Facts

Discontinued
Update: Flex Experience RN 6
Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$70
Weight
M: 283g | W: 283g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Flex Experience 5 looked great on their feet, stated a lot of runners.

  • Many testers appreciated the breathable nature of the upper fabrics because they felt that it actually allowed air to keep their feet cool.

  • The price of this version was generally well-received; consumers wrote that it was affordable.

  • The cushioning system felt flexible and responsive, according to a majority of those who have tried it.

  • A reviewer wrote that this shoe was a well-designed one because, for them, its components were consistent and that it didn’t have any unnecessary ‘gimmicks’.

  • The length and width of this model nicely adhered to the preferences of many runners.

  • A runner reported that even after over 6 months of use, the Nike Flex Experience 5 still remained efficient.

  • ‘Comfortable’ was a word used frequently as a means to describe the Flex Experience 5.

  • It didn’t look uncomfortably bulky, wrote several relieved purchasers.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The bottom part of the sole unit came apart on a number of testers, and they stated that it looked like it was made from cheap material.

  • This shoe was half-a-size smaller than expected, reported a few consumers.

  • The cushioning system was half-baked for a couple of testers; for them, it was comfortable at first, but they claimed that it eventually caused some discomfort to the underside of their feet.

  • The rear section of the upper unit tended to dig into the skin of a number of testers, causing her some discomfort throughout the running session.

Bottom line

Generally, the response to the Nike Flex Experience 5 was positive. Runners welcomed its comfortable, modern design, as well as its cohesive set of features. They commented that though it didn’t have a lot of systems, the ones that were present were efficient. The affordable price of this road shoe also garnered praise. On the other hand, some purchasers stated that the durability and the efficacy of some of this shoe’s components left a lot to be desired. It just didn’t agree with their preferences and expectations.



World wide, Flex Experience 5 is in the top 10% most popular running shoes. The brand, Nike, is the 1st most popular.

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Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 1317 ratings

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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70 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

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    Haley & ConnorLevel 1 expert
    by Haley & Connor
    I had to let them stretch out for a little while as I got really bad blisters when I first took them out running.
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  • Nine Volt Battery
    It's really snug, which is good for me.
  • Nelly Shop Zappos
    There is a lightly-padded tongue and collar for additional comfort.
  • TV Walk Tall
    Updated with an all-new upper, Nike Flex Experience Run 5 Running Shoe delivers a sock-like fit through its breathable mesh fabric and minimal seamless overlays.
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Updates to Flex Experience 5

The Nike Flex Experience 5 is a neutral running shoe that highlights a simplistic yet consistent design. It appeals to contemporary shoe enthusiasts who are interested in a footwear that’s form-fitting and responsive. High quality materials were used in the making of this model and they work together in order to make the general running experience as comfortable as possible.

The upper unit of this version doesn’t have any stitched-on layers or heavy add-ons. It actually has a set of fabrics that are soft and smooth against the skin. A sock-like fit has been integrated here, which means that the runner can actually wear this shoe comfortably even without socks. The lightly padded tongue and collar secure the foot in place, while also adding a bit of cushioning to the upper contours of the foot.

The mid-sole unit of the Nike Flex Experience 5 makes use of a durable yet responsive foam, which runs the entire length of the shoe. It is responsible for delivering cushioning and shock attenuation. It doesn’t have a substantial weight, so it won’t feel as if the platform is dragging the foot down.

Durable rubber has been strategically placed in order to protect the areas that are prone to wear and tear. Hexagonal flex grooves make the entire platform more flexible and agreeable to the natural movements of the wearer’s foot.

Flex Experience 5 size and fit

The Nike Flex Experience 5 has a standard running shoe length. The available width for both the men and women’s versions is medium. It accommodates those with medium sized feet. It has a semi-curved shape, which nicely mimics the natural curve of the human foot.

Outsole

Durable rubber covers areas of the foam mid-sole that are most likely to be affected by abrasion and wear. As it protects these sections, it also delivers traction, which is vital in terms of achieving surface control.

Hexagonal flex grooves allow the platform to be more flexible. They enable the foot to move more naturally, while diminishing the feeling of standing on a stiff platform.

Midsole

The mid-sole unit of the Nike Flex Experience 5 uses Phylite, which is a lightweight and flexible full-length foam. It’s made from high quality materials, which make it efficient and long-lasting. It responsibly cushions the foot and attenuates shock.

A lightweight insole has been added on top of the main cushioning unit. It adds more cushioning, but it doesn’t make the underfoot experience heavy or inflexible. It has a curved mid-foot section, which allows it to support the arch.

Upper

A single-layer mesh serves as the main fabric for the Nike Flex Experience 5’s upper unit. Its breathable nature allows air into the foot-chamber in order to keep the wearer cool and dry.

A sock-like fit has been employed here, which means that the upper unit is able to wrap around the foot securely without limiting movement or causing any irritation to the skin.

The tongue and collar are lightly padded. They keep the foot in place and even add a slightly cushioned feel to the dimensions of the foot.


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