Nike Running Unveils the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%

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.

One Comment

  1. Why do they have to look like elf shoes?? It’s that heel man, why does it look like that? 😀 the rest of the shoe looks awesome

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