Jog On with Nike's Latest Running Innovations
With over 50 years of blue ribbon pedigree on pavements and podiums across the globe, it’s safe to say Nike know running. Built on the stable foundations of wide rocker soles and new-gen foam compounds, the latest joggers from Beaverton ensure everyone from local loopers to PB chasers will be supported on every run. Let’s lace up and take a closer look at how Nike are keeping the run fun.
React Infinity Run Flyknit 2
Straight out of the blocks is the React Infinity Run Flyknit 2, the sophomore model of the stability series that launched right at the beginning of 2020. Lauded for its stable base and adaptive support, the React Infinity Run Flyknit 2 builds upon the fundamental features of its predecessor by fine-tuning its Flyknit upper. Nike have constantly updated Flyknit since its 2012 debut, and this latest iteration sees the weave dynamically adjusted to target particular zones of the foot. The heel counter and toe panels are tightly woven for structure – working in tandem with integrated Flywire eyestay threads – while the remaining areas are de-tensioned to optimise ventilation. This is set atop a rocker-style midsole that’s made entirely from React foam, which delivers consistent cushioning whether it’s the first step of your mission, or you’re crossing the finish line.
ZoomX Invincible Run
Imminently joining the Nike running club is the ZoomX Invincible Run, which showcases the same ZoomX foam rolled out on its pavement pounding predecessors – including the tide-changing Zoom Vaporfly Elite and Pegasus Turbo. While React is ideal for runners who prefer a spring in their step, the ZoomX used in the Invincible Run is the highest energy-returning compound in Nike’s stable. And they’ve put plenty of it into the ZoomX Invincible Run’s midsoles, which sits among the plushest of the running assortment. Of course, that enables runners to go further, for longer. Because it’s intended as a longer-distance mile muncher, the uppers receive knit mesh uppers and generously padded collars to keep the top of the feet as fresh as they are underneath!
React Escape Run
In addition to these cushioning advancements, Nike have also paid close attention to the specific physiological requirements of female runners by delivering the React Escape Run. For example, the collar opening is deeper to account for the specific shape of the female ankle, while the rest of the design is proportioned to the different contours of the foot. Biomechanical studies conducted by the Nike Sport Research Lab suggest female athletes prefer less dense cushioning, so the React foam is adjusted to be softer, and also sits higher off the ground. Below that, the outsole traction has been optimised for the streets, with multi-directional and variable tread patterns ready for any surface and speed. Up top, breezy mesh uppers are locked down using a speed loop lacing system, with the midfoot straps further cinching to an arch band that provides even more support.
Both the React Infinity Run Flyknit 2 and React Escape Run are available now directly from Nike Australia’s webstore and retailers. While the ZoomX Invincible Run will release in the coming weeks.