Who should buy the Nike Flex RN 2017

You will love the Nike Flex RN 2017 if:

  • You want a minimalist shoe that is lightweight and adherent to the natural movement of the foot.
  • You want a very affordable running shoe that’s great for neutral pronation or supination.

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Reliable tractions with Nike Flex RN 2017 outsole

A rubber compound is used for the outsole unit of the Nike Flex RN 2017. It is placed in high-wear areas, particularly in the forefoot and heel. Its main purpose is to prevent abrasion, but it also provides reliable traction over the asphalt.

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The auxetic tri-star design of the outsole basically makes the platform more flexible. Triangular grooves and spaces allow the sole unit to follow the natural movement of the foot as it goes through the gait cycle. It also assists the rubber in delivering traction.

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Responsive and flexible running experience with Flex RN 2017 midsole

Phylon is the main midsole unit of the Nike Flex RN 2017. Designed to accommodate the entire length of the shoe, it cushions the entire foot throughout the running session. Its responsive and flexible nature adds to its appeal as a comfortable platform for runners.

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Also, it has a dual-density nature, which potentially extends its lifespan by preventing early breakdown. The Phylon midsole material is also used in the Nike Flex RN 2018, Downshifter 7 road shoe and other well-known running shoes from Nike.

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A minimal molded textile foot-bed is placed right above the main foam unit. It adds a bit more cushioning to the runner. It also mildly traces the contours of the underfoot, giving some semblance of support to areas that are not usually cushioned.

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Lightweight engineered mesh upper of Nike Flex RN 2017

The upper unit of the Nike Flex RN 2017 utilizes Engineered Mesh. This material looks and feels like a woven cloth, which is good for the skin. It’s lightweight and it hugs the foot naturally. It also accommodates airflow.

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Thin overlays are printed to the main fabric. They help the upper unit when it comes to hugging the foot and keeping it in place. Their inconsequential disposition doesn’t add weight or make the façade bulky.

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 Traditional lacing system of Nike Flex RN 2017

The laces are flat, so they’re easy to loop and lock. The dynamic Flywire cables connect directly to the lacing system. They adjust in accordance with the tightness or looseness of the shoelaces, thus giving a fit that’s tuned to the preference of the wearer.

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Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 221g / Women 175g
Drop: 7mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Nike Flex RN 2020
Forefoot height: 13mm
Heel height: 20mm

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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.