A rubber compound is used for the outsole unit of the Nike Quest 2 SE. The purpose of this layer is to provide grip over the surfaces. Also, it is meant to be durable enough to shield the bottom part of the midsole foam from the abrasive nature of the ground or asphalt.

The front and medial sections of the external pad has non-prominent traction nodes for extra traction and surface control. Movements such as turns and brakes can be less harrowing with the presence of these elements.

A crash-pad with a slanted vertical groove allows the foot to enjoy a smooth transition through the gait cycle.

The heel part of the outsole has been decoupled to allow the shoe to isolate the impact forces brought by the landing phase, preserving long-term comfort and the smoothness of the step.


Phylon is the compound that is used for the midsole unit of this Nike running shoe. The job of this full-length piece is to carry the foot responsibly through the gait cycle and mitigate the impact forces that are generated by the foot-strike. It is touted to be lightweight and flexible, as well.

A fabric-topped insole is put on top of the main cushioning unit. This add-on is tasked with providing a smooth surface on which the foot can rest. It can be removed or replaced with a new sockliner if the runner wants to do so.


The upper unit of the Nike Quest 2 SE features a mesh. The purpose of this lattice is to secure the foot in place. It has a slightly stretchy construction to allow it to follow the natural shape and motion of the foot as it goes through the gait cycle. Also, it has multiple breathing holes that permit the flow of air into the interior chamber. Breathable upper units are featured in many of Nike’s offerings, including the well-known Revolution series.

Overlays are printed onto the sides and the eyestays. These synthetic prints are meant to bolster the durability of the upper unit, as well as its capacity to stay upright. It also helps the lacing system when it comes to securing the foot in place.

A traditional lacing system is used for this product. Flat shoelaces grace the instep, permitting the runner to adjust the tightness or looseness of the wrap to follow personal preferences.

Nike’s Flywire system is employed in this shoe. These stretchy cables act like lace-holes, and they serve as the bridge that connects the fit-adjustment system and the sides of the upper unit. When the laces are manipulated, the cables follow suit, thus potentially giving a precise in-shoe hug.

The padded tongue and collar are meant to provide some cushioning to the topmost portions of the foot, namely the Achilles tendon, the ankles, and the bridge. These parts of the upper unit are also designed to maintain in-shoe steadiness by preventing wobbling and accidental shoe removals.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 269g / Women 213g
Drop: 10mm
Base model: Nike Quest 2
Forefoot height: 12mm
Heel height: 22mm
Collection: Nike Flywire, Nike Quest

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