Nike Zoom cushioning is part of the Nike Air family, and—like its siblings—it’s lightweight and durable. Because Nike Zoom cushioning is incredibly thin, it brings the foot closer to the ground and enhances stability, especially during quick cuts and multi-directional movements. After impact, the tightly stretched fibers inside the pressurized air unit quickly bounce back into shape, providing a super-responsive feel and improved awareness of the surface you’re playing on.
Nike Air units work by trapping air molecules inside a durable urethane shell. With each footstrike, the air unit compresses to reduce the force of impact, then immediately recovers its shape to be ready for the next landing. Nike Air units are built to last, so the cushioning properties hold steady for the life of the shoe.
ZoomX foam guarantees the highest level reactive energy return among the actual Nike shoes in production today. The weight of ZoomX is lower than 1/3 with respect to the Cushlon foam in essence it has all the advantages in terms of maximum cushioning at a reduced weight.
A mix very similiar to the ZoomX was used predominantly in the aerospace industry, but for some time has this innovative technology has been found in high performance shoes.
The ZoomX foam sheets are made with autoclaves in extreme heat and pressure conditions: to obtain the final component of the midsole, the product is cut into predefined shapes and then inserted into compression molds.