Nike Metcon 2 Review

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The highly anticipated Nike Metcon 2 is finally upon us (if you missed the review of the 1s you can find it HERE). The Metcon 2’s are Nikes second shot at taking down the most popular CrossFit shoe on the market the Reebok Nano 5.0s.

For the Metcon 2’s Nike decided to improve small flaws from its predecessor instead of redesigning the whole shoe. They did this the right way by listening to what the consumers and athletes wanted done and implementing that on the shoe. While the Metcon 2’s are very similar to the 1’s you can definitely feet the difference once you step foot in the gym.

 

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When I first strapped on my new pair of Nike Metcon 2s I was surprised at how well they fit me. The heel was snug, I had room to breath in the toe box area, the width was just right, and I felt secure all around. I felt lower to the ground and noticed how light these shoes were immediately. Also I would like to add that the Metcon 2s are true to size, but fit slightly more snug then the 1s are.

 

 

 

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Nike upped the durability on the second version of the Metcons by adding TPU to the spots that needed it most including the heel area, the toe box, and the upper forefoot area. Nikes popular fly-wire is used throughout the shoe to help it be as durable as possible during your workouts. Nikes most unique feature with these innovative kicks is a “zero-friction” heel tab that makes handstand pushups easier by allowing your feet to freely move up and down the wall. While handstand pushups might not be your thing its an awesome feature that I am sure will be copied by other companies in the near future.

 

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LOOK

As far as looks go I thought the Metcon 1s were the best looking shoes available until the Metcon 2s came out. There are only a few colorways available now but there will be more in the future (Nike likes to space out colorways). If you cant wait until then and dont like the colors that are available now ill tell you a little known secret; the Metcon 2s are available on nike id which means you can make a custom pair at home featuring many different color combinations and designs. They also allow you to write your initials or a small Nike design on them, just be prepared to wait a few weeks for them and add some extra money on top of the regular Metcons. I personally am a fan of red shoes but was not blown away by the current colorway so I created this pair.

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GYM

I was anxious to see how the new Metcons would handle heavy lifts manly squats and deadlifts. Over all they did well in both lifts, they hold your foot in place a little better then the Metcon 1s which made a huge difference while squatting. The heel was secure and firm while squatting much like the 1’s were.

The Metcons make running as comfortable as you can get with a cross training shoe. While most cross training shoes say they are made for running up to 5k generally speaking they don’t do it comfortably. However running was the one of the biggest upsides of the original Nike Metcon 1s as they were comfortable as a running shoe. The 2’s are the same way so your going to need a new excuse for skipping your cardio.                          

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At the end of the day these shoes took a place in my heart that previously belonged to my Reebok Nano 5.0s. They are great in any situation you can put them in and they do it with style. I have been wearing them everywhere for a few weeks now and I haven’t had any issues with these shoes. If your in the need of a new gym shoe definitely give the Nike Metcon 2’s a try.

One things for sure these are great overall gym shoes and can handle any task you throw at them.

To see the current price of the Nike Metcon 2s check out Amazon here

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COMING SOON NIKE METCON 2 VS REEBOK NANO 5.0

From nike.com

The Nike Metcon 2 Men’s Training Shoe features a flat, stable platform and dual-density foam for stability and cushioning during intense workouts. Firm and sticky rubbers create durable traction and extra support.

  • Flat, stable platform for explosive lift
  • Zero-drag heel for hand-stand pushups
  • Flywire technology provides a locked-down fit
  • Abrasion-resistant film helps protect against high-heat friction
  • Dual-density foam midsole for cushioning and durable support
  • Firm rubber in the outsole heel and sticky rubber in the toe for stability and traction”NIKE-METCON-2SIDE_ORANGE

Chuck Taylors for lifting?

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A lot of people are surprised when they first head to the gym and see some of the bigger guys using Chucks for lifting. Some ignorant soles might even laugh not knowing the reason behind this phenomenon taking place at gyms all across the country. Little do they know the benefits those classy Chuck Taylors provide over the old running shoes they have on their feet when it comes to lifting weights.

 

Chuck Taylors were first produced in 1917 as a basketball shoe, though they definitely lack the technology of basketball shoes produced today their firm rubber sole and simple canvas upper is a favorite of power lifters and gym rats today. Allow me to explain the Top 5 reasons Chucks are great for the gym and why you need to throw a pair in your gym bag.

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Chuck Taylors have a firm sole

The sole on Chuck Taylors sole is made of firm rubber. The benefit to this is that they wont compress as much during load as your running shoes will. Running shoes are made to compress the force which helps with running but while squatting for example that force helps you keep your feet stable.

 

The sole is relatively flat

Before the term heel toe got popular Chuck Taylors have been providing a flat sole. Why does this matter for your weight lifting goals? Because a flat sole provides you a stable surface while working out. The sole is also low which helps you stay more planted to the floor.

