However, the laces did not do much to wrap the Flyknit more securely around the foot. In fact, I sort of wanted to hate it. To shave ounces, Nike trimmed the outsole, opting for high-traction rubber sections only on the toe and heel. Outsole Sticky rubber pads reinforce the foam outsole of the Nike React to give you the traction you need to grip uneven surfaces as you race toward your fastest time yet. Another issue I have is the big heel shelf thing. Some of my work colleagues really like the look of the React, but it's mostly the younger chaps. Collar The React has a one-piece, seamless style upper.
As soon as I found out that the React had a new foam technology and that they had spent a lot of time and money collating data to figure out the perfect sole design, I was excited to try them out! It is entirely possible for one person to be both casual and serious, depending on where they are in fitness and training. Because it is a foam material, this outsole resists compression and is able to retain its shape, appearance, and structure even after many miles. The knit material conforms like a sock to the shape of your foot for a snug feel, and the bootie construction seamlessly integrates the traditional tongue into the upper so you get a pressure-free fit. Other Shipping Options Continental U. I was also mindful of a half marathon coming up and unless convinced otherwise before then, Epic React would be carrying me on race day. Flexibility The front half of the React sole is nicely flexible but once the sole starts to really thicken up it all gets a lot stiffer.
Outsole The React foam outsole of the Epic React Flyknit aids the midsole in providing a sufficient amount of energy return, as well as additional cushioning for the underfoot. The outsole grip performs decently in mildly wet conditions. The soles are definitely chunkier than other Nike trainers I have trained. The Nike Epic React Flyknit seemed to be a successful release, but not quite. Wish you could wear your comfy slippers everywhere? You save 10% on everything, every day, all year long! Rankings Nike Epic React Flyknit: Serious runners for the casual runner Hello, It's been a while. Shipment Times Product availability will determine when the items in your order will ship. Thus, it could be said that the Epic React Flyknit is an average running shoe; not perfect, but worth a try and worth the investment.
The React is no different. Nike packed the shoe with its ridiculously responsive React foam. Midsole The midsole also uses React foam. However, I prefer the Ride 7 for easy runs and long runs due to the midsole being more fun to run in at slower paces. It is also an incredibly rewarding experience, as you get to encourage and otherwise help other runners meet their target times and indeed get over the finish line. It also delivers a sock-like fit, thus ensuring a locked-down feel and a secure run. The kind of shoe that you take out on a route you have covered hundreds of times and by the end of the run, checking your watch provides a pleasant surprise.
The eye-opening first encounter with the original Flyknit, the marvelous barefoot feel of the minimal Free series, and the buzz — from real runners — surrounding were all testament to that. A serious runner, on the other hand, is likely to have a set of specific to the distance being raced. Instead, Nike utilizes a synthetic rubber blend that claims to provide softness, responsiveness and long-lasting durability in a lightweight package. In transit times will vary based on the order's final destination. Rated 4 out of 5 by HaleyM301844244 from Pretty good! The only flaw I can think of is the narrowness of the midsole at midfoot which, combined with the stack height, takes away the stability somewhat on uneven ground and while cornering at speed. But for casual wear these are great! The wrap around on the outside offers some extra stiffening. In my eyes, one is a casual runner if one runs mainly for enjoyment and for the benefits it brings to the body and soul.
Despite having purchased a couple of models very early on as a casual runner, I have not owned a pair of Nike in the last 10 years. Time would tell with regards to the other claims, but one thing is certain right out of the box — the shoes are remarkably light. Conclusion No doubt in my mind, the Nike Epic React Flyknit looks amazing, especially from the back. All in all, the experience with Epic React has both reinforced my views towards Nike and shed new light. Because the outsole rubber is only at the very end of the toe and the heel I was a bit concerned at first. Where I mostly run in the dark, I also had the misfortune of hitting some dog poop and we all know that there's nothing that can grip on dog poop.
In terms of the upper, the Flyknit of the Epic React has a more secure hold on my foot while the Primeknit of the Ultraboost is softer and looser. I thought my toes would be cramped in the toe box. At any rate, as always, the proof is in the ride. It means that as a fore-midfoot striker I land on the foam with every stride. Rated 5 out of 5 by SarahM154895049 from Incredibly comfortable beautiful shoe This shoe fits like a glove or a sock, I guess haha. Having slightly wider feet than most, I now faced a nervous wait.
My thesis is that Epic React is indeed a serious running shoe as opposed to a lifestyle sneaker but best suited for the casual runner. I read from other reviews that the synthetic rubber foam performed better in warmer temperatures. This is not all show and no go as the pale blue parts are made of some special material that is attached to the main sole. The React foam claims to be exceptionally responsive and bouncy. Gripping well and giving great responsiveness mile after mile. The material stretches nicely to accommodate my feet and I haven't once felt as though my toes don't have enough room in them.