Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%: Touted as the fastest running shoe ever
After much fanfare and attention, the latest additions to the Nike Air Zoom Next% family, the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next% and the Nike Air Zoom Tempo Next% are finally landing on our shores. We recently tested the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 and it left an impression on us, so we're excited to see what the newest additions have to bring.
When Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour marathon barrier in Vienna last October, he drew much attention for wearing a legendary prototype of the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%. The Next% platform is engineered by Nike to help give runners a measurable benefit inspired by sport science. Nike's latest race-day footwear release features new updates from its predecessor, the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%, which was wildly popular with runners.
Touted as the fastest running shoe ever, the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next% contains three critical components to help runners race even faster than before. The full-length, single carbon fiber plate was widened to help provide stability and a smooth transition. The plate helps provide a propulsive sensation to help runners push the pace when racing. Working in synergy with the carbon fiber plate, the two new added Nike Zoom Air Pods (not the earphones) sit side-by-side at the forefoot of the shoe. They have around a 90% energy return rate, which helps minimise energy loss whilst providing extra cushioning for impact protection and performance.
Extra Nike ZoomX foam was added for the latest release, providing a lightweight and ultra-soft cushion when running. The offset for the shoe remains the same at 8mm. The Nike Flyknit Atomknit Upper provides a contoured fit and more support for runners. Good news for Nike fans on our sunny island: the Upper is designed to maximise breathability and minimise sweat absorption, so you can race comfortably in our hot and humid weather.
To complement the marathon shoe, a new training shoe is also released by Nike: the Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT%. Designed for the rigorousness of everyday training, the new training release is focused on durability. While it contains much of the same elements as its marathon counterpart, the features on the Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT% have been specially tuned for training purposes.
The training shoe features a composite plate instead of a full-length carbon fiber plate. This allows the shoe to feel more comfortable and less stiff for daily use, whilst still providing stability and transition throughout the wearer's strides. The new training shoe is also the first training shoe to have a plate added to it. Similar to the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%, the training complement contains the Nike Air Zoom Pods and ZoomX Foam, which helps provide the same feel to the shoe.
The Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT% contains an added React Foam in the heel, which helps increase the training shoe's durability and protect against the mileage during trainings. More rubber has also been added to the outsole, so as to withstand pressure over the miles. The training shoe also contains a Nike Flyknit upper with a built-in fit band to offer additional containment and support.
Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% will be available at Jewel Changi Airport from 1 September. The Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT% will be available online and at select retailers across Singapore from 15 September.