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Nike Zoom Vomero 12

- published February 2017

92

2017

RATINGS

Comfort
8
Fit
8
Responsiveness
9
Speed
8
Ride Quality
9
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
92

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THE GOOD

  • Comfortable fit throughout the entire shoe
  • Updated outsole
  • Responsive

THE BAD

  • Upper lacks ventilation
  • Flywire Cable doesn’t give security while pivoting
  • Seam in forefoot is uncomfortable

THE VERDICT

Expect a much more responsive and enjoyable ride from the 12th edition of Nike’s cushioning neutral trainer, the Vomero. This is largely due to a newly designed outsole that features more cushioning while still maintaining a peppy responsive ride. Overall the Vomero 12 is a great preforming everyday trainer that offers superb cushioning.  

FULL REVIEW

The Nike Zoom Vomero 12 is a cushioned everyday trainer designed for the neutral runner. Soft, yet still responsive, the Vomero 12 gets an all-new outsole design, adding more cushioning while offering a smoother ride. Dual-density midsole includes Nike’s soft lunar foam paired with firmer foam while Nike Air units are placed in the heel and forefoot. The upper is mesh with Nike’s Flywire cable lacing structure. 

Comfort
Like most Nike uppers, the Vomero 12’s upper has little structure to it, making it really comfortable. Plush foam surrounds the heel collar and tongue offering a slice of luxury. One issue testers had was a seam towards the forefoot that created a uncomfortable foam ridge.  Otherwise, the dual-density midsole underfoot feels like a soft bed for your feet. 

Fit 
Nike uses an internal bootie and flywire-cables to tighten the upper and secure your midfoot. This combination leads to an excellent fitting upper, but allows for a less secure feeling while pivoting verses the traditional overlays.

Responsiveness 
As one tester put it, “The shoe definitely has a responsiveness that caught me a little off guard.” With stats of a 12mm heel drop and weight of 11.8oz men and 9.4oz women, the Vomero 12 would seem to lack responsiveness in every sense. The midsole felt snappy and ready to go. There seemed to be peppiness to the Vomero 12 that the Vomero 11 didn’t have. One tester noted the Vomero 12 was  "the most energetic of the bunch, with a snappier and responsive midsole that nevertheless provided a luxuriant stack of soft foam to sink into."

Speed
Don’t judge the Vomero 12’s speed capabilities by its heavy weight alone. The Vomero 12 was easy to get going and performed well at higher speeds. Flexibility in the forefoot allowed a nice transition to really toe-off. 

Ride Quality
The Nike Vomero 11 had a rather flat ride, however, thanks to a newly updated outsole, the Vomero 12 offers a much smoother and more enjoyable ride.  The new outsole boosts more foam with deeper grooves, allowing the midsole to work with your foot as it makes transition to the ground. Favoring more of a rearfoot striker with a 12mm drop, it never felt like the heel was cumbersome or dominated the ride.

How We Tested It

The shoes in this test were used by multiple testers over varied terrain including concrete, dirt, grass and track ranging from 4 to 15 miles. Testers covered a wide range of paces to determine performance. All testers used Farm to Feet socks for consistent fit and feeling.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other cushioned road running shoe tests, lightweight road running shoe tests, trail running shoe tests, along with other related running gear tests

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Donald Buraglio

Donald Buraglio

Donald is a physical therapist, ultrarunner, barefoot aficionado, and father of three with more than 20 years of experience in endurance sports. When he's not training for ultramarathons, he enjoys hiking or slacklining with his family in Monterey County, CA.

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MSRP
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$140.00
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RATINGS

Comfort
8
Fit
8
Responsiveness
9
Speed
8
Ride Quality
9
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
92

Specs

  • Heel Height: 31mm
  • Forefoot Height: 19mm
  • Heel Drop: 12mm

Weight

11.8 oz

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