There remains no doubt that running shoes are getting faster. A lot of smart tech infusion is responsible for it that include recomposed foam sitting below your feet and also the addition of a carbon fiber plate which adds that further push for runners. The shoe that started this massive battle for fast running shoes is the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next%. For the second edition, called the ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2, Nike has kept a part of the benchmark-setting shoe and tweaked a few things.
The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 retains the combination of the midsole foam and the carbon plate. But there are significant changes made to the upper, which further shaves off the grams and makes what was already a really fast shoe lighter and faster still. Absolutely no doubt that you will pay a premium for this cutting-edge running shoe tech—the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 is priced around ₹19,695 and that puts it up against its direct rival, the Adidas Adios Pro 2.0 which will set you back by about ₹21,999.
In fact, the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 is a bit less expensive than the predecessor, the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next%. It is quite rare for a new shoe to cost lesser than the one it replaces while being even better in many aspects. Make of that, what you will. Perhaps the reason is the latest edition isn’t a complete overhaul, but an iterative update. There are as many as six colourways to choose from as well. In our opinion, the colourway called ‘Barely Volt/Hyper Orange/Volt/Black’ is the most attractive. That said, none of the colours really stand out somehow—at least nothing like the predecessor, or indeed many of Nike’s other shoes.
Nike makes some of the most responsive running shoe midsoles, under the Zoom umbrella. This is one step up on that, from the outset. In fact, as the name suggests, this shoe uses an upgraded version called ZoomX, a composition that’s lighter still and dials up the push forward feeling (also called energy return) as you run along. That’s slightly lesser strain on your foot, with the extra assistance that’s likely to speed you up as well. In a race, every second counts. Added to this is a full-length carbon fibre plate—it runs from the front to the back of the shoe and is integrated within this ZoomX foam. A lot of shoes have since experimented with just a thin insert at the back of the shoe, but the benefits of those are negligible.
The idea behind having this plate here is to take the energy expelled during the contraction and expansion of the foam as you run (the foot lands on the ground and then takes off again) and enhance it with a concerted push forward. This plate isn’t very thick, mind you, but those few millimetres of a robust yet lightweight material adds that solidity to what the foam material is attempting. Everything stacked up, the height of the midsole is about 40mm, which means you’ll get a whole lot of cushioning for your feet as you run and the surface jarring won’t filter through at all.
The very fact that the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 weighs just 180 grams or so, makes it the lightest running shoe the writer of this review has tested so far. From our experience, there is enough newness in the shoe which means you’ll take a short while to get used to this outsole. And the lack of weight. You’ll probably find it overkill for a low tempo run, but speed up, and that’s where this makes sense.
Stand straight and roll your feet forward and backwards while on an axis, and you’ll notice the rocker design for the shoe—the forefoot and rear of the shoe are angled upwards. In fact, the rear has an aerodynamic design, not that you’ll need to cut through air that quickly. That’ll help with the foot roll while running. But it is not as much as Adidas’ Adizero Adio Pro.
The upper has been significantly reworked, and we have to say that the amount of breathability it offers is unmatched. The mesh fabric is thinner, which also means it is lighter, but nothing tells us it isn’t as robust as before. Run your finger along with the material, and it isn’t smooth—it is coarse, and you must be careful to not scrape your foot against something sharp. This might break. The lacing mechanism, you’ll notice, gently leans down to the outer side of the shoe—not something we are huge fans of. Not that it is a problem, but there doesn’t seem to be any discerning advantage of this. The tongue has a bit more foam, which helps keep it in place better, once laced up.
What Nike needed was to create an incremental upgrade. That’s exactly what they have done. The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 takes over from the shoe that resets the running shoe benchmark, the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next%. It is lighter, and it will be faster for most runners. The smart tech that made this line of shoes the one most rivals want to match (and better), remains intact.
Vishal Mathur is Technology Editor for Hindustan Times. When not making sense of technology, he often searches for an elusive analog space in a digital world.
Look at those savings another way and a 20:00 5k runner will save a whopping 36.36 seconds with Alphafly. It really is a significant improvement. Personally, I said before that the Vaporfly seem to give me about 20ish seconds over 5k at that speed but the study’s 2.72% equates to 32.64 seconds.
Quelle est la différence entre les Vaporfly 1 et 2 ?
Touching on the outsole first, nothing has changed from the Vaporfly Next% 1 to the Vaporfly Next% 2. We have the exact same construction underneath the foot. We have a slightly more durable rubber through the forefoot to protect the asset which is the midsole.
Are Nike ZoomX Vaporfly next worth it? These shoes will make you go faster because they don’t hold you back; you won’t lose as much energy on landing, and toe-off will require less effort, too. Running in the Vaporfly NEXT% can make a runner’s energy management more efficient, and on long distances, this can give users of the shoes the competitive edge.
Combien de temps durent les Vaporfly Next% 2 ?
How long will they last? Based on these figures, if you are doing two 10k runs per week, you will get 11 months out of them. If you are doing 30-40km per week (20-30 miles), you will get six months.
Pourquoi les Vaporfly next 2 sont-elles moins chères ?
The Nike Vaporfly NEXT% 2 is a relatively modest update, but an undeniably successful one. That’s mostly down to the fact the price of the shoe has dropped while the overall performance has remained the same. Then you have the improved upper, which provides a more comfortable fit around the toe box in particular.
Les Nike Next percent en valent-ils la peine ?
As you can probably tell by now, I quite like the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%, and in my honest opinion, it’s worth every penny. However, I appreciate that not everyone can justify the hefty price tag for shoes that should really only be used for races.
Are the Nike Vaporfly next worth it? Vaporfly shoes are quite expensive but very worth it. Keep in mind, these are racing shoes to be worn during races and the odd fast day. If dropping significant time is your goal then, the shoes are your best bet!
Quelle est la durabilité des Nike Vaporfly Next% ?
How durable are the Nike Vaporfly Next% running shoes? … Based on these figures, if you are doing two 10k runs per week, you will get 11 months out of them. If you are doing 30-40km per week (20-30 miles), you will get six months.
Combien coûte l’Alphafly ?
Final thoughts about the Alphafly Next% At $275, this shoe is insanely pricey for a race-day-only shoe. While you might not get a thousand miles out of the shoe, how much is a new Personal Best worth to you? You will definitely achieve it on race day in these shoes.
Is Vaporfly or Alphafly faster? On one hand, the Alphafly is the most super of the super shoes on the market right now. The air pods make it feel faster than the Vaporfly Next% 2, plus the fact that Kipchoge wore it for, what Nike called, « the ultimate test run » proves how groundbreaking the shoes are.
Les Vaporfly sont-elles meilleures que les Alphafly ?
The Vaporfly Next% 2 is better suited to shorter races because it is lighter and doesn’t have as much cushioning as the Alphafly Next%. The Alphafly Next% is better suited to longer races like the marathon and ultramarathons because of how much extra cushioning and bounce it provides.
Combien de kilomètres dure le Nike Alphafly ?
This is of course very cool but the ZoomX-foam also limits the durability as it doesn´t have a long lifetime. A thumb rule is that Alphafly’s durability is around 200 kms.
Les Vaporflys sont-elles toujours les meilleures ?
Although a little peculiar looking, the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% lives up to the hype and delivers speed and high energy return, making these shoes the best Nike running shoes and even the best running shoes to date.
How long do Nike Vaporflys last? How long will they last? Based on these figures, if you are doing two 10k runs per week, you will get 11 months out of them. If you are doing 30-40km per week (20-30 miles), you will get six months.