Nike Zoom Gravity
Good comfortable road shoe with an appealing design but that lacks durabilityThe Nike Zoom Gravity is a running shoe that features the bold futuristic design of the latest Nike models but at a lower price. The Gravity looks indeed a lot like the Nike Zoom Fly 3 but costs almost half as much. So what is it really worth? The Zoom Gravity offers a comfortable cushioning with a stack height of 31 mm under the heel and 21 mm under the forefoot (the drop is 10 mm). It includes the famous Zoom Air technology at the front of the shoe. According to the runners who tested it, the cushioning absorbs efficiently shocks while being a little firm. The upper is also comfortable and provides a precise support for the foot. However, it’s important to note that the shoe is rather narrow which may not be suitable for runners with wide feet. Generally, a size up is advised so to be safe it may be better to try it in a shop if possible. Finally, regarding quality, the Nike Zoom Gravity is well made and represents good value for money. However, some testers noted traces of early wear. Therefore, it would seem that the Gravity is less resistant than the more high-end shoes of Nike. To summarize, the Nike Zoom Gravity is a good running shoe with an ambitious design and a comfortable overall fit overall but not solid enough.
Value for money
- Good overall comfort
- Effective cushioning
- Affordable shoe
- Rather lightweight
- Appealing design
- Narrow fit that may not be suitable if you have large feet
- Some doubts about the durability
Model: Nike Zoom Gravity
- The outsole of the Nike Zoom Gravity uses rubber under the heel and forefoot to protect the shoe from abrasion. This rubber provides an excellent traction on the road.
- There are shallow flex grooves and fine studs to improve the grip and flexibility of the sole. This allows the shoe to effectively follow the movement of the foot without hampering it.
- The midsole consists of two layers over the entire length of the shoe to provide comfortable cushioning. The first is a firm structure to give dynamism to the shoe while the second is made of softer foam to absorb the impacts while running.
- Moreover, the famous Zoom Air cushioning technology equips the front part of the midsole under the forefoot. Its purpose is to offer an easy ride by providing soft padding under the toes.
- The upper of the Nike Zoom Gravity uses a multi-layered mesh to provide a snug and comfortable fit. It is relatively stretchy to fit the shape of the foot. Its numerous ventilation holes allow the foot to breathe during the exercise and thus avoid overheating.
- Several flexible synthetic overlays improve foot support and help to preserve the structure of the upper over time. Indeed, it is common for the upper of a running shoe to sag after long periods of use.
- Finally, let’s note that the shoe uses a traditional lacing system with flat laces. It’s helpful to adjust the snugness of the fit evenly around the foot.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Is the Nike Zoom Gravity suitable for overpronators ?
This road shoe offers neutral support for runners with neutral pronation. Thus, it does not correct the overpronation or supination of the foot. We don’t particularly recommend stability shoes, unless they are really comfortable for you. In general, neutral shoes are suitable for all runners, regardless of your type of pronation.
How does the Nike Zoom Gravity fit?
The Gravity follows the usual Nike sizing system. However, it is a shoe with a slightly narrow profile so it sizes a bit small and you may have to opt for a size above your usual size for Nike running shoes.
What is the difference between this model and the Nike Zoom Fly 3?
The resemblance between these Nike running shoes is indeed striking. This is deliberate on the part of Nike: these shoes are in different ranges. So even if these two models display a similar configuration in terms of drop and sole thickness, the Nike Zoom Fly 3 is a premium shoe while the Gravity is a budget model. The first is therefore more comfortable and lighter even if the Gravity is doing well too on this front.
Are these shoes suitable for running a marathon or a half-marathon?
This Nike road shoe is versatile enough to adapt to different types of distances and workouts. So you’ll be able to use it for your daily running sessions. As for the marathon or half marathon, there is no special advice. If you are able to run long distances comfortably in these shoes then they should be a solid choice for your race. Be careful though: the Nike Zoom Gravity is affordable and may not be as durable as a mid to high-end shoe.
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