Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% Running Shoes

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Nike is one of the most popular sports brands on the planet, and there’s a good reason for it. Nike excels for quality, comfort, and consistency and it shows in there shoes. Bringing specialists together to give their customers one of the best shoes in the line the ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%.

Not only is Nike known for its quality trainers, but they are also known for listening to its customers. They definitely made a product that shows!

With Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% and the advanced technology of the ZoomX foam, you will receive a minimum of 80% of the energy you put in, leaving you able to run further and more comfortable than ever before!

Read more about the ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT to see if it has what it takes to be your next best friend! You will not be disappointed.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Extremely responsive

Comfortable wear

Lightweight

Very supportive

Eye-catching design

Provides some stability

Cons

Very expensive

Inconsistent durability

Limited color options

Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

Nike uses two different types of rubber to form the ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%'s outsole. The forefoot area is created with a foam rubber, which is thicker than that of its predecessor, the Nike Zoom Fly 3, to ensure better cushioning and stronger energy return.

The heel area is made using a high-abrasion rubber for increased durability and protection against rough road surfaces.

This shoe's updated tread pattern is made up of length-wise grooves, while the forefoot area more closely resembles a car tire. This is to ensure that it will provide better levels of traction on multiple surfaces, whether they're wet or dry.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

Reviewers have definitely noticed the improvements made to the Nike Vaporfly NEXT's midsole. The brand new ZoomX midsole not only provides the runner with up to 15 percent more energy return, but it's also thicker for more underfoot cushioning.

Nike added an extra 1mm in the heel and an extra 4mm in the toe, which also creates a lower drop for an enhanced sense of balance and control.

Along with the improved technology, this section also features a full-length carbon plate within the foam. Not only does this increase overall durability and propulsion, but it also provides the runner with greater stability throughout their gait cycle.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Nike has swapped out Flymesh for a VaporWeave upper, giving the ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% lighter and more breathable wear than that of its predecessor.

Another added benefit is that it absorbs less water, which allows the foot to stay drier during rainy days and reduces the amount of odor that might develop.

Buyers have also noticed this shoe's offset-style lacing system, which is positioned more towards the lateral side of the foot. This is meant to reduce pressure on sensitive areas and provide the runner with a more lock-down fit.

Other features are also added to improve the shoe's overall wear, such as a thin foam pod in the heel area for added support. A wider toe box ensures greater toe splay and, with that, greater stability.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Despite its substantial platform, Nike Vaporfly NEXT is designed to be very lightweight. Both men's and women's sizes are listed at 6.6 oz. which is much lower than average for both ranges.

Not only does this add to the shoe's overall comfort level, but it also makes it just as fit for racing as it is for basic workouts and everyday living.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The VaporWeave gives this particular Nike shoe a lighter feel, the material being made out of two different plastics that allows it to absorb your sweat easily giving a lighter feel towards the end of your runs.

Breathability is important when it comes to running shoes, nobody likes their feet to feel like their suffocating and Nike kept that in mind when designing the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%. You will not be disappointed!
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Giving that its predecessor had a tighter feel, Nike decided to give this shoe a wider toe box with more room for your forefoot.

Another change is the offset the laces, for the reason of allowing the runner to give more pressure to the top of the foot when tightening the laces.

When it comes to comfort, usually a runner decides whether a shoe is comfortable after the break-in process. No more dreading this since Nike Vaporfly NEXT has an extra cushion added to the heel of the shoe that wraps comfortably around the Achilles tendon. Makes breaking in a much shorter process knocking comfort out of the park.
Style
Style

Style

Buyers are just as happy with how the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% looks as they are with how it feels and performs. Its sleek design includes minimal overlays, no pull tab, and an offset lacing system which helps to reduce pressure in sensitive areas.

The most notable feature is the tapered back section of its platform, a design that allows the shoe to be more aerodynamic during runs.

This particular shoe is sold almost exclusively in bright green with black detailing, although some retailers do offer a bright pink version as well, and both colors are available in men's and women's sizes.

Despite this very limited shade range, most buyers don't seem to be bothered by this and actually love the shoes with these vibrant hues.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Nike uses two different types of rubber to form the ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%'s outsole. The forefoot area is created with a foam rubber, which is thicker than that of its predecessor, to ensure better cushioning and stronger energy return.

The heel area is made using a high-abrasion rubber for increased durability and protection against rough road surfaces.

This shoe's updated tread pattern is made up of length-wise grooves, while the forefoot area more closely resembles a car tire. This is to ensure that it provides better levels of traction on multiple surfaces, whether wet or dry.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The original Vaporfly was the very first Nike shoe to have the ZoomX Foam. This material returns a good amount of energy to the runner. Knowing that this foam responded very well, Nike came up with the idea to add more ZoomX to the Vaporfly NEXT%.

Not only were they able to add more of this foam but they also kept in mind to not add any more weight. Thanks to the lightweight VaporWeave material, they were able to precisely make a lightweight, super responsive shoe the returns about 85% of the energy the runner puts in.
Support
Support

Support

With this shoe line winning world records, that should speak on its own when it comes to support. Nike knocks it out of the park with its offset laces and thicker ZoomX sole.

When you tighten the laces, it puts pressure on the upper foot being paired with the sole; this gives the runner maximum comfort.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Traction is important when it comes to running, nobody wants to risk a good run or race on slippery shoes. That is why the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% is a multisurface running shoe with lengthwise flex grooves on the outsole for better traction.

Nike brought their specialists together to come up with the flex grooves to make sure that their customers have the most consistent and safest pair of running shoes; this gives the runner the maximum amount of quality and protection through every stride!
Stability
Stability

Stability

It doesn’t take much for you to find yourself limping home with a sore foot or sprained ankle after a day out on the trail. That’s why having a shoe that keeps you stable along uneven surfaces can go a long way towards the quality of your run.

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% has the capacity to give you the utmost stability when it comes to your runs, having the shoe a wider flare under the forefoot than its predecessor, as well as more density to the sole.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% feature a heel-to-toe drop height of 8mm, which is a bit lower than the standard 10mm; this provides a better sense of balance and posture.

With a heel height of 40mm and a toe height of 32mm, runners are still afforded plenty of underfoot cushioning and protection.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

Foam rubber and high-abrasion rubber outsole
ZoomX foam midsole with 15% more energy return
Full-length carbon plate for enhanced stability
Brand new Vaporweave upper
Offset-style lacing system
Thin foam heel pod for extra support
Wider toe box than predecessor
Expensive $250 price tag
Price
Price

Price

One of the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%'s few major downsides is the fact that its price tag is so incredibly expensive, even when compared to many other costly running shoes.

It can be found on Nike's website and at other online retailers such as Jack Rabbit and Running Warehouse, for a whopping $250. There also doesn't seem to be any opportunities for buyers to find lower prices, which greatly frustrates them.

There's no doubt that almost all reviewers are extremely happy with their purchase, from the shoe's design and comfort level to its lightweight feel and incredible performance.

But despite their overall satisfaction, many of them still can't quite justify its extremely high cost.
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% is one of the best-constructed products on the market. Every customer that has bought this specific line has had no complaints!

Although some say they can be a bit expensive, it is worth every penny.

With the ZoomX foam giving back what the runner puts in through every stride, and, the offset laces giving your foot a tight comfortable fit, these shoes are a winner.

Adding to that there is the extra cushion in the heel and the VaporWeave material allowing your feet to breathe comfortably through every run.

You cannot go wrong with the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%; it even has added lengthwise grips checking traction off the list. You may end up liking them so much you'll buy another pair!