Without a doubt, 2020 will go down as a pivotal notch in the timeline of Nike Running because of the innovational footwear pieces that they have delivered to the market and the well-received responses that have come along with them. Much of this success can be attributed to the Swoosh’s growing family of NEXT% models and so far, the two silhouettes leading the charge have been the ZoomX VaporFly which first dropped back in 2016, and the ever-popular AlphaFly NEXT% which debuted earlier this Summer. However, that will soon change as Beaverton is in preparation to expand upon this line of premium runners by welcoming in their newest proposal — the Air Zoom Tempo NEXT%.
Unlike the AlphaFly which is more so intended to be laced up on race days, the Zoom Tempo is built for everyday training purposes, or as its own moniker proclaims — tempo runs. Signature NEXT% family details such as the the ZoomX heel cushioning, knitted uppers, and forefoot Air Zoom Pods are kept consistent, but these also usher different sole elements that allow it to stand on its own. Instead of using a full-length carbon fiber plate like the AlphaFly and VaporFly, the Nike team utilizes a new composite plate which provides a softer, more stable transition throughout a runners’ stride. Furthermore, the soles also feature Nike React Foam in the heel zones where more impact protection/durability is most needed.