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STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer Review | Most Underrated Cross-Training Shoe?

  • Jake Boly 

The STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainers are seriously slept-on cross-training shoes. They deliver a balanced and strong performance across the board and have a ton of subtle construction details that I feel are overlooked. On the constant quest to find the best cross-training shoes on the market, I was super excited to test the Haze Trainers.

The STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainers aim to provide a more “minimalist” feel and have a wider toe box for supporting lifting. If you like trainers with lower heel-to-toe drops and that have adequate toe box room, then keep reading because I think you’ll like the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainers for the context of training needs.

In this STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer review, we’re going to cover all of the key details that you need to know about this model before investing.

 

Who Should Buy the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainers?

The STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer offers a no-frills approach to training with a high-performing shoe. This model delivers a variety of subtle construction features that help it perform well with lifting, cross-training workouts, and on a day-to-day basis.

The Haze Trainer has a solid blend of stability and versatility and it performs well under the bar and when training in more versatile settings. The outsole offers ample maneuverability and with its wider toe box, I think the Haze Trainer will work for a majority of cross-training and lifting-focused athletes.

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer

$150

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer
4.8
Stability
4.8
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.8

Best For

  • Heavy Lifting
  • Cross-Training Workouts
  • Athletic-Focused Sessions
  • Shorter Runs (<3 miles)

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency
  • For Custom Orthotics

 

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer Pros

Throughout all of my testing, the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainers have been consistently solid and I’ve found multiple pros to like about this shoe.

  1. Stable, Yet Versatile
  2. Wider Toe Box
  3. Maneuverable Outsole
  4. Breathable and Durable Upper

The first pro to the Haze Trainer is the blend of stability and versatility it offers. In the world of cross-training shoes, I think one of the toughest tasks for companies to do is to walk the line between stability and versatility. Generally, when you have a lot of one, the other will start to decrease, but the Haze Trainer defies this in a really good way.

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STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer Midsole

STRIKE MVMNT uses a medium-density Cush50™ midsole which provides a nice level of reactivity while also being stable enough to support loads up to 500 lbs. When deadlifting in this model, I had no issues with loading over four plates and I think most will not have issues with stability in this model.

Another perk to this model is that it offers an anatomical-inspired last with a wider toe box. This shoe features a semi-curved last with a wider toe box that is designed to promote natural movement. Personally, I really liked the amount of room I had in this shoe’s toe box and I think most will not have issues with toe splay in this model.

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer Outsole

The third pro of this model is the Cross Platform 2™ outsole STRIKE MVMNT uses. For shoe lovers, this is tech detail is really cool. The Cross Platform 2 outsole is a singular piece of material that has a toe guard for durability, a construction that promotes mid to forefoot strike, and an additional heel platform for lifting.

On top of these details, the outsole also has an elevated lateral chassis to support lateral training and promote long-term durability for rope climbs. Across the board, I like the outsole’s ability to promote more natural movement and be highly maneuverable.

The final pro to this model is the upper construction. This model features a 3D knit jacquard upper construction, which essentially means that the upper is composed of woven knit that doesn’t have additional stitching or materials. The Haze Trainers are fairly easy to break in due to this construction aspect.

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STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer Upper

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer Cons

Across the board, I’ve really enjoyed testing this model, but there are a couple of cons worth noting with this model.

  1. Higher Price Point
  2. Not the Best for Orthotics

The first potential drawback is that this model has a slightly higher price point than other cross-training shoes on the market. At a price of $150.00 USD, the Haze Trainer does cost a bit more compared to other high-performing models.

Granted, I think the price is worth it for how versatile this model is, but again, if you’re solely looking for cost-efficiency, then you may want to explore other models. The STRIKE MVMNT Chill Pill Mid has a price point of $130.00 USD, for example.

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer Insole

The second drawback to the Haze Trainer is that I don’t think it’s going to be the best cross-training shoe for anyone with custom orthotics. This model does have a removable insole, however, its overall construction is fairly low-profile in design so I think it could be a tight fit for those using custom orthotics in them.

If you have thinner orthotics, then you should be fine, but for anyone with thicker orthotics, I’d suggest treading lightly when considering this model. I don’t want you to put in your orthotics and have this model be unbearably tight for you.

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer Performance

For the performance section in the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer, I’m going to discuss how this shoe performs with lifting, more versatile training, shorter runs, and daily wear.

STRIKE MVMNT haze trainer Performance

Lifting

When it comes to lifting, the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer has been really strong across the board. The medium-density midsole does a really good job at resisting compression in static and dynamic strength exercises. I’ve trained up to 500 lbs in this model and had no issues or worries of this model compressing.

