Who should buy the Nike VaporMax Flyknit

The Nike VaporMax Flyknit is a trusty go-to for: 

  • neutral runners
  • those who are looking for a daily trainer 
  • runners in need of a lightweight shoe

Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit nike

Who should NOT buy it

If you want to run fast, the Nike VaporMax Flyknit is not it. And if you're on a tight budget, it will hurt your wallet. 

Lightweight

At 8.9 oz, the VaporMax Flyknit is way lighter than the average daily trainer. Majority of the testers agree that it barely has any weight, they forgot about it on the run. 

All-around comfort: Plush, breathable, and flexible

The midsole of the shoe is not only very cushy. It's also very pliable, allowing freedom of movement. 

Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit upper

It's coupled with the shoe's soft and stretchy upper, which a number of runners describe as "cloud-like." What's more is it's light and airy. 

Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit: A ball of energy

Thanks to VaporMax Flyknit's full-length Zoom Air units, running in the shoe is enjoyable. It brings some pop into each step, making strides come to life.

Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit nike air

Supportive fit

Many are amazed by the shoe's Flyknit upper. It's snug, it wraps like a sock. To take it up a notch, there are also overlays on the sides that enhance lockdown.

Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit flywire

For a secure fit, the collar is also gartered. This prevents any slip-off. 

Sturdy traction

Rubber pods on the outsole protect the Air unit from wear and tear. They also provide responsible traction for fast movements on the asphalt.

Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit outsole

An eye candy

Many purchasers loved the design of the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit’s upper unit, stating that it looked cool. It has modern aesthetics, a sock-like design, and a bevy of colorways to sate the stylistic flair of various runners. 

Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit flexible

Versatile

Apart from running, the VaporMax Flyknit is also a great choice for gym training. 

VaporMax Flyknit is not for wide feet

For wide-footed runners, the Flyknit upper is too "tight." They all claim that it causes pressure on their feet, making it uncomfortable. 

Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit forefoot

Digs deep into the pocket

For a daily trainer, the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit is too expensive at $190. On average, daily running shoes sell for $120. 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 255g / Women 207g
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2
Collection: Nike Air, Nike Air Vapormax
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.