What Are Your Thoughts on the Nike Romaleos 3 Freedom?

As we head into the spring and summer, it only seems fitting that Nike drop a new color scheme for the Nike Romaleos 3 geared towards representing the USA. We’re not sure if this was done in an attempt to be relevant with the Fourth of July, but it sure does seem convenient.

Since their release on January 21st, a lot of athletes have turned in their old lifters to pick up a new pair of Nike Romaleos 3s. Many athletes have been happy with the Nike Romaleos 3’s in-gym performance, but there have been a few durability concerns worth considering before buying (such as the tongue ripping).

[Read our full Nike Romaleos 3 review!]

Earlier in the year, I wrote an article on the coolest custom Nike Romaleos 3 color schemes we’ve seen thus far, which featured a ton of creative Romaleos 3 designs. Custom painted shoes are great, but they can be an added expense on top of an already fairly expensive shoe. This is why myself and many other lifters are pretty excited about the newly released Nike Romaleos 3 Freedom shoe because…’Merica. 

Image courtesy of Nike.com. 

This new shoe features patriotic colors, much like its “Freedom” name suggests. I am curious about the mid-foot though, would it have been cooler with white instead of gold? Either way, the shoe looks great, but the gold may turn off a few athlete due to its flashy nature.

Another cool aspect of the Freedom shoe is the attention to detail Nike put into it. It comes with shoelaces that also resemble the color scheme, which I thought was a nice subtle touch.

Image courtesy of Nike.com. 

This Freedom model still comes with a price tag of $200, so I’d recommend reading into what other’s have thought about this shoe before investing. Also, consider the characteristics that make this model different from others on the market to ensure it’s a good fit for you and your sport.

Regardless what lifting shoe you prefer, it’s pretty cool to see Nike attempt to be creative and represent the good ol’ USA.

Feature image from Nike.com. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,200 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter.

On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.

Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in New York City.

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