Nike Free RN Distance 2
Nike Free RN Distance 2 Review Facts
The Nike Free RN Distance 2 is the new improved version of the well-loved original Nike Free RN Distance. This shoe features a minimal sole unit for improved flexibility and grip as well; the sole unit on this shoe is now just a single piece of material rather than a combination of rubber and foam material. The use of the foam in the sole unit of this shoe allows for a high level of functionality to be provided by the shoe as well as a few nuanced improvements in the way of comfort to be provided. The upper of the shoe has remained much the same with a few slight differences in the construction and features placed throughout.
Editor's Pros & Cons
- Aesthetically appealing
- Responsive sole unit
- Breathable upper
- Runs small
- Not bad for average running, really nice for casual or just lounging, good cushion, very light so that feels comfortable, the footbed has a nice amount of flexibility. I use these three times a week for three mile runs and these are good.
- I use these twice a week, 5 miles each run, these have extra cushioning, love the pull tab on these its very convenient, I needed to size up by a half and I got a great snug fit, the ventilation level is nice, all in all for the price it’s a good shoe.
- I weigh 200 pounds and I run on asphalt, been running this way for 25 years and I recommend these as an affordable good running shoe, cushion, fit, performance, grip & protection all for an easy price, these are a good deal.
- I like these but they do run small by half a size, the inner soles don’t work for my arches but I fixed that with inserts, the cushion in these is nicely laid out for full support, the shoe breathes, it’s light and comfy, had these 3 months, waiting to see about durability.
- A good shoe, really just basic features for running but these are fine, for me the shoe does really well for workouts such as treadmill and other training which I do at home. I’m not saying these are nor for running because they are but I’m not convinced about how durable they are if pushed for regular distances.
- I like how easy it is to slip into these, they don’t smother my feet, they are very light and I use these moderately for short to medium runs, it’s a cheaper shoe and with cheap you don’t get a shoe for using in marathons.
- These get better with each update while staying affordable, I guess that these will continue to improve with each update and as far as I’m concerned I will always buy these, they hit the right mark for support, comfort, grip and protection, that's all I need as I am a moderate runner, no long distances.
- It’s probably been said before but these do slip onto my feet as easily as putting on a sock, I don’t run much I just like these because as a casual shoe they are fine everywhere, work, shopping, travel, light and of course comfortable, these shoes fill a niche and I like them.
- Good shoe, I wear them everyday for just about everything, I have a second pair for jogging in the evenings providing the weather is not too wet, I feel these are a jack of all trades shoe, sport, casual, going to the type of work where we are on our feet a lot.
- Lots of style, nice on the eye and comfortable on my feet, I run short jogging routes around a huge park near my home and these are great, use these about 5 times each week, never tried these before so I’m waiting to see how they are after 6 months.
- I keep getting a popping sound from the cushion in these and I can’t figure out why? Had to size up for fit, I quit using them for jogging as the noise problem is very annoying, I wear these casually just to get my monies worth back.
- The groves on the outsole are wearing out too fast, as a cheaper shoe I expected some signs of less durability but these wear fast exactly where I want durability for traction.
- After 8 weeks of running three times a week the shoes are getting holes in the fabric and the sole is wearing out too fast.
- The inner fabric rubs on my toes and causes blisters, it’s not about breaking in the shoe, it’s the design, I can’t use these, even for strolling around the friction is there inside the shoes and rubs my toes.
- Don’t do long distances regularly, I have found these are not designed to do this, the shoe is not durable enough, short or medium running should be fine, my advice, if your doing regular long distances pay more for a shoe designed to do that.
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The outsole of the Distance 2 differs greatly from that of its predecessor. The outsole of this model no longer features the blown rubber pieces that were added to the sole of the shoe; now the sole unit is designed from EVA material and differs only slightly from the midsole of the shoe. The patterning on the outsole of the shoe also has very little of the patterning that once made up the upper of the shoe; The outsole on this model no longer has the hexagonal patterning and features windmill style cuts on the sole unit of the shoe. These cuts enable the shoe to get a decent grip without taking away from the flexibility and responsiveness provided by the shoe.
