The Zoom Vaporfly 4% is Nike’s top-tier marathon shoe and it uses ZoomX, the brand’s elusive new cushioning system.
The Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% features a Flymesh upper with a dynamic archband in the midfoot to ensure the wearer experiences no distractions in that area. The tooling uses a new system, Nike ZoomX, that is ultra-lightweight, soft, and capable of providing up to 85% energy return, according to Nike.
What makes this shoe even more unique is its full-length carbon fiber plate in place that increases stiffness to provide additional propulsion with every step. The brand also claims that the plate minimizes energy loss during toe bends without increasing the demand for the calf.
There is mounting concern that these plates do not conform to the rather imprecise footwear standards of the I.A.A.F., according to The New York Times, and that Nike’s new shoes could give runners an unfair advantage.
The $250 Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% is available now at Eastbay.com in Obsidian/Metallic Silver’Neutral Indigo.
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