REVIEW: Nike ZoomX AlphaFly Next% 2 Road Running Shoes
Written By: SportsShoes
Once you take a few strides in the Nike Air ZoomX Alphafly NEXT% 2, you’ll never look at your old racing shoes the same way again. These rocket ships are made to help shave precious time off your personal records without surrendering the foundation you need to go the full distance. A thick, lightweight support system marries the worlds of comfort and speed in holy running matrimony. Enjoy the greatest energy return of all Nike's racing shoes while you chase your personal bests.
|Length:||True to size|
|Stack Height:||<40mm (World Athletics Approved Road Running)|
|OVERALL:||6/5 (no this isn't a typo, it's just that good)|
Nike have dominated the super shoe market and the innovation in this new model will only add to their reign at the top. The Alphafly Next% 2 was shown in lab testing to be the most efficient super shoe on the market, although popularity has always seemed to be on the side of the Nike Vaporfly Next%. The Alphafly Next% 2 feels on a completely new level, and I can confidently say, in my opinion, there isn’t a debate on what the best road racing shoe is, because it is clearly the Nike Alphafly Next% 2.
The AtomKnit upper, like the first version, is as breathable and lightweight as it gets and snuggly fits around your foot, meaning there’s no excess material or bunching. The laces, with its unique indentation, reduces the chances of them coming undone.
This is where most of the magic happens. Firstly, a full ZoomX midsole creates a sublime energy return, even more so in the Alphafly 2, which to me, feels like the biggest leg saver to date. The shoe is extremely comfortable with the high stack cushion and the bubble in the forefoot creates a fast push off which is great for when you’re wanting to crank up the pace. There’s also some ZoomX under the bubble, which is different from the first version as this adds even more of a pop when transitioning through your stride.
A noticeable aesthetic difference is the indentations throughout the heel area, as well as squared-off back of the shoe, rather than a pointy back which saves a few grams of weight.
There's been quite a big change in the outsole from the first version and it seems like these changes have helped bring down the overall weight of the shoe. A completely redesigned grip in the forefoot caused no issues at all when testing this shoe and I deliberately picked a road loop with tight corners for the test and the Alphafly 2 feels impossibly light and agile for its size even when taking turns.
Is there any comparison?
I don’t think so. It’s without a doubt the best shoe I’ve ever worn. From distances 10K and upwards I don’t think there’s a contest.
Differences between 1st and 2nd version
The 2nd version is noticeably lighter, is slightly more aggressive, and the ZoomX foam underneath the bubble adds an extra bounce. Sizing is true to size for both width and length. Typical with other Nike models.
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