Who should buy the Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 3

The SuperRep 3 is specifically designed for circuit training and HIIT-type exercises. You can confidently grab a pair if your workouts consist of aerobic and plyometrics exercises including burpees, box jumps, rope jumps, lunges, squats, push-ups, mountain climbers, skipping, short treadmill runs, and similar.

Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 3 cushioning

This trainer is among the highly recommended footwear choices for HIIT.

Who should NOT buy this training shoe

Stay away from the SuperRep 3, if you see yourself in one of the following:

  • You incorporate heavy weightlifting, squats, and deadlifts into your training routine. For that purpose, your first choice should be the Nike Metcon 7 or any of the previous Metcon iterations. They’ve got a flat and firm sole and solid side support which make it significantly more stable for lifting.
  • You hope to stay on a budget. As one of the reviewers says, there are other trainers from Nike that could “give this shoe a run for its money.” Consider the SuperRep Go 2 ($100) or an even cheaper Renew Retaliation TR 3 ($75).

Updates to the SuperRep 3

“It’s a vast and much-needed improvement,” says the happy owner of both iterations. The SuperRep introduces a few design tweaks, upgrading both the visual and functional aspects of the shoe:

  • It got lighter. Reviewers do notice that the shoe weighs less than previous versions and is more slimmed-down. The bulk has been trimmed a bit from the shoe’s cushioning, helping you stay fast on your feet.
  • There is more stability. The newly-introduced plate connects the front and back portions of the sole to enhance support for side lunges, skier jumps, and other side-to-side movements.

Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 3 more stability

Fits snug to keep you supported

Based on the general users’ feedback, the upper wraps around the foot to create a very close-fitting coverage. As one of the testers described it, the moment she put it on it was quite tight across the foot. She assumes that’s because of that enhanced support on the sides of the shoe, as “lacing them differently probably won’t help.”

Thus, the SuperRep 3 best suits people with narrow-to-average feet but forces people with wider feet to look elsewhere. For example, Reebok HIIT is one of the highly-rated trainers available in Wide.

Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 3 fit

SuperRep 3 is perfectly cushioned for HIIT

As an avid gym-goer puts it, the shoe is “just what [he wants] for HIIT workout shoes.” Many other testers subscribe to this statement, noting how well the shoe blends cushioning, flexibility, and support. “So comfortable they are a must-have,” says another happy wearer.

Athletes are impressed with the two Zoom Air units in the forefoot which are efficient in absorbing impact and returning your energy for a kick-back:

Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 3 zoom air units

  • “feels like I’m walking on springs”;
  • “finally, a shoe that has a cushioning that’s the same on the front side as it is on the back”;
  • “feels like you are in a kind of bubble.”

A tester who is in his fifties is elated that the SuperRep 3 helps him not to feel a workout three days after he’s had it, he is sure “cushioning definitely helps with that.”

Designed to flex with the foot

For every burpee, mountain climber, and similar exercises, you’ve got to have enough flex in the forefoot. The SuperRep 3 comes with a divider that allows your foot to flex naturally. Nearly every reviewer commented on how easy it makes getting in and out of the planks and lunges in the shoe.

Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 3 flexibility

The stability you need for side movements

Every SuperRep shoe comes with these funky arcs on the sides. Wearers confirm that these do help in keeping your foot securely locked in place, especially for quick multi-directional footwork.

One athlete described that when his foot landed incorrectly when jumping off the box, “the awkward landing didn’t feel hard on the foot.” He attributed this to the rounded edges of the sole which make your foot feel really protected.

Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 3 support

Airy upper of the SuperRep 3

The shoe uses a thin yet soft fabric that is non-padded but wraps around the foot nicely. A tester says that “the mesh material does make a difference” in keeping the feet cool and well-ventilated.

Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 3 breathability

Not the best shoe to wear outdoors

An expert warns that the carved-out arc underneath the foot is going to be a magnet for dirt and debris. So, if you do use it outdoors, you’ll have to give special attention to keeping this area clean. Don’t even think about walking in muddy areas.

Potential squeaking issue

An avid athlete and shoe reviewer complained that the Zoom Air unit in the left shoe started making a “squeaking or crunching sound” with every step he took. However, this problem only occurred in one of the shoes and was not the case in a new pair that he demanded from Nike.

Facts / Specs

Use: HIIT, Jumping rope, Workout / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Normal
Release date: May 2022
Collection: Nike Air
BRAND Brand: Nike
Toebox: Medium
Colorways: Black / White / Pink

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Author
Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.