DETAILED REVIEW OF THE REEBOK COMPETE 6:14
Reebok™ needs little introduction - they know a thing or two about shoes; in fact they’ve been developing performance shoes for various sporting disciplines since 1890 and shoes specifically for Crossfit since the fall of 2011. They’ve been working closely with elite Crossfit athletes like Rich Froning (who’s currently a Reebok sponsored athlete), Box owners, Crossfit HQ staff and everyday weekend warriors to adapt their products to consistently perform well.
The Reebok CrossFit Compete is the ultimate competition day shoe. This limited release shoe was developed based on feedback from Rich Froning and the world's top CrossFit athletes so you can be uninhibited on game day.
Breathable mesh upper with Kevlar protection that provides lightweight durability
RopePro and NanoShell wraps provide protection against abrasion with improved grip during rope climbs
Anatomical heel and ankle create a sock like fit with greater stability and comfort.
Antimicrobial Ortholite® sockliner fights odour and provides cushioning
Ultra soft shock absorbing foam midsole helps reduce impacts
Metasplit flex grooves enable foot splay while full outsole groove pattern provides gecko like grip
*Note: The above detailed is supplied courtesy of Reebok.com
Reebok have lowered the heel to create a flatter profile which increases the stability of the shoe and maximises power output making a no gimmicks trimmed down version of the Nano 4.0.
Reebok have removed the Duracage and replaced it with a NanoShell to provide abrasion protection, as well as the highly durable Kevlar wrap around. The shoe still has the RopePro section which is different from the Nano range but grips the rope just as well.
This is the lightest CrossFit shoe Reebok have designed with a size 10 weighing in at only 8.8 oz – the genuinely do feel as light as a feather.
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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. With a very different marketing strategy Reebok released the Compete 6:14 on exactly the same day with little fanfare.
Reebok teamed together with 4 times CrossFit Games champion, Rich Froning Jr, to design the Reebok CrossFit Compete 6:14, which has been specifically designed and marketed as a competition shoe – meaning it hasn’t been designed for use in your daily WOD’s.
If you happen to have the ankle and hip mobility of Rich Froning you’ll probably like the feel of this shoe, however in my experience a slightly higher heel drop is advantageous. Try your Nano 4’s without the innersole – this will give you a good idea of the feel that you can expect.
The Reebok Compete 6:14 is a limited edition shoe which comes in only one colour option, which to be frank doesn’t exactly give them the wow factor. As you’ll read in this review the shoes are no nonsense, no thrills and simply functional – pretty much the look that they’ve pulled off. The looks are plain and it’s a shame that there isn’t the plethora of other coloured options that Reeboks Nano range have.
THE NAME – THE COMPETE 6:14
Every time Rich Froning completes a workout he’s pretty much guarantee to be shirtless, so you’ve no doubt noticed the tattoo running down his torso. As a devout Christian Froning has Galatians 6:14 permanently inked onto him (which for those of you interested is a verse from the Bible which says ‘May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world..). Since winning the CrossFit games in 2011 this has become Fronings motto.
HOW DO YOU GET THEM
As a limited edition this shoe has had a limited production run, meaning it can be a little tricky to get hold of a pair. You can purchase the Reebok Compete 6:14 directly from Reeboks website here, or from numerous resellers such as Rogue, Again Faster or Amazon.
At the time of writing buying direct from Reebok was the cheapest option.
A few users in our box have said that the width of the Reebok Compete 6:14 came up a little small on them which was quite noticeable when running. All good retailers will of course replace your shoe for the right size, but it’s better to get it right in the first place.
We’d suggest that if you’re thinking about getting this shoe and you’re able to try it on beforehand then it’s definitely worth it to save any returns.
The Reebok Compete 6:14 is clearly made for competition, so how does it perform when we threw some WOD’s at it?
OLYMPIC LIFTING >>> 5 STARS
The Compete 6:14 feels more solid underfoot during heavy 1RM Olympic lifting then the previous Nano’s. It has a relatively low heel drop of 3mm which means that you have a solid & powerful base to explode from, however this can give individuals with limited ankle and hip mobility problems with getting into optimum positions. There is of course a reason that standard Oly Shoes all have a much larger heel drop to help you get into this position much easier.
ROPE CLIMBING >>> 5 STARS
The Compete 6:14 still has the RopePro technology on the instep of each shoe, this really does provide a shoe that can grip to any type of rope. There only seems to be subtle changes to the RopePro grip, and we’d say that it’s had a positive impact on its climbing ability.
BOX JUMPS >>> 5 STARS
There’s only a limited insole on this shoe so the shock absorption isn’t quite as much as the Nano 4. Its fine for doing standard box jumps (in fact because the shoes so light it makes them easier), but you wouldn’t necessarily want to do hundreds of them if you’ve got bad knees.
RUNNING >>> 4.0 STARS
The Compete 6:14’s sole is significantly more rigid then a running shoe which helps for Olympic lifting, wall balls, box jumps etc, but is a hindrance for anything other than short sprints. The shoe performs fine for shorter runs of up to 2km, but some people might end up with ankle and shin pain for anything significantly more.
GENERAL WOD >>> 5 STARS
We all liked the feel of the Compete 6:14 during general WOD’s – it does exactly what you want from a CrossFit shoe which is to transition from one domain to another without any fuss. This shoe is a really solid all round performer without any major drawbacks.
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*Photo credit Reebok
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The Quick Verdict: Only buy the Reebok Compete 6:14 if you are an advanced athlete with good ankle mobility with money to burn.