NIKE RUNNING: How to Get the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%

Eliud Kipchoge, the fastest marathoner ever, has called Nike’s 4% system “perfect…really perfect.” Members of the media have proclaimed that it fuels the “fastest shoe on the planet,” a statement backed up by an unprecedented domination of world marathons (more than half of all 2018 Marathon Major podium finishers had Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% on their feet).

Now, Nike has upped the ante with a new 4% option that provides an even lighter, more breathable upper: The Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% Flyknit.

What hasn’t changed is the revolutionary technology that is the hallmark of the 4% system. Created in conjunction with Breaking2, the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% was designed with the goal of helping the world’s fastest marathoners run their best. It features Nike ZoomX foam (which is ultra-lightweight, soft and capable of providing up to 85-percent energy return) and an embedded full-length curved carbon fiber plate (that increases stiffness to provide a sensation of propulsion). Together, this delivers an average of 4-percent improvement in running economy when compared to Nike’s previous fastest racing flat. The Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% Flyknit will retain these revolutionary features with a lightweight Flyknit upper that supports the foot.


Since the original Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% hit retail in July of 2017, it has moved off shelves with a pace worthy of its technology — no doubt the Flyknit edition will follow suit. Use the guide below to find a pair near you.


*Update (Oct. 31, 2018): On November 1, the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% Flyknit will restock in North America at, select Nike doors and select retailers.

South Africa:

Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% is available at, Sandton City and Mall of Africa.

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