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  • 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

    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

    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
    $150
  • Weight
    Men: 7.9oz
    Women: 6.3oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 16mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    May 2016
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Summary

We spent 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The sock-like fit of the upper and the plush interior make the ride very comfortable in the Free RN Motion.
  • The durability is exceptionally good, based on several comments.
  • It is very light.
  • The flexibility is incredibly designed for more natural running, noted some testers.
  • It has plusher cushioning than other Free versions.
  • The breathable coverage ensures a cool and dry run.
  • A few testers liked the quick transitions.
  • The traction is versatile where terrain goes, even in wet conditions, based on a good number of observations.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of runners felt the Free RN Motion is a little expensive.
  • Some said that the upper could have used a little more structure.

Bottom line

The Free RN Motion takes the natural running principle in the Free to another level in the form of a new midsole/outsole design. It is light, very flexible, and offers tons of comfort. The shoe is built to last for speed training or ultra-long runs.

Rankings

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.

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85 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 | Eric Kim Photography

     It fits like a sock, is uber-flexible, and breathable for your long sessions on the streets.

  • 80 / 100 | One Up Reviewz

    Great for gym and running. A great workout shoe.

  • 86 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru

    The auxetic construction in the Motion Flyknit is the most prominent, providing the most natural run that the FREE lineup has offered to date.

  • 90 / 100 | 9 Run

    The prettiest thing about the whole shoe also happens to be the most effective: its sole.

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Updates to Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit

  • Nike comes up with an innovative and revolutionary design in the outsole that take free running to an even better level. It calls the new technology as having “auxetic properties” that allow the shoe to move laterally and medially with the foot. This is a technology that delivers custom-like support and structure to every part of the shoe.
  • Another new technology in the offing is a new midsole foam set up. The two layers of foam are molded together to give responsive cushioning with an element of on-demand stability.
  • The upper also features a new 3D Flyknit that hugs the skin with every stride and a Strobel that affords added cushioning and comfort without taking away ground feedback and the natural running principle of the Free RN Motion.

Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit size and fit

The fit of the Nike Free RN Motion from the heel to the forefoot is quite snug in a comfortable way. There is almost a sock-like feel that is in no way constricting. Runners can enjoy enough space in the forefoot for the toes to splay. Medium is the available width of the shoe. Sizes are accurate in options 6 to 17 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

The outsole looks ordinary in its siped configuration, which is known to add excellent flexibility. However, Nike uses an innovative geometric pattern to give the outsole almost a natural flexible movement that works in conjunction with every stretch of the foot through the gait cycle. It creates a new process that even the outsole really moves like a second skin.


Midsole

The midsole is a mix of the responsive Lunar foam that is enveloped in an IU foam. Nike shapes the new midsole to form a wall, which is also elevated on the medial side. It creates a guide that only produces a corrective measure that is evident only when the runner excessively rolls inward after landing. There is stability for neutral runners as well, particularly those whose form suffers after long hours on the road. The new design works with the 8mm offset for a more effective and smoother heel to toe transition.


Upper

A 3D Flyknit upper covers almost the entire shoe that it feels like a sock with a midsole and an outsole. Nike’s natural running principle behind the Free line is substantially displayed in this Flyknit. The heel is quite pliable and completes the second-skin feel of the Free RN Motion. Traditional laces keep the fit secure all through the run.