One of my major goals in writing this blog is to promote variation in choice of running footwear, particularly shoes that might be classified as reduced or minimalist. Given this, I’ve chosen for the most part to avoid reviewing shoes that weigh over 10oz, or that are stacked with pronation control/stability features. This still leaves a large number of shoes to choose from, and I unfortunately cannot afford to buy every shoe that’s on the market, nor do I have the time or ability to run enough miles to try them all out (believe me, I wish I did!).
“Designed and developed by the best marathoners in the world, the Streak 3 is a versatile 5k to marathon road racing shoe. The Cushlon LT midsole and Zoom Air unit in the heel gives ample support and cushioning. Ounce for ounce, the one piece upper reduces siginficant weight and also allows for rapid water drainage.“
The shoe weighs 6.7 oz, and as a racing flat, appears to have a relatively low heel (don’t know the actual drop numbers). It’s a shoe that I have looked at a few times, mainly because it appears to have been the shoe on the feet of both Robert Cheruiyot and Meb Keflezighi in the 2010 Boston Marathon (check out the video below to see what I believe to be the Zoom Streak 3 in action on the first and last runners to pass by). Cheruiyot won Boston this year, and Meb won the NYC Marathon last year – not a bad pair of endorsements for a running shoe!
Elite Male Runners in Slow Motion – 2010 Boston Marathon from Runblogger on Vimeo.
Video clip of elite males running near mile 17 of the 2010 Boston Marathon. Runners in order on video are: 1. Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, 2. Deriba Merga, 3. Tekeste Kebede, 4. Moses Kigen Kipkosgei (red/green singlet); 5. Abderrahim Goumri (purple singlet w/ yellow stripe), and 6. Mebrahtom Keflezighi.
Anyway, since I probably won’t be getting Meb or Cheruiyot on here to write a review, I’ll refer you to the next best option – friend and fellow dailymile Team member Caleb Masland (see picture at left). Caleb is a Nike fan and a seriously fast runner (he ran sub-3:00 in Boston this year), and just posted a review of his experience so far with the Zoom Streak 3 on his blog, Becoming Bonkproof. Here’s a short excerpt:
“The Streak 3 are Nike’s update to the Marathoner, so they are intended to have a blend of responsiveness and durability. I’d say they are true to this in general. They are not as soft as the Lunaracers, or a Saucony Kinvara (my other new shoe….), but they do feel very responsive, flexible, and quick in transition. I do feel that they will hold up very well over the course of a half or full marathon as well.“
To read the rest of his review of the Nike Zoom Streak 3, head on over to Becoming Bonkproof and give it a read!
You can also visit Caleb’s dailymile profile at: http://www.dailymile.com/people/CalebMasland.