Nike ZoomX Invincible Review – First Reaction

My review of the Nike ZoomX Invincible after one run

When I first saw the Nike ZoomX Invincible, I wasn’t sure what the point of it was. Nike already has the Infinity React, a shoe designed to prevent injuries as well as the Miler React. But as time went on, it was clear that this shoe was different. Sitting on a near mountain of ZoomX foam, this shoe was a departure from the more recent React-heavy releases in Nike’s running lineup. Now, the real test of a shoe is after at least 100 miles, so things could change (and I will make another video at that point), but initially I was very impressed.

Check out my full video review below:

Nike ZoomX Invincible First Impression

Pulling these shoes out of the box, the first thing that struck me was the size of these shoes. There’s just a ton of foam and materials on them. However, when I picked them up, they seemed lighter than they look, which is probably a result of the lightweight ZoomX foam. The outsole features a single piece of cleated rubber with two pieces of rubber at the toe and heel of the shoe. The midsole is made of Flyknit, but the material seems like a slight departure from Flyknit I’ve seen in the past. It feels like a tighter weave or something. The tongue is moderately padded, and the heel collar is heavily padded, including padding on the outside, which seems like an unnecessary addition.

First run reactions

For my first run, I ran four miles at a relatively easy pace. I planned to run at 8:30, but I ended up in the 8:15 range, because I kept catching myself running faster than my goal pace without realizing it. The first thing I noticed was the cushion. You really can feel a huge difference between this shoe and others, even other shoes with ZoomX like the Pegasus Turbo. I also immediately noticed that when I landed and pushed off, the shoe almost assisted in rolling from heel/midfoot to the toe. It reminded me of the Nike Vaporfly, which relies on a carbon fiber plate to “spring” you forward. I’m not sure how long the Invincible will be able to do this, with the pliable foam, but it was noticeable right from the start of my run.

Nike ZoomX Invincible
Nike ZoomX Invicible

I’ve also had some knee soreness lately, but I didn’t feel any on my run. Could be the result of a small sample size of one run, but these at least didn’t hurt my knee. After reviewing the slow motion footage, however, I did notice a decent amount of lateral (side to side) flexing in the shoe, especially when I go around corners. This leads me to believe this might not be the next great stability running shoe. Something to keep an eye on.

Is the Nike ZoomX Invincible true to size?

The short answer is yes. I am a size 10, and this shoe feels great in a size 10. With running shoes, it is often recommended that you buy a size up, but that’s not needed here; the toe box is roomy enough to handle long runs where your feet expand. The padded heel collar hugs your ankles and can be tightened with the laces.

What is the Nike ZoomX Invincible for?

This shoe is definitely something you want to take on your long runs. It is a little on the heavier side, so I wouldn’t recommend using this as a racing shoe or for speed workouts, but it didn’t feel like a brick on my feet. Any issues with the weight of the shoe will be quickly forgotten when you feel the amount of cushion this shoe offers.

ZoomX Invincible Pros

  • Incredible cushion is unlike most running shoes. Super comfy.
  • Toe construction helps the foot “roll” into your push off.
  • Comfortable heel collar provides heel lockdown.
  • True to size.

ZoomX Invincible Cons

  • Price – At $180 retail, this is a very expensive shoe.
  • Durability questions – while I only ran in this once, I have some concerns that this might not hold up as long as my Nike React Miler. The ZoomX foam is super soft, and unclear what will happen after 300 miles.
  • Design – For the price of this shoe, I find the initial colorways kind of boring. Not ugly, but nothing that’s going to turn heads, especially compared to the Alphafly, Vaporfly and Zoom Fly. Would love to see something a little bolder.

First run verdict

Overall, I loved my first run in these shoes. They offered a level of cushion I haven’t felt before, even with the old Asics Gel Nimbus. I simply had a lot of fun running in them, and I’m already excited for my next run. It will be interesting to see how the ZoomX foam holds up after a few hundred miles, but I will be sure to provide an updated review of the Nike ZoomX Invincible. Don’t forget to subscribe to the FBRC YouTube channel so you don’t miss out!

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 Official Images

Nike has released official images of the ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2; check them out.

Take a look at the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 Official Images. Nike Vaporfly became ubiquitous with some of the fastest distance running times in the world, and found on the feet of all different kinds of runners over the past few years. While the Vaporfly 2 leaked months ago, Nike has released official images of the upcoming shoe. Check out the images, and all the details

Official Images of the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 Top View

Vaporfly Next% 2 Release Date

The Vaporfly 2 is tentatively scheduled to release on April 1st in Japan. A US release should come shortly after. The shoe has already been spotted on the feet of Joshua Cheptegei at Monaco earlier this year.

