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  • Terrain
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $150
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 8.3oz
    Women: 6.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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
    Heel height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 16mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Apr 2017
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Summary

We spent 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • A lot of buyers said that the shoe was great for their running activities.
  • Many users agreed that the Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit 2017 was a comfortable and great-looking shoe.
  • Many runners commented that the strap provided a more secure fit.
  • A good number of buyers loved the strap design of the shoe.
  • According to some runners, they felt like wearing a supportive and cushioned sock.
  • Many reviewers said that the Auxetic pattern of this shoe was really amazing.
  • Most of the testers commented that the Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit 2017 was form-fitting, durable and lightweight.
  • Users were happy because there were a variety of colors for them to choose from.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners said that they felt a little pain and swelling in their Achilles after using this shoe.
  • A couple of buyers mentioned that this shoe’s form-fitting design and not-too-wide toe-box made it less agreeable for runners who have wide feet.
  • According to some buyers, the material used in the heel was stiffer when compared to the previous models.
  • The grooves on the outsole easily collected small rocks, gravel, and mud, according to some reviewers.

Bottom line

Many runners agreed that the Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit 2017 was a lightweight, flexible and comfortable daily training shoe. Many users were happy because of the changes that were made from the previous versions. Although some runners were disappointed due to some perceived pain and discomfort when they wore the shoe, others still recommended it for any running activity.

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Expert Reviews

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88 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

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Updates to Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit 2017

  • The Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit 2017 is designed for long and short-distance training runs. It features the innovative and flexible Free Sole for a naturally flexible and responsive underfoot experience. This design basically provides the feeling of a minimalist shoe.
  • Because of the elimination of the traditional laces, the two-strap system acts as both the fit adjustment component and a visual element to the shoe. Its mid-sole unit has two foams that provide a good combination of support and comfort. The whole platform aims for a better and smoother ride.

Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit 2017 size and fit

When it comes to sizing, the Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit 2017 has a standard shoe length. This shoe is best for runners who prefer any type of long and short-distance running activities. Available widths are D – Medium for the men’s version and B – Medium for the women’s version.

Outsole

The outsole unit of the Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit 2017 has an Auxetic Tri-Star pattern. This design causes the entire platform to follow the runner’s movements in an attempt to deliver a smooth and natural underfoot experience.

Rubber is sparingly added to the heel and forefoot sections. The purpose of this material is to provide traction and to stave off wear and tear.

Midsole

The midsole of the Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit 2017 is made up of a Dual Density Fused Lunar Core. It is primarily where the foot relaxes. It essentially offers responsive cushioning to the foot of the wearer.

The ‘core’ foam unit is actually placed inside a carrier system. Called the IU002, it responsibly cradles the rest of the mid-sole and keeps it in its robust form. It’s strong, but it’s not stiff, so it still allows the runner to naturally flex the foot.

Upper

The upper is connected to a 4-Way Stretch Strobel. This allows the Auxetic pattern of the outsole to flex naturally with the runner’s foot.

The Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit 2017 has an Anatomical heel construction. It allows the base of the platform to go through the gait cycle in a smoother and more natural fashion.

This shoe also features a Flyknit Upper. This is an overlay-free, one-piece upper that results in a sock-like and seamless fit.

The Velcro Strap design offers an adaptive and customized fit. The need for laces is eliminated. The strap is used to ensure easy and pressure-free adjustments to the fit.

It has a Mid-cut collar that holds the lower portion of the leg like a sock would. The garter-like construction is meant to offer a more secure coverage.