Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Performance Review
Thomas: Some pleasures go unnoticed until they reveal themselves. Once exposed they cannot be forgotten. The way the Nike Vomero 13 pampers your feet is a pure indulgence. This shoe is all about the comfort. The updates from the Vomero 12 to the 13 looked minimal, but the upgrade is substantial.
The upper on the Vomero 13 is much improved. The knit upper and the new Flywire configuration not only help to make the shoe fit better, but it also looks sleeker than the 12 as well. Simple things like the Tongue length were adjusted too. The Vomero 12 had a tongue that popped up on the front of your ankle. The 13’s tongue stays lower and in line with the rest of the collar. The heel counter gently keeps your foot from lifting out of the back with no irritation at all.
The Lunarlon midsole looks the same, but Nike moved the front and rear Zoom Air units closer to the bottom/ground. This move makes the pods less noticeable while still providing cushioning and responsiveness. I had to look up if two pods were still in the update. You really can’t feel them. What you do feel is a very soft ride without being sloppy.
The outsole on the Vomero 13 is a soft, durable rubber that looks like it would be destroyed by daily miles as well as looking too smooth to provide traction. Both assumptions would be wrong. After 30 miles the outsole shows almost no wear and the grip is confidence building. I was running in the east coast Winter crap, ice, rain, salted paths, and the Vomero handled it all.
The Vomero 13 is even lighter than the 12 by almost half an ounce. The shoe rides lighter than its 10.8 ounces (size 10.5)
Meaghan: Spoiler alert: the Vomero 13 is very similar to its predecessor. This is a soft, plush shoe from the upper to the outsole. The padded collar and tongue are pillowy. There are some slight changes to the upper design, but it generally feels the same. The mesh is breathable and the flywire lacing does a good job of keeping your foot secured down.
The midsole is made up of a soft Lunarlon foam core and two air zoom units. Apparently, they moved the Air Zoom units closer to the ground in this model. I can’t tell the difference. This shoe is perfect for everyday running, from recovery runs to long runs. Although V13 is very similar to V12, it lost a little weight! My W7.5 came in at 8.4 oz. vs. the 8.65oz of V12.
Thomas: During the first run I noticed a ledge along the interior on the lateral side. After the run, my foot felt sore on the spot. The second time I put the shoe on, I noticed the feeling again, but it went away and never bothered me again. I can still feel the ledge, and it may irritate some runners.
Meaghan: I don’t have much to complain about. I can always use a lighter shoe, but I really didn’t notice the weight out on my runs.
The Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Conclusion
Thomas: I genuinely enjoy running in the Vomero 13. The only reason I am going to stop for a while is that we have more shoes to review. I don’t know what will happen with Lunarlon now that Nike React and Zoom X are here, but the Vomero has a great feel to it. My guess is, this will be the last Vomero with Lunarlon as the midsole. The Vomero 13 is a superb daily trainer. I 100% recommend the Vomero 13. It is like the Pegasus, and the LunarEpic merged into one shoe. The price is reasonable at $140. The Vomero can handle 90% of your training needs; you may want to pick up a speed shoe to compliment it.
Meaghan: I’m a big fan of the Nike Zoom Vomero 13. It’s a great everyday shoe. I found myself continually lacing these up and racked up 50+ miles in the first couple of weeks I had them. If you prefer a daily trainer with lots of cushioning, the Vomero 13 is a really great option. Between the quality upper and durable rubber outsole, you’ll easily get hundreds of miles out of this shoe.
Get the Nike Zoom Vomero 13 for $140 here.