The midsole of the shoe is primarily designed from a combination of materials. The Distance 2 features a midsole design form both Lunar Lon foam and EVA that work together to ensure that the wearer of the shoe receives a responsive and cushioned ride during their time in the shoe. The lower portion of the midsole meets the ground and has been constructed primarily from the EVA material; this takes away from the wear experience by the shoe and allows them to have a high level of grip during their time in the shoe. The Lunar Lon material provides the wearer of the shoe with a decent level of cushioning which also results in a decent level of support to be provided to the wearer of the shoe.
The design of the upper on the Distance 2 is one that allows the shoe to provide the wearer with a decent level of both comfort and flexibility during use. The shoe features an upper designed primarily form a mesh material that also has a few enhancements over it’s predecessor. The entrance of the shoe no longer separates the tongue and sides of the shoe. Instead, the sides and tongue of the shoe are fashioned into a bootie design that allows the shoe to come on and off the foot with relative ease. The upper of this shoe is also layered, which somewhat takes away from the flex provided by the shoe but gives it an added sense of protection in it’s place.
The Distance 2 incorporates several materials in its design that allows the shoe to remain relatively lightweight. The sole unit of the shoe is a combination of both Lunar Lon and EVA foam, 2 materials that are known for being lightweight in nature. The cut of the materials on the sole unit also does very little to add any weight to the shoe’s design at all. The upper of the shoe is designed from a porous mesh material and adds very little weight to the shoe as well; it also must be mentioned that the mesh on the upper of the shoe has very little, if any, overlays which also aids the shoe in remaining lightweight. All the mesh material is layered, the lack of plastic overlays on the upper itself really helps in keeping the overall weight down.
The upper of the Distance 2 is one that promotes both breathability and comfort for the wearer of the shoe. The upper of the shoe is designed primarily from a mesh material that allows the shoe to retain a high level of air circulation during one’s use of the shoe; this is accomplished because of the Mesh’s innate ability to provide a porous experience while in the shoe. The forefoot of the shoe has more ventilation capabilities due to the design of the area of the shoe; the knitting is a bit looser in that area which allows for a decent amount of air to flow in and outside of the shoe. The level of airflow that is attained by the V2 prevents the accumulation of sweat inside of the shoe, which adds to the level of comfort experienced by the wearer of the shoe.
The design of the Distance 2 is one that allows the wearer of the shoe to experience extremely high levels of comfort during their time wearing the shoe. The upper of the shoe is designed primarily from a mesh material that works to conform to the shape of the wearer’s foot and provides them with a decent level of airflow during the shoe’s use. The one thing that must be mentioned about the upper of the shoe is that the design is seamed together; this means that the shoe, when worn without socks, may get a bit uncomfortable for the wearer of the shoe. Besides this, the upper of the shoe has an insole that is removable and adds a bit of comfort to the design of the shoe overall. The air flow that is achieved by the design, as mentioned earlier, prevents the accumulation of sweat inside of the shoe, which results in added comfort for the wearer. The sole unit of the shoe and the use of the Lunar Lon foam gives the wearer a decent level of cushioning to rely on which translates into added comfort for the duration of the shoe’s life.
The cut of the shoe is one that is rather sleek and gives the wearer a bit of aesthetic appeal while the shoe is on foot. The mesh design of the upper coupled with the sense of minimalism provided by the lack of overlays being present in the shoe’s design also adds a bit of style to the shoe; minimalism in design is something that automatically makes a shoe seem exciting and stylish. The shoe comes in base colors which allows it to be worn in a variety of places as well as with a variety of outfits. The shoe is also color-blocked, which adds to the aesthetic appeal and its ability to be worn with a variety of outfits.
The wearer of the shoe should definitely get a decent amount of longevity out of the Distance 2. The shoe’s use of the combination of Lunar Lon and EVA foam allows the wearer of the shoe to achieve high-level durability as well due to the natural properties of both materials. The patterning of the outsole does nothing but add to the level of longevity due to the lack of grooves and overall openings that the previous model of the shoe had. The upper of the shoe replaces most of it’s predecessors cushy parts with stability features that give the shoe some added longevity; on top of this, the upper of the shoe is layered.
