Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 review: a race day weapon for those speedy occasions

The Vaporfly Next% 2 has continued to maintain its place at the top of the race shoe leaderboard, both for general runners and elite athletes. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Considering the number of carbon plate options that have appeared over the last 12 months, that’s no mean feat. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Combining a full-length carbon plate with Nike’s ZoomX foam, the Vaporfly Next% 2 offers one of, if not the, most efficient ride for racing. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
The biggest change in the second iteration of the Vaporfly Next% is the updated mesh fabric upper. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
The new mesh fabric offers a softer design that aids breathability through ventilated perforations across the length of the shoe. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
It’s a shoe that isn’t without its limitations though. The narrow stack of midsole foam can feel unstable for many users. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
The Nike Vaporfly Next% 2 continues to be the archetypal carbon plate shoe for runners that want a combination of lightness with bounce and propulsion. (image credit: The Gear Loop)