|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 10mm|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Material:||Mesh upper, Rubber sole|
|Features:||Breathable | Cushioned | Comfortable|
|Strike Pattern:||Heel strike|
|Heel height:||Men: 39mm|
|Forefoot height:||Men: 29mm|
|Release date:||Oct 2018|
|Width:||Normal | Normal|
|Colorways:||Blue, Grey, Orange|
|SKUs:||880847004, 880847405, 880847600|
Reviews from around the internet
- 98/100 by RunRepeat (3 in-depth reviews)
- 95/100 by Believe in the Run
- 90/100 by Road Trail Run
- 89/100 by Fellrnr
- 100/100 by Running Shoes Guru
- 60/100 by Hes Kicks
- 92/100 by Andrew Skurka
- 89/100 by Running Competitor
- 83/100 by Sean Go
- 80/100 by Mr. Stoltz
- 75/100 by s2DoubleU
- 80/100 by SoleCollector
- 94/100 by J Bird Runs
- 93/100 by Standford Bear
- 92/100 by GearJunkie
- 90/100 by Ty Kix
- 90/100 by A Foodie Stays Fit
- 88/100 by iRunning
- 88/100 by Runner's World
- 87/100 by The Runner Beans
- 86/100 by Shape
- 86/100 by Big Peach Running Co.
- 85/100 by Wired
- 85/100 by Collectivev Kicks
- 85/100 by Friddie1992
- 85/100 by Run Sherry Run
- 84/100 by Triathlete
- 80/100 by Slowtwitch
- 73/100 by Aaron Jarvis
Video reviews and unboxing
- The Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% is constructed with racing enthusiasts in mind. The name implies that the wearer would be able to run 4% more efficiently with the shoe, as researched scientifically. It is highly cushioned and is recommended for runners with neutral pronation.
- The upper features a minimal design, with its single-layer mesh, single-piece overlay, and lack of internal lining. It aims to deliver the most ventilation possible, with the anticipation of the runner wearing the shoe for marathons.
- Nike introduces the new ZoomX foam in the midsole, which aims to deliver more cushioning and more responsiveness. The ZoomX cushioning promotes a more dynamic feel as it not only absorbs impact on landing, but it also projects the foot forward in expectation of the next stride.
The Zoom Vaporfly 4% features a standard running shoe length. It is a unisex running shoe, with a single width-profile of D - Medium for men and D - Wide for women. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural curve of the human foot.
The minimalist pentagon patterns on the outsole aim to provide durable traction for the runner. It is made of lightweight foam rubber, which contributes to the flexibility and responsiveness of the shoe.
There are high-abrasion blown rubber reinforcements found on the heel and forefoot areas of the outsole, which give adequate traction. They are made durable to withstand various levels of stress from running.
The Vaporfly 4% uses the all-new ZoomX foam, which Nike labels as a "cushioning revolution." ZoomX claims to be the most responsive and energy-returning EVA foam on the market.
The cushioning is supported and enhanced by a full-length carbon plate that is embedded beneath the midsole. It aims to amplify the sensation of propulsion. In this regard, the carbon plate acts similarly to a lever as it helps the foot transition to its next step. The second layer of ZoomX foam beneath the carbon plate is present to dampen the impact.
All the elements of the midsole work together to provide more spring to the foot during running, but without the sinking sensation of an overly-cushioned shoe.
Made from a single-layer Flymesh, the upper of the Zoom Vaporfly 4% presents a well-defined and customized fit. There is no internal lining, yet the façade is designed to be lightweight and breathable. This Flymesh upper is also intended to work against heat retention. There are perforations in the forefoot and midfoot area to help heighten airflow.
There is a single piece of overlay over the lace holes. It offers enough support and structure while maintaining a minimalist design.
The tongue features a thin and asymmetrical finish and is also made from a combination of Flymesh and fuse material.
A stiff bumper is installed to provide protection for the toes and to absorb stress around the forefoot area, which is commonly experienced in long-distance running.