Who should buy the Nike Metcon SF
Built with wet conditions in mind, Nike utilized special designs and features into the Metcon SF to produce a shoe with anti-mud-clogging ability, speed lacing retention system, and excellent water draining.
It is a solid option if:
- Your workout routine goes far beyond a nice and warm gym environment into the wet and muddy trails.
- Your activities make you exposed to accidental toe bumps and you are looking for a shoe that offers a sufficient forefoot shield.
The Nike Metcon SF's sole
The bottom of the shoe is lined with a durable rubber material. It features aggressive lugs in the forefoot and heel sections, making the trainer reminiscent of a soccer cleat. They bite deep into mud, soil, sand, and other outdoor surfaces to keep the wearer sure-footed throughout the exercise.
When things get muddy, the last thing you want is to have the icky-sticky substance keep you company underfoot. To prevent this from happening, the Metcon SF employs strategically spaced lugs that repel mud.
The apertures on both sides of the forefoot are not very noticeable at first glance. However, they become indispensable when the shoe gets flooded with water. This drainage system comes to work as you start moving. By stepping and pushing your toes to the ground, the water seeps through these ports, minimizing discomfort and shoe weight.
Protection from the rope
What the trainer does inherit from its Metcon siblings are the rope guards on the sides. These rubber wraps cover that part of the shoe which is most prone to abrasion during rope climbs.
The rubber piece also protrudes up at the forefoot. It forms a shield that guards the toes against both planned and unexpected obstacles on the way.
Although Metcon SF is crafted for running, it’s not the same type of running that you would do on a marathon. Traversing sandy trails and muddy swamps does not require the same type of plush cushioning as road running. In addition, a generously padded midsole would not come handy when you need to be on top of your maneuverability.
That’s why the trainer has been given a thin and firm drop-in midsole. It provides more instant ground feedback to help the wearer feel in control of foot positioning. Besides, the insert doesn’t easily absorb water and dries fairly quickly when taken out.
When stepping knee-deep into a puddle or a swamp is inevitable, a shoe with a higher top comes very handy. The upper of the Nike Metcon SF extends past the ankle and has a very close-fitting, sock-like collar. This design helps it stay close to the leg and prevents catching debris and water.
The Nike Metcon SF's mesh
Even though mesh is the cause of water penetration in the first place, it also works vice versa, releasing water from the foot chamber. Because it is not a dedicated water shoe, it needs mesh to keep the foot aerated during tough workouts.
In activities like obstacle racing, there is simply no time to stop and tie laces. Thus, the trainer is equipped with a bungee closure that allows fit adjustment on-the-go.