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430 users: 4.6 / 5
5 experts: 81 / 100
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 7.8oz / Women 7.8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 4mm / Women 4mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 9.1 hours of research from the internet

7 reasons to buy

  • The minimal mesh upper provides as much flexibility and ventilation for the runner as possible.
  • Many testers appreciated the inclusion of the Flywire cables on the lateral and medial sides for an enhanced fit.
  • This running shoe has a budget-friendly price.
  • The many color options for this version made it more appealing to many runners.
  • The Flex Fury 2 is lighter in weight than the previous version.
  • The Nike Flex outsole encourages natural flexibility for the foot, which was enjoyed by reviewers.
  • The cushioning system remained great in quality for many runners.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The midfoot section pinched and hurt the foot of some testers.
  • Some reviewers didn’t like the lack of padding on the tongue as it scraped on their skin if they didn’t wear any socks.

Bottom line

The Flex Fury 2 from Nike is the next version of an up-and-coming series that has garnered much praise. Now, it features some of the technologies that have made most Nike shoes more efficient and formidable on the market. It’s a great running partner for daily training and casual walks.

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85
/100 by Matthew Liu, posted on .

The Nike Flex Fury 2 is a neutral running shoe that has a weight of 7.8 ounces and has a 5mm heel to toe drop.

The Look

The Flex Fury 2 looks pretty good. It looks good enough to use for casual wear and function as a running shoe too! All of the colorways feature a white midsole which I love.

 

Technology

  • Dual density foam – The outsole and the midsole have different varying pressure-mapped areas that provide more give when you need more cushioning.
  • Flywire cables – Cables over the upper to provide a more secure fit.
  • One piece mesh upper – A seamless single piece to provide a comfortable seamless upper.

Comfort & Fit

The comfort of these shoes are very good; I would say they are more comfortable than the previous model.

The shoes felt snug and comfortable while using it for workouts and casual walking. I didn’t notice any heel slipping or any issues while wearing these shoes.

 

 

The weight of the shoes is a full ounce lighter than the previous model and even though that’s not a lot, I for some reason could feel a major difference. The material just feels a lot lighter than the original version.

While using these, I had a real “ground feel” as in I felt like I could feel the texture of the road. It’s kind of hard to explain that but that’s the type of feeling I got from the shoe.

If you want to have a casual sneaker fit I would order a size up, but if you are going to use these as racers I would go for the regular size because you want a nice tight fit.

 

Durability

I used these shoe for workouts (speed work on track and road) and for casual wear. It doesn’t really have a lot of miles on them but the outsole is already peeling away from the midsole and a piece of the fly-wire snapped.

Some of the upper is damage but that’s because I got spiked in a race.

 

Performance

These shoes are meant for daily training but I really wouldn’t recommend using these shoes for that. It has good cushioning but not really enough for daily regular distance runs or long runs.

I tried doing that but I couldn’t really run without more cushioning and I really wasn’t that used to the minimalist feel from the 5mm drop. I got calf pain and shin splints while trying to train in these for a couple of months.

 

 

Where these shoes excel is for faster-paced workouts on the track and road. There’s good responsiveness when speeding up.

The 5mm drop makes your body naturally run on your forefoot which in turn makes you run more efficiently and faster. I never really noticed the dual-density cushioning but the cushioning is alright for shorter workouts and runs.

There are patterns in the grove of the outsole that make the shoes flexible kind of like the Nike free patterns.

Nike did a pretty good job on flexibility and that’s expected since flex is in the name. My feet were able to move freely and my feet never felt restricted.

One of the weaker points of a shoe is the traction. There isn’t a lot of grips and I couldn’t really use these for trails like the previous model.

 

 

I didn’t have that same feeling while running on the trails with these shoes. The traction on these shoes are good enough for the road and maybe on dry grass but forget it for wet surfaces. I wasn’t slipping like crazy but I also didn’t like the feeling of it either.

Pros

• Very light
• Looks good enough for casual wear
• Comfortable
• Responsive

Cons

• Not very durable
• Not enough conditioning for longer runs
• No extra eyelet for extra support

Final Thoughts

I would use the Nike Flex Fury 2 for shorter faster-paced efforts because of its responsiveness and lightweight nature.

I wouldn’t use these shoes for daily training or anything off-road. These shoes are a pretty good upgrade to the original but it comes with some tradeoffs. This model has better comfort and responsiveness but it doesn’t have the durability or traction.

Matthew Liu | Level 3 expert Verified
Hi, I’m Matt and I’ve been running for about 4 years doing track, cross country, and road races. I typically run about 50 miles a week in the summer and during the racing season, I cut down to 20 to 30 miles a week. The 800m is my favorite event and is the one you’ll see me racing the most but I also race the 1600m occasionally. During the cross country season, I’ll be doing 5ks on trails or roads. I’ve never ran a race longer than a 5k but my longest long run is 13.26 miles! I’ve put a countless amount of miles on my shoes and you can count on me to give a good review!

  • The upper unit of this affordable running shoe now features a minimal mesh material, which delivers flexible and comfortable coverage. It’s thin enough to encourage air to seamlessly flow in it while strong enough to withstand damage. It certainly looks more intact and sturdier than the fabric featured in the original Flex Fury, which had the tendency to slacken and lose structure after a few uses.
  • Instead of stitching on the sides to serve as overlays, the 2nd version of the Flex Fury now utilizes the Flywire technology. These exposed cables on the sides react to the loosening or tightening of the shoelaces, making the fit more customizable.
  • The weight of this update is 221 grams (7.8 oz), which is lighter than the previous version’s, which is 238 grams (8.4 oz). This shoe’s lesser weight lets the runner perform and not feel that their footwear is dragging them down with a heavy form.
  • The interior of this running shoe has a smooth fabric lining for a more comfortable wearing experience. It’s not irritating to the skin. The cushioned insole adds some more cushioning for the runner without sacrificing flexibility.

The Flex Fury 2 from Nike has a regular running shoe length. It was created to accommodate the runner who has a medium-sized heel, midfoot and forefoot areas. The semi-curved shape of the shoe lets the natural shape of the foot acclimate itself into it, offering a snug yet adequate fit.


The outsole unit features the Nike Flex technology. The surface of this section essentially has nodes that are meant to distribute pressure when landing the foot on the ground. The minimal design and grooves in between these nodes allow for natural flexibility for the foot.

Rubber can be found on the outsole unit, but it’s not as prominent as other outsole rubber units. It can provide traction and protection from wear, but it’s not the premium rubber outsole that’s prevalent in most shoes.


A Dual-density midsole delivers responsible cushioning and smoother transitions through the gait cycle. It’s a durable material that carries the foot well, while maintaining the level of flexibility that’s expected of the Flex Fury 2.

A cushioned insole adds a bit more underfoot comfort. It’s a helpful addition that makes the platform more agreeable and reactive to the cushioning needs of the runner.


The upper fabric featured in the Flex Fury 2 is certainly sturdier than the previous version’s. It’s soft, responsive to the movements of the foot, and breathable enough. It’s a comfortable material that’s made of high-quality mesh and textiles.

The Flywire cables are made of high-quality materials, so they’re not off to be easily damaged even when they’re exposed to the sides of the shoe. The cables themselves help in the tightening and loosening of the upper unit because they respond to the adjustments made to the shoelaces.

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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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