What is Nike ZoomX? A Quick Breakdown of Nike’s New Cushion

I’m not going to lie, when I first heard about Nike’s new cushion setup, ZoomX, I thought to myself “Oh man, this is it, Nike has finally unveilled their answer to adidas Boost!”.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be what Nike is aiming for in the ZoomX.  ZoomX appears to be made mainly for performance running and after reading a few articles, it will probably be a little too stiff to compete with Boost from a lifestyle/casual standpoint.  Still, ZoomX might just be the next innovation serious runners have been looking for, it will be interesting to see if Nike can make good on their promises with ZoomX. To be honest with you, the details are little sketchy, but I’ll try to explain things the best I can and keep things simple.

Nike ZoomX

-uses a brand new foam cushion which is lightweight and supposed to offer 13% more energy return when compared to regular phylon.

-a stiff but thin and lightweight carbon fiber plate is embedded within the foam for maximum propulsion

-these two combined new features can make you 4% faster according to Nike.

-Nike’s goal with the ZoomX is to break the 2 hour marathon mark

-for this project Nike will be using the Zoom Vaporfly Elite specifically made for 3 elite marathon runners in an attempt to break the 2 hour mark (will not release)

-Nike will release two consumer versions that are inspired by the Vaporfly Elite; the Nike Vaporfly 4% (same ZoomX foam and carbon fiber plate), and the Nike Zoom Fly (same carbon fiber plate with a Lunarlon midsole)

-the Vaporfly 4% releases to the public on June 8th, for $250. Flymesh Upper (31 mm heel, 21 mm forefoot, 10 mm drop), size 10 weighs in at 6.5 ounces

-the Zoom Fly releases to the public on  on June 8th, for $150. 33mm heel, 23 mm forefoot, 10 mm drop.  Size 10 weighs in at 8.5 ounces.

-No official word on whether Zoom Air is used in ZoomX.  I feel like if there was Zoom Air it would have been mentioned.  I have yet to read anywhere that Zoom Air is used in ZoomX.

-research on ZoomX began in 2014


The Nike Vaporfly Elite


The Nike Vaporfly 4%


The Nike Zoom Fly


Images via Nike 

References: Wired, NikeCompetitor