Who should buy the Nike Renew Retaliation TR 3

We recommend the Renew Retaliation 3 to the gym goers who:

  • have narrow to normal-sized feet
  • are on a budget
  • follow light-to-moderate workout programs

Nike Renew Retaliation TR 3 who should buy

Who should NOT buy the trainer

This budget shoe from Nike's arsenal is definitely not for those who lift heavy, especially if it already goes beyond around 250 lbs. They are better off with actual weightlifting shoes from Nike or other brands. So, if you want to level up your footwear game, you should look towards the Nike Metcon 7 or the Reebok Nano X2.

The two options will also be much more appealing for wide footers.

Budget-friendly all-rounder

The shoe's reasonable asking price has become one of its best-selling points. At $75, it is $27 cheaper than training shoes on average.

What's more, there is a good chance to catch this model on clearance which lowers the price even further.

Nike Renew Retaliation TR 3 budget-friendly

A springy yet stable Renew foam for active workouts

The Nike Renew Retaliation TR 3 is equipped with the Nike Renew midsole, which provided a perfect blend of response and impact protection. This type of foam is actually used on Nike's high-performance running shoes.

This is what makes the shoe suitable for HIIT and other agility workouts. Plyometrics get supported as well.

Nike Renew Retaliation TR 3 cushioning

Stable enough for lighter lifting

At the same time, the foam has a good amount of firmness in it to keep you supported for moderate lifting sessions. As a reviewer describes it: "never felt like I was sinking into the foam."

Nike Renew Retaliation TR 3 stability

Lightweight construction of the Renew Retaliation TR 3

Based on the general users' feedback, the light materials that make up the shoe never weigh the feet down nor make them hurt even after prolonged use.

Tipping the scales at 10 oz (283 g) per shoe, the Retaliation TR 3 is noticeably lighter than the average 11.1 oz (316 g).

Nike Renew Retaliation TR 3 lightweight

Forefoot felt narrow

To achieve a snug fit, the width of the forefoot is reduced. While this strengthened the shoe's support capacities, this may have also alienated the wide-footers.

Renew Retaliation TR 3 breathes well

There should be no concerns about getting your feet hot and stuffy. The upper mesh, although quite basic, does an excellent job ventilating the shoe's interiors.

Nike Renew Retaliation TR 3 breathable

No slipping on the gym floor

"The rubber had no problem gripping the floor," shares one of the testers. The rubber outsole on this Nike gym shoe hasn't disappointed anyone. It is also reported to be resistant to abrasion and to last long.

Nike Renew Retaliation TR 3 grip

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 283g
Drop: Men 4mm
Use: HIIT, Workout / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Narrow, Normal / Normal
Release date: Oct 2021
Features: Lightweight / Low drop
Collection: Nike Renew, Nike Renew Retaliate

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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.