Nike Free Rn Motion Flyknit Review – A Detailed Overview

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The Nike Free Rn Motion Flyknit promises a near-barefoot running experience without compromising on support and stability. But does it deliver? Let’s find out.

While the world of Nike has been giving us great sporting apparel for decades, the Nike Free Rn Motion Flyknit series is a special one. The trainers are designed especially for the runner to feel free and flexible during their workout; with a soft in-foot feel, it feels almost like you’re wearing socks or going barefoot.

Suited for short training runs, the Nike Free Rn Motion Flyknit is made for both men and women. The 2018 version of the trainer is also unconventional in doing away with laces, putting in two crossover mesh straps instead. But for all its unconventionality and design, does the trainer really do its job? Read on for our review.

Overview

The Nike Free Rn Motion Flyknit series prides itself on cushioning and support and claims to hug the wearer’s foot. Nike calls the Flyknit series a minimalist running shoe, something that takes the form of the wearer’s foot and expands and contracts with each stride, giving the shoe a snug fit. The two layers of foam in the sole, soft directly underfoot and firm around the outsole, provide comfort and support.

With its unconventional design, the Nike Free Rn Motion Flyknit promises unlimited freedom. But does it deliver? Here’s our review to see how the Free Rn Motion Flyknit from Nike fares in the face of competition.

Product Specifications

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Upper

Laces

Sole

Price and Availability

The Nike Free Rn Motion Flyknit 2018 range is available at flagship Nike stores for around $150, whereas the previous variant, the Motion Flyknit 2017 is available for about  $104.97. It’s also available on the official Nike website.

The shoes are also available on Amazon and Running Warehouse.

How Does It Compare

So far the Nike Free Rn Motion Flyknit looks promising. But do its competitors have something more to offer? Here’s a comparison of the trainers with other options in a similar price range.

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Skechers and Nike are both fairly high up on the list when it comes to quality and respectability. The Skechers GoRun 6 is similar to the Nike Free series in eliminating harder material and employing a knit upper. Let’s see how it fares.

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  • Ease of Use
  • Build Quality

While the knit upper provides flexibility and breathability, the durability of the shoe is questionable. Some users have complained of the outsole showing signs of wear after running short distances. A padded internal heel counter provides support and a smooth heel-to-toe transition. The mix of cushion, quick response and smooth transition makes it a versatile running shoe.

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This offering from Under Armour is a stylish running shoe, perfect for daily training and casual runners. It’s in the same price range as the Nike Flyknit and employs one of the strongest fibers in its upper.

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  • Ease of Use
  • Build Quality

The upper, composed of Dyneema fibers, is flexible and highly durable. There’s no real insole in the shoe. The fabric extends practically seamlessly into the inner sidewalls of the shoe and covers the top of the midsole. A two-piece Charged Cushioning System places the softer foam of the midsole closer to the wearer’s foot and the tougher foam beneath that. While it’s a great shoe for short distance runners, the durability is questionable for high mileage runners.

Under Armour Speedform Slingride

This offering from Under Armour is a stylish running shoe, perfect for daily training and casual runners. It’s in the same price range as the Nike Flyknit and employs one of the strongest fibers in its upper.

  • Price (4/5): The Under Armour Speedform Slingride is available for $120. It is roughly in the same price range as the Nike Free Rn Motion Flyknits.
  • Ease of Use (3.5/5): The Speedform Single is a comfortable, highly-cushioned and flexible trainer. The outsole has adequate traction and grip and the upper makes innovative use of Dyneema, one of the strongest fibers in the world, to make the show flexible as well as durable. With its stylish look, it’s even a great shoe for regular wear.
  • Build Quality (3.5/5): The upper, composed of Dyneema fibers, is flexible and highly durable. There’s no real insole in the shoe. The fabric extends practically seamlessly into the inner sidewalls of the shoe and covers the top of the midsole. A two-piece Charged Cushioning System places the softer foam of the midsole closer to the wearer’s foot and the tougher foam beneath that. While it’s a great shoe for short distance runners, the durability is questionable for high mileage runners.

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Price

Ease of Use

Build Quality

Skechers GoRun 6

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Under Armour Speedform Slingride

Under Armour Speedform Slingride

Pros and Cons

The Flyknit fits snugly and doesn’t lose elasticity or fall loose. The soft, fibrous feel of the Flyknit is like wearing a comfortable pair of socks or running barefoot. The foam midsole and outsole combined is comfortable and stable. The addition of rubber to the forefoot and heel makes the sole durable at the same time retaining the comfort and flexibility of the foam. The trainers are available in a wide variety of vibrant colors and shades, making it a serious running shoe but also keeping the fun element intact.

Some users have complained that the heel of the shoe is slightly tight and the fabric around the heel tends to become loose. The foam outsole, while otherwise quite sturdy, tends to get rocks stuck in it if used on roads or neutral outdoor surfaces.

Pros

  • Flyknit Fit
  • Sole
  • Colors

Cons

  • Tight on the Heel
  • Rocks in the Outsole

Final Verdict

Finally, the innovative and unconventional design of the Nike Free Rn Motion Flyknit series only enhances the running experience. It delivers on its promise of free, practically barefoot running. While one could go for other daily trainers that use harder materials in the upper and cost the same, the Flyknit experience is definitely unique. We give it 4/5 stars.

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