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    Epic REACT Mods and Carbon Fiber experiments

    I realize this is a Nike forum, but sometimes the best way to understand how Nike gets it right is to see how competitors get it wrong. I've said before other shoe companies may have added a carbon fiber plate to their shoes, but they don't seem to yet understand what it does and why it helps...
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    Nike REACT ....INSTANT GO

    Doh! I always seem to be abroad on business travel when the big sales happen. I can order while away, but then they sit on my porch for weeks, and I'm worried about porch pirates. Maybe they couldn't match the purple with the wearpad rubber?
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    Nike REACT ....INSTANT GO

    I wonder if GOVRN can put an ER upper on a Havoc midsole? That might be GOAT.
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    Nike REACT ....INSTANT GO

    The fact he had to wear two pairs of socks to make them fit shows the new "knit" upper is a fail. The real flyknit upper of the ERs, Phantoms, and Rise adjusts and fits whether going sockless, wearing thin running socks or thick winter wool socks.
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    Nike REACT ....INSTANT GO

    You always make the best CWs. I love how the green is wear pad, heel clip, and laces, while the swoosh and liner are red, on a purple upper. Fantastic!
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    Epic REACT Mods and Carbon Fiber experiments

    If you notice, Nike put the seam between the REACT and rubber outsole right at the metatarso-phalangeal joint, point C in the diagram above. Yet another reason I like the ER outsole, and prefer the Epics over the Odyssey or Legend variants with more outsole rubber. Point C is the most important...
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    Epic REACT Mods and Carbon Fiber experiments

    There is another factor in shoe performance that I feel the Epic React nails and many other "running shoes" do not. It is important for the shoe to flex sufficiently in mid/outsole and upper that you can do a full heel lift in them without binding. The lower leg and foot forms a lever system...
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    Epic REACT Mods and Carbon Fiber experiments

    I have been asked how I can run in laceless shoes like the Phantom, and why would I want to do so. What about "lockdown"? I started running laceless purely by accident. I showed up to a road race wearing my laceless ERs I used as casual slip-ons, and then realized I had forgotten my running...
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    Epic REACT Mods and Carbon Fiber experiments

    Another change in the IR versus the ER1, ER2, Rise, and Phantom is a switch from a variable weave flyknit to a even mesh like weave. It might still be a flexible knit structure, but it is evenly woven. Compare the IR here: With an ER2 here: The main advantage Nike had over other brands'...
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    Nike REACT ....INSTANT GO

    Since all my ERs, Rise, and Phantoms are similar, I use my Peg Turbos to give my feet something different. Very plush, very different feeling. My fav recovery shoe.
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    Nike REACT ....INSTANT GO

    What worries me about the lofted flyknit of the IR is that it looks like it has a consistent even weave across toe box, instep, and forefoot. The ER1 and ER2 flyknits have a variable weave that makes it stretch differently in different parts of the upper. The lofted flyknit might as well be just...
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    Nike REACT ....INSTANT GO

    Triple black ERs are the ultimate office shoe.
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    Nike REACT ....INSTANT GO

    I've found I cannot use a full length zoom air shoe, and I've tried them all from Nike. It fights my stride. Separate heel and forefoot air units are OK, but when the two are connected, it just doesn't feel right when running at 7-8mm pace.
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    Nike REACT ....INSTANT GO

    Thanks tigo. The reason I haven't tried them yet is the bootie construction. I have a HIGH instep, so I was worried it will be constricting during my range of motion. That is why I take my laces off my ERs and prefer Phantoms, so the top of the flyknit will flex enough for my instep during stride.
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    Nike REACT ....INSTANT GO

    Thanks illustrayt... you endorsing a shoe is big, as you are a legit runner. I will give them a try. I'm a mid to forefoot striker with an exaggerated toe off, so the forefoot zoom air should help. Nike seems to put air in a lot of their heels, which doesn't help me as I only heel strike when...
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    Nike REACT ....INSTANT GO

    I'm stunned we never got a triple black CW for the Phantoms. I felt like an idiot paying IDs prices just to make an all black laceless ER2, when every other shoe Nike makes eventually comes in a TB CW.
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    Nike REACT ....INSTANT GO

    For those interested, I've posted my thoughts on some of the design features of the IR in my ER experiments thread here: Link to my post
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    Epic REACT Mods and Carbon Fiber experiments

    Red: I've circled where the most solid part of the forefoot outsole is. This is the exact spot I core a hole in my ERs. This the most critical spot for the foot, the single spot all the forefoot muscles intersect and must flex. This spot should have been relieved with gaps like in the heel...
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    Nike REACT ....INSTANT GO

    Oh oh... not good... not good at all. All of Nike's hype train talked about more React foam for a plusher ride. But more rubber coverage, thicker midsole, and larger heel clip all equal firmer stiffer ride.
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    Nike REACT ....INSTANT GO

    Men's size 10 has a 9mm offset (Heel: 33mm, Toe: 24mm) and weighs 10.3oz
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