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Comments: I really like these shoes. Good cushioning and support in a fairly fast-feeling shoe. Plenty of colors to
choose from too, which is always a plus. Traction is adequate while the outsole lasts, which is, sadly, not very long. I wore it
smooth under my toes in 3 weeks (12 hours) and under the balls of my feet in 4 weeks (17 hours). I will be exercising the
durability guarantee on these shortly. Other than the durability, though, no problems. It is a bit of a generous fit, but I haven't
experienced any problems, likely because I wear thicker socks like the Nike Tennis Crews and Elites. I recommend these to
anybody who is looking for a high-performance shoe with more comfort than the Vapor series and a little less court feel.
From: Anon, 7/13
Comments: I usually wear a 2E shoe, which requires that I purchase New Balance tennis shoes. For me 2E is a little
on the large size but Ds are far too small. I have both a high arch and wider than average foot. This shoe is the best fitting tennis
shoe I have ever worn. I have only worn them about half a dozen times so I cannot speak to durability. However, they are really
comfortable and grip hard courts like no other (in my experience). So far I am really happy with my purchase and hope that these
shoes stick around for a while. I would recommend these shoes to those that do not quite fit into a D and are looking for a change
from New Balance.
From: Rory, 7/13
Comments: The air max bubble cracked on my pair and then again on the next replacement pair. I wanted to love
these shoes but the heel does not have enough support and therefore the air max will pop with and force put on it. Purchase them
knowing you will most likely have to return/exchange them!
From: Spinko, 7/13
Comments: This shoe, for me, was really good, I liked how they fit and they also seem to be more durable and have
more cushion than the Nike Court Ballistec 4.1 I also used to have. However, I have the same issue as KK - the back air cells keep
breaking on me. The first pair I had replaced with the sole warranty, now the new shoes have the same issue. Let's see if they can
do something about it, apart from that the shoe is still in good condition.
From: Thomas, 7/13
Comments: It is no where near as similar to the Breathe Cages and the shoe itself feels clunky. Now although it is
comfortable out of the box, the shoe did not last me very long (less than 2 months). I nearly rolled my ankle a numerous amount
of times. The sole was not wide enough compared to the part that covered my feet. Vapors are much more stable, feel lighter, and
they are still comfortable
From: JL, 6/13
Comments: Had it for 4 weeks and both rear foot air cells broke at the seem. Otherwise great shoes, very
From: KK< 6/13
Comments: This shoe is wide everywhere. I had to go down a 1/2 size smaller and wear thicker socks. The length
is not that much longer than usual, so it probably would be impossible for me to size down further. The shoe is ok, my only
complaint is that it is a little bit loose on the heel. I tried lacing up to the last eyelet near the ankles. Other than that, the shoe
feels light and very flexible. It took a while for me to get used to the loose heel. Now I can run well in them.
From: Neil, 6/13
Comments: Comfortable out of the box, which was my main reason for buying them. Enormous difference with
respect to the Barricade 7. Today I had my first play test with these shoes. Lightweight. I felt confident moving around, good plush
feeling on the heel. A little high off the ground, but I like it that way. The only downside was a couple of times my foot almost
slipped outside of the shoe but after stretching the lace system problem solved. I ordered my usual size and it fit well. I do not
think a half size smaller would work. They also seem durable.
From: JC, 5/13
Comments: This is an awesome shoe. I appreciate the wider toe box, stability, support, comfort, durability, and
great cosmetics. It is a game- enhancement shoe that fits my wider forefoot and has room for my orthotics. Sweet. Thank you TW
From: Robert, 5/13
Comments: I have been a long time buyer of Ballistics but the toe box is too narrow these days. I have just come off
2 pairs of the Vapor 9, which are so comfy but the sole is thin. These shoes are my new favorite. Roomy and a great air sole. Just
the right amount of arch too. A tad more than the flat footed Vapors. I would recommend these shoes to anyone. Enjoy!
From: Danny, 5/13
Comments:I wanted to share my thoughts about what a good tennis shoe this has proved to be. I have been
wearing Price and Head tennis shoes over the last four years and decided to try these based on my son's recommendation. He
wears and swears by the Nike Air Courtballistec 4.3 which are far too narrow for my foot. I read reviews that stated the Nike Cage
provided more room in the toe box so I gave them a try. I'm a 4.0 doubles player in my early fifties and comfort and stability are
my major concerns in a high quality shoe. These shoes are incredibly comfortable, you forget you even have shoes on during the
match which is the highest compliment possible. For my really wide foot, these are perfect and I hope they continue to make them
for a very long time. I've been wearing them for two months and they seem very durable also. I ordered my regular 9.5 USA size
and they fit fine. The six month warranty is a thing of beauty if they break down before then. Great Work Nike and thank you for
such a great all-around tennis shoe.
