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Nike Metcon 8 Review | What’s Really Different With This Model?

The Nike Metcon 8 is the eighth iteration of the popular Nike Metcon cross-training shoe line. This model has been highly anticipated by lifters and CrossFit athletes.

In the gym, the Nike Metcon 8 delivers consistent performance for CrossFit, lifting, and cross-training. It’s very similar to the Metcon 7 regarding its fit, versatility, and stability, so Nike Metcon 7 fans should enjoy the performance of the 8.

While I do think the subtle construction updates were a step in a good direction for the Nike Metcon 8, I still have a few gripes with this model. I’ll discuss why I like the Metcon 8 and some of the issues I have with this model below.

In this Nike Metcon 8 review, I’m going to break down all the key details you need to know about this shoe before investing.

 

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Author’s Note: As of the date I published this Nike Metcon 8 review, I’m still uncertain when the core Metcon 8 will be launched in the United States. I feel that the release of this model has been far from traditional for Nike.

I bought my pair on eBay (and paid entirely too much) because I wanted to publish a review in a timely manner.  I will update this review as I continue to test this shoe to help others decide if the Metcon 8 is a good model for their training needs.

Who Should Invest In the Nike Metcon 8?

The Nike Metcon 8 will be a good cross-training shoe for lifters and athletes that want a model primarily for CrossFit and lifting. This shoe does a good job in these training contexts and has a nice level of stability.

The durability of the Nike Metcon 8 also seems pretty strong across the board. The reworked upper around the toe box feels a bit more durable than the chainlink mesh in the Nike Metcon 7.

Nike Metcon 8 Review

I also think if you enjoy the Nike Metcon cross-training shoe line and liked the Metcon 7, then you’ll likely enjoy the Metcon 8. It has a similar fit, feel, and performance and a few refined construction features, which can be argued as good things for this model.

That being said, there’s nothing revolutionary about the Nike Metcon 8. If you didn’t like the Metcon 7, you most likely won’t like the Metcon 8. This shoe is also not a good model for wide feet, and it still suffers the heel blockiness that plagued the Metcon 7.

Nike Metcon 8

$130

Nike Metcon 8 Product Shot
4.5
Stability
4.5
Versatility
4.3
Durability
4.6

Best For

  • Cross-Training
  • CrossFit and CrossFit-Style Workouts
  • Lifting

Falls Short

  • For Wide Feet
  • For Running

Nike Metcon 8 Pros

Over the course of my testing and reviewing process with the Nike Metcon 8, I’ve found a few pros to like about this model.

  1. All-Around Decent Shoe for CrossFit and Lifting
  2. Reworked Upper Should Boost Toe Box Durability
  3. Good Shoe for Rope Climbing
  4. Nike React Foam Gives the Forefoot a Responsive Feel

The first thing to like about the Nike Metcon 8 is that it’s a good cross-training shoe for CrossFit and lifting. The Nike Metcon 7 performed pretty well in these contexts, and since the 8 is so similar, you can expect this shoe also to excel here.

Using the Nike Metcon 8 for Deadlifting

In the context of lifting, I’ve deadlifted 555 lbs and squatted 405 lbs in the Nike Metcon 8 and have had no glaring issues with the stability. Most lifters buying this model for lifting and strength work should enjoy this shoe’s stability.

For CrossFit, this model also does a pretty good job across the board. It offers a nice blend of versatility and stability for different WODs. The forefoot is responsive enough for box jumps and double-unders, while the shoe as a whole provides enough stability for heavy WODs.

Using the Nike Metcon 8 for Box Jumps

Another thing to like about the Nike Metcon 8, which may be a little preemptive to say, is that I think the reworked upper around the toe box is a good thing. In the Metcon 7, if you experience durability issues, it would generally be in two areas.

The first area is the outsole and midsole around the forefoot when training outdoors. Concrete can break down the exposed foam in this model’s flex grooves. The second area was with the mesh upper around the toe box.

Suggested Read: Nike Metcon 7 Vs Nike Metcon 8 | Key Differences to Know

Reviewing the Nike Metcon 8 Upper Construction

Some athletes had their upper rip around the toe box in the Metcon 7, and I think that’s due to the mesh not having the tenacity to withstand the stress of different CrossFit sessions and foot anatomies. The reworked upper in the Metcon 8 feels a bit more durable and secure around the toe box.

