Summary

We spent 8.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Many were impressed by Nike Free RN Flyknit’s breathable upper coverage.
  • A number of runners mentioned that the cushioning is just right.
  • The outsole provides reliable traction while enhancing flexibility.
  • Many runners applauded the design of the shoe.
  • A significant number of runners said that the shoe is comfortable.
  • The shoe is available in different color options.
  • It is lightweight.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of runners mentioned that they experienced blisters around the heel area.
  • Some users were disappointed with the shoe’s durability. The upper material wore out quickly after a few use.
  • Some runners found the shoe to be too narrow for their preferences.

Bottom line

A neutral shoe designed for road running, the Free RN Flyknit offers flexibility and responsiveness. Some users were impressed by the shoe's breathability, traction and comfort while others have issues with its durability and narrow fit. Overall, the shoe is still a reliable partner for daily training and short distance road running.

Facts

Update: Nike Free RN Flyknit 3.0
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 7.6oz | Women: 6.4oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 24mm | Women: 24mm
Forefoot height: Men: 16mm | Women: 16mm
Brand: Nike
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $130
Colorways: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Multi, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White
Size
Small True to size Large
See more facts

Rankings

Among the better Road running shoes
A top rated Nike running shoe
A popular pick

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

Are you an expert? Apply to contribute here.

82 / 100 based on 16 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 | Gearist | | Level 5 expert

    Nike has done a good job here and keeping this off your feet  when you’re not running is probably going to be the hardest part of putting this shoe in your closet.

  • 75 / 100 | The Ginger Runner | | Level 5 expert

    Staying in the shoe proves difficult no matter how tight you lace this shoe down, even with the Flywire.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

    The Free RN Flyknit is the successor of the Nike Free 4.0 - a shoe that is slightly more constructed than the Motion version

  • 90 / 100 | Fix My Walk | Level 3 expert

    The shoe is lightweight, solid and incredibly durable. 

  • 84 / 100 | RIZKNOWS | | Level 3 expert

    They have more cushion, springier sole which is really good for the average runner going for 3 to 5 miles of running.

  • 82 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 3 expert

    The Free Run sole is just as flexible as previous usages of the technology, although the foam content is softer for a more cushioned ride

Become an expert

  • The major update of the Nike Free RN Flyknit is in its midsole. It is redesigned to enhance flexibility. It utilizes the IU002 carrier system that provides a soft cushioning while enhancing flexibility.
  • It also features the Auxetic Tri-Star outsole that is designed to give added traction and flexibility in each step. With this outsole, the foot moves more naturally and comfortably.

The Nike Free RN Flyknit is ½ size larger than the standard running shoe size. It is narrow in the heel and has low volume in the midfoot. This shoe is available in standard D and B widths for men’s and women’s version. This shoe accommodates comfortably those with narrow to medium-size foot measurements.


The outsole of the Nike Free RN Flyknit is made up of durable rubber material that gives reliable traction while running on the road. Along with this is the Auxetic Tri-Star geometry that delivers maximum flexibility in each step.


The midsole utilizes the IU002 carrier system that is engineered to provide a soft cushioning and responsive ride. This works perfectly with the fused lunar that gives added cushioning for protection and comfort. This midsole configuration is also utilized in the Nike Free RN Flyknit 2018.


The Nike Free RN Flyknit features a single-seam Flyknit upper that provides a sock-like feel while giving maximum breathability. The Dyanamic Flywire cables are woven into the upper to provide necessary support in every step.

Comparison

Author
https://cdn.runrepeat.com/wp-content/uploads/jens-jakob-andersen.jpg
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.

jens@runrepeat.com