Overview and review of Nike Romaleos 3 XD
The Nike Romaleos 3 XD will put you back about $199 depending on where you get them from and what color you choose. This article was originally posted in the overview "which powerlifting shoes to buy" on this blog.
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Overview of Nike Romaleos 3 XD
The Nike Romaleos 3 XD shoes are available in four different colors with an effective heel of 20mm. ONe of the biggest strengths of this model is its lightweight design. The Honeycomb design of the heel saves weight by using less material and still providing stability. This is a great option if you want to do CrossFit WODs which ask for very heavy lifting combined with switching stations quickly.
Sizes of Nike Romaleos 3 XD
Colors of Nike Romaleos 3 XD
- Atmosphere Gray
- Black / Black / Metallic Bomber Gray
- White / Metallic Platinum
- Wolf Gray / Black / Cool Gray
The Nike Romaleos make use of Nikes Flywire patented lightweight architecture. They also have only one strap which some people might prefer instead of the two straps of some other models. To my personal regret, Nike seems to steer away from the more popping colors of the post in the newest iteration of the line. I liked the neon colors of the earlier Romaleos.
Pros of Nike Romaleos 3 XD
Lightweight construction makes it easy to switch between exercises in different WODs. Single strap easier to get in and out of as with other models.
Cons of Nike Romaleos 3 XD
Some report that the Nike Romaleos feel and look cheap compared to other models. Also, the lip is very thin and feels like it could come off when you pull too hard. The toe box also seems to be too small for some lifters. This is the price you pay for a lightweight shoe.
Alternatives of Nike Romaleos 3 XD
Alternatives to the Nike Romaleos are
The Adidas Leistung 16 shoes are slightly more expensive and come with a BOA lacing system. This system allows you to tighten the shoe around your midfoot without having to lace them every single time. If you like gadgets and something different this might be the shoe for you.
The Adidas Adipower is the classic weightlifting shoes which have been around for years. If you want one strap, but more room in the toebox this might be for you. They are a little heavier and you, therefore, might move slower with them.
The Reebok legacy shoes are the model which feels the heaviest and comes with two straps. Some Crossfit athletes might prefer Reebok generally as a brand. If you want to feel rotted to the ground this might be the right fit for you.