Facts

  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Price
    $190
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Sep 2018
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80 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | MySqueakers

    From the underfoot feel perspective, as for walking its a little cushioning not super cushioning and then you could do have the Vapormax air have the compression that you normally feel with airmaxes.

  • First look / Unboxing | Mr P

  • First look / Unboxing | johnny0723

  • First look / Unboxing | YeahDat Zeem

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Updates to Nike Air VaporMax Run Utility

  • The Nike Air VaporMax gets a special treatment with the Utility edition: a shoe that is capable of quickly switching from daily running to other activities, thanks to the features and technologies that allow the shoe to be durable and versatile to suit many conditions.
  • The unique woven upper possesses both water-repellent and reflective properties, which permit more opportunities for running with the Nike Air VaporMax Run Utility under various conditions. The material is durable yet remains breathable all throughout while worn.
  • The Air VaporMax cushioning that is unique to Nike continues to prove its innovative and reliable underfoot protection. It is useful in protecting the foot, as well as delivering a responsive and lightweight midsole platform. It is supported by a rubber outsole that offers flexibility and adaptability. In addition, this version of the Air Max claims to be the lightest one ever.

Nike Air VaporMax Run Utility size and fit

Similar to the other running shoes under the Air VaporMax series, the Nike Air VaporMax Run Utility has a fit that runs true-to-size. Both men and women runners with moderate foot volumes would find a comfortable fit as the shoe is available in medium widths.

Outsole

The sole unit of this shoe is mostly comprised of the Air Max cushioning. This means the material makes up a part of both the outsole and the midsole. The bottom portion of the Air Max is covered with a rubber layer that forms a tread pattern, therefore delivering reliable traction on both wet and dry surfaces.

Midsole

The rest of the Air Max cushioning completes the midsole portion of the Air VaporMax Run Utility. As proven with other running shoes with the technology, the material effectively protects the foot during landing, attenuating shock. It takes up the form of hollow pods made from polyurethane, which are air-filled to provide a soft underfoot surface without adding to the weight of the shoe.

The hollow bags of the Air Max cushioning are specifically tuned to provide support and bounce as necessary.

Upper

The water-repellent upper of the Air VaporMax Run Utility is constructed as such to make the shoe winter-ready, striving to permit the runner safely undertake wet surfaces. Beneath the water-resistant layer is the signature Flyknit material that offers a breathable coverage with a seamless structure. The Flyknit makes for a comfortable fit and prevents the skin from irritating.

A unique toggle lacing system permits a convenient way to wear the Air VaporMax Run Utility. With this, the user could easily put on and remove the shoe without having to take off their gloves, if they are in a cold environment. The laces are installed with Flywire cables, which enable an even more secure fit.

Surrounding the shoe are portions of reflective material that help in increasing visibility during low-light conditions. These elements encourage wearers to run at any time with the assurance of being noticeable despite the dark surroundings.

A heel pull-tab is also included in the upper structure of the Air VaporMax Run Utility. This detail assists in the quick and effortless method of wearing the shoe.


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