Some of you may have noticed by following me on Instagram, Twitter and the Nike+ Running app that I have recently stepped up my fitness regime and have gotten back into really enjoying the benefits of running now that the weather is warmer. Some may call me cray, but I have learned to love this form of exercise as it allows me to relax, think, brainstorm, reflect and tone my body from head to toe. I am running five days a week now…wish I could do more but it is imperative to allow my body to rest and I also need to do other fitness related activities to help stretch and lengthen my body as well. With the release of Nike’s Free 2014 running collection this Spring, I’ve recently decided to test out the brand’s 3.0 Flyknit running shoe. Prior to this, I was happily jogging in the Nike 5.0, which has been my go-to shoe to work out in, but having never been exposed to the Flyknit technology I was open for a change.
Celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year, the design of the original Free’s was based around the concept of natural motion. After a decade of R&D, the company has developed some amazing new innovations which has helped birth the Free Flyknit 3.0 and the Free Flyknit 4.0. Through lab research, Nike’s brilliant team studied the foot in motion and it became quite clear that although when you run you move forward linearly, your feet do not necessarily move in a straight line – rather they roll slightly when it strikes the ground. The brand’s answer was to create multi-directional flexibility to create natural motion in a running shoe via three groundbreaking technologies.
The Flykmit upper is said to provide support, stretch and breathability while also complimenting the flexibility of the Nike Free platform, allowing the foot to move more freely in all directions.
Hexagonal Flex Grooves
This is the first line of shoe where Nike has introduced an outsole hexagonal flex groove pattern, developed with the help of insights from professional athletes and it allows runners feet to move more freely in all directions.
The goal of the anatomical shape is to allow the foot and body to move more naturally and the heel is meant roll as your foot hits the ground.
Stay tuned as I plan to run approximately 50 km’s in these bad boys before I report back on my experience with the new and improved Nike Free Flyknit 3.0’s. I have been running distances between 3 to 9 km’s a day with the help of the Nike+ Running app and the transition has been interesting so far. If you are a seasoned runner or just getting started, download the app for free and get more out of your run.