We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Super comfortable is a common refrain coming from a large number of runners.
  • The price of the Dual Fusion Run 2 is more than reasonable.
  • It is slightly lighter than the previous model.
  • It is flexible.
  • There are 3 different color combos.
  • The cushioning is just firm enough for responsiveness, according to some runners.
  • A breathable open mesh coverage guarantees a cool run.
  • It has striking good locks, based on several comments.
  • It is used by many for gym workouts because of the very good arch support.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A handful noted that the 2nd version of the Dual Fusion Run lacks durability.
  • Traction isn’t as good when taken for a ride in wet areas, observed a few.

Bottom line

The Nike Dual Fusion Run 2 is a lightweight trainer that can also do fast tempo runs or high-mileage running. There is really good support from the upper and in the arch to sustain the comfort from the first stride to the last. It mixes solid performance with really nice looks.


  • Several changes are unveiled by Nike in the Dual Fusion Run 2. One very obvious change in the upper is the presence of a network of substantial overlays that they nearly form a separate midfoot panel. It more than helps with support, structure, and provides excellent midfoot hold.
  • A new loop that is connected to the midsole and the laces is now added between the eyelets. This is a proven method of increasing the midfoot hold and getting a more personalized fit.
  • Nike introduces a new open mesh in the new model. The open mesh spells a more breathable run, even in humid conditions.

Nike changes the fit of the Dual Fusion Run 2 courtesy of the new midfoot strap and the substantial seamless overlays. The fit in the heel holds the rear very well while the forefoot offers sufficient wiggle room for the toes. There is a much better fit in the midfoot because of the upper changes. Medium is the available width of the shoe. The shoe length is standard in this shoe.

The classic Nike Waffle outsole is utilized in this shoe with durable carbon rubber covering the heel section. For better traction, blown rubber blankets the forefoot. There are also several flex grooves to give flexibility to the shoe. A segmented crash pad helps with cushioning and shock-absorbing capabilities of the Dual Fusion Run 2.

Nike’s ever-reliable Phylon foam covers the entire midsole for lightweight responsiveness. It is made of EVA foam pellets that are compressed. It is because of this foam that there is a hint of softness in the run. The Phylon material is also used in the Nike Downshifter 7, Nike Dual Fusion Run 3 and other Nike running shoes for road running.

An open mesh makes certain that the foot is ultra-ventilated. The midfoot is secured by very substantial overlays that have huge cut outs. The cut outs guarantee that air flow remains to be optimal. For that comfortable feel, the ankle collar and tongue are well-padded and covered with plush material. An internal heel stiffener provides structure and stability in the heel.

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.