At first glance, the Nike SB Bruin React looks quite similar to its predecessor. We took a closer look at the features in the new Bruin React for you.
Nike SB Bruin React – this is new
Compared to its big brother, the Bruin React from Nike SB has got some small design updates. The discreet swoosh on the side has given way to a distinctive logo. The heel tab has also been reworked – both elements are also found on the popular Nike SB Blazer.
The most important change from Nike SB Bruin to Bruin React is the sole. Instead of vulcanized soles, the Bruin React skate shoe uses a completely redesigned cupsole construction with a React insole.
The Nike technologies in the Bruin React
The Nike React foam was originally developed to reduce injuries during running. The Bruin React insole is both lightweight and responsive. According to Nike SB, the new cupsole design of the Bruin React is more flexible than other cupsoles. The original herringbone pattern of the outsole has been modified in key areas for improved grip and durability. Small perforations on the inner heel are designed to provide optimal breathability.
First impression and fit
The Nike SB Bruin React is very light, relatively slim cut and looks like a classic Nike sports shoe. As typical for Nike SB skate shoes, the Bruin React is very tight at the beginning – especially in the midfoot area. However, after a short time I had the feeling that this was a custom-made shoe. The shoe fitted my foot very well.
If you have very wide feet or simply prefer more mobility, it might be a good idea to buy the model half a size larger. The suede upper is very soft from the beginning and I didn’t have the feeling that I had to break the shoe in first.
Performance: boardfeel and grip in the Nike SB Bruin React
During the first session, I got along very well with the shoe after only a few minutes. The tight fit made sure that I was never afraid of rolling my ankle or losing my footing.
Hardwearing suede in the front area is a must-have for me when it comes to skate shoes – as it directly provides the necessary grip for flip tricks. The upper of the Bruin React does everything right here. The soft nylon upper at the midfoot and heel gives the new Bruin the feel of a real sports shoe. Whether street or transition skating – I was always positively surprised and am absolutely satisfied with the performance of the shoe.
I have been skating in Bruin React for about 20 hours and I am impressed with the durability. The wear and tear can be seen in the typical places on the forefoot. While the cupsole shows normal wear in my eyes, the suede is rather roughened. The shoe is far away from getting any holes.
I had nothing to complain about how the profile of the outsole wore down. In the course of the test, the shoe adapted more and more to my foot and tended to become more comfortable – without losing its tight fit.
Although I was skeptical at first, after reviewing the Nike SB Bruin React, I am thoroughly convinced. The shoe surprised me positively in all areas. I would even say that I have never skated a better shoe. A clear recommendation for all those who prefer a light, flexible shoe with a tight fit.
- Stability and boardfeel
- Board control
- Narrow fit