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Aside from its updated name, the second iteration of the Nike Zoom Vaporfly features these technical upgrades, making the shoe Nike’s fastest shoe ever.

  • 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. (It’s a look Mo Farah said he was very into).
  • 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.

Vaporfly Next%: What’s returning

  • Still embedded within the foam is 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.

When will it be available:

The product will be available in Nike retail stores in Dubai starting from July 2019, retailing at Dh1,299.

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