Nike has started the trend of carbon shoes in competitions and really carried it to the masses. Since that, almost all major brands have established competition shoes with carbon soles on the market. Are you unsure which one is the right fit for you? Then keep reading. We compare the latest models of the brands and show the differences.
The current models differ mostly in terms of the drop: the range goes from 5 to a double drop of 10mm. Most models are exactly in between with 8mm. The weight of the shoes also differs. The Cloudboom Echo is the heaviest shoe weighing a still very light 220g, the FuelCell RC Elite v2 with 183g is the lightest shoe in our offer. It is also noticeable that almost all brands rely on a continuous carbon plate throughout the shoe.
In our table, we have summarized the most important key data with cushioning, material, drop, weight and type of carbon plate:
|ZoomX Vaporfly Next%2||Adizero Adios Pro 2||ASICS Metaspeed Sky||PUMA Deviate Nitro Elite Racer||The North Face Flight Vectiv|
|Foam||ZoomX||Lightstrike Pro||Flytefoam Blast Turbo™||Nitro Foam||SurfaceCTRL|
|Upper||Engineered mesh||Celermesh 2.0||Multi-directional mesh||seamless, breathable||breathable|
|Drop||8mm||10mm||5mm||8 mm||6 mm|
|Weight||187g||215g||199g||198 g||285 g|
|EndorphinPro2||CloudboomEcho||FuelCellRCElitev2||Nike Air Zoom AlphaFLY NEXT%||CRAFT CTM Ultra Carbon 2|
|Foam||Pwrrun PB||Cloudtec, Helion||FuelCell||ZoomX||Nitro|
|Upper||Mesh||Engineered mesh||Knit||Engineered mesh||seamless, breathable|
|Drop||8 mm||9 mm||8 mm||8 mm||8 mm|
|Weight||213 g||220 g||183 g||187g||198 g|
As always, you can find all these models at Top4Running. So, which running shoe would you like?