Recently, Nike’s crazy new running shoe, the Epic React Flyknit, arrived at Canadian Running‘s headquarters.

The Epic React marks the first time Nike uses its React cushioning technology entirely within in a running shoe. (The React has been used in basketball shoes.) According to the sportswear giant, the Nike Epic React Flyknit offers 13 per cent higher energy return than Lunarlon, the brand’s signature cushioning technology used in recent years.

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There are two (known) colourways for the Epic React Flyknit. One in blue, and one in white, the latter of which Canadian Running received at the office. Initial reactions are that the shoe is extremely soft, with plenty of bounce, very apparent on kick off and landing. The midfoot is rather narrow and the upper (similar feel to that of the Nike Air VaporMax) is about as comfortable as is available on any shoe right now. The sock-like upper is a nice touch.

The Epic React Flyknit goes on sale on Feb. 22 and retails for $200.

Comparing to other running shoes on the current market, the Epic React Flyknit is similar to Adidas’ UltraBoost and the Saucony Freedom ISO. These are very early impressions so stay tuned for a full review once the shoe has been put to the test extensively. In the interim, check out first-look photos of the Epic React Flyknit.

Nike Epic React Flyknit

Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Nike Epic React Flyknit

Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Nike Epic React Flyknit

Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Nike Epic React Flyknit

Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Nike Epic React Flyknit

Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Nike Epic React Flyknit

Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Nike Epic React Flyknit

Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Nike Epic React Flyknit

Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Nike Epic React Flyknit

Photo: Tim Huebsch.


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