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 Heel

Differences between the Vaporfly Next% and the Vaporfly Next% 2

The outsole and midsole appear to be the same, and the main differences are on the upper. The original shoe’s upper was made of Vaporweave, which has been replaced by a more breathable (and possibly durable) mesh. The laces are updated to match the Nike Alphafly, which are designed to prevent them from coming untied. Finally, the toe area seems to have some reinforced (possibly waterproof?) material that was not present in the original version.

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 Release Date
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 Closeup
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 Outsole

The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 Price

Finally, we get to the cost. Surprisingly, the Vaporfly Next% 2 appears to be $25-$50 cheaper than the original version, based on pricing found on the Nike Japan website. The original retails for $250 USD, so look for the Next% 2 to be in the $200-$225 range. This could be to help separate the shoe from the more expensive Alphafly, or indicate that Nike will be producing a lot more of the Next% 2 than they did for the initial version.

New Video: RUNNING WITH A BACKPACK – What’s in my bag

A piping hot brew of new video is here. In today’s video, I explain why I haven’t been completely honest with my audience and what I put in my running backpack. The answer might surprise you.

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Nike Pegasus 38 Official Images

Official Images of the Nike Pegasus 38

NikeTalk user TC1900 posted new official images of the upcoming Nike Pegasus 38. What are your thoughts?

Nike Pegasus 38
Nike Pegasus 38
Nike Pegasus 38
Nike Pegasus 38
Nike Pegasus 38

Here’s a first look at the Nike Pegasus 38

The Nike Pegasus 38 is the next iteration of one of Nike’s most popular running shoes. After a significant refresh with the Pegasus 37, the 38 is poised to build on that solid base without many major changes. The midsole looks to be the same, with updates to the upper.

Thanks to the Twitter account Rolows_13, we have an initial image of the shoe:

Nike Pegasus 38
Image via @Rolows_13

Redesigned Upper

Based in the leaked image, the midsole appears to be the same as the Pegasus 37, but there does appear to be a new upper. The 37 had a full mesh material on the upper, but the 38 appears to have several different materials. The Swoosh is bigger and it looks like there might be some reflective elements on the updated version.

Release Date

According to Nike, “The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 releases to Nike Members April 15 in Europe, April 22 in North America and April 29 globally.”

Reactions

Some of the initial reactions from LetsRun.com were mixed:

“I like my 37 so have a good feeling about these ones” -fwnvbjkbjsd

“I don’t see the point in it myself. It is good for long slow runs but nothing else. The boston and even reebok shoes are far better (and much lighter).” -ozzyosbournesdentures

“I don’t get what they’re doing with that heel. On my Peg 37s with about 350 miles, the last 2cm or so of the heel looks untouched. There’s a decent amount of foam in the rear of the shoe that seems completely unnecessary. It’s just extra weight.” -shuffleshuffle

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Nike ZoomX Invincible: FIRST LOOK

Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming Nike ZoomX Invincible

The Nike ZoomX Invincible has shown up in the first photos, via NikeTalk user TC1990. The trainer is a new addition to the Nike lineup, but appears to be part of the React Miler/Infinity React family, based on the silhouette, design and features.

Nike ZoomX Invincible
Via NikeTalk

Features

As the title suggests, the shoe’s main feature is the ZoomX foam, which made from blown Pebax, and featured in Nike’s most advanced shoes like the Vaporfly and Alphafly. There’s a very prominent heel collar, which looks super comfy. The outsole also appears to be a single piece of rubber, possibly to give the soft ZoomX foam some rigidity. But that’s pure speculation until we see these out in the wild. The outsole pattern is also interesting, as it almost looks like little cleats. Quite possibly a very grippy shoe.

The upper appears to be made of some kind of Flyknit or similar material. A heel clip locks the foot into the shoe, much like the Miler, and there4 appears to be a padded tongue as opposed to the thinner version we’ve seen in recent Nike releases.

Overall, this appears to be geared more for long/slow runs, as opposed to speed. It will be interesting to see the actual weight of the shoe, but it looks like a very comfortable fit, based on the ZoomX foam and the padding. How it differentiates from the React models (besides the React foam) will be interesting.

