these models are already not being made anymore (got mine the last day they were being made). i dont know how much the 5's will change, but hopefully not much
(the color on the bottom and similar is actually grey, it looks blue in these pics though)http://running.zappos.com/n/multi_view.cgi?product_id=7489400&color_id=167822&view=multi&ref=multi-picFIT:
they fit pretty good. like all shoes give them some time to break in, and theyll feel better. they fit pretty tight, but not to the point where they hurt or anything. i lace mine differently than most and if i remember correctly they werent AS tight before i laced them this way. im not sure what to give them for a rating because there are a LOT of different types of shoes out there...
im going to give them a 4/5 though just because they arent perfect (nothing specifically wrong with them, but i went from feiyues, to these and these are OBVIOUSLY much different)FLEXIBILITY:
again, they are cross trainers so the flexibility isnt AMAZING but its better than the Nike Darts. if i had a camera i would take pictures.
as far as cross trainers go the rating would be 4.5/5 because they are more flexible than others ive had.WEIGHT:
theyre pretty light, even when transitioning from feiyues they didnt seem too heavy. it doesnt bother me.
4/5 because they could be lighterGRIP:
i would have to say im not TOTALLY positive on grip, since ive gotten these shoes ive stayed away from wall-runs and the like because i injured my ankle. however grip while climbing hasnt failed me. these shoes (even to the touch) have better grip than the Nike Darts do. they dont slip as much in the water, and it seems to be deeper cut, and the soles are thicker.
there is better but again for a cross-trainer i give it 4/5BREATHABILITY:
its fine. they dont stay wet for too long, and they dont bake your feet. 4/5 CUSHIONING:
they have a lot on the heel, but shock absorption seems less than the darts, which i think is good. the added flexibility seems to make landing on your toes and proper running form easier, though because of the raised heel design it still makes you want to slack off...
im leaving this unrated as there is way to many different opinions about cushion for me to give a good rating that suites everyones needs. Durability
ive had these shoes for almost two months now. the obvious wear is as listed:
the heel is made of carbon rubber, as stated by the stamp on it (located outside of back of heel) and that has worn away to a 0, n, and r now.
the original little "traction dot" things have worn off in all places that hit the ground the most.
some of the stitching in the front is coming out a bit but nothing bad (i think its there for looks rather than actual having a use)
as far as the rest of the upper side of the shoe goes, its very easy to clean and hasnt gotten damaged at all.
like most nikes ive had, the rubber on hte bottom, once worn down, has random little white specs in it like they maybe use recycled rubber, this is now visible in parts on the heel
i paid $60 and i feel they are more worth it than the darts are which seem to be a common shoe by nike.
(i believe they may have been going cheaper at the time because they were about to get the shipment of torch 5's in)GENERAL COMMENTS:
the look better than the darts, more "fashionable" if you will, and more pleasing to the eye.they have reflective strips on the front of the shoe, and three reflective dots on the back. they DO get irritating in dark places every once in awhile because you may happen to catch a glimpse of it and you lose focus of what you were doing a bit. you can probably take a sharpie to them but i dont feel it necessary. theyre a safety measure so i put up with them, lol.
theyre a mesh material, but as long as water doesnt get passed the first inch or so in the front or like four inches in the back theyre pretty water proof (theres a lot of plastic/rubber crap on the back which helps keep water out)The Bottom Line:
if you want cross trainers i would suggest these shoes. theyre good for running and walking (minus the fact they almost force bad running habits, but this is like most other mainstream shoes). there are probably better shoes out there for parkour but if your price range lands in the 60's then these would be a good choice. im pretty happy with them overall.
(these are compared only to other cross trainers, not any specific PK shoes or VFF's and the like)
durable so far
grip is best of any nike ive owned
comfortable for an all day type of shoe
no finger loop thingy on the back to help pull them on, it would be nice if it existed...
other than this i havent really had any issues with them other than the previously expressed one, with the heel being raised... but again, this is compared to only cross trainers, so i cant really use it.
---i just looked it up and it looks as if they just changed the look a bit for the fives, i kinda like em---
link to view of 5'shttp://www.zappos.com/multiview/7541512/138948
EDIT: fixing typos... i made a lot, and im too tired to fix the rest right now, sorry guys, i dont think theyre too bad though, just misuse of some words