Following its 2017 introduction on the React Hyperdunk, one of Nike's latest cushioning platforms has now been brought to the running category with the official unveiling of the Nike Epic React Flyknit.
With this new silhouette, Nike is promising a shoe that can "do it all" by aiming to offer more cushioning and better energy return in a lightweight package, and to maintain these properties long term.
While the shoe's upper is relatively simple with its sculpted Flyknit construction, the tooling has been given a boost. It may look derivative of Adidas' popular foam-based cushioning, but according to Nike, the surface was engineered "to deliver cushioning and support in the specific spots needed during a run, while eliminating material wherever it’s not absolutely necessary in order to keep weight to a minimum." The one-piece foam unit is also softer than traditional EVA, which necessitated a thicker design to prevent bottoming out.
The Nike Epic React Flyknit is scheduled to hit retail on Feb. 22. No pricing information is available at this time.