Nike’s latest cushioning technology, Nike React, is the first foam cushioning of its kind to be implemented in a running shoe. Making an earlier appearance in Virgil Abloh’s Hyperdunk from “The Ten” series, the new innovation is described by Nike as 5 percent lighter and 11 percent softer than its predecessor, with 10 percent greater energy return than the Lunar Epic 2, which featured LunarLon cushioning.
Draymond Green of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors was also chosen to test the new React cushioning on-court, via a Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit PE, leading us to believe that React will also be a big story for basketball as well as running.
Designed to soften the impact of each stride, the newly unveiled Nike Epic React Flyknit sneaker was constructed with flexibility and breathability in mind. With a newly extended midsole beyond the upper that sits directly atop the foam, runners can now expect more cushioning and more traction when active.
Check out some closer looks at the shoe below, as well as a selection of colorways.
While adidas has already implemented its Boost technology across a wide range of models, including the Ultra Boost and Yeezy Boost 350 and the new Nike Epic React Flyknit is likely to pose a strong challenge to the three stripes innovation. With a reported 17,000 miles worth of testing under its belt, in short, the Nike React technology is the lightest, softest, smoothest and most resilient foam Nike has ever delivered.
For those looking to cop their hands on a pair, the new Nike Epic React Flyknit will be available from February 22 on Nike.com for £130 (approx. $182). Check out the gallery above for a closer look.
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