The third to like about the Nike Metcon 8 is that it’s still a good shoe for rope climbing. I was a little skeptical of this change when Nike decided to remove the medial rope guard in this model.

Reviewing the Nike Metcon 8 for Rope Climbs

After multiple rope climbing tests, this shoe still does a good job at supporting rope climbs, and there don’t seem to be any glaring durability issues with this shoe’s new upper. 

The final aspect to like about the Nike Metcon 8, which was also something I enjoyed in the Metcon 7, is the Nike React foam throughout this model’s forefoot. This material gives this shoe’s forefoot a nice responsive fit and feel.

Reviewing the Nike Metcon 8 Upper

When doing plyometrics and explosive multi-directional work where you’ll be moving primarily on the forefoot, I thought the Nike React foam did a good job at giving this model a fairly comfortable ride.

Is it my all-time favorite shoe for HIIT workouts? Not necessarily, but the Nike Metcon 8 can hold its own for some athletic-focused training sessions where you’ll want a more mobile and responsive forefoot.

Nike Metcon 8 Cons

While I like most of the updates to the Nike Metcon 8, there are still a few cons and drawbacks to note about this model.

  1. Blocky Heel Is Still Not Great for Running
  2. Not Great for Wide Feet
  3. New Branding Is Hit Or Miss

The first drawback that I have with the Nike Metcon 8, which was also a gripe I had with the Nike Metcon 7, is the heel construction. This model’s heel remains unchanged, making it uncomfortable for activities like running.

Reviewing the Nike Metcon 8 Heel Construction

If you weren’t a fan of the heel in the Metcon 7, then you won’t like the heel in the Metcon 8. This model’s heel remains relatively “blocky” in nature, and when you make harsh contact with the heel, the boot of this model creates space due to its lack of flexibility.

Despite Nike saying that the heel flexes, I’m not exactly sure that most will find them comfortable. The internal plate is still pretty rigid and limiting when it comes to foot articulation. They can work fine for sprints, but I would suggest not using them for runs outside of that context.

Reviewing the Nike Metcon 8 Heel Flexibility

Another drawback with the Nike Metcon 8 is that it’s still not going to be a great cross-training shoe for wide feet. This model’s width is the same as the Nike Metcon 7. If you have wide feet and know that Nike Metcon models give you trouble, I’d skip this model.

This shoe features the signature slimmer and more athletic Nike last construction, which can be problematic for some lifters and athletes that want more width. Honestly, I wish Nike would make the toe box a bit wider in their Nike Metcon models.

Reviewing the Nike Metcon 8 Sizing and Fit

The last drawback I have with the Nike Metcon 8 is its appearance. Now, I know this is super subjective, so please note that this drawback is purely cosmetic and not limiting when it comes to this shoe’s function.

In the Nike Metcon 8, they removed the medial rope guard and swoosh branding and replaced them with fairly large “Metcon” branding.

Reviewing the Nike Metcon 8 Appearance

Honestly, I would have preferred a swoosh or less branding. I feel like the “Metcon” branding looks a little tacky. Again though, you may totally disagree, and that’s completely fine.

Performance

To discuss the overall performance in the Nike Metcon 8, I will break this section into a few key performance areas. I’m going to discuss how this model performs for CrossFit, lifting, versatile training, running, and daily wear.

This way, if you’re considering the Nike Metcon 8 for your training, you can better contextualize if this model aligns with your individual needs and wants.

Nike Metcon 8 Performance Overview

Testing the Nike Metcon 8 for Lifting and CrossFit

For lifting, the Nike Metcon 8 is a fairly strong training shoe for most strength-focused training settings. This model did a good job at supporting some of my heavier barbell lifts.

As mentioned above, my top barbell lifts in the Metcon 8 thus far include a 555 lb deadlift and 405 lb squat. I never felt unstable for these lifts, and the blend of the Nike React foam with the Hyperlift insert in the heel gives this shoe pretty well-rounded stability.

Testing the Nike Metcon 8 for squats

Once you pass around 400 lbs, you will notice the forefoot’s midsole compress a tiny bit, but not to a degree that I think will hinder most lifter’s performances, especially if you’re maintaining a good tripod foot position.

