9.26.19

The Differences Between the Nike Zoom Shoes

Four shoes from the Nike Zoom family are displayed on a black background. These shoes feature a black and pink colorway.
Clockwise from top left: Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%, Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36, Nike Air Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2, Nike Zoom Fly 3.

The shoes of Nike’s 2019 Air Zoom family:

The Zoom family from Nike is made up of running shoes featuring innovative tech features that Nike’s developed over the years. But with so many Swoosh running shoes, it can be difficult to spot the differences and figure out which Zoom shoe is best for you (especially if they feature similar colors, like those pictured above). To help you out, we’ve created a chart showing which tech features each shoe has along with descriptions of those tech features. No matter which Zoom shoe you end up buying, you’re sure to stand out from the pack in these light and bright running shoes.

*shoes featuring a full-length Zoom Air unit

Zoom Air

Zoom Air debuted with Nike more than 20 years ago. Nike Zoom Air units come in different sizes, but in running shoes, the Zoom Air units are most commonly seen as either a full-length unit that goes along the entirety of the sole or smaller units placed either beneath the heel, beneath the toes, or beneath both. These units are filled with air and stretched fibers that contract when pressure is applied and bounce back when pressure is removed. So with every stride you take, you experience dynamic energy return.

CushIon

A foam midsole to ensure smooth, cushioned comfort perfect for daily runs.

React

Originally, this foam cushioning debuted in Nike’s basketball shoes in 2017. Less than a year later, Nike figured out how to best incorporate it into running shoes. With this new technology, runners no longer need to decide between either a soft cushion to absorb energy or a firm cushion to provide energy return. They can have it all. React cushioning is lightweight and has significant energy return and durability to last long distances.

Zoom X Foam

Originally designed to assist runners trying to break the two-hour marathon time, Zoom X Foam is the lightest, softest, and most responsive midsole cushioning from Nike. It gives you comfortable cushion without adding weight and bulk to your shoe.

Full-Length Carbon Plate

Encased in the React cushioning, this plate adds a layer of firmness to the shoes, adding a snappy response that propels you forward during your run.

Flywire Cables

The exposed Flywire cables on some of the Zoom shoes provide a secure feel by allowing for a tight, but flexible fit. These cables stretch all the way to the sole, though you only see a bit on the top. So even though they may look insignificant, they provide substantial support without adding much extra weight.

Vaporweave

The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% dropped earlier this year with it’s many unique features, but perhaps the most significant tech Nike debuted with this shoe is the Vaporweave material used on the upper. It absorbs less liquid than engineered mesh to keep your feet dry during your entire run.

Engineered Mesh

Engineered mesh is more flexible and more durable compared to regular mesh. It’s often used as the upper for many of Nike’s performance running shoes to provide breathability while remaining snug on your feet.


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