The Nike SB Bruin React: Retooled classic silhouette

The Nike SB Bruin silhouette history can be traced back to the 70s when it was initially designed for the hardcourts. In the 2000s, the brand retooled the Bruin with a suede upper and vulcanized cupsole to fit the Thrasher’s world. Nike then introduced the Nike SB Bruin React, which was molded from Nike SB Zoom Bruin.

Nike SB Bruin React vs Nike SB Zoom Bruin

While these sneakers look almost similar, Nike revamped a few details to make them distinct:

  • Upper. While the Nike SB Zoom Bruin is dressed with a full suede upper, the React version of Nike SB Bruin is covered with ripstop nylon on the midfoot and suede/leather on the forefoot. 
  • Swoosh. The sizes of the swoosh used in these kicks create a plain view difference. The Zoom-soled Bruin has a small Swoosh, while the React-soled Bruin has an enlarged size that overflows to the midsole. 
  • Midsole. The Nike SB Zoom Bruin is tooled with the Zoom midsole, while the Nike SB Bruin React has the springy React cushioning.

React vs Zoom Air: What makes these technologies different?

These modern technologies provide springy cushioning and a comfortable ride to their wearers and only differ in the material used. The Nike Zoom uses pressurized air and fiber that snaps back during impact. Meanwhile, the Nike React uses a single-piece foam cushioning that springs back quickly to its original form when it has undergone pressure.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Nike Sb, Nike Sb Bruin, Nike React
Closure: Laces
Material: Suede, Rubber Sole, Cup Sole, EVA, Nylon / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.