My main gripe with the Nike Metcon 8 and lifting is that the toe box could be widened. This model has an “athletic-style” fit, which can be limiting for promoting full toe splay and grounding the feet.

Testing the Nike Metcon 8 for lifting weights

In the context of CrossFit, the Nike Metcon 8 is a strong shoe. The lateral and medial outsole wraps on the midfoot give this shoe a boost for rope climbing support and durability.

The reworked upper also seems to be a positive change for long-term durability around this shoe’s toe box. I haven’t had issues yet with my model when doing burpees and other exercises that can put stress around this shoe’s upper in the toe box.

Testing the Nike Metcon 8 for CrossFit

The Nike React foam also provides a nice level of maneuverability and “bounce” for WODs where you’re going to be doing more jumping or dynamic work like walking lunges and dumbbell snatches.

My main complaint with the Metcon 8 and its CrossFit performance is its heel construction. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Metcon 7’s heel, and it’s a bummer that the Metcon 8 remains unchanged and blocky.

Testing the Nike Metcon 8 for functional fitness

Testing the Nike Metcon 8 for Versatile Training

For versatile training, the Nike Metcon 8 did a fairly good job for circuit-style sessions, HIIT, and some class-style workouts. This model’s midsole is responsive enough to tackle these sessions without feeling too firm and stable like prior Metcon models.

The forefoot moves well and has a nice tread level for sessions on turf, rubber gym floors, and wooden floors. I never had issues with traction or slip for things like sled pushes and skater strides on turf.

Testing the Nike Metcon 8 for sled pushes

This shoe feels pretty athletic, and I could see it being a good model for someone who needs a shoe for sessions that include lifting, plyometrics, agility work, and multi-directional training.

The upper in this model also seems to provide a little more security than the Nike Metcon 7’s mesh. Note, I didn’t have issues with the 7’s upper security, but if you are someone who is keen to have a lower-profile upper in your shoes, then I think you’ll enjoy this.

Testing the Nike Metcon 8 for HIIT

My main con with the Metcon 8 and versatile training is that the heel can be pretty unforgiving in sessions where you’ll be running, interval cardio sessions, or doing things like broad jumps. In these contexts, the heel is pretty uncomfortable and can be annoying.

Testing the Nike Metcon 8 for Running and Daily Wear

The Nike Metcon 8 is not going to be your training shoe for running. This model will work for short runs programmed in WODs, but if you’re running anything over a half mile in this shoe, I think you’ll find them uncomfortable.

The heel doesn’t flex that much, and if you’re a midfoot or heel striker, then I could see this being even more problematic. The lack of flexibility in the heel gives this shoe a firm and rough ride.

Testing the Nike Metcon 8 for running

If you do choose to run in the Nike Metcon 8 for any distance, I’d suggest being adamant and working to adapt a forefoot strike. Doing so will give this shoe a slightly more comfortable ride.

For daily wear and walking, I’d also suggest passing on the Nike Metcon 8. Their comfort for all-day wear just isn’t there, and you’ll get more out of this shoe if you limit its wear to workout sessions only.

Testing the Nike Metcon 8 for daily wear

Similar to walking, I think the heel of this shoe will be the main drawback for most individuals. Since you make heel contact first when walking, this is something that you can’t really avoid or soften in the Nike Metcon 8.

The Nike Metcon 8 will not be the training shoe that you can wear out and about comfortably and then to the gym for serious training sessions.

Nike Metcon 8 Vs Nike Metcon 7

The Nike Metcon 8 versus the Nike Metcon 7 has been a popular topic since the 8’s release. Many athletes and lifters are now wondering, should I go with the newer model or stick with the Metcon 7s?

Nike Metcon 7 Vs Nike Metcon 8 for squats

Like the Nike Metcon 5 and Nike Metcon 6, the Metcon 7 and 8 both echo similarities with one another’s construction with a few key differences. Nike typically will do full shoe updates on the Metcon model every two years, so the 9 will be a drastically different model.

Regarding similarities, you can expect the Nike Metcon 8 to feel similar to the Nike Metcon 7, with stability and versatility in the gym. Both models have the same midsole and outsole constructions, so the Nike React foam and Hyperlift in the heel insert remain unchanged.

