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Mens Nike Free RN Flyknit

Mens Nike Free RN Flyknit
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There is a time and place for the Nike Free RN: shorter runs, in the summer. We see ourselves cruising along the promenade in them looking good. Save them for two 10km-type distance runs a week and you will be rewarded.

Mens Nike Free RN Flyknit

There is a time and place for the Nike Free RN: shorter runs, in the summer. We see ourselves cruising along the promenade in them looking good. Save them for two 10km-type distance runs a week and you will be rewarded.
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Our verdict

The Nike Free RN Flyknit 2017 is a premium lightweight running shoe with extreme flexibility, promoting a more natural running experience. It can be used as a daily trainer or a training tool. It works well and would be good to have within a collection of trainers.
  • Looks
  • Price
  • Comfort
  • Lack of cushioning
  • Durability
  • Comes up a half size small

First impressions

Shoe evolution continues with the Nike Free RN, the latest in the range. Time was a Free shoe meant an impossible low heel to toe number to cope with, but the latest 8mm drop is far easier to get used to. For the price, it’s a shoe worth adding to your collection for shorter summer running. It’s tagged as a distance shoe and the latest version lives up to that billing. You could check out the New Balance Vazee Pace v2 as a competitive alternative.

Runners of a certain age will be wary of the word Free but pick it up and straight away you’ll realise that this can cope with much more in the way of mileage. There’s some cushioning and some support. There’s some shoe under your foot! Think about the Hoka Clifton as an alternative.

Midsole

Midsole cushioning has increased many times over for this version of the Free and no longer is the run about how the road feels – now it’s how your feet and legs are treated. A big improvement! The midsole expands in a number of different directions meaning stability is taken care of over a number of different surfaces, but not at the expense of natural movement. Free running is all about allowing your feet to move as they would without shoes on and this still provides some – not all – of that   

Upper

Basically it’s like putting your socks on, such is the comfort offered. As we said, that used to be about it when it came to the support the Free offered but the single-seam Flyknit upper has targeted areas of support. Plus Nike’s Flywire cables give all the lock you need to keep your feet in place. Gone are the days of floating around in the Free, nowadays your feet are kept in position in what is an exciting, breathable, lightweight distance running shoe.

Conclusion

Free running has evolved amazingly and now this shoe works the best of both worlds. We all need to have some biomechanical assistance that takes us back to our roots, but thanks to the modern world, we also need some cushioning. The Free RN deals with these issues in a package that will be far more interesting to a wider range of athletes. Our testers reckon most will be able to get on with these shoes immediately.

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Shoe details

Gender: Mens
Year: 2017
Season: Spring/Summer
Current model:
RRP: £100.00
Release date: 2017

Technical info

MIDSOLE

Fused lunar core provides lightweight yet responsive cushioning.

IU002 Carrier system delivers the soft ride of lunar foam while maintaining optimal flexibility.

OUTSOLE

Auxetic Tri-Star outsole delivers flexible cushioning while expanding with each step.

UPPER

Flyknit Upper features a one piece, overlay-free upper, resulting in a seamless and sock-like fit, updated to better adapt to the foot's movement.

Dynamic Flywire provides necessary support and unmatched fit while reducing the shoes overall weight, with an added bottom eyelet for added comfort to the fit.

Suitabilty

Shoe Type

Neutral
Lightweight
Natural

Surfaces

Road

Weight

Light
Regular