 

They are comfortable 

Lets be honest comfort is an important thing for footwear especially when just starting out in the gym. The last thing you want to do when starting out is wear shoes or clothing that makes you feel uncomfortable. The canvas that all stars are made of allow them to move with your foot which supplies a surprisingly good fit for many different foot types and has no restrictions to your ankle mobility which can be a big thing for some lifters.

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They are cheap

This is one of the top reasons people choose them for the gym, how cheap are they? Well a lot of people already have a pair chilling in their closet somewhere so in that case they are free. Some of the weight lifting shoes available  cost as much as $200, however you can usually get a pair of chucks for around 60 bucks if not cheaper so it can be a big difference. While weight lifting shoes do provide many benefits the cost might not be worth it to you or your budget.

 

They are stylish

Yeah you heard that right, there is a reason people have been wearing them for almost 100 years. The simple design and millions of available colors help you look cool when your pushing those weights up. You never see people walking around in weight lifting shoes but you see people in chucks all the time.

 

So now that you know about the benefits of Chuck Taylors for lifting maybe its time to use those running shoes strictly for running and pull out those old Chucks you haven’t worn in a while. If you need to treat yourself to a new pair you can find them HERE.

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  • Cheap
  • Comfortable
  • Flat rubber sole
  • Classic look
  • Canvas upper

Why your gym shoes could be hurting your gains

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Like most people when I started lifting weights a long time ago I wore an old pair of running shoes I had laying in my closet. Little did I know at the time the importance of using the proper footwear for the task at hand. Later down the road a friend told me that I should look into some new shoes because running shoes are not good gym shoes. Then he told me that running shoes are made with extra cushioning that helps with running but can be detrimental in the weight lifting department. Then he told me running shoes are made with extra cushioning that allows you to run longer comfortably and prevent injuries. While this is good for running it can hinder you during weight lifting.

 

Soon after I started using some chucks I had that I haven’t worn in forever, while they were much more stable then the running shoes I previously used they had their limitations. They sucked for running and they didn’t provide enough grip for what I was doing. I later researched and gave some cross training shoes a try and they didn’t disappoint. I saw my lifts go up and felt much more confident in my lifts. Looking back I don’t know how I ever managed before I made the change.

 

Cross Training shoes are made to be all around gym shoes, they take parts of different shoe types and put them into one shoe.

 

STABILITY

  • Cross Training shoes are made for whatever you can throw at them, They provide a stable surface to for lifting weights
  • A low heel to toe drop gives you a flat surface
  • Using less cushioning then running shoes keeps you from sinking into your shoe

 

COMFORT

  • While cross trainers use less cushioning then running shoes you can still run in them, most can be used up to 5k comfortably

 

STRENGTH

  • Most cross trainers uppers are mesh to let your feet breathe and are reinforced with a hard material to provide strength

 

FLEXIBILITY

  • You need to do box jumps, climb rope, run, do lateral movements, or lift? Well guess what Cross Trainers are made to handle what ever you can

 

Now the advantage of having stable shoes while putting heavy weights up and down should be obvious a lot of people still don’t know that there is a better option then what they are using. Hurry up and make a gym investment that will make a major improvement for your workouts. You can find our top 4 cross training shoes here.

 

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adidas adipower review

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Adidas has been a leader in the weightlifting shoe market for over forty years and they haven’t disappointed with their latest addition. Before I start this review let me briefly describe what true weightlifting shoes are and how they can benefit you. Weightlifting shoes have a hard raised heel which gives you a stable surface and allow you to go deeper in your squats especially if you lack ankle mobility. It is not uncommon to see people report huge improvements in the weight they are able to squat in weightlifting shoes compared to others. Weightlifting shoes are not all around gym shoes they are used for a few Olympic lifts and then can be swapped out for other shoes. The reason being is the raised heel is not an ideal position for many lifts. Generally they are used for different variations of squats or power cleans.

 

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The Adipowers start making the case for best weightlifting shoe as soon as you lay eyes on them. The sleek look and high quality leather tell you they mean business. Although they are lacking color choices with only two current colorways the two they have are very neutral with a red/black and a white/black.

The .75 inch heel is made of TPU or thermoplastic polyurethane just like is Nike competition. TPU adds the ample support and density needed for those heavy squats that your doing or wish to do. A well placed single strap design allows you to get a tighter fit then laces alone would provide.

 

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amazon big buttonThe Adipowers are known to be unmatched in durability and can usually last over five years when used properly. Adiwear outsole is a welecomed addition because it adds durability to the place you need it most the sole. As far as sizing goes the Adipowers are true to their size so go ahead and get the size you usually use.

