Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 3

Overall Grades And Reviews

9.4 Overall Grade
58 reviews

The Vaporfly Next% 3 improves upon prior revisions of the popular carbon-plated supershoe. Reviewers report that it feels lighter and cooler than previous revisions, but continues to perform well as a racer, workout shoe, and even long run shoe. The Vaporfly 3 maintains its status as the premier supershoe on the market.

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Pros

  • The top-rated supershoe among LetsRun.com readers and popular among professionals.
  • Most reviewers who have run in prior revisions of the shoe find that this one is improved.
  • Far and away the most popular supershoe among LetsRun.com readers.

Cons

  • On its third revision, this shoe has still not fixed its durability problems. Reviewers consistently complain that the foam wears down too fast.
  • Some complain that the shoe is not stable, especially at slower paces.
  • Expensive.

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Shoe Comparison

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Shoe Properties
Shoe Type
Supershoe, Racing Flat
Supershoe, Racing Flat
Supershoe, Racing
Supershoe, Racing Flat
Pronation Control
Neutral
Neutral
Neutral
Weight
7.1 oz. (men's), 5.8 oz. (women's)
7.6 oz. (men's), 7.6 oz. (women's)
7.9 oz. (men's), 7.9 oz. (women's)
Stack Height
38mm.
40mm.
35mm.
Forefoot Height
30mm.
33mm.
27mm.
Drop Height
8 mm.
7 mm.
8 mm.
Upper material
FlyKnit
Single-Layer Celermesh, Heel Pull Tab, Added Overlays
Shoe Released
Q2 2023
Q1 2024
Q2 2023
Q2 2023
MSRP
$250
$250
$250
LRC Ratings
Out of 10
Overall
9.4
8.7
9.0
8.7
Comfort
8.9
8.6
8.8
8.9
Cushioning
9.2
8.8
9.4
9.1
Durability
6.9
7.3
8.3
8.2
Appearance
8.8
8.5
8.8
8.4
Value
7.5
7.9
8.2
8.0

Reader Reviews

  • Real fast racing shoes

    10 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    7.0
    Comfort
    5.0
    Cushioning
    9.0
    Durability
    3.0
    Appearance
    4.0
    Value
    5.0

    Fast shoes. Really bad stability and no ways to run slow part on it.

    • LRC Editor's Choice

      Best iteration of the Vapor Fly series so far

      20 miles per week, neutral pronator, low arches
      Overall
      10.0
      Comfort
      10.0
      Cushioning
      10.0
      Durability
      7.0
      Appearance
      10.0
      Value
      6.0

      I've used every vaporfly since the original came out. They all have been great for the first few months before the foam wears out, and have helped me hit new marathon PRs with much less leg fatigue later in the race than when I ran in pre-carbon Adidas Adios shoes. The latest vaporfly edition is a slight improvement on the prior one, with better cooling and a slightly more comfortable toe box. Really stoked to race in it this fall marathon season

    • LRC Editor's Choice

      Good for high milage weeks

      80 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
      Overall
      9.0
      Comfort
      9.0
      Cushioning
      9.0
      Durability
      7.0
      Appearance
      8.0
      Value
      8.0

      I'm consistently at 60-70 miles a week in my base phase and push up to 90+ during marathon build up. Most of my running is on roads with about 10% on a track. I cannot describe how much quicker I recover in supershoes. I know they weaken your calves a little bit but I think I compensate by lifting hard and heavy once a week. No joint issues, no knee issues - these shoes are magic. I'm sure all the supershoes are good but I 'm stuck on these.

      Oh, while I love the Vaporfly 2's, the 3s are just so much lighter!

    • LRC Editor's Choice

      The best racing shoe I've ever run in, but expensive and a little fragile

      26 miles per week, neutral pronator, high arches
      Overall
      10.0
      Comfort
      10.0
      Cushioning
      10.0
      Durability
      7.0
      Appearance
      10.0
      Value
      7.0

      I have worn the VF 3s for two workouts (one road, one track) and one race (Boston Marathon). I wore the VF 2s for the previous 5 races I did including the Chicago Marathon and countless workouts - and the moment I did a stride in the VF 3's I knew they were categorically better than the VF 2s. I thought the VF 2s were great, and they are still good, but the VF 3's have the stability and cushion to make for an ideal half to full marathon racing shoe. You could easily add in the 10 mile distance to that mix as well.

