Much has already been reported about its predecessors, the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly 4%. Many victories were celebrated with the fastest marathon running shoe, and not without reason. But is it possible to improve on such a successful running shoe? Nike said yes and created the Nike Vaporfly NEXT%. At the pre-launch event in Berlin 2019 (see below), our Keller Sports Pro Jan was able to test the shoe for the first time. Together with Jan Fitschen and Valentin Pfeil, they went out on the track for a short test.

NIKE ZoomX Vaporfly Next% Unisex Running Shoes (white) 274,90 €
NIKE ZoomX Vaporfly Next% Unisex Running Shoes (white)
274,90 € *
NIKE ZoomX Vaporfly Next% Men Running Shoes (black green) 274,90 €
NIKE ZoomX Vaporfly Next% Men Running Shoes (black / green)
274,90 € *
NIKE ZoomX Vaporfly Next% Unisex Running Shoes (white blue) 274,90 €
NIKE ZoomX Vaporfly Next% Unisex Running Shoes (white / blue)
274,90 € *

A short time later, he got the new running shoe on his foot again for an extensive test. He put the new Raceday Rocket through its paces. Here he tells us all about the innovations of the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%.

Nike has given the ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% a new colourway for spring 2020. The high-performance running shoe now has a black Vaporweave upper. The sole is in the bright neon green that was seen on the upper of the first version. We now have the new colourway of the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% in our assortment. How do you like the 2020 colourway?

Nike Vaporfly NEXT% Running Shoes in New 2020 Colourway

The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% in the test

Nike has tweaked a lot of things, but the Next% still has a lot of the DNA of its predecessors.

The structure of the Nike Vaporfly Next%

Let's start with the upper, where it gets the new Vaporweave upper. Compared to Flyknit, this is even lighter and, above all, does not absorb any liquid. Especially during races in the rain, the fit of the running shoe does not change and it does not become heavier.

The lacing has moved a little to the side, which takes pressure off the instep. There is 15% more of the very responsive ZoomX in the midsole. This, in combination with the carbon fibre plate, provides a lot of forward thrust. One of the weak points of the predecessor - the outsole, which wears out very quickly - has been reworked by Nike with a new construction.

The entire forefoot is covered with a layer of rubber, as are the outer sides of the heel. Along the way, the drop has been reduced to 8 millimetres, which benefits running at high pace.

Nike Zoom X Vaporfly NEXT%  Test new world elite running shoe design and testeted by Mo Farah and Eliud Kipchoge

How does the Nike Vaporfly Next% perform?

It's clear: if you have the Nike Vaporfly Next% on your foot, you want to burn top times into the asphalt. This works wonderfully with the latest update of the fastest marathon running shoe. The first time you lace up the shoe, you get the feeling that "today we're going to get down to business!

The lightweight construction of the running shoe fits beautifully on the foot and provides a secure running feeling. The lower drop together with more ZoomX in the midsole makes for a faster run. You are driven to run more over the midfoot and forefoot. This is where the carbon fibre plate provides the extra forward thrust and helps you maintain a high pace.

This effect also benefits a tired muscle, making it easier to master the last kilometres after the magic 36k mark. I was also very impressed by the revised grip, which works really well. This has ensured a longer service life than its predecessors.

Nike Zoom X Vaporfly NEXT% review 2019 how does the new running shoe compare to its 2018 predecessor

The new Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% at a glance

  Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%
Weight 10  
Damping 9    
Reactivity 10  
Grip 9    
Stability 7    
Gender Unisex
Weight 211g
Off-set 8mm
Sole material Nike ZoomX & Carbon Plate
Upper material Nike Vaporweave
Fit normal
Application Competition running shoes for every distance up to the marathon
Shoe type Neutral running shoes for competition
Price 274,90 € *

Conclusion

The Nike Vaporfly Next% remains one of the best competition shoes on the market. The updates with new upper material and outsole really suit it. They provide a lot of running pleasure in every competition up to the marathon distance. My enthusiasm has definitely been maintained since the first short test in Berlin, and has even increased.

Nike Zoom X Vaporfly NEXT% Test Run 2019 How does the new running shoe compare to its 2018 predecessor

The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% Pre-Launch Event in Berlin - May 2019

Nike hosted an event in Berlin at the beginning of May 2019 - the agenda was nothing less than "The Future of Running". When it comes to running performance, Eliud Kipchoge naturally comes to mind. In short, the fastest marathon runner of all time. After his world record at the Berlin Marathon in 2018, he recently set the second-fastest time on the asphalt with his victory in London and won the marathon in the English capital for the fourth time in 2019.

His new record-breaking shoe was also presented at this event - the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%. During the Nike event, we were able to test the new running shoe for the first time and present it to you here.

Nike Running Eliud Kipchoge

Nike Running panel talk

Nike athlete Eliud Kipchoge and his coach were the star guests at the panel talk. The panel was completed by Olof Sköld, CEO of Maurten, Keith Houlemard from Nike and Paul Schmidt from Charite Berlin. Eliud Kipchoge gave us impressions of his training and his lasting motivation for running at the limit. It was nice to hear that these are the same things that drive us amateur runners.

The Future of Running Nike

Nevertheless, what stood out most in his statements was his down-to-earthness and the permanent drive to become better.

"I don’t compete to people, I compete to distance and time"
- Eliud Kipchoge

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% - What's new?

Of course, Eliud Kipchoge's previous running shoe, the Nike Vaporfly 4%, is also connected to him. To coincide with the London Marathon, Nike presented the latest generation of the fastest marathon running shoe. With the new Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%, Eliud Kipchoge crossed the finish line first in London 2019 in 2:02:37 hours. But what's new about the coveted running shoe?

Nike has tweaked a few things for an even faster running experience. It has 15% more ZoomX in the midsole for more forward propulsion. The outsole has been completely revised in consultation with running athletes and offers more grip. This provides sufficient grip, especially during high-speed turns and in wet conditions.

Nike uses the new Vaporweave material for the upper, which is very flexible and does not absorb any liquid. This means that the weight of the running shoe does not change even in heavy rain. The lacing has been moved slightly outwards to relieve pressure on the instep.

Nike Zoom X Vaporfly NEXT% Test 2019 new world elite running shoe with Vaporweave instead of Flyknit like the predecessor 2018

* The actual price may differ from the one indicated here. It depends on current offers and the model.

Credits: Jan Lau
Photo: Carsten Beier