Verdict from 4 experts and +100 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Bulk of the reviewers appreciate the NikeCourt Zoom Cage 3’s cushioning underfoot as it feels plush.
  • Many wearers affirm that its outsole is heavy-duty.
  • Its chassis is stiff enough that it offers an adequate amount of stability, according to lots of satisfied buyers.
  • The rubber overlay is supportive after giving the shoe an ample break-in time, as per a significant sum of users.
  • A considerable sum of playtesters say this version is lighter than the second-generation Nike Zoom Cage.
  • Multiple users like the traction of this shoe.
  • A good number of users say that the collar padding offers support and comfort. 
  • Several wearers consider the Zoom Cage 3 as one of the breathable tennis shoes by Nike.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some mention that getting in and out of the one-piece upper shoe is quite tricky.
  • Its cage feature somewhat presses down at the forefoot, according to some testers. 
  • Zoom Cage 3 is one of the hardcourt tennis shoes that’s on the pricey range.

Bottom line

Like the previous Zoom Cage generations, the NikeCourt Zoom Cage 3 excels in comfort, stability, and durability. The fusion of mesh and lightweight rubber overlay that makes up the bootie upper allows the wearer to lunge and slide while feeling secure and snug. However, it takes some time to slip in and out of this shoe comfortably. Aside from the Zoom Air cushioning, its well-padded collar offers support and comfort as well.  Its extra-durable outsole allows the user to push for shots without losing proper footing.

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Good to know

Nike updated its Zoom Cage series with the drop of the 3rd generation that intends to address the needs of tennis players looking for a hard court trainer with a heavy-duty outsole and supportive body. This updated profile with a full bootie upper and unique Kurim caging system that offers durability in a lightweight build. It doesn’t scrimp on comfort since it comes with the integration of the Zoom Air cushioning in the midsole. 

Elite and aggressive court players led by Rafael Nadal have been sporting this stability shoe under the Swoosh label. Its supportive element isn’t only concentrated in one segment of the shoe but in high-wear zones on the upper and sole. On the flipside is an extremely hard-wearing rubber that’s ready for hard court grinding.

Strength. Equipped with the XDR or extra-durable rubber bottom, this trainer is set for repeated pounding on the court. Such material makes the shoe twice long-lasting as the regular type of rubber outsoles. 

Traction. It is engineered with a modified herringbone tread pattern that supplies traction suitable for hard court surfaces. 

Durability. Because of the high demands of tennis, poorly done shoes can wear out quickly. Tennis trainers tagged with a durability warranty are typically those with the potential to last a considerable period. 

Zoom Cage 3 is one of the shoes marked with a 6-month durability warranty. This classification guarantees the purchaser a one-time replacement of the footgear if the outsole sustains a considerable amount of damage.

Cushioning. As its name suggests, this trainer is built with the proprietary Zoom Air tech, a cushioning proponent that’s common among Nike’s running shoes. It is devised to deliver a responsive and energetic rebound that allows the foot to take off rapidly into the next step.

This technology is made of pressurized Air that’s lodged in the heel. Inside this unit are tensile fibers that compress as the foot lands on the court that bounce back right away. Such a push-off movement gives the user the right amount of energy to propel from shot after shot. 

Support. An external TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) shank is housed in the midfoot that’s intended to provide lightweight torsional stability.

Breathability. Its full bootie upper is assembled with a breathable mesh overlaid by a one-of-a-kind rubber caging system. This trainer offers more ventilation than the Cage 2 due to the less amount of rubber on the exterior which allows air to circulate freely through the mesh. 

Stability. The rubber web-like cage is fused onto the mesh in high-wear zones for added security. Such overlay is made of a pliable and abrasion-resistant Kurim material. 

Tighter and thicker webbing is bonded in areas that needed support while the thinner ones open up in sections that require flexibility.

Flexibility. This exceptionally pliable component doesn’t only offer a skin-like fit as it bends with each stride but creates a visual appeal as well.

  • Spain’s Raging Bull and the world’s King of Clay Rafael Nadal wore this at the 2018 French Open. 
  • Nike comes out with different shades for this profile.  
  • Some of the colorways such as the White/Black/Canary/Metallic Summit White, Volt Glow/White/Light Carbon, University Gold/Black/White/Volt Glow, Black/Violet has Rafael Nadal’s nickname “RAFA” inscribed on the left heel, and his Raging Bull logo on the right.