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Behold everyone: the moment you’ve all been waiting for: my Nike Metcon 7 shoes review. These new Nike Metcons knocked it out of the park for me in terms of both looks and workout experience.Stick around to find out why I think these might be the best Metcons Nike has released to date. If you love a solid cross training shoe that has both stability and cushioning, you’ll probably appreciate the Nike Metcon 7s. As always, I’m here to give my honest opinion on all things fitness. It’s important to me to give my readers (and viewers on YouTube) truthful reviews on all the latest and greatest products out there. Let’s get into this Nike Metcon 7 review.Why You Should Trust UsDepending on how long you’ve been a Garage Gym Reviews fan, you may or may not know that I have tried almost every Nike Metcon they have ever released. No literally. If you look back on my website, you’ll see reviews for theNike Metcon 1, Nike Metcon 2,Nike Metcon 3,Nike Metcon 4,Nike Metcon 5, and various other Metcon editions (rip to the Nike Metcon 6s that I didn’t get around to but still wear on the daily).Phew, I’m tired just looking at all of them. Anyway, you can trust that I know the gold standard for shoes, especially Metcons. I’ll give you my honest opinion on how these stack up to the rest of the competition.
Nike Metcon 7
A Quick Look at the Nike Metcon 7
The first edition of the Nike Metcon came out in 2015 to meet a need for those who wanted versatility in a CrossFit shoe. The name ‘Metcon’ is shorthand for metabolic conditioning, which is a term frequently used in CrossFit to describe training that combines both cardio and strength into one high intensity session.
These shoes have become so popular that the Nike Metcon 7 Mat Fraser edition was even recently released. (If you don’t know, Mat Fraser is a CrossFit legend who has won the CrossFit Games a total of five times in a row. His special edition pair features a sick black and gold colorway that really stands out.)
- If you don’t see a pre-made color choice you like? No problem! On the Nike website, you’re able to design your own Metcon 7s in whatever colorway you want for an additional charge.
- The Metcon 7s are shown in both men’s and women’s sizing on the Nike website, so make sure you’re looking at the right one.
My Favorite Things:
- Aesthetic with awesome colorways available
- Extensive size range for both men and women
- Solid return policy and 2-year warranty on shoes that have a manufacture issue
- Stable for both short cardio bursts and ground based movements
- Slightly pricey at $130
- The laces are not the most durable
Is the Nike Metcon 7 Worth It?
- People with either a narrow and wide foot due to the wider toe box and lace adjustment system.
- Individuals with a midfoot strike due to the cushioned forefront.
- CrossFit lovers who enjoy metcons.
Not recommended for:
- People who don’t need the latest and greatest.
- Individuals who want a dedicated running shoe only.
- Lifters who don’t need a shoe that can do both cardio and strength.
Workout Experience with the Nike Metcon 7
I used the Nike Metcon 7s for a variety of activities – running, biking, SkiErg, HIIT, powerlifting, walking, and even sitting on my porch drinking a mimosa (all in the name of functional fitness). I am a very thorough tester. The things I do for you guys…
I’ve always been a big fan of the Reebok Nanos, slightly more so than the Nike Metcons. I think the Metcon 7 has finally converted me. These are some of my favorite training shoes at the moment and a pair I find I have on my feet all day.
The lace adjustment system is a big plus to me because the hook-and-loop mechanism wraps around the top of your foot and locks in securely. I am someone who doesn’t like to worry about my laces getting in the way, and this eliminates that concern for me. The velcro tab simply goes over your laces once tied to lock them in place.
I also think these shoes would fit both a narrow or more wide foot. I personally have a more narrow foot, and felt they were not loose on me. However, since the toe box is wider, it could accommodate a bigger foot.
I like the heel handstand clips on the Metcon 7s. These are in place to help you slide up the wall when you’re doing things like handstand push ups. The mid-foot rope guard is super useful if you appreciate a little extra grip on your rope climbs.
The wide base of the flat heel makes the shoe stable for ground based movements like squats and deadlifts. The well-cushioned forefront lends itself to comfort when doing bursts of cardio.
I was pleased that the Metcon 7s took much less time to break in than a typical cross training shoe. I hardly remembered that they were new shoes while wearing them the first few times.
