For over a decade, Nike has been delivering the best shoes to the running community. Few competitors have been able to match its minimalistic design and sound technology.
Nike Free Rn Distance is yet another masterpiece by the industry leader. Simply-designed and moderately priced, this show line offers nearly everything a runner looks for.
Let’s dig deeper into the Nike Free Rn Distance and see where it stands:
Using cutting-edge Nike Free technology and other techniques like hexagonal flex grooves and Flywire cables, Nike Free Rn Distance was specifically designed to meet the requirements of both short and long-distance runners. It exemplifies flexibility, comfort and durability.
- Suitable For
- Heel Drop
Like other launches in this category, the shoe is extremely light. The men’s variant weighs approximately 249g while the women’s weighs 207g.
The upper features a single layer of circular knit that allows for a comfortable fit while leaving plenty of breathing space. The Flywire cables also complement the structure by providing more support and a natural fit.
The midsole provides soft cushioning using the IU002 carrier system, which makes the shoe extremely flexible and responsive and follows the natural movement of the runner. The lunar core midsole provides sturdiness while keeping the shoe lightweight.
Made using BRS 1000 carbon rubber placements, the outsole lends the shoe its famous resilience and grip. The hexagonal flex grooves provide flexibility and responsiveness to natural movements of the foot. The hexagonal design offers sound cushioning and a stronger grip on slippery surfaces.
The shoes have been designed keeping long-distance runners in mind. While they are better suited for dry roads, you can also use them on rough and wet surfaces.
The shoe sports a minimalistic design that attracts all runners, fashion-conscious or not. It’s available in a variety of colors.
Unlike its alternatives, Nike Free Rn Distance comes with a 4mm toe-to-heel drop, down from its usual 10mm or 12mm. This means it has no additional arch support, but it offers more heel cushioning to compensate.
Pricing and Availability
Nike Free Rn Distance is available on Road Runner Sports. Certain colors (like blue) are also available on Amazon.
How It Compares
Let’s see how Nike Free Rn Distance fares in comparison with similar shoes in the segment.
- Breathability. Soft, lightweight material has a more open knit stitch on the top of the foot for more breathability,...
- Natural Movement. The Nike Free sole provides the feel of a minimalist running shoe. It moves with you, mimicking the...
- Ultra-light Support. Strong yet feather-light Flywire cables work with the laces to provide more support as you tighten...
- Ease of Use
- Build Quality
The shoe is suitable for running marathons and on a treadmill. The structure of the upper and midsole, along with Flywire cables give it a snug and robust fit. The low heel drop and narrow width might be a problem for some runners, though.
It is lightweight, durable, exceedingly flexible and comfortable. The use of BRT 1000 carbon rubber lends it the raw endurance needed for longer runs, while the lunar core midsole provides soft but protective cushioning. The single-layer knit upper with hexagonal flex grooves gives it flexibility and responsiveness while also sustaining ventilation throughout. That is one power-packed trainer!
Brooks PureFlow 5 is a popular running shoe with features similar to Nike Free Rn Distance. What makes the PureFlow 5 unique, is the extra cushioning in the forefoot area.
- Ease of Use
- Build Quality
The shoe is very comfortable, with BioMoGo midsole cushioning. The fit is secure and adaptive, offering greater flexibility and natural foot movement. However, the fit can be too tight for some runners. Since it sports a narrow toe, it isn’t suitable for runners with a wider foot.
Brooks PureFlow 4 is a sturdy, durable and lightweight shoe. The mesh upper offers enough breathing space too. The rubber outsole, however, is not resilient enough. It also doesn’t maintain enough grip while running on rough surfaces.
- Cooling running shoe in airy mesh featuring color-pop outsole and logo at tongue
- Fluidaxis anatomically correct deep flex grooves
- ComforDry last and sockliner
Asics 33-FA is an everyday running shoe that suits outdoor and indoor workouts. It offers comfort, flexibility and durability at a low price.
- Ease of Use
- Build Quality
The shoe uses FluidAxis technology that enhances flexibility and adapts to the runner’s movement. The midsole absorbs shocks effectively and the shoe provides good traction and overall response. The narrow fit is a problem for some users, however.
The shoe is durable since it uses AHAR+ rubber which offers a greater grip. Asics 33-FA is not very light, however, at 255g for the men’s variant. However, the midsole cushioning is sufficiently responsive and the mesh upper keeps the ventilation strong for breathability.
Pros and Cons
Let’s check out the positives and negatives of Nike Free Rn Distance to decide where it stands.
Nike Free Rn Distance features hexagonal flex grooves that greatly enhance flexibility and natural foot movement. Additionally, the IU002 carrier system in the midsole offers overall flexibility and smoothness. If you want a seamless long-distance run, these shoes are for you. The single-layer knit upper makes for excellent ventilation and provides greater breathability. This keeps the foot dry and secure.
The shoe is built to provide the runner with superior comfort for short, medium and long-distance running. From the innovative knit upper that drapes softly over the foot to the midsole cushioning that offers great protection against bumps and Flywire cables that latch on to provide a snug but adaptable fit, everything about this shoe screams comfort. A BRT 1000 carbon rubber outsole, IU002 carrier system in midsole and a knit upper give this shoe unmatchable durability.
With a toe-to-heel drop of just 4 mm, it is uncomfortable for runners that need arch support. The lighter colors are highly prone to dirt and stains, especially if you are running on a rough surface or wet roads.
Packed with technological upgrades and available at a low price, Nike Free Rn Distance is essentially the complete package.The knit upper, IU002 midsole and BRT 1000 rubber outsole work in tandem with Nike’s creativity to create a shoe that beats its peers by a significant margin.
The runner is made with an emphasis on long-distance running and delivers on its claims. Users of Nike Free Rn Distance are delighted with its comfort, flexibility and responsiveness. Some, however, faced size-related issues.
From our end, the shoe deserves a 4.7 rating. Try it out and let us know what you think!