For the past several years Nike Golf has been upping the ante on their summer and athletic golf shoe offerings. Recent designs include the Lunar Ascend, TW’13, Lunar Swingtip, and TW’14 (now also available in a mesh version). Last month Nike Golf sent me a pair of their FI Impact golf shoes to try out, and I’ve been gaming these (along with my TW14s, Lunar Controls and Lunar Swingtips) on the course ever since. After thorough testing at the range and on the course, I share my impressions of the FI Impact shoes with you here.
Out of the box these shoes are extremely comfortable, I would go so far as to say that these are the most comfortable Nike Golf shoe I’ve ever worn. They are very light, and the upper with the mesh vents on the side is very breathable, just like the Nike Free running shoes. The sole is similar to that of the Nike Free shoes (FI stands for Free-Inspired), and has great flexibility and feel, and the integrated traction keeps you connected to the ground without slipping. I found the fit to be true, and the shoe was comfortable straight out of the box, mainly due to ample width of the toe box which I prefer. The FI Impact feels basically like a Nike Free running shoe with golf spikes incorporated into the sole.
Athletic golf shoe styles are more the norm on the course now, and the FI Impact fits squarely in the athletic golf footwear category. It looks like a running shoe without looking out of place on the course. The shoe comes in four colorways: Black/Metallic Silver; Light Base Grey/Black; Military Blue/White; and MD Base Grey/Team Orange. A fifth colorway — Black/Venom Green — will be available on January 1, 2014. One detail I really like is the subtle argyle pattern on the sole, a nice nod to the use of this pattern in the history of golf fashion. The overall design of the FI Impact is that of an athletic shoe all the way.
The most noteworthy technological feature of the FI Impact is the Free-Inspired outsole, which gives this shoe a great ride without sacrificing stability or traction. The cross-cut sole flexes easily with your foot to provide great feel during the golf swing. Nike’s Dynamic fit system cradles your foot when you tighten the laces, giving the shoe great stability. And the waterproof mesh upper keeps your feet dry in wet grass, and cool on those hot summer days on the course. You can read more about the technology in the FI Impact in in Nike Golf’s press release.
This is where the FI Impact really shined for me — this is one of the most comfortable Nike Golf shoes I have ever worn. The wider forefoot area gives my feet plenty of room, the padded collar and tongue are very comfortable, and the breathable mesh upper keeps my feet cool and dry. Five stars, A++++, however you say it, Nike Golf has comfort covered with the FI Impact.
The FI Impact fit true to size for me, and I really like the wider toe box — I don’t like golf shoes that are too narrow or squeeze my feet across forefoot area. But as always I recommend trying these on before buying to make sure the size is right for you.
This shoe performed great for me on the course. The integrated traction on the sole prevented any kind of slipping, and the Dynamic Fit System gives great stability and kept the shoes snug on my feet. And these shoes are so comfortable, walking the course is a breeze.
Nike Golf has continued its tradition of great athletic golf shoe designs with the FI Impact. It is a light, breathable, waterproof golf shoe that is very comfortable and stylish. The Free-Inspired sole and Dynamic Fit System make this shoe perform well on the course, and the mesh upper makes it great for warm weather. Now that athletic shoe designs are more mainstream in the golf footwear marketplace, the FI Impact will certainly get some serious attention. If you’re looking for a comfortable athletic golf shoe, I highly recommend checking out the FI Impact.
Editor’s note: The product reviewed above was supplied by the manufacturer to the reviewer/author free of charge for reviewing purposes only. The reviewer/author was not paid for this review, and the opinions expressed in the review are strictly those of the reviewer/author.