IT'S GOTTA BE THE SHOES
Nike's fastest, most efficient marathon shoe just keeps winning everything in sight, as Shalane Flanagan (New York), Galen Rupp (Chicago), Edna Kiplagat (Boston) and Eliud Kipchoge (London, Berlin, Breaking2), can attest. With its ultra-light, uber-responsive ZoomX foam and a carbon fiber plate that feels like it’s propelling you forward, the VaporFly 4% is ready to push you to victories both large and small.
"I'm spoiled now…It feels like I'm running downhill."—Galen Rupp
Nike ZoomX cushioning—a newly designed, ultra-light foam—delivers our greatest energy return yet. Inside the foam, a carbon fiber plate springs up under your heel as you stride forward, giving you a propulsive feel.
"It's perfect. It's really perfect."—Eliud Kipchoge
The Nike VaporFly 4% has been stripped down to its most essential parts, so it’s light and fast as hell—and perfect for road races up to and including the marathon.
- Flyknit upper provides lightweight breathability and support
- Durable rubber outsole provides efficient traction
Behind the Design
Since its debut in the summer of 2017, the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% has seen its share of medal stands. That includes New York, where Shalane Flanagan (2:26:53) and Geoffrey Kamworor (2:10:53) both won in the shoe. Five of the six podium finishers in Boston wore it, and Galen Rupp had a pair on when he became the first American in 15 years to win the Chicago Marathon. Flanagan puts it simply, "This shoe is a game changer."Science backs this up, as the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% is the most efficient marathon shoe Nike has ever sold. In lab tests, it measured roughly 4% better for running economy than Nike's latest and fastest marathon racer, the Zoom Streak 6.So it’s fast. But how does it feel? "I've been known to have 'diva' feet," Flanagan says, "but when I first tried the Zoom Vaporfly 4%, it was love at first run."
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