Besides an update to its name, the marathon-dominating Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% has been revamped from toe to heel to incorporate key feedback from Nike’s world champion runners, with the latest reiteration dazzling with an improved upper, a re-tooled midsole and a redesigned traction pattern.
To keep at the top of their game, Nike athletes are always striving to improve their performances and thanks to their feedback, these latest innovations will help them continuously perform at their peak level and help push the envelope of what’s possible.
Vaporweave, a material construction debuting on the upper, is lighter than Nike Flyknit, breathable and critically absorbs far less water from sweat or rain, so it stays airy and dry over the course of a marathon.
The laces are slightly offset to alleviate pressure along the sensitive part of the foot. Besides that, there is a thin foam pod inside the heel that keeps the Achilles happy as the miles add up.
There’s more Nike ZoomX foam in the midsole, which has been scientifically proven in Nike’s Sport Research Lab to further increase energy return.
That foam has been redistributed to decrease the offset from 11mm to 8mm to provide a more stable feeling and help maximize energy return at the critical toe-off.
Designers merged Kirui, Kipchoge and Farah’s custom traction patterns to improve the forefoot grip so the shoe handles better in wet weather.
Last but not least, the contoured treads with deep grooves on the outsole facilitate smoother movement during turns.