Shoe Review: Nike React Infinity Run 3
Run stronger for longer with the new Nike React Infinity Run 3.
The Nike React Infinity Run is back in its third iteration, complete with a smooth Flyknit upper and extra cushioning around the heel and ankle. This shoe combines supportive, stable elements with soft, responsive cushioning for an effortlessly smooth ride.
Fleet Feet reviewers tested the Nike React Infinity Run 3 to see how it fits, feels and performs. Here’s what you can expect.
Nike React Infinity Run 3
9.2 oz (W), 11.7 oz (M)
Nike React Foam Offers Smooth, Steady Ride
The Nike React Infinity 3 is built on a plush bed of Nike React Foam. The special blend of foam is designed to provide softness, responsiveness and durability in a lightweight package while a rocker shape propels you forwards.
Reviewers appreciated the smooth ride.
“I like the stack height of the shoe and the slightly stiffer and more responsive midsole. I also noticed a slight rocker sensation, which felt nice warming up on my run,” Nate says.
“I found that these shoes have a different feel on walks versus on a run. For walks they feel pretty soft. On runs, they feel more firm, which I like. The forefoot is flexible while the heel is much more stable. I like a stiffer shoe for faster days and this one performed nicely,” Kate says.
A wide base and extra cushioning around the heel and ankle provide extra stability for both over-pronators and neutral runners alike.
“These offer a solid, dependable ride,” says Caroline. “They definitely have enough cushion to get the job done.”
A built-up outsole made with durable rubber ensures solid traction and grip, no matter the conditions.
“I wore these on an uneven brick pathway after it had been raining all weekend. Despite the less than ideal conditions, I never felt like I was going to slip in these shoes,” Caroline says.
Flyknit Upper Locks Down Fit
The Nike React Infinity 3 features new Flyknit upper, providing breathability and flexibility. Nike’s Flywire technology adds extra support and security throughout the midfoot to hold you in.
The upper creates enough breathability to feel comfortable during hot runs, while allowing your feet to move naturally without feeling restricted.
Reviewers appreciated the lockdown fit of the Nike React Infinity 3.
“The last and the upper fit my feet really well with a tapered heel and a wide forefoot,” says Nate, who has wide feet.
“I usually don’t like knit uppers, but this one is an exception. I like the ability to dial in the fit with the double eyelets, and the thick padded tongue adds extra comfort. I also love the colorful overlays in the knit upper. These fit true to size, snug in the midfoot with some wiggle room in the toes,” Caroline says.
Reviewers also noticed the eye-catching design and popping colorways of the Nike React Infinity 3.
“Dang! This is a good looking shoe. I love the color accents and the knit upper,” Nate says.
“In addition to wearing these on my runs, I also wore them while traveling. I got so many compliments on these shoes,” Caroline says.
Nike React Infinity 3 vs Nike React Infinity 2
Nike React Infinity 3
Nike React Infinity 2
9.2 oz (W), 11.7 oz (M)
8.6 oz (W), 10.6 oz (M)
The Nike React Infinity 3 is still the same responsive, reliable trainer as the previous version, with a few key updates.
The addition of Nike’s Flyknit material throughout the upper creates a more secure fit, while also adding new zones of breathability. The shoe still features the same Flywire technology throughout the midfoot as the previous version.
The Nike React Infinity 3 is slightly heavier than the previous version, which can be chalked up to more cushioning and the new materials throughout the upper. Extra padding around the heel and ankle help you feel supported throughout the entirety of your run, and fresh colorways add style to any occasion.
Overall, the Nike React Infinity 3 is pretty similar to the React Infinity 2, but offers more cushioning and a better fit. If you enjoyed the previous version, you’ll probably like this one, too.
The Nike React Infinity 3 is a great option to handle the bulk of your training runs. With plenty of cushioning, it can handle heavy mileage while keeping your legs feeling fresh.
The shoe has a pop of responsiveness to it, but it’s not comparable to the Nike Zoom Fly or the Vaporfly line. Where this shoe really shines is providing a comfortable, durable ride with reliable support for miles on end.
“The Nike React Infinity Run 3 is a good candidate for a do-it-all trainer. It’s cushioned enough to offer protection for longer miles and stiff enough to propel you through speed workouts. The foam feels soft for walking, and the look is stylish enough to wear for any casual outing,” Kate says.