Who should buy the Nike Zoom Rival D 9

The Nike Zoom Rival D 9 is best suited for:

  • middle-distance running events
  • 400 meters to 5000 meters

Nike Zoom Rival D 9 nike

Unparalleled grip on the tracks 

Consisting of featherlight materials, the track shoe supports propulsion. Similar to the configuration of most track shoes, this mid-range running platform is outfitted with a Pebax plate. It houses the removable spike pins of the running shoe for versatile traction.

Nike Zoom Rival D 9 removable spike pins

With its makeup, it generates an unparalleled grip on the tracks. The Zoom Rival series from Nike already garnered positive reception from the get-go. 

Zoom Rival D 9 enhances speedy performance

With the refinements made to the Nike Zoom Rival D 9, it’s a mission from the brand to up not only the style but also the functionality. Prior to this iteration, a sandwich mesh was utilized for featherlight security. 

With this ninth edition, a spacer mesh upper is introduced. It permits breathability and lightness to enhance the speed of the runner. One of Nike’s proprietary innovations, the Flywire technology, integrates the lacing system of the platform. 

Nike Zoom Rival D 9 lacing system

Adaptive and supportive fit

This is intended for an adaptive and supportive fit. The Nike Zoom Rival D 9 runs in men’s sizes. It is recommended for women to go 1.5 sizes down to acquire precise fit.

Nike Zoom Rival D 9 adaptive and supportive fit

Packed with support and comfort, the Zoom Rival D 9 is engineered with elements that bring out these qualities. One of these is the renowned Flywire technology from Nike. It is tasked with providing a durable, lightweight fit. 

Foot-conforming security

The spacer mesh upper of the mid-distance shoe is also fashioned for a foot-conforming security. Added to the platform are seamless overlays that improve the track spike’s structural integrity.

Nike Zoom Rival D 9 seamless overlay

The outsole of the Nike Zoom Rival D 9 is a combination of both rubber outsole and Pebax plate. 

Enables a propulsive running

Already a famous track shoe component, the Pebax plate is outfitted to a number of other popular Nike track shoes. These are the Zoom Victory 3 and Zoom 400.

Nike Zoom Rival D 9 pedax plate

It is ideal for a track spike’s design as it exhibits high-strength, flexible properties. It keeps a fair balance of lightness and stiffness, enabling a propulsive running. 

Smooth and responsive cushioning

On the other hand, the ¾ length rubber outsole generates unparalleled traction while maintaining strength. It is able to withstand naturally abrasive elements on the tracks.

Another technology from Nike is present in the midsole of the Zoom Rival D 9. A compression-molded Phylon midsole is embedded within the shoe. It permits a smooth and responsive cushioning to the foot. This allows the contender to last in the competition.

Nike Zoom Rival D 9 midsole

Good ventilation

One of the most noticeable changes made to the Nike Zoom Rival D 9 is the reconstructed upper. It now sports a translucent spacer mesh. This has a number of perforations that let in air into the foot chamber for ventilation.

Nike Zoom Rival D 9 good ventilation

This promotes a healthy foot environment. Moreover, the spacer mesh employs minimal weight, allowing speed as it does not weigh the athlete down. 

Nike Zoom Rival D 9 offers additional support

Welded to the upper are no-sew overlays for additional support. This is especially true in the running spike’s heel area.

Nike Zoom Rival D 9 heel area

For a sturdy and dynamic fit, the Flywire technology is incorporated into the shoe’s composition. It keeps the foot locked in place, preventing the shoe’s premature removal.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 174g
Update: Nike Zoom Rival D 10
Closure: Lace-up
Event: Running
Features: Removable Spikes
Collection: Nike Zoom Rival
Surface: Rubber

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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.