NIKE EPIC REACT

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FROM INSPIRATION
TO INNOVATION.
The search for a softer, springier, lighter and more durable foam led to a breakthrough in cushioning—Nike React.

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SOFTER & MORE ENERGY RETURN Thought the Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2 was soft? It was. Think the Nike Epic React is going to be even softer? You bet—11% softer to be exact. Along with being significantly softer than the LunarEpic’s Lunarlon foam, the Nike React foam also manages to be 13% bouncier.

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LIGHTER Nike Epic React is 5% lighter than the LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2—making it one of the lightest incredibly-cushioned shoes you can buy.

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MORE DURABLE We gave our testers React shoes that had been worn for at least 500 miles, and sent them on a run. When they returned, we asked them how many miles they thought the shoes had on them. The highest answer was 100. The lowest was “brand-new.” And the average was around 15 miles. That’s what we call durable.

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GET A FEEL OF THE NEW
NIKE EPIC REACT
Try them on and feel what makes React so special.

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DEVELOPING THE FOAM

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The best innovations come from listening to the voice of the athlete. When we asked athletes that we could improve in cushioning, their answer was simple: everything. And we were up to the challenge.

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Nike chemists spent three years testing new materials and design methods. After 400 combinations, we finally landed on Nike React.

“SO YOU HAVE THIS INCREDIBLE
NEW CHEMISTRY, AMPLIFIED
WITH THIS FLUID GEOMETRY THAT
WE JUST NEVER HAD ACCESS TO
BEFORE. THAT’S WHAT MAKES
NIKE REACT SO UNIQUE”
ERNEST KIM Design Innovation Director, Nike

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Powered by heat map data from the Nike Sports Research Lab, designers determined exactly how much Nike React was needed and where.

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To shape the proprietary foam into footwear, Nike designers looked again to the athletes —how they move, in which direction, and with how much speed and force.

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Using computational design — mathematical formulas to create a fluid geometry — designers shaped the sole, matching athlete data to amplify performance.

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