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. 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: 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 review – across Nike, Reebok, New Balance, etc. The Nike Free Metcon 3 in Size 11 is a good fit for me. It is ok in the length, and the width – [Read more …]

left and right of the Reebok Nano 9 Beast Men's CrossFit Training Shoe with Jacquard Upper - Cold Grey 4 / Cold Grey 7 / Toxic Yellow
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Reebok Nano 9 Beast – New Jacquard Upper for CrossFit Men’s Training Shoe in 2020

Reebok surprised us all by dropping a new flavor of the Reebok Nano 9 – it has a brand-new woven jacquard upper. … and it looks great! This is “Cold Grey 4 / Cold Grey 7 / Toxic Yellow” (Product code: FU9372). Some stores are calling this the Reebok Nano 9 Beast – and you can probably guess why – these are two dark and foreboding color patterns. But, the official names are “BLACK / TRUE GREY 8 / TOXIC YELLOW” and the slightly lighter “COLD GREY 4 / COLD GREY 7 / TOXIC YELLOW”. Here’s the other option. Where can you get these? Your best bet is right from the source, Reebok.com: What’s a “Jacquard” upper? That refers to a special weaving process by which the pattern is woven into the material. Here’s an up-close look. As you can see, this is a much more refined and sophisticated look as compared to the normal FlexWeave upper on the Reebok Nano 9. Will this new upper be as durable? We don’t know for sure yet, but I can tell you [Read more …]

Top view of Nike React Metcon Men's CrossFit Training Shoe in Seaweed/Green Spark/Vintage Green
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Nike React Metcon Cross Trainer for Men – Seaweed/Green Spark/Vintage Green

Nike has released a new colorway of the Nike React Metcon Cross Trainer for Men : Seaweed/Green Spark/Vintage Green. Ok, it’s technically style: BQ6044-323. But, no matter what you call it, we think it looks pretty slick. What’s the big benefit of the Nike React Metcon shoe? It’s right in the name – REACT. As in React foam cushioning – you know – Nike’s groundbreaking energy return foam cushioning system. That’s right – every footstep gives you energy back with React foam. But you’ll notice this is a Cross Trainer shoe. Unlike the Nike React running shoes there’s a lot less React foam. That’s because React foam is springy and bouncing – but it is not very tough. And Cross Trainers for the CrossFit WOD, Functional Fitness, and HIIT training need to be built like a tank. So in this shoe the React foam is in the drop-in midsole – which you can’t see – because it is inside the shoe. The outsole (the part that touches the ground, basically) is made from tough rubber – for maximum traction and [Read more …]

The Nike MetconSF shown here in Seaweed/Light British Tan/Green Spark/Black
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New Nike MetconSF Colorway – Seaweed/Light British Tan/Green Spark/Black

Here’s a sharp looking new colorway of the Nike MetconSF – Seaweed/Light British Tan/Green Spark/Black What’s the Nike MetconSF? It’s the first all-terrain Nike Metcon shoe. This shoe repels mud for superior grip and it even has water draining ports to keep your weight down. Do they work? Yep – absolutely they do – we know because we tested them. But there is more to the shoe than just those crazy deep lugs on the boot-like outsole. The Nike MEtconSF is made from materials that won’t absorb water. That means when your feet inevitably do get waterlogged – on your mud run or obstacle course race – you’ll shed the extra water weight as quickly as possible. The upper, insole, and midsole are all made from non-absorbent materials. But, there’s more. See that high elastic leg opening? That’s called a gaiter – and it is there to keep debris out of your shoe – for when you step into the swampy mud. There’s no traditional laces either. That means no soggy, muddy laces. Instead, you get Nike’s innovative speed-lacing system. [Read more …]

Top view of the Nike Free x Metcon 2 Cross Trainer for Men in BLACK / BRIGHT CACTUS PURPLE / NEBULA / WHITE
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New Nike Free x Metcon 2 Men’s Cross Training Shoe Colorway – BLACK / BRIGHT CACTUS PURPLE / NEBULA / WHITE

