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Nike Quest 4 Review (2022): The Top Budget Pick?

Nike Quest 4 review

Published on: 10/05/2022

Lightweight and affordable entry-level running shoes for daily sessions.

The Consensus

8.5Overall Score

Good basic running shoes with decent durability and bare yet effective comfort.

Don’t have time to read the full review? Here’s what you need to know.

The Nike Quest 4 running shoe is a pretty amazing trainer. It has a neat look and doesn’t cost much. The stack is higher than the previous model for more arch support and softer cushioning. However, runners tend to find it overly rigid. The heel-to-toe drop of 10 mm makes it accessible for most runners, including beginners.

The Quest 4 has a durable rubber outsole with small lugs to venture on easy dirt roads if needed. The crash pad contributes to better overall durability.

The engineered mesh upper delivers effective foot lockdown despite room for improvement, and the toe box is relatively spacious. It sets it apart from many other Nike running shoes that tend to be a bit narrow. The breathability is decent, and Flywire cables allow for more midfoot support.

The ride is a mixed bag, according to testers. The underfoot feel is stiff, especially when it’s cold outside. However, it’s fairly versatile and suitable for most types of runs. Its good price makes it a good pick for beginners looking for a good first pair without breaking the bank or a second pair to rotate with more premium shoes.

Please read our full review of the Nike Quest 4 for more information.

Foot lockdown and protection


  • A breathable upper
  • Durable rubber outsole
  • Decent design
  • Effective lockdown
  • Lightweight
  • Affordable price


  • Some stability and adjustment issues
  • A little heavier than its direct competitors (about 30 g/1.1 oz)

Nike Quest 4 Complete Review Analysis


Nike Quest 4 reviews

The Nike Quest 4 keeps the formula of the 3. It’s a shoe that became popular because of its good lockdown and durability at an affordable price.

This fourth version offers more cushioning but is it still one of the best entry-level options ou there? That’s what we’re going to find out!


Nike Quest 4 cushioning foam

The Nike Quest 4 running shoes are more cushioned than the previous version. The textured foam midsole is comfortable and durable, delivering the same shock absorption even after many miles.

The 10 mm heel-to-toe drop is on the higher side but quite standard. It’s especially appropriate for beginners and heel strikers. However, more experienced runners found the underfoot feel not flexible enough to their liking.

Nike Quest 4 heel counter

The Nike Quest 4’s configuration makes it a good trainer for your daily sessions, mainly short runs. They can go the distance but prove much less comfortable after the 10-mile mark.

Foot lockdown (upper)

Nike Quest 4 engineered breathable mesh upper

The upper is one of the main Quest 4’s highlights. It’s very light and breathable with a comfortable overall fit.

Flywire lacing technology allows to effectively and comfortably tighten the laces over its mesh-lined tongue.

Nike Quest 4 on the feet (lateral outsole view)

The toe box is wider than on last year’s model, which should appeal to runners with wider feet.

Also, it’s a relatively lightweight running shoe with 260 g/9.2 oz for the men’s model.

Grip and durability

Nike Quest 4 rubber outsole

The rubber outsole is simple but does the job. Considering the price, it provides tremendous value.

Also, the Ride Rail on the lateral side acts as a shield to protect the platform from early wear.

The small nubs enhance traction on road surfaces. You can even take these shoes on easy dirt tracks if needed, even if they won’t replace dedicated trail running shoes.

The ride

Runner testing the Nike Quest 4

According to the testers, the Nike Quest 4 are affordable running shoes for everyday runs.

Their ride is basic, meaning there’s no bounce or noticeable energy return. As a result, while not being laborious, transitions are not the smoothest we have seen. The stiffness won’t certainly please everyone, but it’s not a huge deal breaker either.


Quest 4 Nike

You pay for what you get, but in the case of the Nike Quest 4, you get a bit more durability! Overall, these are good running shoes at this price point. The fit is comfortable, and there’s enough cushioning to support your short to mid runs.

As such, they are ideal to get started with running or to alternate with other shoes.


Technical Specs

Pronation typeNeutral
Drop10 mm
Heel height mm
Forefoot height mm
Weight (men)260 g/9.2 oz
Weight (women)230 g/8.1 oz
Release year2022
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MidsoleTextured Foam Midsole
UpperEngineered mesh upper


SpeedSlow, Moderate
DistanceShort, 5K, Mid, 10K, Half marathon
WorkoutDaily running

Comparisons – Nike Quest 4 vs.:

Nike Quest 4

Nike Quest 3

Version 3 was very well received by runners. Its streamlined design with a few mesh panels delivered an optimal fit for comfortable daily workouts.

This 2022 update is virtually the same but with enhanced cushioning and support. Not only that but the Quest 4 is also lighter!

Overall, it’s a clear upgrade that we recommend, unless you can find an even better deal for the 3!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does the Nike Quest 4 fit true to size?

Yes, you can pick your regular size for Nike running shoes.

Is Nike Quest 4 good for gym?

The Quest is versatile enough for the gym even though it’s primarily a running shoe. However, if you’re lifting you may want to go for dedicated training shoes without a heel-to-toe drop.

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin is the founder and editor of Runner's Lab. He started running in 2015 and completed his first marathon in Rotterdam in 2016. He's also worked for Under Armour from 2016 to 2018 and helped launch their running collection in Europe (in particular the HOVR shoes). In addition, Kevin is a 300-hour certified yoga teacher (Sivananda) and uses this experience to run more mindfully with a focus on well-being over performance.

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