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Nike Metcon 8 Performance Review (2024 Update)

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Testing the Nike Metcon 8 for squats

The Nike Metcon 8 is interesting because it’s a model that I go back and forth on. Sure, I like this shoe for lifting due to its stability, however, it’s also a trainer that makes me sad because it’s worse than older Metcon models.

I’ve trained in every Nike Metcon to date and the 8 — along with the Nike Metcon 9 — are two of my least favorite iterations. Why is this? Well, the Metcon 8 lacks versatility and its upper feels snug at times and lacks breathability.

All that said, thus far, I’ve squatted over 400 lbs and deadlifted over 500 lbs in the Metcon 8 and they’ve performed well for these tasks. I think my main issue with this model is that it lacks in the context of cross-training and CrossFit.

For these reasons, the Metcon 8 didn’t make it into the mix with my favorite cross-training shoe list and only has average performance scores. It’s like a strong C+ and B- in school. It’s not bad, but it could be much better.

Nike Metcon 8

$130

Nike Metcon 8 Product Shot
3.9
Stability
4.5
Versatility
3.7
Durability
3.9
Quality
4.0

Best For

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

Falls Short

  • For Wide Feet
  • For Running

My Metcon 8 Summary

I think if you want a training shoe with a large lifting bias then you’ll enjoy the Metcon 8. Stability under heavy weight is where this shoe truly excels and earns its most positive performance ratings.

For example, if you’re someone who’s primarily focused on heavy strength training and you only do a little cross-training and CrossFit on the side, then I do think you’ll enjoy the Metcon 8.

Again, it’s not a terrible training shoe by any means, it’s just not as good as models like the Nike Metcon 4 and 6. I also think it’s a miss for lifters with wider feet, especially lifters with EE-width or wider feet.

I also think this model is a miss for anyone who wants a training shoe for running and lifting. This will NOT be your best hybrid training shoe. You’ll want to explore other models like the Nano X4 if that’s your main ask. 

Pros

  1. The Metcon 8 can be a cross-training shoe for the lifting-focused athlete who needs a shoe for heavy barbell exercises and free weights and machines.
  2. If you like the Nike Metcon 7’s fit and performance, then you’ll likely also enjoy the 8 as the midsole and outsole have remained unchanged in this shoe.
  3. The forefoot’s React Energy Foam midsole is responsive for forefoot-dominant work and it works well for CrossFit WODs that involve double-unders and box jumps.

Cons

  1. The Hyperlift heel gives these shoes a clunky and blocky feel limiting their versatility for short runs and plyometric-heavy sessions
  2. The toe box has a typical Nike taper and may feel too narrow for some. If you have wide feet, you’ll want to pass on this shoe.
  3. This shoe doesn’t “feel” like an upgrade from the 7 and is more of a continuation of that model with less breathability. Go 7 if you can find them on sale.

Metcon 8 Construction Specs to Know

  • Price: $130
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Width: Medium
  • Sizing: True to Size for Most
  • Most Comparable To: Adidas Dropset Trainer 2

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I updated this article in January 2024 and added more context to my updated performance thoughts about this shoe. I also reworked the UX of this review to make it easier to navigate.

Nike Metcon 8 Review

Performance Assessment

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.

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 lifters’ 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 with 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. Note, the width of the 8 does feel like it’s narrower due to its heavier upper construction, and the 7’s upper stretches more.

Nike Metcon 7 Versus Nike Metcon 8 Sizing

  • Which Is Better for CrossFit: Nike Metcon 7
  • 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 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 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, however, the 8 does feel narrower as mentioned above.

I think with its reworked upper construction the toe box volume can feel snugger in the 8. If you’re nervous about this, then you may want to explore the 7 as I have found that model to break in a little better over time.

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.

Is Nike Metcon 8 Good for Wide Feet?

Not particularly. The Nike Metcon 8 typically feels and fits a little more narrowly for most lifters and athletes. In addition, the Nike Metcon cross-training shoe line is notoriously known for having a neutral and narrow bias to their width.

For additional Nike Metcon 8 width context, my foot fits a US size 10 true to size regarding length, and the width of my foot at the widest part of my forefoot is around 4.15-4.25 inches/10.54-10.79 cm. This puts my foot between a medium and wide width for most brands.

is the nike metcon 8 good for wide feet

My Nike Metcon 8’s insole measurement has a width of around 3.85 inches/9.77 cm at the widest part of the forefoot. Per Nike’s sizing chart, this puts the Nike Metcon 8 between a narrow (3.8″ width) and medium width (4.0″).