There’s the Nike Free x Metcon 2 Men’s Cross Training shoe in BLACK / BRIGHT CACTUS PURPLE / NEBULA / WHITE. What is the Nike Free x Metcon 2? Nike has combined the key elements of the Nike Free running shoe line with the Metcon cross-training shoe. And this means the Nike Free X Metcon 2 is the best of both worlds for the dynamic athlete. The Free shoe line replicates the barefoot running experience – the deep siping and hexagonal foam blocks of the sole give flexibility along the length and width of the shoe. Let’s take a look. Shown: Black/Purple Nebula/White/Bright Cactus Style: AQ8306-035 Photo Credits Product photos in this article are property of Nike, Inc.

Closeup of the mesh upper on the Nike Metcon 5 Cross Trainer for 2020 - David vs Goliath
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New Nike Metcon 5 Cross Trainer Colorway – David versus Goliath

Soon, you’ll be able to order this interesting new colorway of the Nike Metcon 5. What is it called? This is the David vs Goliath edition (or Black/Purple Nebula/White/Bright Cactus.) Check out the cool print and design on that upper. That’s a breathable mesh with 3D haptic print deposited on top. Not only is it tough – but it gives Nike a canvas for unique and expressive designs. Where can you get it? Roadrunner sports has them: This is a limited edition – so you better grab these in your size, while you can. Let’s take a closer look. Shown: Black/Purple Nebula/White/Bright Cactus Style: AQ1189-035 Photo Credits Photos in this article are property of Nike, Inc.

Quarter view of the Nike Metcon 5 CrossFit Shoe for 2020 in Ivory/Gum colorway
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Nike Metcon 5 – New Colorway – Pale Ivory/Seaweed/Light British Tan/Black

We love the Nike Metcon 5. This is the shoe that does it all. Great for lifting weights, sprinting, box jumps, or climbing rope – and everything else in the CrossFit WOD. The other thing we really love about it – it’s the best looking CrossFit shoe for the year 2020. Nike’s sense of style is unmistakable. They know how to make a good looking shoe. And they capitalize on this by releasing various colorways (color combinations) after a shoe launches. Let’s take a close look at their latest – Pale Ivory/Seaweed/Light British Tan/Black. (Please note, some are calling the brown color “Gum” – it’s not – it’s darker and it is officially Light British Tan.) This may be the best looking Nike Metcon 5 colorway yet – Pale Ivory/Seaweed/Light British Tan/Black We’ll take a look – but we will also tell you about all the cool performance features too – because the Nike Metcon 5 isn’t just a pretty face! Let’s start from the ground up. No matter whether you call it Gum or Light British Tan – it [Read more …]

side view of the Nike React Metcon - Light Armory Blue/Thunderstorm/Black
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Nike React Metcon Training Shoe – New Colorway Light Armory Blue/Thunderstorm/Black

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 …]

Nike React Metcon in Light Blue
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Nike React Metcon – New Color Combo for Men 2020 – Light Blue

Nike’s React Metcon shoe is the first Metcon shoe to incorporate their proprietary React foam cushioning system. Why? For high-impact comfort AND stability. The Nike React Metcon takes a lot of inspiration from the Nike Metcon 5. You’ll notice the outsole and rope wrap are identical. And this means you get the stability and traction from the training original. Buy you also get Nike’s most comfortable cushioning – React foam. With this, you can tackle any high-impact (box jumps, sprints, jump rope, etc.) and lifting workouts with a light, breathable upper and durable grip to keep you going. Here’s the outsole. See the similarities? Where’s the React foam? It’s on the inside, in the midsole. You’ll notice from the top view that this shoe takes the same basic shape as the Metcon 5. The upper is made from FlyKnit – which is Nike’s knit yarn-like material. Just be aware that it is a double layer FlyKnit -so it is not quite as lightweight as the running shoes that use FlyKnit. Where are the laces? This shoe doesn’t use traditional laces. [Read more …]