NikeCourt Zoom Vapor 11 (2023)

B Cubed

Semi-Pro
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These look awesome.
 
Played in them for an hour with a former teammate of mine. Lots of point play and stuff so I got a good feel for them.

They are way more locked down and better feeling. I used to not want to wear these as I could feel my heel lifting from the shoe but I don’t get that feeling anymore. They definitely feel better performance wise and I’m more confident sliding around in them.
Are you listening Nike? (Probably not since they canned their tennis dept.:rolleyes:)
 

LiamMiguel

Semi-Pro
changes performance? feel like a vapor worth more secure fit or no?
I played an exhibition set with our teammates today at our adult camp (we played the D3 ITA National Champs who are our #1s) and got more time with the shoes. They seem even better today, I felt very confident moving around and we were scrambling and sliding all over the place today and I was like a cat everywhere.

If you are having trouble with these shoes in terms of a heel lockdown, look into making another eyelet in the medial part of the shoe! Having a runners knot has been great with these shoes.
 

B Cubed

Semi-Pro
Any Vapor 11 Lovers out there - could you speak to some aspects of where they check the box for you? (somewhat wondering if I parted ways sooner than I should have).
 

davkarimz88

New User
Any Vapor 11 Lovers out there - could you speak to some aspects of where they check the box for you? (somewhat wondering if I parted ways sooner than I should have).
I used to have Vapor X, then the new Barricade, then Vapor 11.

Vapor 11 is bulky but after a few weeks of breaking them in and all it was loosened up and has the thick outsole which I prefer.
Obviously for a one time match the Vapor X outsole is good, but it wore out within 2-3 months, so I realized I have no choice but to wear thicker heavier shoes so they last.
Also I now have Vapor 11 & On Roger Pro for hard, and GR8 for clay, The Roger Pro has no bounce or energy return at all. The Vapor 11 has much better bounce where I feel I am a lot quicker to the ball. And then honestly the GR8 is probably the most comfortable although I think they're the ugliest ones I have. The GR8 toe box is narrow and long while Vapor 11 is wider and a bit shorter so it fits my foot shape better.
 

tdhawks

Professional
Without reading through 13 pages, did those of you who purchased these size down half size? I picked up my normal size over the weekend and received them today and they fill rather long and bulky. Also picked up a pair of GPC1’s and those fit perfect out of the box.

Have any of you played in both and have a preference?
 

d-quik

Hall of Fame
Without reading through 13 pages, did those of you who purchased these size down half size? I picked up my normal size over the weekend and received them today and they fill rather long and bulky. Also picked up a pair of GPC1’s and those fit perfect out of the box.

Have any of you played in both and have a preference?
I went up a full size from 12 to 13
 

ryohazuki222

Professional
Without reading through 13 pages, did those of you who purchased these size down half size? I picked up my normal size over the weekend and received them today and they fill rather long and bulky. Also picked up a pair of GPC1’s and those fit perfect out of the box.

Have any of you played in both and have a preference?
Normal size
 

ryohazuki222

Professional
Any Vapor 11 Lovers out there - could you speak to some aspects of where they check the box for you? (somewhat wondering if I parted ways sooner than I should have).
With some decent insoles in these I’m a big fan. Without them… I probably would have explored other options.

- color style fit … like jt
- I like that the go on sale when new colorways come out
- toe box is particularly roomy
- doesn’t really need a break in
- I prefer these to vapor 9 9.5 x’s that I wore for forever
- laces up really well. Even though it’s a thin tongue it’s pretty padded
 

B Cubed

Semi-Pro
With some decent insoles in these I’m a big fan. Without them… I probably would have explored other options.

- color style fit … like jt
- I like that the go on sale when new colorways come out
- toe box is particularly roomy
- doesn’t really need a break in
- I prefer these to vapor 9 9.5 x’s that I wore for forever
- laces up really well. Even though it’s a thin tongue it’s pretty padded

Thank you, and @davkarimz88 for the comments. These were some of the same thoughts that I had. I actually liked the thin tongue (have that on a few of my old running shoes). And I was also plenty surprised by the roominess.

For me with the VP 11, I was getting hung up on the weight, and for some reason my feet would get really hot in them. I have a long love with the 9.5, but my last regular daily shoe was the Court Tech Challenge 20. Ironically, it had no breathing, and was very clunky as well. But I loved its stability, and figured the VP 11 as a relatively natural transition.

All that said, I am not finding the VP pro 2 to be the inbetween shoe I hoped. I just don't seem to gel with it, and regardless of my inserts (big believer in the right orthotics) they still feel mushy..
 
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teckid

Semi-Pro
Any Vapor 11 Lovers out there - could you speak to some aspects of where they check the box for you? (somewhat wondering if I parted ways sooner than I should have).

