Fellow Cage 3 exiles...to which shoe are you going?

Znak

Professional
I may give the 4s a shot when my last pair of 3s wear out. If not maybe the Gel Res 8s, they felt alright when I tried them on. Or wait to see if the Nike GP will surprise and I'll give them a go (or even the new Challenges)...
 
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TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
Next shoe will be the Cage 4, I’m still playing in the Cage 3’s for now. Worst case scenario if they aren’t as good, Cage 3 enthusiasts can stock up.
 

colan5934

Semi-Pro
I like the cage 3–still have 4 pairs in rotation, two nearly new—and have tried/will be keeping the cage 4. Cage 3 was supportive, had traction that did what I wanted, and was just durable enough for me. It fit my narrower foot well too. Not quite enough cushion for super long days on court, but I wouldn’t say it was lacking. The cage 4 ups the support and durability for me and has similarly responsive traction. It maybe doesn’t slide as easily, but it’s still in my wheelhouse there. Cushioning is much greater, and despite the scale it feels light...probably because it wraps my foot securely and flexes with it well. Really impressed by the update, and I think it improves upon the strength of the 3s. Not always is an updated shoe a better shoe (vapor 9.5 to X for many folks), but IMO it is here.
 

Sardines

Hall of Fame
Adidas Stycon is snug and stable, more supportive and stable than the AC3. And wears even better than the AC3, but without the 6 mth warranty.
 

GR190

New User
I've been using Cages for many years. With each generation, think I'll hate the new ones but end up switching to the new version. Will probably give the new 4 a try rather than stock up on 3s. Not nearly as picky (OCD) about my shoes as racquets... 8-B
 

dave t

Rookie
Not sure. May try the new mizunos at some point. Had a few good pairs before moving to the cage 3. Luckily the cages are pretty durable and I have a few new pairs in the closet.
 

Znak

Professional
Maybe still needs some mods for Nadal to wear his custom cage 4 like some years ago with ballistec to ZC3
He did have his modded cage 4s at the AO, but by that image it looks like the 3 no? Or maybe it's the 4s and it's just the angle.
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
Cage 3's were decent, moved on to Zoom Zero's but not as comfortable especially in the upper. I went back to Asics currently SSFF for practice and Court FF2 for matches. Likely will get some GR8's.
 
Loved the Cage 3's. They ran a bit short but in your perfect size, it fit better than any other shoe I've ever had. Soft upper, breathable and the durability was right up to where it was needed.
I'm a grinder on courts and they took the beating like a badass.
Bought a couple of them, but now they're almost out.

Same question, which shoe to go to?
I want to go for the Stycons, as i prefer the glove feel.
Are they durable as well?? The uppers i'll be fine with, I'm concerned about the outsoles.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
I used to love my Cage 3's until I didn't. I tried the Cage 4's shoe laces broke from initially trying them on! I tried the Vapor X Knit and never looked back. They are comfortable as hell, my only gripe is the soles aren't as durable as the Cage 3's and I'm not a toe dragger or slider.
 
I used to love my Cage 3's until I didn't. I tried the Cage 4's shoe laces broke from initially trying them on! I tried the Vapor X Knit and never looked back. They are comfortable as hell, my only gripe is the soles aren't as durable as the Cage 3's and I'm not a toe dragger or slider.
Yeah i hear that about the Vapor's, a lot!! But a slider and a big toe dragger here :confused:
Cage 4's just seem too bulky. And the bulkier the shoes, the more you drag.
 
I went to the GP turbos. I loved how stable the ZC3s were, but I needed more cushion. I actually figured I could use a custom full-length Zoom cushion from my old basketball shoes and used those in my ZC3 before I got the turbos, so now I can switch between them when I feel like it.
 
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Znak

Professional
I went to the GP turbos. I loved how stable the ZC3s were, but I needed more cushion. I actually figured I could use a custom full-length Zoom cushion from my old basketball shoes and used those in my ZC3 before I got the turbos, so now I can switch between them when I feel like it.
I've been thinking about the GPs as well, do you have a bit more comparison b/w the two of them?
 

jangotango

Semi-Pro
I used the Cage 3 for the better part of two years before the Cage 4. Now I'm on the Revolt Pro 3.0, which I feel are super similar, if not better. Same plastic-rubber "cage"/overlay, pretty light, and a bit more stable since the midsole is more continuous. The sizing fits me much better than Nike, and I've yet to have any hotspots or slips in the shoe. The only edge the cage has is that it felt a tad faster due to the air units, but it's negligable.
 

Lukhas

Legend
I bought a pair of Court FF2 on sale about a year ago, but with the lockdowns I haven't really even had the opportunity to put a hole in them yet. It's roomier in the forefoot but still tightens well around the ankle, the laces kind of suck, it's more expensive than I would like; otherwise it's very well put together. I think that my biggest annoyance for a slider like me is that the outsole is significantly grippier than the Cage 3. Now the Cage 3 had very slick outsoles overall, but the Court FF2 has near perfect grip; I'd appreciate if they had a bit more give to them on hard stops.

Considering where most brands are headed, I don't know what my next pair of shoes is going to be. Maybe the Revolt 3.0/3.5; I had played with the first iteration, and the fit was like a more forgiving Barricades 7 to me. They didn't have toebox jamming issues you could read in Barricade 7 reviews or that I could feel while trying out the Adidas offering; but in all honesty I rarely have much luck with the fit of Adidas shoes. The first Revolt was also very noisy. I'm worried about the uppers of the Revolt 3.5 not being up to the task: they don't seem very substantial, and I frequently break laces on slides. That being said, I always put some goo on the medial side of the shoe anyway for protection...