Nike Metcon 7 Versus Nike Metcon 8

This is a big point to understand because if you liked how the Nike Metcon 7 felt in the gym, you’ll likely like the Metcon 8 since they’re pretty much the same. If you weren’t of the 7’s fit and feel, I’d suggest passing on the Metcon 8 because it’s not that different.

There are four construction changes that I think are worth noting between the Metcon 7 and Metcon 8. The first, and most notable update, is the upper construction used in the Nike Metcon 8.

Nike Metcon 7 Vs Nike Metcon 8 Upper Constructions

One of my gripes with the Nike Metcon 7 was the chainlink mesh upper around the toe box and how it can be pretty prone to ripping over time. In the Metcon 8, you now have a mesh with additional synthetic overlays, which seem to give this model’s upper a nice buff in durability.

While it’s still tough to say if this update will make a major difference due to the newness of the Metcon 8, I do think it’s a good change from the 7. The second difference is the removal of the bottom lace-lock on the 8.

Nike Metcon 7 Vs Nike Metcon 8 Lace Lock

In the Metcon 7, you have a lace-lock mechanism that could be used or velcroed down at the bottom of the tongue. In the Metcon 8, you only have the lace-lock on the tongue’s upper part; this mechanism also serves as the tongue’s loop for security.

The third difference is the removal of the medial rope guard on the Metcon 8. On the Metcon 7, we have a rubber wrap that extends up the medial midfoot’s sidewall for rope climbing durability and support. In the 8, this has been removed, which has been hit or miss for most athletes.

Nike Metcon 7 Vs Nike Metcon 8

The fourth and final difference that I think is worth noting is that Nike removed the Flywire feature on the Metcon 8. Honestly, this is a construction feature that I could take or leave. I don’t think this will make a big deal with the 8’s performance and midfoot security.

Regarding sizing differences, I think you should be fine sizing the Nike Metcon 8 like the Nike Metcon 7. The Metcon 8 does run a tiny bit longer than the 7, but not enough to warrant a sizing adjustment, and the widths of both shoes are virtually the same.

Nike Metcon 7 Versus Nike Metcon 8 Sizing

  • Which Is Better for CrossFit: Nike Metcon 8 (durability may be better in upper)
  • Which Is Better for Lifting: Tie
  • Which Is Better for Cross-Training: Tie
  • Which Is Better for HIIT: Tie
  • Which Is Better for Running: Neither. Sprinting can be technically okay in both, though.
Nike Metcon 8 Product Shot

Nike Metcon 8

Pros: Stable, Versatile
Cons: Blocky Heel
Size/Fit: True to Size/Neutral Width
Offset: 4mm
Lifting Threshold: ~555 lbs
Mileage Threshold: <1 Mile
Price: $130
TF2 Rating: 4.5
Nike Metcon 7

Nike Metcon 7

Pros: Versatile, Stable
Cons: Outsole Durability
Size/Fit: True to Size/Neutral Width
Lifting Threshold: ~500 lbs
Mileage Threshold: <1 mile
Price: $130
TF2 Rating: 4.5

Nike Metcon 8 Vs Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2

There are a lot of differences to factor when considering the Nike Metcon 8 versus the Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2. If you’re on the fence between the Nike Metcon 8 and Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2, I’ll outline three key construction differences for each model.

The first major difference between these shoes is their midsole constructions. In the Nike Metcon 8, you have a traditional Nike React Foam midsole. This midsole contributes pretty heavily to the Metcon 8’s versatility and stability.

Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 Versus Nike Metcon 8

In the Zoom Metcon Turbo 2, you don’t have a formal midsole, and the insole is what gives this shoe its stability and versatility. The Zoom Metcon Turbo 2’s insole features Nike React foam and a Zoom Air packet in the forefoot.

The second major difference between these shoes is their outsole constructions. The Nike Metcon 8 features a full rubber outsole with medial and lateral midfoot wraps for rope climbing support and durability.

Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 Versus Nike Metcon 8 Outsole Constructions

In the Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2, you have a split outsole construction. The forefoot and heel outsoles feature different types of rubber with varied densities and are separated by a rubber/TPU midfoot material. This gives the forefoot and heel a dissociated feel.

The third and final difference is the upper materials used in each model. In the Nike Metcon 8, you have a mesh upper with synthetic overlays around the lateral and medial forefoot and midfoot.

Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 Versus Nike Metcon 8 Upper Constructions

In Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2, you have a full mesh upper construction with a breathable mesh midfoot cage. The upper volume in the Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 is slightly lower than the volume in the Metcon 8.

Outside of their construction differences, I also feel the performance of the Nike Metcon 8 and Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 vary pretty greatly. I’d suggest picking the model that aligns best with your training style.

Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 Versus Nike Metcon 8 Performance

  • Which Is Better for CrossFit: Nike Metcon 8
  • Which Is Better for Lifting: Tie
  • Which Is Better for Cross-Training: Nike Metcon 8
  • Which Is Better for HIIT: Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2
  • Which Is Better for Running: Neither. Sprinting can technically be okay in both, though.
Nike Metcon 8 Product Shot

Nike Metcon 8

Pros: Stable, Versatile
Cons: Blocky Heel
Size/Fit: True to Size/Neutral Width
Offset: 4mm
Lifting Threshold: ~555 lbs
Mileage Threshold: <1 Mile
Price: $130
TF2 Rating: 4.5
Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2

Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2

Pros: Versatile, Athletic
Cons: Upper Durability
Size/Fit: True to Size/Neutral Width
Lifting Threshold: ~500 lbs
Mileage Threshold: <1 Mile
Price: $150
TF2 Rating: 4.2

Nike Metcon 8 Sizing

For the Nike Metcon 8, most athletes and lifters in this model should be safe going true to size. The length fits true, and the width of this model is what I would describe as neutral or normal.

If you’ve ever worn Nike Metcon 7s, I suggest sizing the Nike Metcon 8 the same. The last constructions are very similar in these models, and the Metcon 8 actually runs a little bit longer than the 7, but not enough to warrant a size change.

For wide and flat feet, the Nike Metcon 8 will likely not resonate well with your anatomy. This model has a fairly pronounced arch and lacks width through the midfoot and forefoot.

Nike Metcon 8 Sizing and Fit

  • Nike Metcon 8 Sizing Thoughts: Go true to size.

Drop a comment below if you have additional sizing and fit questions about the Nike Metcon 8 or how they compare to other Nike training shoes.

Price Breakdown

For the Nike Metcon 8, you can expect to pay $130 USD for the standard model and $160 USD for the Nike Metcon By You. This price point is similar to prior Nike Metcon models and is in line with other top cross-training shoes.

Nike Metcon 8 Outsole

I feel the price point is pretty fair for this model, especially if you want them for CrossFit and lifting. This shoe tends to last a while, and if you limit their use to only training, you’ll extend their lifespan.

Conversely, if you’re a HIIT-focused individual or want a training shoe that you can also do some short runs, I’d say pass on this model because the price point won’t make sense for your needs.

Nike Metcon 8

$130

Nike Metcon 8 Product Shot
4.5
Stability
4.5
Versatility
4.3
Durability
4.6

Best For

  • Cross-Training
  • CrossFit and CrossFit-Style Workouts
  • Lifting

Falls Short

  • For Wide Feet
  • For Running

Construction Details

Below, I’m going to outline the key construction details that influence this shoe’s performance and durability. This model is similar to the Nike Metcon 7 in many ways, but it has received a few notable construction updates.

  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • Weight: 12.40 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Hyperlift Insert Built-In to Heel
  • Lateral and Medial Midfoot Outsole Wraps
  • TPU Heel Clip
  • Nike React Foam Midsole
  • Full Rubber Outsole
  • Forefoot Flex Grooves
  • Lace-Lock Loop On Togue
  • Mesh Upper With Synthetic Overlays
  • 5 Core Eyelets

Nike Metcon 8 Lace Lock

If you have additional questions about Nike Metcon 8’s construction, drop a comment below, and I can answer accordingly. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q:
Can you run in the Nike Metcon 8?

A:
The Nike Metcon 8 will work for short runs programmed in WODs. Outside of these programmed runs, this model is not going to be your best for running and can be pretty uncomfortable for longer runs.

Q:
Do the Nike Metcon 8 fit true to size?

A:
The Nike Metcon 8 fits true to size. Their length runs true, and they have a neutral width, so they should align with narrow and neutral width feet. If you have wide feet, you might want to pass on the Metcon 8.

Q:
Are Nike Metcon 8 good for lifting?

