When you ask most people what they want out of an athletic sneaker they usually provide the same answers. They want them to be light yet durable and also provide cushion and energy return. Usually, it can not be all of those things but according to Nike, there is one exception. The Nike React midsole foam technology.
The Nike React made its debut in June 2017 when Draymond Green wore the Nike Flyknit Hyperdunk 2017 which featured the React technology. The React was constructed by in-house chemists and mechanical engineers after nearly 400 chemical combinations and 2,000 hours of testing were completed. When comparing the foam to its predecessor the Nike Lunar, the React foam technology is more responsive and durable. While the React technology was encased in the Nike Basketball Hyperdunk 2017 sneaker so nobody could see it, the React can be seen in full on the running sneaker the Nike Epic React Flyknit.
What is React
- A Nike proprietary synthetic based rubber compound or foam
- designed to be durable but highly responsive
- most foams on the market are EVA based – some are PU based – but React foam is a synthetic rubber compound
- light and soft
- 13% better energy return and 20% increased durability when compared to the Nike Lunar
How does it feel?
- Lightweight, around 9 ounces
- Foam is responsive so there is a little bounce back when running or walking
- Cushion and flexibility are great
- Not as mushy when compared to the Adidas Boost technology
- Overall super comfortable midsole technology
Video by Seth Fowler