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Nike Air Max 2013 Review

The Nike Air Max 2013 Review is a comprehensive look at the Air Max 2013 that is focused on the shoe’s performance in six categories: Cushion, Fit, Materials, Stability, Traction, and Ventilation.

After the jump, I’ll provide my full thoughts on each performance dimension and my overall thoughts. But let me say this up front, you’re looking at the best Air Max model Nike has ever made.

The Nike Air Max 2013 is made for neutral runners who are over 180 pounds or run over 25 miles per week. If you don’t fit that criteria, it doesn’t mean the shoe won’t work for you, but this review was written with those criteria in mind.

Air Max 2013

Cushion - The new version of the full-length Max Air unit used in the Air Max 2013 is reminiscent of the Air Max 2011 air unit in terms of bounciness, but takes responsiveness up a notch by including deep flex grooves in the forefoot. The flex grooves allow the air unit to be the most flexible and responsive full length air unit ever created. Those who run religiously in the Air Max line have never had this level of forefoot flexibility.

Since the minimalist running shoe trend continues strong, you have to appreciate Nike making their heavily cushioned running shoes as flexible as possible. This helps people of all shapes, sizes, and foot strikes enjoy the benefits of supple running shoes.

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Fit – The Air Max 2013 fits true to size. The layered mesh tongue relieves lacing pressure and a high heel counter keeps the heel in place. The dynamic flywire keeps your foot ratcheted to the footbed. There is some extra room in the forefoot so you might have to tighten the forefoot laces tighter than usual. While I wouldn’t recommend these be used as your primary trail running shoes, you’ll feel secure even when you have to run on a trail or over uneven ground.

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Materials – Dynamic flywire, mesh, and hyperfuse in all the right places ( i.e. high stress areas) combine to make the Air Max 2013 fairly indestructible. The upper will still look good after you’ve run 500 miles and retired them from your running rotation. 

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Stability - The support on the Air Max 2013 is fantastic. You can feel the dynamic flywire surrounding both feet and keeping you upright during tight turns and while jumping over obstacles. I felt really secure transitioning from pavement to trails or other uneven surfaces. Still I wouldn’t recommend these for severe overpronators unless paired with orthotic insoles.

Also, beware that the Air Max 2013 can feel clunky when used for track workouts. I love these for long distance training runs but would switch out for something lighter on the track.

Air Max 2013 Full Traction

Traction – I didn’t experience any problems with the traction on any surface. The traction even holds up well on slick, wet pavement. Nike uses a very strong rubber that won’t wear down easily. My testing leads me to believe this traction will last the requisite 500 miles.

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Ventilation – Lots of mesh in the midfoot and forefoot. No real ventilation is found in the heel but that’s normal on the Air Max line. While not quite as breathable as the Air Max 2012, the 2013 model provides ample ventilation.

Overall – There isn’t much to complain about on the Air Max 2013 outside of weight and price. At 13.7 oz, the Air Max 2013 is heavy. The Air Max line is made for heavier runners and that may inhibit lighter runners from fully enjoying them.

The latest price increase places the Air Max 2013 at $180. That’s a lot for a running shoe and is hard to justify with so many solid running shoes available at $150 and below.

But price doesn’t affect performance, so despite the price, you’re getting a performance beast. The cushioning, materials, traction, and ventilation are all top notch and bigger runners with a neutral stride will appreciate the Air Max 2013 during long training runs.

Ratings:

Cushion – 10/10

Fit –  7/10

Materials – 9/10

Stability – 8/10

Traction – 10/10

Ventilation – 8/10

Overall – 8.5/10


Nike Air Max 2013 First Impression

Nike Air Max 2013 Performance Teaser

Nike Air Max 2013 Performance Teaser Pt. 2

About Drew Whitcomb

Drew Whitcomb has loved shoes for as long as he can remember. He co-founded KicksoffCourt.com so he could write about shoes and call it work.

