Facts

  • Terrain
    Terrain

    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.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

  • Use
    Use

    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.

  • Price
    Price
    $150
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 8.4oz
    Women: 6.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    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.

  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Feb 2018
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Summary

We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Epic React Flyknit was a comfortable shoe right out of the box, several users exclaimed. Other runners expressed how comfortable the shoe is: some compared it to running on pillows and clouds, while another voiced comfort even on the knees.
  • The outsole was surprisingly durable, wrote a commenter.
  • The lightweight disposition helped increase running speed, a couple of reviewers observed.
  • A lot of wearers said that the Epic React Flyknit was a good-looking shoe.
  • Some runners were pleased with how responsive the midsole was.
  • One tester liked that the Flyknit upper was snug and structured.
  • There was just the right amount of cushioning: not too soft and not too firm, explained a reviewer.
  • The shoe allowed natural movement, even during fast-paced activities, commended a buyer.
  • The Epic React Flyknit was an excellent shoe for up-tempo days and speedy runs, a reviewer claimed.

8 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe had a narrow fit, according to a couple of purchasers.
  • Several customers experienced a weird popping noise from the shoe that was quite bothersome.
  • Not much support for midfoot strikers, a disappointed user stated.
  • Although lightweight, the shoe’s structure made it look bulky, a reviewer thought.
  • Some users disliked that the shoe required a break-in period.
  • A bit tight around the forefoot, according to numerous customers.
  • The Epic React Flyknit did not have a lot of grip on indoor surfaces, said a runner.
  • The heel counter was too rigid, especially during the first few wears, a wearer mentioned.

Bottom line

The Nike Epic React Flyknit seemed to be a successful release, but not quite. Although many runners praised the shoe’s comfort level, durability, and weight, there were some who were dissatisfied with the fit and support. In terms of performance, the shoe received both raves and rants. Thus, it could be said that the Epic React Flyknit is an average running shoe; not perfect, but worth a try and worth the investment.

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88 / 100 based on 44 expert reviews