Nike ZoomX Invincible

Gallery

Nike ZoomX Invincible Release Date

According to Nike the Invincible will be released globally begining January 7th, 2021! Check out the first official photos below!

Nike ZoomX Invincible
Nike ZoomX Invincible

Nike Infinity React 2: FIRST LOOK

Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming Nike Infinity React 2

The Nike Infinity React 2 is the next iteration of one of the more hyped running sneaker releases from Nike almost a year ago. The original Infinity featured React foam, a sock-like upper and a mix of stability and lightness got a lot of runners excited.

Personally I was not a fan; after about 100 miles, I retired it because it seemed to put a ton of pressure on my calves and achilles tendons. It felt like I was running in sand, and my heel would slide around a lot in the shoe. I found the Nike React Miler to be a much better everyday training shoe.

Well, Nike is back with an update that appears like it might be directly addressing those issues with the Nike Infinity React 2.

Nike Infinity React 2
Via Run Gear Run

New Features

At first glance, the Nike Infinity React 2 has some major updates. The upper looks a little more solid than the original’s thin Flyknit material. To counteract this, there appears to be some ventilation on the forefoot area. The laces also appear to be secured by some kind of Flywire setup. There’s now a tongue instead of the previous full booty knit that just wrapped around the ankle.

 
 
 
 
 
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The biggest change I can see to the Nike Infinity React 2 comes in the heel area, where a new padded collar should help lock the heel into the shoe and prevent the previous issue of sliding around too much, and reduce the chafing the heel.

Nike Infinity React 2
Via Run Gear Run

Similarities

React is in the name of the shoe, so it’s no surprise that full-length React foam returns. The shoe also appears to keep it’s width, in order to retain it’s purpose as a stability shoe.

Reactions

The reactions online has been pretty positive so far. A few notables:

  • “Looks like a solid update, but wondering how much weight they added.” -the_real_dad_runner on IG
  • “About time! I just bought some and I was slipping all over the place, they had to go back 😔 looking forward to these 😁” -daleruns_ on IG
  • “It looks even better than 1 version. Great news !!!” -wojtech10 on IG
  • “The Nike Infinity React 2 looking like a big improvement from a lockdown perspective – can’t wait!” -dpl_runs on IG
  • “Lockdown was perfect for me in version 1 but I can see why they have done this tweak. Not too bothered if additional weight as I use this shoe for easy miles where I want the pace to be very slow.” -marcusnye on IG

Nike Infinity React 2 Release Date

According to Nike, the official global release date for the Infinity React 2 is January 7th! Official image below:

Nike Infinity React 2
Nike Infinity React 2

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FIRST LOOK: Nike Alphafly Ekiden

First look at the Nike Alphafly Ekiden colorway, via Protosofthegram on Instagram.

Nike Alphafly Ekiden
Nike Alphafly Ekiden Colorway

Another flashy addition to the Alphafly lineup. No release date specified, stay tuned for updates!

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2020 Gift Guide for Runners

The Fresh Brew Run Club 2020 Gift Guide for Runners has something unique for the runner in your life.

From stocking stuffers to space age shoe technology, our 2020 Gift Guide for Runners has some gifts that go the extra mile. Check it out!

JLayDesign Running Posters

These awesome posters from runner/designer JLayDesign are perfect for the runner looking to spruce up a wall. Featuring collections of the latest and greatest trainers and even Forrest Gump rocking some Vaporfly Next%’s, these posters will make a splash. ORDER HERE.

JLayDesign Running Poster

Exclusive Gear from Bell Lap

Bell Lap Track and Field was started as a hassle-free way for professional runners to sell their gear in order to pursue their running dreams. At least twice a week, Bell Lap has a gear drop, where a plethora of new and pre-owned gear becomes available. Oftentimes, these are items you simply can’t get anywhere else. Products vary week to week and often sell out fast. A great way to support fellow runners! SHOP HERE.

Bell Lap Track and Field Nike Singlet

Shipping from Boston

The Boston Marathon may have been cancelled in 2020, but you can still score some great deals on official Boston Marathon merch. From clothing to custom replica mile markers, these gifts are a great for fans and participants of one of the most popular marathons in the world. SHOP NOW.

Boston Marathon Mile Marker

Bowerman Track Club

The BTC is one of the premier running organizations in America. Their runners have won huge races, smashed world records and looked good in the process. Bolstered by a partnership with Nike, the BTC also has fantastic merch, so the runner in your life can look the part of an elite athlete on the trail or just lounging around the house. SHOP HERE.

