Nike Free Gets Revamped

Nike Free Gets Revamped

Nike Free Run

Inspired by Stanford athletes who trained by running barefoot across the campus golf course, the Nike Free line has been helping athletes around the world run and train as nature intended since 2004.

As knowledge of shoe technologies and human mechanics advances, Nike Frees have adapted to bring you a better fit and stronger performance. Now, Nike has revamped the entire line, improving the Frees and delivering their most natural running experience to date. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.

Ready to meet the family? Here are the four members of Nike Free running.

Nike Free RN Distance

Nike Free RN Distance: The Long Game

The Nike Free RN Distance empowers you to run farther than ever before without sacrificing the natural feeling you expect from a pair of Frees. How? By layering plush Lunarlon foam over the recognizable Nike Free outsole, providing you with the natural flexibility you crave and the cushioning you need to cover long distances.

What You Should Know

The single-layer knit upper keeps your feet cool as you rack up the miles.

Flywire cables can be tightened or loosened through the laces, allowing you to create your own custom fit.

Soft Lunarlon foam is held inside a firmer Phylon carrier, striking a balance between comfort and durability that keeps your feet feeling fresh mile after mile.

Deep hexagonal flex grooves expand and contract on impact, allowing six points of flexibility for a natural running stride.

Nike Free RN Flyknit

Nike Free RN Flyknit: Fast Flexibility

With a barely there fit and feel, the Free RN Flyknit is poised to become your new favorite running shoe. The second-skin Flyknit upper hugs your foot without restricting your movements, while the added cushioning and deep Nike Free flex grooves work together, expanding on impact for a more comfortable, natural stride.

What You Should Know

Areas of breathability and support are woven into the snug, sock-like Flyknit upper for a fit that moves with your through your workout.

Flywire cables can be tightened or loosened through the laces, allowing you to create your own custom fit.

New foam cushioning provides a softer ride than ever before, making these perfect for running or all day wear.

All-new, tri-star flex pattern allows the midsole to expand and stretch in all directions, freeing your foot to run more naturally than ever before.

Nike Free RN

Nike Free RN: Breath Of Fresh Air

The anchoring point of the new Free family, the Free RN combines breathability, comfort, and flex in one stylish package. The shoe’s natural movement and added cushioning make it your perfect go-to for running and casual wear.

What You Should Know

The breathable mesh upper allows cooling airflow for a comfortable, lightweight fit that keeps your feet feeling dry and fresh.

Flywire cables can be tightened or loosened through the laces, allowing you to create your own custom fit.

New foam cushioning provides a softer ride than ever before, making these perfect for running or all day wear.

All-new, tri-star flex pattern allows the midsole to expand and stretch in all directions, freeing your foot to run more naturally than ever before.

Nike Free RN Motion

Nike Free RN Motion: Total Freedom

Everything you think you know about running shoes? Throw it out the window. The Nike Free RN Motion is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Designed with freedom in mind, every aspect of this shoe is designed to be a seamless extension of your foot, allowing you to run as nature intended.

What You Should Know

Areas of breathability and support are woven into the snug, sock-like Flyknit upper for a fit that moves with your through your workout.

Flywire cables can be tightened or loosened through the laces, allowing you to create your own custom fit.

Soft, deconstructed heel and tongueless construction make the Free RN Motion a true extension of your foot.

All-new, tri-star flex pattern allows the midsole to expand and stretch in all directions, freeing your foot to run more naturally than ever before.

Nike Free RN Motion

Legendary Legs: Shoes Of The 2016 Boston Marathon

Legendary Legs: Shoes Of The 2016 Boston Marathon

On April 18, 30,000 runners will line up on Main Street in Hopkinton, Mass. and begin one of the world’s most difficult races — the Boston Marathon. They’ll have to fight for every step of the 26.2-mile journey that stands between them and Copley Square in the heart of Boston, but those who make it will have achieved one of the greatest honors in running.

Established in 1897, the Boston Marathon is the oldest annual marathon in the world. It’s also one of the most beloved. Inspired by the race and those who run it, some of your favorite brands are creating Boston Marathon versions of their top running shoes to help you celebrate this incredible event.

