39 users: 4.6 / 5
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 8.4oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 8mm
Arch support: Neutral

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  • The Nike Free RN 2018 DNA is a running shoe that’s made for those who have neutral pronation. It makes use of form-fitting materials that accommodate the natural motion of the foot as it goes through the gait cycle. The bendable build makes this product easy to store when traveling or saving space in a small storage box.
  • The midsole unit is comprised of co-molded compounds that ensure comfort and wear-resistance. A reactive yet sturdy top layer provides underfoot support while a flexible, ground-contact base heightens surface control.

This special version of the Nike Free RN 2018  is true to size. Runners can get a pair using their preferred sizing expectations. When it comes to width, the sole option is D – Medium. This shoe was crafted using measurements that are specifically for men.

The Nike Free RN 2018 DNA features a ground-contact foam. The outsole doesn’t have rubber layers or nodes to shave off weight. Instead, textured sections are the ones responsible for doling out traction over the surfaces.

The Auxetic design is comprised of sipes and three-pointed holes that pockmark the surface of the outsole. These visual trappings are meant to reduce the weight of the platform and encourage flexibility.

The heel part is rounded to accommodate the natural rolling motion of the foot as it goes from the striking phase to the toe-off.

A semi-firm compound is co-molded with the ground-contact foam to make a supportive yet ultimately lightweight and flexible full-length platform. Such a configuration allows the Free RN 2018 DNA to provide a steady underfoot experience without sacrificing natural motion.

The majority of the upper unit is made up of a lightweight mesh that has small holes for ventilation. This material offers a form-fitting wrap that doesn’t restrict movement.

The heel part features a wraparound spandex strap that goes through a traditional padded collar. This arrangement has the goal of holding the heel in place and preventing it from exiting the shoe involuntarily.

A mix of stitched and printed reinforcements help in bolstering the structural integrity of the upper unit. These elements also keep the foot secure inside the interior chamber.

Flat laces go through Flywire cables, adjusting the fit in an all-encompassing manner.

The instep, the lateral side, and the back have reflective material on them. Such add-ons are meant to make the shoe more visible in low-light conditions. It’s a safety measure that ensures visibility during nighttime running sessions.

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How Free RN 2018 DNA compares

This shoe: 83
All shoes average: 86
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This shoe: $110
All shoes average: $119
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This shoe: 8.4oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 16.2oz
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.