Who should buy the Nike Free RN 5.0

The Free RN 5.0 from Nike is a road running shoe that's suited for: 

  • neutral runners
  • beginners 
  • short-distance running
  • easy days
  • those who crave a natural ride
  • walking

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Who should NOT buy it

For runners who are looking for a pair of speed trainers or long-distance shoes can pass up on the Nike Free RN 5.0.

Nike Free RN 5.0 forefoot

Experience a natural running sensation

True to its name, the Nike Free RN 5.0 provides unrestrained motions to the runners.

Nike Free RN 5.0 heel lockdown

It has a sock-like upper that conforms to the natural shape and contours of the foot.

Nike Free RN 5.0 rearfoot

To take its natural ride up a notch, the shoe has more ground feel (2mm lower). On top of this, a pliable outsole allows the natural bend of the foot.

It disappears

At 7.3 oz, the Free RN 5.0 is not just light. It's lighter than most daily trainers (9.4 oz on average). So much so, almost all testers agree that they "forgot" about it on the run.

Nike Free RN 5.0 flexible

The Nike Free RN 5.0 is easy on the feet

Made with Cushlon foam, runners state that this shoe keeps their feet "cozy" and "comfortable." 

Nike Free RN 5.0 nike cushlon

Straight out the box, it's already very "cushy." Even more, it absorbs all the impact in each footstrike. 

An all-rounder

Apart from delivering a forgiving ride over short distances, this shoe is also suited for urban walks. And with its minimalist design, the Nike Free RN 5.0 is also suited for gym training. 

Nike Free RN 5.0 grip

It lodges the foot comfortable

There are no reports of abrasion or adjustment period needed by the Free RN 5.0. According to road runners, the upper almost feels like "skin." You can run in it straight from the box. 

Nike Free RN 5.0 collar

Lockdown that won't take much of your time

It has a cleatie design that makes it easy to put on and off. The opening has enough stretch for the foot to enter with zero hitches. 

Nike Free RN 5.0 drop

Very spacious in the forefoot

The majority appreciate this. The toe box has sufficient width and volume, there's enough room for the foot to swell. 

Nike Free RN 5.0 toe room

The Free RN 5.0 can take it easy on the ground feel

There's just "too much" of it. This is what experts have to say about the shoe's minimal cushion. This causes a problem, especially during long runs. 

Skimping on laces

Because the laces are a tad short, many find it hard to double-knot the Nike Free RN 5.0.

Nike Free RN 5.0 lacing system

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 7.3oz / Women 5.9oz
Drop: 6mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Nike Free RN 2018
Forefoot height: 14mm
Heel height: 20mm

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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.