If you are looking for a pair of sneakers ready for the race during the day, you have a new pair that you can try on: Nike just announced their latest and fastest sneakers called Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% – neon green for $ 275 Zoom Vaporfly 4% sneakers you already know.
In his latest release, Nike listened to the runners and set up the top of the NEXT%, replacing the Zoom Vaporfly fly with 4% and adjusting the legs for what he calls Vaporweave.
This helps your sneakers to stay light and, in fact, make them better equipped for power during wet races, where the last thing you need is to feel that you are pulling your legs.
“The Vaporweave material is not only lighter than the Flyknit, just out of the box and dries, but also increases as the race progresses,” says Elliott Heath, product manager for Nike Running. "The Vaporweave material absorbs less than 13% of the amount of water that Flyknit and other similar materials absorb, so weight savings are achieved from beginning to end and even more at the end."
Inside on the heel designers have placed a small foam strip that covers only part of your heel. It looks like it can be a piece of foam tape, and it is designed to give you the amount of comfort you need without slowing down. “We really spent a lot of time on a bunch of different designs, just to try to use the exact amount of foam that we thought we needed, but not more,” says Heath, “unlike other traditional foam bags that would foam everything around the heel – although it is very comfortable, a lot of this is just not to get used to. ”
Nike developed NEXT% with a 8 mm drop, as well as a carbon fiber plate of 4% and even more of its ZoomX foam. Trying on shoes, you will feel how strongly you want to go to the next step, while the foam provides a light, soft feeling under your feet. “The feeling of returning energy and disrupting movement that was so unique to Vaporfly really only increases in the next version,” says Heath. "This is what all our athletes continued to call for, trying shoes, they can notice the difference in how much energy they get back."
But these are not the only updates. Under Nike, he said he added extra craving in key areas of the shoe based on the runner’s feedback from Eliud Kipchog to Mo Farah.
And looking down, you will notice that the laces are not in the center of your legs, like your other foot strokes. “Essentially, this was supposed to help provide comfort for 26 miles of the marathon,” said Brett Holts, Nike running shoes vice president.
Meanwhile, the Nike logo goes through your toes on the other side of your legs. And, as Nike representatives say, this design choice on NEXT% is 100% intentional. After all, how else can everyone say what shoes you wore when you cross the finish line?
You can get the NEXT% at a retail price of $ 275. Orders start on April 28th.