Nike invited us to the pre-launch of their latest innovation the Epic React Flyknit on Valentines Day. Let me tell you, we haven't seen Nike put this much muscle behind the launch of a new product in a long long time. It get's the heart racing to see a brand as big as Nike so excited about their latest innovation. Here's my thoughts on Nike's latest creation, The Epic React Flyknit.
First feel is unlike anything i've worn before. The Flyknit booty constructed upper has the perfect mix of flex and breathability. It's snug but super comfy and allows for toe splay upon impact. Once the shoe is on foot you realise how light it really is. The shoes feel like an extension of the runner's body and, pardon the pun, It's pretty damn Epic. Traditionally flyknit can be too tight or feel too flimsy, The Epic React has the perfect amount strength without imposing on comfort.. at all.
We only had time for a short run around the block of about 2km on the night. I've since put another 10ish Km's into the shoe and it certainly doesn't disappoint. It's hard to find a shoe that softens impact without feeling sluggish, whilst somehow making every step feel more energetic than the last. Nike have done it with the React.
I remember saying to one of the Nike RC (run club) guys, Will, that the shoe is so noticeably quiet to run in. There was a group of 10 crew running together and you could hardly hear anyone's footsteps. (even Pace Athletic's Will was next to me and for any shoe to make him sound quiet is a huge accolade!)
The Epic React Flyknit sits on a 9mm heel-toe-drop, a little higher than what I normally run in but I didn't feel that way. It feels natural straight out of the box. The nice thing for me about the slightly higher drop is the 'security' it offers on longer runs.
React is replacing Nike's Lunarlon foam which is known for being super spongy. The specs are that React ends up being 11% softer whilst also giving 13% more rebound. Not to mention that it's a more durable foam.
This shoe is going to be a go-to option for a large number of runners. It's because you can go short or long, fast or slow and the shoe is happy to do it all.
It lands in our all Pace Athletic store's in time for the launch. 2 unisex colour-way's in small numbers. It's definitely a shoe that needs to be tried on, don't just take my word for it.