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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