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The buzz around Nike React is real. Athletes, influencers and more are LOVING Nike’s latest technology and we want you to have a chance to try it for yourself. Our LA store will be harnessing all things Nike React this week and you’re invited to be a part of the experience. Nike’s latest innovation will takeover Finish Line Culver City and we’ll be there to capture it all. @meganbatoon will be in store on Thursday 3/1, @montanaefaw and @koreatown on Friday 3/2 and @kustoo and @deannajenkins_,on Saturday 3/3.

Nike React specialists will be in store to educate you behind the design, let you try the shoes out in our foam pit and have you strike a pose you can share with your friends and family. Get down to good music by DJ Brett Hart and find out why people are riding the Nike React wave.

Want some insight on how React feels? Check it out below:

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If you’re in the LA area, come hang out with us at Finish Line Culver City’s Nike Epic React takeover from 3/1-3/3 and don’t forget you can also get your pair at finishline.com.

By Drew Hammell

On a raw and rainy January morning last month, New York City running enthusiasts gathered inside a massive, yet unassuming building along the West Side Highway in SoHo for the debut of Nike’s latest sneaker innovation. No one was quite sure what to expect – there was only a mysterious email invitation for all those fortunate enough to be considered for the high honor:

We invite you to experience the latest Nike footwear innovation on January 23rd. Be amongst the first to trial the footwear while joining NRC coaches, product specialists and other special guests for an epic team competition. 

“Choose Go.”

This should be interesting.

Upon entering the venue, there were marketing reps from Nike waiting to greet each person who walked in. There was a check-in station, along with organic fruits, juices, bottles of fancy water, and hipster protein bars. Along the wall were massive images of a blue foot mold perched on top of a white foam square, on top of a yellow foam square, on top of blue egg crate foam, on top of a pillow, on top of three springs. What was Nike pushing here? Shox on steroids? A Tempur-Pedic bed for the foot? Both?

After about forty sneaker writers, bloggers, and influencers filed in through the doors and mingled for a few minutes, everyone was escorted into a sneaker showroom. On the wall was what everyone was waiting to see – the latest invention from Nike: the Epic React. There were forty pairs of white and navy shoes on the wall, with our individual names written underneath each pair. We were invited to sit and learn about all the technological advancements the Epic React featured. We learned that React is the successor to the Lunarlon line. It featured Nike’s patented Flyknit upper, which meant feather-like breathability. The React cushioning is more durable, but still lightweight and cushiony. The foam is 11 percent softer, and 13 percent bouncier than Lunarlon, in fact.  And we couldn’t forget the primary colors: Racer Blue and Pink Blast.

Following the demonstration, we were invited to grab our pair of Epic Reacts and proceed to a fitting room area with personal lockers for each of us. Every locker contained a full Nike outfit. Dri-FIT tights, tops, hoodies and socks for the girls. Dri-FIT shorts, tees, hoodies and socks for the guys. We were about to test out this revolutionary new shoe, but we weren’t exactly sure how. All we knew was that it would be epic.

After everyone was changed and ready to roll, we entered a much bigger and brighter room full of happy, cheering Nike reps along with pink, yellow, blue and white obstacle stations. With a DJ blasting high-energy tunes, we surveyed the space. Somewhat embarrassed, but also intrigued, we high-fived our way into the room and got ourselves hyped.

Adding to the hype were a few famous athletes who were introduced to us one by one. Sprinter and four-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross ran in. Then gymnast and two-time Olympic medalist Lauri Hernandez. Then hurdling gold medalists Aries Merritt and Dalilah Muhammad. And finally two-time WNBA All-Star Stafanie Dolson. We were surrounded by greatness.

After the introductions, we were divided into teams, with one of these elite athletes leading the way as our captains. There were four stations, complete with trampolines, foam pits, racetracks, and life-size containers full of feathers. We then proceeded to bounce, jump, sprint, and catch feathers until we were sweating and laughing and having a blast. Each teams received points for completing tasks at each station, and the points were tallied on a big digital board. Nike made the point pretty clear – the Epic React was the lightest, bounciest, softest, fastest running shoe ever created.

After we were finished playing and had a chance to compete with the best of the best, we wrapped things up, congratulated the winning team, took some pictures, and said our goodbyes. The whole event was meant to show off the unique character of the Epic React – a shoe designed for serious runners, but also versatile enough to wear to the gym or on the street. A sneaker that is fun to wear, but also means business. Nike is well known for AIR technology, but they’ve been making breakthroughs with lighter and more durable foam cushioning for years as well. The Epic React is the newest and best advancement in the ongoing sneaker design race, and it is definitely worth taking out for a test drive.

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If you’ve been dying to get your hands on the brand new Nike Epic React running shoes, then you’re going to want to pay attention. We’re giving you the chance to order the Nike Epic React before their release date on the 22nd.

If you thought ordering them early was good, it’ll get even better when you step out and everyone sees them on your feet on release date.

You’re going to want to download the Finish Line app for Apple or GooglePlay on 2/17 or 2/18 and get ready to order your pair on 2/19 or 2/20. Your only way to make sure they’re on your feet by the 22nd will be through our exclusive early app release and you’ll have 48 hours to make it happen.

Epic React is an incredible, ground-breaking design, but what does this running shoe actually feel like? Nike gave athlete testers React shoes that had been worn for at least 500 miles and told them to go on a run. When they returned, Nike asked how many miles they thought the shoes had on them. The highest answer was 100, average was 15 and the lowest was “brand-new”. If that doesn’t get you excited about what these shoes feel like, we don’t know what will. Softer and lighter than LunarEpic Low Flyknit, Nike React is a competitors best friend.

Mo Farah, 4-time Olympic Gold Medalist for Track & Field is one of the first athletes to share what Nike Epic React feels like and his energy around the design is contagious to say the least. Expressing “They’re amazing. It feels like a kangaroo “G’day mate! – soft as a pancake.”

Buy and try your pair of Nike Epic React on 2/22 at finishline.com and let us know what you think they feel like on @finishline and @finishlinewomen.


Nike Epic React, is 11% softer than the LunarEpic Low Flyknit and 13% bouncier. It is also 5% lighter, making it one of the lightest-cushioned shoes you can buy. Powered by heat map data, designers determined how much Nike React technology was needed and where. After testing with athletes – how their feet move, which direction and with much speed and force, Nike was able to shape the foam for a running shoe.

Nike has stated that the best innovations come from listening to the athlete. When asking athletes what they would improve with cushioning, their answer was EVERYTHING and Nike was up for the challenge. Nike chemists took three years testing materials and design methods and after 400 combinations, they finally landed with Nike React.

Get behind the design and check out the Nike Epic React Flyknit 2.22 at finishline.com.


When it comes to running, you want THE shoe that will deliver on many levels. More cushion, energy return, light in weight and durable. Nike teams came together and is revealing the first running shoe that will feature their new foam, Nike React, which should cover all wants and needs for the ones striding it out on the road.

With a simple upper, the Nike React Flyknit is easy to love at first glance. Taking cues from the Nike Flyknit Racer this running shoe also has a one-piece Flyknit bootie that allows support, flexibility and breathability. Compared to EVA-based foams, Nike React is softer and takes bumps on the road with ease.

As the Flyknit upper sits on one piece of foam, the outsole is close to the same, but with rubber under the forefoot and heel. This allows for more traction and stability. Said to be the running shoe that can do it all, the Nike Epic React Flyknit will be sure to impress those chasing down miles this year.

Get your pair of the Nike Epic React Flyknit, February 22nd at Finishline.com.