Despite the debut of the Free Trainer 3.0 V3 back in January, Nike has already crafted its successor, the Free Trainer 3.0 V4. Offering directional flexibility and strength along with structural lockdown for improved quickness in all directions, the new design — modeled here by none other than footballing superstar Cristiano Ronaldo — boasts a completely revamped upper. Backboned by an internal heel counter, the upper now features a woven circular-knit mesh that strengthens when the foot is engaged to offer unbridled confidence when running, cutting, jumping and lifting. By expanding lengthwise, the one-way stretch offers a unique directional flexibility and strength that was previously missing from lightweight trainers. Said Tim Day, Product Line Manager in Athletic Training Footwear, of the design:
The circular knit material in the upper creates a one-to-one fit against the foot. This prevents slippage when an athlete is changing direction. When the foot is securely locked down, athletes can transition much faster while cutting and breaking… We designed this for athletes who want to be fast in all directions. It’s incredibly lightweight and low to the ground, making it extremely stable and responsive. Being lower to the ground also allows for quicker bursts and more explosive movements.The unique knit even creates a disruptive visual pop, thus allowing Nike to create a variety of striking patterns for the silhouette.
Complete with Nike’s innovative hexagonal flex groove-studded Free 3.0 outsole, the Free Trainer 3.0 V4 will soon be available and select Nike stockists across the globe.