Streak 6 is a highly anticipated racing shoe from Nike. We saw prototypes of the shoe in the past two years during the 2015 London and Berlin Marathons and finally the final version of the shoe was ready this summer. The debut coincided with the start of the Olympics in Rio which was a good marketing move from Nike, because many marathon runners were wearing Streak 6 which attracted a lot of attention to the shoe.
Nike Zoom Streak 6 is a racing shoe for half and full marathons. Featuring an adaptive fly mesh upper and a protective phylon midsole, this racer provides just enough cushioning while keeping weight at minimum. The upper utilizes a super thin fly mesh design with breathable holes which allow you to see your socks underneath. While the material is super thin, getting lock-down fit is not an issue. Nike designers ditched the flywires on their road and track racers. An internal arch strap provides a soft and snug foot wrap. It’s a thin, stretchy material that’s connected to the laces and pulls in to hold the midfoot secure. The tongue is thin and perforated.
Midsole and Outsole
The midsole is made of Phylon – EVA foam pellets that are compressed, heat expanded and then cooled in a mold. Shortly – lightweight, low-profile and responsive material. Nike Zoom Air unit under the heel provides responsive cushioning and plenty of support for later miles of the marathon when almost everyone’s form reverts to heel striking.
The outsole is a combination of exposed Phylon (in white) and two different densities of blown rubber (in black and orange). Outsole traction pattern optimises forwards motion with variable lug sizes. Flex grooves between lugs deliver natural range of motion. An integrated orange plate under the midfoot provides increased rigidity and responsiveness.
With weight of 6.4 oz or 182 gr Streak 6 is a very light race shoe mainly for half and full marathons but I used it for shorter races and workouts too. When you pick up the shoe for first time you will be surprised how light it is. The upper is so thin and everything looks so simple but it’s not, there is nothing fancy or unnecessary. The shoe is extremely breathable, disappears on the foot and holds the foot securely. When going at faster speeds the Streak 6 takes shape of your foot and provides a more secure fit. With an 18mm forefoot stack height, the shoe provides just enough cushioning. The midsole is not soft and it’s firmer than Nike Lunarlon midsole for example, I like that because I have a very good ground feeling, I have a sense of control and stability. I used the shoe mainly on road and several times on a flat park trails without any hesitation – it has remarkably fast, smooth and protective ride. The durability is good, but don’t expect something amazing.
Whether you’re in the market for a serious marathon racer, or simply a versatile workout flat, the Nike Zoom Streak 6 will surely provide a responsive ride with plenty of cushioning but I recommend you to take half or one size larger than your usual. I had a problem with the sizing. The retail price is $110.