I’ve had the Nike Zoom Streak LT2s for over a year, but for some reason never got around writing a review until now. I was compelled to do so by the fact that the shoe is being updated, and the new version will be out in January of next year (see a preview here). Given that the update is coming, the LT2 can be found for quite a bargain right now, and it might be a shoe to snap up before they are gone.
I’m going to keep this short since the shoe will be replaced soon. In a nutshell, the Zoom Streak LT2 is an ultralight (5.5 oz), 4mm drop (22mm heel, 18mm forefoot) facing flat. It’s stands out to me for several reasons:
1. It’s a Nike flat that actually fits me. Historically I’ve had very little luck with Nike flats since most fit very narrow. The Streak LT2 is by no means a wide shoe, but it’s wide enough, with a stretchy enough upper over the forefoot, to fit comfortably. If you’ve had similar issues with fit in Nike shoes, this is one to try.
2. For a flat, it has a very forgiving midsole. Many flats have extremely firm midsoles to give them that snappy feel needed for speed. The Cushlon midsole of the LT2 actually feels quite soft under the heel, which makes it suitable for longer runs for me. It has a smooth, fluid ride, similar to shoes like the Asics Hyperspeed or New Balance 1400.
3. It has a grippy outsole. The outsole under the forefoot is nubby, and provides great grip on the road.
4. Great midfoot lockdown. There is a second layer of material inside the upper that integrates with the laces to create a great lockdown in the region of the midfoot (it’s hard to describe this feature in words). The rest of the upper is very simple in construction, which is exactly what I like in a shoe.
5. It’s cheap! MSRP is $75, but it can be found for under $60 on Running Warehouse right now with the new update coming. If you want an ultralight racer with plenty of cushion, now might be the perfect time to give the LT2 a try.