Verdict: In the Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2, our feet just felt locked in place! And even after rough wear testing, this daily trainer proved itself a durable shoe. It's loaded with lots of cushion that's not too soft nor too rigid, making it supportive and ideal for heavy runners. As a daily running shoe, it sticks to what it's designed to do - it's not going to make you run fast, but it does offer a smooth, easy ride.
Just like the Flyknit 1, this is a polarizing shoe. Experts went from “move over Pegasus, there’s a new default in town” and “the most complete shoe in the Nike running lineup” to “it’s not as exotic as Invincible” and “I will not be taking this shoe to 50 miles”.
The shoe was mostly praised for being better than its predecessor. Even the update splits the experts in half, going from “just a revision”, “much of the shoe is unchanged” to “a significant update” and “like a breath of fresh air”.
Overall, Flyknit 2 did not deserve the title of the favorite or the best road running shoe for easy runs.
Who should buy Nike React Infinity Flyknit 2
Recommended for runners who are looking for a great foot lockdown (just don’t pull that tongue hard!) and a durable daily trainer. Due to the amount of cushioning, it’s good for heavier and stronger runners. This shoe is made for easy and recovery runs only.
Who should NOT buy Nike React Infinity Flyknit 2
Definitely look away if you’re:
Looking for a versatile daily trainer that can do it all, even speed work. In this case, look at Pegasus 37.
Nike Infinity Flyknit 2 is perfect for “longer easier recovery type of runs”. Experts said it’s “an excellent daily trainer” and it might work for longer distances because of its “deep cushioning”.
Infinity Run Flyknit 2 is really durable
Experts have gone on to predict it will last “way beyond” the 300-500miles.
The entire forefoot is covered in rubber. Runners who have tested the shoe for more than 100+ have been satisfied with the durability overall.
True to size
This. Repeated numerous times so it does run true to size.
A few experts found it narrow, but with no issues in that regard. A few experts found it narrow, but with no issues in that regard. Some have mentioned the poking arch sensation - in 1 case it was a deal-breaker, in others only something that “goes away” with running.
Not for fast runs
There are daily trainers that can do it all, but the Flyknit 2 ain’t it.
That’s why reviewers said there isn’t “an exciting feel” and “any pop”. This shoe won’t be of help for racing or speed work.
Other things worth mentioning
Many experts have complained about the small number of colorways and the non-exciting looks
Whether it's a vertical kilometre or an ultra, climbing in the Alps or exploring local mountains, Jovana uses every opportunity to trade walls and concrete for forests and trails. She logs at least 10h/week on trails, with no off-season, and 4x more on research on running and running shoes. With a background in physics and engineering management, she prefers her running spiced with data.