Nike Structure 16 1st Impressions

Nike went totally “new school” on us with this one. A high-mileage, stability trainer, the Structure 16 got Nike’s new Dynamic Support rubber compound instead of the “old school” dual density that has been traditionally used for stability trainers. Check it out and see what you think.

Video Transcript

Speaker 1:
All right guys, hey. I wanted to get the urgent 11 first impressions for you on the new Nike Structure. The 16 that’s out right now because it is different.

Speaker 2:
Yeah.

Speaker 1:
This is David Nilson. He runs for University of Northern Iowa here in town. He’s been a structure guy, a Lunar Glide guy. What do you think?

Speaker 2:
I think they’re very similar to the Lunar Glide. I feel like there’s less support on the inside. It feels more smooth than it did before.

Speaker 1:
No longer are you seeing the old school Nike Structure with the dual density. Let me show you that. Here’s an Structure, guys. This is old school how all the shoe companies have done it forever. A lot of them are still doing it this way. This is dual density. A chunk of rubber that’s in here that’s double stiff.

It’s not as squishy as the other rubber in here and it’s kind of tapered down usually underneath your foot. As you roll in and over pronate, you run into this stiff stuff and it doesn’t collapse. It can help keep you neutral. Very similar build to the Lunar Glide. Can you feel the arch in there like you can in the Lunar?

Speaker 2:
Not as much in my opinion.

Speaker 1:
The Lunar Glide seems a little more aggressive right away. This one just feels supportive throughout, but you don’t feel anything kind of pokey. I think to me, that’s been the only difference. I’ve been in a pair of the new Structures for about 3 weeks. I’ve got about 75 miles on them that I’ve put in them so far. They’re good.

I over pronate like crazy and I wondered if it would be enough and I’m healthy. It’s very similar to dual density, but it does feel smoother because you’re not running into this real stiff material. It’s easiest to look at the back of the new Structure. What you’re looking at is this is going to be a softer material on the outside of that shoe.

On the inside, this is a little bit stiffer dynamic support. You can see how it’s basically bold. As you roll onto this material here, it’s going to be like that dual density. It’s going to have some structure to it. Instead of collapsing in, it holds you up. You an see the difference even through the center. What you’re finding on this shoe is there’s a little bit more of this, I believe, than the Lunar Glide. Just know if you’ve been in the Nike Structure, this does not feel like the Nike Structure. It’s the new Nike Structure and it feels a little bit different. The geometry and the way it rolls, it feels faster to me.

Another difference, guys, is in the Lunar you had a nice arch wrap here that came up through. In the Structure, they’ve given you actually 4 contact points that hook into your lacing system. Where that’s really going to add a nice arch wrap feeling of support through the shoe too. That’s another difference.

Another difference too would be on the tread if you’re really looking at stuff. Look up here and look at … That’s the Lunar Glide 4. A litter slicker tread pattern than what you’re going to get with that traditional waffle look on the Structure 16. [inaudible 00:03:28]. That’s the new, right now, Nike Structure 16.

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