|Nike Zoom Streak XC II|
Early Janurary 2011 Jason (or J$ as I like to call him) told me about a sweet new shoe he was trying out, the Nike Zoom Streak XC II. Later I noticed Ultrarunning stud Joe Grant wearing them. I have had these shoes for quite a while. I dont wear them nearly as much as other road or trail shoes, but can see they have great function. Some runs that I have done in them include a the last 20ish of a 31 something slog in the snow (thank u drymax socks for keeping my feet warm), tons of 5-6 mile tempo runs, and a 27 mile road run. One thing I know, this shoe is light (5oz) and fast, and also an awesome deal.
They are incredibly light, on my feet I can barely feel them. Right away my cadence increases while wearing these things. Runningwarehouse (where I get most of my shoes) reports that they have a 3mm heel to toe drop, and its apparent. Because I dont run in them often, if I do overdue it I will get some calf problems and achilles tightness. Some people can wear them without socks, but for me the upper is a little too rough.
The tongue is light and feathery, although I have heard this has been changed with the updated Zoom Streak XC III. I thought this was very cool and a nice way to keep unnecessary weight down. Speaking of keeping the weight down, this shoe has a very light, airy mesh used in the upper which allows for maximum breath-ability, but is prone to punctures from sticks. Jason can wear this shoe without socks, however I find the mesh to be too abrasive for my feet.
Overall I use this shoe for the occasional track workout as well as hard tempo runs on trails. I know some people use them for longer distance racing, but I am not confident enough in my stability to give this a try.