Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Most users mentioned that the Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 5 offers a nice blend of cushioning and ground feel.
  • The shoe has a roomier toe-box than the previous version, noted in some reviews.
  • A few lauded the laced of the shoe that stayed tight all through the run.
  • Many runners commented that the grip of the Wildhorse 5 is excellent.
  • According to some reviews, the shoe is durable.
  • A couple of buyers said that the shoe performs both on-road and off-road surfaces.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A few mentioned that the Wildhorse 5 runs smaller than usual.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 5 is a trail running shoe designed for neutral runners. The shoe gained positive feedback from users. Some admired the shoe’s durability and grip while others are satisfied with the shoe’s roomy toe-box and cushioning. In summary, the Wildhorse 5 is indeed a successful update to the old version.

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Facts

Rankings

Among the better Trail running shoes
A top rated Nike running shoe
Top 5% most popular running shoes
It has never been more popular than this August
Better rated than the previous version Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 4

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  • The Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 5 features a major update in its upper. The shoe received a new look but it still offers maximum breathability just like its predecessor. The new version now uses an open mesh that is still flexible and durable.

The Nike Wildhorse 5 has a standard running shoe length and it runs true to size. The shoe offers medium fit from the heel to the forefoot and it has a toe box that is roomy enough for the toes to splay.

The men’s and women’s version of the shoe is available in standard medium width option. Wide-footed runners should consider purchasing a larger size to get the perfect fit.

In the outsole of the Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 5 is the high-abrasion rubber that is environmentally-friendly. It gives durability to the outer sole without affecting flexibility and traction.

Configured in the outsole is also the multi-directional lugs that are designed to deliver reliable traction on soft and hard surfaces.

Added in between the midsole and the outsole is the Stoneshield. It provides added underfoot protection to keep the foot safe from sharp trail debris. This additional layer does not affect the shoe’s flexibility.

Utilized in the midsole is the full-length Phylon foam that delivers lightweight cushioning. It protects the foot against impact and delivers flexibility for a more satisfying running experience.

Working together with the Phylon foam is Zoom Air unit, which is also used in the Nike Structure 22, Nike Terra Kiger 5 and other best-selling running shoes from Nike.

A crash pad is added at the bottom of the heel. It has a gender-specific design and is efficient in reducing landing impact.

In the upper of the Wildhorse 5 is the open mesh material. This mesh coverage has enough ventilation to keep the foot dry and sweat-free. It also offers maximum durability for long-term use. It also comes with seamless overlays for structural integrity and improved fit.

The Dynamic Flywire is integrated into the lacing system. It is used to give runners an impressive fit and added support. It also provides a secure mid-foot lockdown.

The padded tongue and collar provides added comfort and enhanced fit.

The Air Zoom Wildhorse is one of the trail running shoe models from Nike. Now on its 5th version, the shoe continues to deliver the best to runners of all levels. There are two features that make the shoe a winning model to most trail runners - the traction and cushioning.

Traction. Trail shoes with multi-directional lugs are reliable when it comes to both uphill and downhill runs. The lugs of the Wildhorse 5 are aggressive yet lightweight and they offer long-lasting stability on uneven terrains.

Cushioning. The combination of the Phylon foam and Zoom Air unit functions incredibly well on the trails. People love how responsive and soft the performance of the midsole is, making the Nike Wildhorse 5 a good option for trail runners.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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