The Distance 2 replaced most of the comfort providing portions of the Distance 1 with several protective features. When the upper of the shoe has none of the overlays that are usually in place to give the shoe a bit of protection, the upper of the shoe does have a layered effect; the layering of the upper of the shoe allows for a decent level of comfort due to the stopping power that the different layers of the shoe provides. The sole unit of the shoe is also rather firm and prevents the wearer from experiencing both rollover and the intrusion of objects into the shoe itself during a run.
The Lunar Lon in the midsole of the shoe provides the wearer of the shoe with a firm, yet responsive ride for the duration of the shoe’s use. Lunar Lon is known for its ability to conform to the shape of the wearer's foot; this results in support for the curves that make up the wearer’s foot and, in turn, higher comfort. In addition to this, the Lunar Lon has an energy returning effect that enables it to absorb a decent amount of the impact while running and to send it back out to the wearer’s foot which gives them an added bounce during the run.
The midsole of the shoe provides the wearer of the shoe with a somewhat supportive feel for the duration of their time wearing the shoe. The Lunar Lon material, as mentioned before has a somewhat cushioning effect and provides the wearer with support for the curves of their foot while in use; this is only accentuated by the added cushioning that is present in the shoe’s heel portion. The upper of the shoe and the various layers that are designed with also provides a decent level of support for the curves of the wearer’s foot.
The Distance 2 was designed for use primarily on developed terrains; this means that the shoe should be used on terrains such as roads and in indoor areas. The flat surface that is the outsole of the shoe and the EVA foam that was used allows the shoe to provide a decent level of grip for the wearer of the shoe when used on it’s intended surface. The lack of lugs and the foam material itself being used as the outsole would result in a severe degradation of the material if used on terrains such as trails and the like.
The Distance 2 falls on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of prices nowadays. The funny thing about it is that the shoe was designed with various high quality, function providing materials; these materials allow the shoe to have a high level of longevity which then translates into a high level of value being transferred to the wearer of the shoe at the time of purchase.
The patterning on the outsole of the Distance 2 allows for a high level of grip to be achieved on developed terrains. On this model of the Distance, Nike rids themselves of the blown rubber pieces that were present on the outer edges of the shoe. Along with that, Nike has gotten rid of the majority of the grooves that were present on the outsole of the shoe; now the outsole is a base piece of foam with a star-like pattern being placed throughout the shoe’s design. This design does a decent job of enhances the grip of the shoe, allowing it to remain on par with that provided by the rubber pieces on previous models.
The design of the shoe is one that allows the shoe to get a moderate level of flex while in use. The upper of the shoe is designed form layered mesh; this allows the shoe to bend to the movements of the wearer’s foot but, is hindered somewhat by the stability features that are placed throughout the shoe’s design. The sole unit of the shoe has none of the flex grooves that were placed in the previous model’s design; even with that it still bends rather easily while the shoe is in use.
This model of the distance has taken some of the cushioning out and has replaced it with stability features that provide the wearer of the shoe with a decent level of security in their movements. The use of a single unit upper in this shoe allows the shoe to provide a tighter fit which allows the wearer to have better control of their movements while the shoe is in use. The sole unit of the shoe is a bit on the firmer side due to the lack of flex grooves placed throughout; this works to the same effect as the upper.
The drop on this shoe is almost non-existent. The shoe features a heel-to-toe ratio of about 4mm; this allows the shoe to provide smooth, natural feeling transitions while it is used.
• Fly wire
• 4mm drop
• Lunar Lon and EVA sole unit
• Layered mesh upper
• Bootie upper construction
• 4mm drop
• Lunar Lon and EVA sole unit
• Layered mesh upper
• Bootie upper construction
Overall, the design of the Distance 2 is one that focuses on stability rather than the flexibility features of the Distance 1. The shoe is sole at a moderate price and still incorporates several of the features provided by the previous model of this shoe; the low price of the shoe coupled with the functionality provided allows the shoe to provide the wearer with a decent level of value.