Bowerman Track Club Crewneck

Nike Alphafly Next%

In 2019, Eliud Kipchoge debuted the Nike Alphafly Next% as he ran the world’s first sub-2:00 marathon. The shoe has since been released to the general public, often selling out immediately. However, it’s never sold out here. Give the gift of carbon fiber-plated goodness this holiday season.

Nike Alphafly Next%

The Hanson’s Marathon Method

If you or someone you know is looking to run a full or half marathon, I wouldn’t recommend any training plan in the world except the Hanson’s Marathon Method. This training plan is much more than what you’ll find by searching “marathon training plan” on Google, it is a comprehensive, custom method that covers everything from pace charts for every workout to nutrition. I’ve used it to repeatedly get my PR in the half marathon. SHOP NOW.

Hanson Marathon Method Book

Theragun Prime

This gadget has taken over the sports world, from NBA superstars to elite runners. The Theragun provides deep muscle treatment to ease soreness, tightness and aid recovery. Get it at RUNdetroit.

Theragun Prime

Custom Course Maps

These custom maps from Run Ink are a great way to commemorate a memorable run. They take a race course map and add details like name, bib number, time, date and color scheme to create a really cool poster. You can also create a custom course, which is especially nice during a year where many runners ran virtual races on their own courses. SHOP HERE.

Custom Race Course Map

MAURTEN Nutrition

A perfect stocking stuffer, MAURTEN is the nutrition choice of many of the world’s best runners. From drink mixes to energy gels, these products are seen in some of the biggest races. Check out several varieties at RUNdetroit.

MAURTEN Hydration

BibFOLIO+ Bib and Display Case

Finally, I think it has been scientifically proven that most runners have at least 10 medals from races crammed into a junk drawer in their house somewhere. So why not put them on display? This case has a place to hang medals and display bib numbers for all the world to see. SHOP HERE.

Bib Display Case

Thanks for checking out the 2020 Gift Guide for Runners. Hopefully these gifts make the season merry and bright. Did I miss anything? Share your running gift ideas in the comments!

Nike React Miler – 200 Mile Review

200 miles later, the Nike React Miler remains a rock-solid everyday trainer.

Nike React Miler review
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Earlier this year, I reviewed the Nike React Miler after one run. After 35 runs and 202 miles, here’s my thoughts on this shoe.

I used this shoe for my easy runs and recovery runs, to take advantage of the stability and cushion when speed was not the main goal.

Pros of the Nike React Miler

Comfort is the name of the game. This was a great fit for my runs when I needed something to protect my sore feet from the pavement. There’s a lot of material between the road and your feet, and the upper locks in nicely around your foot to provide lots of stability.

This is a also a very durable shoe. Like I mentioned in my initial review, this shoe is built like a tank, with tons of cushion and a very durable upper. After runs on concrete, dirt, asphalt and grass, the upper shows almost no signs of wear.

Nike React Miler review
Nike React Miler

The outsole held up very nicely as well. Since I used this shoe on my slower runs, my heelstrike was magnified, and I have begun to wear down the heel and forefoot rubber. However, I don’t feel like the shoe is comprimised at this point, and has a lot of life left. I only noticed a few areas where the react foam had creased, which is a big contrast to other Nikes that tend to crease and eventually crumble at those stress points.

Initial signs of wear from my heelstrike

Cons of the Nike React Miler

In order to remain durable, the shoe is pretty heavy. If you’re looking for a trainer to set a PR or run speed workouts, maybe look for something with a little less mass. The materials on the upper are also not super breathable, which can result in some sweaty feet on hot days.

It’s not the lightest shoe in the world.

Verdict

I’m a huge fan of this shoe. It didn’t recive the typical Nike marketing push, but I found the Miler to be a rock-solid shoe for tackling long, easy and recovery runs. It’s a little on the heavier side, which might actually be an advantage if you rotate in a faster shoe for faster runs. Almost like baseball players taking practice swings with a donut weight on their bat before swinging the lighter, weight-free bat in the game.

Nike React Miler review

The durability of the shoe makes it agreat investment. I have no doubt that I will be able to get 400+ miles out of the shoe before I need to retire it. It’s just a solid shoe. And since it’s has been out for a while now, you can find some fantastic deals.

Overall, if you’re looking for a comfortable, stable shoe and you’re not concerned as much about speed, I highly recommend the Nike React Miler.