Nike Cosmic Unity 3

Released 5/2023, , 
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8.0
EXPERT RATING
5 reviews
7.9
USER RATING
4 ratings
Nike's Cosmic Unity 3 offers tons of support and durability.

Best Suitable For:

This shoe is potentially an excellent pick for outdoor players.

Price Comparison:

Available at 7 shops | Official Retail Price: $169.99
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Category Performance Ratings:

Expert Ratings (5)
User Ratings (4)
Traction
7.6
Cushion
7.2
Materials
8.6
Support
8.6
Fit
8.2
Outdoor
100%

Weight & Sizing:

Weight:
NA
Sizing:
small
large
Width:
narrow
wide

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Nike Cosmic Unity 3 Review

Pros:
The shoe is sturdy and supportive
Great for outdoor play
Cons:
Feels bulky
The drop-in midsole feels dense

Performance of the Nike Cosmic Unity 3:

The latest shoe in the Cosmic Unity line is best suited for outdoor play. The traction is durable and grips well to outdoor courts. One reviewer reported some slipping when playing indoors. All reviewers agree the drop-in midsole Nike uses is dense. The responsiveness is decent, but there isn't much impact protection. The materials are sturdy and durable. The upper does a good job of containing your feet during play. The support and lockdown are where the shoe shines. The materials work well with the shoe's base to keep you stable. Not many reviewers reported issues with the fit, but some say it's tricky to put on initially. The Nike Cosmic Unity 3's stability and durability make it one of this year's best outdoor performance shoes.
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Expert Reviews of the Nike Cosmic Unity 3:

Expert Rating: 8.0 (ranks #250 of 311)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
0
8 - Good
5
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
8.2
May 9, 2023
The Nike Cosmic Unity 3 performed better than expected. It's a bulky but sturdy shoe and is well-suited for outdoor play.
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8.2
May 9, 2023
The Nike Cosmic Unity 3 is a sturdy and contained shoe. The build and materials help improve the support and lockdown quite a bit.
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8.0
The Nike Cosmic Unity 3 is a step down from the 2. The cushioning took a step back, and the traction was inconsistent. It is durable and sturdy, though.
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8.0
May 23, 2023
The Nike Cosmic Unity 3 is a decent shoe, but it feels like a downgrade from its predecessors. The cushioning is responsive but stiff, and the shoe is somewhat heavy.
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7.8
August 25, 2023
The Nike Cosmic Unity 3 caters to outdoor play. The traction is durable, and the materials are comfortable. The cushioning isn't as bouncy as in past seasons, but it is responsive.
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User Reviews of the Nike Cosmic Unity 3:

User Rating: 7.9 (ranks #261 of 311)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
2
8 - Good
0
7 - Average
2
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
8.5
August 26, 2023
These shoes are not great for indoor as they are heavy and offer less cushion than alternatives. However they are perfect for exactly what they were designed for; outdoor use. The uppers are strongly stitched and hold your feet perfectly in place with memory foam on the underneath of the upper to form right to your feet. The drop in midsole also forms perfectly to your feet after a few days giving this shoe the most stability of any in my collection. And lastly the shoe is extra durable.
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7.4
June 22, 2023
HUGE Disappointment Following Up On Cosmic 2s! They Removed The Zoom Strobel, Making The Cushion Awful And These Are Also Ugly As Heck. Traction Doesn't Bite Well Either And Feels Very Heavy.
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9.0
August 8, 2023
Wide shoe, good durability, traction is decent. I think its a great overall shoe for alot of ppl with wide feet
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6.5
December 28, 2023
User didn't add a summary.
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Traction of the Nike Cosmic Unity 3:

Expert Traction Rating: 7.6 (ranks #271 of 311)
User Traction Rating: 7.8 (ranks #255 of 311)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
1
8 - Good
5
7 - Average
2
6 - Subpar
1
5 - Poor
0
8.0
May 9, 2023
The traction is decent but not great. Dust pickup is not an issue.
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8.0
May 9, 2023
The rubber grabs courts well.
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6.0
The traction did not perform too well. I experienced more slippage than I'd like.
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8.0
May 23, 2023
After breaking in the traction, it performs nicely. Dust pickup is cumbersome, though.
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8.0
August 25, 2023
The grip is decent. I didn't experience many issues.
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Cushion of the Nike Cosmic Unity 3:

