Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit 3
FULL REVIEW SCORE:
Same ZoomX Bounce with a New Upper Twist
Bouncy midsole is the name of the game for the Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit 3. Like it’s predecessors, the bounce is still there for this third iteration of the Invincible. A neutral road running shoe, this daily trainer took the running world by storm in 2021. The progression of this line up from Nike has quickly become a maximalist fan favorite for runners around the world. Will they nail the mark in this third iteration, let’s find out….
First up, the Flyknit upper has slimmed down and continues to shed some thickness in this version. The tongue remains in the non-gusset category, which I predict will change down the road. The tongue is nice! Very comfortable and lays on top of the foot well. I opted for the runner’s knot in the eyelet chain and it did not help with the issue down below, read on. They did slim down the heel clip, and dialed in the placement of the clip. This clip is designed to stabilize your footstrike because of the midsole plushness. And yes, a pull tab in the back of the heel counter, thank you!
BUT, the lockdown score hits a MAJOR snag in this third iteration of the Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit 3.
The heel counter misses the mark, in a big way. I went true to size for this version and this causes major heel slipping through the footstrike. I wish I had better news to report, just make sure you’re not experiencing heel slipping when out testing this shoe. Other than that issue, the shoe continues to provide an incredible bounce for your weekly mileage goals.
The bed of ZoomX midsole continues to shine! The first steps in the Invincible One was described on the vlog as “moon boots” back in 2021. The ride of this shoe is just wild and may be a little too much bounce for some runners out there. But if you prefer some extra bouncy goodness understep, consider ANY invincible from the past three years. Bare in mind the 9 mm drop from heel to toe, which derives from a 40 mm stack height in the heel and 31 mm in the forefoot.
You’re looking at a straightforward outsole design in the Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit 3, full rubber from heel to toe. This approach will protect the plush bed of ZoomX understep and push out the durability of this neutral road running shoe well beyond the 300 mile mark. If the shoe does not go past 450 miles I would be very surprised. Stay tuned below for photos from runners around the world as they submit their pictures past the 300 mile mark, looking forward to seeing those.
Would I Buy This Shoe Again?
The lockdown is the struggle point. So sad that it didn’t work out for my biomechanics in this third iteration. Maybe it will work for you? Frankly though, I would absolutely purchase the first or second version in a heartbeat, if you can still find a pair floating around the internet. To help you recover from hard workouts and baby those legs over the tarmac and pavement, the Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit line up is definitely a shoe to consider in 2023. Here is our full review write up of the Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit 2.
- Drop: 9mm
- Stack: 40mm / 31mm
- Weight: 9.2 oz / 262 g
Mens (Size 9) – 10.6oz / 301g
Womens (Size 8) – 8oz / 227g
- Upper: Flyknit
- Midsole: Zoom X
- Outsole: Rubber
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