The Nike Joyride joins Nike Air and Nike React as the latest proprietary innovation within the brand’s diverse array of cushioning platforms. Joyride is engineered to help keep legs fresh by delivering a personalized underfoot experience with great impact absorption in a surprisingly light, energy-returning package.

Here’s the gist:

Nike Joyride is a Nike-only, proprietary cushioning system made of thousands of TPE beads.

Joyride is the result of intense, iterative trialing. One hundred and fifty materials were tested before landing on a TPE (a copolymer of plastic and rubber) for the beads.

The beads are placed within zonally-tuned pods, which allows the foam to expand in all directions.

Engineering the Pods also helped solve the problem of the beads migrating too much around the foot and becoming uncomfortable. With Pods, Nike designers were able to create a zonal-tuning for each respective iteration of Nike Joyride.

The system creates a dynamic footbed that forms to your foot and feels personalized to you.

Beads are dispersed within the pods to match the zonal-tuning that aligns with the performance needs of specific points in your stride.

Nike Joyride releases first in the Nike Joyride Run Flyknit. Designed for all runners, the soft cushioning and smooth transition helps ease impact — important whether you’re a seasoned marathoner taking a shake-out run or a novice looking to find your true stride. A global release is set on August 15. 

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