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Let’s take a hands-on look at the Verge II workout shorts from Hylete. What’s it good for? Just about any sort of fitness training – think CrossFit style functional fitness, HIIT, weight lifting, and more. We think these are some of the best men’s workout shorts for CrossFit. Why do we like the Verge II? There are several reasons this pair of high quality workout shorts for men exceed our standards – that’s what we’ll review in this article. Here’s the products we’ll be looking at. Ok, let’s take a close look. Verge II Workout Shorts – Cut & Fit First of all, the number one important aspect of a workout short is the cut and fit. You need the right pair of shorts for the right activity – and they can’t be binding or restrictive. This holds especially for CrossFit and other functional fitness style workouts. The CrossFit WOD can require all kinds of stuff – lifting, jumping, running, climbing – and more. The Verge II workout short is cut for athletes – and that means it is generous [Read more …]
Nike has launched a new colorway of the Nike Metcon 5 for 2020 : Black/Green Strike/Blue Fury/Fire Pink This is a radical looking CrossFit training shoe. But it has all the features you expect in the Metcon 5. The Metcon 5 is built for strengh (weightlifting) and speed. Like all the Metcon 5 line, the AMP edition gives you stability for heavy lifting thanks to it’s stiff heel and midsole. But there’s still traction for sprints, jumps, rope climbs, and more during high-intensity training. The mesh upper breathability and durability (Thanks to the 3D Haptic Print.) The Metcon 5 is “your secret weapon in the gym”. It’s not just an agile CrossFit training shoe for functional fitness – it has strategic stability too. The heel is low, flat, and wide. Want more heel to toe drop (or “offset”)? Simply drop in the removable Hyperlift insert. That will give you 8mm (men’s – 6mm women’s) adds offset to help improve stability for exercises that need it: pistol squats, bilateral squats, wall balls and thrusters. The extra offset helps minimize ankle flexion [Read more …]
Nike has released a new colorway of their Nike React Metcon shoe: Light Armory Blue/Thunderstorm/Black. Here it is: What’s the key feature of the Nike React Metcon? It’s right in the name – React foam cushioning. React foam is a Nike invention that gives you energy return with every footstep. Originally created for their running shoe line, it’s got great carryover to a cross trainer like the Nike React Metcon. That’s because the WOD (Workout of the Day) in CrossFit can require LOTS of different things. Like running, sprinting, jumping, skipping rope – and much more. And for those high impact activities, you need a foam cushion system that is more forgiving than what is in the Nike Metcon 5 and other shoes. That’s where the Nike React Metcon shines. So, how is this wonder of impact cushioning done? The drop-in midsoles are made completely of React foam. (The "midsole" is the part of the sole that sits between your foot and the outsole of the shoe.) So, React foam provides better cushion – but not at the expense of [Read more …]