Nike Metcon 3 Review
Nike has always been known for producing excellent shoes, especially ones made for working out. The Metcon is a range of sneakers just made for the gym, and its style and features just keep evolving and improving. The Nike Metcon 3 is the next evolution of the very popular Nike Metcon range of training shoes. In this article, we’ll provide a full review of the Metcon 3, with a focus on its application in a gym setting.
Very good looking
New & Improved outsoles, extending to the sides with triangular lugs for extra grip
Very supportive and responsive
Runs true to size
TPU plastic on the heel, increasing durability and improving support
Heels Still Slip Out
The Insoles still make squeaky sounds
May be a bit too pricey for some people
If you want us to convince you how beautiful the shoe is even more, just flip the pair over, and check the outsole out. It looks urban and futuristic, with the triangle-like shapes extending to the sides of the shoes. The outsoles play into the color-scheme, completing the look of the Metcon 3.
The thermal wrap that was a feature of the Metcon 2 has been minimized. The wrap is useful in that it afforded a measure of rigidity, but users found that it began to crack over time and was quite heavy and thick. The thermal wrap is now less of a feature. It is more pliable and not as likely to crack. The TPU plastics on the heels really seals the deal here. This material was used before by Nike in many of their models, and the Metcon 2 is one of them, so why not keep an excellent feature and transfer it over to the newer model? The Metcon 2 had plenty of durability issues though. They arise mostly thanks to the upper. The upper is quite rigid, and you do need to bend your feet a lot when exercising, especially when rope climbing. This creates creases, and then later cracks, along the upper. Some users even report that the thermal wrap unglues from the mesh! The Metcon 3 has this solved because the upper and the heel are fused together.
The heel clip adjustment on the Metcon 3 has allowed for the addition of rigid TPU plastic to enhance the rigidity. This does give you a locked-in feel but it does not completely get rid of the slight heel slip problem that customers have complained about with the previous incarnation of the Nike Metcon. The heel also sits quite low. This does give you much more freedom and makes the sneaker quite flexible, but you may discover that you crave more support. One common complaint many users report is that their heels keep slipping out of the shoes, which can be quite dangerous when you're running and jumping around. You really do need a lot of support when you partake in CrossFit, and the Metcon 3 may be lacking here.
Outsole & Insole
The insole, however, is another story. They have changed just slightly when compared to the 1st and 2nd versions of the Nike Metcon. That means that the squeaking problem which plagued those former versions has not even been addressed, let alone resolved. The insole now has a flex groove, and it's a bit thinner than what was seen in the previous model. Do not let this worry you though, because the Metcon 3 is quite comfortable, as many users report. The bottom of the insoles are a bit sticker than what was seen before, so they may not squeak right away. But as moisture builds up in the shoe, that tacky layer will wear off, and you will just have to listen to what the shoe has to say.
The Metcon 2 was a sneaker that was ideal for lifting. This did make them a bit too supportive for jumping and plyometrics though. The Metcon 3 has all the right features that make it an ideally balanced shoe. Squatting in the Metcon 3 feels just as good as in the previous models, if not even better thanks to the improved construction. The lateral stability also gives you a solid ground to both lift and move in every direction, keeping you safe at all times. The outsole actually slopes, which translates the power you put into lifting into your entire pull.
The Final Word
With all of that being said, the Metcon 3 is a pricey shoe. You can still find the Metcon 2 for half the price, and it's still a formidable shoe! It's up to you to decide whether you feel like the Metcon 3 is worth the investment.