|Weight:||Men: 8.2oz | Women: 6.5oz|
|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 7mm | Women: 7mm|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Strike Pattern:||Midfoot strike|
|Release date:||Oct 2016|
|Width:||Men: Normal | Women: Normal|
- Compared to the regular model of the Flex 2016 RN, the Shield version carries a water-resistant upper. The added weather protection makes this a model that can handle slight rains or when the roads are wet. This is also the first time Nike incorporates the Shield technology in this series.
- When contrasted with the past model, although, it was the standard model, the Nike Flex 2016 RN Shield has significantly lesser overlays. In fact, the upper of this shoe is as minimal as it can get. It makes this model lighter and with a more accommodating and flexible upper.
- Nike brings two technologies in this version as well. There is the Flywire technology, which provides most of the locked down feel and security. Without those large overlays, the Flywire cords hold the foot down.
- In the outsole, the innovative Tri-Star design brings a lot of freedom of movement and flexibility to the equation. Nike also uses a sticky rubber in the outsole for improved traction, particularly as this model is designed for running in wet conditions.
The fit of the Nike Flex 2016 RN Shield hugs the foot like a glove. It has adequate hold in the midfoot because of the Flywire cables. There is sufficient grip on the heel while the forefoot has room enough that it does not cramp the toes. It runs a bit smaller than standard sizing.
Nike’s Tri-Star design is used for the first time in this series. It gives the shoe superior flexibility and aids in the natural movement of the runner. There is a durable carbon rubber found in the heel the forefoot and other areas prone to wear and tear.
An injection molded Phylon midsole runs the length of the shoe. This midsole foam is noted for its lightweight cushioning while the full-length structure helps with the movement from landing to take-off.
The minimalist upper of the Nike Flex 2016 RN Shield is covered by a breathable mesh with water-repellent coating. Nike’s signature Flywire cables are connected to the midsole and hold the foot in security. There is a plush internal cleatie for more comfort and better fit. A removable insole adds a little cushioning.