I like that the Metcon 7s do both strength and cardio well. Of course this isn’t to say it is better than the best specialized running shoe or weight lifting shoe, but it is a solid cross training option that will make you feel supported in a variety of movements.
An issue that I personally had on previous renditions of the Metcons was the squeaking insole.This was caused by a combined midsole and insole that eventually would rub against the side making an annoying sound. The 7’s steer away from the combined soles which is vastly superior in my opinion.
Ordering the Nike Metcon 7
The Nike Metcon 7s were simple to order from the Nike website. If you’re a Nike member, you get free standard shipping on your orders. Otherwise, shipping will be based on the area you live in and will be around $8. The Metcon 7s themselves are $130 if you stick with a pre-made colorway. If you decide to customize your shoes, the price starts at $160.
Unfortunately, there are no obvious options to finance the Metcon 7s on the Nike website. On the bright side, I do appreciate that the shoes were shipped quickly and arrived without any damage to the box or product for me. They came in a traditional orange Nike box, and I think it would be cool if a specific box for the Metcons was created since it is such a popular item.
There are a variety of color options to choose from for the Nike Metcon 7s:
- Chile Red/Magic Ember/White/Black
- Particle Grey/Gum Medium Brown/Dark Smoke Grey/White
- Deep Royal Blue/Black/White/Magic Ember
- Light Smoke Grey/Violet Haze/Lilac/Black
- Black/Particle Grey/White/Pure Platinum
- White/Particle Grey/Pure Platinum/Black
If none of the premade colors suit you, you’re able to design your own for additional money. You’ll get to customize the base mesh, heel, tongue, swoosh, tie skin, laces, flywire, heel plate, midsole, sidewall, outsole, and heel text in a variety of colors.
Nike Metcon 7 Specs
Country of Origin
Wide and Flat
Men’s 3.5-22; Women’s 5-23.5
HIIT, weight lifting, cardio, metcons
Nike has an awesome return policy. You basically have 60 days to try the shoes you purchase to make sure you love them. If you don’t, you’re able to return them for free (if you’re a Nike member, which is free to join).
Another perk that I have utilized in the past is the stellar warranty. If you check the inside of your Nike shoes, you’ll see a date, which is the day your Metcons were manufactured. Within two years of this date, Nike will let you return the shoes if you have a manufacturing issue. This doesn’t cover normal wear and tear, but if something splits open that wasn’t supposed to, chances are Nike will make it right. I think this is a great way to show customers that you stand behind your product to the highest extent.
Since Nike is such a large company and well known brand, it isn’t a surprise that there are a variety of ways to contact them for assistance. You can chat with a representative via Facetime or call them based on the area you are in. Nike has phone numbers for representatives in a variety of areas including for China, the United States, and Europe.
Final Verdict of Our Nike Metcon 7 Review
Overall, I think the Nike Metcon 7 is one of the best Metcons that have been released and in all honesty, my new go-to training shoes. It’s a cross trainer that I believe will be a favorite for a lot of people due to its stability for strength training and cushioning for cardio. Of course, shoes don’t last forever and $130 may be a steep price tag for some, so it probably isn’t your best option if you are on a tight budget. If budget isn’t a concern, the Metcon 7s are a well-thought out pair of sneakers with some awesome color choices that I would definitely recommend.
Nike Metcon 7 FAQs
Here are the answers to your most asked questions about the Nike Metcon 7s:
Are Nike Metcons good?
I’m a big fan of Nike Metcons as a whole. The Metcon 7s really won me over with the overall fit. I would definitely recommend them to anyone that crosstrains or does metcons. This iteration is my personal favorite in the Metcon line because they are breathable and sport a grippy rubber tread on the bottom of the shoe.
Do you wear socks with Nike Metcons?
I definitely wear socks with my Metcons but different strokes for different folks. Figure out what works for you and stick with it.
Are Nike Metcons good for cardio?
Nike Metcons are not necessarily the best shoe just for cardio like running long distances. However, if you’re going to be doing bursts of cardio within yourWOD, I think you’ll feel well supported because of the forefoot, Nike React foam cushioning. If you’re doing plyometric cardio and jumping, you’ll feel held in because of the lace adjustment system.
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