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Boston Marathon

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2 Boston

The Fresh Foam Zante v2 is designed with one thing in mind: speed. The shoe’s breathable, bootie-fit upper eliminates bulky overlays that add weight and slow you down, while aggressive toe spring propels you forward for one fleet-footed ride.

New Balance Boston Marathon

The Fresh Foam Zante v2 Boston uses this fast platform to honor the city, incorporating details that celebrate its history and love of running. Varsity colors represent the many colleges and universities in the Boston area, paying homage to the great minds who have called the city home. Gold accents on the heel and laces bring to mind the excitement of finishing a race victorious.

The outsole and insole both feature a bold chevron pattern to remind runners to keep looking forward — a mantra many runners will need to keep in mind as they battle through the difficult hills of the Boston Marathon course. The insole also sports the outline of Massachusetts, with a heart marking Boston’s location.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 Boston Marathon

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

A long-time staple for Brooks Running, the Adrenaline GTS 16 brings cushioning and support to runners who pronate or suffer from weak or flat arches. This is done through the BioMoGo DNA midsole, which adapts to each runner’s unique weight, gait, and chosen running surface for personalized comfort.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS

The Adrenaline GTS 16 Nantucket showcases a more lighthearted side of east coast culture, with a bright plaid pattern decorating the upper, tongue, and insole. The heel sports a sailboat and whale, a lobster perches on the shoelace lock, and an anchor on the insole sets a strong foundation for your run.

Nike Running Boston Marathon

Nike Zoom Streak LT 3 and Free RN Distance

Varsity colors come back into play in Nike’s Boston Marathon shoes. These Patriots’ Day styles of the Free RN Distance and Zoom Streak LT 3 are decked out in red, white, and blue and feature yellow Boston shoutouts on the tongue, heel, insole, and laces to give them a unique look and feel.

Nike Boston Marathon

The Free RN Distance combines two of Nike’s best technologies to provide a natural ride that can withstand longer distances. We have all the details here, but basically, the Free RN Distance has the extreme flexibility you love about the Nike Free line and soft Lunar cushioning to protect your foot and help you run farther.

The Zoom Streak LT 3 is a race-ready option designed for a fast, responsive ride. This unisex racing flat is only available in men’s sizes, so women will have to size down to achieve the snug fit needed for successful road racing.

Saucony Running Boston Marathon

Saucony Kinvara 7 and Triumph ISO 2

Making a departure from the blue and red hues of the other Boston Marathon shoes, Saucony takes its inspiration from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, specifically the MBTA’s oldest subway — the Green Line, which originated in 1897, the same year as the first Boston Marathon. Bostonians love to hate the Green Line for its slow pace and frequent delays, but it remains a classic piece of the city’s culture. And, while they may be inspired by the Green Line, these Saucony shoes will keep you moving at a faster pace.

Saucony Boston Marathon

Both the Boston Kinvara 7 and the Boston Triumph ISO 2 turn heads with their bold green color, but it’s the details others can’t see that set these shoes apart. Both feature printed insoles that match the seats of Boston’s public transportation system, and the tongues are emblazoned with “Inbound”, a welcoming message for those entering Boston or crossing the finish.

The Kinvara 7 delivers a firm, fast ride on the track, treadmill, or road. This sleek runner uses FLEXFILM overlays, originally part of Saucony’s racing line, as a supportive, lightweight exoskeleton for the foot.

For a plush ride, look to the continuous cushioning of the Triumph ISO 2. EVERUN midsole construction places a layer of cushioning closer to the foot than ever before, allowing for better response and ground feel. The highly durable material fights breakdown, so the Triumph ISO 2 can carry you through all 26.2 miles without ever missing a step.

Inside The Tech: Breaking Down The Nike Free RN Distance

Inside The Tech: Breaking Down The Nike Free RN Distance

Nike RN Distance

The next evolution in running shoes is here. The Nike Free RN Distance is the first shoe to combine Lunarlon foam with Free technology.

Supportive cushioning. Lightweight mobility. Sounds like the perfect match.

