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Nike Free Trail 5.0

in Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters

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2.50 / 5 (2 reviews)

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Craig Shelley
( craig_shelley )

Rocky Mountains
Nike Free Trail 5.0 on 11/13/2006 13:54:23 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 1 / 5

They weigh 611 grams for a US 10.5 mens. This is light but the Teva X-1 is lighter. They are a very poor shoe, in my opinion. Your foot slides around in the shoe. They don't have any advantage over the X-1 or the Inov8 Flyroc under any conditions. I only use them once in awhile around town. Maybe some day they will wear out and I can throw them away.

Edited by craig_shelley on 04/30/2007 22:07:30 MDT.

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Vick Hines
( vickrhines )

Central Texas
Great under right conditions on 05/12/2007 16:17:41 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

Summary: A light moccasin with a good sole and no heel counter. The shoe encourages full use of foot and ankle, improves balance and control, and strengthens the foot and ankle. The low profile sole resists turn-overs. The sole has excellent traction on all but wet clay and loose dirt. Here, it fails, since it has neither a solid heel notch nor a heel edge.

Nike Free Trail 5.0's are not much more than a perforated leather slipper mounted on a good sole. There is no heel counter. Despite its light appearance, the sole is tough enough for backpacking over spikey rock and sticky enough to slab on wet rock.

Whatever support the Free Trail provides comes from keeping the foot properly placed on the sole. The rest is up to your feet and ankles. For most people, a period of adjustment and strengthening is needed.

My first impression upon donning a pair of Free Trails was of wearing house slippers. The next impression was a feeling of balance and control which encouraged full use of the feet and ankles. They didn't just feel good, they made my feet and ankles feel like working out. I hit the trail after wearing Free Trails for neighborhood walks. I was not disappointed; they had more than enough support for backpacking and loping on rocky trails. Then I took them on the AT. They met their match on wet clay. Lacking a heel notch or edge for digging into a steep, wet trail, the Free Trails had me doing butt slides. But that is my only complaint.

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