The Nike Odyssey React 2 is the light stability cousin to the Epic React and the second in the Odyssey React series. The biggest change from the previous version comes in the upper which features a Flyknit weave instead of an engineered mesh. This change makes the shoe more breathable and lightweight. There were also issues with the narrow width of the toe box in the first version which has been addressed by giving a little more lateral space. However, the structure of the shoe remains narrow. The heel counter has been extended to provide some support to overpronators and Nike’s iconic swoosh logo has been made slightly larger on the side. The first generation of this Odyssey React sneaker was appreciated for the comfortable ride and affordable price and the second one is sure to follow suit.
Versatility as a daily trainer that can handle short and long-stances well
Flyknit is a welcome addition which adds breathability to the forefoot
The Nike React midsole provides a responsive and cushioned ride
Extra rubber on the outsole adds durability and grip to the shoe
Runs narrow on the forefoot so it is recommended to go up half a size
The midsole is a bit firmer than generally seen on Nike React
Nike has the term ‘Flyknit’ printed on the middle of the shoe which interestingly doesn’t have the Flyknit material which many found odd. This could be because printing on Flyknit will damage the material but Nike could have just avoided printed the term. The heel clip on the rear of the foot is shiny and does not include reflective patches that were found in the previous version of the shoe. It also features the famed Nike swoosh on the side of the shoe.
Flyknit mesh in the upper and tongue that brings breathability
Molded Foam collar to protect the ankle and prevent tension in the Achilles
Fluid Geometric designed rubber outsole which adds durability to the shoe and provides a smooth transition
If you’re a neutral runner and are looking for a springy and cushioned shoe, then this shoe is a great option considering its price. This version of the shoe is slightly lighter than the previous but you can still enjoy good cushioning that adds a bounce on shorter runs and comfortable ride on longer runs. The shoe can also be worn casually on walks, at work or at the gym and can be styled easily.
The Odyssey React 2 is a better overall shoe than last year’s version. There are a few areas of improvement such as the shoe’s breathability in the rear and the narrow toe box.