Overview: Nike launches ZoomX Invincible Run

That floating feeling that comes with being in good physical shape is what every runner strives for. Miles feels more effortless (and a hell of a lot more comfortable). But when you’re new to running or returning from a break, the feeling is that you’re more likely to experience the runner’s knee, Achilles tendonitis, or shin splints. To get that feeling of wild mustang running, there are a few things you need to do: start off calmly, consistently, and modestly (adding too many miles in the early stages is a surefire way to get injured). Make time for cross-training so you can strengthen the small stabilizing muscles around your joints to help fight pain. And finally a pair of padded running shoes. Try that ZoomX Invincible Run, The latest version from Nike.

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ZoomX Invincible Run in the leading men’s color

A closer look at the Nike ZoomX Invincible Run

The ZoomX Invincible Run was inspired by the Nike React Infinity Run and was designed to protect runners from injury and improve running economy. To that end, Nike turned to the holy trinity: cushioning, stability, and fluid geometry. It will feel different underfoot than other Nike silhouettes. It’s hard to tell exactly what it is first – aside from being overcomfortable – but once you know what’s in the shoe it paints a more detailed picture.

The midsole is equipped with ZoomX foam. You may remember this is used in Nike’s aggressive and fast-paced Alphafly, but this shoe wasn’t designed to get you going faster. It was built for long runs. That may seem relative to your ability, but let’s say a little over 10km. This full-length ZoomX foam provides the Swooshes with the highest energy return. But it doesn’t stop there. The Invincible’s unique blueprint allowed the designers to add even more foam than in the Infinity Run, ultimately giving runners a shoe that is 33 percent softer and offers even higher energy return. That means less fatigue, happier feet and less stressed muscles.

There’s no carbon fiber plate that gave the Alphafly and Vaporfly that rocket-like propulsion, but it has rocker arm geometry for a smooth heel-to-toe transition. The outsole doesn’t deviate from the norm. Its solid rubber composition ensures good grip and durability and makes it a strong everyday trainer. You’ll also notice the return of Flyknit. It hasn’t been incorporated into the race-focused shoes Nike has released lately, but it’s perfect for this trainer. It has added cushioning elements like a molded tongue and padded collar and is overall tougher than Flyknits from yesterday. Overall, this is a solid running shoe to have in your arsenal if you prefer more cushioning and support. It’s like the white t-shirt on running shoes – calming, dependable, and an instant classic.

The Nike ZoomX Invincible will be available to Nike members on January 11th and to the whole market on January 18th.

[$180; nike.com]


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