A:
The Nike Metcon 8 can be a good cross-training shoe for lifting. When deadlifting 555 lbs and squatting over 400 lbs in this model, I didn't have issues with stability, so this should work for most lifting-focused athletes.

Q:
Can you squat in Metcons?

A:
Yes, you can squat in the Nike Metcon 8. This model's Hyperlift insert in the heel provides a nice amount of stability for heavy squats, and the rubber outsole gives you a nice level of traction.

Takeaway Thoughts

At the end of the day, the Nike Metcon 8 is a pretty solid cross-training shoe. It’s similar to the Nike Metcon 7 and offers a slightly more refined construction regarding some of its shoe tech.

It’s a good consistent model for CrossFit, lifting, and cross-training, and I think most lifters and athletes will enjoy this shoe, especially if they enjoyed the Nike Metcon 7.

That being said, there’s nothing revolutionary about the Nike Metcon 8. If you’re on the fence between this model and the Metcon 7, I’d suggest choosing the best price point and colorway per your preferences.

If you have additional questions on the Nike Metcon 8, drop a comment below or reach out to me personally via Instagram (@jake_boly or @that_fit_friend).

Author’s Note: As I continue to test and train in the Nike Metcon 8, I’ll update this article according to the shoe’s performance and durability.

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Jake Boly

I've been in the fitness and strength training industry for nearly a decade. In that time, I've trained hundreds of clients, written thousands of articles, reviewed over 100+ pairs of training shoes, and have produced a large list of training videos. I live and breathe fitness and training gear, and I think it's important that reviewers walk the walk with the gear they're testing. As for my educational background, I have my Masters in Sports Science, Bachelors in Exercise Science, and have my CSCS.

7 thoughts on “Nike Metcon 8 Review | What’s Really Different With This Model?”

  1. Hi Jake!

    Thanks for another great review, as I just came across your review of the Metcon 8, which I was waiting for as I ended up giving them a go instead of the Metcon 7 (https://thatfitfriend.com/nike-metcon-7-vs-reebok-nano-x2/#comment-1126). Although I still found them a perfect fit for my feet, after using them for a home workout I noticed the high rubber rope guard to have moist condensation from my sweat, which I found a bit weird and I was put off by it (Yeah, being very picky haha), so I waited a couple weeks for the 8 knowing they wouldn’t have the rubber band and got em (plus a bit of vanity: I preferred paying ~20 euros more to get a colorway I like in the 8 as the ones I like from the 7 were sold out!).

    The problem that arose for me with the Metcon 8 is that the laces come undone quite easily and even though with a double knot they do not, they still get looser after just a couple series… This said, my main gripe (and dealbreaker) was that my right foot constantly felt less and less supported and I was wondering if maybe I was sudenly discovering I have noticeably different anatomy in my right foot or the right trainer was actually defective, as I noticed it would bend too much outwards and greatly separate from the heel as I flexed. Gotta say I was quite happy reading your review, because you have a picture of exactly of what my issue is –
    https://thatfitfriend.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Reviewing-the-Nike-Metcon-8-Heel-Flexibility.jpg – which shows up simply as I walk (I use the trainers to go from home to the gym and back, but even just walking in the gym from one area to another) or when doing specific movements such as Bulgarian squats, I feel my foot is moving within the trainer and on leg day my pinky gets a bit bruised due to that. Funnily enough, this is something that happens only with my right foot, the left shoe is tightly secured throughout the workout (even if the laces loosen a bit, it’s not that much of a big deal) and doesn’t bend outwards as much. Anyway, it seems now this is how the shoes are and not that I got a defective pair, so I think I will be returning them ๐Ÿ™ Although I only did a light workout for testing, I did not notice this heel issue in the Metcon 7, did you?

    I’ve found a pair of Metcon 5 with only a couple uses and I’m hoping I will be more lucky with them once I have them delivered, specially as they are way less than half the price of the 8 or even the 7 on sale (so even if they are somewhat of a fiasco to me, they should still should hold up greatly due to the low price). I’ve pondered the Turbo 2, but I’ve tried them on store and I think they would drive me a bit crazy with the squeaking and I’m not fully sold on the Zoom chamber in the insole, it felt a bit weird to walk on it, although I guess this is something you can get used to or that you wouldn’t particularly notice it once deep into the workout?

