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. 

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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. 

Nike Zoom Rival Waffle 5 lace-up design

Amped-up durability

 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. 

Nike Zoom Rival Waffle 5 overlay

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." 

Nike Zoom Rival Waffle 5 traction

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."

Nike Zoom Rival Waffle 5 cushion

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.

Not for wide footers

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.

Nike Zoom Rival Waffle 5 upper

Flashy colors, stylish design

A good number of comments hold praise for the shoe's visual appeal. Runners love all of the colorful options.

Nike Zoom Rival Waffle 5 heel

Facts / Specs

Closure: Lace-up
Event: Running
Collection: Nike Zoom Rival
Surface: Rubber, Grass, Wood, Dirt
Use: Cross Country
BRAND Brand: Nike
SKUs: CZ1804102 / CZ1804701 / CZ1804702 / CZ1804801

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Zack Dunn
Zack Dunn

I race distances between 800 meters and 10K whether it be on the track, the roads, or on cross country courses. My typical training consists of easy days, long days, workouts (fartleks, tempos, interval training, etc.). My typical training paces range from 7’30 a mile on easy days to sub-5 minutes a mile on fast interval days, and with many paces in between. I run anywhere from 40-60 miles a week. My personal bests are 2:00 for 800m, 4:30 for 1600m, 9:50 for 3200m, 15:57 for 5K, and 34:10 for 10K.