|Type of support||Universal (neutral)|
|Inclination of the sole||9mm|
|Sole thickness (heel)||37mm|
|Sole thickness (forefoot)||28mm|
|Weight (men’s model)||278g|
|Weight (female model)||245g|
After elite shoes for competition, Nike’s ZoomX range tackles daily training with the Invincible Run. It is a clearly maximalist model (37 mm sole under the heel, 28 mm under the forefoot) made for comfort and determined to hunt on the lands of Hoka which dominates the category. It seems that Nike had this model in the cards for several years already. The wait will not have been in vain because the Invincible is already shaping up to be one of the most exciting models of the year.
Let’s not make the suspense last too long: the testers were blown away by the cushioning – just that! The sole is both soft and bouncy with fantastic shock absorption. Normally, between rebound and softness you have to choose but not here. It seems that Nike has found the magic formula with the ZoomX foam to reconcile dynamism and comfort in daily training. However, you should know that the midsole of the Invincible is only made of foam. There is therefore no Air Zoom pocket or carbon blade to give structure to the whole and improve stability. To compensate, Nike has significantly widened the width of the shoe, especially at the heel. The result is mixed with some testers noting a slight instability at times.
The upper is stamped Flyknit but looks more like a classic mesh than Nike’s famous stretchy and airy mesh. Thus, it is dense on this model and relatively strict to ensure more precise foot support. It seems consistent with the wide platform to improve stability. The support is very good according to the runners and, icing on the cake, the toe box is ample to suit wide feet. The only weak point noted is the very thick collar at the ankle which wedges the heel well but can potentially irritate with friction.
Finally, the outsole takes the form of an all-rubber layer with very thin studs. The traction is beyond reproach and the durability seems to be there at first glance – to be confirmed over time.
In summary, the Nike ZoomX Invincible Run fulfills all its promises (or almost). It’s a lightweight training shoe (278g for men, 245g for women) with plush, maximalist and responsive cushioning that has left more than one runner amazed at the running sensations it offers. The only downsides are the slight lack of stability and the thick collar, but these are not major problems. Rest the price: 180 euros! It’s up to you to see if you’re ready to invest such a sum for a shoe intended for daily training and recovery.
- First, there is sturdy rubber at the outsole of the Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit. This is extremely resistant to abrasion and ensures a flawless grip for a permanent secure footing.
- In addition, the sole has a waffle-shaped design with thin lugs to promote better traction in the city.
- The midsole uses ZoomX cushioning technology . It is a foam composed mainly of Pebax, a type of thermoplastic elastomer known for its flexibility and dynamism. ZoomX is said to be the brand’s most technologically advanced foam and should provide maximum energy return when running.
Upper part (upper)
- The upper of the Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit uses Flyknit technology , a lightweight, flexible and breathable mesh developed by Nike. It offers a snug and flexible foot support as well as good ventilation during the run. This technology wraps the foot in comfort while providing good air circulation within the shoe.
- In addition, the padded collar and tongue improve the comfort of the shoe by allowing the foot to be comfortably wedged.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How does the Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit shoe fit?
This shoe fits true to size advertised. You can therefore opt for your usual size for running shoes. That said, if you have the opportunity, it is always wiser to try your shoes on in the store to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Is this model suitable for overpronators?
Yes, this shoe is a neutral model (also called universal). Thus, it is aimed at all athletes regardless of their stride. It does not display specific help to avoid pronation or supination. It is worth remembering here that, in any case, pronator shoes are no more effective than neutral (universal) shoes in limiting the risk of injury (see our article on the subject). The most important criterion is therefore comfort and not your type of stride.
Is this running shoe a good choice for athletes with a heavy frame (80 kg or more)?
Yes, this model should suit all sizes. Indeed, it offers a more than generously thick sole with 37 mm under the heel, which should be able to support all body types.
Are these shoes a good choice for running a half marathon or a marathon?
This Nike running shoe is very well suited to different types of training and distances. It’s a shoe designed primarily for daily training but also responsive for fast rides thanks to its dynamic cushioning. As for the marathon, there is no notable indication. Above all, you have to trust your feelings. If you find it comfortable on your long rides then it should be a solid choice on race day!
Comparisons – Nike ZoomX Invincible Run vs:
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37
The Invincible Run offers a much more pronounced and softer cushioning that lends itself better to long rides in comfort. If you prefer firmer cushioning with more structure, then the Pegasus seems like a better choice.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
See the detailed comparison .
Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2
A shoe for pronators, the Infinity Run is more stable with equally pronounced but less soft and much less dynamic cushioning. Unless you’re looking exclusively for a stability shoe, the Nike ZoomX Invincible Run easily wins the duel.