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The Nike Free TR V8 was crafted for male athletes who need reliable footwear for intensive, high-impact workouts. It is an update to the acclaimed Nike Free training shoe series which aims to create flexible and weightless trainers for a natural foot experience.
The overall construction of the shoe makes it very similar to the Nike Free x Metcon, one of the brand’s acclaimed CrossFit shoes. But the latter sports a sturdier and more reinforced construction to keep up with weightlifting and rope climbing exercises.
The bottom part of the Nike Free midsole is dissected by hexagonal cuts. They allow the platform to bend in multiple directions, helping the foot move seamlessly throughout the training session. The edges on both sides of the sole have an abundance of flex grooves that contribute to the flexibility.
Rubber pods are added in the key areas of the outsole. They provide grip on gym surfaces and protect the platform from abrasion. The rubber compound at the front part also serves as a toe bumper for burpees and other exercises.
The Nike Free TR V8 sports a full-length EVA foam for lightweight cushioning. The back and side portions of the unit extend up to form a cradle. This construction keeps the foot in place during lateral movements.
A combination of textile and synthetics makes up the upper unit of the trainer. The material on the forefoot has a more open construction than the rest of the unit. Its ventilation pores help in keeping the inside aerated.
A thick synthetic overlay wraps the back of the shoe to form a heel counter. It is made firm to afford stability in the rearfoot.
The TPU wings render additional support on both sides of the footwear. Integrated with the lacing system, they lock the foot in the ankle area to provide lateral stability.
The flat laces easily slide through the metal eyelets, allowing for a quick fit adjustment. The Flywire cables can be seen in some of the eyelets. They become taut when the laces are tightened to give extra support in the midfoot.