I’ve known for a while that my CrossFit shoes have been worn out (I’ve had them for almost a year and wear them 3-4x a week) and so I’ve been on the hunt for the best CrossFit shoe. I really hate buying new workout shoes, which is really silly considering how much use they get, but I finally took the plunge and bought a pair of Women’s Nike Metcon 2 shoes.
I consulted Google (obviously), other online reviews and a friend at the gym, Jason, who is stupid good at everything CrossFit related, and — more importantly — extremely knowledgeable about bio-mechanics and ways to smartly improve performance at the gym without getting injured. All things Google and Jason both pointed to the Nike Metcons as a solid option if I was only going to buy one pair of shoes for CrossFit. Which leads me to my next point…
An annoying thing about CrossFit is that it can “require” many different types of shoes – lifters, metcon trainers, hybrids. There are many different types of moves in (aptly-named) CrossFit and your body often needs different types of support depending on the workout. I didn’t want to buy a pair of lifters since I just couldn’t justify a shoe that I’d use exclusively for lifting only 1-2x a week (maybe someday, but not now). But I knew I also needed something with more support than my Reebok Nano Sprints since my feet have been aching post-WOD for a while, especially if there is heavy weight involved.
After wearing the Nike Metcons 2 for a few different types of workouts (including wall balls, running, box jumps, burpees, heavy heavy deadlifts, double unders, kettlebell swings, and rowing), here’s what I like and dislike about them.
This is a comparison of the width of the Nano Sprints vs. Nike Metcons.
Bottom line: Am I keeping them? Would I recommend them? Yes, and yes.
The “But”: I don’t think they’re the end-all, be-all shoe. You likely still need a shoe with more rebound for more jump-intensive workouts. For that, I still like the Nano Sprint. I think I may try Nike Free TR 5 Training Shoes when I replace my Nano Sprints, since (a) Nike has great colors and (b) I think they’ll have more flexibility and bounce while the Nano Sprints are still relatively stiff.
Note: This is not a sponsored review and I didn’t get any freebies from Nike (I wish!). I researched and purchased these with my own moolah.
[tweetthis]An honest review, with pros & cons, of the Womens Nike Metcon 2 #CrossFit shoes.[/tweetthis]