This model features a 4mm heel-to-toe drop with a fairly low stack height, so if you’re someone that likes more “minimalist” style shoes, then I think you’ll also enjoy how this model fits when lifting. The last of this model also has a semi-curved construction which helps give this model a more natural movement feel.

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer Lifting

I would describe this model as one of the more “barefoot-style” cross-training shoes on the market.

Agility, Plyometrics, and HIIT

For versatile training, there are three major construction details that help the Haze Trainer excel. First, this model’s outsole moves really well and provides adequate traction on a variety of surfaces. If you’re training in the gym, on the track, or outside, this model’s outsole will accommodate your training.

Second, the upper is breathable is pretty much broken in from the onset of this model’s use. There was never an awkward break-in period with this model’s upper construction for me.

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer HIIT

The third and final pro to this model for versatile training is the overall reactivity you get through the midsole in this model. This shoe’s midsole does a really good job at supporting take-off and landing phases during plyometrics and other bounding activities.

Short Runs and Daily Wear

Normally cross-training shoes will fall short for shorter runs, however, this model works exceptionally well for runs shorter than three miles. With the outsole promoting a mid-foot to forefoot strike and with its maneuverability, it feels like what a beefed-up barefoot shoe would feel like.

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer Review

On a daily wear basis, this model is simplistic and looks clean. Personally, I probably won’t be wearing mine on a daily basis because I want to preserve their durability, but you can certainly rock this pair with normal clothes and have them not look overly “gym-focused”.

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer Sizing

When it comes to sizing in the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer, most athletes should be safe going true to size. This model’s length fits true and the toe box is wide enough to accommodate a wide range of forefoot widths.

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer Sizing

The only type of athlete that may experience sizing issues with this model is the athlete that is pushing the envelope with their normal size model in regard to length. If you constantly find yourself limited in your shoes due to toe bunching, then you may want to size up a half size in the Haze Trainer.

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer Price

For the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer, you can expect to pay $150.00 USD. This price is higher than other high-performing cross-training shoes on the market, however, I do think the price is worth it for this model.

This shoe has a solid range with its performance and I think it will last a while for most athletes and lifters which helps to justify the higher price point.

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer

$150

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer
4.8
Stability
4.8
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.8

Best For

  • Heavy Lifting
  • Cross-Training Workouts
  • Athletic-Focused Sessions
  • Shorter Runs (<3 miles)

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency
  • For Custom Orthotics

 

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer Construction

Below, I’ve broken a few of the key construction details for the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer. If you’re interested in all of the details, then I’d highly suggest checking out the Haze Trainer product page.

  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • Weight: 11.2 Oz (for a size 10 model)
  • Cross Platform 2 Outsole
  • Medium Density Cush50 Midsole
  • Knit Upper
  • External Heel Loop
  • Lateral Speed Chasis
  • Anatomically-Curved Last
  • Wider Toe Box
  • Tongue Pouch for Lace Storage

If you have any questions about the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer, feel to drop a comment below or reach out to me personally via Instagram (@jake_boly).

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer FAQs

I’ve received a handful of asks thus far for the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer. Below, are a few of the most commonly asked questions that I’ve received.

1. What is the heel-to-toe drop in the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer?

4mm. The heel-to-toe drop for the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer sits at 4mm which is fairly standard for high-performing cross-training shoes.

2. Can I lift heavy in the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer?

Absolutely. This model’s midsole and outsole are designed to accommodate heavy strength work. I’ve pulled over 500 lbs in this model and I think most will find it to plenty stable for their needs.

3. Do the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainers fit true to size?

Yes. The Haze Trainer fits true to size. However, if you’re an athlete that constantly feels limited with the length in their normal training shoes, then you may want to size up a half size.

4. Can I run in the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer?

Yes, you can tackle shorter runs with the Haze Trainer. This model is fairly comfortable for runs under three miles and the outsole promotes mid to forefoot striking which is great for runners who bias this style of running.

5. How heavy is the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer?

For my size 10 model, this shoe has a weight of 11.2 ounces. Compared to other cross-training shoes, this is more so on the lighter side.

6. Does the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer have a removable insole?

Yes. This model features a removable insole.

Takeaway Thoughts

Personally, I really think the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer is an underrated cross-training shoe. It performs exceptionally well across the board and delivers a “no-frills” construction which is ironically subtly detailed and well thought out.

If you have any additional questions about the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer, drop a comment below or reach out to me personally!

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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, created thousands of articles, reviewed countless products, and produced a large list of training videos. And truthfully, I'm only getting started! As for my educational background, I have my Masters in Sports Science, Bachelors in Exercise Science, and have my CSCS.

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