DETAILED REVIEW OF THE NIKE METCON 1
Nike has been manufacturing shoes since 1964 (back then they were known as Blue Ribbon Sports) – it officially became Nike Inc on May 30th 1971. The name Nike comes from the Greek goddess of victory - a suitable synonym for a brand that has become synonymous with sporting excellence.
Nike and their key trademarks “Just Do It” and their iconic swoosh are some of the most recognisable brands in the World.
Nike was relatively late to join the CrossFit party and have only just launched their first functional fitness focussed equipment.
Stable and Strong
Designed for the unique demands of high-intensity training, the Nike Metcon 1 Training Shoe is made to lift, run, jump and climb ropes. With an incredibly low and stable heel, a flexible forefoot and a locked-down fit, this shoe is made for powerful and quick functional training.
The dual-density midsole is firm and flat in the heel for a stable lifting platform while soft and flexible in the forefoot for comfort and cushioning during your run.
Built to Last
Side grip zones and a touch mesh upper give you breathable protection to endure rope climbs and high-wear training sessions.
Flywire cables wrap your arch for lightweight support and an adaptive fit
Flex grooves let your foot move naturally
Perforated upper adds breathability
Sticky rubber in the forefoot maximises traction where you need it most
*Note: The above detail is supplied courtesy of nike.com
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Fuelled by a significant push from Nikes Marketing & PR engine the CrossFit World was seemingly going crazy over the imminent release of the Nike Metcon 1’s. Social media was awash with excitement.
It boils down to the fact that the Metcon 1 is a great all round CrossFit shoe. There’s some question marks over its durability, but as a first iteration of a functional training shoe Nike has done a great job.
As we’ve all come to expect from Nike shoes the Metcon 1 looks awesome. They’re available in the following colour schemes:
Cool Grey/Pink Pow/Bright Citrus/White (813101-004)
Black/Dark Grey/White (813101-003)
Black/Hyper Jade/Volt/White (813101-002)
Cool Grey/Black/Persian Violet/White (704688-010)
Squadron Blue/Obsidian/Laser Orange/White (704688-410)
Cool Grey/Black/University Red/White (704688-016)
Lunar Grey/Tumbled Grey/Total Orange (704688-080)
New Colour (Men only):
Black/Varsity Red-White (822224-061)
Nike have been doing this for a long time, so as you’d expect the shoes are true to size, extremely comfortable and don’t take long to break in.
We’d heard that a few people have had problems with the durability of the Nike Metcons 1’s, predominantly with the soles peeling away from the shoe. Some purchasers even suggest that this has occurred within a single use (which we find a little hard to believe). With this in mind we held onto the shoe for a little longer than normal to really put it through some tough testing, but within the Box (rubber and wooden floors), on the track and outside on asphalt. Here’s what we thought…
OLYMPIC LIFTING >>> 5 STARS
The Metcon 1 feels solid underfoot during standard metcons, and gave a decent amount of stability during heavy 1RM Olympic lifts. The Metcon 1 has a heel drop of 4mm which is comparable with the Reebok Nano 4’s and 5’s – you’re not going to PR in them if you’ve got some Olys, but that’s not what they’re designed for.
ROPE CLIMBING >>> 5 STARS
The Metcon 1 has a unique rope climbing mesh on the shoe in-step which works really well. It makes rope climbing simpler and won’t shred your shoe to pieces.
BOX JUMPS >>> 5 STARS
The shoe gives you an explosive platform to jump from and there’s just enough give to absorb the impact throughout standard WOD’s. Nuff said.
RUNNING >>> 4.0 STARS
The Nikes Metcon 1’s sole is quite rigid which means that the feel during running is hampered. You can happily do short shuttle sprints, but anything further like 1km laps would be less ideal.
GENERAL WOD >>> 5 STARS
The Nike Metcon 1’s are a great all round shoe for general WOD’s around your box. They work well in all domains without being the best in any – pretty much the idea behind CrossFit right!? There are no real weaknesses with these sneakers and they are substantially better than standard gym shoes.
*Photo credit Nike
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The Quick Verdict: Buy these shoes if you love Nike and want something a bit different from your standard Nanos.
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There’s no option for customisation like the Reebok Nano’s, but based on Nikes love of doing this they’re sure to add this as an option in later iterations of the Metcon.
HOW DO YOU GET THEM
If you're looking to by a pair of Nike Metcon 1's we don't blame you - they're a great shoe. The good news is that they are widely available. Here's some of the best options for you at the time of writing;