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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.