Lunarlon Foam Comfort

If you’ve laced up any Nike athletic shoes over the past few years, there’s a good chance you’ve stepped in Lunarlon. Since 2008, this foam cushioning has been popular in everything from basketball to tennis to training. But it is especially beloved among runners, who rely on its soft, resilient support to carry them through the miles. Invented by Nike after studying how astronauts move on the moon, Lunarlon is 30% lighter than Phylon foam and is built to evenly distribute the impact of every stride.

Nike Free Flexibility

The Free’s history dates back even further. In 2002, the Nike design team was inspired by a group of Stanford athletes training barefoot across the university’s golf course. An avid barefoot runner himself, Tobie Hatfield was determined to create a running shoe that complemented the foot’s natural barefoot movement while providing protection against debris and injury. The result: the 2004 Nike Free 5.0 V1. Runners who wanted more natural motion and a lighter weight finally had their go-to.

Over time, Nike added new shoes to the Free line, positioning them along a 0-10 scale. Zero was the equivalent of running barefoot, while 10 represented running in a traditional trainer. The Nike Free family of shoes grew in popularity, and the flexible technology spread into other sports and everyday wear, quickly becoming a staple for the Swoosh. But there was one problem. While athletes enjoyed the natural motion and flexibility that Nike Frees provided, some experienced discomfort when they ran longer distances.

The Perfect Pairing

Nike believed athletes deserved both flexibility and comfort — at any distance. Refusing to compromise on that belief, the Nike team went back to the drawing board. The Nike Free RN Distance running shoe is the result.

Nike RN Distance

The Free RN Distance is built on a familiar Nike Free outsole, with deep hexagonal flex grooves cut into the bottom. These grooves allow the outsole material to expand with your foot as it hits the ground and contract at toe-off, mimicking the way feet move and behave when barefoot. The result is an incredibly flexible bottom that smoothly transitions through your stride.

Next, Lunarlon foam is placed over the outsole. The soft, plush cushioning sits within a slightly firmer Phylon foam carrier, creating responsive underfoot cushioning that bounces back with every step and is durable enough to withstand the repeated impact of high-mileage runs.

Completing the Nike Free RN Distance is a breathable, single-layer knit upper that uses Flywire cables through the laces to provide customizable lockdown and support through the midfoot. These cables place the fit firmly in your control, letting you adapt the shoe’s tightness to meet your needs.

Innovation at its finest, the Nike Free RN Distance combines two of Nike’s best shoe lines to create the perfect pairing of cushioning and flex. It’s time for you to experience the next evolution of Nike Free. With an array of Free RN Distance colors in both men’s and women’s sizes, Eastbay has everything you need to go the distance in comfort and style.

Two Is Better Than One: The Nike Free RN Distance

Two Is Better Than One: The Nike Free RN Distance

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The next evolution in running shoes is here. The Nike Free RN Distance is the first shoe to combine Lunarlon foam with Free technology. Supportive cushioning. Lightweight mobility. Sounds like the perfect match.

If you’ve laced up in any Nike athletic shoes over the past few years, there’s a good chance you’ve stepped in Lunarlon. Since 2008, this foam cushioning has been popular in everything from basketball to tennis to training. But it is especially beloved among runners, who love its soft, but resilient support. Invented by Nike after studying how astronauts move on the moon, Lunarlon is 30% lighter than Phylon foam and is built to evenly distribute the impact of every stride.

The Free’s history dates back even further. In 2002, legendary shoe designers Tinker Hatfield and Eric Avar were inspired to make a more minimalistic running shoe after observing Stanford athletes training barefoot. The result: the 2004 Nike Free 5.0 V1. Runners who wanted more natural motion and a lighter weight finally had their go-to.

Over time, Nike started to perfect the Free by introducing numerous different models along a 0-10 scale. Zero is barefoot while 10 provides the cushioning of an average training shoe. While many athletes enjoyed the flexibility or support that typically ranged from 3.0-7.0, Nike found that runners wanted more material to help them travel farther distances. So, the Free RN Distance added a thicker sole that still bends like a Nike Free, but has a core of Lunarlon foam to cushion your long-mile journeys.

But there’s even more innovation packed into this shoe. A partial inner sleeve and Flywire cables around the laces offer a more supportive and comfortable fit. So, in summary, the Nike Free RN Distance, has game-changing fit, incredible cushioning, and unrivaled flexibility. We may have just found your new favorite shoe.