Nike Metcon 2 Review: Price, specifications and everything you need to know
Reviewing Nike's Metcon 2 that was released on January, 23 2015.
Last year Nike launched Metcon 1. It was Nike’s first cross-fit training shoe. Many believed that it was Nike’s answer to Reebok’s much popular Nano 4.0. Metcon 1 was an instant hit. It was comfortable and offered a great fit. People loved this shoe.
Nike launched Metcon 2 on January 23, 2016. Will this update change the game all together or is it just a refinement? Continue reading to find out more about Nike’s latest training shoe.
Much like the Metcon 1, Nike designed this shoe with one clear target – high-intensity training.
Looking into the design, we see Nike’s iconic swoosh on the side of the shoe. New colorways for Metcon 2 dropped on February 1, 2015. This shoe looks much like the first generation of Metcon. This traditional styling will still make the Metcon 2 stand out in the crowd.
Nike Metcon 2 offers a snug fit and is true to its size. Nike’s iconic Flywire cables wrap your arch with precision. The fit is supreme. To add to the comfort levels, the Flywire material is very light and will easily adapt to your feet. Flywire cables provide an unmatched lockdown for demanding box jumps. You will sweat a lot during high-intensity workouts. To take care of this, Nike introduced perforations in the upper, which offer much better breathability.
A dual-density foam in the midsole are offers additional cushioning. This material also makes the shoe much more stable during those intense workouts. A flat and stable platform is a huge plus in this shoe. This is extremely useful during deadlifts.
On the outsole, we see a thin layer of abrasion resistant rubber. This covers the midsole area and offers excellent durability. Firm rubber in the heel area offers better stability. While the sticky rubber in the forefoot area offers great traction. This is very helpful during deep lunges.
Quick movements are great as well. Expect much better natural foot movement with this shoe, thanks to the Flex Grooves. The unique hexagonal pattern on the outsole is similar to what we see on Nike’s Metcon 1. With this pattern, expect much less shoe shredding during rope climbs.
Overall, with a much-improved insole, expect great stability during workouts. The dense material offers better cushioning as well. This shoe might look more like the first generation but a lot has changed with this shoe. Moreover, all these changes are great!
Running is just manageable with Metcon 2 though. It might be good for short jogs but for long runs – a definite no. For long runs, try a running shoe like Nike’s Air Max 2016 instead.
Nike Metcon 2 retails at $130 i.e., around 9,000INR. NikeiD version of the Metcon 2 retails at $170 i.e., around 12,000INR. Availability in India is TBA.
Bottom-line: Nike pushes the bar even higher with Metcon 2.