How the Nike Epic React Flyknit performs
So, how does all this tech translate to road performance?
The foam is moderately soft, but resists feeling slow or mushy. It doesn’t get stiff and hard like normal midsoles in cold temperatures (i.e. sub-20 degree days). And despite being soft, they’re still surprisingly fast. Nearly all our runs were quicker than anticipated—and more effortless.
For reference, articles editor Jeff Dengate’s slowest run was a five-miler at a 7-minute pace—the morning after far too many margaritas. Best of all, his effort didn’t feel any faster than an 8-minute mile.
And the Epic React Flyknit was the perfect complement to sprints. Senior associate digital editor Brittany Smith put them through 200 m repeats without a hitch. That’s one of the shoe’s truly impressive feats: its ability to suit varying mileage and intensities.
The Zoom Fly and Zoom Vaporfly 4% are obvious long-distance champions, but the Epic React Flyknit gives that added bit of versatility, providing agility and aggressive toe-off for speed work and springy, supportive fluidity for endurance runs.
Though at the end of the day, the perfect run shoe is entirely preferential. You’ve got to pound the pavement to find your right match.
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