Nike Epic React Flyknit – In-Hand Review


Ahead of the anticipated release of Nike‘s NEW Epic React Flyknit on Thursday, Feb. 22nd, we give our thoughts on the model after testing them out for a few weeks!

Retail: $150 + FREE shipping (for both men & women); YOUTH sizes will be $145
Multiple colorways will be available for purchase right at 10 AM ET


The Nike Epic React Flyknit features a one-piece Flyknit upper, so the fit is sock-like, very lightweight and very breathable. The opening is a bit snug, again because of the sock-like nature of the upper, and this is due to the one-piece Flyknit upper and lack of a separate sewn-in tongue. They feel really great on foot and for us, we found the support really nice. In terms of comparison, for our foot, we feel like the fit and support of the Epic React Flyknit compares very favorably to that of the Nike Flyknit Trainer. If you’re one who feels like the Flyknit Racer is too narrow, but the Flyknit Trainer fits your foot much better, then you are going to be a big fan of the Epic React Flyknit.


Like we mentioned above, the Epic React Flyknit feels really great on foot right out of the box. The best way we can probably describe React cushioning is that it is densely soft and we feel like it is the next evolution of Nike Lunarlon. Lunarlon gets slept on a little bit in our opinion for how great it feels and if you’re a big fan of that cushioning, you are going to love Nike React. We should point out that in our time of having our pair early, we only wore them casually and we DID NOT have a chance to run in them. But, we absolutely love them as a casual sneaker. They are really ideal for spring/summer because they’re very breathable, comfortable and easy to throw on whether you tie the laces or not. Plus, if you plan to travel, these kicks are super lightweight and won’t take up much room in your bag. For a review of how they perform when running in them, check out this video clip from Jacques Slade (@kustoo).

Sizing Tips

We went with our true size for Nike for this pair, which is a size 11. The Epic React Flyknit fit true-to-size (TTS) for us in terms of both feel and length, and we have been wearing them with thin, low-cut ankle socks. The fit is sock like and feels the most snug around the midfoot area. If you plan to wear with thin socks, or no socks at all, we would recommend the normal size you wear for Nike. If you wear thicker socks or just prefer to not have the fit snug around the midfoot area, we would recommend going a half size up. The only tricky thing about going a half size up for a bit roomier feel is the hope that the length is still good. If you purchase a pair from Nike Store (keep watch HERE as colorways will be available 2/22 at 10 AM ET) and do so while logged in with your Nike+ account (FREE to sign up), you get FREE shipping and FREE returns if the size you choose happens to not work out.

Retail: $150 + FREE shipping (for both men & women); YOUTH sizes will be $145
Multiple colorways will be available for purchase right at 10 AM ET


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