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NOBULL Ripstop Runner Review | Better Than the NOBULL Mesh Runner?

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NOBULL continues to innovate their shoes and build out more models for tackling different training settings. The NOBULL Ripstop Runner is one of the more popular NOBULL shoes. As a fan of the NOBULL High-Top Trainer and NOBULL Trainer, I was curious: how would NOBULL’s running shoes really perform?

To be honest, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the NOBULL Mesh Runner, and out of the box, the NOBULL Ripstop Runner has a fairly similar construction.

However, after testing these for multiple runs, I do think they’re a stronger running shoe compared to Mesh Runner. There are still certainly some drawbacks to this though, which I’ll discuss in detail below.

nobull ripstop runner running performance review

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Who Should Invest In the NOBULL Ripstop Runner?

If you love supporting NOBULL and enjoy their style of product, then you’ll likely enjoy the NOBULL Ripstop Runner. This running shoe delivers a high-rebound phylon foam midsole that provides an adequate level of responsiveness when tackling casual running workouts and longer walks.

The rubber lug patterning on the outsole also makes this a fairly good running shoe for tackling indoor and outdoor runs. This model is definitely best served for more casual runners and I could see this being a good option for the NOBULL fan who wants to swap from their lifting-focused Trainer to a NOBULL running shoe for consistency purposes.

NOBULL Ripstop Runner


nobull ripstop runner

Best For

  • Casual Outdoor Runs
  • Treadmill Running
  • Daily Wear
  • Longer Walks

Falls Short

  • For Serious Running Workouts
  • For Wider Footed Runners

NOBULL Ripstop Runner Pros

There are a few standout pros with the NOBULL Ripstop Runner that I could see both NOBULL fans and casual runners enjoying about this shoe.

  1. Ripstop Upper Breathes Fairly Well
  2. Midsole Provides a Bit More Stability
  3. Good Model for Daily Wear and Casual Training

The first thing to like about the NOBULL Ripstop Runner is that the upper in this model breathes fairly well. Ripstop is a lightweight material known for being resilient to abrasion and other outdoor elements that you could run into with this shoe (literally). The lightweight build of this shoe’s upper gives it a nice cool feeling which is nice for warmer days and runs.

Another perk to the ripstop upper is that it’s easy to spot-clean. If you plan to wear these for daily wear, on casual trails, or exclusively for outdoor runs, you should have no problems cleaning these shoes.

nobull ripstop runner upper construction

If you like having running shoes with slightly more stable midsoles, then I also think you’ll enjoy this shoe. It doesn’t have the same plush ride as some of the other thicker midsole running shoes on the market. If you’re a fan of more rigid running shoes, then the Ripstop Runner will be a good fit for you.

Another perk to the NOBULL Ripstop Runner is that it can serve as a good daily wear and hybrid workout shoe as well. Not every running shoe can be worn on a casual basis, but with its simplistic design and easy-to-clean upper construction, I do think the Ripstop Runner fits this bill fairly well.

nobull ripstop runner for hybrid workouts

Additionally, since this running shoe is a bit more rigid, it can also serve as a solid running shoe for tackling hybrid workouts. If you like to do some bodyweight training and lighter lifting in your running shoes, then you should have no problem doing so in the NOBULL Ripstop Runner.

NOBULL Ripstop Runner Cons

The NOBULL Ripstop Runner is not as strong of a performer as some of the other NOBULL shoes I’ve worn for cross-training and lifting.

  1. Price Point Isn’t Great
  2. Might Be Too Rigid for Some
  3. Boot Can Cause Blisters

The first drawback to the NOBULL Ripstop Runner is that their price point isn’t great, especially considering what you get. At a price of $149, these are slightly more expensive than other shoes, and they don’t really have any running-focused tech in them, which makes me wonder why their price is slightly higher (well…it’s NOBULL, duh).

nobull ripstop runner for cross training

That being said, I think you could definitely find other running shoes with lower price points that have more to them than what the Ripstop Runner offers. Truthfully, it’s hard for me to get behind this shoe’s price when I have models that cost $20 USD less and perform better across the board with better signs of durability.

