Marathoners and avid runners who love clocking distances will be susceptible to injuries as racers get further away from the starting point. Fatigue, unnatural terrains and unpredictable elements all pose a challenge. Is harm inevitable? Nike resolved to reduce the probability of running-related injuries with its React Infinity Run Flyknit.
Combining the best technological qualities of its previous trophy kicks, Zoom Vaporfly 4% and Nike React, the Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit plans to be the silent saviour to runners’ vitals—ankles and knees.
Having too many cooks on-site can spoil a pot of broth. But that doesn’t apply to engineering a pair of running shoes. Structured similar to the geometry of the 4%, the Infinity Run has a rocker-like bottom that yields a more fluid transition from foot strike to toe-off.
Then there’s the React’s proprietary foam. Providing 24 percent more cushioning to the knees than the React, the Infinity’s foam will eventually mould to the shape of your sole, fusing both into one seamlessly when worn. The feeling’s akin to treading on air—effortless and light yet still grounded.
This marriage of biomechanical efficiency and cushioning promotes stability that reduces the dreaded occurrence of a sprained ankle. Such pain will result in more than just an ‘ouch!’, thus putting runners out of action afterwards.
Additional benefits lie in the rocker-geometry that encourages a slight lean forward, moving a runner’s foot strike from heel to midfoot or even forefoot. This creates a natural forward feel of propulsion. Like a guardian, the shoe gently guides the foot in a smooth, straight line, reducing side-to-side wobbling and movement.
In a test run, the Infinity Run offers a soft, responsive platform that is cushioned by a widened midsole. Its unusually wide foam looks peculiar but that’s to ensure your feet’s surfaces are truly settled into the cosy cushion.
According to a representative from Nike, ‘injury’ is the number one search term for runners. Elsewhere, an external study by the British Columbia Sports Medicine Research Foundation on 226 runners wearing the Nike React Infinity Run and the Nike Structure 22, a traditional motion control shoe, showed that runners wearing the Nike React Infinity had a 52 percent lower injury rate than in the motion control shoe, with wearers confirming that they felt less pain in their knees and feet.
Sure, adrenaline rules once you gain speed. But show some love to your ankles and knees with the Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit while you’re at it.