For the first time ever, Nike has released a FlyEase version of the Metcon training shoe.
This is our review of the Nike Metcon 6 FlyEase.
We’ll cut right to the chase – this is the Nike Metcon 6 with one big change – it has a collapsible heel that makes for “step-in entry”. This is Nike’s FlyEase technology.
Nike FlyEase makes it easy to put your shoes on, and take them off – and it’s great for all athletes, including adaptive athletes.
There are laces, but you only have to tie them once.
Here’s some of the styles we are going to look at (these are all available now:)
Does the FlyEase version of the shoe stand up to the regular edition? Let’s find out…
Nike Metcon 6 FlyEase Review – Video Review on our YouTube Channel
Why read when you can watch? Check out this video from our YouTube channel:
Nike Metcon 6 FlyEase Review – Overview
We’ve already done an in-depth review of the Nike Metcon 6, but we’ll recap the highlights here.
The FlyEase version of the shoe uses the same breathable upper as the regular edition.
The perforations in the upper are so large, you can see the red/orange midsole shining through.
The shoe also has the mega-sized rope wrap – which makes this shoe great for climbing ropes.
Here’s that collapsible heel.
Is this different than the regular Nike Metcon 6? Yes, by quite a bit.
The Nike Metcon 6 has a regular heel with a firm heel cup in side. This provides great support when lifting heavy weights.
The FlyEase version of the shoe feels loose in the heel. I think that’s the trade-off for having that collapsible heel for step-in entry.
Like the regular edition, there’s a removable drop-in midsole.
It is made from two different pieces of foam – more cushioned up front, firmer in the heel.
It also comes with Hyperlifts – these firm little wedges can be placed in the shoe (under the midsole) to add 8mm of heel to toe drop.
The FlyEase shoe is heavier than the regular Metcon 6.
A Men’s Size 11.5 in the regular edition is 14.0 ounces, while the FlyEase (same size) is 14.7 ounces.
The extra weight is that large TPU frame that you use to depress the collapsible heel.
Nike Metcon 6 FlyEase Review – Fit and Feel
Compared to the regular edition of the shoe, the heel in the FlyEase doesn’t fit as tightly.
It feels quite loose.
That might be the tradeoff for the easy, step-in entry.
Other than that, it feels like the Nike Metcon 6.
Just remember that this shoe doesn’t have the firm heel cup either.
It might feel a little less supportive under heavy weights.
Nike Metcon 6 FlyEase Review – In Summary
The heel of the Metcon 6 FlyEase collapses when you step in, then rebounds back into place to secure the fit.
You don’t need to tie (or untie) the laces, and it’s quite quick and easy to put the shoes on (or take them off) – without using your hands.
But they do feel a bit loose in the heel – so consider whether you need the FlyEase technology or whether you’d prefer a more secure fit and feel.
At the end of the day, this is a Nike Metcon 6 – and it’s an excellent training shoe. We pronounced the Nike Metcon 6 to be the winner of our Best CrossFit Shoe for 2020 competition.
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