Who should buy the Nike React Metcon

This footwear by Nike is a combination of responsiveness and stability in one shoe and the first in the Metcon line to have utilized the Nike React technology to provide wearers a trainer that offers comfortable and responsive cushioning. It is a solid choice if:

  • Your fitness routine involves a lot of jumps, and you need a trainer that provides not only stability but enough foot protection through its generous cushioning. 
  • You prefer a shoe for your rope climbing activities that help wearers ascend the ropes with less trouble and is resistant against abrasions. 
  • You want the convenience of just sliding in the shoe without the need to tie laces. 
  • You are looking for a pair with enough flexibility and lightness as you go about your speed training, lunges, and burpees.  

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Rock-solid platform

Because the shoe uses the exact same outsole design as its predecessor, you can expect an equal level of stability, traction, and durability. Its sticky rubber and flat construction keep the foot glued to the ground during squats and deadlifts. Meanwhile, the flexible forefoot accommodates jumps, runs, lunges, and other exercises.   

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Protection against the rope

Tearing the footwear apart on rope climbs will be the least of your worries with the rubber side panels. These are made of resilient material to guard the shoe upon descent and feature aggressive lugs to bite the rope as you climb up.

Nike React Metcon Outsole Rope

The first Nike React for training

If you are familiar with the bouncy feel of Nike React running shoes, you may be surprised at the firmness of this particular React. But because it is a CrossFit shoe, it needs that rigidity to provide stability for weightlifting. However, you can expect the foam to reveal its responsive properties once you get to jumps and sprints.

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Forged Flyknit

This is not the first cross-trainer from Nike that uses Flyknit. This lightweight and adaptive yet supportive fabric is commonly found in the brand’s trainers. However, the React Metcon footwear is one of the few that uses a one-piece, sock-like Flyknit upper.

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There are no laces, or straps, or Flywires that are typical for other Metcons. Instead, this design is meant to move smoothly with the sole to provide a sense of integrity and flexibility. On the medial side, the Flyknit is covered with melted polyurethane. This shiny layer contributes to the materials’ wear-resistance.

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The Nike React Metcon's quick fit mechanism

For those who can’t stand fiddling with the laces, the Metcon React offers a solution: bungee laces. Another untypical feature for CrossFit shoes, this easily adjustable mechanism allows for quick fit regulations on the go.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 375g
Use: Crossfit / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Normal / Normal, Wide
Release date: Nov 2019
Features: Slip On
Collection: Nike Metcon
BRAND Brand: Nike

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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.