Who should buy the Nike Quest 5

Get it if you have just stepped into the world of running, and what you are after is a versatile shoe that can suit both your runs and gym sessions, without making you spend a fortune. Bear in mind that, compared to other models, this shoe has a bit of a firm feel underfoot, and that the fit is quite narrow, so if you have wide feet you should go a half size up.

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Who should not buy it

Definitely steer away if you:

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More than just running

Branded as a road running shoe, the Quest 5 goes beyond its category and can be used for more activities. According to a tester, it can be “a great and affordable gym shoe,” while another experienced runner said that he tried the shoe casually and it was “comfortable to use for just walking around.”

To sum it up, a runner stated that this is an “honest and genuine beginner running shoe or an everyday all-way wear out.”

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Nike Quest 5 is airy 

The upper is described by a tester as being “quite basic,” yet it allows for a “really nice breathability.” While the same tester underlined that there are models that offer a more significant amount of airflow, he added that this is “definitely a very breathable shoe for the price.”

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A surprisingly good midsole

The shoe offers, as reported by a runner, a “really nice amount of firm, responsive bounce back and comfort.”

Another experienced runner was a bit skeptical initially, but eventually, he stated that "the foam ended up doing a great job.”

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The midsole seems very similar to the one of the Nike Downshifter 12, but a tester underlined how the Quest 5 is overall a “better-looking shoe and also a better performing shoe.”

Plenty of comfort in the Quest 5

Despite being a bit narrow in the toe box, a runner shared that this Nike running shoe “fit very nicely.” As with the tongue, there’s “a nice amount of padding around the heel” and he felt a “really nice support from the upper.”

Another tester stated that, after a HIIT workout, he was “incredibly surprised at how seamless and comfortable it had felt throughout.”

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Grip is not a problem

In the outsole department, reviewers shared that the shoe does a great job. An expert said that he liked the grip system which “does feel very nice underfoot.”

He then added that it feels like “it’s going to offer you a lot of traction.”

It doesn't need time

No issues were reported with this shoe needing a break-in period. Judging by the reviews it has garnered, the shoe is ready out of the box.

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Great lockdown with the Nike Quest 5

Thanks to the Flywire technology, basically a cage system on the sides, the shoe feels “nice and snug around the midfoot,” as a runner reported. 

This was confirmed by another expert, who stated that it provided “an overall secure fit throughout the entire shoe that [he] was quite impressed with.”

Well-protected runs

Compared to the previous iteration, we see some more cushioning in version 5. Therefore, according to the testers, there’s definitely quite a good amount of protection underfoot.

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A rather attractive shoe

This shoe comes in no less than 9 colorways, which is a great plus for those considering it for casual wear. 

While a runner was immediately convinced by the design and stated that it is “quite a good-looking shoe,” for another reviewer “when first looking at it, it seemed a bit plasticky and rubberish.” In the end, though, he found it to be great as a sneaker to wear for work, going to school, and everyday life. 

Quest 5 has a fantastic price

When it comes to the cost, reviewers have no doubt, it’s extremely appealing not only for beginners but also for those who don’t want to spend too much on running shoes, which usually have an average price of about $123.

As an avid runner said, $77 is "a really good price.”

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 10.4oz /
Arch support: Neutral
Collection: Nike Quest

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Gabriele Zampieri
Gabriele Zampieri

Gabriele lives and runs in Italy and he knows the Alps inside out. No wonder given that he has 30+ via ferratas, 20+ trail races and 100+ hiking routes under his belt. And he willingly bivouacked more than 30 times in the middle of nowhere. He logs 25-45 miles per week with 1k-3k elevation gain and is now training for his first 100k race. Trails run through his veins but so does the Italian talkative side.