Who should buy the Nike Free x Metcon

The Free x Metcon is a fusion of Nike's two well-known footwear lines: The Free and the Metcon. Metcons are known to be durable and stable Crossfit shoes. On the other hand,  Nike Free trainers have proven their flexibility and natural running motion capabilities. It is a solid option if:

  • You are looking for a shoe that can keep up with various CrossFit WODs without trouble.
  • You are after a pair that has the traits of a trainer but at the same time has the aesthetics suitable for casual use. 
  • You suffer from plantar fasciitis and need a training companion that would help relieve the discomfort.

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Extra durable outsole

The bottom of the Nike Free x Metcon is made from two types of rubber. One is the carbon rubber which is one of the most durable types, while the other is blown rubber that lends a cushiony and lightweight feel to the outsole.

It uses the Nike Free technology which is comprised of laser-siped flex grooves for seamless lateral movements and flexibility. The tread features tri-star patterns, some of which are compressible and some are rigid to render a combination of support and pliability.

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The inner midfoot is wrapped in a rigid block of TPU and rubber. It guards the footwear against the abrasions and friction caused by rope climbs.

Smooth low-profile heel clips are located in the lateral and medial sides of the outsole. They reduce the drag from the wall during handstand push-ups.

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Balanced comfort and stability

The Nike Free x Metcon employs a dual-density midsole. It features a soft compound which is housed in the firmer one with the use of a cold fusion technology. It is meant to balance plush comfort and stability.

Nike Free x Metcon Midsole

The Nike Free x Metcon's upper

The shoe sports a cleatie upper that is made of mesh covered in TPU. It is engineered to provide flexibility, support, breathability, and durability. The mouth and the heel area are made of neoprene, which is a breathable, smooth, and cushioned material.

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Enhanced midfoot support

TPU sidewalls wrap around the midfoot for lateral support. They keep the foot centered in the midsole during side-to-side movements. They also have holes that serve as eyelets, enabling the tester to adjust the tightness of the footgear. In the 2nd iteration of the Free x Metcon, this cage has been moved to the midfoot for enhanced support.

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Snug lacing system

A traditional lacing system is used for a secure foot lockdown. It works with the Flywire technology, a set of filaments that operate like cables on a suspension bridge. It delivers support and snug fit.

Nike Free x Metcon Lacing System

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 317g
Drop: Men 5mm
Update: Nike Free x Metcon 2
Use: Crossfit / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Normal
Release date: Apr 2018
Features: Low drop

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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.