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.
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
- CrossFit and CrossFit-Style Workouts
- 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.
- All-Around Decent Shoe for CrossFit and Lifting
- Reworked Upper Should Boost Toe Box Durability
- Good Shoe for Rope Climbing
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
- Blocky Heel Is Still Not Great for Running
- Not Great for Wide Feet
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
Nike Metcon 7
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 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 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.
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.
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
- CrossFit and CrossFit-Style Workouts
- For Wide Feet
- For Running
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
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?
Q:Do the Nike Metcon 8 fit true to size?
Q:Are Nike Metcon 8 good for lifting?
Q:Can you squat in Metcons?
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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