      I still think the VF 2s may be best for 5k races on down due to their aggressive responsiveness and for track workouts, but the VF 3's are a smooth, still sporty-responsive ride. The 3's are just cushioned enough that they don't feel optimal for track work, so I stick to the 2's for track workouts. But for long road racing the VF 3's are your #1 choice.

      7/10 for durability as the etching in the sole to create that aerodynamic 3D-printed topographical look makes for just that many more edges to get rubbed off in a race. I have a lot of stray strands and scrapes on it after the marathon. Same goes with the bottom of the shoe. I haven't put big miles on it yet, but after 35 miles of work the bottom of these shoes are more worn than I would have expected. My VF 2's lasted about 450 miles before I tossed them, but I'm thinking the VF 3's may not last as long.

      7/10 for value/price as it being a $250-$275 shoe while the only somewhat less versatile VF 2 is on discount at ~$125 probably makes the VF 2 a more sensible buy for non-elite runners on a budget.

    • Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 3 Review

      Neutral pronator, low arches
      Overall
      10.0
      Comfort
      10.0
      Cushioning
      7.0
      Durability
      2.0
      Appearance
      10.0
      Value
      6.0

      Save for key workouts and races.

    • Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 3 Review

      Neutral pronator, medium arches
      Overall
      7.0
      Comfort
      10.0
      Cushioning
      10.0
      Durability
      4.0
      Appearance
      10.0
      Value
      4.0

      The Nike Vaporfly Next %3 is a very comfortable shoe, the only issue with it is the lack of durability when comparing to the price.

    • Fast and Stable, but Expensive and doesn't last long.

      9 miles per week, neutral pronator, high arches
      Overall
      10.0
      Comfort
      9.0
      Cushioning
      10.0
      Durability
      2.0
      Appearance
      10.0
      Value
      5.0

      The Vaporfly has a lot of energy return and is incredibly light. For me, it had about 35 miles of great racing, and after that the energy return lowered untill about mile 80. After that, I the foam was good for 200 miles; at this stage, its a light shoe, but its unstable and has low energy return. Definity recommend this product if you are willing to pay a lot for quality, not quantity. Also if ur doing a race over 5k I recomend just getting the alphafly 3 or addidias prime x strung because they have even more energy return

    • Best shoe i ran in

      80 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
      Overall
      10.0
      Comfort
      10.0
      Cushioning
      10.0
      Durability
      10.0
      Appearance
      10.0
      Value
      10.0

      I really liked thia shoe 

    • Less cushion, more control

      Neutral pronator, high arches
      Overall
      8.0
      Comfort
      7.0
      Cushioning
      6.0
      Durability
      8.0
      Appearance
      9.0
      Value
      6.0

      The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 3s are unlike its two previous counterparts in that, less cushion can be felt by the shoes. However, this opportunity cost brings increased control around turns and corners on tight courses and still retains a firm amount of support in the midfoot and heel areas. Similar to the Nike ZoomX Victory spikes, this shoe forces one onto the mid-foot/front of the foot, propelling them to new PBs. 

    • Cushion, energy return, and lightweight

      30 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
      Overall
      8.0
      Comfort
      7.0
      Cushioning
      10.0
      Durability
      7.0
      Appearance
      7.0
      Value
      7.0

      Uncomfortable when walking . Good for tempo . Outsole pattern should be reworked to provide more grip like the Nike lunar spider.   not the best lockdown. Plate combined with zoomx makes it amazing . Everything else is just ok. Cost of 2 shoes.

    • Great shoe, runs 1/2 size small, excellent feel lightweight for short races 5-10 miles, expensive

      20 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
      Overall
      9.0
      Comfort
      9.0
      Cushioning
      10.0
      Durability
      9.0
      Appearance
      10.0
      Value
      8.0

      Great shoe, runs 1/2 size small, excellent feel lightweight for short races 5-10 miles, expensive