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RunBlogRun opines: Cregg Weinmann, Footwear and Apparel Review editor for the RunningNetwork ran in this embargoed shoe (until 24 January 2018) from Nike. We thought that you would like to see the review, so we will post across our sites today. The shoe will be available on February 22, 2018 on a global basis. We saw the shoe in August 2018 at a special event, but had to keep our thoughts to ourselves until the launch. So, here is Cregg's thoughts on running in the shoe and his comments on the new Nike technology. You can see reviews daily at www.runningproductreviews.com.
 
Review:
The Epic React Flyknit is Nike's latest running shoe, and may point to a new range of performance shoes. Replacing the Lunar Epic Flyknit, the Epic React Flyknit advances overall performance with a focus on a new midsole technology. The upper is a monosock design, a new version of Flyknit which is quite thin with no additional ankle collar padding, welded overlays reinforce the eye stay, and a TPU heel counter adds a little structure. The stretch of the Flyknit, as well as the laces, do an excellent job of securing the foot, with no pressure, slippage, or discomfort. The React midsole material is a proprietary foam developed specifically by Nike, dialed in after hundreds of chemical combinations. The ride has a resilient bounce to it, is durable, as well as protective. The outersole features crystal rubber at heel and toe, with the rest a tough skinned foam. The weight of the shoe is quite light, noticeably lighter than the Lunarlon foam that it replaces. While the price tag has placed the shoe in the premium range, the performance matches it, and the promise of more to come may well point to something for everybody.
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Since 1998, Cregg Weinmann has been writing for our media group. He began writing for California Track & Running News in the mid 1990s and when we purchased California Track & Running News, Cregg then began writing the Running Network Shoe Reviews. Cregg now is moving our reviews to the digital and social venues where our runners frequent. You can find him at @runblogrun and our partner sites.
 
This is the review of the Under Armour HOVR Sonic. Under Armour did a global launch with this new product in February 2018. We also wanted to thank Under Armour for joining our sponsor group in supporting our travel and coverage of major events. UA is supporting us in Birmingham and we are most appreciative.
 
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HOVR Sonic by Under Armour
Reviewed by Cregg Weinmann, Running Network / Running Product Reviews
 
The Hovr Sonic is a new shoe to the Under Armour line, which introduces a new midsole technology. The upper features a flat knit construction, with a minimal heel collar and varying weights of knitting in the forefoot, saddle, and heel. The fit is secure and comfortable, both key to performance and fit. The midsole is a two piece design, an outer carrier foam of molded EVA surrounds an inner layer of Olefin foam developed by Dow Chemical (known as Engage). The inner layer of foam is encapsulated in polyester fabric to help it retain its shape and bounce, and is visible in the heel and through a window in the sidewall. The resulting ride is firm but responsive, with good flexibility. The outersole is a full-length, full-contact carbon rubber, with blown rubber sandwiched between for extra cush, which provides a good grip and reasonable durability. The result is an amalgam of performance which points to a new line of shoes broadening Under Armour's appeal beyond their Charged Foam and Micro G midsole offerings.
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