Comments: Train hard, race harder. I've run one major PR in this shoe, a 27:30 8K. I've owned them since early July 2016, and it is February 2017. The bottoms are a hard durable rubber that responds great on track and grass. Personally, I find that awesomely durable rubber to be a little loud when running on roads, but that's not going to stop me from buying another pair :D I've used them for almost all of my speed workouts through cross country and indoor track. I love that a shoe this comfortable (once broken in) exists at the $80 price point and goes on sale for much lower. I probably will get another few months out of mine, even though they're definitely showing their age. I've put about 6-8 miles a week on my pair, but have thrown them on when I've accidentally forgotten my trainers and still need to get in an 8 mile run. They're definitely thin in the forefoot, and I don't heel strike, so I feel the road a bit more than I'd like, but I'm okay with that trade-off for the durabi
lity. This shoe is especially comfortable when running between 4 and 5 minute mile pace because of how freaking light and springy they are. Overall, awesome shoe, 9/10.
From: Caleb, Cookeville, TN. February 1st 2017
Comments: Great shoe for sprinting, track-running and speed. First "special" shoe I ever bought - I previously always bought random store brands and never put much thought in a shoe.
I'm not big into stack height, or drop weight or whatever. I just wanted a lightweight shoe that was going to feel comfortable. And this shoe was that. It was the lightest shoe I ever wore. AND it looked pretty cool. (I got the blue and light green)
I tore mine up fast, though. Because I started doing distance trail-runs with it lol. The fabric is very "lightweight" and ripped when I stepped sideways on the root of a tree. That was my bad though, I was being stupid.
I'm in the process of reordering this same pair - they're that great - but now I'm getting another pair for trail runs.
Overall, perfect shoe for speed, sprints and training in a controlled environment.
From: Brian, OH, USA. January 22nd 2017
Comments: Nike Zoom Streak LT3 Review
This is a review of the Nike Zoom streak lt3. This is a entry level racing flat from Nike that is great for high school cross country, short road races, and speed workouts on the track. Nike has long been known for their amazing track spikes, but unknown the most of the public is that they also have some great cross-country flats to offer. They offer a good range to from the $80 LT series we have here, all the way up to the $120 Zoom Victory XC. These flats offer the same outstanding performance that Nike has been known for and the LT3 is no exception. To start off with the design these are some of the nicer looking flats on the market. Most flats are either dull-looking or just plain ugly, but these sure break that rule. They come in vibrant colors and have an overall sleek design. At a first glance some might think that these are ordinary trainers, but with a closer look these are easily distinguished as a racing flat. On the upper there is a mesh upper. The mesh extends through most of the shoe with the exception of the top being where the laces are. On the back of the flat there is a small hidden heel counter that adds some extra support for the shoe. Many flats don't have this and it isn't really something that they need, but it's a nice feature to have on some of those longer races where the extra support might be needed. On the back of the heel counter there is also a reflective strip that is useful if you are running or racing at night time. On the outsole of the flat there is a waffle design pattern that we've come to see on many other Nike running shoes In the midfoot there is a plastic shank that is used to add some extra springiness to the feel of the shoe. Under the heel there is a small zoom air pocket that is used to add some responsiveness when heel striking. These flats have a nice basic design that will easily blend in with the rest of your trainer collection. They're one of the very few xc racing flats that can be worn casually. They also come in a wide variety of colors to suit your preference. With the right color these are some of the nicest looking racing flats out there.
