Nike Zoom Elite +5 Review

The Nike Zoom Elite +5 has been designed as a lightweight shoe for neutral or mild overpronating runners. It can also be used as a long distance racing shoe as well, because it is so light and streamlined. With stability and cushioning combined with this sleek fa├žade, it is ideal for a wide range of different purposes, which makes it a versatile shoe.

Overview of the Nike Zoom Elite +5

In terms of fit, the Nike Zoom Elite +5 is specifically designed to feel as light on your feet as possible, but is strong enough to keep your foot in place. It has mesh and synthetic leather overlays to help achieve this purpose. There is cushioning provided through a Nike Zoom unit in the front of the shoe, which can absorb impact and provide cushioning. A sockliner is placed in the interior, so that the shoe is best able to mold to the shape of the foot. Overall the Elite is designed for speed, comfort and stability.

There are numerous benefits built into the new Nike Zoom Elite +5 design that are worth mentioning, which I noticed right away. These benefits are also described in detail by the manufacturer.

  • The mesh upper has been designed for maximum breathability, but also has overlays strategically put into place to give added support to the feet and ankles.

  • The Nike Zoom unit is placed in the front part of the shoe for responsive cushioning that keeps your feet well protected out on the road.

  • There is a waffle pattern at the outsole of the shoe, which provides traction on numerous types of surfaces and trails. These can be worn on rocky trails, loose gravel paths, or soft grassy areas.

  • The outsole of the shoe features deep, flexible grooves, so that you can keep your transition and ride as smooth as possible.

  • The shoe includes a pocket for a Nike+ sensor, so that you can track your mileage if you have an iPod Nano.

  • Exterior elements include reflective coating so that the shoe stands out for running in the dark.

The Verdict

Although it has a light weight, the Nike Zoom Elite +5 is stable enough to be used for neutral runners as well as long distance runners. It has a variety of features that are appreciated by reviewers out there, including comfortable crash pads in the heels and stitch-free overlays on the external portion of the shoe. There are numerous pros that I like about the shoe, including its high level of breathability and durable rubber outsole. Other reviews mention enjoying the support and comfort level of the Zoom Elite, as well as its stability and responsiveness capabilities. The only issue that some people had was with the fit, which can be a bit snug in the toe box area.


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