Since the shoe also had a pretty sizeable forefoot and heel stack, I could slam my feet into the ground without bottoming out the shoe as well something heavier landing runners might want to know about. Sometimes when you have a large heel and forefoot stack, the shoe starts to feel sloppy like the Ultraboost 19 shoes , but this was not much of a problem thanks to how Nike paired the sole with the upper. The sidewalls of the shoe have a light impression of a wiggling circle which become more pronounced as you look at the bottom of the shoe on the outsole.
The rest of the outsole below the forefoot and heel are covered in a layer of durable rubber with the same pattern pressed into the foam. Nike made the channels of this pattern blend into the rubber which is slapped onto the toe and heel of the shoe to help improve long-term durability.
Enough for traction, keeps the shoe light, and Nike mixed in some colors to this rubber mix to make it stand out. Over my 50 miles of testing, the outsole held up well, so I suspect these shoes should last at least a few hundred miles before you see signs of the rubber wearing down to the foam. Although it looks like a similar implementation to the predecessor, there are a few changes.
I mentioned how the shoe felt tight at first, but fit true to size after I fiddled with how my foot was laced up into the shoe. This is mostly because Nike redid their flyknit design from the predecessor a bit to form to the foot better. Since there were no overlays besides the Nike Logo, the shoe is pretty breathable and felt great for all my runs.
Nike has basically embroidered on a plastic logo which guarantees that logo will be visible long past the rubber on the outsole disappears. What stands out on this shoe versus most other Nikes and even other brands is the solid plastic plate that connects the upper to the sole around the heel.
If you get the fit right, like the design, and want the benefits of Flyknit, this shoe could be solid choice for a daily trainer for you. But, after being around the running shoe industry in various capacity since the late s, I was very skeptical about the hype.
While I appreciated the marshmallow feel of the lunar foams, in all of their iterations, I never felt like they were that performance oriented. With the Epic React foam Nike is directly taking on such obvious competitors as Adidas, but also setting the bar just a bit higher. In college I was given free Nike shoes competing in cross country and track and field for a Division I university that was sponsored by Nike. I felt that there product was so poor that I typically traded in these free shoes for trainers from other brands at the local running store I worked at.
I do not receive free gear or compensation of any kind from companies like Nike, to ensure we can give honest and unbiased reviews of the latest and greatest running shoes on the market. As stated before, Epic React foam is an incredible combination of responsive propulsion mixed with just-soft-enough comfort.
With a relatively high stack height one may think the Epic React is a maximal shoe, but this is entirely wrong. I found this to be a great trainer for uptempo days and fast running , and the standard 10mm heel drop 28mm in heel 18 in forefoot on the Epic React feels less significant than it does on other Nike trainers such as the Pegasus or Vomero.
So, how does the Epic React foam feel underfoot? Firm, but soft. Cushy, but surprisingly squishy. Its the kind of underfoot comfort that feels great at all paces, and the transition from heel to toe feels very smooth. As a neutral shoe, I never felt like my foot was being tracked into a specific foot-strike.
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. The overall platform of the Epic React also feels wide and stable while still remaining a neutral ride and this improved the feel when running smooth trail with lots of turns or taking a 45 degree turn on the roads.
Overall, the React midsole feels more functional and versatile, with the same overall feel throughout the midsole. I think that this is probably because it is made from one piece of foam, rather than foams of various durometer glued together in different areas of the midsole.
To me, this is what truly sets the React foam apart from anything else out there on the market.
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Buying Format. All Listings. Accepts Offers. Buy It Now. Doing easy runs, I would check my watch expecting high 8-minute mile paces and find low 8s and even some 7s. After workouts, my legs also felt fresher after wearing the Nike Epic React. A few weeks before the Epic React release, I attended a Nike EKIN University event, where we learned how React foam was developed and were treated to a brief history of Nike running shoes, starting with the master himself, Bill Bowerman.
We also had a chance to make our own midsoles. My group won with our design, so if your next Nike racers are made of Styrofoam balls, hot glue, and half of a toilet paper roll, hey. On to the details: the Epic React has a 10 mm drop and weighs 6. During the development period, the shoe underwent trials over 17, miles of running.
