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Nike Metcon 8 Performance Review

Nike Metcon 8

Nike Metcon 8

Rundown: The Nike Metcon 8 is an upgrade from the previous model, though many of its cons remain due to the tooling (midsole and outsole) used.

Release Date: July 2022

Price: $130

Weight: 12.5oz (size 10)

Drop: 4mm

Fit Guide: Normal Nike Size

7.5/10
Total Score
Buy Nike Metcon 8

Pros

  • Supportive and Durable Upper
  • Lace Lock Update
  • Arch Support

Cons

  • Clunky Heel

The Nike Metcon 8 is similar to the Nike Metcon 7, which made our list of the Best CrossFit Shoes. Upon first glance, you might even think it’s the identical shoe. However, fundamental changes between the two models make this shoe an upgrade. If you enjoyed the seventh edition, I have no doubt you’ll enjoy this one too.

Nike Metcon 8 Materials

Pros

Supportive and Durable Upper

Here’s the most significant difference between the previous model and the Nike Metcon 8. The forefoot is an open-celled mesh with heat-welded plastic overlays, similar to the Kurim ones on the Nike Kyrie 3. The lateral side of the toe box is especially reinforced with this material. These updates make the base material much less likely to rip and give during intense workouts.

The back half is a Cordura-style mesh that looks like the one used on the Air Jordan 11. It has a heel fuse overlay just for added durability. The tongue is a more open-celled mesh that allows breathability. The lateral midfoot overlay made of synthetic suede/felt does nothing for me, though.

Lace Lock Update

The lace lock system now leaves no exposed velcro. Everything’s internal, so you don’t have to worry about it latching onto your pants and other fabrics. It works well to keep your laces in place, though you can safely use the shoe without it. It adds an extra layer of peace of mind while you work out.

Arch Support

As a flat-footer, this was by far the most enjoyable aspect. I rarely find a shoe that I can use without needing an orthotic insert. The Nike Metcon 8 is an exception. I put the shoe on, and my arch immediately felt supported. I used this shoe without my usual orthotic insoles and felt just as stable. The rubber that comes up the lateral midfoot is to thank for that.

Flat-footers can get away without using third-party, arch-support insoles in these. However, that rubber will soften over time and with more use, so make sure to insert your Move Insoles or other orthotics if you start to feel uncomfortable.

Nike Metcon 8 Hyperlift

Cons

Clunky Heel

The tooling stayed the same, so this should come as no surprise. All the other cons that stemmed from the tooling of the Nike Metcon 7 remain here, but the heel deserves a special mention. I would not drive, walk, or run in these because of the Nike Hyperlift system. It’s so rigid that the React foam doesn’t even matter. It’s as hard as a rock.

The Hyperlift is good for specific workouts like deadlifts, bulgarian split squats, and other lower body exercises that require heel stability but it can get uncomfortable. Heel lockdown wasn’t the best as well. There was still some heel slip after hours of wear, so make sure to tighten those laces.

Nike Metcon 8 Lace lock

Nike Metcon 8 Summary

The Nike Metcon 8 is better than the Nike Metcon 7 in the top half. The materials are more durable due to added overlays. The lace lock system has been updated, so nothing randomly catches onto your pants or laces during your workout. The arch support is some of the best in the market. However, because the tooling stayed the same, you will still experience the same cons as last year’s model. If your Nike Metcon 7 upper has been damaged, an upgrade to the Nike Metcon 8 is worth it.

7.5/10
Total Score
Buy Nike Metcon 8

Pros

  • Supportive and Durable Upper
  • Lace Lock Update
  • Arch Support

Cons

  • Clunky Heel
1 comment
  1. Thanks for sharing. I think I’m in the minority that besides preferring the 7 over the 6, I love walking in them. I also think they’re great for just being on your feet for a long time. I have a cranky back and I really love the firm heel and stability, though definitely not for running. Excited to try these

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