SO WHAT HAS CHANGED WITH THE ROMALEOS 4?
In same move that inspired the shift towards a lighter, sleeker evolution in the Romaleos 3, the Romaleos 4 has been tooled to move back towards that original out and out weightlifting feel.
It is heavier than the 3, and marginally lighter than the 2, putting the wearer in prime position to find the floor as they move through their lifts.
Nike have brought back and improved upon the much loved 2 velcro strap closure system as well, because who doesn't love the ritual of strapping in as they're psyching themselves up for PB? In weightlifting, any moticom of movement outside of your intended lift path (we're talking toes wiggling and heels wobbling) translates to lost power in your lifts. It's basic physics that interruption in energy transfer (your wiggle and waggle) leads to diminished power output. Simply put? Size it right, strap it twice, lift big.
The heel is still a TPU comb design, but it somehow feels more robust and rugged than the previous iteration. An added layer of synthetic leather reinforcement wrapping around the heel just above the TPU cup and the 1st strap descending through and wrapping around the midsole give additional elements of locked in support. (no wiggle, no waggle)
A major improvement over the cult classic 2 and certainly an adaptation from the 3? The upper of the Romaleos 4 features unprecedented breathability. The Romaleos 2 upper was comprised of largely uninterrupted synthetic leather with small, visible cloth vents around the toe box to add a bit of cooling. Despite its cult classic status, one thing the 2 is still known for is being "hot on the foot." This is one of the ameliorations made in the Romaleos 3, and people with hot feet the world over will be happy to hear that this feature has been even further improved upon in the 4. The new upper adds the perfect combination of durability and breathability, allowing you to strap in, focus on the lift, and not think about how warm and sweaty (stinky?) your feet might be getting.