Nike's new Flyknit Epic React, released Feb. 22, is part of the sacred handle of 2018, otherwise, dare we say, the leader.
The purchase: $ 150, nike.com
I first tried the shoe, which was to replace the popular LunarEpic series, last November, while the Mark had a dozen samples to test the wear. It was mostly a show-and-tell, with the Nike Running team that breaks down the unique features of the design. Highlights, by the brand? A thick sole made of incredibly lightweight, cushy and responsive (Nike's own) foam, and a simple knit upper that hugs your foot for minimal distraction. I tested them for an easy 10 minute treadmill race and I loved how I felt – or really, what I did not do: the treadmill. The ride was mild and gentle, but I was not quite sure if it was the shoe or the fancy machine that made it.
Then, this week, at the Nike launch event, myself and a group of editors each have our own pair to sprint, jump and crawl (literally, that's what we did during the event). and painfully through blocks of foam … all to experiment metaphorically different characteristics of the shoe). The shoes were incredibly light and comfortable all the time, but the real test came later, when I hit the streets of Manhattan at lunch time for a four-mile run
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To be honest, I have not been racing for a long time. (I have bursitis in one of my knees – a chronic inflammation of a bag near the joint – and recurrent thrusts with an ankle fracture, so I'm not sure of my knee. had taken two months of racing, except for a casual event, to give my body a rest and focus on other activities.) So I was expecting to run quite slowly, since I'm far from my main race form. But as soon as I took my feet from a brisk walk to what I was planning to be a jog, I found myself going faster and faster. In fact, as I zigzagged through the streets of Midtown to Central Park, I was getting closer and closer to a rhythm of 8:20 – not bad when we get back to playing sports, not to mention our own. stop constantly at pedestrian crossings and avoid clutches of inattentive strangers.
The interesting thing was, the speed felt easy . Like, strangely easy. I had the impression of running under a foam cushion opposite me, except that the material was bouncing upward even before I removed my weight, propelling myself with its own energy. I could barely feel the uneven sidewalks of the city, and turning was a child's game. I was running so fast and so easily, I even ran straight ahead to the avenue that houses my office. It's rare: I'm usually the type of runner that counts in the streets until the end of my run. (It's not that I do not like running … I find it painful.)
If you've been running on a treadmill in your life, you'll be able to understand those thoughts that all women had the treadmill:
In all honesty, it's possible that my excitement for running for the first time in weeks helped me hit the sidewalk faster (I felt fresh and I realized how much I had missed it). But knowing all my injuries and my walking problems, I can not underestimate the shock value that comes with this kind of pace without even trying.
I still need to see how the Reacts are doing in the longer run, to see if the knit stretchy construction provides enough support for my flickering ankle and if the foam is spongy enough to absorb the hair. impact on my knees. But until now, I am happy to add these beginners to my rotation, next to my other go-to (the faithful Asics DynaFlyte 2). And I will definitely wear them for shorter runs … other speed demons, be damned.