Nike recently released a technology that people deemed as the Adidas Boost killer.
The Nike React foam technology is set to replace Nike’s Lunarlon technology that is found in their running shoes. Following the trend of foam, Nike’s shoes are made of cushion-like material that acts like a spring to propel you forward.
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The latest footwear to incorporate this technology is the Nike Epic React Flyknit. As the name suggest, it has a Flyknit upper, react cushion as well as a heel cup and rubber sole.
The first time this technology was introduced to the world was through Nike Hyperdunk for basketballers. With the spring-like effect, it is claimed to better propel the players when they jump.
The rubber sole is present at the toe and heel area of the sole as Nike suggests that those are the parts of a shoe that wear out the fastest.
Flyknit is known for its comfort and softness that wraps around your foot. The Flyknit present in the Nike Epic React Flyknit is thicker to maintain its comfort level and softness while not being too filmsy.
Runners who’ve tested the Nike Epic React Flyknit said that it will take a while to break in the shoes and the hyped-up comfort won’t be felt till later in the run.
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This begs the burning question – is React better than Boost?
There is a large debate comparing the two technologies. Boost is an energy-returning technology whereas React is one that pushes you forward, covering more distance. However, most have come to a conclusion that Boost is better for walking and leisure, while React is better for running and sports.