I knew that Nike had engineered an extremely unique shoe from the very first steps I took in the Vaporfly 4%. On my first run in the shoes I immediately noticed some extra pop, more so than anything I had run in before. The shoe is responsive and overall very snappy. The combination of the carbon plate with ZoomX midsole cushioning provides just the right amount of feedback and forward propulsion. All of this without making it feel like you’re running on a moon bounce!
My first race attempt in the 4% was the Clarendon Day 5K/10K. This is an event where participants do a 5K and 10K double, one immediately following the other. On top of this big 15K endeavor, there is also a massive downhill mile to begin each race. This is a big test for brand new shoes. I figured that racing in a shoe for the first time at a longer distance with downhill terrain could get a little rough – every shoe needs a breaking-in period after all. To my surprise, this was not the case. I ended up with a result that was better than I had anticipated. In the days following the race, my legs felt less beat up than they usually do when I wear racing flats. I also experienced zero blistering, which is pretty rare for new shoes. I was thrilled!
The following two races resulted in new half marathon and 10K personal best times. Certainly much of that can be credited to my gains in fitness and strength, but I can honestly say I have never felt stronger in the latter stages of racing than when I’m wearing the Vaporfly 4%. We all hit that stage in a race when everything hurts, and I really do feel the shoes helping me to hold things together.
All hype aside, this is a shoe that feels amazing, fits well, ventilates great, and has excellent grip. I have had a great experience so far and ultimately can’t wait to try them in a full marathon.
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