The second drawback to these shoes is that their midsole is fairly rigid and takes a while to break in. Some runners enjoy having a firmer shoe, but if that’s not you, then I don’t think you’ll enjoy this model. Yes, the more firm structure of this shoe could be a good thing for some, however, it could equally be a turnoff for others.

nobull ripstop runner midsole

Don’t get me wrong, the high-rebound phylon (which is a twice foam EVA) provides some cushion and it’s not like running on concrete. My concern revolves around those that are used to something like a Nike React Foam or Reebok Energy Foam which is much more plush and forgiving.

The last con with this shoe is how rough it can be on Achilles. My Mesh Runner still has a blood stain from their boot cutting up my heel and with the Ripstop Runner I noticed similar friction, but got ahead of it and put on long socks from their first wear. That being said, save yourself the trouble and rock longer socks when breaking these to avoid heel friction and blisters.


To properly break down the NOBULL Ripstop Runner’s performance, I’m going to discuss how this performs in a variety of running and training contexts.

nobull ripstop runner running review

NOBULL Ripstop Runner for Sprints and Short Runs

For sprints and short runs, I like the NOBULL Ripstop Runner as a whole. They’re not going to be the best running shoe for serious sprint-focused athletes or 5k runners, but if you’re implementing this form of training casually on a weekly basis, then I think this shoe’s construction will work for you.

The slightly more stable construction of this actually helps it perform slightly better in this context, in my opinion. You get a nice level of pop from this shoe’s toe box when picking up your pace and the outsole grips well to so you won’t have any issues with traction if you’re training on pavement, tracks, or treadmills.

nobull ripstop runner outsole for outdoor running

NOBULL Ripstop Runner for Mid-Range and Long Runs

For longer runs, this shoe is hit or miss for me for two key reasons. First, I don’t think everyone will enjoy this shoe’s midsole construction and how stable they are especially when initially breaking them in. This shoe is much more stable than many other running shoes on the market.

For example, if you were to compare these to a running shoe like an Adidas Adizero Boston 10, then you’d quickly realize that each shoe’s fit and ride are very different from one another. If you like a plusher running shoe to run on especially for long distances, then I think the Ripstop Runner will be a miss for you.

nobull ripstop runner outsole for daily wear

Second, this shoe can beat up your Achilles especially for your first few longer runs. I noticed this right away when testing these so I would highly suggest wearing longer socks when breaking these in. Their boot construction is pretty rough and I worry more so for anyone with smaller feet where the upper portion of the boot’s cup will be sitting higher on the Achilles.

NOBULL Ripstop Runner for Daily Wear and Working Out

One of the perks of this shoe’s slightly more stable midsole is that you can technically train in them without a ton of compression issues if you’re doing lighter workouts. If you want to wear these for hybrid workouts at the track where you’re running, doing some light lifting, and bodyweight work, then these will function really well for you.

nobull ripstop runner outsole for short runs

Additionally, I like this model for daily wear when they’re broken in. After the quite frustrating break-in period, these are pretty solid for day-to-day wear. They’re comfortable, supportive, and the ripstop upper has a nice clean and simplistic look to it. You can’t wear every pair of running shoes on a daily basis due to their appearance, but these are pretty good in this context.

NOBULL Ripstop Runner Sizing

For the NOBULL Ripstop Runner, I think most runners and athletes will be safe going true-to-size in this shoe. The length fits true, but I could see the slightly more narrow midfoot being an issue for those with wider and flatter feet.

That being said, if you fall into the wide or flat foot category, then you may want to size up a half size or skip on this model as the last construction may not align super well for your foot anatomy.

NOBULL Ripstop Runner Sizing Thoughts: Go true-to-size unless you have a wide or flat foot. In this case, you may want to explore different running shoe options that better align with your anatomy.

nobull ripstop runner sizing and fit

If you have additional questions on the NOBULL Ripstop Runner’s sizing, drop a comment below or reach out to me personally.

NOBULL Ripstop Runner Vs NOBULL Mesh Runner

The core construction of the NOBULL Ripstop and Mesh Runner are fairly similar. Each shoe has a similar midsole build that is made with a high-rebound phylon and each shoe has a similar full rubber lug-patterned outsole construction and build.