I had a weird run with this shoe, a few starts and stops. BUT just bought another pair so I dunno!
  • Was real excited about the launch, got the red/purple pair and wore it for a bit but ultimately sent it back to Nike as it wasn't as plush as I had expected coming from the GPT.
  • But then I recommitted after trying the GelRes9 and finding it to be kinda meh, bought the dark navy and neon (a great colorway IMO)
  • Used it for a while, felt great about how it played, bought the all-teal version to hold until I wore out the navy pair... but then thought it was hurting one of my middle toes while I played so I stoped using it, send the teal pair back to Nike cause I had never touched it. Turns out it was some kinda toe thing unrelated to the shoe as it healed up after a few weeks, tested the V11 and there was no toe pain! The V11 was exonerated!
  • Been using the Navy off and on for months and it's been good, although it could have a more plush forefoot.
  • Last week, o_O reordered the all-teal version I found on discount after trying the Challenge1 and finding it disappointing.

How it checks my boxes:
  • Weight is not a concern for me, I would always take a slightly heavier shoe for comfort and stability. People on these board fretting about a 1.2 oz in a shoe and how it affects their game are probably worrying about the wrong part of their game. But whatever, wear what gives your confidence and you feel good in.
  • I like how stable and 'brick' like the midsole and sidewalls are, the hard edge of the midsole to outsole is my preferred style gives great feedback to me on the court. I never dug the overly rounded style of some of the other Nike's (Cage 3s), always felt like I would roll over my ankle,
  • Feels like a replacement for the LunarB1.5s, a great stability shoe, honestly with the bulked up midsole they prob should not market this as a Vapor, would have caused less confusion. I've never liked the traditional Vapors to play in 9s thru X/Pro all were too thin and slipper like for me, aggravated my shin splints if I played back to back days.
  • Forefoot cushioning is appreciate, but not great. I would love for it to have the GPT's full length, would make this a true unicorn shoe for me.
  • Outsole - no complaints, never had any issues. I'm not a slider so no clue how this works for those people who need that.
  • Upper - I really like the design, just wish the drag lines didn't wear off so easy, it can develop an empty spot in the pattern pretty easily. But the staggered pattern looks neat and distinct. I also rarely see anyone else wearing these so makes them stand out even more.
  • Tongue - it is a bit thin, I have no clue why they do this, I think they are in love with this thin-bonded material and think it shows innovation, but honestly it's a detraction. I don't have any irritation or pain, just could be better.
  • Main take away - stable, comfort, performance, I don't think about them when I'm playing which is a good thing, I've performed at very high levels wearing them (also some stinker days, again TT posters--its rarely the equipment!). Also, during my break from wearing them on court, I used them in the gym and they were a great shoe for lifting: stable/comfy, kinda like a MetCon.
 

Chopin

Hall of Fame
Any Vapor 11 Lovers out there - could you speak to some aspects of where they check the box for you? (somewhat wondering if I parted ways sooner than I should have).

I wouldn't say I'm a lover, but I have a pair of the clay court ones, and so far, my experience is that it's a stable, solid shoe. No issues with heel lock (unlike the Vapor Pro 1). Breathability doesn't seem great, but it's okay so far. Padding is good. The shoe is not light, so I wouldn't call it a "vapor"; it would have made more sense to market it as a solid, supportive-feeling shoe and have the Vapor Pro series be the continued vapor line (even if they're not as good as the old ones). The cushioning isn't anything cutting edge, and I need to spend more time with it to determine how it works for me. The shoe looks and feels "premium," for what it's worth.

Vapor 9.5 is better for me, but the Vapor 11 seems solid so far.
 

SDN

Professional

mpournaras

Hall of Fame
no one outside of the 12 of us here care that it’s a Vapor 11 Pro 1.5 Cage. They just wanna make a quick ad and people like it.
 

SDN

Professional
Alcaraz will probably wear Vapor 12 for 2025 and Sinner will continue with the GP challenge line....Is there any news on the vapor 12?
I read something on another forum where they say it has a nice shape and that it resembles a shoe from a competing company...
 

SJS0433

New User
For anyone that's previously used the VP1 a lot and then moved to the 11, can you comment on outsole durability? I thought I read somewhere these should hold up better than the old VP1 and that's my only real issue with the old shoe.
 
For anyone that's previously used the VP1 a lot and then moved to the 11, can you comment on outsole durability? I thought I read somewhere these should hold up better than the old VP1 and that's my only real issue with the old shoe.
I have not used the VP1 but worn V11 on a very consistent basis and I can say that its outsole is a tank.
 

LiamMiguel

Semi-Pro
For anyone that's previously used the VP1 a lot and then moved to the 11, can you comment on outsole durability? I thought I read somewhere these should hold up better than the old VP1 and that's my only real issue with the old shoe.
The VP11 is very durable, probably closer to shoes like the GR or older Barricades. It is a completely different shoe than the VP1, as the VP1 is speed-oriented (which is what should the Vapor line be but whatever). VP11 has some brick-like weight to it.
 

SJS0433

New User
The VP11 is very durable, probably closer to shoes like the GR or older Barricades. It is a completely different shoe than the VP1, as the VP1 is speed-oriented (which is what should the Vapor line be but whatever). VP11 has some brick-like weight to it.
Good to know! I hear the VP11 feels heavier but if I had to guess at my level it just won't make a huge difference and I'd probably trade some durability for bit of speed.
 
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