Nike’s high-tech Vaporfly sneakers help athletes run 4 percent faster



The Nike Vaporfly sneakers have been helping elite athletes run faster and break records since 2017.This is how sports science journalist Alex Hutchinson found himself in Italy in May 2017 watching Olympic runner Eliud Kipchoge attempt to become the first person to run 26.2 miles, the length of a marathon, in under two hours.To buy more nike free run shoes with cheap price, you can visit shoesshox.com official website.

“The time on the clock was faster by a huge chunk than anyone had ever done before. And that was just baffling to see. It changed my perceptions — and I think a lot of other people’s perceptions — of how fast a person can move his or her legs over that distance,” Hutchinson tells host Arielle Duhaime-Ross on this episode of Reset.

Kipchoge didn’t quite make it that time. But he did beat the under-two-hour record on October 12, 2019, in Vienna. Both times, he was wearing Nike’s high-tech Vaporfly shoes.

In fact, Nike estimates that runners who wear their Vaporfly shoes are 4 percent more efficient. Even the New York Times confirmed that amateur marathoners who use the shoes really do run a few percentage points faster.But if these shoes are helping athletes like Kipchoge push the limits of what we think is humanly possible, should athletic regulators be concerned that they’re also giving runners an unfair advantage? And should the shoes be banned from the sport?

“If they’re improving performance because they’re lighter and because there’s really good foam, that strikes me as quite fair. If they’re improving performance because of the carbon fiber plate, which is you increasing your rebound when you run on the road, that’s more complicated,” Nick Thompson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine, says later in the episode.



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