Who should buy the Waffle 5
The Zoom Rival Waffle 5 is a cross-country spike that's perfect for athletes who want to set PBs or win the race. It's a great value shoe that can go fast and go the distance.
Who should NOT buy the shoe
If you want to get the most lightweight XC spike out there, have a look at the Nike Zoom Victory XC 5 or the Saucony Carrera XC4.
Nike Zoom Rival Waffle 5 vs. 4
There's not much change made to the fifth version of the Nike Zoom Rival Waffle. Its predecessor was just as highly lauded by many; hence the very mild updates:
A more secure lockdown
Instead of using traditional laces, the Zoom Rival Waffle 5 features thin laces that are way better at keeping the foot in place. Even more, they do a better job of staying tied through the run.
Sporting a new overlay design, the shoe also dons an enhanced level of reinforcement. This upgrade hits two birds with one stone — better fit and strength.
An athlete who runs 3-6 miles, 3-4x a week reports that it is a highly durable XC option.
Nike Zoom Rival Waffle 5: set new records
The Zoom Rival Waffle 5 from Nike is an update to the Nike Zoom Rival Waffle 2019. Like its precursor, it's made light and traction-ready to grip all types of cross-country surfaces. As one reviewer points out, he loved "how easily they help [him] maneuver the dirt courses."
And with its responsive cushioning, it will push you forward. "Improved my running time by 3 minutes," shares one of the happy athletes. Another one joyfully reports: "ran a 3-mile race for my high school and broke 17 minutes on it."
Light and speedy
The Rival Waffle 5 weighs 4.6 oz (130 g) which is 10% lighter than the average 5.1 oz (144 g). This contributes greatly to the shoe's capacity to speed up.
According to a runner, "it really feels like you’re wearing nothing." It also turned out to feel much lighter than some people expected.
This cross-country shoe from Nike is reported to run tight in the toebox, especially when worn straight from the box. It is unlikely to break in and fit a wide-footed runner. Even for average-sized feet, going half-size up might be necessary, in addition to a break-in period.
Flashy colors, stylish design
A good number of comments hold praise for the shoe's visual appeal. Runners love all of the colorful options.