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The Nike Zoom Fly 3 running shoes offer a fresh Vaporfly perspective. The shoes are also more affordable than an alternative such as the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2, with similar performance. The higher ride height is characteristic and it’s based on the thick React cushioning as well as on the carbon fiber plate insertion.

The full-length plate offers to absorb shocks efficiently and it favors running performance. Those who start to show ankle or knee discomfort from running may consider them precisely for this plate. With a minimalistic upper, the shoes have a racy profile but their high ride is not made for everybody.

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experts88.3333 / 100
users84 / 100

7 reasons to buy

  • The midsole is responsive

  • Plenty of bounce based on the carbon plate

  • The Vaporware upper is made with nylon to repel water

  • The ankle collar tapers away from the Achilles Tendon for extra comfort

  • The outsole is suitable for forefoot footstrike runners

  • The cushioning foam firms up during runs

  • Narrow profile, suitable for a fast pace

2 reasons why not to buy

  • The tall midsole can feel unstable

  • Minimum rubber on the heel size of the outsole

Reviews

88.3333 / 3 ratings

July, 25.2019 90 / 100 by: Mark Wood
Nike Zoom Fly 3
July, 12.2019 95 / 100 by: kofuzi
Nike Zoom Fly 3
July, 05.2019 80 / 100 by: Believe in the Run
Nike Zoom Fly 3

Features & Specs

Weight: Light
8.9 oz 252 g
20.55% of shoes are lighter
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Weight: Light
8.9 oz 252 g
54.55% of shoes are lighter
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Heel to toe drop: 0
8 mm
77.61% of shoes have less drop
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Heel to toe drop: Low
8 mm
80.33% of shoes have less drop
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Heel height: Very High
40 mm
77.59% of shoes are lower at the heel
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Heel height: Very High
40 mm
81.13% of shoes are lower at the heel
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Forefoot height: Very High
32 mm
77.59% of shoes are lower in the forefoot
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Forefoot height: Very High
32 mm
81.13% of shoes are lower in the forefoot
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Updates

Compared to Zoom Fly 2, the Nike Zoom Fly 3 running shoes are a modern interpretation with better foot support. The shoes are also slightly more expensive at their release date. But the old compression-molded Phylon has now turned into the sinking and rigid Nike React. The upper’s materials are also engineered to repel water and to make the shoes dry quicker.

Outsole

The outsole is centered on the forefoot. This is why here’s where most of the rubber sits for traction and shock absorption. As a result, the shoes only fit forefoot runners. There’s barely any rubber on the heel area of the outsole. On light trails or even when running on grass, the shoes lose plenty of traction as a result. But on the pavement and the track, they perform well for those who rely more on the forefoot.

The outsole is wider in the forefoot area than on the previous generation. This attenuates some stability issues given by the shoes’ narrow and tall profile. But it also adds that slap sensation when hitting the ground hard.

Midsole

With a tall profile, the midsole has a cushioning feel. The Nike React foam may not be the premium option from the brand, but it is highly valuable for most. Furthermore, the addition of the carbon fiber plate adds a propulsion feel. Some would even describe it as a trampoline effect which ensures faster take off on every stride.

However, runners need to be aware that any running limitations such as excessive pronation can be troublesome with the shoes. Their high platform is not particularly appealing for those struggling with stability. Shorter runners may also be at a disadvantage when it comes to enjoying a natural stride.

Upper

Made with the Vapoweave technology, the shoe upper is lighter than before. The material is a combination of nylon and molded plastics. Its role is to keep water away. This is the reason why the shoes may be an option for rainy days running. With the limitation of the rubber on the outsole, they could have even been the first option on wet pavements.

The lockdown of the lacing is also better than expected. It doesn’t feel loose on the foot. Furthermore, even when running for long periods, runners not there is no moisture absorption and the upper can be wiped dry immediately. This performance is laudable. However, the shoes come with virtually no cushioning around the ankle and this is something runners need to get used to with the newest Nike releases.

Size And Fit

The fit has been described as narrow and it's expected from such thin upper designs. Runners need to ensure their feet are suitable for this profile of shoes. If this is the case, they become a solid long run shoe. Recovery runs can also benefit from the high propulsion capacity of the shoes.

Alternatives can be found at this price. Even those seeking a recovery shoe may find the Hoka ONE ONE Carbon X to be a solid alternative. However, Hoka’s shoes are a bit more expensive and it lacks the upper performance of the Zoom Fly 3 with water repellence.