Verdict from 2 experts and 5 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Glove-like fit: Hardcore players say the Air Zoom Vapor Pro fits comfortably snug. It hugs the foot "with nearly zero heel slippage.” 
  • Comfortable: Weartesters vouch that the NikeCourt Air Zoom Vapor Pro is comfy from day one. "It's ready to go right off the box."
  • No bulk: Players find this shoe to be extremely light. 
  • Stable: Its asymmetrical lacing system hugs the medial side, especially the big toe. "It offers security when pushing forward."
  • Speedy: Aggressive players say it’s as fast as the Lotto Mirage 100 SPD but quicker than the Vapor X Knit
  • Ultra-breathable: There’s tons of ventilation given its mesh arrangement across the top. 
  • Protective: With a rubber add-on working as a toe guard, wearers feel more confident sliding for a shot.
  • Grippy: For sliders, the aggressive tread pattern offers top-notch grip where it’s needed. 

3 reasons not to buy

  • Thins out soon: Its sole gets worn out faster than expected. 
  • Constricting plastic wall: Broad-footed players find the TPU lateral support not too wear-friendly as it rubs against the outside of the foot.
  • Lacks flexibility: It is less forgiving than the Vapor 10.  

Bottom line

Vapor Pro is a treat for quick players eyeing a speedy shoe in a multi-layered supportive build. It takes on the best features of the Vapor X and the knitted version without adding an ounce to its weight. A caveat, though, you need to examine the tread if you frequently play on the abrasive hardcourt as it can smooth out rapidly.

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NikeCourt Air Zoom Vapor Pro: uber light and supportive

NikeCourt Vapor line is known for speed and agility. For the Vapor Pro, the Swoosh team took the standout components of the Vapor X and Vapor X Knit to come up with a high-performing shoe that’s stable and fast on the hard court. The Zoom Air unit under the heel makes this shoe responsive and shock-absorbing.

Who is it best for?

  • Vapor Pro is suitable for aggressive movers who perform a lot on the hard court.
  • Given its stability features, it works best for baseline players.
  • Since it inhibits pronation or the inward rolling of the foot, this shoe is advantageous for overpronators. 
  • Fit is similar with the Vapor X where it partly tapers at the front, making it an ideal choice for narrow- to medium-footed wearers.

Some of the pro players sporting the Air Zoom Vapor Pro are Nick Kyrgios, Taylor Fritz, Karen Khachanov, Andrey Rublev, Bianca Andreescu, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova, and Sloane Stephens Petra. 


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