The two bigger differences between the two shoes include their upper construction and heel-to-toe drop. As their names suggest, the one major visual difference between these two shoes is what their uppers are made out of. The Ripstop Runner has a full ripstop upper which is lightweight and breathable and is a bit more suited for outdoor runs.

nobull ripstop runner vs nobull mesh runner

The Mesh Runner features a highly breathable and maneuverable mesh. This model gives you a lot more wiggle room in regard to shoe volume so if you have your own orthotics that you wear, then this shoe would definitely be better suited for your needs.

Another difference between the Ripstop and Mesh runner is their heel-to-toe drops. In the Ripstop Runner, you’re going to get a 10mm heel-to-toe drop while in the Mesh Runner you’ll get a 7mm drop. If you’re prone to overstriding and need a bit more heel to mitigate the impact from the ground, then the Ripstop may be a slightly better call for your running needs.

nobull ripstop runner vs nobull mesh runner performance

Outside of those two characteristics, they also both utilize different lacing systems and their tongues are slightly different.

Personally, I prefer the Ripstop’s tongue a bit more due to its softer nature. The tongue on the Mesh Runner can tear up your feet at times especially if you have higher arches and you’re wearing no-show socks.

The last difference is their tread patterning on their outsoles. The Ripstop Runner’s outsole’s patterning is much more dense and you can tell it’s more geared towards outdoor training which could also further help you decide which model is best for you.

nobull ripstop runner vs nobull mesh runner running

Construction Details

I’ve mentioned this above,  but there’s not a lot to the NOBULL Ripstop Runner’s construction. Similar to NOBULL Trainers, this model has a pretty simplistic design and construction which many NOBULL fans love.

Below are some of the biggest construction callouts for the NOBULL Ripstop Runner that can play a role in this shoe’s performance.

  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 10mm
  • Weight: 11.1 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Ripstop Upper Construction
  • Phylon Midsole
  • Full Rubber Outsole
  • Lug Patterning On Outsole
  • Four Eyelets
  • NOBULL Branding On the Heel

If you have additional questions about the NOBULL Ripstop Runner or Mesh Runner, reach out and I can answer whatever you have accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are NOBULL shoes good for running?

The NOBULL Ripstop and Mesh Runner are both okay options for the casual runner wanting to train indoors and outdoors. These shoes feature a high-rebound phylon foam midsole which provides a fair amount of cushion and responsiveness.

Do NOBULL running shoes fit true to size?

Yes, the NOBULL running shoes fit true to size. However, some runners with wide feet may find them to fit a tad narrow, so they may want to skip these shoes. Additionally, the boot and tongue can be a little rough when breaking these shoes in.

Takeaway Thoughts

The NOBULL Ripstop Runner is a good running shoe for the casual runner that wants a slightly more stable rider under them. Personally, I could see these being a hit for NOBULL fans who want to swap from their NOBULL Trainers to these for a consistent NOBULL fit and feel.

This model is certainly not the best running shoe on the market, so if you are only concerned with performance, then you may want to look into other running shoes.

If you have any questions about the NOBULL Ripstop Runner, drop a comment below or reach out to me personally via Instagram (@jake_boly).

That Fit Friend is supported by its readers. I [Jake Boly] run this site myself and buy the gear I review. If you purchase through my site, I may earn commissions on sales, read more here!

Jake Boly, CSCS, MS Sports Science

Jake Boly, CSCS, MS Sports Science

Jake Boly is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of That Fit Friend. He's often regarded to as a go-to resource in various performance shoe communities. He’s been formally reviewing shoes and training gear for over 7 years and has hand-tested over 400 pairs of shoes. Jake is known on the internet and YouTube for blending his review process with his educational, strength sports, and personal training background.

Jake has a Masters in Sports Science, a Bachelors in Exercise Science, a CSCS, and he's been personal training for over 10 years helping hundreds of clients get stronger, lose weight, and accomplish their goals. He uses his exercise science brain and personal training background to make curated and thoughtful review content on the fitness gear he's testing.

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