After years and years of using Asics shoes – Kinsei and Nimbus specifically – my girlfriend convinced me to try Nike Vomero, since she had been using it since the 8th edition and only had positive comments regarding weight, cushion, and stability.
Therefore, in 2017 I bought my first Vomero, 12th and was indeed impressed with the amount of cushion and stability despite its light weight. And I can tell you, stability and cushion are very important for me due to my heavyweight – 95kg and twisted ankles and knee problems in the past.
So, my experience with the Nike Vomero 12 was overall great, making me run faster and needing less recovery time than ever before, which made me jump at 13th edition as soon as it was released, last mid-December.
Cushion X Weight X Stability
When you put Nike Pegasus where the cushion is spread out the entire sole, making your feet feeling that it's literally walking on clouds, or being more realistic, a gym mattress.
When you start running, the Nike Zoom Air tech becomes even more vivid, making the steps softer and the back return stronger. This translates to a lighter step/higher speed and fewer sores after training.
That being said, even though Nike states that Vomero 13 is almost 10% lighter than the previous version – weighing 306 gr at size 10 US versus 334 gr for Vomero 12, my overall feeling was that the cushion has improved.
It's stronger now, especially in the forefoot part, which made me very happy. In this topic, Vomero 13 gets a plus.
On the other hand, in terms of stability, I felt that Vomero 12 had better arch and ankle support, wrapping up in the foot as an envelope. In this topic, Vomero 13 gets a minus.
Nothing much to talk about here, it is essentially the same as the Vomero 12, which was already good for different types of soil, and most importantly, durable.
This is the biggest difference from 12, with new color schemes and materials used on the upper part.
The upper is also very strong and solid with a double layered fabric. It's very breathable which means a shoe that could last you for long runs. It also has good toe protection at the same time.
And the back part now includes a retroreflective light mark for safer night running, so another plus here.
But I was a little bit disappointed with the laces support stripes on the side of the shoe, which can be felt from the inside while wearing them.
In the image below, you can even see the relay between the black lines as a continuation of the red stripes.
My tip here would be to wear the shoelaces a bit loose and a thicker sock. For that, I give a minus.
- Modern & sleek looking with a good amount of color schemes
- Strong and smooth support for the toes
- Better cushion experience in comparison to Vomero 12
- Lightweight, supposedly even lighter then Vomero 12
- Worse arch support and stability compared to Vomero 12
- The white side of the sole gets dirty pretty quickly
The Nike Vomero 13 is a comfortable, high cushioned running shoe for all types of running lengths. Due to its Zoom Air technology, it absorbs the impact and returns energy for the runner, giving more speed during the race and fewer lesions after exercise.
In comparison with the previous edition, I would highlight a better cushion experience, especially in the forefoot, despite lesser stability. So in case you have ankle issues be careful.
The reflective mark for night running is another plus, but being able to feel the shoelace stripes from inside while wearing the shoe really bothered me.
In conclusion, it is a very good shoe but may not justify the purchase if you are bothered by the minus I highlighted in this review.
Good to know
- An update to a long-running series of Nike Vomero shoes that are designed for the neutral pronator. It features subtle changes that contribute to a secure and enabled experience on the roads.
- The upper makes use of engineered mesh, which mimics the properties of cloth. It’s breathable, but its construction is not as open as the previous iteration’s mesh material. For additional security and snugness, thin synthetic overlays are printed onto the façade.
- The primary cushioning component of the Air Zoom Vomero 13 is made up of a core foam material that’s wrapped in a carrier unit. The resulting compound offers a plush yet durable experience for the entire foot.
The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 makes use of standard measurements when it comes to length. It accommodates the sizing preferences of consumers. Regarding width, the available options are D – Medium and 2E – Wide for the men’s version and B – Medium for the women’s version. It has a semi-curved shape that mimics the natural curvature of the human foot.
The outsole unit of the shoe makes use of the BRS 1000 carbon rubber, which is also found in the Vomero 14, to ensure responsible traction over the surfaces. It’s also designed to shield the rest of the sole unit from the abrasive nature of the asphalt.
In the forefoot section is the Dura-DS, a traction-ready compound that is also capable of attenuating impact shock and converting it to energy for the toe-off.
Deep Anatomical Flex Grooves allow the foot to bend and move naturally throughout the gait cycle. They also prevent the foam platform from feeling stiff or unresponsive.
The lateral section has a rubber crash rail that cushions the foot from the landing to the toe-off. It helps in achieving smooth steps throughout the running session.
A Lunar foam compound is used for the midsole unit of the Air Zoom Vomero 13. It’s created to be soft and responsive, thus giving springy cushioning for the foot of the runner.
Cushlon engulfs the foam core in a carrier-type coverage. This durable component acts as a reinforcing foundation that prevents sagging or breakdown. Though it’s sturdy, it still contributes cushioning and resiliency to the underfoot experience.
There are pressurized air pockets in the heel and forefoot sections. Termed the Zoom Air, these plastic pieces have compressed air inside them. They add some more cushioning and shock absorption, which may ultimately heighten the overall experience of the wearer.
A molded sock liner is placed right above the chief cushioning foam. It cushions the arch and other underfoot spaces which aren’t usually supported.
Engineered Mesh is a cloth-like material that serves as the central façade of the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13. It is not as thick as the conventional engineered mesh found in other running shoes; its knit design is deliberately softer to provide a breathable yet significantly lighter wrap.
Thin synthetic overlays are printed onto the mesh material. They reinforce the structure of the façade, preventing it from sagging or losing form. They also ensure a snug wrap by complimenting the tightening or loosening of the coverage via the lacing system.
The Dynamic Fit system features strips of cloth that are embedded into the mesh. They stick out at the instep, connecting directly to the shoelaces. They move in conjunction with the adjustments made to the laces, therefore enabling a customizable midfoot wrap.
A ¾ length internal cleatie makes sure that the in-shoe experience is soft and free of irritation. This design prevents hot spots and blisters, principally benefiting people who don’t wear socks when running.
The Comfort Fit Collar is made out of a padded interior construction that supports the heel and ankles. The foam-fortified surrounding locks the foot in place and prevents accidental shoe removals.