KNOW YOUR TECH breaks down the scientific technology used in your favorite sneakers and activewear. Let’s demystify your next purchase: today’s technology is Nike Zoom Air cushioning. This innovative cushioning setup was designed as an evolved version of Nike’s standard Air units, providing a more responsive and streamlined alternative. Originally created specifically for basketball, the cushioning has been utilized in Nike performance models across the board: from tennis to running to the ever-popular Air Jordan line.
What is it? Introduced in1995, Zoom Air was originally known as Tensile Air and was first implemented in the Nike Air Go LWP. At its core, Zoom Air utilizes a number of strong synthetic fibers which are sandwiched between plastic, resulting in responsive, spring-like impact cushioning. Zoom Air exists in heel, forefoot, forefoot-and-heel, and full-length setups.
How it works: Zoom Air’s low-profile design provides a close to the court/field feel, allowing players to react quicker and more efficiently. Zoom Air is tuned for the specifications and needs of different sports, ensuring that the balance of pressure and cushion is ideal for your game.
Notable products: Zoom KD VI iD, LeBron X, Zoom Vapor 9 Tour, Air Pegasus+ 30
Bottom line: Zoom Air will provide you with a level of response and flexibility, but is also durable enough to withstand the rigors of your sport. Best suited for athletes who are quick and agile, Zoom Air can also be beneficial for all styles of play.