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The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next% is now available

February 29th 2020

What a big day for marathoners and athletes around the world! Nike is finally releasing a variant of the shoe that powered Eliud Kipchoge to break the two-hour-marathon barrier in October 2019. 
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So what's the "secret" of the controversial shoe?

Well it's not much of a secret anymore!  The Air Zoom Alphafly Next% is designed with a thick foam sole made with revolutionary  Pebax® materials, paired with a carbon plate that adds great cushioning and springiness to each step.  And new to the Alphafly are the two Zoom Air Pods in the forefoot, which add even more energy return than the orginal Vaporfly NEXT%.

Almost a month after the final decision of the IAAF World Athletics committee, the controversial marathon shoe now meets the new standard thickness policies to avoid a Tokyo Olympics ban:

  • Maximum sole thickness of 40mm
  • Maximum 1 embedded plate/blade (although multiple plates on one plane [i.e. not stacked in parallel] is permissible)

World Athletics policies

Will it become the must-have shoe for world athletes and runners?