Nike Zoomfly 5 Review: What a Great Shoe!

Finding a shoe that offers both speed and comfort are rare. Which is why when a shoe that does both comes out. It really is something special. The Nike Zoomfly 5 is a shoe with that rare combination of comfort and speed. I have loved testing this shoe over the past few months and this is a model I will definitely keep using for my own training.

In this Nike Zoomfly 5 review I will go over the pros and cons of this trainer as well as my own personal thoughts and opinions.

Cushioning

A good level of cushioning is an essential component of a great shoe. A cushioned midsole helps relieve stress from the joints and provides support that makes long distance runs much easier.

Support

Good support is essential for all runners, so it is very important that when buying trainers an individual buys running shoes that have enough support. That may look different for all runners but it is important to consider.

It is important that a supportive running shoe provides a stable platform and reduces the risk of potential injuries.

Durability

I believe that it is important to buy shoes that have been built to last. If you are going to spend your own money on shoes then they should stay in good working condition for many months to come.

Fit

Making sure your shoes fit properly is very important as if a shoe is too big it can cause the shoes to start to rub against you feet causing blisters and other discomforts. By not having a shoe that fits it will also get rid of the possibility of a comfortable run.

Breathability

Breathable materials in the upper part of the shoe helps keep the feet cool and dry during runs. This is because it helps prevent the build up of sweat and moisture in the shoe which reduces discomfort and irritation when running.

A breathable upper shoe enhances comfort and can be a life saver when running in hot days as it helps prevent overheating. This makes shoes with this feature an excellent choice as well as a comfortable fit.

Value

Running shoes can get really expensive and if you are someone that runs a lot you will have to keep coming back to buy more. This can really add up which is why I have added cost to the list of important factor.

Energy Return

There is no better feeling than being propelled by a responsive running shoe. A running shoe should that gives energy back to the runner can make all types of runs feel so much nicer. This category is even more important in race day shoes.

Price: £155

Weight: 269g

Stack Height: 33m

Usage: Racing

Pros

  • Outsole durability has been improved
  • Most stable Zoom Fly to date
  • Softer than its predecessors
  • Excellent upper comfort
  • Increased cushioning

Cons

  • Slower than previous Zoom Fly versions
  • ZoomX core doesn’t feel bouncy
  • Upper Breathability: 8/10
  • Energy return: 7/10
  • Durability: 8/10
  • Support: 8/10
  • Grip: 8/10
  • Style: 10/10
  • Versitility: 7/10
  • Value for money: 7/10
  • Comfort: 8/10
  • Fit: 8/10
  • Overall Rating: 79/100

Nike ZoomFly 5 First Impressions

When I first put this shoe on, I was very pleased with how comfortable it felt. The shoe was very nicely cushioned and had a very padded upper. This allowed for a very soft and comfortable feeling.

My first run in these trainers was a mid tempo 15km run. During this run I really enjoyed how responsive and fast these shoes felt however there wasn’t as much as previous versions in the series. This shoe was built to be more suited to long runs due to the extra levels of cushioning, padding and comfort along with the reduction in speed assistance.

I also loved the stability with this model. It has a forward tipping sensation during toe-offs along with a wider midsole base which were both features I really liked.

One of the downsides to all this stability and cushioning is that the ZoomFly 5 is the slowest version of the series to date however it offers the most cushioning, support and stability.

Why Should You Buy These Shoes?

If you are in the market for a long distance racing shoe that offers excellent support, comfort and stability then this model is a very good choice.

Why Should You Not Buy These Shoes?

If your top priority is speed then I would recommend going for either an earlier version in the series or The Nike Vaporfly 3 is also a great choice.

Upper of the shoe

The upper of this version was very different from the Zoomfly 4. The comfort level is high and foot lockdown is excellent. It feels more like a daily trainer now than the 4 which felt more like a racing trainer.

The fit is true to size with a midfoot, forefoot and toe box which are on the narrow side. So if you are a runner with wide feet then I would recommend going a half size up however for average width feet they are true to size.

The tongue is slightly padded and stays in place during runs while the collar and heel are also more padded to add the overall comfort of the shoe.

Foam of the shoe

The Zoom Fly 5 has a dual density midsole that contains ZoomX foam in the core. This ZoomX is different to the standard one as there are small bits that have been crushed and glued together, similar to the recycled midsole of the Alphafly Next Nature. This version is also firmer than usual.

If you were expecting the bounce and energy return to be similar to that of a Vaporfly or Invincible Run then you will be disapointed as this shoe does not offer anywehre near the same level of speed.

It does have a much more protective padding which makes long distances a breeze. For example I did a 20km run last weekend and this shoe performed incredibly. Transitions were smooth and it still has the signature Zoom Fly forward tipping sensation.

Sole of the shoe

There was a carbon plate in all of the previous models however in this model Nike has described there as being a “full-length articulated plate”. The ZoomFly 5 plate feels similar in rigidity to previous versions. It isn’t overly stiff so that transitions don’t feel jarring. The plate dips down at the forefoot like the Vaporfly so you get a hint of the springboard propulsion effect.

I loved the new outsole of this shoe. It has more rubber coverage which means there is much more durability. The outsole design is also flatter and the rubber is softer so landings feel more padded. Grip has been improved as well but it’s still slightly slippery in wet conditions.

Conclusion to this Nike Zoomfly 5 Review

Overall, I would highly recommend this shoe for long distances however if you are expecting a very fast and responsive ride then I would have a look at the Vaporfly 3 or the Brooks Hyperion Max 2.

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