The Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% has been updated as Nike Running officially unveils the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next%.
The marathon-dominating Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% has been revamped from heel to toe in order to incorporate feedback from its world champion runners.
The second iteration of the shoe features an improved upper, a re-tooled midsole and a redesigned traction pattern.
Additional new features include:
- Vaporweave, a material construction debuting on the upper, is lighter than Nike Flyknit, breathable and — critically — absorbs far less water from sweat or rain, so it stays airy and dry over the course of a marathon.
- The laces are slightly offset to alleviate pressure along the sensitive part of the foot.
- A thin foam pod inside the heel keeps the Achilles happy as the miles add up.
- There’s more Nike ZoomX foam in the midsole, which has been scientifically proven in Nike’s Sport Research Lab to further increase energy return.
- That foam has been redistributed to decrease the offset from 11mm to 8mm to provide a more stable feeling and help maximize energy return at the critical toe-off.
- Designers merged Kirui, Kipchoge and Farah’s custom traction patterns to improve the forefoot grip so the shoe handles better in wet weather.
- Contoured treads with deep grooves on the outsole facilitate smoother movement during turns.
Not everything has been revamped in the ZoomX VaporFly Next%. When it comes to performance sometimes an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” type of mentality goes a long way.
Returning features from the VaporFly 4% include:
- A full-length curved carbon fiber plate that increases stiffness to provide a sensation of propulsion.
- The shoe’s weight stays the same — even with 15 percent more foam.
For those that loved the 4%, the VaporFly Next% will be available beginning April 25 in London, and on April 28 through the NRC app for U.S. NikePlus members.
via Nike Inc.