A few weeks back, I was lucky enough to be included in a select group that had an opportunity to check out the Nike Free 5.0.
We had a short run then a hiphop dance class wearing the Nike Free 5.0. It was “super bitin” but definitely enough to leave a good impression.
For folks like me who can’t resist examining the techside of running shoes, below is the complete tech sheet for the Nike Free 5.0 and my first impressions.
THE PITCH : The Nike Free 5.0 offers runners increased foot strength and a barefoot-like feel. Nike Flywire technology delivers a dynamic, glove-like fit, and lightweight mesh provides optimal ventilation. Nike Free articulated flex grooves along the length and width of the midsole enhance flexibility and help maintain stability. The Nike Free 5.0 has an 8 millimeter midsole offset and lies in the middle of the Nike Free spectrum between a barefoot-like feel and a traditional athletic shoe.
Full inner sleeve construction made of textured sandwich mesh provides a dynamic, socklike fit that hugs the foot but still allows for easy on and off. Loved the idea. My feet didn’t feel cramped inside. Hugged and snug.
Strategically placed synthetic overlays add lightweight durability and support.
Liked the support it offers. Not to sold on the material. I’m probably looking for a lighter material.
Nike Flywire technology wraps the midfoot and arch from underneath the foot up through the laces for a glovelike fit. The soft, yet durable Nike Flywire technology moves with the foot to provide unparalleled comfort and less potential for hot spots. Love the Nike flywire technology. For folks with problems with their arches, this is one of the best thing that ever happened in shoe revolution. I still tape my feet but I can really feel the support without getting the top bit of my feet scrunched up.
Easy entry tongue construction features notches for easy and and off. Agree.
Won’t comment on the rest as I think these ones you will notice overtime and when directly comparing with other shoes. Feel free to share your comments on the techside of your Nike Free 5.0.
Asymmetrical lacing system is offset to the lateral side of the foot to help reduce pressure over the top ridge of the foot for enhanced comfort.
Minimalistic, molded sockliner mimics the curvature of the foot to provide a great fit, enhance comfort and add support.
Low profile Phylite midsole has a 8mm offset, provides a resilient ride and is tough enough to double as an outsole, reducing the overall weight.
Transtarsal diagonal cuts enhance flexibiliy and provide a more natural motion.
Flex grooves along the length and width of the midsole enhance flexibility and help maintain stability.
BRS 1000 carbon rubber under the highest wear areas enhances durability.
Waffle outsole pistons work with the Phylite midsole by helping to absorb impact, and then spring back to the original shape for added responsiveness.
Strategically placed segments of solid rubber enhance traction and durability in key wear zones.