As sports, technology, and design have advanced, we’ve realized that having the right gear for your workout is essential to good form and longevity. And with these advancements, it’s getting easier to build gear that’s designed specifically for certain activities down to the stitching. Nike has been a leader in this space for decades, with an untouchable track record of purpose-built athletic shoes that have always pushed the envelope. The Metcon lineup of shoes, designed for cross-fit and lifting, has been acclaimed by everyone from lifters to Olympic athletes. And earlier this month, Nike released a high-performance update on the Metcon 8s, the Nike Metcon 9s, that you can get right now.
The main updates in the Metcon 9s include the bigger Hyperlift plate, which adds stability and rigidity for heavyweight lower-body exercises like deadlifts and squats, and the rubber rope wrap, which has been extended (and extends from the midsole to the upper) to help with rope climbing (and descending). On the upper, we have a lace system that’s attached to the tongue, which keeps the laces out of the way and secure during your workouts, and the lightweight mesh ensures your feet stay cool. As for the midsoles, they’re made of firm foam on the outside and soft foam on the inside, giving you comfort and durability where you need it. On the bottom, a rubber outsole gives you enough traction for quick movements and dynamic workouts.
In an effort to boost sustainability, every pair of Nike Metcon 9s are made with at least 20% recycled materials (measured by weight). These materials are sourced from either post-consumer or post-manufactured waste, as part of Nike’s movement as a whole towards zero carbon emissions and zero waste.
The Nike Metcon 9 shoes are available now in five (men’s) colorways for $150.