The foam is sculpted, strategically distributing firmness and cushion based on heat map data. The resulting look and feel are unique. Another unique thing about the React is that, aside from some reinforced rubber at the heel and toe, the midsole is also the outsole. Speaking of looks, this shoe is HOT. I have the navy colorway and I love it so much. The Flyknit upper is a one-piece bootie construction, and I think the fit is perfect.
The pink rubberized overlay that wraps around the heel adds extra stability to the heel counter and is a nod to the design of a vintage Nike running shoe, the Air Epic. So how does the React foam feel and perform? Well, underfoot, the foam feels…firm…and soft? Responsive…and cushioned? However, now that my legs have recovered, I can fully appreciate how great this shoe is.
Specifically, it feels like my feet are spending less time on the ground. The energy return is actually noticeable to me unlike, say, the Brooks Levitate. Thomas: During the long runs when my form would fade, I could feel the 10mm drop. I land midfoot so when I get tired I can feel a bit of braking in my stride with higher drop shoes. Some people have complained that the outsole shows wear quickly.
Some of that is an optical illusion, and some of it is cosmetically true. Erin: I have 2 minor gripes. One, these are kinda hard to get on. Something to mention. That yellow pull tab on the back? Between the way the Nike Epic React looks, feels, and performs it just dominates in every category.
I enjoy this shoe so much that when I read comments about the Epic React that are less than glowing, I find myself feeling defensive. Irrational I know, but I feel that little something extra for these trainers. Erin: I plan on wearing this shoe to death. Get some already!
I hit Thomas ecstatic after I took them out for the first time last Thursday. What was supposed to be an easy run turned into a progression and my last mile was sub 6. Legs felt fresh. For a shoe that light to have a pop like that is special. Thomas is the Founder of Believe in the Run and has always been a gear junkie, and when he fell in love with running, he also found a passion for the gear that goes with it. He has been reviewing running shoes and gear through Believe in the Run since Stats: Shoe size: It seems like all three of these shoes are leading the lightweight, cushioned but bouncy category.
You have great taste in shoes! All three are stellar. Ride 7 is just a great feeling shoe, reminds me of the Hoka Clifton, The Kinvara 9 is so light in the turnover, both shoes feel firmer than the Epic React underfoot. Looks, Nike has them all beat. In this case, I think Skechers Ride 7 looks better than Kinvara.
For performance, I would choose in this order Nike, Saucony, then Ride. If I was going on a budget only, Skechers would be the first pick. It has an outsole similar to the Kinvara and other shoes. Those shoes deliver results for people year after year, so I would expect the Epic React to do the same.
Love your reviews. I run in the Saucony Freedoms iso and the Saucony Truimph iso 3 and wondering how it compares with them also. I like to add another shoe into the mix. I like a comfortable shoe that is not to firm on the landings as sometimes I find the freedoms a little to firm and would love a touch more cushion. I love the saucony triumph iso 3 cushion but it would be nice to be a touch lighter. I did buy recently an ultarboost uncaged and love its comfort but it lacks a little in the support department and a touch soft for faster runs.
Thanks in advance. Cheers Steve. Ride 7? The Ride is more similar to a Clifton. I ran before with Hoka, especially Clifton 2 and 3. I no longer tolerate the rigidity of the sole and the rocker. I feel that it is the shoe that imposes my way of running. I had a calf injury during a recovery race with Clifton 3. I do not use them anymore. I tried the Epic React in a store and I found them absolutely comfortable and very flexible.
I do not run, but, I do walk 6 to 10 miles a day. Sorry one more question, How does it compare with the new Nike Vomero 13?. Is it as cushioned and as comfortable. Is the React a more responsive shoe?? Thanks, How did Erin go in the race scenario with the Nike Epic react. It would great to hear her thoughts how it goes in that context, thanks.
Hi Steve! The Reacts felt great, although not quite responsive enough for a short race at hard effort. My legs felt great afterwards though. Sounds like a really nice shoe! Would you use it for marathon, shorter races, treshold, intervals?
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