Nike Mark 20th Anniversary of Zoom Air With 2015 Zoom Air Running Collection

We hit the Nike Zoom Air Innovation Summit in London to learn about the year of Zoom...

Tego Sigel

5 years ago

By Tego Sigel


Zoom Air has been inspiring and evolving performance footwear for Nike since its debut 20 years ago, which itself came from a solid 10 years of development. Finding place in training, basketball, American football and running footwear over the last two decades, the responsive cushioning provided by Zoom Air has evolved and advanced and is a key part of the running story in 2015.

Designed to offer an ultra-responsive feel under foot, the Zoom Air unit found within a Zoom Air trainer, cleat or runner, is full of tiny fibres that limit expansion of the air unit when it is stepped on. Those fibres cause the air unit to bounce back into its original shape faster, creating that responsive feel. Watch the Zoom Air video below to better understand how the technology works.

In this year of Zoom, Nike invited a selection of passionate runners and media folk down to an event in London earlier this month to experience the latest releases in the range, which the brand say will change how fast an athlete feels in an instant. The low-profile cushioning has been developed in tandem with some of the world’s fastest athletes to meet the needs of runners from stadiums and arenas to roads and parks, for people in pursuit of their own personal bests.

Favoured by many of Nike’s elite runners, the likes of Mo Farah, Galen Rupp and Matt Tegenkamp all say that Zoom Air gives them the return and comfort they require when running up to 20 miles a day. So meeting at the Nike Zoom Innovation Summit in London, the new range had a high expectations to meet. Working through the footwear section of the day shoe by shoe, here’s what we learned about running in Nike Zoom Air in 2015.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32


Probably the highest profile Zoom Air release of 2015 so far, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 is a special trainer in just about ever regard. A neutral shoe for training day in and day out, the latest version is faster and more responsive than any model in its history defining lineage. The Zoom Air heel offers a cushioned ride, while the breathable upper and snug fit provide streamlined comfort. Updated shape and positioning have given the new Pegasus 32 a more natural stance.

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 is available from

Nike Air Zoom Odyssey


The Zoom trainer designed for faster, the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey is focused on an incredible lockdown fit for a stable feeling at incredible rates of speed when running across distances. Featuring Flywire technology across the upper and a dual-injected heel clip to enhance heel lockdown, the Odyssey’s flexible outsole and Ortholite sock are designed to cushion and glide the foot in the run. Adding the Zoom Air cushioning that offers a responsive and comfortable step and the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey is fundamentally built for speed across distance.

The Nike Air Zoom Odyssey is released 4 August.

Nike Air Zoom Structure 19


The Nike Air Zoom Structure 19 is designed for everyday training. Loaded with tech innovations to provide stability running for the everyday trainer, the updated Structure is designed to feel faster and build to slow the rate of pronation. Offering a smooth transition through stability features including the use of Dynamic Fit technology, which works with the outsole’s lateral crash rail and a triple density foam Dynamic Support stability system, the Structure 19 is advanced through to its contoured upper, which provides added toe spring and combines with Zoom Air cushioning to provide a quick and snappy off-the-ground feel. That’s a lot to take in, but all you need to know is that every piece of technology in the Air Zoom Structure 19 is included to make you faster.

The Nike Air Zoom Structure 19 is released October 1.

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10


A neutral running shoe, the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 is the shoe your feet crave on a long run. Combining ultra-responsive Zoom Air and soft Lunarlon foam the Vomero 10 offers a cushioned but fast feel, while the Flymesh upper provides a smooth, breathable comfort with support where you need it most. The Zoom Air units have been minimised to deliver optimal cushioning and response so heel-strike and forefoot lift-off are as comfortable and dynamic as possible.

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 is available now from

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