A lightweight, engineered mesh delivers updated breathability without sacrificing durability. Construction around the forefoot follows suit, as it features a noticeably-reinforced makeup that keeps the exaggerated branding from previous runners intact. Padding on the tongue addresses lace pressure complaints from the first VaporFly NEXT%, further delivering comfort to the new model. Elsewhere, ZoomX foam underfoot is accompanied by the controversial full-length carbon plate that’s enabled unprecedented propulsion and energy-return. Lastly, the well-thought-out traction and 8mm offset deliver a ride that’ll be familiar to some, and refreshing to most.