Zoom Vapors quality question

Makoto

New User
I will probably take some flak as this is my mistake, but long story short i was getting tennis shoes as bday gifts for years causing backlog of shoes and i usually go through a pair a season, last monday i cracked open pair of Zoom Vapors (received circa 2017 bday) and in 3hrs of play they unglued on the side.

I'm a moron and deserve flak for sitting on them this long and not thinking about it being a potential issue, but just wanted to see your thoughts is this completely normal thing given the age of the shoe, even tho it was "brand new" or if i even have some recourse w Nike ( i assume not), just feel like its a waste

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Do you live in a humid environment?

I have shoes (old Vapors) which are 8 years old and dont have this problem.
 

Makoto

New User
Do you live in a humid environment?

I have shoes (old Vapors) which are 8 years old and dont have this problem.
Not really, im in Toronto, Canada stored them in the box w silica gel packs in my shoe closet, which is why im a bit shocked they just split open in 3hrs and im a 4.0 player so it was not 3hrs of crazy atp level tennis.

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I've seen similar stuff before so it's not completely uncommon. It would likely fall under Nike's manufacturing warranty but you're well past that based on the manufacture date on the tongue in the pics (it's valid for 2 years from the manufacture date).
 

Makoto

New User
I've seen similar stuff before so it's not completely uncommon. It would likely fall under Nike's manufacturing warranty but you're well past that based on the manufacture date on the tongue in the pics (it's valid for 2 years from the manufacture date).
Yea i realized that now, have another pair that is going out of 2 year warranty in October so i better start using those and mbe try to glue these and use as walking shoe or something :/.

Lesson is dont hoard years of shoe supply.

Thanks again guys

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Sardines

Professional
Not really, im in Toronto, Canada stored them in the box w silica gel packs in my shoe closet, which is why im a bit shocked they just split open in 3hrs and im a 4.0 player so it was not 3hrs of crazy atp level tennis.
I think most shoes are now using a waterbased glue that saves on toxicity. That means they are a little more susceptible to humidity levels. Toronto is humid comparatively speaking, thanks to the great lakes, so silica gel which works ok for a few months won't work for years, if not sealed. So yeah, it helps to wear them once in a while to work out the humidity. Rubber also hardens with heat, which exacerbates the glue situation.
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
Yea i realized that now, have another pair that is going out of 2 year warranty in October so i better start using those and mbe try to glue these and use as walking shoe or something :/.

Lesson is dont hoard years of shoe supply.

Thanks again guys

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Sorry to hear this. It's always better to cycle the shoes as you get them, but given it was only a 2017 pair I don't think it was unreasonable to expect them to last a few years and be okay.

Like @J011yroger mentioned, if it's the little section on the front lateral side of the shoe, fortunately you can still use them.
 

ATX Tennis

New User
I have a bunch of new in the box Vapor 9s that are about 8-9 years old. I break out a new pair every 6 months or so. Haven’t had a problem yet.
 

airchallenge2

Professional
I think most shoes are now using a waterbased glue that saves on toxicity. That means they are a little more susceptible to humidity levels. Toronto is humid comparatively speaking, thanks to the great lakes, so silica gel which works ok for a few months won't work for years, if not sealed. So yeah, it helps to wear them once in a while to work out the humidity. Rubber also hardens with heat, which exacerbates the glue situation.
You are correct, sir. Long time ago the big names in the industry switched to water based glue for environmental reasons. That's why it's totally not recommended to wash your shoes in the laundry machine.
 

ATX Tennis

New User
Are the toe guards cracked? All mine are. Probably 30 pair.

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No, but this last pair has a torn sole on my right shoe. First time I’ve had that issue. I usually wear down my shoes in that area, but this time, the sole actually tore a little and is separating from the Zoom cushion below. I’m just about done with this pair, so maybe that’s normal wear? Will starting breaking in a new pair soon.
 

lim

Rookie
I had a pair of 9.5s that were in rotation (didn’t get much heavy use) and the plastic fins came lose on both sides in addition to the outsole coming completely unglued from the foam midsole part

I’ve also had pairs that I beat to death/wore holes through both outsoles/slid so much that there were holes on the inside of the toe drag part and those side parts miraculously stayed intact..

I chalk it up to Nike QC..
 

Makoto

New User
Sorry to hear this. It's always better to cycle the shoes as you get them, but given it was only a 2017 pair I don't think it was unreasonable to expect them to last a few years and be okay.

Like @J011yroger mentioned, if it's the little section on the front lateral side of the shoe, fortunately you can still use them.
Yea played for another hr and now the sole is detaching on both sides from heel towards mid foot, this wont work i can get injured if i keep playing them lol. Ill try to glue them and use as casual shoes :/


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Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
Yea played for another hr and now the sole is detaching on both sides from heel towards mid foot, this wont work i can get injured if i keep playing them lol. Ill try to glue them and use as casual shoes :/


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I actually think this is worth taking up with Nike as a potential manufacturing defect, regardless of the warranty period being overrun. That's way more serious than the area i thought you were referring to.
 
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