Who should buy the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%

  • An excellent choice for competitive road runners who want to break their PRs in 21Km and full marathon races.
  • A solid option for high-mileage runners who want a lightweight neutral running shoe that offers great cushioning and comfort.

Updates to the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%

  • Highly cushioned and equipped with a carbon plate for runners to be able to run 4% more efficiently.
  • Upper features a minimal design with single-layer mesh, single-piece overlay, and lack of internal lining.
  • Newly introduced ZoomX foam in the midsole to deliver more cushioning and more responsiveness.

Delivers durable traction and flexibility

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.

Nike’s ZoomX ignites the cushioning revolution

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.

Vaporfly 4% delivers more springy cushioning

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.

Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% is a lightweight and breathable 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.

Minimalist design that offers sufficient support

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.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: 6.5oz
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 29mm
Heel height: 39mm
Collection: Nike Zoomx

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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