Good to know
- The warmly welcomed Free x Metcon combination received an anticipated successor in the Nike Free x Metcon 2. This shoe was designed as a versatile training companion that could comfortably support the wearer from running and jumping to climbing ropes and lifting weights.
- Placing emphasis on lateral stability, the 2nd iteration ditches the Flywire cables and shifts the TPU cage down to the midfoot area. It is meant to keep the foot locked in place during side-to-side movements.
- The shoe retains the cleatie construction of its predecessor to provide a snug fit. However, it features a stiffer, more padded heel collar for enhanced support.
- The midsole unit is reported to be made of a firmer foam. This alteration is supposed to offer more stability for weightlifting.
- The outsole design has also been slightly altered. The new protuberant rubber tri-stars in the forefoot aim to grip the gym floor more efficiently. The concave tri-stars have been made shallower to place the wearer closer to the ground and improve underfoot sensitivity.
The cross-trainer sports durable rubber pods in both the heel and forefoot sections to deliver effective traction on various training surfaces. The tri-star design allows the forefoot pods to grip the floor no matter what direction the wearer chooses to move.
The midfoot section is also wrapped by an abrasion-resistant rubber compound. It extends up to cover the foam on both sides to render protection during rope climbs.
Ensuring flexibility of the forefoot are the multi-directional flex grooves. These hexagonal cuts are inherent to all Nike Free soles as they help the shoe to move along with the foot.
This section of the Nike Free x Metcon 2 is where the flexibility of “the Free” and the stability of “the Metcon” unite. The shoe uses a foam compound that bends easily in the forefoot to accommodate runs and jumps. The midfoot and back portions of this material are denser and less compressible, making it a reliable pressing surface for lifting. Those who want a more weightlifting-inclined Metcon, might as well check out the acclaimed Nike Metcon 4 for extra sturdiness.
This foam component also comes with a balanced amount of cushioning. Despite its firm nature, it is still capable of absorbing impact during box jumps, burpees, and other plyometric exercises.
The upper edges of the midsole are extended upwards in the toe area, on the sides, and at the back. Not only does this construction help to protect the upper material but also creates additional protection against the wear-and-tear.
To keep the athlete’s foot securely locked-in, Nike went with a cleatie upper design for the Free x Metcon 2. The shoe’s inner sleeve and a generously-padded heel collar hug the foot in a snug and supportive manner throughout the entire training session.
Externally, the foothold is ensured by the TPU component which wraps around the rearfoot and extends all the way to the midfoot to form a supportive cage. The side panels of this cage integrate into the lacing system with the help of multiple eyelets. That way the tightness can be regulated through the laces.
The front portion of the upper is made of a breathable mesh material. To keep the mesh protected, it has been covered with a rubberized yarn. The heel section of the trainer features a neoprene-like material which contributes to the supportive build of this part. Finally, there is a pull tab added at the heel to help the wearer put on the footwear with less effort.