To riff on Bill Shakespeare: “A shoe by any other name….” Later this year, the ever-popular Streak XC 3 becomes the Streak LT. This means big changes, right? Nope. It’s really just a name change. Why? Because XC stands for cross-country, but this shoe actually appeals to a much broader range of runners. (Just take a look at our customer feedback.)
Nike recognized the shoe’s broader appeal, particularly among runners seeking a simple, minimalist-like shoe to use as their regular trainer. So the Streak has a new acronym after its name – LT, for “lightweight trainer.”
At an expected weight of 5.4 ounces, the Streak LT is super light and its 4mm heel-to-toe offset puts the foot in a near-level, natural position. In keeping with the natural theme, the shoe has a fairly narrow base and feels like an extension of the foot.
Whatever it’s called, we’re glad to see Nike continuing with this model and hope the name change brings in a few more converts who consider the shoe for their training regimen.
What to Watch For
- New Name: The Zoom Streak LT replaces the Zoom Streak XC 3. The name change is meant to broaden the shoe’s appeal outside of the cross-country realm.
- New Upper Graphics: The upper hasn’t changed in design from the Streak XC 3, but looks fresh thanks to a new graphic applied to the mesh material.
- Same Ol’ Sole: Nike made no changes to the mid/outsole of the Streak XC 3. You’ll still get full-length Cushlon, Zoom unit in the heel, midfoot shank and waffle rubber outsole.