I’ve had these trainers for months now so it’s about time I hit publish on my Nike MetCon 8 review. They’re a great shoe for working out in the gym, fitness classes (at home or in a studio), for CrossFit, or for functional fitness stuff. I even have a class called MetCon on my weekly online timetable that they’d be perfect for!
The MetCon 8 is the latest iteration of the cross-trainer from Nike with plenty of improvements over the previous MetCon shoe models.
In this article, I’m gonna run through the Nike MetCon 8’s including the shoes features, design, uses, and sizes. I’ll also give you a few recommendations for where to buy them.
Nike MetCon 8 Fit & Features
One of the most significant upgrades of the Metcon 8 over earlier models is improved breathability. Previous Metcons had a design flaw that caused your feet to get hot and sweat.
But the Nike Metcon 8 has larger ventilation holes perforated along the upper to improve air circulation and keep your feet cooler.
Another noticeable difference is the shoes colour schemes – and the fact you can create your own custom design. Previous MetCon model shoes had a muted two-tone colour (like my black ones pictured).
So whether you’re looking to stand out or blend in, in the footwear department, you can find a pair of Metcon 8’s to suit. These shoes come in so many colours and designs, guaranteed to get attention focused on your footwear.
The MetCons are functional yet fashionable, with a heel wedge, a wide, flat sole, and a cushioned insole that protects the bottom of your foot, primarily towards the front.
The fit is true to size- I’m wearing a UK 5 as I do in all Nike (and other brands of) shoes.
Best Workouts To Use MetCons For
The Nike MetCon 8 is a decent shoe that stands up to the push and pull of lifting and high-intensity workouts, delivering stability and durability. I remember when they first ever launched, during my Crossfit days.
I’ve recently been doing some of my indoor cycling on a Wattbike Atom (NG) with flat pedals so I used the MetCon 8’s for those rides as the sole is quite wide, which should allow me to transfer power well even though I’m not clipped in.
If you’re doing classes with a lot of impact or jumping, then I’d consider a shoe like the Nike Air Zoom SupperRep or my all time favourite, the Nike SuperRep Go.
When it comes to lifting weights, these shoes are a winner. They have a low, flat and wide heel which creates a stable base for weighted exercises. Each pair also comes with a removable Hyperlift insert so you can adjust the height under your heel from one set to the next.
You can defo tell these were made for Crossfit style workouts – there’s a rubber tread on the sole and up the side of the shoe which provides traction on the ground and grip when you’re climbing a rope.
Can You Run In MetCon?
But can you run in Nike Metcon shoes? In summary, — no, they aren’t good for running in. By all means you can do that 1km run in your WOD (Workout of the Day) but for longer distances, you should really wear a shoe specific for running.
These shoes have cushioned padding in the forefoot to support your toes but not enough to provide comfort and support for long-distance running. They also have a flatter, wider sole that wraps up the upper, which gives the shoe more flexibility and support.
Where to Buy Them
By now, you’ve read enough about the Nike Metcon 8 to maybe decide that these could be the cross training shoes for you. But where can you find Nike Metcon for sale and in what sizes?
Shop Nike MetCon 6 / 7 Womens:
Luckily, Nike Metcon 8 is a widely popular shoe sold at most, if not all, shoe stores, both brick and mortar and online. The Metcon 8 is available for men and women in various styles and colours. You can even customize your kicks for a unique, individual pair.
If you jump to the official Nike website you’ll find a ton of models to choose from, with some colour ways on sale if you’re lucky. Depending on whether you got for the Nike Metcon 6 womens, mens, or unisex, they’re available from UK size 2.5 to size 14.
You are gonna love these if… you’ve got wide feet and avoid workouts with high impact.
Think twice if you… you’re looking for something with maximum cushioning or a running shoe.
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