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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cushion – 10/10
Fit – 7/10
Materials – 9/10
Stability – 8/10
Traction – 10/10
Ventilation – 8/10
Overall – 8.5/10