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After coming out with the Vapor Advantage that’s suitable for recreational players, the Swoosh brand dropped a more advanced and premium design, the NikeCourt Air Zoom Prestige. This high-performance footgear that’s crafted for speed and agility utilizes the proprietary Zoom Air cushioning technology. It’s the same kind of spec found in Nike Zoom shoes for running and basketball.
The Dynamic Fit makeup turns out to be a plus factor as it provides a lockdown, glove-like comfort. Compared with the similar-looking NikeCourt Air Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour, the Air Zoom Prestige offers better ventilation. In terms of value, it’s more economical than the NikeCourt Air Zoom Vapor X.
Composition. The proprietary XDR or extra-durable rubber compound takes up the entire outsole, which can withstand the abrasiveness of hard courts. Such feature is also used in the Vapor 9.5 Tour and the NikeCourt Zoom Cage 3.
Grip. This sole structure has a modified herringbone tread pattern, which grants the right amount of grip needed when changing directions.
Profile. This trainer has a low-to-the-ground profile, which allows its user to have a better feel of the bounce-back capacity of the shoe. It also gives the player enough room for quick responses.
Support. Under the arch of the foot is a TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) platform that’s devised to grant lateral support, especially during sprints and quick cuts.
Heel cushioning. Lodged in the heel section of the midsole is the Zoom Air unit that’s meant to deliver responsive cushioning when speeding up or slowing down for shots. It uses pressurized air; thus, it doesn’t put much weight on the shoe.
Forefoot padding. The forefoot section is built with the lightweight Phylon foam, which helps absorb shock.
Material. Its cover utilizes mesh, which promotes breathability in a lightweight build. Its lining wraps up over the back of the heel to prevent any struggle when putting on this shoe.
Fit. For improved maneuverability, this shoe is wrapped with the Dynamic Fit system from the lowermost part of the arch up to the laces. Aside from delivering enhanced foot mobility, it reduces slippage while doubling up on support. Such Nike innovation adapts to the shape of the foot for a more secure fit.
Forefoot protection. The rubber on the toe works as an added layer of protection against the abrasiveness of hard courts. It helps delay any signs of wear usually caused by repeated toe dragging.
- Bulgarian professional player Grigor Dimitrov is one of the athletes who’s seen sporting the NikeCourt Air Zoom Prestige.