Who should buy the Nike Flex Experience RN 8

The Nike Flex Experience RN 8 is a neutral running shoe that is meant for those who like a mix of performance-readiness and stylish capacities. This makes it comfortable for jogging and walking, as well as all-day wear.

Nike Flex Experience RN 8 Nike

Provides responsive cushioning

The facade of this update to a long-running series bears a similarity to its predecessor, the Flex Experience RN 7, save for the addition of extra printed overlays, a stitch-reinforced midfoot portion, and reflective strips on the sides.

Nike Flex Experience RN 8 responsive cushioning

A concave heel cup made of stretchy neoprene aims to hold the heel in place. Underfoot cushioning is the responsibility of a full-length foam that is made of an injection-molded compound. 

Flex Experience RN 8 offers flexibility

The durable construction of this piece has the goal of being both the unit of impact mitigation and abrasion protection (outsole).

Nike Flex Experience RN 8 offers flexibility

Rubber nodes cover the high-wear points, but the majority of the external pad is made of the base of the midsole. A concentration of hexagonal sipes and grooves allows the forefoot to accommodate the natural bending capacity of the toe joints.

Questionable durability of the upper section

The scant use of rubber on the outsole brought with it a tendency for the shoe to quickly succumb to slipping, several users commented.

Nike Flex Experience RN 8 upper section

A few consumers claim that the forefoot section is a bit tight. Some runners have reported cases of the upper quickly separating from the midsole after only a few uses.

Comfortable in-shoe coverage

When it comes to the width, the available options are D - Medium and 2E - Wide for men, and B - Medium and D - Wide for women.

Nike Flex Experience RN 8 Comfortable in-shoe

The bevy of fit profiles is helpful for users who want a choice of in-shoe experience or coverage. Those with broad foot measurements can also enjoy the variety.

Follows the natural curvature of the foot

The lasting board of this product has a semi-curved shape to follow the natural curvature of the human foot. This design complements the form-fitting upper unit.

Nike Flex Experience RN 8 natural curvature

The outsole unit of the Nike Flex Experience RN 8 is primarily made of ground-contact foam. This element is made of an injection-molded compound, and it’s meant to be durable enough to handle the job of protecting the foot against the elements on the roads. 

Grippy outsole

Ground-contact midsole bottoms are popular among Nike’s roster, even gracing relatively new series like the Zoom Strike. There are points on the outsole that are susceptible to wear-and-tear.

Nike Flex Experience RN 8 Grippy outsole

These areas are covered with a layer of rubber to prevent the debilitating effects of surface contract and continued use. Rubber has a natural gripping ability, which contributes to traction and movement control.

Responsive support and flexibility

The forefoot section of the external pad features deep sipes that are shaped like hexagons. These cuts are tasked with making the platform as flexible as possible, ensuring that the food is able to bend naturally as it goes through the gait cycle.

Nike Flex Experience RN 8 Responsive support

An injection-molded compound is used for the midsole unit of the Nike Flex Experience RN 8. This technology runs the entire length of the shoe, offering responsive support to the foot as it takes each step or as it stands idly. 

Good overall quality

It has a lightweight yet durable construction, and such a distinction puts value on the overall quality of the whole piece.

Nike Flex Experience RN 8 Good overall quality

A foam sockliner is placed right above the last of this running shoe. This add-on has the goal of giving a soft surface for the underside of the foot. It also adds a bit more cushioning. It can be removed or replaced with a new one.

Offers a cool and dry ride 

The upper unit of the Nike Flex Experience RN 8 is made of a knitted textile. This cloth-like cover has a look and feel of a woven fabric, and it functions like on, as well.

Nike Flex Experience RN 8 Offers a cool and dry ride 

Its semi-close construction helps with the prevention of debris infiltration, yet it still has a breathable capacity that permits a cool and dry ride.

Holds the heel in place 

The back part has a concave construction and a neoprene cover to responsibly hold the heel in place and prevent it from exiting the interior compartment unexpectedly.

Nike Flex Experience RN 8 Holds the heel

Printed overlays grace the sides and the rear. These synthetic prints are designed to bolster the facade while also putting visual flair. They also help with the quality of the fit by being indirectly linked to the lacing system.

Nike Flex Experience RN 8 is a protective shoe

Reflective elements coat some of the overlays. These add-ons make the silhouette visible at night by reflecting light back towards a source. Nighttime runners can benefit a lot from this accouterment.

Nike Flex Experience RN 8 protective shoe

A pull tab is placed on the back of the collar to help with the widening of the shoe’s opening as the foot enters or exits the inner chamber.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: 198g
Drop: 6mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Nike Flex Experience Run 10
Forefoot height: 14mm
Heel height: 20mm

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