- Mornin' Trainiacs!(door slams) (bird calls) (gravel crunches)Wait.
So you might be able to noticethat I am gradually wearing less and lessfor my outdoor runs,and I am gradually running more and more.
That means that these babies, the On Running Clouds,are probably maxing out at their mileageafter about seven months.
So, very excited thing happened yesterday.
A friend came by and dropped off these, the Nike Zoom Fly.
Now these aren't like the $800 on eBay,four percent marathon shoes,but these are their little brother, or sister,and I've been givin' 'em a try for the last few daysand I am gonna go try them with my first outdoor runthat I'm gonna do.
Let's do that.
(exciting music)Oh, I got snappy towards the end.
So that ended up being a 7K run,a four point two mile run, ending at a total of a4:33 per kilometer pace.
I did the last two kilometers in around a four minute pace.
That equates to an average of a seven minute mile.
Bring it down to a seven-forty.
I want to say.
Wow! That was hard.
(grunts)Let's talk about these.
The Nike Zoom Fly, not to be confusedwith the Nike Vapor Fly Four.
This is basically the every man versionof the Nike Vapor Fly Four that was developedfor the breaking two project to geta marathoner under two hours.
Now, those shoes just got re-released last weekand sold out in a grand total of about three minutes.
You can find them on Ebay right nowfor as much as 800 dollars.
These, however, are very easy to find.
They're all over the place.
They, I would say, are probablythe much more practical purchase,unless you are a complete shoe buff,who's going for the Vapor Fly Fourjust because of it's exclusivity,in which case, you're probably not even goingto run on it, which is really weird.
This because of it's price-point is probably the shoethat I'd recommend.
Now, I've only run in it for a grand total oflittle over forty minutes.
And I'm quite late to the partybecause this was released last year.
A friend of mine gave it to me to trybecause I started getting intrigued by about the sciencethat went into this and the Vapor Flywhen it got re-released last week.
Now, here are the specs on it.
Number one, one of the biggest aspects of this shoethat they say makes it fast isthe carbon sole on the inside.
So, right in the middle of the sole,there's a carbon plate that goes throughand it's idea is that it springs you upoff the ground and I'll say that this is a very,not a poppy shoe, but it at leastgets you rolling forward in a very definite way.
And it's not just that carbon plate that's doing it.
The structure of the sole also does it.
It's a ten millimeter heel drop from heel to toe,but it doesn't feel like a ten millimeter heel drop.
It doesn't feel like the heel is really getting in the waybecause I think that measurement is coming from justthe difference between the heel and the toe,but what ends up happening, how the structure actually workswhen you stand on this just normally it'slike you're standing on a flat platform here.
The middle sole, here, is really just rolly,you're not gonna be standing on that.
So, when you land, you're goingto land somewhere around here.
And as your momentum is carrying you forward,you are encouraged,you really have no choice but to roll forward.
Then, on the front of the shoe,you've got another stable platform andbecause of that carbon insole, it's basically goingto give you a very strong toe off that boom.
You're gonna end up going forward.
And I felt that like, instantly.
This is not a subtle thing.
We actually have a friend in our groupthat is a real techie, he did the mathand he said that at the same rateof perceived exertion, these are four seconds fasterper mile than all of his other shoes.
And this guy's been to Kona multiple times,this guy's so anal about just looking atevery last little thing,that he's been known to, the night before a race,going chain link by chain link,putting one dab of lube in each.
So the man knows his stats.
A couple of the differences between thisand the more expensive Vapor Fly,are that you can distinguish thisinstantly by these fly wires right here.
The Vapor Fly doesn't have that.
The weight is also a fair bit different.
These come in not necessarily really light,they come in at around nine to nine point three ounces,depending on your sizing.
And apparently the foam that's used hereis a little bit different.
But they still got the tongue on the insidewhere you can put the date of your race.
They've got the etching on the back of the right shoe,where you can put the time that you hit.
Essentially the styling is just the same.
And, these come in at around $150,some of them are on sale for now for $110,as opposed to four, five, six, eight hundred dollars.
I think I'm actually gonna pick up a pairof these for myself.
However, I'm not gonna use them as my every day trainer.
Now, granted, they have the rubber on the frontand the rubber on the heel,but just foam on the inside.
I understand that people who have tested theseover, say 100 miles,they say that the durability holds up really wellbecause those main contact points are hard rubber.
But, the reason I'm not gonna be using it, for like,my all-the-time shoe, is because it's really, reallywell designed for speed.
Getting up to nice high speed with tempo work,with intervals, with track work, with like,a fast finish like I did today, felt great.
However, the platform is kinda unstable.
And it's also really stiff.
It's not comfy and cushy, and I think that's whyit's got a bit of a bad rap,is because people are taking this shoeand trying to apply it to all different types of running,when it's really just designed to go fast.
So for those long, slow runs,I'll probably go to somethingthat's a little more comfortable,has a little bit more flex than this.
And it's just designed as like a better recovery runner.
Related to that, you probably also aren'tgonna use these for cross training,going to the gym,because it is not really a stable platformto walk around on.
And for us triathletes, couple other thingsthat you should know is, it was just butter yesterdayto run in with bare feet.
However, I would absolutely be switching these outfor a different set of laces.
While you can give them a double knot,you got enough length to do that,you can switch these out for elastic laces,which I'd probably recommend.
There are these like, rectangular, 'lil spaghetti laces,and they came undone on that run that I just didright now.
Overall, I'm a big fan.
Probably gonna be adding a set of these to my arsenal,especially if you can get 'em on sale right nowfor that $110 price point.
I think that these are going to be a very nice running shoeif you wanna go fast.
And we all wanna go fast.
And one final thing that I forgot to mention,I did a poll of a bunch of Instagram peoplethat said that they use this.
They said that they have to go a half size up.
So here you go, trainiacs,thank you for watching, stay tunedover the next month or so.
I'll be doing my annual running shoe lineups.
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