Nike Metcon 4 Versus Nike Metcon 6 Training Shoe - Is it Time to Upgrade?
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Nike Metcon 4 Versus Nike Metcon 6 – Is it Time to Upgrade?

Still rocking the Metcon 4? It’s a great shoe, but Nike has improved some things since the 4 came out. What’s the benefit of upgrading to the Nike Metcon 6 from the Nike Metcon 4? That’s what we’ll cover in this review. We tested both these shoes side by side – so read on to find all about it. Here’s some of the styles we are going to look at: Nike Metcon 4 Versus Nike Metcon 6 – Video Review on our YouTube Channel Why read when you can watch? Check out this video from our YouTube channel: (Spoiler alert: the Nike Metcon 6 is the Best CrossFit Shoe for the year 2020.) Nike Metcon 4 Versus Nike Metcon 6 – Overview There’s a lot of similarity between these two shoes. Both have a flat, all-rubber outsole. There’s a “rope wrap” at the midfoot – mild in the 4 and massive in the 6. Both use regular laces, with FlyWire for additional security. And overall you can see the shoes share the same general layout. But that’s not the interesting [Read more …]

On Running Cloud X - Upper
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On Cloud X Training Shoe Review

Let’s look at the new generation Cloud X training shoe from On Running. On Running is known for their feather-light and highly cushioned running shoes. Does their design fit into the cross training shoe market? That’s what we’ll review here. Here’s some of the styles available now: Cloud X Training Shoe – Video Review on our YouTube Channel Why read when you can watch? Check out this video from our YouTube channel: Cloud X Training Shoe – Overview All right, let’s talk about the tech. First of all, let me say this is a very light-weight training shoe. A Men’s Size 11 (US) weighs in at only 9.2 ounces. That, in and of itself, doesn’t tell you much – but consider that a Reebok Nano X in the same size is in the 14 ounce range, as is the Nike Metcon 6. When you put these shoes on the lightweight feeling is immediately apparent. How do they do this? First of all the upper is thin and breathable. It’s got perforations up front – you can see some ( a [Read more …]

Nike Metcon 6 Shoe for CrossFit Side by Side
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Nike Metcon 6 Shoe Review

Finally! The long delayed Nike Metcon 6 is now available. We were able to acquire a pair prior to the global launch – and this is our in-depth, hands-on review. Let’s look at this brand new CrossFit training shoe for 2020. Here it is, the Nike Metcon 6 (NOTE: These are affiliate links) Let’s review this shoe. Nike Metcon 6 – Video Review on our YouTube Channel Why read when you can watch? Check out this video review of the Nike Metcon 6 from our YouTube channel: The video includes on foot, detailed tour of the features, and a side by side comparison with the Nike Metcon 5 from last year. We continue to be very impressed by the Nike Metcon 6. It was the winner in our Best CrossFit Shoes for 2021 review. Nike Metcon 6 – Sizing How about sizing? This shoe feels cramped up in the toe box area – like the Nike Metcon 5 did. Therefore, my preliminary assessment is that you should probably order 1/2 size up from your normal Nike shoe size. The length [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 …]

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 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 …]

Nike Metcon 5 for Women
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Nike Metcon 5 – CrossFit Training Shoe for Women – Black/White/University Red/Metallic Gold

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. Here’s a close-up look at Nike’s most stable and durable Metcon shoe yet – The Nike Metcon 5 for Women. This is Black/White/University Red/Metallic Gold (Style: AO2982-076), and it looks sweet. Not only is it stable and durable, it is also the most tuned Metcon training shoe yet. What do you get with the Nike Metcon 5 for women? It has specific stability for heavy lifting (squats, deadlifts, and Oly lifting). But it also has traction made for speed, and durability where you need it – thanks to it’s “zoned” durability. There’s also a small drop-in wedge called a “Hyperlift”. This insert (which is also compatible with all prior versions of the Metcon) will give you an additional 6mm of heel to toe drop (for a total of 10mm in the women’s shoe.) What are these good for? Think heel raise for easier squats, wall balls, and pistols. This is your secret [Read more …]

Reebok Nano 9 Men's Cross Training Shoe for CrossFit in White / Matte Gold / Pure Grey 2
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Reebok Nano 9 – New Style for March 2020 – White / Matte Gold / Pure Grey 2

It’s that time again – Reebok is launching new colorways of the Reebok Nano 9 for March 1st, 2020. Here’s White / Matte Gold / Pure Grey 2 for Women (Product code FV6073) And here’s White / Matte Gold / Pure Grey 2 for Men (Product code: FV6074) Here’s where you can get these shoes (They go on sale March 1st, 2020): What’s so great about the Reebok Nano 9? It’s the shoe that combines performance in the WOD with all-day wearability. It was also built for the CrossFit community, by the CrossFit community – and you can see that it proudly bears the CrossFit name. The Nano 9 was re-engineered to take your training outdoors and in the real world – and not just in the box. This version of the shoe has a Flexweave upper – that’s the part that covers your foot. It is a light-weight synthetic material that uses a figure-8 weave to provide both toughness and breathability. This version of the shoe (as compared to the Reebok Nano 8) has a midsole that offers additional [Read more …]

Inov-8 F-LITE G 300 Cross Training Shoe - Black/Gum
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Inov-8 F-LITE G 300 CrossFit Training Shoe – Now in New Colors

Have you seen the Inov-8 F-LITE G 300? This is the latest addition to Inov-8’s versatility collection. The new F-LITE G 300 is one of the most responsive and protective training shoes ever to hit the market. It has brand new, exclusive technologies (like “Graphene”). Why? For maximum lifting support and stability and at the same time without compromising on cushioning or flexibility. Let’s check some of the stats: A knit upper is used – this has special zones for max flexibility (and breathability) – but also support. Like a locked-in fit and feel? There’s a TPU cage that engages with the laces – for the most secure fit possible. But, there is also a ETPU footbed that is paired with a highly responsive midsole. This means even more cushioning when compared to the average CrossFit shoe. Inside, there is an lifting stabilizer. It’s built into the midsole – so you can’t see it. But what it does is provide a secure and stable foundation through the core of the shoe. There’s also a Graphene-enhanced rubber outsole. Graphene, which is [Read more …]