A direct comparison of Crossfit models can be found here.
Crossfit isn’t as big as it once was. Just look at the half-empty stadium for the Crossfit Games in 2016. People have been turned off by the injury rates, reputation of poor trainers, cost, and culture. The US has also seen the rise of the next fitness fad: spin class. As it fades though, it’s still evolving, and that includes the equipment.
The Nano 7 feels more like a running shoe than ever. It’s not necessarily soft, but more flexible and has noticeable arch support. The upper is very seamless and simultaneously flexible and stiff. This is most likely due to the material. It has no problems moving with your foot, but it’s not exactly spandex. With deep toe flexion, you may feel it rub your foot roughly.
That’s really the only downside. The shoe is lighter than the competing Nike Metcon, but feels just as durable. In a squat test, it performed well in stability, so the running characteristics didn’t hamper its lifting performance.
I am not a fan of Crossfit, but if you want a shoe to handle pretty much any workout, this is the one. If you could throw a more adaptive upper onto this thing, you might have the best cross trainer ever made.
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