Who should buy the Nike Pole Vault Elite

The Nike Pole Vault Elite is perfect for novice and elite-level track athletes who are into:

  • pole vault competitions and training 
  • high jumping and steeplechase events

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Profile of the Nike Pole Vault Elite

Use – The Nike Pole Vault Elite, as its name signifies, is designed for jumping events. This shoe specifically delivers maximum performance for pole vault and steeplechase. 

Spike Type – To deliver optimal grip and traction for the events it is designed for, the platform sports six ⅜ inch pyramid spikes. With such spike pins, the propulsion of the racer is enhanced.

Spike Plate – Like most track and field shoes, the spike plate of the Pole Vault Elite consists of Pebax plate. It maximizes the rigidity-to-weight ratio of the shoe while supplementing ample flexibility.

Nike Pole Vault Elite profile

Enhanced stability and traction

The general composition of the Pole Vault Elite is meant for elite performance. Designed to be a pair of shoes that can assist in both practice and competition, it employs minimal heel-to-toe offset. This is to exert impose effective posture and enhanced stability.

Nike Pole Vault Elite enhanced stability and traction

Moreover, the impact upon heel strike is evenly distributed by the sharkskin at the heel bottom of the shoe. Such a component also pronounces its ground grip and traction.

Pole Vault Elite offers an adaptive fit

The Nike Pole Vault Elite is available in unisex sizing scheme. It follows men’s sizing measurement. For women to secure accurate fit and size, it is recommended that they go 1.5 sizes down.

Nike Pole Vault Elite adaptive fit

The mesh upper of the shoe is responsible for allowing the adaptability of the shoe to the foot, maximizing its fit. To give a lockdown fit, a Velcro strap runs across the midfoot. To top it all off, the external heel counter enhances the support and security of the shoe.

Responsive outsole to increase speed

A Pebax plate acts as the protective layer of the Pole Vault Elite from highly abrasive elements as it is known for being rigid. However, its design does not necessarily sacrifice the flexibility and weight of the shoe.

Nike Pole Vault Elite pedax plate

Additionally, with such outsole construction, the Pole Vault Elite executes responsiveness to increase speed. The spike plate of the shoe employs 6 pyramid spikes that increase the shoe’s grip and traction, regardless of the weather. 

Prevents heel-strike trauma 

Sharkskin is situated at the bottom of the heel which can also be found in the Zoom Matumbo 3.

Nike Pole Vault Elite heel-strike trauma

Such configuration in the heel offers additional grip and traction on multiple surfaces without employing so much weight. It prevents heel-strike trauma by evenly distributing impact.

Lightweight cushioning

Consisting of EVA foam pellets, the Phylon foam goes through a process of compression, heating, and cooling in a mold.

Nike Pole Vault Elite lightweight cushioning

This material gives a lightweight and responsive cushioning to the Pole Vault Elite.

Breathable to the foot

The upper of the Nike Pole Vault Elite consists of synthetic and mesh. The combination of these materials gives security and lockdown over the footbed.

Nike Pole Vault Elite breathable to the foot

It also employs perforations that give breathability to the foot. The upper is emblazoned with reflective details to ensure visibility during low-light hours.

Nike Pole Vault Elite provides stability and support 

To give the shoe structural integrity and lightness, synthetic overlays with minimal seams are furnished.

Nike Pole Vault Elite velcro strap

Giving further lockdown to the overall structure is the adjustable midfoot strap if the shoe made out of a Velcro strap. Concurrently, the external heel of the shoe adds rearfoot stability and support.

Facts / Specs

Closure: Lace-up, Hook and loop
Event: Jumping
Features: Removable Spikes
Spike Type: Pyramid
Spike Size: 3/8-inch
Surface: Rubber
Use: Pole Vault, Steeplechase

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Zack Dunn
Zack Dunn

I race distances between 800 meters and 10K whether it be on the track, the roads, or on cross country courses. My typical training consists of easy days, long days, workouts (fartleks, tempos, interval training, etc.). My typical training paces range from 7’30 a mile on easy days to sub-5 minutes a mile on fast interval days, and with many paces in between. I run anywhere from 40-60 miles a week. My personal bests are 2:00 for 800m, 4:30 for 1600m, 9:50 for 3200m, 15:57 for 5K, and 34:10 for 10K.