Summary

We spent 9.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Many people considered the Nike Free RN 2018 to be a comfortable running shoe for their daily activities.
  • Numerous purchasers lauded the lightweight nature of this running companion.
  • A lot of reviewers welcomed the light and breathable upper unit.
  • The heel section of the upper firmly secured the foot in place, according to some testers.
  • The sizing scheme followed expectations, most people reported.
  • A handful of people liked the various color schemes that were available for this model.
  • Several runners stated that the forefoot section was broad enough to accommodate the natural spreading of the toes.
  • The Nike Free RN 2018 didn’t look awkwardly bulky or fat, according to one user.
  • According to several users, the silhouette looked fashionable enough to be used for casual walks and regular non-strenuous activities.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Traction wasn’t very efficient on wet surfaces, some people noted.
  • Small stones tended to get stuck in the grooves of the outsole, most consumers complained.
  • Part of the collar came up too high, according to a tester. He commented that it rubbed against the skin of his ankle uncomfortably.
  • A purchaser felt some shin pains while running in a pair of the Free RN 2018.

Bottom line

Many people were appreciative of the Nike Free RN 2018. This neutral road shoe received praise for its appealing looks, various colorways, its secure upper, and its lightweight disposition. Conversely, some weren’t too keen on its wet-surface traction while others complained of stones getting stuck between the flex grooves. Suffice it to say that most of the shoe-enthusiasts who have tried the year 2018 iteration of the Free RN were happy with its performance and construction.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A top rated Nike running shoe
Top 2% most popular running shoes
It has never been more popular than this August
Better rated than the previous version Nike Free RN 2017

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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