AW found out more about the Nike Zoom Fly running shoes and put them to the test
WHAT? A scaled down, mainstream version of the Vaporfly 4%, the shoe worn by Eliud Kipchoge and the team of pacemakers who attempted to break two hours for the marathon in Italy in May.
WHY? This model aims to give mere mortals a glimpse of the groundbreaking shoe. The main difference between the 4%, a £200 shoe, and this £120 model is the full-length plate running through the deep midsole cushioning.
In the more expensive model it’s carbon, here it’s carbon-infused. Either way, it adds a stiffness to the shoe which helps to propel the foot forward.
The feel is very similar to that of more expensive track spikes; pushing you forward on to the toes.
It’s a slim-fitting shoe and feels light although, at 260g (our UK 9.5), there are lighter racing shoes around.
With a curved last, the shoe certainly feels more at home as you pick up the pace and although Nike say this version is good for racing and training we found it to feel and perform more naturally as the pace increased.
The cushioning is deep, with 33mm of Lunarlon foam under the heel and a 10mm drop into the forefoot, it feels like a great drop, but that’s probably due to the plate in the midsole and the way in which the midsole curls up slightly under the forefoot, essentially a pronounced feeling of rocking the foot forward.
The shoe was easy to get used to, feeling natural within a mile of running.
It’s relatively expensive, but we can see people trading up from this into the more expensive model once they’ve tried it.
WHERE? £120 from nike.com