- The sole is made of a single block of foam
- Very durable and sturdy
- The hot pink heel clip is meant to aid in shock absorption if you are a heel striker (I can’t really speak to that as I am more mid foot, but I think it looks cool).
- Flyknit upper has a smooth & stretchy feel and I like that it is lower cut on your ankle
- The sole pattern was developed from data collected from athlete’s strides
Some of my thoughts:
- I like that this shoe will last longer than the Zoom Fly and especially than the Vaporfly. Admittedly, neither or those shoes are meant to last that long. They are meant for speed, and this shoe was created to be durable & springy – to feel like a new, out of the box run every time. So far I agree. I will definitely do an update when I get closer to 400ish miles in them. The website promises a like new feeling up to 300.
- I also don’t consider these a replacement for either of those shoe. I will still continue to race in the Vaporfly and do speed work and long runs in the Zoom Fly.
- These feel like a hug for my feet on easy days
- I like that they look cool and I especially love the navy & pink combo
- Initially it was kind of hard to get them on and off since there isn’t a tongue to pull apart, but if you loosen the laces they do stretch quite a bit.
- I prefer a thinner sock with these shoes
- For the Zoom Fly & Vapor fly, I ordered my regular running shoe size (1/2 size up from my normal shoe size). That fit me perfectly, even though the website indicates for those 2 shoes that you may want to order yet another size up from your normal running shoe size. For the React, I did need to get 1/2 size up from my regular running shoe size (1 full size up from my normal shoe size)
- They are very light – pretty close to my Zoom Fly’s weight when I weighed them on my very high tech food scale.
As I am running the most miles I ever have this training cycle, I have noticed a big improvement in how happy my feet are when I am rotating out at least 2 pairs of shoes. Right now, my schedule looks like this with the shoes I am wearing:
- Monday morning run, 8 miles: React
- Monday evening run, 3 miles: Vomero
- Tuesday run, speed work: Zoom Fly
- Wednesday run, 7-8 miles: usually Vomero
- Thursday: I cross train, no run
- Friday, 7-8 miles: usually the React, unless it is raining, then the Vomero
- Saturday, long run: Zoom Fly
I haven’t really wanted to wear the React in the pouring, soak you to the bone rain just yet, although I think they’d do just fine. My Vomeros have just gotten wet 1000x before, so I figure I’ll stick with using those in the rain.
The reason I tend to wear Nikes is because they are the shoes that 2 separate podiatrists have recommended for me and worked with me on. That is not to say I couldn’t have pushed them to recommend a Newton, Saucony, ect, I just didn’t feel the need to. Please remember that you should always be fitted for a running shoe in a running store and getting a stride analysis for the type of running shoe you should be wearing will really help you out. I bought these from a local place, and had the guy working watch me take a quick spin in them. Even though I know my feet and stride pretty well by now, I still like getting a second opinion from a person who spends their entire day watching people run in shoes.
Speaking of marathon training, is it possible that my dog is absorbing my exhaustion level?