Differences Between Nike Metcon 5 and Metcon 5 AMP Shoes

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:

Nike Metcon 5 The best CrossFit training shoe from Nike? The Nike Metcon 5 is well-rounded - and a very tough shoe. Great for the CrossFit WOD - because you can lift, run, jump, climb - and more.
Nike Metcon 5 AMP (Blue Void/Sail/Pollen Rise/Gym Red) Here's an AMP version of the Nike Metcon 5. This is Blue Void/Sail/Pollen Rise/Gym Red, but some called it an Americana edition. What's the difference? It has premium styling, otherwise it has all the same features as the non-AMP shoe.
Nike Metcon 5 AMP Zero The Nike Metcon 5 AMP is always just premium styling though - some have hidden features. This is the Nike Metcon 5 AMP Zero. See all that black material on the upper? It fades away over time to give a unique look.
Nike Metcon 5 AMP (Black/Green Strike/Blue Fury/Fire Pink) Here's one more AMP model of the Nike Metcon 5. It has eye-grabbing colors, like the other AMP options.
Nike React Metcon The Nike React Metcon has a React foam midsole, which is a slight improvement in cushion over the Metcon 5. It also has a forged FlyKnit upper and a quick pull lacing system. It's a solid shoe - especially if you thought the heel was too stiff in the Metcon 5.
Nike React Metcon AMP (Glow in the Dark) This version of the Nike React Metcon AMP has a glow in the dark sole - and bold looks.

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 styling.

Nike Metcon 5 AMP versus Nike Metcon 5 - Americana
Here’s a great example of a Nike Metcon 5 AMP colorway – this is technically known as Blue Void/Sail/Pollen Rise/Gym Red.

AMP is mostly special edition colorways – that are limited runs.

See a pair you like? You better grab them in your size while you can. Nike RARELY brings back a colorway once it is sold out.

Here’s an example, this version of the Nike Metcon 5 AMP is technically known as “Blue Void/Sail/Pollen Rise/Gym Red”, but many call it the Americana edition.

Why? Well, let’s take a look.

You can see the denim/blue upper is complemented with a nice faux leather heel.

Nike Metcon 5 AMP versus Nike Metcon 5 - premium styling heel view
This Nike Metcon 5 AMP has a red/white/blue color theme and as such is known as the "Americana" edition. The faux leather heel looks nice with the denim blue upper.

And look inside at the removable midsole and you can see the good old stars and stripes.

Nike Metcon 5 AMP versus Nike Metcon 5 - flag theme on the midsole
The removable midsole of this version of the AMP has a red/white/blue stars and stripes theme.

Some of the Nike Metcon 5 AMP shoes have special hidden features though (in addition to premium styling.)

This is the Nike Metcon 5 AMP Zero.

First of all, notice it has all the great features of the Nike Metcon 5.

Nike Metcon 5 AMP with fade away upper - Training Shoe for CrossFit
The Nike Metcon 5 AMP Zero – There’s more than meets the eye here – as something is lurking underneath that jet black upper.

See all that black on the upper? It fades away with wear and usage to reveal a different color scheme underneath.

Nike Metcon 5 AMP with fade away upper - Training Shoe for CrossFit
Here’s a close-up of the upper. Now you see it …
Nike Metcon 5 AMP with fade away upper
… and now you don’t. This Nike Metcon 5 AMP colorway has a special Fade Away upper – with time and use the brilliant colors underneath will be exposed.

We’ve artificially removed a lot of it here to show you.

The truth is that upper material is very tough – and it’s going to take a LONG time to wear down completely.

The bottom has a semi-translucent look too.

Nike Metcon 5 AMP with fade away upper - Training Shoe for CrossFit
Translucent outsole shows a hint of the color scheme underneath.

We did a hands-on review of this shoe – check it out on our YouTube channel:

In the Nike Metcon 5 AMP shoe the AMP means premium styling and cool looks.

But the shoes haven’t lost any of their competence for the CrossFit WOD.

Let’s move on now and look at the Nike React Metcon shoes – because there are AMP versions of those too.

Nike React Metcon Versus Nike React Metcon AMP

Here’s the Nike React Metcon.

It shares some similarities with the 5, but some differences too.

Nike Free Metcon 3 vs Nike React Metcon
The Nike React Metcon (Black) has a React foam midsole. It’s shown here compared to a Nike Free Metcon 3 (Grey).

The Nike React Metcon has no laces – instead it uses a quick pull lacing system. It also uses a Forged Flyknit upper – and most importantly – it uses a slab of Nike’s React foam for the midsole.

The React Metcon has more cushion as compared to the Nike Metcon 5.

(But, I personally find it hard to get the shoe to fit tight enough.)

What are the AMP versions of the Nike React Metcon?

Nike React Metcon Versus React Metcon AMP - glow
Here’s the Nike React Metcon shoe in an AMP colorway. Bold styling and the outsole is glow in the dark (but it doesn’t glow very much.)

Much like the Nike Metcon 5, these are premium style options – with interesting colors and concepts.

There’s even a “glow in the dark” option for this shoe.

Truth be told though – it’s mostly marketing gimmick – as it doesn’t glow very bright, or for very long.

Nike React Metcon AMP - glow in the dark sole
Does it glow? Yes – but this is an enhanced photo take with an iPhone – it does NOT appear this bright to the unaided human eye.

We made a video about this one, check it out on our YouTube channel:

Differences Between Nike Metcon 5 and Metcon 5 AMP Shoes – In Summary

There you go – the AMP colorways from Nike for the Metcon 5 and React Metcon are unique styling options.

The AMP line normally brings a bolder, more aggressive look to the Nike Metcon shoes.

But at the same time, the shoes keep all the features that make the Nike Metcon the best for serious CrossFit enthusiasts.

Nike React Metcon AMP - poolside
Nike React Metcon AMP – great looks and extra cushion thanks to the React foam in the midsole.

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Nike Metcon 5 AMP with fade away upper - Training Shoe for CrossFit
Nike Metcon 5 AMP Zero – That knife edge on the heel means a minimum of wall drag when you are doings HSPUs – aka Hand Stand Push Ups. You can also see the wide, diamond shaped heel on this shoe.

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