Nike Vaporfly Ban
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Nike Vaporfly Ban
The Air Zoom line includes a high-end shoe that will be allowed in competition under the new World Athletics guidelines.
NIKE Inc is expanding its controversial running innovation. The technology that prompted track’s international governing body to rewrite its rules on sneakers – to new sports and new products.
Above all, the company unveiled on Wednesday a footwear series featuring its new foam, carbon-fiber plates, and small pockets of air underneath the forefoot.
The Air Zoom line includes a high-end running shoe. Which the company said will be allowed in competition under the new World Athletics guideline. And a more affordable running sneaker, which won’t.
In addition, the sneakers show that the Beaverton, Oregon-based company is willing to separate the guidelines for Olympians from the products that it pitches towards amateur runners.
Weekend warriors can run in whatever shoes they’d like, and at a cheaper price than previous iterations. The US$200 trainer may make the technology accessible to a wider set of consumers.
“You want to protect those athletes more. You want to give them more foam, cushioning under the forefoot,” said Tony Bignell, Nike’s vice president of footwear innovation. “We will launch that shoe, because it’s a great shoe.”
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Above all the higher-end running shoe is the final version of the prototype that elite marathoner Eliud Kipchoge wore in October when he ran 26.2 miles on a closed course in less than two hours.
Its release comes less than a week after World Athletics clarified its guidelines on sneakers.
Saying they couldn’t have more than one carbon-fiber plate. And couldn’t have soles more than 40 millimeters thick.
However, under those regulations. Which involves measuring at a specific place on a men’s size-8 1/2 shoe. This new top-end shoe measures 39.5 millimeters. The more durable trainer has a stock height of more than 40 millimeters.