Nike Metcon 8 gives the Nano a run for its money

Nike’s eighth generation of the popular Metcon series is upon us and set to solidify its grip on the gym and CrossFit enthusiast market, but is the Nike Metcon 8 up to the task of competing? with the likes of Reebok’s Nano or Rogue’s NOBULL training shoe? And how do the 8s differ from the Metcon 7s?

Originally released in 2015, Nike’s Metcon line has built a solid reputation for crafting quality training shoes using a rugged construction that provides durability and stability. But, just like with the NBA’s banning of Air Jordans for several years, the Metcon line has also sparked controversy. They were initially banned from the CrossFit Games due to trademark issues around the name “Metcon” (the metabolic conditioning aspect of CrossFit) and were vetoed so as not to create a conflict of interests. interests with Reebok and the games formal relationship with the Nano. Luckily for Nike, the Metcon ban was lifted in 2019, allowing athletes to wear any workout spectacle they please.

Nike Metcon 8 Release Date and Price The Metcon 8 is already available to buy in the UK and Europe. They officially release in the US on August 18, with a recommended retail price of $130.

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What has changed with the Nike Metcon 8?

With athlete reaction to Metcon 7 being largely positive, many were excited to see what could be improved with this eighth version. Design-wise, the Nike swoosh has been updated on the shoe and now features a human fingerprint to illustrate that the best sports performance is achieved when people cross paths with technology. Nike also added a message to the back of the shoe, stating: “Designed to the exact specifications of championship athletes.”

Both the 7 and 8 feature Nike React foam and Hyperlift in the heel, so the overall look and feel is similar. The Metcon 8 is a bit longer, but not long enough to change your size. For added practicality, the Metcon 8s feature a new and improved lace lock on the top, while the bottom lock has been completely removed. A lighter, more breathable fabric has been added to the upper of the shoe. The signature wide, flat heel is even sturdier, as it features a redesigned inner plate that’s designed to distribute weight from edge to edge, but is still flexible enough to handle more cardiovascular activities such as running, jumping, or rowing. This 8’s rubber tread keeps you grounded when it counts and is great for helping you make strong connections to the floor, carpet or even a wall as needed.

Nike Metcon 8 Sneaker Sole
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From a weightlifting perspective, the added durability of the Metcon 8 should be good for lifting around 251.7 kilograms (555 pounds), an improvement of nearly 25 kilograms (55 pounds) over previous version.

Nike Metcon 8: the competition

Fitness shoes have caught on in recent years and Nike is not only competing with the Reebok Nano, but an ever-growing line of trainers designed to help you smash your PR. The Nano X2 offers a similar multitasking experience at around the same price (around $135), but which sneaker is right for you comes down to personal preference. Some users report that they prefer the way the Metcons fit around the heel and claim it provides greater stability for heavier lifts, while the Nano X2s may offer greater overall comfort for a daily use. Still, the Metcons seem to offer a tighter grip around the toe, if that’s your preference. Then there is the Rogue’s NOBULL Trainer. At around the same price ($129 and up), the NOBULL gets great reviews from those who like to perform box jumps and weighted workouts.

Nike Metcon 8: the verdict

The Metcon range has gained a loyal fan base due to its quality, durability and of course its versatility across a wide range of training disciplines. The Metcon 8 certainly continues that legacy. Although the Metcon is not a replacement for a long-distance running shoe or a trainer designed specifically for lifting, it does give you the flexibility to change up your routines and take on multiple workouts with just one multitasking shoe, and that’s the main purpose. of any cross-training shoe. The evolution from Metcon 7 to Metcon 8 isn’t a dramatic leap, which means those who enjoyed the previous generation will love the latest version. Well, if it ain’t broke, why fix it?

Darryl A. Chapin