REVIEW: NIKE FREE RN MOTION FLYKNIT 2 and the NRC
Last week, Nike PH invited to stop exercising and to begin training. Through its NRC (Nike Run Club), we were able to try out their latest Nike Free running shoe, the Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit 2. As you can see in the picture above, the Free running shoe updates its Flyknit upper to a snug, sock-like upper held down by a two-strap system providing the much-needed lockdown and stability. The Free outsole also gets an update, using its new auxetic tri-star pattern, making the shoe feel more natural than ever, expanding and forever adapting to your foot.
We asked the help of one of our long-time friends and readers Ernie Flor (@ernieflor91) to try the shoe out and run with the Free RN Motion Flyknit 2 during last week’s NRC session. Here’s a breakdown of the shoe:
How does this compare to your other running shoes?
I didn’t realize that I was wearing shoes if I didn’t look down while running.
Did it provide proper cushioning for your NRC session? What did you like about it?
Yes, it did. Its like running in socks; but the heel and ball part of your feet felt firm but soft. The grip of the shoe fit is good and firm. My feet does not move around from the shoe and it holds quite well.
What did you not like about it?
Like any other Flyknit sneaker, I just thought that if it rains, there’s a high probability that your feet will get wet? But that’s about it. But for me the performance and the fit of the shoe is very good. I can compare it with an aqua sock for running.
Fit & Breathability
The Flyknit upper provides a snug, sock-like fit, how did it feel throughout the run?
The snug fit is good. The grip is firm and its an additional protection, makes me feel secure that my shoe won’t fall off. It did not feel tight, and felt just right.
Did it compare to anything you’ve used before? Was the shoe breathable?
I can compare with the KD9 that I am now using for basketball. But the grip of Nike Free RN is flexible but firm. With the Flyknit upper, the shoe is breathable. It’s up to you if you want to wear it with our without socks.
For the traction, with the Nike Free sole, the grip on the floor or road is good. I can still feel the road from my feet but it’s not painful or cause irritation while running. It’s like running bare foot with cushioning.
How was the shoe’s traction? How did the auxetic tri-flex pattern help in the run?
The traction is good and did not slip during my run on any type of surface. I think with the auxetic tri-flex pattern, the sole adapts to the weight I give in to the shoes and the traction on the flooring when I run.
Was the shoe flexible?
Yes definitely!. The shoes are very flexible. I did not have a hard time wearing them.
How did the shoe feel over the course of the run?
1km – During the first pace, I was feeling the shoes and first impression was that it felt like running in socks.
2.5km – Same feeling and ride.
4.5km – No difference between each kilometer and the ride is smooth and fun.
Overall take on the shoe? Would you recommend it for any type of runner?
Yes! Will definitely recommend this for any type of runner.
The Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit 2 is now available at Nike stores, retailing for Php 7,645. The shoe comes in several colorways for both men and women. You can also join the NRC every week, just sign in via nike.com/manila.