Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Competition
Price
$130
Weight
M: 215g | W: 181g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Heel height
M: 24mm | W: 24mm
Forefoot height
M: 16mm | W: 16mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 5.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Free RN Flyknit has a very breathable upper coverage, based on some reviews.

  • A number of runners mentioned that the cushioning is just right.

  • The outsole provides reliable traction while enhancing flexibility.

  • Many runners applauded the design of the shoe.

  • It is lightweight.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Many runners mentioned that they experienced discomfort because of the narrow heel.

  • Some users were not happy with the shoe’s durability because the upper material wears out quickly.

  • The shoe is too narrow for some runners.

Bottom line

The Free RN Flyknit comes with a new midsole pattern that is designed to deliver flexibility for a more responsive ride. This shoe is best for daily training and short distance road running.



World wide, Free RN Flyknit is in the top 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Nike, is the 1st most popular.

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Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 117 ratings

5 star
73%
4 star
15%
3 star
3%
2 star
5%
1 star
4%

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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81 / 100 based on 20 expert reviews

  • 87
    Brandon WoodLevel 5 expert
    by Gearist
    Nike has done a good job here and keeping this off your feet  when you’re not running is probably going to be the hardest part of putting this shoe in your closet.
  • 85
    Murad MeraliLevel 1 expert
    by Murad Merali
    These provides everything in one shoe.
  • 80
    Ruggero LodaLevel 5 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    The Free RN Flyknit is the successor of the Nike Free 4.0 - a shoe that is slightly more constructed than the Motion version
  • 75
    Ethan NewberryLevel 5 expert
    by TheGingerRunner
    Staying in the shoe proves difficult no matter how tight you lace this shoe down, even with the Flywire.
  • 90
    Fix My WalkLevel 3 expert
    by Fix My Walk
    The shoe is lightweight, solid and incredibly durable. 
  • 82
    Wear TestersLevel 3 expert
    by Wear Testers
    The Free Run sole is just as flexible as previous usages of the technology, although the foam content is softer for a more cushioned ride
  • 80
    Tim HuebschLevel 3 expert
    by Running Magazine
    The Free Rn Flyknit is in line with what Nike Free’s have looked like in the past but with the added Flyknit technology on the upper and unique cushioning on the sole.
  • 74
    Joel MorrisLevel 3 expert
    by The Fitness Bruh
    However, even with tabbed socks, the heel rub was very apparent. 
  • 84
    JeffLevel 2 expert
    by Riz Knows
    They have more cushion, springier sole which is really good for the average runner going for 3 to 5 miles of running.
  • 87
    Bianca CheahLevel 1 expert
    by Bianca Cheah
    I must say these babies are quite the running shoe and Nike have outdone themselves once again in shoe functionality.
  • 85
    Ben IsaacsLevel 1 expert
    by Coach Mag
    It’s as comfortable as anything you’ll wear on your feet this year – it’s just that good.
  • 83
    StikkarLevel 1 expert
    by Stikkar
    The Nike Free RN Flyknit Men's Running Shoe brings you miles of natural comfort with an exceptionally flexible outsole for the ultimate natural ride. 
  • 83
    Jema NgLevel 1 expert
    by Pinoy Fitness
    Nike Free RN Flyknit’s so light, it was almost as if I wasn’t wearing anything! 
  • 82
    Marty WeissLevel 1 expert
    by Marty Weiss
    They just fit your foot really, really nice.
  • 81
    Chase KellerLevel 1 expert
    by Chase Keller
    They are just really, really comfortable.
  • 80
    DeFY New YorkLevel 1 expert
    by DeFY New York
    If you are looking for a Nike shoe, this should definitely be on the radar.
  • 80
    Shoe Game StatusLevel 1 expert
    by Shoe Game Status
    Has a very soft and comfortable feel to it.
  • 78
    Cai Mei KhooLevel 1 expert
    by Buro 247
    While the latter is great for those looking for a natural ride, I personally prefer the more cushioned ride that the Lunarepics offer.
  • 77
    RidgeLevel 1 expert
    by Ridge 4 President
    They look really, really nice.
  • 70
    ShawneLevel 1 expert
    by Reshawne Bowers
    Very comfortable, flexible, but not a lot of support.
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  • Another Pair
    Nike says that the Nike Free RN Flyknit features a revolutionary new midsole pattern that expands multi-directionally so you can move more dynamically and naturally than ever before.
  • Isaiah Mitchell Isaiah Mitchell
    These are outstanding and come in different colors.
  • JetonVlogs
    They are super flexible and super comfortable.
  • iAM Pwalk
    Wow! These are really nice.
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Updates to Free RN Flyknit

The major update of the Nike Free RN Flyknit is in its midsole. It is redesigned to enhance flexibility. It utilizes the IU002 carrier system that provides a soft cushioning while enhancing flexibility.

It also features the Auxetic Tri-Star outsole that is designed to give added traction and flexibility in each step. With this outsole, the foot moves more naturally and comfortably.

Free RN Flyknit size and fit

The Nike Free RN Flyknit is ½ size larger than the standard running shoe size. It is narrow in the heel and has low volume in the midfoot. This shoe is available in standard D and B widths for men’s and women’s version. This shoe accommodates comfortably those with narrow to medium-size foot measurements.

Outsole

The outsole of the Nike Free RN Flyknit is made up of durable rubber material that gives reliable traction while running on the road. Along with this is the Auxetic Tri-Star geometry that delivers maximum flexibility in each step.

Midsole

The midsole utilizes the IU002 carrier system that is engineered to provide a soft cushioning and responsive ride. This works perfectly with the fused lunar that gives added cushioning for protection and comfort.

Upper

The Nike Free RN Flyknit features a single-seam Flyknit upper that provides a sock-like feel while giving maximum breathability. The Dyanamic Flywire cables are woven into the upper to provide necessary support in every step.


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