Nike Cage 3

tdhawks

Semi-Pro
What's the word on these? I haven't worn Nike's in a long time. I burnt through my Wilson Rush Pro's in less than 5 months and my Speed Solutions are shot as well. I have worn Resolutions in the past and all pairs have been great except the latest 7's caused some heel pain.

Thanks.
 

dave t

Rookie
Also love them. I think on number 5 now. They are pretty durable for me in terms of the sole and remaining supportive. I think a few guys have issues tearing through the uppers on some slides (but I'd imagine that problem would exist on any shoe if that's how you play. I slide but not really on the outside of the upper as much as edge of soles).
 

Sardines

Professional
GSS3 and SSFF are good for cushioning but not great for heel and ankle support, being shallow in the heel. GR7 had this issue too, so the extra movement could be the cause of your heel pain. I found using the runner's lacing system worked better on the SSFF than the GSS3, since the laces were thin and shifted a lot. The newer FF2 is better.
The AC3 'cage' can be a bit tight in the toe area if you have wider forefoot and in my case, wear Thorlo thick socks. I had to switch to thinner socks, after I noticed the precursors to blisters and calluses forming on my big toe. The outsole does last about 2.5-3.5 months for me, and if you live in the US and can bother with the warranty stuff, you do get 2 shoes for the price of 1.
 

tdhawks

Semi-Pro
I did the runner's lacing system as well with both the Solutions and Resolutions. I went up a half size in the Solutions because it is a narrower shoe. I can't imagine the Cage could be narrower than that as Nike's seem to be a little on the wider side, imo that is.
 

Winners or Errors

Hall of Fame
Cage 3 seems to be the only shoe out there at the moment for narrow feet without forcing me up on my toes. Good stability. Fits green Superfeet well. I find myself pulling them out of the closet more and more often.

Any other Cage 3 wearers know of other shoes with similar fit in the current market? I was thinking the re-release of Ubersonic 2, but no way do those have the cushioning of the Cages, which I need.
 

Sardines

Professional
I did the runner's lacing system as well with both the Solutions and Resolutions. I went up a half size in the Solutions because it is a narrower shoe. I can't imagine the Cage could be narrower than that as Nike's seem to be a little on the wider side, imo that is.
I found the AC3 to be narrower overall. The GSS3/SSFF may taper off sharper than the AC3 in the toe box, but the vamp is definitely more voluminous in the Asics. I think my issue with the big toe in the AC3 with thicker socks is how the shoe tapers to the toe cap. The cut in the Asics is straighter on the inside (big toe) and the curvature is more pronounced on the outside (small toes). This suited my foot shape better. Also the AC3 cage is harder than the softer material of the Asics.

Any other Cage 3 wearers know of other shoes with similar fit in the current market? I was thinking the re-release of Ubersonic 2, but no way do those have the cushioning of the Cages, which I need.
I found the Asics cushioning to be more comfy on harder courts like Decoturf. The AC3 is a workhorse but I have to wear thinner socks. Going 1/2 a size up had too much movement. The FF2 fits well too, but I find the AC3 better at holding my heels in the shoe.
 

XFactorer

Hall of Fame
Look like Kyle Edmund just posted a pic of the new Cages. It's hard to see too many details because of the back lighting. But you a new glimpse of the outsole.
 

Winners or Errors

Hall of Fame
Question for anyone who has worn the Cage 3 and Gel Resolution 7. Do they fit similarly? My GR6's fit nothing like the Cages and have a really shallow heel cup that wouldn't work well with my Superfeet Green. They fit in the Cages. Do you think they'd fit in the GR7?
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
I have three pairs of Cage 3’s. They’re very comfortable, supportive and light weight. They come with a six month sole guarantee. The only negative, is they do run a bit small. I ended up going up a full size.
 

Sardines

Professional
I have three pairs of Cage 3’s. They’re very comfortable, supportive and light weight. They come with a six month sole guarantee. The only negative, is they do run a bit small. I ended up going up a full size.
A whole size?!? And you don't find too much movement once it breaks in fully?
 

richdvng

Rookie
When I got back into playing I started with the cage 3s. Good, lightweight shoe but not great for my legs due to the lack of cushioning and tough, hard outsole. Switched to diadora blueshield fly 2s.
 

Winners or Errors

Hall of Fame
When I got back into playing I started with the cage 3s. Good, lightweight shoe but not great for my legs due to the lack of cushioning and tough, hard outsole. Switched to diadora blueshield fly 2s.
How do you deal with the lack of fit/support? Aren't those Diadora shoes fairly wide?
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
A whole size?!? And you don't find too much movement once it breaks in fully?

Not at all, I wear Nike Essential tennis socks when I play and it’s a perfect combination. My feet feel protected and supported. For some a half size might do it. I normally wear a size 13, but some reason the Nike tennis shoe line runs small for me.
 

Marcin

Rookie
i need to advice as to cushioning in cage 3 - i'm using now solution spped 3 and they are very comfortable, i suppouse cage 3 are more stiffer and less cushioned, but can you say how much?
 

