Nike Epic React Flyknit – Amateur runner review

Back in February when these released, there was a crazy amount of hype around them and the new react foam technology. I originally bought into it and grabbed the white pair as soon as they dropped on Nike.com.

They arrived, they were too small, I sent them back. That’s about as far as my love story with the Epic React went. Until last month..

I went on a bit of a spending spree when it came to running shoes and saw these in the ASOS sale for £65. No way was I passing up on them at that price, even if it was just to try them out and see what the hype was about.

As I mentioned in my last review, it won’t be that technical, just how I feel about the shoes and what I like/don’t like.

First impressions

When I first put them on I thought they were on a whole new level of comfy. I didn’t buy these to walk around in though and I can confirm that they are stupidly comfortable. Like the Peg 35, they didn’t need any breaking in and gave me no issue’s at all in terms of pain or hotspots.

In terms of the appearance of the Epic React, I love it. Nike always have a way of producing amazing looking running shoes (unfortunately for my wallet). I’d choose one of the original colours if I had a choice but as I said earlier, at £65 I wasn’t passing these up.

There was a lot of chat about the responsiveness and cushion of the Epic React and it’s pretty damn good. You’d think that they’d feel sloppy because of the amount of cushion but right from my first run they’ve felt responsive and ‘bouncy’.

Performance

I’m no professional runner so bear with me on this one.

I’ve done just under 30 miles in these now and they’ve been perfect so far. I’ve been using them for all sorts of runs and they’ve probably performed better for me at faster paces with a higher cadence. I just feel like I get more of that bounce the faster I’m going. They’re also great for slow runs because of the cushioning, but that was always going to happen.

So far I’m loving the flyknit upper. It feels like I’m wearing a sock with half a shoe underneath it. I’m not sure if I just got lucky with the sizing on them but the whole shoe fits like a glove. I’d probably have the laces a bit tighter if I could but that’s not a major issue.

In terms of durability, they’re showing little to no actual signs of wear, apart from dirt and some cosmetic wear on the foam. I’m aiming to get at least 150 miles on them before I retire them to general use, maybe 200 if needed.

One thing I was really surprised about is how stable these feel. Due to the fat heel, my feet feel really stable and not like I’m going to tip over like they have done in some other shoes.

Any negatives?

There was actually something that annoyed me on my first run in these. The laces.. They’re so long that they were hitting my legs and hitting the laces from the other shoe. Not a big deal because I can adjust it or tuck them in but it was annoying.

That’s about it in terms of negatives. I’m optimistic about the durability of them, they’re comfy, responsive and were cheap.

Conclusion

If you can find a pair of these in the sale (which you will), buy them. They’re my 2nd favourite shoe right now, just behind the peg 35 purely because I wouldn’t want to do too many long runs in these and limit their life. They’re so comfortable that I now wear them after my long run just to give my feet some rest.

In my opinion, you’ll struggle to find a better shoe right now, apart from the Vaporfly 4%, which I’m still trying to get.

Let me know what you think!

Stats

Weight – 238g

Heel – toe drop – 10mm

Price – £65.00

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Nike Epic React Flyknit

£65.00
8.9

Comfort

9.5/10

Durability

9.0/10

Responsiveness

8.5/10

Pricing

9.0/10

Looks

8.5/10

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Great looking
  • Cheap (on sale)
  • Durable
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Laces are quite long

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