Verdict from 2 experts and +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • A handful of runners gave a thumb’s up to the Flex Experience RN 6’s comfort.
  • It is quite light and lighter than the past model.
  • The price tag is very affordable.
  • More than a few mentioned that they can easily double as casual shoes.
  • Some runners have received compliments regarding the shoe’s looks.
  • The open mesh guarantees excellent breathability.
  • It is very flexible.
  • The traction is surprisingly very good, even on wet pavements.
  • There are wide options.
  • Nike offers multiple color options for the 6th version of the Flex Experience RN.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few buyers were disappointed by the stiff cushioning.
  • It is a little too narrow, according to a handful of reviewers.
  • A couple of others were disappointed by the sound it makes when walking on wooded floor.

Bottom line

The Nike Flex Experience RN 6 is more of an “athleisure” shoe than a true-blue running outfit. It does have its merits as a moderate clip shoe for entry level runners. It is light, a little more responsive, and looks good on the road. The unbeatable price range makes it a worthy addition to a rotation or a casual shoe.

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Good to know

  • Nike barely touches the 6th iteration of the Flex Experience that one can hardly spot any difference between this shoe and its predecessor. A subtle change is made in the mesh as it is now a bit denser in the forefoot for a little more structure.
  • The denser mesh continues towards the midfoot and heel where it is even more closely woven for added security and locked down feel.
  • The ankle collar and tongue have a hair less padding, which helped with the weight reduction of this instalment.
  • Nike uses a slightly flatter hexagonal design in the outsole for a bit more stability.

The fit of the Nike Flex Experience RN 6 is basically the same as the previous version. As mentioned, Nike gave it more support and security by using a denser and closely knitted woven mesh. There is just adequate space in the forefoot while the midfoot and heel offer sufficient hold and security. The new upper also creates a better foot-hugging fit for more comfort. It runs fairly true to size.

The outsole of the Flex Experience RN 6 is essentially an extension of the injection molded midsole. To keep it from prematurely deteriorating, Nike added harder carbon rubber in the heel and the tip of the forefoot. The hexagonal lugs are designed for a smooth, flexible, and natural ride. The hexagon pattern is also present in the Flex Experience RN 7.

The super simple midsole is injection molded and is a single piece of EVA for the usual amount of cushioning and durability. As it runs the length of the midsole, it aids with the smoothness of the transition from landing to take off.

Nike’s offering in the upper of the Flex Experience 6 is superbly minimalist. It is a seamless construction starting with a two-piece mesh that is really very breathable with just enough density for support. It is lightly padded in the tongue and collar while the whole interior is lined with plush fabric for comfort. A foamed insole adds a little more cushioning. Nike uses traditional laces in keeping the fit secured.

How Flex Experience RN 6 compares

This shoe: 83
All shoes average: 82
56 95
This shoe: £60
All shoes average: £110
£40 £280
This shoe: 255g
All shoes average: 269g
79g 437g
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.