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Air Max Courtballistec 3.3 (M)
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By Dr. David G. Sharnoff and Richard Pagliaro on March 18, 2011

Likes: Nike is known for integrating cutting-edge cosmetics with its athletic shoes, and the Air Max Courtballistec 3.3 has gained international attention as Rafael Nadal’s footwear of choice. The white/grey/black/crimson version of the shoe features the distinctive Rafa bull logo on the heel. If physicality is part of your game, this shoe can withstand the wear-and-tear of stampeding play on multiple surfaces. Nike incorporates its DragOn 2X material in the heel flexors and mid-sole for durability, flexibility and support.

Dislikes: The weight wore some testers down. This is a heavy shoe with a narrow fit. Off-set lacing is designed for comfort and to reduce the risk of breaking laces from dragging, but some wear testers said the shoe was tough to put on.

Bottom Line: This is a shoe designed for the young, strong, powerful, aggressive player. If you don’t have the requisite size and strength, you may find yourself burdened by the heft of the shoe. Another option for Nike wearers is the Lunar Vapor, a lighter and more comfortable shoe that's gentler on the feet than the Air Max Courtballistec.


Released on January 01, 2011

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  • Warranty:
    Six-month outsole limited durability guarantee
  • Size:
    6.5 - 15
  • Weight:
    17.5 oz
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  • Colors:
    White/grey/black/crimson; Black/white/yellow

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Short summary

    The upper features Drag-on 2x technology designed to help make the shoe more durable from toe-drag. The midsole features Lunarlon foam in the forefoot and a visible Max Air unit in the heel. Under foot, a full-length XDR outsole with modified herringbone


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