Over the numerous years of Nike producing shoes they have continually had innovative ideas to help athletes perform at their best. One of the best examples is the ever-evolving line of Nike Zoom running shoes. But with so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to spot the differences between them. So we take a look at whats on offer and run through some of the technology being used and what its is.
TECHNOLOGY OF NIKE ZOOM RUNNING SHOES
Engineered mesh is more flexible and more durable compared to regular mesh. It’s often used as the upper for many of Nike’s performance running shoes to provide breathability while remaining snug on your feet.
This unique upper first debuted on Nike’s ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%. It’s super strong and lightweight, but more importantly it’s water resistant. So even in the worst rainy weather, the shoes won’t soak up water.
The exposed Flywire cables on some of the Zoom shoes provide a secure feel by allowing for a tight, but flexible fit. These cables stretch all the way to the sole, though you only see a bit on the top. So even though they may look insignificant, they provide substantial support without adding much extra weight.
Encased in the React cushioning, this full-length plate adds a layer of firmness to the shoes, adding a snappy response that propels you forward during your run.
Originally designed to assist runners trying to break the two-hour marathon time, ZoomX Foam is the lightest, softest, and most responsive midsole cushioning from Nike. It gives you comfortable cushion without adding weight and bulk to your shoe.
Originally, this foam cushioning debuted in Nike’s basketball shoes in 2017. Less than a year later, Nike figured out how to best incorporate it into running shoes. With this new technology, runners no longer need to decide between either a soft cushion to absorb energy or a firm cushion to provide energy return. They can have it all. React cushioning is lightweight and has significant energy return and durability to last long distances.
This foam midsole is softer and more responsive than traditional Phylon. Cushlon absorbs impact and feels soft underfoot to provide cushioned comfort.
Zoom Air has been around forever it seems, years in fact, so its has already proven its worth in the market for sure. Zoom Air units are most commonly seen as either a full-length unit that goes along the entirety of the sole or two smaller units placed beneath the heel and beneath the toes. These units are filled with air and stretched fibers that contract when pressure is applied and bounce back when pressure is removed. So with every stride you take, you experience dynamic energy return.
To start with we are going to rule out the next% purely based on price and what will be its shelf life (£ per Mile), the rest of these shoes I currently own! Purchased my self and so I have no benefit from this review at all… (Hint Hint Nike!!!!!) you can buy these shoes of course over at NIKE
Everyone will now be aware that the Pegasus Turbo has in-fact been ceased, replaced by the Zoom Tempos which as yet I dot own, but already from reviews… unlikely I will get them! Which for the Turbo’s is a real shame as they have been perfect for me, usable on the track during warm ups fro sprints and also for any longer running sessions I would do too.
The 2 mentioned trail shoes are actually big stands out from the crowd, visually I really like them, both are really comfy and obviously offer some serious levels of grip, but yes you’re not really going to want to wear these for most of your runs.
Zoom Streak is way to minimalist for my liking, unless you’re a lightweight runner you’re going to want more cushioning for your money.
So we are left with the final 4, The Vomero, Fly 3, Gravity and the Winflo…..
And my personal favourite and recommended show goes to…. The Gravity 2, I really like this shoe, great cushioning, good support and a nice responsive zoom air unit, a good all rounder for those of us who will look more for a trainer that can run rather than a runner that will train (If you know what i mean).