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What does Nike Quickstrike mean?

What is a quickstrike (QS) release?


A QS (Quickstrike) release is a term often used by Nike to market their limited-edition sneaker releases. They are associated with releases that are expected to quickly sell out on release day.

Sneakers with a QS tag are usually released in limited quantities, making them even harder to purchase. They may even be only sold on the Nike SNKRS App or exclusives at pop-up stores.

Take note that not all releases on the Nike SNKRS App are labeled with QS though, so don’t be confused with the term as it won’t change our low chances to win a sneaker raffle.

You may notice that Air Jordans don’t normally have QS labels on them, that’s because Air Jordan Retros always sell out and don’t need any QS marketing to make them look exclusive and limited.

Before the pandemic when physical stores were still open, QS releases resulted in campouts - campouts are long lines of people that are already in line, days before the actual sneaker’s release. Sometimes, camp-outs lead to riots just like what happened to the Nike SB Dunk Low Staple NYC Pigeon by Jeff Staple that released in New York last 2005. It can be considered Quickstrike because of its extremely limited quantity. Some may even call it a ‘Hyperstrike’ release due to what happened.

You don’t have to worry about QS releases anymore though, whether it was a QS or a general release, it will always depend on luck to win on the Nike SNKRS App.


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