The Nike Free Trainer V7 is marketed as a low-cost crosstraining shoe, but does it manage to deliver? While the seventh edition of the men's only shoe features some important updates, the consensus seems to be that the Free Trainer just isn't versatile enough to be useful for most wearers. The minimalist shoe, with its lightweight construction and minimalist design, works best for simple HIIT workouts but not much else. In the detailed review below, you'll find information on the Free's numerous updates, as well as observations and comments from reviewers who tried the shoe themselves.
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While the V7 does provide a more supportive fit than previous versions of the shoe, wearers pointed out that the shoe's upper simply doesn't provide enough lateral support for sports or activities with lots of side to side movement.
- 5mm drop
- NEW triangular lugs add flexibility and traction
- NEW resistant outsole pod design
- NEW full-length midsole foam
- NEW slip-on design with sewn in tongue
- NEW 3D printed mesh
- NEW Flywire upper construction for support
- Rubber outsole
- Lightweight upper mesh
The Nike Free Trainer V7 is best for those whose preferred cross-training activity is HIIT. The flexible, lightweight V7 is built for quick workouts of this kind. A comfortable fit and grippy outsole, work well for high-intensity interval training. As things heat up during a super sweat-sesh, the ultra-breathable upper comes to the rescue to air things out. Although it lacks versatility, it's still durable and features an attractive minimalist design.
For runners who want a dedicated cross training shoe, for quick HIIT sessions on off-days, the Nike V7 is a great update and decent option.