Adidas Adizero Takumi Sen 8 vs. Nike ZoomX Streakfly (2022)

Adidas Adizero Takumi Sen 8 vs. Nike ZoomX Streakfly

We have a clash of titans in 2022 with the release of the Adidas Takumi Sen 8, followed closely by the Nike Streakfly. Both shoes share the same goal: to be the best racer for short distances like the 5K or 10K.

And they have a lot in common. First of all, many refer to these shoes as “racing flats.” If the term was appropriate for the previous versions, it’s harder to picture with these new models that don’t share much with them.

Indeed, the Adidas Takumi Sen has a max cushion with a stack height of 33 mm in the heel, while the Nike Streakfly has 32 mm. The drop is 6 mm for both shoes, which is moderately low.

Next, the first significant difference between these two shoes is carbon fiber: the Takumi Sen comes with carbon plates (Energy Rods), while the Streakfly is more modest with a simple Pebax unit. As a result, the TS8 has a more responsive and bouncy ride. The Streakfly offers a smooth ride, but it’s not as impressive as the Adidas.

The underfoot feel is also different. It’s firmer and more structured on the Adizero Takumi Sen, contributing to the shoe’s better energy return. The Streakfly’s ZoomX foam, on the other hand, has a much softer feel.

Overall, the Takumi Sen provides a more effective but less comfortable ride than the Nike Streakfly. This is also felt in the upper with a tighter foot lockdown on the Takumi Sen.

Takumi Sen or Streakfly: which one to choose?

Between comfort and performance, you have to choose! The Adidas Takumi Sen 8 aims to shine in competition and offers an ultra-lightweight configuration (193 g/6.8 oz) to go very fast at the expense of stability and comfort.

Conversely, the Nike ZoomX Streakfly is even lighter (170 g/6 oz!) but bets everything on comfort to offer an easy and smooth ride. However, this configuration may show its limits at high speed due to a less precise lockdown.

If you are looking for a pure competition shoe for race day, we recommend the Takumi Sen. The Nike Streakfly is a more versatile option if you plan to use it for daily running.

Side-by-side comparison

Bottom Line
Pros
Cons
Adidas Adizero Takumi Sen 8
Adidas Adizero Takumi Sen 8
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A carbon-fiber plate running shoe to go very fast over short/medium distances
Ultra-light shoe
Comfortable cushioning that provides impressive propulsion, especially when you’re going fast
Thin mesh that offers good support overall and stays loose enough
Good durability thanks to the robust outsole
Great design
Laces that are not very practical
Lack of stability according to some runners, especially at slower paces
A flexible, ultra-lightweight racer for short distances
Great comfort
Soft, responsive, and protective cushioning
Very stylish design
Good stability for such a soft and flexible shoe
Ultra-lightweight
Lockdown can be inaccurate
The flexibility of the sole can limit performance

Adidas Adizero Takumi Sen 8

Nike ZoomX Streakfly

Technical Specs

TerrainRoadRoad
Pronation typeNeutralNeutral
Drop6 mm6 mm
Heel stack height33 mm32 mm
Forefoot stack height27 mm26 mm
Weight (men)193 g/6.8 oz170 g/6 oz
Weight (women)193 g/6.8 oz170 g/6 oz
FeaturesCarbon plate, Unisex sizingUnisex sizing
Release year20222022
AthleteSenbere Teferi, Rhonex Kipruto

Technologies

OutsoleContinental RubberRubber
MidsoleEnergy Rods, Lightstrike ProPebax Shank, ZoomX
UpperCelermeshEngineered mesh

Cushioning

Softness (1-5)4 – Soft4 – Soft
Bounce (1-5)4 – Bouncy4 – Bouncy

Use

SpeedFastModerate, fast
DistanceShort, mid, 5k, 10k, half marathonShort, mid, 5k, 10k, half marathon
WorkoutCompetitionCompetition