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.
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.
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’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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!