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Nike Free Metcon 4: Huarache-inspired Free Metcon training shoe

The Nike Free Metcon 4 continues its lineage's reputation for excellent flex provided by Nike's Free technology and stability brought by the Metcon signature.

What sets this iteration apart from the rest of its siblings is it has borrowed features inspired by iconic Huarache design elements such as lace locks and rubberized heel area.

These design features aren't purely aesthetic as they both help in locking your foot and prevents it from moving around inside the shoe.

What is it for? The Free Metcon 4 is a training shoe that highlights flex and support during intense workouts. It is ideal for the following activities:

  • Bootcamp
  • HIIT workouts
  • Sprints
  • Gym workouts

Nike Free Metcon 4 vs. Free Metcon 3

These two Nike training shoes share many similarities. Basically, the 4th iteration possesses the same features as the Free Metcon 3 with a few updates. Below is a list of the details:

What stayed the same:

  • Excellent flex
  • Comfortable and supportive cushioning
  • Wide platform for ground contact

What got better:

  • More secure, lockdown fit
  • Iconic retro aesthetic

What got worse:

  • Almost 1 oz (28 g) heavier


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