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Track & Cross Country Running Shoes • May 3, 2021

Nike Zoom Ja Fly 3 Performance Review


What You Need To Know

  • Weighs 5.2 oz. (147 g) for a US M9 / W10.5
  • Full-length PEBAX outsole is grippy as hell
  • Traditional look with a bulkier upper
  • Nike continues to bring fire colorways to the track

JORDYNN: Mango, purple, pink and black with gold swoosh outlines. Nike’s design department doesn’t miss. The Zoom Ja Fly 3 spike is specifically designed for the 200m sprints, but as I found out, you can get so much more out of them.

MERCER: The Zoom Ja Fly 3 is one of Nike’s sprint spikes that you’ll see on athletes from the 60m all the way up to the 400. It takes pieces of traditional spikes and combines them with modern shoe technology, including a phylon wedge. I had a blast running in this spike, and you will too.


The Good

JORDYNN: This spike is versatile. It’s the perfect spike for sprint workouts, and I even wore it in a meet for my anchor leg of a 4X4.  You can feel the spikes and teeth really dig into the track to push you forward.

This spike is very lightweight and flexible.  The Flyweave upper molds to your foot for a locked-in fit with nice airflow to keep feet from overheating. A flexible PEBAX plate and just the right amount of cushion help keep you running on your toes with a touch of propulsion through your stride.

MERCER: This sprinter sports an asymmetrical lacing system that provides great lockdown on both the curves and straights. You really feel the bulkier upper, but it’s used as an extension of your foot, which I really enjoyed.

Over 100 meters, the phylon cushioning gives me just enough spring without it being overkill. It helps smooth the transitions between each phase of your race and keeps you on your toes.

The PEBAX outsole is a grippier version of the Zoom 400 and I have no complaints. My teammate, who is basically perfect out of the blocks, loves how well the Zoom Ja Fly 3 digs into the track while being light enough to accelerate. Once you hit maximum velocity, that plate kicks in and gets you rolling all the way past the line.

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The Bad

JORDYNN: Compared to the Nike Air Zoom Victory, this spike is heavy. I’m more of a mid-distance runner and appreciate more featherweight designs. I can feel the weight of the plate under my foot. 

Another feature I didn’t care for was the toe box. The Flyweave material allows for conformity in other areas, but tying the laces tighter causes the toe box materials to be loose and unsupportive.

MERCER: Similar to the HOKA ONE ONE Speed Evo R, I think the upper is eventually going to crinkle and probably feel funky on my toes. Hopefully, that’ll be far down the road.

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Nike Zoom Ja Fly 3 Conclusion

JORDYNN: The Nike Zoom Ja Fly 3 is your pick to stand out from the crowd. The vibrant colored spike is a durable sprinter that will have you dusting the competition with bright mango feet.

MERCER: The Nike Zoom Ja Fly 3 is an absolute blast to run in. I’d recommend this spike to anyone who runs sprints as it can handle any gear that you need to hit over the course of a race. 

You can pick up the Nike Zoom Ja Fly 3 at Running Warehouse (featuring free 2-day shipping and 90-day returns) by using the shop link below.

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