From: Paul, 4/13
Comments: Out of the box comfort. Great stability and cushioning on court. Perfect blend of what I love about the
Vapors and the CBs. With a great look and a six month warranty you can't go wrong. Regarding going down a half size: I am a
true 12, so I bought a 12. I wear two pairs of socks and they fit good. If you already wear your shoes a little bigger, I would go
down a half size per TW's recommendation.
From: Rob, 4/13
Comments: I have had these shoes for about a week now and they are amazing. Right out of the box they were
extremely comfortable with almost no break in time. The shoes are also insanely light, I was just wearing the Babolat Propulse 3's
and they are even lighter than those. Durability wise, I drag my toes heavily on both feet, but the shoe is performing just as the
CourtBallistec 4.3's, but with a lighter frame, so I would definitely recommend trying these out.
From: Ethan, 4/13
Comments: I hugely miss the 2k12 shoes. It happens over and over again with Nike; they change the design of a
great shoe. Over the years I wore the Vapors and they changed it, then the Ballistecs and they changed it, then I wore the 2k10
through 2k12 and now they eliminated them completely and the replacement (Cage) is junk. I didn't want to go to another brand,
but I had to. For those of you who are looking for a replacement for the 2k12, try the Asics Gel Resolution 5. For me they have
worked out great.
From: Chris, 4/13
Comments: I actually bought these shoes at Dicks and it turns out they are alot cheaper on this site. It pissed me
off to see the price difference but you know you gotta learn your lessons. Anyway, these shoes are really comfy. Especially after
wearing Adidas barricade for so long. The bottom of my foot would rot of because those adidas shoes were so bad. Now that I
have these they are like house shoes on the tennis court, but I do slide in them alot and I've had them for about 2 weeks, but
other than that they are great so far.
From: Jayden, 3/13
Comments: Being a high school player, I slide a lot, but usually tear through Barricades in 3 months. I had these
shoes for 2 months and the outsole wore out quickly, but the comfort is really nice. Even when the grip was gone, I don't find
myself sliding as if I were to wear out other shoes.
From: Matt, 3/13
Comments: This is 100+ hour review. FYI, the tread is completely gone, smooth as a bald dude's head. And, the
shoes are only 1 month old. As I said earlier, this shoe is roomy. As time passed, the plastic molding on the exterior of the
forefoot seemed to stretch, which makes the shoe even wider. Maybe suitable for wider feet, but not for me. Also having to wear
two pairs of socks, I have found the shoes stretched even further. Rolled my ankle a number of times. Next remedy was to wear 3
pairs of socks and ankle support. I imagine I will be calling Nike soon for the warranty replacement. Unfortunately, I would not
want this pair even as a free replacement.
From: GS, 3/13
Comments: I really dislike these shoes. I would say the Ballistec 4.3 is a far superior of a shoe if comparing shoes
with 6 month warranty. If you're looking for comfort and don't mind spending $130 with no return, the Zoom Vapor has superior
comfort to both. As for the Air Max Cage, the heel wore out faster than the forefoot. I was very displeased with the plastic top
piece. The more you break the shoes in, the fit continues to get wider. You end up having to lace the shoe tighter and the cage
starts to dig into your foot. Not a big fan. My advice is to spend the extra money for the Ballistec's - better comfort, performance,
From: Jeremy, 3/13
Comments: I have to say I love this shoe. Before this shoe I had the Nike 2k10's and i thought they were the best
but now there is no comparison. It is a very stable and super quick shoe for getting to the ball while keeping you comfortable.
They fit to size and are again the best shoe ever!
From: Jacob, 2/13
Comments: I just bought a pair of these, coming strictly from wearing the Barricades for over three years. These Air
Max Cage shoes are roomier than the Barricades, with a higher heel while tapering lower towards the toe box. I have slightly wide
feet, so they happen to fit perfectly for me (though I don't understand how anyone can knock on shoes that just dont suit their
feet, if the shoes don't properly fit then they aren't for your feet!) I wore them straight to the courts and played five sets of
doubles. Took about half an hour or less of movement to finally break-in, and the initial discomfort was gone. After nearly 3
hours of tennis, my feet didn't ache like how they did in my broken-in Barricades. They do run a bit longer, but I stuck with my
regular size. One thing that I noticed about the shoes while walking was that the support around my ankles would flex outwards
and away from my ankles as I would walk forwards. It looked and felt as though the shoe was peeling/pulling away from my feet,
though I didn't have any stability issues while playing. I also chose to lace up from the lowest shoe string holes at the ankles. They
didn't squeak as much as the Barricades, and the lateral support was spot on without having that harsh stabbing feeling I got with
the shoulders from the Barricades. I played some spirited tennis tonight and my feet don't feel beat up and in my opinion, these
shoes have made me a big fan of Nike over my love for the Barricades and I've always disliked Nike shoes (especially the Vapors
from 2007). I am one happy camper with these shoes and just wanted to say thank you to Nike for one-upping my favorite shoes
of three long years. Good bye Barricades.
