nike metcon 1 review

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The Nike Metcon 1 was introduced in 2015 to combat Reeboks popular crossfit nano series. The name Metcon is a term used in some circles of the fitness community meaning metabolic conditioning. The Metcons were Nikes first time putting out a competitive “crossfit shoe” and has quickly become the biggest competitor of the nanos. The competition wasn’t welcomed however and the crossfit games banned the Nikes because of there exclusive sponsorship with Reebok. This didn’t stop the consumers however and the Metcon 1’s were one of the most anticipated shoes to drop in 2015 and quickly sold out everywhere. Nike quickly started to up play the beef with Reebok by making and add stating “ Don’t ban our shoe. Beat our shoe.” and adding a new color way that is similar to the Jordan 1s that were banned by the NBA in 1984.


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Now that you know the history of Nikes Metcon 1s lets get into what allows this shoe to to challenge the champion of cross training shoes. Nike managed to make these shoes light at 11.2oz by utilizing lightweight Vectran filaments or flywire as Nike calls it. The flywire also provides a much needed breathable material that ensures your feet stay cool even during your most grueling workout.


The heel to toe drop is minimal at 4mm which helps provide a flat stable surface for lifting iron. While they are sturdy enough for lifting they also are surprisingly comfortable for runs. While cross training shoes really vary on how much actual running or jogging you can comfortably do in them the Metcons are one of the best. They have slightly more cushioning then the Reebok Nanos which you notice after running in both shoes. They are not running shoes,  I would not run a marathon in these but they definitely are decent for running and about as good as you are going to get from a cross training shoe. If your a regular rope climber these are the shoes for you because they feature a rubber padding on the mid-sole which helps provide grip on the rope.


As far as colors nike delivered on this one making enough colorways to please everyone and making a couple limited edition colorways as well. The beautiful design is pleasant to the eye which is welcomed from a guy that looks at gym shoes everyday.


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Rumors say that Nike is going to release the Nike Metcon 2s sometime in 2016. Though no offical release date has been stated be sure to come back for that reviw when they release.



  • lightweight
  • sturdy
  • comfortable/ good for running
  • beautiful design


  • expensive retail price


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Reebok Nano 5.0

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Whether you need a shoe to do your crossfit WOD or your just looking for the best all around gym shoe on the market you came to the right place. The nano series has been the most popular shoe for crossfitters for  good reason. They are a great for so many things lifting weights, running short distances, box jumps, climbing rope, and olympic lifts; they are very versatile shoes.

Here we review the claimed strongest and lightest Reebok crossfit nano yet. In 2015 Reebok decided to make another change to there ever popular nano line with the release of the nano 5.0. It was highly anticipated as all the recent reebok crossfit shoes have been and let me tell you they did not disappoint. The nano 5.0 is a certified light weight at 10 oz which is a few oz lighter then its successor. Remarkably it is also stronger thanks to  Dupoint Kevlar infused upper mesh. You heard that right kevlar the same thing they make ballistic vest with is in place to secure your feet without compromising weight.  Compression Molded Ethyl Vinyl Acetate or CMEVA allows the shoe to provide a comfortable fit to your feet. 

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Reebook decided that the 4mm toe to heel drop they have used in the past wasn’t flat enough so they dropped it another mm giving it a 3 mm drop. Will you notice the difference in stability from 1mm? probably not but you never know. A raised outsole lug pattern is in place to give better surface area contact and to improve traction. The sole is made with RopePro carbon rubber which should add some reliability to the area grueling workouts like to tear up first. The Polyurethane NanoShell adds extra defense against midsole abrasion and added foot support during heavy lifts. Like Reebok has done in the past they have decided to release the new nanos in plenty of colorways, making finding your favorite color so much easier.

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Overall Reebok once again made a great shoe that all the pros are wearing for obvious reasons. I must say the difference between these and Nikes Metcons is minimal, We found  the Nanos to be slightly more stable while the Metcons have slightly more cusioning making running further a little easier.However these differences are minimal and you wont realize it unless you wear both shoes back to back. In the end whichever of these shoes you decide to get will be a great choice. 


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Polyurethane NanoShell
DuPont Kevlar infused mesh upper for airflow and extreme durability.
Raised outsole lug patterns for better surface area contact and improved traction.
RopePro carbon rubber to withstand demanding CrossFit maneuvers.
*CMEVA for better cushion and an anatomical heel and footbed for a secure fit
3mm toe to heel drop
Weight: 10 oz @ size 9


  • light weight
  • strong materials
  • many different colorways


  • slightly pricey when fist released

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New Balance Minimus MX20v4 Review

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New Balance has been very popular in making minimal shoes for the last few years. Vibrams is also a very famous minimal shoe company and their shoes are known for many applications including military boots. Well they decided to have a baby and make the shoes im about to tell you about. Where these shoes differ from most of the cross trainers we test is in the material or lack there of, there is nothing on these shoes that doesn’t need to be there.

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The 20v4s keep your feet planted to the ground with the man made Vibram outsole that provides multi-directional traction. The REVlite midsole provides responsiveness while staying comfortable. A 4mm heal toe drop gives you a flat surface which helps keep you stable during those heavier lifts. 

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One thing to add about these new balances is they are not the cross training shoes you want if you plan on running in them often. While they like most cross trainers can be used to run short distances they opted to provide a lower more barefoot stable feel then cushion that would help keep comfort during running.  This low to the ground feel however is super stable and great for olympic lifts especially deadlifts.


So you decided you want a light weight cross training shoe? Well here it is. The minimus is the lightest shoe we have reviewed to date weighing in at a 6.5oz which makes it a certified featherweight. Odor resistance materials also allow these shoes to be worn with or without socks.


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While they are not as flashy as some of the other cross trainers we review here these are still quality gym shoes. New balances no frills approach to the these shoes make them a top tier gym shoe that you can get for a fraction of the cost of some of the more popular shoes. 


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4 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all r4 mm 4mm drop
No-sew material application
Odor resistant
Synthetic/mesh upper
Vibram(r) outsole provides maximum surface contact and multi-directional traction. Vibram is a registered trademark of Vibram S.p.A. All rights reserved



  • Lightweight
  •  cheaper then alternatives
  •  barefoot like feel


  • Not great for running


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