If you have notably wide feet that exceed an E-width or more, then I think you’ll want to pass on the Nike Metcon 8. While they can work for some wide feet here and there on typically rare occasions due to the upper stretching, I think most will find them to be snug.

are nike metcon 8 good for wide feet

On that note, if you have wide feet and notice that you have a little spillover when training in the Nike Metcon 8, you can run the risk of having this shoe break down at a faster rate due to stressing the upper around the forefoot.

Who Should Buy the Nike Metcon 8?

Thinking about buying the Nike Metcon 8? Here are two contexts where I think this shoe makes a lot of sense.

1. Great for lifters wanting stability with CrossFit and lifting

The Nike Metcon 8 will be a good cross-training shoe for lifters and athletes who 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.

Must Read: Nike Metcon 8 Vs Nike Metcon 9 | Is Newer Better?

Nike Metcon 8 Review

2. Good pick for Nike fans who love their shoe’s fits

I also think if you enjoy the Nike Metcon cross-training shoe line and like 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.

Who Shouldn’t Buy the Nike Metcon 8

While the Nike Metcon 8 will work for some lifters and athletes, I don’t think it’s going to be the best cross-training shoe for everyone.

1. Didn’t like the Metcon 7? Don’t buy 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 so I’d pass on this shoe.

Must Read: Nike Metcon 9 Review | A Wider and Reworked Toe Box?

Reviewing the Nike Metcon 8 Upper Construction

2. These aren’t the best for wider feet

Additionally, the Metcon 8 is also not a good model for wide and flat feet. The upper in the 8 feels a little snugger due to its heavier materials which can be off-putting for some lifters who are used to the stretchiness of the Metcon 7’s chain-like mesh.

3. Athletes wanting maximal versatility

The blocky heel can also be a major knock on this shoe for anyone wanting a training shoe for HIIT workouts, daily wear, or running. For example, this will not be the training shoe that delivers a strong performance for lifting and 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

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:
What are Metcon 8 good for?

A:
Nike Metcon 8 cross-training shoes are good for lifting, cross-training, CrossFit, and some versatile workouts. This model is designed to be stable for heavy lifting and responsive in the forefoot for versatile training.

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).

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake Boly is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of That Fit Friend. He's often regarded to as a go-to resource in various performance shoe communities. He’s been formally reviewing shoes and training gear for over 7 years and has hand-tested over 400 pairs of shoes. Jake is known on the internet and YouTube for blending his review process with his educational, strength sports, and personal training background.

Jake has a Masters in Sports Science, a Bachelors in Exercise Science, a CSCS, and he's been personal training for over 10 years helping hundreds of clients get stronger, lose weight, and accomplish their goals. He uses his exercise science brain and personal training background to make curated and thoughtful review content on the fitness gear he's testing.

15 thoughts on “Nike Metcon 8 Performance Review (2024 Update)”

  1. Thanks for taking the time to do this review. It’s better than any of the video reviews I can across online and YouTube to do real, experimental and historical comparisons between the Metcons and Turbo version. I needed a shoe that works well for plyo but could be versatile if I do some lifting (non-squats) at the gym. Your organized points and layout answered for me. Keep up the great work!

  2. Hi Jake. Maybe i am a bit late to the party, but anyways…i bought two pairs of Metcon 8 AMP purple, new release. And I found that noth are getting destroyed very quickly from the rope climb, un the lateral insertions. I mean, this rubber is very grippy but after two workouts with rope, they are falling apart. Have you experience this? I am very sad because the shoes are mega for my porpuses, but if after a couple rope climbs they are breaking..

    1. Dang, Ivan. I’m sorry to hear that! I’ve seen some athletes report on this but it’s been pretty far and in between and I haven’t had this issue in my 8s. I wonder if you can return them for being defective. They shouldn’t break that fast, especially for the price point.

  3. I have a pair of Metcon 4’s in size 12 that fit well. I usually wear a 11.5 but sized up to the 12 for that shoe. I read your “true to fit” or matching the Metcon 8s with the Metcon 7s, which I don’t have.
    How do you think the Metcon 8’s compare to the Metcon 4’s in terms of sizing?

    1. Hey! Just put my 4 and 8s together and I’d say go 12 again for the Metcon 8 to play it safe. You’ll get more upper volume in the 8s and the length isn’t big enough to justify sizing down, so I’d stay with the 12s since they work for ya!

  4. Hi Jake,

    Any idea on the fit for the nike metcon 8 flyease compared to the standard version? I like one of the colorways that is only available on the flyease version but was wondering if they fit similar? Any idea or reviews on those? Is there a lot of heel slip or your foot popping out with the flyease variant?

    1. Hey Qasim! The sizing should run very similarly. I’m not reviewing the 8 Flyease this time around, but prior models have had very similar last constructions and fit the same!

  5. 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 — 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 🙂

  6. 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 🙁 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 — 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 — I never get these questions! 🙂

          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!

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