UA HOVR Apex 2 Training Shoes - Women's
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UA HOVR Apex 2 Training Shoe Review

Let’s take a look at UA’s newest trainer, the UA HOVR Apex 2 Training Shoe. I’m a big fan of the Under Armour’s CrossFit shoe – the UA TriBase Reign 2. When I heard that UA was releasing a shoe that combined the stable “TriBase” with their HOVR foam – I just had to check it out. Here’s some of the styles that are available now (Note: We are an Under Armour affiliate) Let’s check it out. UA HOVR Apex 2 Training Shoe – Overview What’s special about this shoe? First, it uses UA’s HOVR technology to provide what they describe as a “zero gravity feel”. HOVR is soft foam that gives energy return – when you compress it, it returns to form in a crisp fashion. (It’s quite similar to Nike’s React foam, by the way). So, it gives some energy back, but it also helps eliminate impact – because it is cushioning after all. For a cross training shoe you need some cushion – but not too much. How does UA find the right balance of cushion and [Read more …]

Reebok Nano X Froning - Special Edition Training Shoe for CrossFit
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Nano X Froning Training Shoes Review

The new special edition of Reebok’s CrossFit shoe – the Nano X Froning men’s training shoe is now available. This shoe joins the Nike Metcon 5 Mat Fraser edition as being a shoe specifically associated with a high-performing CrossFit athlete. This shoe has all the great features of the Nano X but it definitely has a crisp look to it. Here’s some of the places you can get the shoe (Note: We are an affiliate of these sellers) Nano X Froning – Video Review on YouTube Why read when you can watch? Here’s a hands-on look at the Reebok Nano X Froning – and a side-by-side comparison to a regular Nano X! The Nano X is an excellent cross training shoe – it was the runner-up in our Best CrossFit Shoes for 2021 review. Nano X Froning Training Shoe – Overview Who is Rich Froning Jr.? He is known as The Fittest Man in History – thanks to his many CrossFit games wins (and when he finished with individual competition his team Mayhem continues to crush competitions). These shoes were [Read more …]

Darn Tough Vertex Micro Crew Ultra-Light Cushion - Running Sock with Nano X Cross Trainer
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Athletic Socks for CrossFit Review

Let’s review the best athletic sock for CrossFit. This is going to be a review of athletic and running socks. But, before you hit the back button – give it a chance. I’m the person that always bought cheap socks. Whatever was cheap and available in a 12 pack – and usually $20 or less. But after I started testing real athletic socks intensively – I found out all the benefits of a comfortable, performance sock that fits right. So ditch those Costco socks and look at these options for the CrossFit WOD (or any other workout, really): Let’s review these socks! Athletic Sock vs Running Sock – Is there a Difference? First of all, let’s define what an athletic sock is? And, is this the same thing as a running sock? There is some overlap, and the line between the two is blurry, for sure. Here are the key differences. Athletic socks are for general workout and physical activity (like exercise). Athletic socks are light-weight, breathable, and usually have a mild compression effect. They have a stretchy, comfortable fit. [Read more …]

Nike Metcon 5 AMP versus Nike Metcon 5 - Americana
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Differences Between Nike Metcon 5 and Metcon 5 AMP Shoes

Now that the Nike Metcon 6 is out – the Metcon 5 is in short supply. Get yours now while you can – Rogue Fitness has the Nike Metcon 5 in stock. What’s the difference between the Nike Metcon 5 and the Nike Metcon 5 AMP? That’s what we’ll cover in this short article. This is Nike Metcon 5 versus Nike Metcon 5 AMP, but we’ll talk about the Nike React Metcon and React Metcon AMP too. Here’s the shoes we’re going to review: Let’s compare and contrast the Nike Metcon 5 and Metcon 5 AMP shoes. Nike Metcon 5 Versus Nike Metcon 5 AMP The Nike Metcon 5 is a great CrossFit WOD shoe. It has a firm, stable heel for heavy weightlifting (deadlifts, squats, cleans, snatches), but it also has enough cushion for short runs (sprints, etc.) and box jumps, jump rope, double-unders, and more. It’s also great for rope climbs thanks to that monster size “rope wrap” on the sides. What then is the Metcon 5 AMP? Most of the Nike Metcon 5 AMP shoes have premium [Read more …]

Reebok Legacy Lifter II - Olympic Weightlifting Shoe Heel View
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Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Review

Reebok launched the 2nd version of the Reebok Legacy Lifter weightlifting shoe on July 1st, 2020. It’s called the Reebok Legacy Lifter II Men’s Weightlifting Shoe. Let’s check it out – and find out what this shoe is all about. We’ll have a full hands-on review here shortly thereafter. How will this shoe compare to the previous Legacy Lifter, or the Nike Romaleos 4? We’ll have a side by side comparison too. Meanwhile, here are some of the styles that are coming: Let’s take a look. Reebok Legacy Lifter II Review – From our YouTube Channel Why read when you can watch? Here’s our hands-on review from our YouTube channel: As you can see, this is a great Oly lifter for the year 2021 and beyond. Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe – Overview This is an Olympic weightlifting shoe. It’s got a tall heel raise. You could also describe this as having a lot of Heel to Toe Drop. How much? We don’t know yet – because Reebok hasn’t published the number. The original Legacy Lifter had a 22 [Read more …]

Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe
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Reebok Nano X Cross-Trainer Shoe Review

Reebok has launched the 10th iteration of their CrossFit training shoe – the Reebok Nano X is now available worldwide. What’s new and improved in this cross training shoe? That’s what we’ve evaluated in our hands-on review. Read on to find out the details… YO! Why are you looking at the Reebok Nano X? This shoe is now 3 years old. Check out our Reebok Nano X2 review. The X2 is the successor to the Nano X. (There was an X1, but the X2 is better all around). Here’s some of the launch styles that are available now: Let’s take a look. Reebok Nano X Shoe Review – On Our YouTube Channel We’ve got two hands-on video overviews of this shoe on our YouTube channel: And this video compares it directly (and in-depth) to the Reebok Nano 9. Reebok Nano X Shoe Review – What’s New and Improved? Let’s start by calling out the differences with this shoe as compared to the Reebok Nano 9 (last year’s official CrossFit training shoe.) The visible change is the upper (the part that [Read more …]

Reebok Nano X CrossFit Training Shoe Now Available
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Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe Now Available

Reebok has launched the Reebok Nano X (Get it now!) – the 10th iteration of their excellent CrossFit training shoe. It is available now to Reebok Unlocked members – but will be available globally on May 5th. (Please note we are a Reebok affiliate). We’ve ordered two pairs (both mens and womens) with express shipping. Check back here for a full hands-on review, and on our YouTube channel soon. In the meantime, here’s take a close look at what’s new with this CrossFit shoe. Here’s some of the launch styles that are available now: While we wait, let’s take a look. Let’s start with the side profile – the Nano x is taller – specifically in the heel and tongue/collar. The upper is “upgraded Flexweave” – it looks different than the original Flexweave. It’s described as being a soft woven textile upper. Reebok is claiming a “minimal drop outsole.” At the moment, I’m assuming that means it is unchanged from the Nano 9 at 4 millimeters. (The “heel to toe drop”, “offset”, or “profile” all refer to the height difference [Read more …]

Nike SuperRep Go Training Shoe - Arcs
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Nike SuperRep Go Training Shoe Review

Let’s take a look at the Nike SuperRep Go. This is a training shoe meant for circuit workouts or classes – whether in a fitness studio, hotel, or your living room. Here’s a few of the colorways available. Get them from Road Runner Sports (we are an affiliate.) This is our hands-on review of these shoes. Nike SuperRep Go Hands-On Shoe Review on YouTube Why read when you can watch? Check out our hands-on review on Youtube: Nike SuperRep Go Sizing and Fit The Nike SuperRep Go runs true to size. A Men’s Size 11 (my normal size) fits me perfectly. The length is perfect, and so is the width. This shoe fits tightly, but that’s by design. (My only real complaint is that I wish the shoe had a pull tab on the heel – that would make it easier to put on and take off.) I’d recommend you order these in your normal shoe size. Nike SuperRep Go – Cushion and Lateral Support This shoe really has two standout features – the cushioning and the lateral support. Let’s [Read more …]

Nike Free Metcon 3 - New Cross Trainer for CrossFit in 2020
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Nike Free Metcon 3 Review – New Training Shoe

Nike’s new Nike Free Metcon 3 blends the “Free” running shoe line with the “Metcon” training shoe line to create something unique. And it is available now. This is the successor to the excellent Nike Free x Metcon 2. It is a fairly radical reboot – while staying true to the Free and Metcon features, of course. Read our full review to find out if it is the best CrossFit training shoe for you. (Spoiler alert: This shoe is our top pick for a WOD running shoe – see our review of the Best CrossFit Shoes for 2021 for details.) Get it at Road Runner Sports (we are an affiliate): Enough talk, let’s take a look. Nike Free Metcon 3 Shoe Review YouTube Want to see this shoe up close? Here’s our first look video from our YouTube channel: And here’s our long term follow-up. Nike Free Metcon 3 Shoe Review – Sizing Let’s get started with sizing, fit, and feel. This shoe runs true to size. I wear a Men’s Size 11 in the majority of athletic shoes I [Read more …]

Nike Metcon 5 AMP WETEST with fade away upper
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Nike Metcon 5 AMP WETEST Fade Away Upper Shoe Review

Now that the Nike Metcon 6 is out – the Metcon 5 is getting hard to find – but Rogue Fitness still has the Metcon 5 for sale. Nike has just released an exciting new version of the Nike Metcon 5 cross training shoe – one of the best trainers for CrossFit of 2020. Here’s the brand new Nike Metcon 5 AMP with a Fade Away Upper (Also called the Nike Metcon 5 AMP WETEST (We Test.) What’s a Fade Away Upper? It’s easiest if we show you… Ok, so that’s pretty cool. The Fade Away Upper reveals underlying colors as you train over time. Nike has an unsurpassed sense of style when it comes to good looking training shoes. By the way, the official name of this is “Black/Laser Crimson/Oracle Aqua/Black” and style number CD3395-006. Let’s take a closer look. Fade Away Upper in the Nike Metcon 5 AMP In a nutshell, here’s what “Fade Away” will do. As you train from day to day, the shoe’s upper will gradually peel back its top layer, revealing the bold new [Read more …]