We'll see. For now the Court FF2 aren't going anywhere yet, both thanks to good durability and due to lack of time on-court.
 
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Znak

Professional
Based on what everyone was saying and a quick convo with Troy I ordered some NB Fresh Foam Lavs on sale — will report back on the fit if anyone is curious.
 

Lukhas

Legend
Based on what everyone was saying and a quick convo with Troy I ordered some NB Fresh Foam Lavs on sale — will report back on the fit if anyone is curious.
I had tried the Fresh Foam Lav alongside the Court FF2. I decided in favour of the FF2 because the uppers of the NB felt too soft to me. I thought that they would become pretty loose with time. That being said, I'm pretty aggressive on my footwork so there's a chance it could work for you. The stock insole in the Lavs is actually one of the best stock insoles I've ever seen: pretty thick, firm but also springy and comfortable, nothing like those cheap foam outsoles... and also of no value to me whatsoever since I wear custom orthotics.
 
I am still trying to find the right shoe to replace them unfortunately. I have to say that the Diadora Speed BlueShield 4 play similarly to them. Pretty decent durability (soles and upper) and a traction that is conducive to sliding. Unfortunately the Blueshields ride a little higher off the ground, are a little bit heavier, have way more cushioning, are not as breathable, and don't lock down as well.

I am using the Cage 4's now, although I don't like them as much. They have the durability for sliding like the Cage 3's had, but they ride way higher off the ground, are incredibly heavy, and have the silly rounded heel (just my opinion, I don't like it).

Gel Resolution 8 last me less than 10 hours on court before I put a hole in the upper.....
 

Znak

Professional
I am still trying to find the right shoe to replace them unfortunately. I have to say that the Diadora Speed BlueShield 4 play similarly to them. Pretty decent durability (soles and upper) and a traction that is conducive to sliding. Unfortunately the Blueshields ride a little higher off the ground, are a little bit heavier, have way more cushioning, are not as breathable, and don't lock down as well.

I am using the Cage 4's now, although I don't like them as much. They have the durability for sliding like the Cage 3's had, but they ride way higher off the ground, are incredibly heavy, and have the silly rounded heel (just my opinion, I don't like it).

Gel Resolution 8 last me less than 10 hours on court before I put a hole in the upper.....
I forgot about that shoe, I'll add it to the list in the future, thanks for the recco!
 
i ordered a couple of pairs of stycons, as i was getting them at one third of their original price.
i like the glove like feel and low to the ground ride. also, the outsoles are decently durable.
AND...it fits my foot type, so....
 

LiamMiguel

New User
I last used Cage 3 in May of 2018 then I switched to Barricades. Used Barricades for a bit then switched to Solecourt Boost while I used KSwiss Ultrashot 2 when TW had that $59 sale in May of 2019. Used SCB until I got a pair of Speed FFs in August and switched to the Cage 4 in October then Vapor X this month (found some at Ross for $30 lol). Out of all those shoes, I would say Ultrashot 2 was the best shoe especially comparing from the Cage 3s. It was stable, durable, and light-feeling which was great to have on the court.
 

Crimsonchen

New User
I loved everything about the cage 3 except for maybe the cushioning. I bought a couple pairs of the gel resolution 8 and I'm loving those as well. The GR8 feels a lot more comfortable but mine tore apart a lot quicker than my cage 3s
 

Lukhas

Legend
I loved everything about the cage 3 except for maybe the cushioning. I bought a couple pairs of the gel resolution 8 and I'm loving those as well. The GR8 feels a lot more comfortable but mine tore apart a lot quicker than my cage 3s
I saw the GR8 on sale in a French shop (Decathlon) for a good price and tried them. For the life of me, I never managed to wear a pair of these: I have thin ankles and they tend to run too shallow at the ankle for my taste. The GR8 I tried doesn't have it as bad as some of the older models like the 5 where my heel was leaving the shoe behind even when going a size down, but I still don't feel secure in the 8 although the slippage is mostly gone. I indeed am a sucker for booty constructions, they tend to be so secure at the heel. A shame, the price on these really was good; would've picked up a pair or two.

Which area of the Gel Res failed you? The upper seemed pretty thin, but one could always use a bit of shoe glue on the medial side.
 

Crimsonchen

New User
Which area of the Gel Res failed you? The upper seemed pretty thin, but one could always use a bit of shoe glue on the medial side.
It was main the bottom outsole and the ankle area on the gel res that wore out so quickly. I have never had a shoe that tore up around the ankle area like the gel resolution. Maybe it was something I did but I'm not super rough on my tennis shoes. I had holes within the shoe where my ankle was. It didn't bother me performance-wise but aesthetically it didn't look great lol. The outsoles also did not last very long and after a few months of playing, they lost pretty much all of the traction patterns on the sole.

I did buy a second pair off the bay and it's actually hasn't ripped up inside the ankle area yet. Even if the gel res doesn't last long for me, they might be one of my favorite tennis shoes in terms of cushioning l, support, and aesthetics
 

innoVAShaun

Hall of Fame
Just called 1-800-806-NIKE out of curiosity to check on inventory of the Cage 3s. He said they only have 2s and 4s left. We both laughed that they still had 2s.
 
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