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 Zoom Fly 4 First Look

Check out this first look at the Nike Zoom Fly 4

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:

Nike Zoom Fly 4
Nike Zoom Fly 4

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.

Nike Zoom Fly 4
Nike Zoom Fly 4

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.

Nike Zoom Fly 4
Nike Zoom Fly 4

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!

Treadmill Running Tips

These treadmill running tips will help you break up the monotony of running in place.

I do not enjoy the treadmill. I find it boring and the exact opposite of everything I love about running. The treadmill takes away the joy of feeling the sun on your skin, hearing the birds chirp and breathing in fresh air. However, not all climates allow for year-round running, so the treadmill can be a necessity. But it doesn’t have to be complete misery; check out this video from the Fresh Brew Run Club for some treadmill running tips:

Cover the screen

It’s tempting to stare at the time and distance on your treadmill, as if that will make things go any faster, but all it does it occupy your mind with exactly how far and long you still have to run. Instead, find a cloth, piece or paper or sometihng to cover up the screen so you can focus on something else. Try not to look at the numbers too much, but instead focus on your form, or the TV. Speaking of TV…

Watch TV while running

One of my favorite ways to pass the boredom of treadmill running is to watch TV. I took an old TV of mine and mounted it to the wall in front of the treadmill with a mount I purchased on Amazon, then connected a Roku to the TV so I can watch any streaming channel of my choosing. While I mostly prefer to watch YouTube, I can catch up on the latest episode of This Old House if I choose. I also attached Velcro strips to my remotes and the treadmill itself, so I never lose the remote, or have to hear it rattle around in the cupholder.

Visualize Your Goals

To help me stay motivated, I wrote down my goal 5K time and stuck it to the wall in front of my treadmill, just under the TV. This way, I am always reminded of exactly why I’m running. In my case, it’s to beat my 5K PR from high school. On days when I feel like quitting after one mile, the visual goal helps me to stay on track (or tread).

What are your treadmill running tips?

Those are a few of my treadmill running tips. If you want the full list, check out my video! Do you have some treadmill running tips of your own? Leave them in a comment below!

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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 – Shopping for Running Essentials

In today’s episode, I hit up the local REI went shopping for some of my favorite running essentials. (NOTE: I was not paid to mention any of these products, nor did I receive them for free!)

Shop my favorite essentials:

Isopure Protien Power

Blender Bottle

Body Glide

Nuun Electrolyte Tablets

Gu Chocolate Outrage

Stroop Waffles

How to Run in the Cold – New Video

A few simple tips to help you run in the cold

Running in the cold

If you’re anything like me, you dread running in cold weather. The freezing wind, the feeling of a wet shirt on my skin and the loss of feeling in my extremities all have driven me indoors in past winters. Until now. These tips on how to run in the cold will have you out on the beaten path again, no matter the temperature. Check out the latest video from Fresh Brew Run Club:

Tip #1: Dress for the Occasion

It may seem smart to layer up in cold weather, but this only creates problems down the line. As your run progresses, you will naturally warm up, start sweating and enjoy the horrors of a cold, wet shirt. Instead of packing on the layers, keep it simple. Try a base layer or two paired with a good windbreaker. Most of the cold you feel is from the wind, so eliminating contact with Jack Frost will keep you warm and dry.

Tip #2: Protect Ya Extremities

Avoid frostbite and general pain by wearing a hat, gloves and warm socks. Typically these areas of your body can feel the coldest, so covering up your head, hands and feet helps to stay warm on a run. Plus, if you get too hot, you can always put your gloves and hat in a pocket.

Tip #3: Don’t Ignore the Warmup

It may be tempting to leave your home and try to start running as soon as possible to get warm, but easing into your workout is the best way to avoid injuries and general shock to your system. I prefer a dynamic warmup instead of stretching, followed by a short warmup jog at a slow pace. It’s also a good idea to start out slow, the build up your pace about a mile or so into the run, so you are fully warmed up when you really want to push the pace.

Tip #4: Stay Hydrated

Hydration isn’t just important when it’s 95 degrees and the sun is beating down on you. Be sure to drink plenty of water before and after your run in order to hit optimal performance. I like using a low-sugar sports mix. Dehydration can occur in wet and cold weather, so make sure you aren’t neglecting that water bottle!

Tip #5: Cool Down

Just like the importance of warming up, it is also crucial to do a cool down. While it might seem counterintuitive to “cool down” in cold weather, it is a crucial part of your body’s recovery process. This can be as simple as a slow jog after your run, or some additional dynamic stretching. A cheap foam roller or one of those fancy massage guns will also get your muscles primed for recovery.

That’s just a few of my tips for how to run in the cold; do you have any of your own?

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Nike React Miler 2 Official Images

Here’s a first look at the Nike React Miler 2

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.

Updated Upper

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.

Photos

Check out the first official images of the Nike React Miler 2, via rungearrun below, and give them a follow on Instagram for more:

Nike React Miler 2
Nike React Miler 2 via @rungearrun
Nike React Miler 2
Nike React Miler 2 via @rungearrun
Nike React Miler 2
Nike React Miler 2 via @rungearrun

Release Date

There is no official release date yet, but based on last year’s release and the current cycle for Nike, look for these to hit shelves late spring.