Our verdict

In the Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2, our feet just felt locked in place! And even after rough-wear testing, we found it pretty durable! It's loaded with lots of cushion that's not too soft nor too rigid, making it supportive and ideal for heavy runners. As a daily running shoe, it knows to play its role - it's not going to make you run fast, but it does offer a smooth, easy ride.

Pros

  • Exceptional flywire lacing
  • Soft & cushioned ride
  • Great for heavier runners
  • Incredible grip (road)
  • Very breathable
  • Padded heel collar
  • No heel slipping
  • True to size
  • Durable

Cons

  • Tongue rips apart
  • Lacks pop for tempo runs
  • Slippery on snow and ice

Audience verdict

85
Good!
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Who should buy Nike React Infinity Flyknit 2 

We recommend this shoe to runners who are looking for a great foot lockdown (just don’t pull that tongue hard!) and a durable daily trainer. Due to the amount of cushioning, it’s good for heavier and stronger runners. This shoe is made for easy and recovery runs only.

Who should NOT buy Nike React Infinity Flyknit 2 

We suggest looking away if you’re: 

  • Looking for a versatile daily trainer that can do it all, even speed work. In this case, look at Pegasus 40.  
  • Into light running shoes. Nike’s Pegasus Turbo might be up your alley then. 
  • On the budget. 

Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2 vs. Flyknit 1


What got better

  • Top-notch flywire lacing
  • Padded heel collar
  • More breathable
  • Tongue sawn in


What got worse

  • Heavier (0.9oz, 27g)


Exceptional breathability

This is THE improvement when compared to the Flyknit 1. The shoe's upper feels very breathable and we could even feel the wind whistling around the toes. No complaints here!

Transparency test on Nike Infinity React Flyknit 2

Almost a see-through upper during the transparency test (light inside). 

Lockdown doesn’t get better than this

Nothing but praise for the foot lockdown. It makes sense given that this iteration comes with 2 main improvements: 

  1. No heel slipping due to a padded heel collar and
  2. Improved midfoot lock due to flywire lace cables.

Padded heel collar on Nike Infinity React Flyknit 2

This really made us feel more confident when turning around corners.

Flywire cables on Nike Infinity React Flyknit 2

Caution: Tongue rips

This has been a known issue so far. While the Flyknit 2 offers an exceptional lockdown, when tying the laces don’t pull the tongue hard.

Tongue on Nike Infinity React Flyknit 2

It’s sawn into the shoe loosely and might tear apart. 

Flyknit 2 offers a soft and bouncy ride

Given that this is a daily trainer, it doesn’t offer the fastest feel through transition, but it does offer a smooth ride, a feeling of fluidity, and a soft squish underfoot. 

Most importantly, it’s not the mushy kind. 

Made for roads

The grip on the Flyknit 2 is perfect for regular road running.

However, it definitely did not work on snow and ice. Grass as well, but given it’s a road running shoe, it makes sense.

Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2 is too heavy

It’s not the heaviest shoe out there, but it is heavy given that it’s made for easy runs only. And when we tried picking up the pace, we surely felt the weight. 

For comparison, here is the weight of other daily trainers: 

If you prefer lighter running shoes, see our selection of the best lightweight running shoes.

Easy day category

The Nike Infinity Flyknit 2 is an excellent daily trainer that works for longer distances because of its “deep" cushioning. We found it to be perfect for longer and easier recovery runs.

Infinity Run Flyknit 2 is really durable

Based on how little wear we saw after run-testing the shoe for 30 miles, we can predict that it will last way beyond the usual 300-400 miles.

Outsole on Nike Infinity React Flyknit 2

Not for fast runs

There are daily trainers that can do it all, but the Flyknit 2 ain’t it.

Nike Infinity React Flyknit 2

The shoe's ride doesn't give a very exciting feel or pop. This shoe won’t be of help for racing or speedwork. 

Heel tab on Nike Infinity React Flyknit 2

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