At Php6,250, the Nike Odyssey React is a solid competitor to performance and lifestyle trainers that sell for nearly twice it’s price. It features a full length React midsole, the same React technology found in the more expensive Nike Epic React Flyknit. It delivers amazing energy response and it gives you that extra spring in your step when you’re running or walking (there is really a noticeable bounce).
So if the React technology is the same, what changed between the React Flyknit and the Odyssey React to justify the price drop? As the names imply, the Odyssey React doesn’t come with a Flyknit upper. It has your usual Mesh upper with extra padding around the ankle. While you don’t get that 1:1 lightweight feel that the Epic React Flyknit delivers, it’s still more than acceptable and you still get that snug fit with the Odyssey React.
To make up for the loss of the Flyknit upper, Nike added rubber guards to the React outsole so that it’s not fully exposed. This was the biggest criticism against the Epic React Flyknit and it’s nice to see that Nike addressed it with this model.
Style-wise, the Odyssey React dropped with a variety of colors. That one that caught my attention the most was the Triple Black model (pictured above). There are other options including pink, grey, and light blue. This makes it a great everyday athleisure sneaker as well.
The Nike Odyssey React is one of the most versatile and affordable performance sneakers that delivers “flagship” caliber features. I highly recommend that you guys try on a pair at the nearest Nike store. For sizing, I suggest you go up half a size, or if you have wide feet, go a full size up.