Now onto the actual performance of the flat. Let's start with the upper. Like many of the newer Nike running shoes, these feature an engineered mesh that is extremely breathable. Inside the mesh upper there is a soft inner lining that takes the place of flywire. It is in my experience, more effective than external flywire as it secures the foot within the shoe. The laces are ok, but they could be better. Here the laces are the standard ones used in most Nike shoes, they are the flat fuzzy type. For more casual shoes these are fine, but when it comes to racing flats, more secure laces would have been better. The good news is that you can easily swap out the laces for more secure ones such as the ones on the flynit racer laces like the ones on some of Nike's track spikes. When using the standard laces you will have to tie them twice, not just because they aren't as secure, but also because they are longer than they should be. With the midsole we get a mix of cushlon foam and a zoom air unit in the heel. Using cushlon foam over Lunarlon or Phylon is a good choice for this type of racing flat. While it is a racing flat and both Lunarlon and Phylon foam are lighter, neither are as responsive as cushlon. A key characteristic of cushlon foam is how bouncy it is and the smooth transition it offers. You get a more ground-feel when running in these that you don't really get with other Nike foams. And the zoom unit in the heel is a good addition given the audience that these are aimed at. Most runners who will be racing in these will be high schoolers or people who are relatively new to running. For this reason having a zoom unit in the heel instead of the forefoot makes sense. Runners who run on their forefoot like me, might get the idea that this flat will feel "dead". However I still think that having a zoom unit in the forefoot would have made this a much faster shoe. Sure new runners might appreciate having the zoom unit in the heel, but as these runners begin to run more and more, they will begin to strike more with their forefoot. Also elite runners who use these for their road races would also appreciate having the zoom unit in the forefoot. For the sake of the majority, it would be great if Nike did move the forefoot. But not all is bad in terms of responsiveness. When striking with the forefoot, the plastic shank pushes the foot forward, thus making you run faster. For those elite runners, it still would have been great to have a zoom unit in the forefoot. In practice this flat still feels very fast over a wide variety of terrain. One of the benefits of this flat being more cushioned than others is that running on concrete does not hurt as bad as with some other more low profile flats. As far as the traction is concerned, the waffle pattern here gives some very reliable grip. These perform excellent when racing on dry and slightly wet courses. I also think that for courses that feature a lot of concrete or gravel these would also be a solid choice as they offer better impact protection than most flats. It's when the the course is more muddy or grassy that a true xc flat or even spikes would be better than the LT3. These are great performers regardless of their few shortcoming and they would be my highest recommendation for those who are in high school or are new to racing. Don't let the generous amount of cushioning fool you however, these are still racing flats and running with them on the daily will hurt. So unless you're an elite runner or race on extremely muddy courses, then these would be a great option for racing.
From: Oscar, Fremont, CA, USA. December 28th 2016
Comments: I just bought it for my first marathon. I am 55 with 117 ib body weight and 5 ft 6 height. I tried this in a half Marathon training run, ending up with 1:26'15", two minutes faster than I run just three days before. Actually I never run this fast. About the size, I agree with many comments that it is a half size smaller. When I had the shoes, I found my feet are wider than the shoes. But I decided to give it a try, because my race is too close for me to exchange the shoes. To my surprise, it worked just fine. My feet survived a fast half Marathon intact. I would probable want the same size for my next order.
From: Yong, MA, USA. October 8th 2016
Comments: This is my primary training shoe and I love it! 155 miles in and it is still going solid(though will likely need to replace it in 50-60 miles). I'm genuinely surprised that the pair has held up this well against 50-70 mile weeks. Hills, trails, racing, they cover everything. Moreover, my body has held up without injuries. If you used to run in Nike Frees before they were blasphemously ruined by Nike to make fashion statements, then these are a great replacement.
ps. these are racing shoes so remember that they are designed for either thin or no socks. In wearing my regular socks, I lost toenails from long, steep downhills (uphills are fine).
From: Gene, Los Angeles, CA, USA. September 26th 2016
Comments: Great shoe, wear a sock though for about the first week until you wear in the shoe to prevent bleeding. Absolutely get a half size larger. I've always been 9.5 in men's and never trust the reviews of others when I buy my shoe, however with this shoe YOU MUST get a half size larger in order for it to feel normal. I have to really push my foot to get in the shoe. But if you want that for a racing flat, then by all means go for it.
From: Mike, Roanoke, VA, USA. September 22nd 2016
Comments: Male Runner, 5'10" 142lbs, Training for 800-8k Races, 17 Years Old, 60-70mpw:
Great shoe for Tempo runs and Road Racing. Absolutely love the amount of cushion without sacrificing the light weight. Nike did a great job on this shoe which I have raced 1600-5000m races in. Not much support, so wouldn't begin to consider for Long Runs or a daily trainer, but paired with an Adidas Energy Boost or Nike Pegasus 33, an incredible combination. I have used these throughout the end of Track in the Spring through summer base training (Only for Tempo Runs and a Charity Mile Race).