From: AlpineCadet, 2/13
Comments: This is a 20 hour later review. My first review of the shoes states that the shoes fit wide, too roomy and
lack secure footing for quick movement. After wearing two pairs of socks and adding a pair of thicker insoles, these shoes are
slightly improved. Still, it does not have a quick, low to the ground feel. But it is a trade off for the cushion and durability. For
now I only consider these as practice shoes and use Vapor 9s for match play. We shall see how popular this is amongst the pros
in the future. But if its good enough for Delpo, it should be good enough for us mere mortals. I wonder what customization Nike
has done for him? In its raw format, its not hot.
From: GS, 2/13
Comments: Comfortable. Durable. Good plush ride. Not unpleasant looking if you are playing tennis stationary or
using the ball machine. But if you have to move fast, all of that goes out the window. The shoes fits wide! Too roomy for my
medium width feet, despite having ordered a 1/2 size down. I find myself feeling unsure about any of my movement at all. The
next remedy I will try is wearing them with 2 pairs of socks. If that doesn't work, I will go back to the Vapor 9s, the super shoes
with crappy outsoles. Or maybe try the Asics Resolution 4s or 5s?
From: GS, 2/13
Comments: Excellent shoe! Had them on during a few tennis cardio sessions and my feet and legs felt great
afterwards. I recommend these shoes!
From: John, 2/13
Comments: I must say I'm very disappointed in these shoes. Even though these shoes are light weight, the Air Max
Cage makes me feel like I'm wearing a pair of concrete blocks. This shoe has no flex at all! In fact, these shoes scare me. The
outsole is so stff and grippy I can't move on the court with any confidence. I feel like I'm going to fall. For years I was unable to
find a Nike Tennis Shoe that fit correctly until I tried the Nike Zoom Breathe 2K10. For me, the Zoom Breathe 2K10 was the
ultimate Tennis Shoe. Nike, please bring the 2K10 back in its original form. While I like the looks of the Air Max Cage Grey/Black
I won't play in them.
From: Jim, 2/13
Comments: I have to agree with Matt. Definitely not a fan. Really disappointing, especially it was said to be 'like the
Breathe Free II'. NOT even close. The original Breathe Free II was THE BEST! Everything that Nike has produced to follow the
Breathe Free II has been either horrible or mediocre ar best. I still have a pair of Breathe 2K12's in my closet that I wore 3 times.
They are stiff and uncomfortable. It amazes me that they were still making the Breathe Free II's for the women for years but
stopped production for the Men. Li Na is still wearing that shoe. I know I am not the only fan of the original BF2's. Bring'em back
From: Doug, 2/13
Comments: These shoes were amazing. I could get to all of the balls and slide a lot in them. 6 out of 5 for me.
From: Stefan, 2/13
Comments: So far not a big fan of this shoe. I have owned previous versions. Though lighter, the shoe is wider
and feels unstable. The size 14 feels a bit bigger than normal and I just don't feel that my foot fits in the shoe properly. I've worn
them for about 8 hours and still just not a huge fan.
From: Matt, 1/13
Comments: I like my tennis shoes tight and so I ordered a 9.5 instead of my usual 10. The length is barely enough,
and it feels like the ball of my foot doesn't line up quite right. Hopefully my orthodics and a couple more hours of break-in will
fix that. Other than that I do like the shoe a lot, as it fits and feels like the old legendary Breathe Cage, especially in the toe box.
Improvements would be the uppers which are very similar to the Breath Free 2K10's, they are extremely light like the Vapor, and
the traction is deep with some give like the Ballistics. These shoes have sweet cosmetics and the pictures don't do them justice as
they look really sporty on the foot, and the Air Max across the back makes them very unique. I agree with Rye that these shoes
feel like a hybrid of previous Nike models. Great shoe.
From: Rizza, 1/13
Comments: Very comfortable shoes with about a 15 minute break in period. I've had many pairs of Vapors and
Court Ballistecs and these almost seem like a hybrid of those two shoes. They do run a tad large but I bought the size I usually do
and they fit fine. I don't think it would be possible for me to go down a half size.
From: Rye, 1/13
Comments: This is a great shoe. It's an exact cross of my favorite shoe, the Vapor 9 Tours, and the Ballistec 4.3's,
meaning it has a comfy running shoe feel, but it's also very sturdy and durable. The Vapors lack a little bit of sturdiness and
don't last as long as I'd like being a club player, and the CB 4.3 are too bulky and sturdy. So this shoe is a perfect compromise.
perfect morph of the two best selling Nike shoes. Great job. Ventilation is nice as well. This is my new shoe of choice. And
you I love the Vapors, but the soles are not durable or as cushioned as these. But the Vapors have the most comfy feel all around.
So I'm going to rate these the same as the Vapors. They both get a 4 out of 5 stars from me. Great job Nike.
From: Dan, 1/13