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: 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 part. Let’s talk about where the shoes differ. Nike Metcon 4 Versus Nike Metcon 6 [Read more …]
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: 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. 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 [Read more …]
Reebok has launched the 10th iteration of their CrossFit training shoe – the Reebok Nano X is now available worldwide. What’s new and improved in this cross training shoe? That’s what we’ve evaluated in our hands-on review. Read on to find out the details… Here’s some of the launch styles that are available now: Let’s take a look. Reebok Nano X Shoe Review – On Our YouTube Channel We’ve got two hands-on video overviews of this shoe on our YouTube channel: And this video compares it directly (and in-depth) to the Reebok Nano 9. Reebok Nano X Shoe Review – What’s New and Improved? Let’s start by calling out the differences with this shoe as compared to the Reebok Nano 9 (last year’s official CrossFit training shoe.) The visible change is the upper (the part that covers your foot.) It’s still “Flexweave” which is Reebok’s woven textile that combines a super-tough outer layer with a super comfortable inner layer. The difference in the new shoe is that it looks a lot better – more sophisticated. How so? Here’s an example. [Read more …]
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 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 colors hiding underneath. Ok, so that’s the basics of the what the fade away upper is meant to do. How well does it work? How long will it [Read more …]
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 weapon for weight lifting and high-impact training. You’ll notice that the low, flat heel is also wider – thanks to the diamond shape. The 3D “haptic” print on [Read more …]
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 …]
Reebok has launched two new colorways of their potent training shoe – the Reebok Nano 9. The new colorways are BLACK / FLUID BLUE / LEMON GLOW for women … and BLACK / WHITE / VIVID ORANGE for men. What’s special about the Reebok Nano 9? For starters, it’s the only shoe that can wear the CrossFit name. You can see it’s right on the heel. This is the 9th iteration of the Nano – and that means they have come pretty close to perfecting this design. It has a relatively low-profile 4mm heel to toe drop. That means your heel is about 4 mm higher than your toes. This means it is a very versatile shoe- and you can use it for running, jumping, lifting, climbing, and more. (In other words, it’s perfect for the CrossFit WOD.) The upper is made from Reebok’s FlexWeave material – it’s tough but breathable because it is woven into a figure 8 pattern (there’s a breathable mesh underneath.) CrossFit athletes need to be able to climb ropes – and the Reebok Nano 9 [Read more …]
Just in time for Valentine’s Day – Nike is dropping another hot colorway of the Nike Metcon 5. This is a women’s shoe – and they are calling it the “U Complete Me” colorway or (Black/Pistachio Frost/White/Noble Red.) Let’s take a look. Shown: Black/Pistachio Frost/White/Noble Red Style: AO2982-066 Photo Credits The product photos in this article are property of Nike, Inc.
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.