Review: Nike React Infinity Run 2

Continuing Nike’s mission to keep all runners on the run, Nike has released the new Nike React Infinity Run 2. One of Nike’s most tested shoes in history, it features updates informed by extensive scientific testing to create a more intuitive ride, with daily training runs in mind.

An evolution of the Nike React Infinity Run, the new React Infinity Run 2 includes an updated Flyknit upper to help promote more strength and breathability, while the collar has also been updated to feel more plush without adding weight or bulk. Nike Flywire cables add more precise support and security, increasing confidence and lockdown. Basically, it’s the same mid and outsole as the highly popular first iteration, with a whole new upper that improves perfomance.

Now to the wear test. Having racked up plenty of miles in these kicks, I’ve gotten a sense for how they perform on varying terrain and at different paces. For me, it’s hard to find a better shoe for medium to long runs. The support and cushy feel makes them very comfortable for those long days on the road, but you can also use them for longer tempo efforts where you want some protection from the pounding. The responsive foam also gives plenty back off the tarmac, so as you start to get fatigued, you still move well and have some pep in your step. The 9mm drop takes the pressure off the Achilles, and the noticeable arch support also aids in giving a snug fit and reducing foot fatigue. I genuinely noticed I had less foot and muscle soreness than normal, which is a testament to the design philosophy of the React Infinity.

The robust nature of the upper and high stack height means you get plenty of mileage out of them.  The weight is slightly heavier than the previous version, but not noticeable. The only negative I have so far come across is that the tread doesn’t offer much traction on wet days. But overall, these are the perfect shoe for anyone after a neutral, daily trainer.

The Nike React Infinity Run 2 is RRP $230 and is now available from nike.com.