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Now as far as Adipowers vs Romaleos goes its hard to say because they are both great shoes, you really cant go wrong with either one. The Adidas are single strap and real leather while the Nikes have dual straps and are made of synthetic leather. However these shoes are pretty much dead even as far as performances goes so i would have to say to pick whichever looks better to you or is on sale at the time.

 

To check out the current price of the Adidas Adipower click here to go to amazon.

Pros:

  • real leather
  • TPU heel
  • built like a tank

Cons:

  • expensive retail price
  • lack of color options

 

 

 

 

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Pendlay-do-win-review

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You might not know much about Pendlay but they have been in this weightlifting game for a long time. They make many products including weights, bars, and other exercise equipment. Here we review their latest the 2013 Pendlay Do Win weightlifting shoes. This shoe features all the great features that made the older models good but added in some flavor in the design. Though they are not as flashy in design as some of the competitors they are a proven hardcore weightlifting shoe at a bargain price.

 

The new Do Wins feature a real leather and heavy duty nylon mesh throughout. These shoes have plenty of mesh which is something you don’t usually see on weightlifting shoes. Its a nice feature to help keep your feet cool and ventilated. A standard ¾ inch raised heel is in place making squats heel more natural which also assist in squat depth. This solid heel gives you the stability you need when your lifting heavy weight over your back. They also added a single sole design through out which makes the sole incredibly strong and more flexible.

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The design on these shoes are good, while not as flashy as the Addidas and the Nikes they still are decent looking shoes. They come in three colorways for men and three for woman which should leave most people satisfied.

 

 

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After looking at hundreds of reviews I saw a common theme of some people having the soles separate. Mind you some of these people where not using this shoe for its intended purposes which is Olympic lifts. I personally have not experienced this problem however its something to think about before making your purchase. Also they come with a warranty if purchased through amazon. These shoes are priced at almost half of some of the other top weightlifting shoes so it might be worth the risk to you. Also I would like to add that for sizing you want to go a half size down from your regular running or gym shoe size. These are great staring weight lifting shoes because of the price. The are all the features you look for in a weightlifting shoe at a fraction of the price.

 

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  • Men’s shoes fit 1/2 size down from you running / training shoe size
  • Heel is 3/4 inch in height, the preferred height in Olympic Lifting.
  • Features real leather with heavy duty black nylon mesh throughout. The most significant change to the shoe is the sole design, with a single sole design throughout, making the sole incredibly strong and flexible.
  • The 2013 Pendlay Weightlifting shoes are warrantied for 90 days. Although the sole is greatly improved we still recommend only using these shoes for Olympic Weightlifting.

 

PROS:

  • Fraction of the cost of competitors
  • Trust worthy company in the weightlifting community
  • Come with warranty

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Inove-8 F-Lite 235 Review

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If you never heard of Inov-8 they are a British company that started in 2003 specializing in lightweight, flexible, and off road shoes. They became famous because they went against the conventional way of making off road running shoes; they allowed the runner the feel the ground underneath allow them to react differently based on the terrain. Well within the last five years or so they have become an international company and expanded from just making specialized trail running shoes.

The inov-8 differs from our other gym shoe reviews because it is zero drop. Meaning that the heel to to difference is zero mm giving you the most stable platform to start with. Your feet sit only 9mm above the ground giving you a nice low feel which is great for olympic lifts like the deadlift. Like the new balance minimus we reviewed these shoes are minalmalist at heart meaning that any material that doesn’t need on these shoes isn’t. They of course are also super light weighing in at only 8.5 oz, these are about as light as you can get as far as gym shoes go.

 

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These shoes were made with fitness in mind and its easy to tell by looking at all the features they packed in this light package. The F-LITE 234 features 360 degree Rope-Tec which gives the inov-8s top of the line strength while staying lightweight. Rope-Tec is also is great for rope climbing it adds durability, provides grip, and helps to grip the rope.

A seamless toe bumper was added to increase cushioning and protection during burpees. The heel is 40% denser then the previous model which provides stability during heavy lifts. A lot of shoes add features that you might not even notice but trust me you will notice a much denser heel during a workout session.inov8 bottomm

Overall these shoes are a great option if you prefer a barefoot type shoe for your workouts. They are strong and lightweight which are two of the most important things to look for as far as cross training shoes go. As said before if you plan on running far distances in your gym shoes you might want to look else where, usually 5k is the shut off point for cross trainers. However if your running over 5k you really should buy a pair of dedicated running shoes to compliment your gym shoes. The Inov-8s are reasonably price, slightly lower then the Nikes and Reeboks we have also reviewed, making them a great buy. 

 

 

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  • Synthetic sole
  • zero heel-toe drop
  • Rote-Tec midfoot durability reinforcements
  • Multi-directional Meta-Flex technology

PROS:

  • Affordable price
  • All around strong shoe
  • Barefoot like feel

CONS:

  • Not the best cross trainers if planning on running a lot in them

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