RNBABOLAT

Semi-Pro
Not at all, I wear Nike Essential tennis socks when I play and it’s a perfect combination. My feet feel protected and supported. For some a half size might do it. I normally wear a size 13, but some reason the Nike tennis shoe line runs small for me.
Hi, do you owned some CB 4.3 so you can help me compare the sizing? I purchase the same size in ZC and is reaaally small, I can barely walk in them and also use the Nike essential or elite tennis socks and is like hell. Thanks
 

RNBABOLAT

Semi-Pro
Not at all, I wear Nike Essential tennis socks when I play and it’s a perfect combination. My feet feel protected and supported. For some a half size might do it. I normally wear a size 13, but some reason the Nike tennis shoe line runs small for me.
Hi, do you owned some CB 4.3 so you can help me compare the sizing? I purchase the same size in ZC and is reaaally small, I can barely walk in them and also use the Nike essential or elite tennis socks and is like hell. Thanks
 

hanjulian

New User
I wore size 8 for CB 4.3 but 8.5 for Vapor Tour 9.5
For some reasons Vapor X Tour in 8.5 is too big for me. As of now i am wearing Zoom Cage 3 in 8.5
Loving every minute of it on the court.

I used to be an ASICS guy. I wear size 8 in all of the ASICS with the exception of Court FF which i have to go down to 7.5

Hope this helps.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
Hi, do you owned some CB 4.3 so you can help me compare the sizing? I purchase the same size in ZC and is reaaally small, I can barely walk in them and also use the Nike essential or elite tennis socks and is like hell. Thanks

Not everyone’s foot is shaped the same, so if you tried them and they don’t fit, might not be the best shoe for you. So many other types and brands to try.
 

RNBABOLAT

Semi-Pro
I wore size 8 for CB 4.3 but 8.5 for Vapor Tour 9.5
For some reasons Vapor X Tour in 8.5 is too big for me. As of now i am wearing Zoom Cage 3 in 8.5
Loving every minute of it on the court.

I used to be an ASICS guy. I wear size 8 in all of the ASICS with the exception of Court FF which i have to go down to 7.5

Hope this helps.
This is really helpful actually, I tried the Asics gel Resolution and the CB in size 10 and fit perfectly I think I might have to go half or even a full size bigger. Thanks a lot
 

tonylg

Hall of Fame
I have a brand new pair of Cage 3s I bought online that I'm about to throw in the bin because I can't even get them on my feet.

Nike sizing appears to be a complete lottery.
 

innoVAShaun

Hall of Fame
My wife and I just received our Cage 3s yesterday. Too snug for our usual sizes! We will be returning them for at least a half size bigger. She is moving on from her (last pair of worn out) Breathe Free IIs and I am replacing my Vapor Xs.
 

Winners or Errors

Hall of Fame
I wear the Cage 3 in 11 and pretty much everything else in a 10.5. That toe box is just too shallow to wear my normal size and I'd lose my big toenails every month if I tried.

After much hemming and hawing, I decided to give the Ubersonic 3 a shot instead of making my next shoe the Zoom Zero, which I was considering. We'll see how they feel on the court, but the fit, which everyone has said was so wide, is pretty much medium and a good fit for feet that fit in the Cage 3. If the fabric upper retains its shape and doesn't stretch out much, they'll be winners. The Cage 3 has way more "structure," though, which I like. We'll see if the Adidas end up being good or a waste of money and I come back to Nike again.
 

innoVAShaun

Hall of Fame
Got my replacements and also ended up purchasing 54" laces as the ones that came with the shoe were too short to double knot. Wife's shoes were fine.
 

innoVAShaun

Hall of Fame
To add, these shoes are brutal on my plantar fasciitis. I ended up putting my custom orthotics in but now the sock-like upper is extra snug.
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
I like them. I bought two pairs in the Nadal French Open 2018 colourway:



But things to know
  1. Wears tight and narrow, so wear half size up if you're used to Vapors for instance
  2. Uppers get nice and comfortable but requires a bit of a break-in period (personally I liked the snug fit before it broke in because it felt like I was wearing a giant sock).
  3. It's got the same sole as the Lunar Ballistecs they replaced, so if you found those to last for a decent while, these will be more of the same
  4. They are pretty darn cheap for Nike tennis shoes; I got mine at $100 in mid 2018 shortly after the French Open that year
 

apjones01

Rookie
These are definitely good shoes, but as others have noted, you have to go up at least one half size. I bought before knowing that and developed a brutal corn on my little toe.

One other note... I've read reviews on other sites which cite complaints about the tongue and shoe being all one piece (you can't pull up on the tongue separately). I don't necessarily have a problem with that and think it's fixable if you get the proper size (i.e. bigger than normal).
 

innoVAShaun

Hall of Fame
Update: For my foot pain, I ended up taking out the factory insoles and replaced them with Spenco 3/4 insoles. That gave me the support I needed and opened up the toe box a bit. I also have to keep my laces a little looser than usual.

I definitely do not recommend this shoe if you have any type of foot pain.
 
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