12 comments

  1. Have u run 500 miles in these? Are u over 180 lbs? Is a shoe worth $180 that isnt really designed with 100% running in mind? Its a flexible couch cushion on your shoes. It preaches laziness and NIKE fad coolness. No one should need thar much cushion or any for that matter if they are properly trained or just read one article on how to run properly. Running shoes should just be for not ripping your feet up (because we have asphalted the world) and provide a very slight cushion for the formentioned asphalt of today’s running. These are akin to having someone carry you part of the way. Nike knows this and sells this to …”Oh, ill go out for a nice run today. ” people. 95% of us. If anyone runs 25 miles a week, they shoukd not be over 180Lbs, unless they are 6 ft 5 and above. People should put down the cheesburger during the week, so they don’t need couch cushions to chauffeur them around during runs. They very thought of these defeats the point of the work out. If you just want to say…you just ran 10 miles and call it a day…these are the shoes for you. Hey…I just ran 50 miles whilst typingthis…Ive decided on that number because I like to just get things will round numbers done. I count the car ride of 50 miles last week as my run. Cushioned suspension…but I was running. (Intended as an ironic joke…calm is required)

    • “If anyone runs 25 miles a week, they shoukd not be over 180Lbs, unless they are 6 ft 5 and above” it says “or” not “and” and from what sources or extensive research have you done to prove your point?

      People can choose to eat more (any type of food clean or not & not just ‘cheeseburgers’) than the calories burnt from 25 miles of running per week to maintain their weight to be above 180lbs, simple calories burnt vs calories consumed logic.

      Maybe people you know remained upwards of 180lbs based on eating cheeseburgers with less than 25 miles of running per week and that is your ‘sample’ but you can stop assuming it’s the same for everyone everywhere else.

      If you have a genuine displeasure of Nike’s new products of ‘fad’ maybe bring it elsewhere because this obviously isn’t a big enough forum for your self righteous voice to be heard

    • dude i read ur comment 3 times, and i still have no idea wat ur saying… lol

    • Whoever wrote the review was simply giving his opinion. Why do you feel the need to respond in such a negative way, there’s really no need for it. We should appreciate people who give up their time to write reviews otherwise the www will be an empty, boring space.

      Far cooler to reply nicely than be a tit.

  2. Hi, how would you explain the internal tube in the Air Max unit. I really don’t understand how that helps

  3. I bought a pair of these shoes recently and I think they’re great not just in looks but with performance as well.

  4. I’m 120kg (265lbs) and 200cm (6’6″), I have a pair of size 15 Air Max 2013′s (black) and I have to say they are the best shoes I have ever owned.

    While they cost equivelent to US$160 delivered from the USA, they retail for around the equivalent of US$320 in my country. So while some people think they are expencive , I couldn’t find anything locally for how much I paid for these.

    I have a pair of Air Max Defy Rn (or Run) that I loved at first but now after wearing the Air Max 2013′s my other shoes don’t cut it anymore even though they are still relitivly new.

    I walk a lot and these really make it much easier on the feet after long periods of walking, I am not a runner but I may take it up casually in the future.

    Being black they are also great everyday shoes for me as well.

    I have seen the 2014 Air Max designs and they are unpleasing to say the least, so I plan to buy 2 more pairs (one possibly for running only) of the 2013′s in the next few weeks. I’m not sure on the colors, maybe another black pair and a pair in volt yellow for running.

    I would recommend these to anyone looking for a very comfortable shoe with a lot of cushioning.

    Thanks to the author of this review, I have read it many times both before and after making a purchase of these shoes.

  5. So,if focused based on the cushion aspect only,this or the Lunarglide 4?

    • Not sure Eric, I can look into it for you though

      • Eric it depends what you like. The Lunar cushioning is softer but you can sometimes feel rocks, etc. when running. The Air Max is firmer and slightly more responsive.

        Personally, I like Lunar for track sessions and Air Max for long road runs. Think about your personal preference based on your previous favorite shoes and choose accordingly.

        • I agree with Drew. The LG5 is so much more responsive the the AM2013. I had my LG5 for 3 months/200 miles. The heel was almost bald. That’s what most people complain about the LG4/5 is their durability.
          I just ran 9 miles in my new AM2013 and the little dots on the bottom of the outsoles are still there. If you are comfortable with the ride on these shoes, they’re worth it.

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