Today’s subject of our review section is the Nike Crater Impact, one of the brand’s staple eco- friendly silhouettes. Released in 2021, this model ‘s design is dominated by the Crater foam used, one that we;’ve first seen at the Space Hippie model a year prior. These were one of the first sneakers from the Move To Zero campaign which is Nike’s ongoing effort to use as many recycled materials in their products. For the Crater Impact the brand advertises the use of at least 25% recycled materials by weight which mostly refresh to the midsole composition. This midsole was to be used on several other models in the years following its release like it was the case with the Nike Air Max Plus Terrascape

How They Fit 

The pair we got on hand was a 2022 release in gray, white with khaki accents. The pair comes in the Move To Zero box with no other paper inside it. At a first look they have a modern design, with a bulky midsole which fits the trends of the past few years in fashion. They are quite lightweight, with size 12 weighing 13oz. On foot they fit true to size, however they narrow down towards the font. You can check out this size chart if you are not sure about your size. Those with wider feet may want to consider going up half a size for this reason. They feel a bit stiff at first so some break-in period may be needed for most.

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The upper of the Nike Crater Impact is made of a mesh material with a synthetic suede piece on the sides that helps with securing a lockdown fit. The pair we got had also a ripstop material in the heel area which added a bit more detail to this edition of the shoe. What we first noticed as we were doing our Nike Crater Impact review is that the mesh material is not too breathable which is a disadvantage for wet hot days but it can be a positive on colder weather. It takes away some of its versatility for sure. The shoes feature a modern design overall, with atypical lacing system that does the job well. 

Sole Unit 

The sole unit of the Nike Crater Impact is made up of the Crater Foam and seems to be quite high staked, especially in the heel area. However, the midsole is shaped as a cupsole so on the inside the heel goes in much deeper. You will still get an extra inch in height with these compared to most other Nike models. The best cushion you’ll get from these is in the heel area with each landing, the midsole overall having a moderate flexibility. Along with its chunkiness, this takes even more from the versatility of this shoe. They offer great support, especially if you stand up for long hours but running in these for long distances or at a higher pace is certainly not ideal. 

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Bottom Line 

To conclude our Nike Crater Impact review, this is an excellent every day sneaker that will do well for a “beater” shoe. They are made to last and offer a good amount of support. Even if the retail price is $100 you can often find them cheaper so you get even a better value out of your purchase.