Who should buy the Nike Epic Phantom React Flyknit

  • For competitive road runners (with neutral pronation) who want a lightweight and comfortable shoe for speed training, long distance runs and marathon races.
  • For shoe enthusiasts and athletes who are looking for a sporty yet minimalistic running shoe for workouts, jogging and various sports activities.

Nike Epic Phantom React Flyknit logo

Delivers flexibility and smooth ride

Taking part in the minimal construction of the shoe is the outsole of the Nike Epic Phantom React Flyknit. It comes in the form of two rubber pods located in the heel and forefoot areas.

Nike Epic Phantom React Flyknit two rubber pads

These elements provide the necessary traction that improves the quality of each stride. The rest of the outsole is an exposed portion of the React foam in the midsole. With such a design, the shoe is flexible and the ride is smooth while retaining ample cushioning.

Epic Phantom React Flyknit offers durable cushioning

The little outsole material also contributes to the lightness of the shoe. The same outsole construction is also present in the Nike Air Zoom Structure 22, a stability shoe for the road.

Nike Epic Phantom React Flyknit durable cushion

The React foam in the midsole of the Epic Phantom React Flyknit is created to be the most durable cushioning material yet from the brand.

Ensures a consistent ride

The foam reacts accordingly with each step during the run by bouncing back to its original state, thus ensuring a consistent ride.

Nike Epic Phantom React Flyknit foam

The React foam’s durability also promotes long-distance running because the sturdiness guarantees it will last longer than other midsole materials.

Offers support and structure

A fluid geometry pattern is also present in the midsole. This feature lets the midsole construction to extend to the upper, thus distributing it equally across the shoe. The result is an even lighter structure that helps in maximizing the running performance.

Nike Epic Phantom React Flyknit midsole

The Flyknit element of the Nike Epic Phantom React Flyknit is made from high-strength fibers that, when woven into the upper, offers support and structure on targeted areas.

Snug and contoured fit

The material is also stretchable, which ensures a snug and contoured fit. In addition, the Flyknit is engineered to be sock-like for comfort, yet durable enough for running.

Nike Epic Phantom React Flyknit stretchable

In the forefoot of the upper is an open-knit portion that gives the shoe flexibility and allows more mobility.

Nike Epic Phantom React Flyknit provides stability

At the heel area is a piece of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) that aids in foot stability for a smooth heel-to-toe transition.

Nike Epic Phantom React Flyknit pull tabs

There are pull-tabs positioned in the heel and tongue of the shoe that permit a convenient way of wearing the shoe.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 8.7oz
Arch support: Neutral
Collection: Nike Epic, Nike Epic Phantom React
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Walking, All-day wear / Jogging

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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.