From: Wes, Bartlesville, OK, USA. August 20th 2016
Comments: Not as good as the streak lt 2. They changed the sole so the forefoot doesn't become compressed so quickly. This is good if you want to train in the shoe, but the streak lt/xc line had an issue with the uppers ripping, and very quickly, sometimes within a 100-200 miles. Nike had finally fixed this with the streak lt 2, but instead of using the improved upper, nike went backwards and put an upper that rips very quickly again on these shoes. I don't know what they're thinking. The shoes are breathable thinks to the light, flimsy upper, so I guess they'd stay drier on a wet course or something, but on a wet xc course you'd want spikes instead. If you need a light shoe for like 5k/10k racing, these are good, but if you're doing workouts in these to break them in, they may not make it to race day.
From: Jeff. August 20th 2016
Comments: Great shoe! Built for running fast and setting new PR's in shorter distance events like the 5k. Super light and feels more like a cross country flat, which is a bit on the snug side, but not too tight where it's uncomfortable. It also has a nice snappy feel to it if you land correctly. Just two things: One is that it runs small so you might want to go a 1/2 size up. I usually wear a size 12.5 in Nike, but wear a 13 in these. Also, to get the best use out of this shoe, you need to be either a forefoot or mid-foot striker. If you're a heel striker, you may want to look elsewhere, because the back of this shoe is EXTREMELY soft and good chance you're not going to get the snappy feel.
From: JJ, NJ, USA. May 8th 2016
Comments: Best racing shoes I've had so far, so light and very responsive every step feels springy. Great for track training and alternative to spikes for longer distances but i find they feel best on the road and trails. so far I've done about 50km in them and there is no wear at all so should be durable. There is just the right amount of cushioning for longer runs, I train in these as well. Only issues is they fit 1/2 a size bigger usually I'm a 10.5 but wear 11 in these but these shoes are great worn sockless so order normal size if you intend not wearing socks. the heel is also very loose so there can be a bit of slipping on your heel. they also don't have any padding on the tongue which some people might find uncomfortable.
From: Jack, Queenstown, New Zealand. April 26th 2016
Comments: The shoe is lightweight and great for long distance racing BUT it lacks forefront cushion... i run twice in it and i had a lot off pain in my feet and knees... please Nike fix this shoe... with adequate forefront cushioning this shoe can do up to marathon racing...
From: Simo, Memphis, TN, USA. April 17th 2016
Comments: The update is a radical departure from LT2. The foam from the forefoot back is too soft, like a sponge. The foam under the forefoot is too hard. I know they look similar, but they are not. Sad because these were truly affordable shoes I could do any distance in.
From: Anonymous. NYC, NY, USA. March 31st 2016
Comments: I've worn the Streak LT (formerly the Streak XC) for nearly a decade. During that time there have been a few minor missteps, with odd tongues or ugly colors, but generally the shoe remained awesome. I hate this latest update. The upper is WAY too constricting. I can barely even get this shoe on my foot. It loosens up a bit during the run but overall it is still too tight, and with any real pressure from the laces it's pretty uncomfortable. The shape of the last is ok, although I'm not sure that change was necessary. I suppose the idea of widening the forefoot was to allow the toes more room to splay. But then they used a tight upper which seems to defeat the purpose of having a roomier toe box. I'm also not in love with the sharp clacking sound of the outsole as your foot strike happens. These things practically sound like tap dance shoes when running on asphalt or concrete. The Streak LT is part of the Bowerman series. As I understand it, Bowerman shoes are subject to les s radical change from year to year. This current version is a massive departure from the prior several ones. And it sucks. I will not buy a single further pair of this model. Did I mention that it sucks?
From: Anthony, CA, USA. February 28th 2016
Comments: Nike did a great job of combining the feel of the original Zoom Streak XC with the replacement Streak LT. Gone is the "wobbly" feeling of the Streak LT, and back is the smooth transition from midfoot to big toe toe-off of the Streak XC. The 4mm drop is wonderful. The shoe runs more like a spike, and can make a clomping sound since the profile is spike like with with a rounded forefoot. One last great feature, the toebox is FOOTSHAPED like the Victory II track spike and Victory XC spike. One negative, the toebox is low and feels uncomfortable for the first 5 or so miles until is molds to your foot, and my foot slides abit forward on downhills. Based upon Nike's history of tinkering with models, I will be ordering 8 or 10 pair of these.
From: Ken, WA, USA. January 10th 2016