The Nike Alphafly Next% 2 is the next iteration of Nike’s flagship carbon-plated running shoe, and we now have a first look. The original Alphafly was on the feet of Eliud Kipchoge as he broke the two-hour marathon, as well as many other distance running achievements. It featured the plate, plus ZoomX foam and two visible Zoom Air units.
We now have a first look, via photos from Vaporflyers on Instagram. Be sure to give them a follow!
Based on the photos, the shape of the midsole appears to differ from the original shoe. It appears as if the Zoom Air units are still part of the shoe, but the foam in the heel area may be different, if not almost extended and boxier than the first edition of the shoe. Also, the upper in the photo is most likely temporary, as is often the case with Nike prototypes.
The outsole appears to have the same basic shape, but this time the rubber from the front of the shoe also appears to be on the back, which was not the case with the original. And good news for those of you passionate about the pull tab; it appears in these images.
There is no set release date for the Nike Alphafly Next% 2 as of now, but Nike could make quite a splash at the Olympics if the shoe made its debut in Tokyo. Of course that’s nothing but speculation on my part, so stay tuned for official updates.
Nike’s popular Zoom Fly 3 has been in the market for a while now, and now a first look at the Zoom Fly 4 has surfaced, via the Twitter account Rolows_13. Check the first images below:
What is this shoe for?
The Zoom Fly 3 was Nike’s more affordable version of the Next%. While both the Zoom Fly and Nike’s higher end VaporFly and AlphaFly feature a carbon fiber plate, the Zoom Fly features the more dense React foam, instead of the lighter and bouncier ZoomX foam. If you don’t feel like shelling out $200+, this shoe is a fantastic option in the carbon fiber plate category. The shoe is built for speed, but also is durable enough to handle workouts outside of road races.
Zoom Fly 3 vs. Zoom Fly 4
The new version of the Zoom Fly retains the carbon fiber plate and the React foam midsole, which are key elements of the previous version. The new version features a breathable mesh upper, which looks like an upgrade from the previous shoe, which had a more solid upper. There is also a new Flyknit cuff, which should be a lightweight way to provide a little heel (or ankle) lock. The Zoom Fly 4 also features a personal favorite of mine, a heel tab to help get the shoe on. The previous model did not feature a heel tab, which can make it harder to get the shoe on.
Zoom Fly 4 Release Date
The previous Zoom Fly 3 came out in fall of 2019 (otherwise known as “The Before Times”), so I’d expect to see the Zoom Fly 4 late summer or early fall, just in time (hopefully) for in person road race season. I’ll post updates as I see them
What are tour thoughts on the first look at the Nike Zoom Fly 4? Leave a comment below!
Thanks to the IG account @rungearrun, we now have official images of the Nike React Miler 2. The first version of the Miler (which I reviewed here) has become one of my favorite long-run shoes, and the latest version looks to improve on that solid base. The first version worked great as a stability shoe, with it’s wide base and durable React foam.
The update appears to be on the upper (top part of the shoe), which includes what looks like improved ventilation. My biggest gripe with the original was the complete lack of ventilation, so this appears to be a much-needed update. The midsole appears to be the same as last year. The tongue and lacing system look very similar compared to the original shoe.
Nike typically operates in two-year cycles, first updating the upper, then redesigning the midsole. Currently, the Pegasus 38 is getting a refreshed upper as well, leaving the possibility for a redesigned midsole in the Pegasus 39.
NikeTalk user TC1900 posted new official images of the upcoming Nike Pegasus 38. What are your thoughts?
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:
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.
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.”
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
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.
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 Release Date
According to Nike the Invincible will be released globally begining January 7th, 2021! Check out the first official photos below!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
What do you think about the shoe? Leave a comment!