and grippier outsoles. The Storm Current is a little different as it’s an all-new Storm model without a Bowerman equivalent.
If you want tons of plush cushioning and a completely waterproof upper, then this is the shoe for you. The cushioning comes courtesy of both fore- and rearfoot air – the heel boasts a huge, visible Max Air unit. Gore-Tex XCR, last seen on the Storm Crested Butte, provides excellent water repellency. This is also softer and more breathable than Nike’s own Clima-Fit fabric found on the Storm Moto and Pegasus. (It should be noted, though, that XCR is also good at keeping water inside the shoes if you splash through too deep a puddle.)
The midsole has only a single density, but the air unit is enclosed on the medial side and the shoe has a relatively broad base, so it’s pretty stable. Like other Storm shoes, the outsole utilises softer, stickier rubber lugs to increase traction, but the Current is by no means an off-road shoe. However, it is highly visible, as the top part of the upper is made of extremely reflective material, which shows up brilliantly in headlights.
In short There are already plenty of great cushioning shoes out there – including Nike’s own – and the Current offers nothing new in that respect. But if you really hate getting your feet wet during winter runs, take a look.
Try it on if you liked Nike Air Max (£120); Nike Storm Crested Butte (£90)