Nike's eighth generation of the popular Metcon series is just around the corner and intends to further conquer the market for gym and CrossFit enthusiasts, but the Nike Metcon 8 is 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 launched in 2015, Nike's Metcon line has built a solid reputation for building a quality training shoe by using a sturdy construction that offers durability and stability. But much like the Air Jordans, which were banned by the NBA for several years, the Metcon line has also sparked controversy. They were originally banned from the CrossFit games due to branding issues surrounding the "Metcon" name (the metabolic conditioning aspect of CrossFit) and were vetoed to avoid creating a conflict of interest with Reebok and the games' formal relationship with the Nano. Luckily for Nike, the Metcon ban was lifted in 2019, allowing athletes to wear whatever training show they please.
Nike Metcon 8 release date and price The Metcon 8 is already available in the UK and Europe. They will be officially released in the US on August 18th with a suggested retail price of $130.
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What's changed with Nike Metcon 8?
With athlete response to the Metcon 7 being largely positive, many were excited to see what could be improved with this eighth version. Design wise, the Nike Swoosh on the shoe has been updated to feature a human fingerprint to illustrate that the greatest sporting achievements occur when people meet technology. Nike also added a message to the back of the shoe stating "Engineered to the exact specifications of championship athletes."
Both the 7 and 8 feature Nike React foam and Hyperlift in the heel, so the look and feel are broadly similar. The Metcon 8 is a slightly longer model, but not enough to make you want to change size. For convenience, the Metcon 8s feature a new and improved lace-up closure while the bottom closure has been removed entirely. Lighter and more breathable material has been added to the upper of the shoe. The signature wide, flat heel is even sturdier as it includes a redesigned inner panel that distributes weight from edge to edge, yet is flexible enough for cardio-based activities like running, jumping, or rowing. This 8's rubber tread keeps you grounded when it counts and is ideal for helping you make solid connections to the floor, a mat or even a wall when needed.
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From a weightlifting perspective, the Metcon 8's added durability should be good for lifting about 251.7 kilograms (555 pounds), an improvement of nearly 25 kilograms (55 pounds) over the previous version.
Nike Metcon 8: The Competition
Fitness shoes have been on the rise in recent years and Nike not only competes with the Reebok Nano but with an ever expanding range of sneakers designed to help you break your PR. The Nano X2 offers a similar multitasking experience for about the same price (around $135), but which sneaker is right for you comes down to personal preference. Some users report preferring the way Metcons fit around the heel, saying that this offers greater stability for heavier lifting, while overall Nano X2s can provide more comfort for everyday use. Still, the Metcons seem to offer better grip around the toe if that's what you prefer. Then there's Rogue's NOBULL Trainer. At around the same price ($129 and up), the NOBULL gets great reviews from those who enjoy box jumps and weighted workouts.
Nike Metcon 8: The Verdict
The Metcon range has earned a loyal following for its quality, durability and of course versatility across a variety of training disciplines. The Metcon 8 certainly continues that legacy. Although the Metcon doesn't replace a long-distance running shoe or a trainer designed specifically for lifting, it offers you the convenience of changing up your routines and completing multiple workouts in one multitasking shoe, and that's the primary purpose of all cross-training shoes. The evolution from the Metcon 7 to the Metcon 8 is not a dramatic leap, meaning those who appreciated the previous generation will love the latest version. Well, if it ain't broke, why fix it?