Who should buy the Nike Renew Retaliation TR

While the Nike Renew Retaliation TR had some design shakeup, it still belongs to the brand’s budget-friendly line of workout shoes. It is a solid option if:

  • You are into rope climbing and prefer a trainer that has the durability to withstand the abrasion of such activity.  
  • You are looking for a shoe that offers a reliable grip as you work out on gym surfaces. 
  • You are after an affordable pair that offers quality and excellent performance.  

Nike Renew Retaliation TR Logo

Updates to the Nike Renew Retaliation TR

  • To enhance its durability, this version used a mesh upper that was weaved more tightly and has smaller pores than the old version.
  • This iteration employs synthetic overlays to protect it against abrasions brought about by rope climbing activities. 

Nike Renew Retaliation TR Updates2

Targeted grip

Is that LEGO at the bottom? Not really. These oddly-shaped rubber elements on the forefoot and the heel are added for traction. They prevent the foot from slipping and help the wearer feel sure-footed when he is walking or training.

Nike Renew Retaliation TR Outsole

In addition, the rubber pod at the front also serves as a toe guard – it keeps the toe area safe during accidental toe-dragging or bumping into hard objects.

Nike Renew Retaliation TR Toe Guard

Springy platform

The Renew Retaliation TR employs an EVA foam midsole for cushioning. Nike describes this unit as stable and resilient. It is meant to keep the foot protected throughout the workout.

Nike Renew Retaliation TR Midsole1

The foam is soft enough to absorb the shock from hard pounding but is not as plush as the one found in running shoes. Yet, it’s more compressible than the midsole found in specialized CrossFit trainers.

Nike Renew Retaliation TR Midsole2

Enhanced durability

This version of the Retaliation trainer introduces a new type of mesh. Compared to the previous models, it has smaller pores and a sturdier weave to offer more durable coverage.

Nike Renew Retaliation TR Upper1

Additional synthetic skins on the high-wear areas also contribute to wear-resistance. This revamp makes the trainer better equipped for such an abrasive activity as rope climbing. Even though it doesn’t provide the same level of protection as the flagship Metcon 5, it is meant to perform well for its price. 

Nike Renew Retaliation TR Synthetic Skins

Side support

The shoe swapped the exposed Flywire cables on the sides for the sturdier synthetic bands. They have a firmer nature and are integrated with the lacing system to lock the foot down. That way, when the laces are cinched, the foot does not slide around inside the shoe.

Nike Renew Retaliation TR Lacing System

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 10.9oz
Update: Nike Renew Retaliation TR 3
Use: Workout, HIIT / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Narrow, Normal / Normal
Release date: Jul 2019
Collection: Nike Renew
BRAND Brand: Nike

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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.