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- The Nike Free RN 5.0 NRG is supplied with double hot-knife cuts which are found on its outsole to promote more flexibility when running. 

- For superb ground traction, rubber pods are found on the forefoot and heel of the shoe. 

- To give the shoe a more lightweight feel and more flexibility to the Free RN 5.0 NRG, a single layer stretchable mesh upper is employed.

The Nike Free RN 5.0 NRG is available in standard sizing measurement. 

The single mesh layer of the Free RN 5.0 NRG allows snug fit and adaptability of the shoe to the foot. To further the fit of the shoe, an asymmetrical lacing system is employed- giving the shoe a customizable fit. The cleatie construction integrates the tongue to provide a snug fit and security.

The outsole of the Nike Free RN 5.0 NRG features heel-to-toe grooves that allow multi-directional flexibility. To further enhance the flexibility of this lightweight running shoe, double hot-knife cuts on the outsole are also incorporated. 

Rubber pods are utilized on the forefoot and heel of the Free RN 5.0 NRG, which helps enhance traction on varied surfaces. 

Lower density foam is furnished to the shoe’s midsole, allowing it to enhance the ground feel and control of the runner. With every step, the midsole’s top flexes.

For lightweight feel and heightened ground feel, a single layer sockliner is integrated into the Free RN 5.0 NRG. 

This running shoe promises a lightweight feel, just like the On Cloud. It uses a single-layer stretchable mesh upper that is designed to fit like a second layer of skin to the foot. This adds to the security of the shoe on the foot while providing extra protection and flexibility altogether. This upper material also allows sufficient airflow into the shoe that permits the foot to feel fresh after a long use. 

One of the components that contribute to the fit and security of the shoe is its asymmetrical lacing system that is placed on the shoe’s side. This construction is specifically for pressure relief on one’s instep. 

The cleatie construction of the Nike Free RN 5.0 NRG integrates the tongue. This contributes to the lightweight construction of the shoe while providing a seamless, and secure fit. 

Unlike most running shoes, the Free RN 5.0 NRG is not supplied with a heel counter. This allows the runner to move more freely without sacrificing foot lockdown. This also helps deliver the lightweight run the shoe promises. 

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.