“More bounce per ounce” is a good way to sum up the new Zoom Elite+, but it also sports a cozy fit and responsive ride.
- Zoom Air: The Zoom Elite gets its name from the forefoot Zoom Air cushioning pocket that is cradled in the Phylon midsole foam for improved cushioning.
- Dynamic Fit: An inner sleeve (the lines extending from the laces to the midsole) wraps under the arch for an improved midfoot fit.
Some of you probably have fond memories of the original Zoom Elite. Versions one and two of the Elite offered a lightweight feel and a good deal of cushioning, but never lost a connection with the tarmac underfoot.
The new Zoom Elite+ has a similar design philosophy, and most of our testers liked the result. There's certainly plenty of cushion, but your foot stays in touch with the ground throughout your stride and there's some welcome responsiveness on toe-off. We wouldn't mind it if the next version of the shoe dropped a little of its cushioning in favor of a little more firmness, but we applaud Nike for bringing out another very runnable shoe.
All testers appreciated the fit of the upper. This is a shoe that fits a little more streamlined around your foot than other Nike models, which makes it feel speedier and lighter.
I immediately liked the close fit on the top of my foot. The arch seems really pronounced but did not cause any irritation. Compared to earlier versions, this Zoom Elite feels softer and has a bit of bounce to it. The first two iterations were a bit firmer and gave a better feel for the road.
You sink into the new Zoom Elite more than you do the Air Pegasus, but I think the Pegasus still edges it out as the cushioning champion. The Elite is the faster shoe.
I like the adaptive fit in the midfoot. This isn't just some marketing gimmick from Nike – it really does flex with your foot and keep you planted on the platform throughout the gait cycle.