What is it? This is the product description from nike.com: “The Nike Epic React Flyknit Men’s Running Shoe provides crazy comfort that lasts as long as you can run. Its Nike React foam cushioning is responsive yet lightweight, durable yet soft. This attraction of opposites creates a sensation that not only enhances the feeling of moving forward, but makes running feel fun, too.”

What do I think? I can’t express how comfortable and pillowy soft these shoes feel the second you put them on your feet. It was almost unreal how coushiony and responsive they were from the first steps I took. These are comfortable but I don’t want my view of their feel to be skewed by the fact that a majority of the shoes I wear are made for CrossFit workouts and therefore balanced in terms of being able to run and jump but also to lift weights in. Despite their light and pillow like feel, I was very pleased with how they performed in some workouts. They look great and feel amazing, but don’t think they aren’t stable enough to do cleans or deadlifts in. One thing I would add is that they are a bit tight in the upper. Especially across the laces and through the top of the foot. 

Grinder's Gear Review | Nike Epic React

Why do you need it & when should you use it? If you don’t mind training in shoes with more of a thick sole and the more traditional padding of a running shoe, I would recommend these. A lot of people at our gym, especially for people who are new to CrossFit and are used to working out in non-minimal shoes or regular running shoes.

How do you get it? Nike is widely sold at sporting goods stores around the planet. You can easily select some different colors and style of these at Nike’s website. The Nike Epic React Flyknit retail for $150.

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