    1. Hey! Yeah, I found the laces to be pretty annoying as well โ€” I actually covered them as a main con in my Metcon 8 review on YouTube. I think the heel and lace issue varies because of lace length + lacing system. You could try replacing the 8’s laces with the 7’s to see if that helps at all. That’s awesome you found a Metcon 5!

      In Re: Turbo 2: Yeah, it’s weird at first but you do get used to it. It’s super hit or miss for me though. Some days I like it and others I’m pretty “meh” about it and this is after I’ve adjusted to them!

      1. Hey Jake!

        So I haven’t found to make any difference with other laces… Flexing my foot makes the inside of the shoe next to my ankle to separate greatly (same as in your picture), perhaps I do have a defective pair as it only occurs in the right shoe as obviously I got the same lacing on both feet and the left one is alright!

        What do you mean by “meh” in the Turbo 2? As in you don’t notice it or as in you do not enjoy it? Anything in particular that makes you like it? Do you notice it while lifting or not at all?

        Lastly, one thing I wanted to ask you is how do you go by when making the scorecards for the shoes? Like for example, here in the Metcon 8 and the 7 you state they are almost the same shoe, but yet the scores are way different, as you give the Metcon 8 8.7 Lifting, 6.9 Running, 8.4 Plyos and 6.5 Day-To-Day while the 7 got 9.1, 8.5, 8.9 and 8.8. To me these are pretty wild and I would think they are faaaaar different, specially in the Running and Day-to-Day scores! I find these scores important as they can help for comparison purposes, what do you take into consideration while awarding them?

        Thanks!

        1. Hey! Interesting…it might also need more time to break in, which could be a factor here. But to your point, the flexibility of the heel with the lacing system isn’t the best.

          I mean “meh” in the sense that it’s a feature that’s cool, but I could take it or leave it, honestly. I don’t always like how it feels under my forefoot when training, but for something I do…that’s why I’m kind of indifferent on the feature. I notice it when squatting, if I shift forward at all.

          Great question! I have a running spreadsheet that I reference. Now, this is a really cool example because it kind of highlights the evolution of my growth as not only a content producer but as the owner of TF2. Since starting this site, my eye for features has changed/grown so in this example, the 7 should more closely reflect the 8. It’s cool because as I test more shoes, I’m able to be a lot more critical, and in this case, the Metcon 7’s rating needs to be updated to reflect my current means of scaling different scores. TBH, it can be tough keeping an eye on all of the content since I do everything by myself, but I’ll have that card updated this week and I appreciate you asking โ€” I never get these questions! ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. Hi Jake!

            That sounds great! I agree these are the most interesting questions, as your answer gives me deeper understanding as I see a bit of the work you do behind what we cannot see as readers/watchers and I really appreciate your effort as I’ve found your reviews very helpful in this odyssey of mine finding training shoes!

            After a couple of sessions with the Metcon 5, I’m set on returning the 8. I’ve gotten them for around ~50 euros, which is less than half the price of the 7/8, and I’ve found them way comfier and secure as the right shoe doesn’t slowly slip out! As I was checking reviews, you helped me once more as among many others, I found a review you did for a different site! I find curious that there’s consensus on the laces coming undone, but as I usually double knot them I’ve had no issues so far. I do not find them as stable as I’ve found the 7s when simply wearing them, but when doing my routine I’ve noticed no difference in stability, which is what counts.

            Thank you for all the help, I’m even tempted to look for another pair of 5s or even 6s in case this one breaks or needs a break, haha!

        2. Hi Jake

          Thanks for the very thorough review. I’ve watched a few of your videos, but had no idea you had a blog with this much detail. I’ll be checking out more reviews. I just have one question for you. Do you have a go to shoe? You could make a video ranking all the shoes you’ve reviewed and then update it once in a while. Anyway thanks for the great review.

          Steve

          1. Hey Steven โ€” Yeah, this site is my baby and my main venture. If I had to pick one shoe right now (I rotate preferences frequently), would be the STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer or RAD ONE. Both of those models are regular in my rotation when I’m not testing and programming workouts for reviews!

            I’ll be building out a 2022 Best Cross Training Shoe video come early September as most “newer” models will be out by then ๐Ÿ™‚

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