Honest Review: Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT %
Every time Nike drops a new running shoe, like clockwork I am coming off an injury. Last time it was the Joyride and this time it's the *Alphafly Next%*, I guess one can call it perfect timing. With the combination of COVID and coming off an injury I’ve had ample time to get back into running shape.
The Next% is supposed to help you run faster. A lot of times when you hear that a shoe claims to improve your speed or make you jump higher it’s typically cap, but this is not one of those instances.
I’ve been wanting in on the Alphafly Next% since it's the current shoe worn by the runner that holds the unofficial world record for a marathon time. I wanted to see how I would perform in them, shout out to Stephanie for hooking me up with a pair.
As soon as they were delivered, (one time to all the delivery drivers y’all are heroes in my eyes), I immediately took them for a run.
The first thing I noticed when putting them on was how thick but light the shoe is, those two typically don’t go together. It felt like I had on a sock with laces. Most of the time when it comes to performance shoes I don’t focus so much on the look, but more so how they help me better perform.
On my run from the previous day I had an overall pace of 10:50, after my run in the Next% my pace was 10:18. After that run when I looked at my time I had an “oh s#it!” moment.
I went on a few more runs just to make sure my excitement wasn’t the reason I ran so fast. Nope, that was not the case at all, these shoes really made me run faster without having any pain in the process. Having suffered a few injuries in my lifetime, that is always my concern in any performance shoe I try out.
Like anything, the *Alphafly Next%* does not come without its issues, at least for me and my fellow flatfooted runners. I found that the midsole dug into my foot when I ran and was a little uncomfortable, but not to the point where it affected my run.
Despite the slight annoyance, the *Next%* made me want to run longer and I felt like my foot was shielded from the ground due to all the technology, giving it a bouncy feel.
Long distance runs are where the Next% shines in comparison to the Infinity React, which is currently my main running shoe. I also noticed I didn’t feel as worn down after running 5 miles in the Alpha Flys vs the same distance in the Infinity React.
INFINITY REACT RUN
ALPHAFLY NEXT % RUN (you can see the difference)
The *Alphafly Next% is quite possibly the most talked about performance running shoe that I can recall in recent memory and for good reason. The hype in the industry amongst runners and professionals alike is justifiably earned and the shoe can back it up. The Alphafly Next %* has a price tag of $275 and fits true to size.
Unlike its predecessor you can get over 250 miles in this shoe. For sizing the shoe is pretty TTS, I received a size 11 normally wear an 11.5, the size I was sent fit me perfectly I also have a narrow foot so take that into consideration.
Despite the *Next%* being created with more serious runners in mind, this is not to say a novice runner shouldn’t cop these. Regardless of your running level, it will be worth the investment and experience. They are available to purchase on Nike.com
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