If anything, it felt more like they were the thing propelling me onwards! The design maintains simplicity, in order to promote optimal breathability. As is often the case with running shoes, I reckon the outsole will out-last the uppers here. Wish you could wear your comfy slippers everywhere? Nike mentioned that the foam should feel the same even after 300miles. It goes without saying that you really don't want to be taking these off-road. Even though I am a fan of minimal shoes like the , I can almost live without the ground-feel for the amazing level of comfort the React offers! This all disappeared once I got running and it never bothered me.
With a lightweight and seamless construction, the upper offers a precise fit that improves the running experience. Upper Looking at the shape of the toe box I thought that my feet would feel squashed but the flyknit upper of the React is very comfortable. They do run small though. Racing flats are also suitable for fast-paced interval sessions. The upper maintains a simple design with a one-piece Nike Flyknit bootie that takes cues from the beloved Nike Flyknit Racer to create a supportive and flexible wrap with optimal breathability. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees. While the outsole is composed mostly of exposed Nike React foam, the forefoot and heel receive strategic rubber placements for added durability and traction.
You see, in my eyes, Nike had an image problem. The React boasts 19,000 hours of lab testing, and you'll definitely feel the outcome of that meticulous trial process from the moment you lace up. The upper has a bootie construction with a tighter weave over the arch to help hold the foot in place, while the forefoot has a more open weave for ventilation. . I was pleasantly surprised by the shoes. The soles feel soft without being spongy, giving you enough feedback to savor every step. You could question why the whole sole is not covered in the blue material for increased longevity but at the moment that is a small gripe.
As a mid-foot striker I always appreciate more cushioning in the forefoot area and this is where a lot of shoes suffer, in my opinion, by placing a very firm material in under the forefoot. It means that as a fore-midfoot striker I land on the foam with every stride. All this is taken into account in our reviews of each shoe. The Epic has a performance fit, making it a great tempo or race-day shoe for some. The Epic React works well as an all around shoe.
There is less feel for the ground and more feel of the shoe. Moving from higher to lower heel-toe offsets may require a transition period. With Fluid Geometry, the shoe is made lightweight as the midsole is distributed across the entire shoe. Flyknit reduces, and in most cases eliminates, the need for stitched or glued overlays. 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. The Epic Reacts prove that the game has changed and you can now have the best of both worlds. Up top, feel smooth as ever with plush Flyknit holding feet snug and a bootie shape for easy entry.
The sole looks fantastic too. Conclusion No doubt in my mind, the Nike Epic React Flyknit looks amazing, especially from the back. But, after being around the running shoe industry in various capacity since the late 1990s, I was very skeptical about the hype. The React foam feels stiff and dead in comparison. When you first put them on, they feel cosseting without being too tight as you sometimes get from new sock-like shoes.
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. However, the minimal weight does not hinder the shoe from supplying adequate support and responsiveness. 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. Toe Box There is a surprising amount of space in these for my toes. When they returned, we asked them how many miles they thought the shoes had on them.
So these should last for a decent amount of time. This eliminates the pressure a traditional tongue puts on the top of your foot. This amount is subject to change until you make payment. The Epic Reacts consist of an upper that is basically a single piece of flyknit like a low sock. Ironically, the exposed midsole seemed to provide more traction on wet tarmac than the rubberized toe and heel.
First impressions suggest Nike have made a do it all. Your push-offs will be more powerful than ever thanks to the React's improved cushioning that gives you a 13% higher energy return than similar Nike shoes. There is reinforcement in the areas where the lace holes are, which I assume are there to give some strength to the flyknit material and stop it stretching or tearing. The Epic React is just plain fun to run in. The FlyKnit upper has a very form fit feel, but it does stretch enough for runners with wider forefeet. I bounced along comfortably at slower paces and powered through higher speeds. The React foam claims to be exceptionally responsive and bouncy.