Nike React Infinity Run FlyKnit
When I first read about the new Nike React foam and how it can help reduce running injuries, I honestly thought it was another marketing gimmick.
How can a foam reduce or prevent running injuries? It must be a miracle shoe! And after trying more than 40 pairs of running shoes (if you have not read my profile, I am a self confessed prolific shopper), I do not think there is such a thing.
Technological improvements happens so frequently and quickly, there is no way you are able to find a future proof shoe.
But of course, being a prolific shopper, I still went ahead to make the purchase. This time however, I bought another pair for Swee Tin to avoid having to explain why a human being with two feet would need so many pairs of shoes.
When I first saw the shoe, I realised that there were fewer eyelets for the laces. As I am very used to tying the runner’s knot, this lack of eyelets raised doubts on how it is able to hold the feet without it moving around and slipping.
After I put it on, I was amazed that how the Fly Knit material is able to wrap around the feet to have a snug fit. So, that was one negative point resolved. Next is to do some short runs in the store without raising any suspicion that I am going to run away with the shoe.
First impression was not too bad. A little stiff but probably need some breaking in to. Enough for me to decide on buying it.
Took it for a total of 48.7km of long and easy runs plus an additional 11km track session just to see how it performs on track.
Here are my reviews sans technical jargons and marketing bulls*t.
- The FlyKnit material used fits perfectly. It literally wraps around your feet. Quite amazing actually
- Took about 10km to break in the stiffness, but once you past that stage, the shoe makes you feel like you are running on clouds! Seriously, it felt like I was wearing pillows on my feet to run.
- I tend to land quite heavily when I run, something I am trying to correct. But this shoe is not helping my cause because it makes it so comfortable landing.
- The foam Nike uses does cause a little bounce or push off, coupled with the plush and soft landing, my turnover and cadence is much easier and faster. Simply put – you will be going faster.The only other shoes that have this same feeling is the Nike Pegasus Turbo and the Altra Torin 4.
- Did I mention the landing is really soft and plush…
- I have yet to get used to the lesser eyelets . Just seems a little weird
- On the high side of the price spectrum, especially when there are no carbon plates
- Nike’s product life cycle of new shoes tend to be 1-2 months. After that a new iteration would be out. As a matter of fact, while I am writing this review, The Nike React Infinity Flyknit 2 is already starting its launch in many countries. So what you thought was new, will be passé in 1-2 months.
- Not suitable for track sessions. Not fast and light enough for it. Though it does have a little bounce but not like the carbon plated shoes that literally pushes you off.
1. Super comfortable and the landing is just so soft
2. Definitely not for track sessions. Maybe shorter intervals
3. Good for long runs
All products were purchased and none were sponsored