Updates to Nike Odyssey React

  • The Nike Odyssey React is a road shoe that’s designed for the neutral runner but is optimized for those who need a bit of heel stability. The heel part of the midsole makes use of a TPU clip that provides inherent underfoot steadiness. The premium React foam offers extreme shock absorption and a springy toe-off.
  • The jacquard mesh is a cloth-like fabric that has a circular-knit pattern. It offers lightweight breathability and form-fitting coverage. A neoprene sleeve and tongue smoothly hug the foot, giving an irritation-free wrap.
  • A rubber compound covers the vital sections of the outsole. But there is more of it on the middle portion. Wear and tear was a concern that people had with the Epic React, which is the direct counterpart of the Odyssey React because it doesn’t feature a lot of rubber. This new product aims to remedy that concern.


A rubber compound covers the outsole unit of the Nike Odyssey React. This material’s purpose is to deliver traction and to shield the rest of the platform from wear and tear. It’s strategically placed to cover the critical areas that need more protection.

Zigzag grooves help in gripping the surfaces more securely. They also allow the sole unit to bend in conjunction with the inherent flexibility of the wearer’s foot as it goes through the gait cycle.


This running shoe makes use of the Nike React cushioning compound. This full-length foam was designed to offer soft underfoot support, a springy response, and copious amounts of shock absorption. This React midsole technology is also present in the Nike Epic React Flyknit 2.

The platform as a wavelike curve that aims to sustain the midfoot part which isn’t usually given any cushioning.

An injected thermoplastic polyurethane clip strengthens the midsole’s back portion. It also steadies the foot of the wearer, preventing it from buckling or wobbling as it takes each step.

A sock liner is placed right above the main cushioning system. Its purpose is to add a bit more cushioning for the underfoot. It can be replaced or removed entirely, depending on the desires of the wearer.


Jacquard mesh makes up the exterior portion of the Nike Odyssey React’s upper unit. It accommodates the natural shape of the foot and conforms to it. It also adheres to the natural bending capacity of the toe joints. Breathing holes allow environmental air to enter the foot-chamber, thus maintaining a cool and dry interior.

A neoprene sleeve-and-tongue configuration permits the foot to enter the shoe smoothly and quickly. The soft and slick build staves off hot spots and potential for skin irritation. Moreover, it doesn’t limit the breathability of the upper; instead, it encourages it even more.

A traditional lacing system manipulates the façade by causing them to tighten or loosen in conjunction with the runner’s fit preferences. Discreet eyelets don’t add weight, and they retain the smooth look of the silhouette.

Thin overlays made of synthetic material are fused to the instep and sides of this running shoe. These add-ons reinforce the structure of the façade while also assisting the lacing system in delivering a snug and secure fit.

A heel shelf holds the foot in place and prevents it from exiting the foot-chamber involuntarily. The padding on the collar also bolsters this feature.

A pull tab is added to the back part of the collar. This loop helps the runner when it comes to wearing or removing the Odyssey React.

A reflective 3M strip is plastered onto the heel part. Its purpose is to make the runner more visible in low-light conditions.


How Nike Odyssey React ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 30% road running shoes
All road running shoes
Top 25% Nike running shoes
All Nike running shoes
Top 27% neutral running shoes
All neutral running shoes


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