Who should  buy the Nike Free RN 2018 Shield

Nike Free RN 2018 Shield is the solid shoe for you if:
  • You want an appealing neutral running shoe that provides efficient performance
  • You want a shoe that keeps the foot dry and warm even on long runs
  • You want a shoe that can double as casual wear

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Get reliable surface tractions with the Nike Free RN 2018 Shield outsole

An ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) ground-contact foam acts as the outsole of the Free RN 2018 Shield, and also extends as part of the midsole. It consists of a tread pattern that is made up of protruding portions and dots, delivering surface traction.

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The outsole pattern is formed using a hot-knife cutting technique, which creates a three-star auxetic pattern. The auxetic shapes aids in maintaining a natural foot splay while still providing a balanced underfoot cushioning. Aside from that, the design also helps in making the epicenter of the platform more flexible.

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Responsive rides with the Nike Free RN 2018 Shield midsole

The midsole of the Nike Free RN 2018 Shield has a unique composition: a combination of Phylon and the injection-molded EVA that is also part of the outsole. Because of the lightweight nature of Phylon, it is placed in the center of the structure, as it helps give the midsole a responsive quality.

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Meanwhile, the injection-molded EVA foam is designed to provide optimum ground contact and retain the structural integrity of the Phylon core. While Phylon is the responsive area, the EVA foam is the durable area of the midsole.

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A foam-based sock liner provides additional cushioning for the Free RN 2018 Shield. It could be removed and replaced with custom orthotics if preferred by the runner.

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Experience worry-free running wit the Nike Free RN 2018 Shield upper

The woven mesh upper of the Free RN 2018 Shield proves useful, as it is the same material used in the last year’s version. It is designed to seamlessly wrap the foot while remaining breathable, due to the small pore-like openings patterned on the surface. The material also claims to be skin-friendly and irritant-free.

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Giving the shoe its water-repelling capability is thanks to the thin coating on top of the woven layer. Like many other water-resistant shoes, the Free RN 2018 Shield uses a synthetic-based film. This feature works by wicking away moisture, as well as preventing water splashes and infiltrations.

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Like its base shoe, the Nike Free RN 2018 Shield also gets reflective details that help the runner’s visibility during low-light conditions. This extra feature brings more running opportunities.

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Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: Nike Free RN 2018
Forefoot height: 12mm
Heel height: 20mm
Collection: Nike Free, Nike Free Rn

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