Expert Cushion Rating: 7.2 (ranks #290 of 311)
User Cushion Rating: 6.8 (ranks #277 of 311)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
0
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
5
6 - Subpar
2
5 - Poor
0
7.0
May 9, 2023
The cushioning feels stiff. The foam is not soft, but responsiveness is okay.
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7.0
May 9, 2023
The drop-in midsole feels very dense.
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8.0
The drop-in midsole feels good, but it's a downgrade from the Cosmic Unity 2. It feels dense.
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7.0
May 23, 2023
The cushioning is a downgrade from the Cosmic Unity 1 and 2. The drop-in midsole feels thin. The foam is stiff, but the shoe has good responsiveness.
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7.0
August 25, 2023
The cushioning is a downgrade. The drop-in midsole is responsive and plush. The shoe loses a lot of bounce from the lack of Zoom cushioning.
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Materials of the Nike Cosmic Unity 3:

Expert Materials Rating: 8.6 (ranks #65 of 311)
User Materials Rating: 9.0 (ranks #38 of 311)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
5
8 - Good
3
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
8.0
May 9, 2023
Nike uses Flyknit throughout the upper, and the shoe feels well-padded.
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9.0
May 9, 2023
The upper has decent breathability, and the threads help with containment. The durability is impressive.
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9.0
The shoe is heavy. It feels well-padded and plush. The tongue is one of my favourite parts of the sneaker too. It felt so good on foot.
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9.0
May 23, 2023
The materials are supportive, comfortable, and cozy. I really like the tongue too.
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8.0
August 25, 2023
Nike uses recycled materials on the upper. It feels similar to Flyknit. For performance, the upper is comfortable and containing. It's not too breathable, though.
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Support of the Nike Cosmic Unity 3:

Expert Support Rating: 8.6 (ranks #116 of 311)
User Support Rating: 8.8 (ranks #115 of 311)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
5
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.0
May 9, 2023
The stability is excellent. It's not flexible, but the support is there.
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9.0
May 9, 2023
In terms of containment in the shoe, there isn't much better. The heel counter also offers tons of stability.
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9.0
Heel lockdown is phenomenal. The support and lockdown are great. I had no issues.
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8.0
May 23, 2023
I had zero issues with support because of the materials.
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8.0
August 25, 2023
I had no heel slippage, and the overall containment felt good.
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Fit of the Nike Cosmic Unity 3:

Expert Fit Rating: 8.2 (ranks #183 of 311)
User Fit Rating: 7.5 (ranks #272 of 311)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
2
8 - Good
5
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
1
5 - Poor
0
9.0
May 9, 2023
The fit of the Cosmic Unity 3 is much better than the 2. The midfoot feels spacious.
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8.0
May 9, 2023
The fit is the biggest pitfall. The plastic on the lateral side caused some discomfort, but the feeling disappeared after some games.
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8.0
The shoe feels bulky, but the fit is snug.
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8.0
May 23, 2023
The shoe fits really snugly, especially length-wise. I enjoy playing in a snug fit, though.
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8.0
August 25, 2023
The fit feels surprisingly good.
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Durability of the Nike Cosmic Unity 3:

User Durability Rating: 9.0 (ranks #48 of 311)
10 - Amazing
2
9 - Great
0
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0

Outdoor of the Nike Cosmic Unity 3:

Expert Outdoor Rating: 100.0 (ranks #5 of 311)
User Outdoor Rating: 87.5 (ranks #43 of 311)
Good (100%)
8
Fair (50%)
1
Bad (0%)
0
good
May 9, 2023
The Cosmic Unity 3 is outdoor-friendly.
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good
May 9, 2023
The outsole will hold up outdoors.
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good
This shoe might be one of the best outdoor sneakers for the year.
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good
May 23, 2023
The grooves are deep and thick, while the rubber is solid outdoors.
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good
August 25, 2023
The rubber is durable enough for outdoor use.
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Width of the Nike Cosmic Unity 3:

very narrow
0
slightly narrow
2
regular
5
slightly wide
2
very wide
0
regularly wide
May 9, 2023
The shoe is not narrow.
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regularly wide
May 9, 2023
People with 2E feet can go true to size if they prefer a snug fit or up half a size for more comfort.
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slightly wide
This shoe is excellent for wide-footers.
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regularly wide
May 23, 2023
The width feels normal.
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slightly narrow
August 25, 2023
Go half a size up if you have a wide foot.
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Size of the Nike Cosmic Unity 3:

very small
0
slightly small
0
true to size
7
slightly long
2
very long
0
true to size
May 9, 2023
Going true to size worked for me.
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true to size
May 9, 2023
Go true to size if you have narrow or medium feet.
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true to size
I went true to size.
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true to size
May 23, 2023
I went true to size, but most people might prefer going up half a size.
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true to size
August 25, 2023
I went true to size.
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