Model: Metcon 5
Key Features: Low, flat and wide heel, Removable Hyperlift Inserts, Flexible Textured Print Upper, Directional Traction on the Outsole for climbing ropes, Softer Cushioning in the forefoot for high-impact moves, Solid foam in the heel for improved stability. Dual-density drop-in midsole is softer and more flexible in the forefoot. New pattern on the outsole, made of a stickier rubber in the forefoot and a more durable rubber in the heel, improves linear traction during sled pushes and sprints.
Ride Comfort: 8/10
Stability & Durability: 9/10
Best For: The Crossfitter / Weight Lifter
Release Date: Available Now
The Metcon training shoe is known for two things: superior stability and durability for functional movement. Variety remains the key driving factor and challenge for this latest iteration the shoe and we think it’s yet again aced its competition. We all know in this day and age that with people training harder than ever, one workout can include movements focused on strength, power, speed and endurance. Meaning we need a shoe that can handle a multitude of challenges from rope climbs, a heavy clean and jerk, a 400-meter sprint and handstand push-ups.
The Metcon 5 is a great weight lifting shoe, theres no denying it. Light, comfortable and more importantly has the stability to deal with heavy lifting. But anything more than an 800m run and you’ll fine the sturdy heel becomes clumpy and clumsy, especially on treadmills, making you adapt your running style and becoming slightly uncomfortable. These are however a weight lifters dream shoe. The shoe’s wide heel improves stability during heavy squats, snatches, cleans and shoulder-to-overhead movements, while a Nike Hyperlift inserts – these are both great and slightly annoying – help improve stability during heavy lifts as well as high-rep squats, wall balls, thrusters. You get the idea. Now, the only reason we say the Hyperlift inserts are annoying is because we forgot them, multiple times during testing and although, yes, its a lot easier than carry two pairs of shoes it was still annoying. That said, these training shoes are that good for heavy lifts train without the inserts and you won’t notice too much difference.
For us, these are the ultimate training shoe and the pinnacle trophy for the Nike Training division, yet again showing why Nike is the leading provider in training apparel and footwear. Oh, and did we mention that 4X Worlds Fittest Man Mat Fraser wears them? Theres a selling point if ever there was one!