Profile of the NikeCourt Air Zoom Vapor X Knit

Nike Air Zoom Vapor X Knit ups the ante by introducing a unique structure that doesn’t go short in offering breathability, comfort, and stability. This modified version gives the Vapor X followers the top technologies they’ve become accustomed to, such as Zoom Air, Dynamic Fit system, and XDR outsole.

However, this improved cut offers a new level of performance, by showcasing a redesigned cover, and loading it up with reinforced support and responsive cushioning. Like the previous Vapor X model, this trainer allows the wearer to fly around the court with its lightweight built.


Tread design. Nike’s XDR Rubber is assembled in a tread pattern that’s workable on the abrasive hard court surfaces. The XDR compound on the heel and forefoot in a multisurface and herringbone pattern provides long-lasting durability and traction.

It borrows its tread design and flex grooves from the NikeCourt Air Zoom Vapor X. Such a pattern is arranged to grant natural foot movement. 

Rubber reinforcements. Additional traction is placed along the perimeter of the outsole to strengthen such region from immediate wear.

There are polymer triangles placed on the perimeter of the outsole that’s susceptible to quick wear. This added source of traction is meant to improve stability.


Cushioning components. The lightweight Phylon midsole is assigned to take up the weight of the impact every time the foot hits the ground.  This dense and durable foam is made of tiny EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) pellets. Because of its resilient quality, it’s designed to deliver cushioning for that court-ready comfort.

Embedded in the heel is a flat polyurethane bag that’s packed with pressurized air and densely-lined fibers. These fibers are hyper-responsive as they spring back quickly between footstrikes and midstance. 

Stability system. TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) foot frame stretches from heel to toe to deliver firm footing especially during sharp cuts and aggressive turns.


Material. If the Vapor X is encased in synthetic and mesh, this version comes with a circular knitted cover. Such material isn’t only breathable but lightweight too. 

Fit. The knitted filaments that make up the upper tighten up the fit and work to provide 360-degree support. The key source of stability comes from the hidden device called the Dynamic Fit System. This system encases the midfoot and guides the foot when making rapid directional trajectories. The upper also comes with an internal sleeve, which offers a snug fit.

Nice to know

  • Nike’s proprietary XDR outsole compound is translated into “extra-durable rubber.”
  • Canadian tennis player Denis Shapovalov is one of the pro tennis athletes supporting the Nike Air Zoom Vapor X Knit.


How NikeCourt Air Zoom Vapor X Knit ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 34% hard court tennis shoes
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Top 19% Nike tennis shoes
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Top 20% lightweight tennis shoes
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