Nike Men's Odyssey React 2 S Street Running Shoes

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Nike Men's Odyssey React 2 S Street Running Shoes

Nike Men's Odyssey React 2 S Street Running Shoes

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The Nike React midsole offers “soft” heel cushioning and “moderate” energy return, according to RW Lab Test data. Trevor Raab All the Stats You Need! Men’s And if I pull them tightly the remainder of the laces are a bit too long. It also makes it impossible to lace them any other way, which seems to be a trend in running shoes lately, because I’ve got several pairs that have that same problem. There are no extra eyelets you can use and if you wanted to put other laces in, you’d have to cut the toggle system. There is only a slight difference in weight since the flyknit upper of the Epic React 2 is 10 grams lighter. So, that’s 239 grams for the Epic React 2 versus 249 grams for the Odyssey React Shield. Water-repellent Nike launched their React midsole in 2018 with Epic React Flyknit and Odyssey React (no Flyknit upper) as the stability version. Second time around, we have the latest upper added to the breakthrough midsole, in Odyssey React Flyknit 2.

The Nike Epic React 2 and the Odyssey React Shield are quite similar shoes. They have the same forefoot height of 18 mm, the same heel height of 28mm and thus also the same 10 mm drop. We’ve written at length about Nike’s React foam, but the material still deserves to be mentioned for how it affects this shoe’s performance. After all, an upper that protects your feet from winter rain, wind, and snow is little without a midsole that you’ll enjoy running on. If you appreciate ample cushioning and a moderately responsive ride, instead of favoring an extreme amount of either foam or responsiveness, then this might well be a material that you’ll enjoy running on. The wide, flat tongue and snug fit of Europa gained my favor right away. It’s very similar to Odyssey (slightly better, with the lacing loops), but this later shoe extends the boundary even more by attaching the “tongue” to the baselines. Nike Odyssey React Sole Unit Forced to choose, I’d run (another) marathon in Tempo, over Odyssey, because of the more minimal feel; stable touch; and soft, responsive midsole, the latter that both shoes share. See my review of Odyssey React for a full comparison of React midsole with adidas Boost, Saucony EVERUN(TM), Nike’s Lunarlon, and the older Brooks DNA. (In 2019 there’s DNA Loft, which is more plush than before, and than React—but heavier).But that wasn’t enough, it is also printed on the insole. And it also says water repellent on the tongue of the shoe. However, to find out what G.90 means wasn’t so easy. A friend in my running group fondly remembers a Nike Odyssey of old that had a completely straight last—quite different than today’s hourglass Odyssey React, which also bears no resemblance to the Air Zoom Odyssey mentioned. These shoes definitely have higher arches than any other stability shoe I have run in and work best for a medium-high arch. Both shoes have a wide, anchored tongue, which contributes to a secure feel (in all of Saucony’s ISOFIT lines). Saucony’s shoe is much more plush all-around, than Odyssey; l prefer the more streamlined, breathable, responsive, and (surprisingly) more stable Odyssey. That said, Odyssey is an affordable, durable, all-around trainer that is light enough for speedwork and comfortable enough to pad the feet during high mileage.

This arch also makes Odyssey feel more like Vongo’s low drop of 4mm despite a manufacturer’s statement of 10mm. What really surprised me is how Odyssey’s extended internal arch provides a similar feel to Vongo’s Varus wedge midsole (higher medially). After my first run in the shoe, I told a friend that I thought I’d be ranking it pretty high, mainly because I love the change to the forefoot upper.In my own testing of the shoe, I appreciated the React foam’s light weight and how it softened the surface below, even when running on concrete, without seeming to dissipate the energy I’d occasionally put out at tempo-level efforts. When asked about this shoe’s cushioning, one of our wear testers also stated that the React foam was great for a range of intensities, even after sustained testing. Bottom line for me is that Nike React is lighter; adidas Boost has more substance to it: both offer excellent cushion and responsiveness. First off, these shoes feel amazingly similar. I like the Lunarglides soft, snug upper fit just slightly better. For two years now, rating Odyssey so highly was battle against presuppositions because many things flag as UN-stability: squishy heel midsole, mediocre heel counter, relatively unstructured upper (compared to standard “stability” shoes).

But I’m not sure why they didn’t change that with the Odyssey React Shield. They already stitched an overlay on top of the tongue, so they might as well put the label on the inside like most shoe companies. Or just print it onto the inside rather than using a label. Walking around in the long-awaited Odyssey 2, I first noted slight movement in the heel, which happens for me when I have to go up in size. BUT, the Lunarlon foam compresses so fast that any shoe with React has an advantage toward longevity. What is Nike React foam similar to? Really it feels the most like their Lunarlon and kinda like an adidas Boost layer. The grip is a fair-weather friend that works well on smooth surfaces and in the rain until you happen upon a slight patch of mud—then all bets for traction are off! Nike Odyssey React Upper Info

Nike Odyssey React 2 Flyknit Intro

I like running in the Lunarglide 9 a bit better because it’s not quite as narrow (even with half size smaller in Lunarglide) and has a softer, “snugger” upper fit without the lateral pinching that comes with tightening the laces the way I like in Odyssey. The Flymesh upper with Flywire cables on the older version offers a better fit, but the upper and a half size smaller Odyssey React would definitely pinch my foot: it’s narrow and not as giving as the Epic’s upper. The Nike Odyssey React Shield 2 is nicely cushioned and supportive, gives good energy return or “bounce” when running, and is versatile. They fit true to size and are plenty comfortable for runs of any type or even other types of workouts, but I wouldn’t recommend these for true speedwork sessions. And like always with Nike shoes, your feet will look pretty stylish. Who should buy it Right off the bat I loved the smooth, flexible fit of Odyssey 2’s forefoot. Testing them took a little figuring out, but I ended up loving them. After running 21 miles in them (over 3 days), my feet, knees, and heels started complaining in their tell-tale ways indicating low support; I was ready to blame the shoe’s less-than-robust heel counter—the support that holds a heel upright.

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